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 Got Talent
America's Got Talent
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Survivor
Survivor
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
Top Chef
Top Chef
Family Feud
Family Feud
Project Runway
Project Runway
Wipeout
Wipeout
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Solitary
Solitary
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Repo Games
Repo Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
Bullseye
Bullseye
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
Next
Next
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Bet On Your Baby
Bet On Your Baby
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Scrapheap Challenge
Scrapheap Challenge
Silent Library
Silent Library
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
500 Questions
500 Questions
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
The People's Court
The People's Court
Baggage
Baggage
Money From Strangers
Money From Strangers
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
Tease
Tease
Take the Money and Run
Take the Money and Run
The Great Escape
The Great Escape
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
X-Play
X-Play
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
WCG Ultimate Gamer
WCG Ultimate Gamer
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Lingo
Lingo
The Game of Life (2011)
The Game of Life (2011)
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
The Winner Is
The Winner Is
Exit
Exit
The Chase (US)
The Chase (US)
Top Design
Top Design
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares
Countdown
Countdown
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
Qi
Qi
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Denise Richards: It's Complicated
Denise Richards: It's Complicated
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
8 Out of 10 Cats
8 Out of 10 Cats
Catch 21
Catch 21
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Picked Off
Picked Off
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Win, Lose, or Draw
Win, Lose, or Draw
Funniest Wins
Funniest Wins
Framework
Framework
Baggage on the Road
Baggage on the Road
Celebrity Name Game
Celebrity Name Game
MTV2's Joking Off
MTV2's Joking Off
Opportunity Knocks
Opportunity Knocks
I Love Money
I Love Money
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
Keys to the VIP
Keys to the VIP
Your Face or Mine?
Your Face or Mine?
Killer Karaoke
Killer Karaoke
Clue
Clue
Bunk
Bunk
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Oblivious
Oblivious
Freakshow
Freakshow
Family Double Dare
Family Double Dare
Game Show Network Specials
Game Show Network Specials
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
The Million Second Quiz
The Million Second Quiz
Spell-Mageddon
Spell-Mageddon
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Nick Arcade
Nick Arcade
Pawnography
Pawnography