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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 Challenge
The Challenge
Love Island
Love Island
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
How Far Is Tattoo Far?
How Far Is Tattoo Far?
The People's Court
The People's Court
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
SafeWord
SafeWord
Wipeout
Wipeout
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Qi
Qi
Child Support
Child Support
Top Chef
Top Chef
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Chasing Destiny
Chasing Destiny
Project Runway
Project Runway
Silent Library
Silent Library
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Love Connection
Love Connection
Skatoony
Skatoony
Little Big Shots
Little Big Shots
Match Game
Match Game
The Wall
The Wall
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Freakshow
Freakshow
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
To Tell the Truth
To Tell the Truth
Family Feud
Family Feud
Keep It Spotless
Keep It Spotless
Solitary
Solitary
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
The American Baking Competition
The American Baking Competition
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
The Game of Life
The Game of Life
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Next
Next
Take the Money and Run
Take the Money and Run
Team Ninja Warrior
Team Ninja Warrior
Hellevator
Hellevator
Baggage
Baggage
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
Bushcraft Build-Off
Bushcraft Build-Off
Brake Room
Brake Room
Food Fighters
Food Fighters
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
Paid Off With Michael Torpey
Paid Off With Michael Torpey
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Your Face or Mine?
Your Face or Mine?
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Fear Factor (Original)
Fear Factor (Original)
Dirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
X-Play
X-Play
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
The Great Escape
The Great Escape
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Bad Girls Road Trip
Bad Girls Road Trip
The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Repo Games
Repo Games
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Kenny vs. Spenny
Kenny vs. Spenny
Killer Karaoke
Killer Karaoke
The Chase
The Chase
Beat Shazam
Beat Shazam
The $100,000 Pyramid
The $100,000 Pyramid
8 Out of 10 Cats
8 Out of 10 Cats
Black Card Revoked
Black Card Revoked
Double Dare
Double Dare
Paradise Run
Paradise Run
Opportunity Knocks
Opportunity Knocks
Chain Reaction
Chain Reaction
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Separation Anxiety
Separation Anxiety
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Cooking on High
Cooking on High
Candy Crush
Candy Crush
Funniest Wins
Funniest Wins
Deal or No Deal (UK)
Deal or No Deal (UK)
Snoop Dogg Presents: The Joker's Wild
Snoop Dogg Presents: The Joker's Wild
Idiot Test
Idiot Test