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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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Survivor
Survivor
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Top Chef
Top Chef
Project Runway
Project Runway
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Solitary
Solitary
Family Feud
Family Feud
Next
Next
Silent Library
Silent Library
Baggage
Baggage
The People's Court
The People's Court
Keys to the VIP
Keys to the VIP
Qi
Qi
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Pawnography
Pawnography
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
Wipeout
Wipeout
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Lingo
Lingo
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
Freakshow
Freakshow
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Start-Up Junkies
Start-Up Junkies
The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares
I Love Money
I Love Money
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Food Fighters
Food Fighters
Tease
Tease
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
Catch 21
Catch 21
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling
The Game of Life (2011)
The Game of Life (2011)
Killer Karaoke
Killer Karaoke
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
The Moment Of Truth
The Moment Of Truth
The Winner Is
The Winner Is
Win, Lose, or Draw
Win, Lose, or Draw
Love Connection
Love Connection
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Mind of a Man
Mind of a Man
You Deserve It
You Deserve It
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
Exit
Exit
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Whose Line Is It Anyway (UK)
Whose Line Is It Anyway (UK)
Scrapheap Challenge
Scrapheap Challenge
The Truth Behind
The Truth Behind
Wanna Bet?
Wanna Bet?
Spell-Mageddon
Spell-Mageddon
Oblivious
Oblivious
The Big Food Fight
The Big Food Fight
Pumped!
Pumped!
Great American Road Trip
Great American Road Trip
Cha$e
Cha$e
Bunk
Bunk
Survival School
Survival School
Head Games
Head Games
WCG Ultimate Gamer
WCG Ultimate Gamer
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
Deal or No Deal (UK)
Deal or No Deal (UK)
Countdown
Countdown
Game Show Network Specials
Game Show Network Specials
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
8 Out of 10 Cats
8 Out of 10 Cats
X-Play
X-Play
Top Design
Top Design
Immortalized
Immortalized
Be A Grand Prix Driver
Be A Grand Prix Driver
It's All About Amy
It's All About Amy
Take It All
Take It All
History Bee
History Bee
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Picked Off
Picked Off
Oh Sit!
Oh Sit!
Welcome to the Parker
Welcome to the Parker
Beat the Chefs
Beat the Chefs