Game Show TV Shows

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
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Project Runway
Project Runway
Paradise Run
Paradise Run
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Top Chef
Top Chef
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Qi
Qi
To Tell the Truth
To Tell the Truth
The Wall
The Wall
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
The People's Court
The People's Court
Wipeout
Wipeout
Solitary
Solitary
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Love Connection
Love Connection
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
Family Feud
Family Feud
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Match Game
Match Game
Silent Library
Silent Library
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
I Love Money
I Love Money
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Crashletes
Crashletes
Kenny vs. Spenny
Kenny vs. Spenny
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Hellevator
Hellevator
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Big Fan
Big Fan
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
MTV2's Joking Off
MTV2's Joking Off
Chasing Destiny
Chasing Destiny
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Bunk
Bunk
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
The Almost Impossible Game Show
The Almost Impossible Game Show
David Blaine: Beyond Magic
David Blaine: Beyond Magic
Countdown
Countdown
Baggage
Baggage
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
Dirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Celebrity Name Game
Celebrity Name Game
Little Big Shots
Little Big Shots
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
BrainSurge
BrainSurge
Killer Karaoke
Killer Karaoke
Amnesia (2008)
Amnesia (2008)
Opportunity Knocks
Opportunity Knocks
Survivor
Survivor
X-Play
X-Play
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Catch 21
Catch 21
Travel Girls
Travel Girls
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
The Moment Of Truth
The Moment Of Truth
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Jingles
Jingles
Nashville Star
Nashville Star
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Tease
Tease
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Take the Money and Run
Take the Money and Run
Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge
Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Idiotest
Idiotest
Shotgun
Shotgun
Double Dare
Double Dare
Quest For The Bay
Quest For The Bay
Duel
Duel
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
8 Out of 10 Cats
8 Out of 10 Cats
Balls of Steel
Balls of Steel
Downfall
Downfall
Lingo
Lingo
Million Dollar Money Drop
Million Dollar Money Drop
It's Worth What?
It's Worth What?
Cha$e
Cha$e
The Game of Life
The Game of Life
Clue
Clue
World's Toughest Trucker
World's Toughest Trucker
The Great Escape
The Great Escape