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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
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Little Big Shots
Little Big Shots
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Fear Factor (Original)
Fear Factor (Original)
The Wall
The Wall
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Project Runway
Project Runway
Qi
Qi
Superhuman
Superhuman
Beat Shazam
Beat Shazam
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Paradise Run
Paradise Run
Top Chef
Top Chef
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
To Tell the Truth
To Tell the Truth
Idiotest
Idiotest
Big Star Little Star
Family Feud
Wipeout
Love Connection
Jeopardy!
Wheel of Fortune
Solitary
Estate Of Panic
Total Blackout
Next
Team Ninja Warrior
Guy's Grocery Games
Figure It Out
Let's Make A Deal
Baggage
Hellevator
The F Word
Flipping Out
Preachers of L.A.
The $100,000 Pyramid
Framework
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The American Baking Competition
Bullseye
Chasing Destiny
Temptation Island
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Minute to Win It
Your Face or Mine?
Kenny vs. Spenny
It Takes a Church
Duel
Idiot Test
The Newlywed Game
Deal or No Deal
The People's Court
Celebrity Apprentice
I Love Money
Dirty Dancing
Survivor
The Chase
Travel Girls
BrainSurge
Amnesia (2008)
Keys to the VIP
Quest For The Bay
The American Bible Challenge
Destroy Build Destroy
Family Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
Scrapheap Challenge
Cash Cab
Emogenius
Celebrity Name Game
Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge
Tracks
Big Fat Quiz of the Year
The Singing Bee
KPOP STAR 2
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Sports Jeopardy
A Wicked Offer
Million Dollar Money Drop
Bad Girls Road Trip
Deal or No Deal (UK)
Money From Strangers
Nashville Star
Double Dare
The Great Sperm Race
Divided
Bet On Your Baby
Opportunity Knocks
The Great Escape
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Take the Money and Run
Clue
Silent Library
Match Game
Crashletes
Dude, You're Screwed