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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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Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Project Runway
Project Runway
Survivor
Survivor
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Top Chef
Top Chef
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Solitary
Solitary
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Baggage
Baggage
Next
Next
Silent Library
Silent Library
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Family Feud
Family Feud
Qi
Qi
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
KPOP STAR 4
KPOP STAR 4
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Framework
Framework
The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares
The People's Court
The People's Court
Wipeout
Wipeout
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
The Winner Is
The Winner Is
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Duff Till Dawn
Duff Till Dawn
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
WCG Ultimate Gamer
WCG Ultimate Gamer
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Money From Strangers
Money From Strangers
Brain Rush
Brain Rush
I Love Money
I Love Money
Freakshow
Freakshow
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Picked Off
Picked Off
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
Duel
Duel
Ton of Cash
Ton of Cash
Exit
Exit
Amnesia
Amnesia
Baggage on the Road
Baggage on the Road
Dance Machine
Dance Machine
Tease
Tease
Mind of a Man
Mind of a Man
Pawnography
Pawnography
Spell-Mageddon
Spell-Mageddon
Take the Money and Run
Take the Money and Run
It's All About Amy
It's All About Amy
Noche de Perros
Noche de Perros
Love Connection
Love Connection
Family BrainSurge
Family BrainSurge
The Great Escape
The Great Escape
Repo Games
Repo Games
Who's Still Standing
Who's Still Standing
Whose Line Is It Anyway (UK)
Whose Line Is It Anyway (UK)
The Big Food Fight
The Big Food Fight
Balls of Steel
Balls of Steel
Sex Wars
Sex Wars
Family Dance Off
Family Dance Off
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Game Show Network Specials
Game Show Network Specials
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Wanna Bet?
Wanna Bet?
Nashville Star
Nashville Star
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
The Moment Of Truth
The Moment Of Truth
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
500 Questions
500 Questions
Death Valley (2014)
Death Valley (2014)
No Boundaries
No Boundaries
Oh Sit!
Oh Sit!
Underground BBQ Challenge
Underground BBQ Challenge
American Grilled
American Grilled
Global Beauty Masters
Global Beauty Masters
Escape Routes
Escape Routes
Quest For The Bay
Quest For The Bay
Dirty Dancing (TV)
Dirty Dancing (TV)
History Bee
History Bee
Are You Normal, America?
Are You Normal, America?