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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
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Project Runway
Project Runway
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Top Chef
Top Chef
Silent Library
Silent Library
Next
Next
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Wipeout
Wipeout
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Family Feud
Family Feud
Baggage
Baggage
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
Solitary
Solitary
KPOP STAR 4
KPOP STAR 4
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
The People's Court
The People's Court
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Scrapheap Challenge
Scrapheap Challenge
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Framework
Framework
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Qi
Qi
The Great Escape
The Great Escape
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Win, Lose, or Draw
Win, Lose, or Draw
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Freakshow
Freakshow
The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares
Funniest Wins
Funniest Wins
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
I Love Money
I Love Money
Exit
Exit
Repo Games
Repo Games
Duff Till Dawn
Duff Till Dawn
Keys to the VIP
Keys to the VIP
Broke A$$ Game Show
Broke A$$ Game Show
The Winner Is
The Winner Is
Love Connection
Love Connection
Pawnography
Pawnography
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
Baggage on the Road
Baggage on the Road
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Food Court Wars
Food Court Wars
Balls of Steel
Balls of Steel
Family Double Dare
Family Double Dare
Whose Line Is It Anyway (UK)
Whose Line Is It Anyway (UK)
Money From Strangers
Money From Strangers
Ton of Cash
Ton of Cash
Spell-Mageddon
Spell-Mageddon
Your Face or Mine?
Your Face or Mine?
Dance Machine
Dance Machine
Amnesia
Amnesia
Catch 21
Catch 21
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
The Great Sperm Race
The Great Sperm Race
Oblivious
Oblivious
X-Play
X-Play
The Game of Life (2011)
The Game of Life (2011)
Mind of a Man
Mind of a Man
Dirty Dancing (TV)
Dirty Dancing (TV)
Oh Sit!
Oh Sit!
Nashville Star
Nashville Star
Family BrainSurge
Family BrainSurge
Bet On Your Baby
Bet On Your Baby
Take the Money and Run
Take the Money and Run
Game Show Network Specials
Game Show Network Specials
Killer Karaoke
Killer Karaoke
It's All About Amy
It's All About Amy
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
Gay, Straight or Taken?
Gay, Straight or Taken?
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Brain Rush
Brain Rush
Countdown
Countdown
Opportunity Knocks
Opportunity Knocks
Tease
Tease
The Moment Of Truth
The Moment Of Truth
Family Dance Off
Family Dance Off
Duel
Duel
Wanna Bet?
Wanna Bet?
The Big Food Fight
The Big Food Fight
500 Questions
500 Questions
Death Valley (2014)
Death Valley (2014)
Howie Mandel's White Elephant
Howie Mandel's White Elephant
Beat the Chefs
Beat the Chefs
Global Beauty Masters
Global Beauty Masters
Picked Off
Picked Off
No Boundaries
No Boundaries
Be A Grand Prix Driver
Be A Grand Prix Driver
History Bee
History Bee
The American Baking Competition
The American Baking Competition
Nick Arcade
Nick Arcade
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
The Million Second Quiz
The Million Second Quiz
The Chase (US)
The Chase (US)
Food Fighters
Food Fighters
Perfect Score
Perfect Score
Super Sloppy Double Dare, Vol. 2
Super Sloppy Double Dare, Vol. 2
American Gladiators (2008)
American Gladiators (2008)
TableTop
TableTop
Immortalized
Immortalized
Bam's Bad Ass Game Show
Bam's Bad Ass Game Show
American Grilled
American Grilled
Underground BBQ Challenge
Underground BBQ Challenge
Take It All
Take It All
Elite New Face
Elite New Face
Are You Normal, America?
Are You Normal, America?
Bad Girls Road Trip
Bad Girls Road Trip
Great American Road Trip
Great American Road Trip
Kenny vs. Spenny
Kenny vs. Spenny
There Goes The Neighborhood
There Goes The Neighborhood
Head Games
Head Games
Bank of Hollywood
Bank of Hollywood
Our Little Genius
Our Little Genius
Sex Wars
Sex Wars
8 Out of 10 Cats
8 Out of 10 Cats
Downfall
Downfall
Late Night Liars
Late Night Liars
Hidden Agenda
Hidden Agenda
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
The Money List
The Money List
WCG Ultimate Gamer
WCG Ultimate Gamer
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling
Rock & A Hard Place
Rock & A Hard Place
Denise Richards: It's Complicated
Denise Richards: It's Complicated
Fashion Forward
Fashion Forward
Jingles
Jingles
Million Dollar Password
Million Dollar Password
Start-Up Junkies
Start-Up Junkies
Top Design
Top Design
The Mole
The Mole
Welcome to the Parker
Welcome to the Parker
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Poker Showdown
Celebrity Poker Showdown
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Wangan Midnight
Wangan Midnight
Survival School
Survival School
Lingo
Lingo
Million Dollar Money Drop
Million Dollar Money Drop
It's Worth What?
It's Worth What?
Who's Still Standing
Who's Still Standing
Cha$e
Cha$e
Scream if You Know The Answer
Scream if You Know The Answer
Strictly Speaking
Strictly Speaking
Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge
Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge
You Deserve It
You Deserve It
Clue
Clue
Pumped!
Pumped!
After Love
After Love
Noche de Perros
Noche de Perros
Travel Girls
Travel Girls
Escape Routes
Escape Routes
Quest For The Bay
Quest For The Bay
Bunk
Bunk
World's Toughest Trucker
World's Toughest Trucker
Dicing with Debt
Dicing with Debt
Tell It to Me Straight
Tell It to Me Straight
Without Prejudice
Without Prejudice
Big Fat Quiz of the Year
Big Fat Quiz of the Year
Cash Cab Chicago
Cash Cab Chicago
Banzai
Banzai
Deal or No Deal (UK)
Deal or No Deal (UK)
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
BrainSurge
BrainSurge
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Vanity Lair
Vanity Lair
Family Trade
Family Trade
Baseball IQ
Baseball IQ
Samantha Brown's Cash Attack
Samantha Brown's Cash Attack
The Great Big American Auction
The Great Big American Auction
Dinner Party Wars
Dinner Party Wars
Instant Recall
Instant Recall
20Q
20Q
Pay It Off
Pay It Off