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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
The Challenge
The Challenge
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Project Runway
Project Runway
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Kenny vs. Spenny
Kenny vs. Spenny
Next
Next
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
The Wall
The Wall
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Family Feud
Family Feud
Wipeout
Wipeout
Fear Factor (Original)
Fear Factor (Original)
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Idiotest
Idiotest
Preachers of L.A.
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Top Chef
Silent Library
The Biggest Loser
Snap Decision
Candy Crush
Divided
Wheel of Fortune
Love Connection
The F Word
Sports Jeopardy
Game of Arms
Skin Wars
Your Face or Mine?
The $100,000 Pyramid
Fishcenter Live
The Great Escape
Repo Games
Emogenius
Scrapheap Challenge
Crashletes
8 Out of 10 Cats
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Deal or No Deal
The Newlywed Game
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
It Takes a Church
Quest For The Bay
Qi
Cash Cab
Little Big Shots
KPOP STAR 2
Survivor
Temptation Island
The Chase
Travel Girls
Amnesia (2008)
Keys to the VIP
The American Bible Challenge
Duel
Destroy Build Destroy
Celebrity Name Game
Idiot Test
Hole in the Wall
Baggage
Solitary
Countdown
Dude, You're Screwed
Freakshow
Shotgun
Celebrity Apprentice
Nashville Star
Minute to Win It
The Singing Bee
Figure It Out
Duff Till Dawn
Beat Shazam
Big Star Little Star
Food Court Wars
Team Ninja Warrior
Driven to Love
Gay For Play Game Show Starring RuPaul
Hidden Agenda
Family Game Night
Killer Karaoke
Big Fan
After Love
Without Prejudice
BrainSurge
Mind of a Man
Owner's Manual
The Great Holiday Baking Show
Bad Girls Road Trip
Gran Oportunidad
Balls of Steel
Chasing Destiny
Dance Machine
Are You Normal, America?
Take Me Out