Game Show TV Shows

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.

Love Island
Love Island
The Challenge
The Challenge
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Family Feud
Family Feud
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Project Runway
Project Runway
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
The People's Court
The People's Court
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time
Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Ellen's Game of Games
Ellen's Game of Games
How Far Is Tattoo Far?
How Far Is Tattoo Far?
Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D and Vinny
Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D and Vinny
Kids Say the Darndest Things
Kids Say the Darndest Things
Kenny vs. Spenny
Kenny vs. Spenny
Fear Factor (Original)
Fear Factor (Original)
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Paradise Run
Paradise Run
Top Chef
Top Chef
Solitary
Solitary
I Love Money
I Love Money
Qi
Qi
Next
Next
Silent Library
Silent Library
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Wipeout
Wipeout
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Match Game
Match Game
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Keep It Spotless
Keep It Spotless
Busted!
Busted!
SafeWord
SafeWord
Chasing Destiny
Chasing Destiny
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Spin the Wheel
Spin the Wheel
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
8 Out of 10 Cats
8 Out of 10 Cats
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Child Support
Child Support
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Crashletes
Crashletes
Repo Games
Repo Games
The Chase
The Chase
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
Clue
Clue
TKO: Total Knock Out
TKO: Total Knock Out
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
Freakshow
Freakshow
Double Dare
Double Dare
Love Connection
Love Connection
World's Toughest Trucker
World's Toughest Trucker
Card Sharks
Card Sharks
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
The Big Fun Crafty Show
The Big Fun Crafty Show
Baggage
Baggage
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Hellevator
Hellevator
Bushcraft Build-Off
Bushcraft Build-Off
Framework
Framework
Top Design
Top Design
The Drone Racing League
The Drone Racing League
Big Star Little Star
Big Star Little Star
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Your Face or Mine?
Your Face or Mine?
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Food Fighters
Food Fighters
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Team Ninja Warrior
Team Ninja Warrior
Mental Samurai
Mental Samurai
The Game of Life
The Game of Life
Killer Karaoke
Killer Karaoke
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
The Wall
The Wall
Catch 21
Catch 21
Shotgun
Shotgun
Little Big Shots
Little Big Shots
Wangan Midnight
Wangan Midnight
Taskmaster!
Taskmaster!
Candy Crush
Candy Crush
Skatoony
Skatoony
Big Fat Quiz of the Year
Big Fat Quiz of the Year
Countdown
Countdown
Idiotest
Idiotest
The American Baking Competition
The American Baking Competition
BrainSurge
BrainSurge