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
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Family Feud
Family Feud
Survivor
Survivor
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Top Chef
Top Chef
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
Project Runway
Project Runway
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Silent Library
Silent Library
Hellevator
Hellevator
MTV2's Joking Off
MTV2's Joking Off
The People's Court
The People's Court
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Solitary
Solitary
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
The Winner Is
The Winner Is
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Next
Next
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Wipeout
Wipeout
Baggage
Baggage
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Family Double Dare
Family Double Dare
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
I Love Money
I Love Money
Countdown
Countdown
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Top Design
Top Design
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Exit
Exit
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Freakshow
Freakshow
Broke A$$ Game Show
Broke A$$ Game Show
Bullseye
Bullseye
Smartest Guy in the Room
Smartest Guy in the Room
X-Play
X-Play
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Framework
Framework
Celebrity Name Game
Celebrity Name Game
The Great Holiday Baking Show
The Great Holiday Baking Show
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Lingo
Lingo
Your Face or Mine?
Your Face or Mine?
Killer Karaoke
Killer Karaoke
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Win, Lose, or Draw
Win, Lose, or Draw
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
Welcome to the Parker
Welcome to the Parker
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling
8 Out of 10 Cats
8 Out of 10 Cats
Downfall
Downfall
Repo Games
Repo Games
BrainSurge
BrainSurge
The Great Sperm Race
The Great Sperm Race
Spell-Mageddon
Spell-Mageddon
Family Dance Off
Family Dance Off
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
Funniest Wins
Funniest Wins
500 Questions
500 Questions
Dirty Dancing (TV)
Dirty Dancing (TV)
KPOP STAR 4
KPOP STAR 4
Baggage on the Road
Baggage on the Road
Pontoon Payday
Pontoon Payday
Superhuman
Superhuman
Amnesia
Amnesia
Duel
Duel
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
Nashville Star
Nashville Star
Opportunity Knocks
Opportunity Knocks
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Survival School
Survival School
WCG Ultimate Gamer
WCG Ultimate Gamer
Brain Rush
Brain Rush
Kenny vs. Spenny
Kenny vs. Spenny
Tease
Tease