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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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Survivor
Survivor
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Project Runway
Project Runway
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Freakshow
Freakshow
Top Chef
Top Chef
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Wipeout
Wipeout
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Next
Next
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Qi
Qi
Solitary
Solitary
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
The People's Court
The People's Court
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
Baggage
Baggage
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Food Fighters
Food Fighters
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
I Love Money
I Love Money
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Silent Library
Silent Library
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Noche de Perros
Noche de Perros
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Start-Up Junkies
Start-Up Junkies
Bet On Your Baby
Bet On Your Baby
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Exit
Exit
Tease
Tease
Pawnography
Pawnography
Repo Games
Repo Games
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
X-Play
X-Play
Catch 21
Catch 21
Amnesia
Amnesia
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares
Duel
Duel
The Winner Is
The Winner Is
Countdown
Countdown
Mind of a Man
Mind of a Man
Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge
Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge
Killer Karaoke
Killer Karaoke
Money From Strangers
Money From Strangers
Bunk
Bunk
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
BrainSurge
BrainSurge
Keys to the VIP
Keys to the VIP
Oblivious
Oblivious
Your Face or Mine?
Your Face or Mine?
The Big Food Fight
The Big Food Fight
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Lingo
Lingo
Game Show Network Specials
Game Show Network Specials
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Wanna Bet?
Wanna Bet?
Win, Lose, or Draw
Win, Lose, or Draw
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
Nashville Star
Nashville Star
Funniest Wins
Funniest Wins
Spell-Mageddon
Spell-Mageddon
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Survival School
Survival School
Head Games
Head Games
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Are You Normal, America?
Are You Normal, America?
History Bee
History Bee
Travel Girls
Travel Girls
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
Bam's Bad Ass Game Show
Bam's Bad Ass Game Show
Pumped!
Pumped!
The Great Escape
The Great Escape
After Love
After Love
Underground BBQ Challenge
Underground BBQ Challenge
World's Toughest Trucker
World's Toughest Trucker
Quest For The Bay
Quest For The Bay
Escape Routes
Escape Routes
American Grilled
American Grilled