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
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Top Chef
Top Chef
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Silent Library
Silent Library
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Wipeout
Wipeout
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
To Tell the Truth
To Tell the Truth
Project Runway
Project Runway
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
MTV2's Joking Off
MTV2's Joking Off
Hellevator
Hellevator
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
The $100,000 Pyramid
The $100,000 Pyramid
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Family Feud
Family Feud
Match Game
Match Game
Qi
Qi
Scrapheap Challenge
Scrapheap Challenge
Superhuman
Superhuman
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
Paradise Run
Paradise Run
Crashletes
Crashletes
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
Bunk
Bunk
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Chasing Destiny
Chasing Destiny
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Baggage
Baggage
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Winsanity
Winsanity
Duel
Duel
Countdown
Countdown
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
Brain Rush
Brain Rush
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Next
Next
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
I Love Money
I Love Money
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Kenny vs. Spenny
Kenny vs. Spenny
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
Celebrity Name Game
Celebrity Name Game
Little Big Shots
Little Big Shots
Nashville Star
Nashville Star
The People's Court
The People's Court
X-Play
X-Play
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Downfall
Downfall
Catch 21
Catch 21
Big Fat Quiz of the Year
Big Fat Quiz of the Year
BrainSurge
BrainSurge
The Great Escape
The Great Escape
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Family Double Dare
Family Double Dare
Game Show Network Specials
Game Show Network Specials
Exit
Exit
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
Dirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing
The Moment Of Truth
The Moment Of Truth
Solitary
Solitary
Top Design
Top Design
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Lingo
Lingo
Your Face or Mine?
Your Face or Mine?
Cash Cab Chicago
Cash Cab Chicago
The Great Sperm Race
The Great Sperm Race
Ton of Cash
Ton of Cash
Love Connection
Love Connection
Clue
Clue
World's Toughest Trucker
World's Toughest Trucker
History Bee
History Bee
Take It All
Take It All
Food Fighters
Food Fighters
#bikerlive
#bikerlive
500 Questions
500 Questions
Framework
Framework
Baggage on the Road
Baggage on the Road
Chain Reaction
Chain Reaction
The Great Holiday Baking Show
The Great Holiday Baking Show
Gay For Play Game Show Starring RuPaul
Gay For Play Game Show Starring RuPaul
Freakshow
Freakshow