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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
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Project Runway
Project Runway
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Killer Karaoke
Killer Karaoke
Silent Library
Silent Library
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Food Court Wars
Food Court Wars
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
Solitary
Solitary
Next
Next
Immortalized
Immortalized
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Top Chef
Top Chef
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Exit
Exit
WCG Ultimate Gamer
WCG Ultimate Gamer
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
Super Sloppy Double Dare, Vol. 2
Super Sloppy Double Dare, Vol. 2
Take the Money and Run
Take the Money and Run
Start-Up Junkies
Start-Up Junkies
Take It All
Take It All
Repo Games
Repo Games
The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Oh Sit!
Oh Sit!
The Great Sperm Race
The Great Sperm Race
8 Out of 10 Cats
8 Out of 10 Cats
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
The Winner Is
The Winner Is
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Dicing with Debt
Dicing with Debt
Sex Wars
Sex Wars
Freakshow
Freakshow
It's All About Amy
It's All About Amy
Duel
Duel
After Love
After Love
Jingles
Jingles
Wipeout
Wipeout
Money From Strangers
Money From Strangers
The Moment Of Truth
The Moment Of Truth
Pumped!
Pumped!
Scrapheap Challenge
Scrapheap Challenge
Tease
Tease
Top Design
Top Design
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
X-Play
X-Play
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
BrainSurge
BrainSurge
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
You Deserve It
You Deserve It
Love Connection
Love Connection
Whose Line Is It Anyway (UK)
Whose Line Is It Anyway (UK)
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
The Million Second Quiz
The Million Second Quiz
The Big Food Fight
The Big Food Fight
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Gay, Straight or Taken?
Gay, Straight or Taken?
Bad Girls Road Trip
Bad Girls Road Trip
Bunk
Bunk
Scream if You Know The Answer
Scream if You Know The Answer
Spell-Mageddon
Spell-Mageddon
Family Dance Off
Family Dance Off
The Truth Behind
The Truth Behind
Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge
Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge
Qi
Qi
Ton of Cash
Ton of Cash
Strictly Speaking
Strictly Speaking
The Game of Life (2011)
The Game of Life (2011)
Family BrainSurge
Family BrainSurge
TableTop
TableTop
Picked Off
Picked Off
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Clue
Clue
Travel Girls
Travel Girls
Family Double Dare
Family Double Dare
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Elite New Face
Elite New Face
No Boundaries
No Boundaries
Beat the Chefs
Beat the Chefs
History Bee
History Bee
Are You Normal, America?
Are You Normal, America?