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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.

About This Genre
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
The Challenge
The Challenge
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Project Runway
Project Runway
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Qi
Qi
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Clue
Clue
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
Paradise Run
Paradise Run
Family Feud
Family Feud
Next
Next
Love Connection
Love Connection
Top Chef
Top Chef
Match Game
Match Game
Fear Factor (Original)
Wipeout
Wheel of Fortune
Destroy Build Destroy
Cash Cab
Hole in the Wall
Silent Library
Solitary
Snap Decision
Figure It Out
America's Got Talent
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Guy's Grocery Games
Hollywood Game Night
Beat Shazam
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Your Face or Mine?
It Takes a Church
The Chase
Deal or No Deal
Skatoony
The American Bible Challenge
Baggage
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Apprentice
Temptation Island
Survivor
Kenny vs. Spenny
Travel Girls
Dude, You're Screwed
Amnesia (2008)
Keys to the VIP
Quest For The Bay
Catch 21
The Moment Of Truth
Duel
The Wall
Dirty Dancing
Owner's Manual
The Newlywed Game
Idiot Test
Hellevator
Preachers of L.A.
Family Game Night
Killer Karaoke
BrainSurge
Celebrity Name Game
Bad Girls Road Trip
Gran Oportunidad
Little Big Shots
Chasing Destiny
KPOP STAR 2
Game of Arms
The $100,000 Pyramid
Baggage on the Road
Exit
Without Prejudice
The Game of Life
20Q
Shotgun
Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge
Deal or No Deal (UK)
The Hollywood Squares
Broke A$$ Game Show
Original American Gladiators Collection
Minute to Win It
Smartest Guy in the Room
Celebrity Poker Showdown
The F Word
Idiotest
Divided
Brain Rush
Take Me Out
Opportunity Knocks
Don't Forget the Lyrics
Great American Road Trip
Chain Reaction
Duff Till Dawn
Sports Jeopardy
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style