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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
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Top Chef
Top Chef
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Wipeout
Wipeout
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
Project Runway
Project Runway
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
I Love Money
I Love Money
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Paradise Run
Paradise Run
Solitary
Solitary
The Wall
The Wall
Family Feud
Family Feud
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Silent Library
Silent Library
Hellevator
Hellevator
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Bunk
Bunk
To Tell the Truth
To Tell the Truth
Match Game
Match Game
Kenny vs. Spenny
Kenny vs. Spenny
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Love Connection
Love Connection
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
MTV2's Joking Off
MTV2's Joking Off
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
Take the Money and Run
Take the Money and Run
Crashletes
Crashletes
The People's Court
The People's Court
Dirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing
Little Big Shots
Little Big Shots
Amnesia (2008)
Amnesia (2008)
Quest For The Bay
Quest For The Bay
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Don't Forget the Lyrics
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Baggage
Baggage
Survivor
Survivor
Travel Girls
Travel Girls
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
Qi
Qi
Idiotest
Idiotest
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Deal or No Deal Daytime
BrainSurge
BrainSurge
The Chase
The Chase
Celebrity Name Game
Celebrity Name Game
Shotgun
Shotgun
Divided
Divided
Nashville Star
Nashville Star
Tease
Tease
Catch 21
Catch 21
Jingles
Jingles
The Moment Of Truth
The Moment Of Truth
Opportunity Knocks
Opportunity Knocks
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Celebrity Poker Showdown
Celebrity Poker Showdown
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Balls of Steel
Balls of Steel
Lingo
Lingo
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Your Face or Mine?
Your Face or Mine?
Countdown
Countdown
Take It All
Take It All
Freakshow
Freakshow
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
Mind of a Man
Mind of a Man
Death Valley
Death Valley
Framework
Framework
Winsanity
Winsanity
That Awkward Game Show
That Awkward Game Show
Double Dare
Double Dare
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
Survival School
Survival School
Scrapheap Challenge
Scrapheap Challenge
Repo Games
Repo Games