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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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The Price is Right
The Price is Right
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
The Challenge
The Challenge
Next
Next
Qi
Qi
Top Chef
Top Chef
Paradise Run
Paradise Run
Ellen's Game of Games
Ellen's Game of Games
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
The Wall
The Wall
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Project Runway
Project Runway
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Wipeout
Wipeout
Silent Library
Silent Library
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Skin Wars
Jeopardy!
Fear Factor
Child Support
Wheel of Fortune
Family Feud
Bushcraft Build-Off
Match Game
Sports Jeopardy
Kenny vs. Spenny
Flipping Out
Love Connection
Hole in the Wall
To Tell the Truth
The American Bible Challenge
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
Face Value
Solitary
Team Ninja Warrior
Food Fighters
Broke A$$ Game Show
Estate Of Panic
America's Got Talent
Baggage
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
The Newlywed Game
It Takes a Church
Celebrity Family Feud
Deal or No Deal
Clue
Temptation Island
Destroy Build Destroy
Your Face or Mine?
Idiotest
Fear Factor (Original)
Dirty Dancing
Survivor
Travel Girls
Amnesia (2008)
Keys to the VIP
Celebrity Apprentice
Skatoony
Duel
The People's Court
Repo Games
The Chase
Exit
Dude, You're Screwed
Celebrity Name Game
Little Big Shots
Idiot Test
The Singing Bee
I Love Money
Total Blackout
Hollywood Game Night
Rock & A Hard Place
BrainSurge
MTV2's Joking Off
Freakshow
Funniest Wins
Snap Decision
The Hollywood Squares
Hellevator
Original American Gladiators Collection
Black Card Revoked
Take Me Out
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Quest For The Bay
Who's Still Standing
American Gladiators
The American Baking Competition
Cha$e
KPOP STAR 4
Family Game Night
Battle of the Bods
Global Beauty Masters
Million Dollar Money Drop
The Mole
The Drone Racing League