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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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Top Chef
Top Chef
Wipeout
Wipeout
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Survivor
Survivor
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Project Runway
Project Runway
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
Family Feud
Family Feud
Next
Next
Silent Library
Silent Library
Solitary
Solitary
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Scrapheap Challenge
Scrapheap Challenge
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
The People's Court
The People's Court
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
The Winner Is
The Winner Is
Qi
Qi
KPOP STAR 4
KPOP STAR 4
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Baggage
Baggage
Money From Strangers
Money From Strangers
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Freakshow
Freakshow
Exit
Exit
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
The Moment Of Truth
The Moment Of Truth
I Love Money
I Love Money
Tease
Tease
8 Out of 10 Cats
8 Out of 10 Cats
Repo Games
Repo Games
Countdown
Countdown
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Dance Machine
Dance Machine
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
Opportunity Knocks
Opportunity Knocks
X-Play
X-Play
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
Whose Line Is It Anyway (UK)
Whose Line Is It Anyway (UK)
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Spell-Mageddon
Spell-Mageddon
Mind of a Man
Mind of a Man
TableTop
TableTop
Funniest Wins
Funniest Wins
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
Broke A$$ Game Show
Broke A$$ Game Show
Amnesia
Amnesia
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Top Design
Top Design
Wanna Bet?
Wanna Bet?
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Brain Rush
Brain Rush
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Balls of Steel
Balls of Steel
The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares
The Big Food Fight
The Big Food Fight
Cha$e
Cha$e
The Great Sperm Race
The Great Sperm Race
Clue
Clue
Picked Off
Picked Off
It's All About Amy
It's All About Amy
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
American Gladiators (2008)
American Gladiators (2008)
Bad Girls Road Trip
Bad Girls Road Trip
Denise Richards: It's Complicated
Denise Richards: It's Complicated
Duel
Duel
Fashion Forward
Fashion Forward
Jingles
Jingles
Million Dollar Password
Million Dollar Password
Nashville Star
Nashville Star
Start-Up Junkies
Start-Up Junkies
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
The Mole
The Mole
Welcome to the Parker
Welcome to the Parker
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Poker Showdown
Celebrity Poker Showdown
Wangan Midnight
Wangan Midnight
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
Survival School
Survival School
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Rock & A Hard Place
Rock & A Hard Place
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling
WCG Ultimate Gamer
WCG Ultimate Gamer
Great American Road Trip
Great American Road Trip
Kenny vs. Spenny
Kenny vs. Spenny
There Goes The Neighborhood
There Goes The Neighborhood
Gay, Straight or Taken?
Gay, Straight or Taken?
Head Games
Head Games
Bank of Hollywood
Bank of Hollywood
Our Little Genius
Our Little Genius
Hidden Agenda
Hidden Agenda
Sex Wars
Sex Wars
Downfall
Downfall
Late Night Liars
Late Night Liars
20Q
20Q
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Catch 21
Catch 21
The Money List
The Money List
Lingo
Lingo
Million Dollar Money Drop
Million Dollar Money Drop
Keys to the VIP
Keys to the VIP
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Banzai
Banzai
Big Fat Quiz of the Year
Big Fat Quiz of the Year
Your Face or Mine?
Your Face or Mine?
Without Prejudice
Without Prejudice
Vanity Lair
Vanity Lair
Cash Cab Chicago
Cash Cab Chicago
Tell It to Me Straight
Tell It to Me Straight
Deal or No Deal (UK)
Deal or No Deal (UK)
Take the Money and Run
Take the Money and Run
BrainSurge
BrainSurge
Dicing with Debt
Dicing with Debt
It's Worth What?
It's Worth What?
Who's Still Standing
Who's Still Standing
Scream if You Know The Answer
Scream if You Know The Answer
Ton of Cash
Ton of Cash
The Game of Life (2011)
The Game of Life (2011)
Family BrainSurge
Family BrainSurge
Killer Karaoke
Killer Karaoke
Strictly Speaking
Strictly Speaking
Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge
Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge
You Deserve It
You Deserve It
Love Connection
Love Connection
Pumped!
Pumped!
After Love
After Love
Noche de Perros
Noche de Perros
Travel Girls
Travel Girls
Escape Routes
Escape Routes
Quest For The Bay
Quest For The Bay
Bunk
Bunk
World's Toughest Trucker
World's Toughest Trucker
The Great Escape
The Great Escape
Are You Normal, America?
Are You Normal, America?
History Bee
History Bee
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
No Boundaries
No Boundaries
Oh Sit!
Oh Sit!
Beat the Chefs
Beat the Chefs
Howie Mandel's White Elephant
Howie Mandel's White Elephant
Oblivious
Oblivious
Elite New Face
Elite New Face
Take It All
Take It All
Immortalized
Immortalized
Be A Grand Prix Driver
Be A Grand Prix Driver
Bet On Your Baby
Bet On Your Baby
Perfect Score
Perfect Score
Food Fighters
Food Fighters
Family Double Dare
Family Double Dare
Game Show Network Specials
Game Show Network Specials
The American Baking Competition
The American Baking Competition
The Million Second Quiz
The Million Second Quiz
Food Court Wars
Food Court Wars
The Chase (US)
The Chase (US)
Family Dance Off
Family Dance Off
Super Sloppy Double Dare, Vol. 2
Super Sloppy Double Dare, Vol. 2
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Win, Lose, or Draw
Win, Lose, or Draw
Nick Arcade
Nick Arcade
Bam's Bad Ass Game Show
Bam's Bad Ass Game Show
American Grilled
American Grilled
Pawnography
Pawnography
Underground BBQ Challenge
Underground BBQ Challenge
Death Valley (2014)
Death Valley (2014)
500 Questions
500 Questions
Dirty Dancing (TV)
Dirty Dancing (TV)
Global Beauty Masters
Global Beauty Masters
Framework
Framework
Baggage on the Road
Baggage on the Road
Duff Till Dawn
Duff Till Dawn
Keywords
Keywords
Pay It Off
Pay It Off
Instant Recall
Instant Recall
The Great Big American Auction
The Great Big American Auction
Baseball IQ
Baseball IQ
Family Trade
Family Trade
Samantha Brown's Cash Attack
Samantha Brown's Cash Attack