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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
Survivor
Survivor
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Project Runway
Project Runway
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Bet On Your Baby
Bet On Your Baby
The People's Court
The People's Court
Next
Next
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Top Chef
Top Chef
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Wipeout
Wipeout
Silent Library
Silent Library
Qi
Qi
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
Solitary
Solitary
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Baggage
Baggage
The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
I Love Money
I Love Money
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Food Court Wars
Food Court Wars
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Start-Up Junkies
Start-Up Junkies
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Freakshow
Freakshow
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Noche de Perros
Noche de Perros
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Keys to the VIP
Keys to the VIP
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
Funniest Wins
Funniest Wins
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
American Grilled
American Grilled
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Sex Wars
Sex Wars
Mind of a Man
Mind of a Man
Balls of Steel
Balls of Steel
Love Connection
Love Connection
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
BrainSurge
BrainSurge
Countdown
Countdown
Repo Games
Repo Games
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
Game Show Network Specials
Game Show Network Specials
Food Fighters
Food Fighters
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
No Boundaries
No Boundaries
Bunk
Bunk
Oblivious
Oblivious
Money From Strangers
Money From Strangers
Lingo
Lingo
Killer Karaoke
Killer Karaoke
Scrapheap Challenge
Scrapheap Challenge
The Big Food Fight
The Big Food Fight
Your Face or Mine?
Your Face or Mine?
Tell It to Me Straight
Tell It to Me Straight
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Duel
Duel
Head Games
Head Games
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
Survival School
Survival School
Nashville Star
Nashville Star
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Wanna Bet?
Wanna Bet?
Immortalized
Immortalized
Are You Normal, America?
Are You Normal, America?
Be A Grand Prix Driver
Be A Grand Prix Driver
X-Play
X-Play
Welcome to the Parker
Welcome to the Parker
Perfect Score
Perfect Score
The Mole
The Mole
It's All About Amy
It's All About Amy
Take It All
Take It All
Elite New Face
Elite New Face
History Bee
History Bee
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Picked Off
Picked Off
Oh Sit!
Oh Sit!