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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 Price is Right
The Price is Right
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
The Challenge
The Challenge
Qi
Qi
Next
Next
Ellen's Game of Games
Ellen's Game of Games
Top Chef
Top Chef
Paradise Run
Paradise Run
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Project Runway
Project Runway
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
The Wall
The Wall
Wipeout
Wipeout
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Silent Library
Fear Factor
Guy's Grocery Games
Flipping Out
Jeopardy!
Kenny vs. Spenny
Wheel of Fortune
Family Feud
Solitary
Figure It Out
Match Game
Child Support
To Tell the Truth
Freakshow
Divided
The American Bible Challenge
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Chasing Destiny
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8 Out of 10 Cats
Sports Jeopardy
Skin Wars
Team Ninja Warrior
America's Got Talent
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The Newlywed Game
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Deal or No Deal
Celebrity Family Feud
Baggage
Celebrity Apprentice
Skatoony
Destroy Build Destroy
Fear Factor (Original)
It Takes a Church
Dirty Dancing
Survivor
Travel Girls
Amnesia (2008)
Keys to the VIP
The Hollywood Squares
Duel
The People's Court
Hole in the Wall
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Little Big Shots
KPOP STAR 2
Repo Games
Hollywood Game Night
Temptation Island
The Chase
BrainSurge
Celebrity Name Game
Idiot Test
Snap Decision
Crashletes
Hellevator
Opportunity Knocks
The Singing Bee
Don't Forget the Lyrics
I Love Money
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Quest For The Bay
American Gladiators
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The Game of Life
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