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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
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
Little Big Shots
Little Big Shots
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
Qi
Qi
The Wall
The Wall
Solitary
Solitary
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Top Chef
Top Chef
I Love Money
I Love Money
Project Runway
Project Runway
Silent Library
Silent Library
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Wipeout
Wipeout
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Family Feud
Family Feud
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Wheel of Fortune
Kenny vs. Spenny
Flipping Out
Kitchen Nightmares
Preachers of L.A.
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Guy's Grocery Games
Skin Wars
Hellevator
Next
Paradise Run
America's Got Talent
Match Game
Love Connection
Game of Arms
Crashletes
The American Bible Challenge
MTV2's Joking Off
Temptation Island
Baggage
It Takes a Church
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Deal or No Deal
The Newlywed Game
Idiot Test
Cash Cab
Keys to the VIP
The Singing Bee
BrainSurge
Dirty Dancing
The Moment Of Truth
The People's Court
Amnesia (2008)
Duel
Survivor
Celebrity Family Feud
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Destroy Build Destroy
Family Game Night
Travel Girls
Quest For The Bay
Figure It Out
Catch 21
Bunk
Sports Jeopardy
Celebrity Name Game
The Game of Life
Freakshow
Team Ninja Warrior
Shotgun
Bad Girls Road Trip
Battle of the Bods
Tease
Late Night Liars
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Your Face or Mine?
Countdown
Money From Strangers
Take Me Out
Oh Sit!
Game Show Network Specials
The American Baking Competition
The Chase
Owner's Manual
Dinner Party Wars
Dude, You're Screwed
Baggage on the Road
Idiotest
First Impressions with Dana Carvey
Winsanity
Divided
To Tell the Truth
Estate Of Panic
8 Out of 10 Cats
Scrapheap Challenge
Repo Games
Take the Money and Run
Family Double Dare
Super Sloppy Double Dare, Vol. 2
Nick Arcade