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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
Little Big Shots
Little Big Shots
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Family Feud
Family Feud
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Top Chef
Top Chef
Project Runway
Project Runway
The Winner Is
The Winner Is
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Chasing Destiny
Chasing Destiny
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
MTV2's Joking Off
MTV2's Joking Off
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Silent Library
Silent Library
Hellevator
Hellevator
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Wipeout
Wipeout
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
Baggage
Baggage
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Paradise Run
Paradise Run
The People's Court
The People's Court
I Love Money
I Love Money
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Next
Next
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Celebrity Name Game
Celebrity Name Game
The Great Sperm Race
The Great Sperm Race
Freakshow
Freakshow
Global Beauty Masters
Global Beauty Masters
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
Tease
Tease
Lingo
Lingo
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
Nick Arcade
Nick Arcade
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Top Design
Top Design
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Your Face or Mine?
Your Face or Mine?
Love Connection
Love Connection
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Family Double Dare
Family Double Dare
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Separation Anxiety
Separation Anxiety
Solitary
Solitary
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Survival School
Survival School
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Brain Rush
Brain Rush
Kenny vs. Spenny
Kenny vs. Spenny
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Balls of Steel
Balls of Steel
Catch 21
Catch 21
The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares
Countdown
Countdown
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
BrainSurge
BrainSurge
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
The Great Escape
The Great Escape
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Elite New Face
Elite New Face
Perfect Score
Perfect Score
Food Fighters
Food Fighters
Exit
Exit
Win, Lose, or Draw
Win, Lose, or Draw
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
Pawnography
Pawnography
Broke A$$ Game Show
Broke A$$ Game Show
Bullseye
Bullseye
Pontoon Payday
Pontoon Payday
Chain Reaction
Chain Reaction
Driven to Love
Driven to Love
Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul
Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul
American Gladiators
American Gladiators
Amnesia
Amnesia
Bad Girls Road Trip
Bad Girls Road Trip