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.

About This Genre
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Little Big Shots
Little Big Shots
Chasing Destiny
Chasing Destiny
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
500 Questions
500 Questions
Hellevator
Hellevator
Baggage
Baggage
Wipeout
Wipeout
Top Chef
Top Chef
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Project Runway
Project Runway
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Family Feud
Family Feud
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
Family Double Dare
Family Double Dare
Silent Library
Silent Library
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Paradise Run
Paradise Run
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
The Winner Is
The Winner Is
Solitary
Solitary
Framework
Framework
MTV2's Joking Off
MTV2's Joking Off
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Love Connection
Love Connection
Repo Games
Repo Games
Fishcenter Live
Fishcenter Live
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
The People's Court
The People's Court
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Celebrity Name Game
Celebrity Name Game
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
I Love Money
I Love Money
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
The Great Sperm Race
The Great Sperm Race
The Game of Life
The Game of Life
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Your Face or Mine?
Your Face or Mine?
Kenny vs. Spenny
Kenny vs. Spenny
Next
Next
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Catch 21
Catch 21
Exit
Exit
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Brain Rush
Brain Rush
Sex Wars
Sex Wars
Lingo
Lingo
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Bunk
Bunk
Freakshow
Freakshow
Bullseye
Bullseye
First Impressions with Dana Carvey
First Impressions with Dana Carvey
Bad Girls Road Trip
Bad Girls Road Trip
Million Dollar Password
Million Dollar Password
Opportunity Knocks
Opportunity Knocks
Welcome to the Parker
Welcome to the Parker
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Head Games
Head Games
The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares
Big Fat Quiz of the Year
Big Fat Quiz of the Year
BrainSurge
BrainSurge
Killer Karaoke
Killer Karaoke
You Deserve It
You Deserve It
Clue
Clue
The Great Escape
The Great Escape
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
No Boundaries
No Boundaries
Oh Sit!
Oh Sit!
Take It All
Take It All
Bet On Your Baby
Bet On Your Baby
The American Baking Competition
The American Baking Competition
The Million Second Quiz
The Million Second Quiz
The Chase
The Chase
Qi
Qi
Win, Lose, or Draw
Win, Lose, or Draw
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Global Beauty Masters
Global Beauty Masters
Keywords
Keywords
Lie Detectors
Lie Detectors