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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
Project Runway
Project Runway
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Survivor
Survivor
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
Wipeout
Wipeout
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Solitary
Solitary
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Next
Next
Top Chef
Top Chef
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Qi
Qi
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
Silent Library
Silent Library
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Money From Strangers
Money From Strangers
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Food Fighters
Food Fighters
Baggage
Baggage
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Killer Karaoke
Killer Karaoke
Freakshow
Freakshow
I Love Money
I Love Money
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Start-Up Junkies
Start-Up Junkies
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Repo Games
Repo Games
Scrapheap Challenge
Scrapheap Challenge
Take It All
Take It All
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
The People's Court
The People's Court
Tease
Tease
Sex Wars
Sex Wars
Bet On Your Baby
Bet On Your Baby
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Food Court Wars
Food Court Wars
The Chase (US)
The Chase (US)
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
The Great Sperm Race
The Great Sperm Race
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Nashville Star
Nashville Star
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Mind of a Man
Mind of a Man
Underground BBQ Challenge
Underground BBQ Challenge
Top Design
Top Design
Pawnography
Pawnography
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
Tell It to Me Straight
Tell It to Me Straight
Without Prejudice
Without Prejudice
Your Face or Mine?
Your Face or Mine?
The Game of Life (2011)
The Game of Life (2011)
American Grilled
American Grilled
Funniest Wins
Funniest Wins
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Family Double Dare
Family Double Dare
Duel
Duel
Perfect Score
Perfect Score
Win, Lose, or Draw
Win, Lose, or Draw
Amnesia
Amnesia
No Boundaries
No Boundaries
Bunk
Bunk
Countdown
Countdown
The Big Food Fight
The Big Food Fight
Keys to the VIP
Keys to the VIP
Catch 21
Catch 21
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
Head Games
Head Games
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Wangan Midnight
Wangan Midnight
Million Dollar Money Drop
Million Dollar Money Drop
Love Connection
Love Connection
Survival School
Survival School
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
Immortalized
Immortalized
Be A Grand Prix Driver
Be A Grand Prix Driver
Fashion Forward
Fashion Forward
The Winner Is
The Winner Is
Gay, Straight or Taken?
Gay, Straight or Taken?
There Goes The Neighborhood
There Goes The Neighborhood