Game Show TV Shows

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
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
The People's Court
The People's Court
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Top Chef
Top Chef
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Chasing Destiny
Chasing Destiny
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Little Big Shots
Little Big Shots
Baggage
Baggage
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Wipeout
Wipeout
How Far Is Tattoo Far?
How Far Is Tattoo Far?
Qi
Qi
Love Connection
Love Connection
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Bushcraft Build-Off
Bushcraft Build-Off
Skatoony
Skatoony
Project Runway
Project Runway
Keep It Spotless
Keep It Spotless
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
The Big Fun Crafty Show
The Big Fun Crafty Show
SafeWord
SafeWord
Double Dare
Double Dare
Silent Library
Silent Library
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Match Game
Match Game
Paradise Run
Paradise Run
The Great Escape
The Great Escape
The Game of Life
The Game of Life
Family Feud
Family Feud
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
Child Support
Child Support
Team Ninja Warrior
Team Ninja Warrior
Talk Show the Game Show
Talk Show the Game Show
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
To Tell the Truth
To Tell the Truth
Brake Room
Brake Room
The Grill of Victory
The Grill of Victory
The Wall
The Wall
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
Solitary
Solitary
The Remix
The Remix
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Next
Next
Framework
Framework
Separation Anxiety
Separation Anxiety
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
The F Word
The F Word
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
Ellen's Game of Games
Ellen's Game of Games
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Hellevator
Hellevator
The American Baking Competition
The American Baking Competition
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Fear Factor (Original)
Fear Factor (Original)
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
World's Toughest Trucker
World's Toughest Trucker
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Catch 21
Catch 21
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
BrainSurge
BrainSurge
The Great Holiday Baking Show
The Great Holiday Baking Show
Busted!
Busted!
Chain Reaction
Chain Reaction
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Kenny vs. Spenny
Kenny vs. Spenny
The Chase
The Chase
TKO: Total Knock Out
TKO: Total Knock Out
Cooking on High
Cooking on High
Freakshow
Freakshow
The $100,000 Pyramid
The $100,000 Pyramid
Deal or No Deal (UK)
Deal or No Deal (UK)
The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares
Nashville Star
Nashville Star
Idiotest
Idiotest
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Clue
Clue
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Game Show Network Specials
Game Show Network Specials
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
American Gladiators
American Gladiators
Without Prejudice
Without Prejudice