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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 Got Talent
America's Got Talent
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Survivor
Survivor
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
Project Runway
Project Runway
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Wipeout
Wipeout
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Top Chef
Top Chef
Qi
Qi
Solitary
Solitary
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Next
Next
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Bet On Your Baby
Bet On Your Baby
Silent Library
Silent Library
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Lingo
Lingo
Freakshow
Freakshow
Funniest Wins
Funniest Wins
Baggage
Baggage
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
I Love Money
I Love Money
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares
Family BrainSurge
Family BrainSurge
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Food Fighters
Food Fighters
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Tease
Tease
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Start-Up Junkies
Start-Up Junkies
Keys to the VIP
Keys to the VIP
Catch 21
Catch 21
BrainSurge
BrainSurge
Win, Lose, or Draw
Win, Lose, or Draw
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
Oh Sit!
Oh Sit!
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
Scrapheap Challenge
Scrapheap Challenge
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
Sex Wars
Sex Wars
Take It All
Take It All
Killer Karaoke
Killer Karaoke
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Exit
Exit
Bad Girls Road Trip
Bad Girls Road Trip
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Spell-Mageddon
Spell-Mageddon
Mind of a Man
Mind of a Man
Whose Line Is It Anyway (UK)
Whose Line Is It Anyway (UK)
Take the Money and Run
Take the Money and Run
The Game of Life (2011)
The Game of Life (2011)
Pumped!
Pumped!
Pawnography
Pawnography
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
The Moment Of Truth
The Moment Of Truth
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
The Big Food Fight
The Big Food Fight
Repo Games
Repo Games
Family Double Dare
Family Double Dare
Oblivious
Oblivious
You Deserve It
You Deserve It
No Boundaries
No Boundaries
Tell It to Me Straight
Tell It to Me Straight
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Amnesia
Amnesia
Bunk
Bunk
Head Games
Head Games
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Top Design
Top Design
The Great Escape
The Great Escape
The Great Sperm Race
The Great Sperm Race
The People's Court
The People's Court
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Elite New Face
Elite New Face
X-Play
X-Play
It's All About Amy
It's All About Amy
The Winner Is
The Winner Is
Quest For The Bay
Quest For The Bay
Money From Strangers
Money From Strangers
World's Toughest Trucker
World's Toughest Trucker
Are You Normal, America?
Are You Normal, America?
History Bee
History Bee