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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
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Survivor
Survivor
Top Chef
Top Chef
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
Project Runway
Project Runway
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
Baggage
Baggage
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Silent Library
Silent Library
Solitary
Solitary
KPOP STAR 4
KPOP STAR 4
Next
Next
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Pawnography
Pawnography
Wipeout
Wipeout
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Nick Arcade
Nick Arcade
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Freakshow
Freakshow
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
The People's Court
The People's Court
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
The Winner Is
The Winner Is
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Family Feud
Family Feud
Exit
Exit
WCG Ultimate Gamer
WCG Ultimate Gamer
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Win, Lose, or Draw
Win, Lose, or Draw
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Start-Up Junkies
Start-Up Junkies
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Qi
Qi
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
I Love Money
I Love Money
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
Keys to the VIP
Keys to the VIP
Repo Games
Repo Games
The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Framework
Framework
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
Countdown
Countdown
The Moment Of Truth
The Moment Of Truth
X-Play
X-Play
Take It All
Take It All
Love Connection
Love Connection
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
Catch 21
Catch 21
Mind of a Man
Mind of a Man
Tease
Tease
The Great Sperm Race
The Great Sperm Race
Dance Machine
Dance Machine
It's All About Amy
It's All About Amy
Your Face or Mine?
Your Face or Mine?
Family Dance Off
Family Dance Off
Wanna Bet?
Wanna Bet?
Take the Money and Run
Take the Money and Run
The Big Food Fight
The Big Food Fight
Travel Girls
Travel Girls
Scrapheap Challenge
Scrapheap Challenge
Noche de Perros
Noche de Perros
The Mole
The Mole
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
BrainSurge
BrainSurge
The Game of Life (2011)
The Game of Life (2011)
Bet On Your Baby
Bet On Your Baby
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Balls of Steel
Balls of Steel
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
Survival School
Survival School
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Lingo
Lingo
Picked Off
Picked Off
No Boundaries
No Boundaries
Denise Richards: It's Complicated
Denise Richards: It's Complicated
Underground BBQ Challenge
Underground BBQ Challenge
Fashion Forward
Fashion Forward
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Top Design
Top Design