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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
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Baggage
Baggage
Candy Crush
Candy Crush
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Kenny vs. Spenny
Kenny vs. Spenny
Silent Library
Silent Library
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Solitary
Solitary
The Wall
The Wall
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Paradise Run
Fear Factor (Original)
Top Chef
Wipeout
Guy's Grocery Games
Next
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Love Connection
Project Runway
Beat Shazam
Preachers of L.A.
Superhuman
The F Word
SafeWord
Repo Games
Divided
Jeopardy!
Travel Girls
To Tell the Truth
Skin Wars
Freakshow
Crashletes
Hollywood Game Night
Dude, You're Screwed
Emogenius
Scrapheap Challenge
Hellevator
Chasing Destiny
Wheel of Fortune
Temptation Island
Family Feud
Cash Cab
Little Big Shots
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Dirty Dancing
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
The Newlywed Game
Celebrity Apprentice
KPOP STAR 2
Your Face or Mine?
It Takes a Church
Survivor
The Chase
MTV2's Joking Off
Amnesia (2008)
Keys to the VIP
Quest For The Bay
Deal or No Deal
Duel
Qi
The Hollywood Squares
Team Ninja Warrior
Bad Girls Road Trip
Idiot Test
Minute to Win It
Idiotest
Don't Forget the Lyrics
The People's Court
The $100,000 Pyramid
Game of Arms
Family Game Night
Battle of the Bods
Exit
BrainSurge
Celebrity Name Game
Shotgun
David Blaine: Beyond Magic
Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge
Gran Oportunidad
Make Me A Supermodel
Snap Decision
Nashville Star
Dicing with Debt
Save to Win
Dance Machine
The Great Sperm Race
Big Star Little Star
Take Me Out
Bet On Your Baby
No Boundaries