Game Show TV Shows

About Game Show

The game show is another of the oldest genres of television programming. The TV game show is descended from the radio quiz show, a popular genre that featured contestants answering questions or solving puzzles in an attempt to win money or prizes. The TV version of the quiz show was popular throughout the 1950s, and game shows held prominent positions in both day-time and night-time programming.

In the late 1950s, a series of scandals in which a number of quiz shows were discovered to be rigged led to a significant decline in the popularity of game shows on television. A few popular programs held on, but overall, the 1960s were a quiet time for TV game shows. The 1970s saw a major revival of the genre, however, with the success of shows like Family Fued, The $10,000 Pyramid, The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune and many others. The celebrity panel show, in which a group of celebrities rather than ordinary contestants answered the questions, had remained popular through the 1960s, and the panel show also saw an explosion of popularity in the 70s.

Another lull in the popularity of TV game shows occurred in the 1980s, but there was a resurgence of the genre late in the 1990s, led by the success of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Day-time game shows were essentially gone, but the game show returned to prime time, and game shows were widespread on cable networks.

The 90s also saw a fusion of the game show genre with the new reality-TV genre, as shows such as Survivor combined elements of competition with the unscripted, unpredictable nature of reality TV. The content of competitive shows expanded as well, as contestants began to compete not just in quiz- or knowledge-based areas, but also in performance contests such as dance or singing competitions.

About This Genre
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Project Runway
Project Runway
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Hellevator
Hellevator
Top Chef
Top Chef
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
The People's Court
The People's Court
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
Wipeout
Wipeout
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Silent Library
Silent Library
Family Feud
Family Feud
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Crashletes
Crashletes
Solitary
Solitary
Kenny vs. Spenny
Kenny vs. Spenny
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
Qi
Qi
Chasing Destiny
Chasing Destiny
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Match Game
Match Game
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Love Connection
Love Connection
Family Double Dare
Family Double Dare
The $100,000 Pyramid
The $100,000 Pyramid
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
MTV2's Joking Off
MTV2's Joking Off
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
Top Design
Top Design
Scrapheap Challenge
Scrapheap Challenge
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Baggage
Baggage
Little Big Shots
Little Big Shots
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Winsanity
Winsanity
Celebrity Name Game
Celebrity Name Game
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Countdown
Countdown
Idiotest
Idiotest
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
I Love Money
I Love Money
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Catch 21
Catch 21
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
The Chase
The Chase
Dirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
X-Play
X-Play
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Next
Next
Downfall
Downfall
Lingo
Lingo
Whose Line Is It Anyway
Whose Line Is It Anyway
Family BrainSurge
Family BrainSurge
Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge
Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge
Take It All
Take It All
Freakshow
Freakshow
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Game Show Network Specials
Game Show Network Specials
Duel
Duel
Jingles
Jingles
Nashville Star
Nashville Star
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Brain Rush
Brain Rush
Tease
Tease
20Q
20Q
The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares
Million Dollar Money Drop
Million Dollar Money Drop
Without Prejudice
Without Prejudice
You Deserve It
You Deserve It
Pumped!
Pumped!
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Bunk
Bunk
World's Toughest Trucker
World's Toughest Trucker
Win, Lose, or Draw
Win, Lose, or Draw
Pawnography
Pawnography
Baggage on the Road
Baggage on the Road
A Wicked Offer
A Wicked Offer
Fishcenter Live
Fishcenter Live