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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
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Project Runway
Project Runway
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Survivor
Survivor
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
Wipeout
Wipeout
Qi
Qi
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
Next
Next
Solitary
Solitary
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Top Chef
Top Chef
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
The People's Court
The People's Court
Food Fighters
Food Fighters
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Silent Library
Silent Library
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Baggage
Baggage
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Funniest Wins
Funniest Wins
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Freakshow
Freakshow
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
I Love Money
I Love Money
Sex Wars
Sex Wars
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
Noche de Perros
Noche de Perros
Start-Up Junkies
Start-Up Junkies
Tease
Tease
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
Killer Karaoke
Killer Karaoke
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Balls of Steel
Balls of Steel
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Money From Strangers
Money From Strangers
Underground BBQ Challenge
Underground BBQ Challenge
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
Lingo
Lingo
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
The Chase (US)
The Chase (US)
Exit
Exit
The Moment Of Truth
The Moment Of Truth
Love Connection
Love Connection
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Scrapheap Challenge
Scrapheap Challenge
BrainSurge
BrainSurge
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
Mind of a Man
Mind of a Man
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Million Dollar Money Drop
Million Dollar Money Drop
Countdown
Countdown
Duel
Duel
Perfect Score
Perfect Score
Survival School
Survival School
It's All About Amy
It's All About Amy
The Big Food Fight
The Big Food Fight
American Grilled
American Grilled
Your Face or Mine?
Your Face or Mine?
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Tell It to Me Straight
Tell It to Me Straight
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
Repo Games
Repo Games
Take It All
Take It All
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
Head Games
Head Games
Super Sloppy Double Dare, Vol. 2
Super Sloppy Double Dare, Vol. 2
Denise Richards: It's Complicated
Denise Richards: It's Complicated
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Win, Lose, or Draw
Win, Lose, or Draw
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Food Court Wars
Food Court Wars
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
Bunk
Bunk
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
No Boundaries
No Boundaries
Beat the Chefs
Beat the Chefs
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
Howie Mandel's White Elephant
Howie Mandel's White Elephant
History Bee
History Bee
Pawnography
Pawnography
Travel Girls
Travel Girls
Oh Sit!
Oh Sit!
Picked Off
Picked Off