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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.

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America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Project Runway
Project Runway
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Survivor
Survivor
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
Family Feud
Family Feud
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
Wipeout
Wipeout
Next
Next
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Silent Library
Silent Library
Solitary
Solitary
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Top Chef
Top Chef
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Beach Flip
Beach Flip
Food Fighters
Food Fighters
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
The People's Court
The People's Court
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
Repo Games
Repo Games
Freakshow
Freakshow
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Money From Strangers
Money From Strangers
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Food Court Wars
Food Court Wars
Framework
Framework
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
The Winner Is
The Winner Is
Qi
Qi
Mind of a Man
Mind of a Man
A Wicked Offer
A Wicked Offer
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
I Love Money
I Love Money
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Your Face or Mine?
Your Face or Mine?
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Family Double Dare
Family Double Dare
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Bullseye
Bullseye
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Baggage
Baggage
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
The Game of Life (2011)
The Game of Life (2011)
Love Connection
Love Connection
Exit
Exit
Spell-Mageddon
Spell-Mageddon
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
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#bikerlive
MTV2's Joking Off
MTV2's Joking Off
The Moment Of Truth
The Moment Of Truth
Opportunity Knocks
Opportunity Knocks
WCG Ultimate Gamer
WCG Ultimate Gamer
Balls of Steel
Balls of Steel
20Q
20Q
Keys to the VIP
Keys to the VIP
Banzai
Banzai
Scrapheap Challenge
Scrapheap Challenge
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
Picked Off
Picked Off
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
The American Baking Competition
The American Baking Competition
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
Funniest Wins
Funniest Wins
Pawnography
Pawnography
Celebrity Name Game
Celebrity Name Game
American Gladiators (2008)
American Gladiators (2008)
Amnesia
Amnesia
Bad Girls Road Trip
Bad Girls Road Trip
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Denise Richards: It's Complicated
Denise Richards: It's Complicated
Jingles
Jingles
Nashville Star
Nashville Star
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Top Design
Top Design
Welcome to the Parker
Welcome to the Parker
X-Play
X-Play
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Don't Forget the Lyrics