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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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Top Chef
Top Chef
Wipeout
Wipeout
Survivor
Survivor
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Freakshow
Freakshow
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
Bet On Your Baby
Bet On Your Baby
Project Runway
Project Runway
Bunk
Bunk
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Family Feud
Family Feud
Picked Off
Picked Off
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Immortalized
Immortalized
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
Silent Library
Silent Library
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
Next
Next
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Solitary
Solitary
500 Questions
500 Questions
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
8 Out of 10 Cats
8 Out of 10 Cats
Scrapheap Challenge
Scrapheap Challenge
Broke A$$ Game Show
Broke A$$ Game Show
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
KPOP STAR 4
KPOP STAR 4
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
The People's Court
The People's Court
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Baggage
Baggage
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Funniest Wins
Funniest Wins
Baggage on the Road
Baggage on the Road
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Repo Games
Repo Games
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Family Double Dare
Family Double Dare
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Amnesia
Amnesia
Dance Machine
Dance Machine
Welcome to the Parker
Welcome to the Parker
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
Kenny vs. Spenny
Kenny vs. Spenny
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Balls of Steel
Balls of Steel
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Whose Line Is It Anyway (UK)
Whose Line Is It Anyway (UK)
Take the Money and Run
Take the Money and Run
Exit
Exit
Mind of a Man
Mind of a Man
TableTop
TableTop
Framework
Framework
Wanna Bet?
Wanna Bet?
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Wangan Midnight
Wangan Midnight
WCG Ultimate Gamer
WCG Ultimate Gamer
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
The Big Food Fight
The Big Food Fight
Cha$e
Cha$e
Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge
Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge
You Deserve It
You Deserve It
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Oh Sit!
Oh Sit!
It's All About Amy
It's All About Amy
Qi
Qi
Win, Lose, or Draw
Win, Lose, or Draw
Duff Till Dawn
Duff Till Dawn
American Gladiators (2008)
American Gladiators (2008)
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Bad Girls Road Trip
Bad Girls Road Trip
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Denise Richards: It's Complicated
Denise Richards: It's Complicated
Duel
Duel
Fashion Forward
Fashion Forward
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
Jingles
Jingles
The Moment Of Truth
The Moment Of Truth
Million Dollar Password
Million Dollar Password
Nashville Star
Nashville Star
Opportunity Knocks
Opportunity Knocks
Start-Up Junkies
Start-Up Junkies
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style