The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

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What are the greatest game shows of all time? If there's one staple of American television, it's the game show. Over the decades, TV game shows have evolved with the times. Today, some of them combine elements of reality televison, while others stick to their guns and keep their original formats. Shows like Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune are good examples of this. They're popular for a reason: People love to play along at home. Which TV game show is the best ever? That's for you to decide here, with your votes. Vote up your favorites and of course, vote down any game shows you can't stand.

Almost everyone loves a good television game show. We enjoy rooting for the contestants as they try to answer questions correctly, estimate prices of items (no going over, Price is Right players!), wheel and deal with hosts to pick the best prizes (Let's Make a Deal) and navigate extremely tricky obstacle courses to win big money (Wipeout). Are you a viewer who pulls for the underdog? You probably aren't alone.

Dating-based game shows have been popular for years, going back to Match Game, The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game. Trivia game shows will forever be a favorite, as contestants try to answer questions correctly to win cash and prizes. As far as prizes go, we've come a long way from buying that tacky ceramic Dalmatian on Wheel of Fortune. Cash prizes for game shows now are easily in the tens of thousands, possibly more. Bigger prizes make for bigger competition!

Enjoy this list of the greatest game shows in television history and don't forget to vote. Also, feel free to add any of your favorite shows that are missing, and rerank them into your own list!

Check out more lists like Game Show Fails and The Best Game Shows to Play Along at Home.
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    Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire

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    Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson

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    Al Roker, Richard Dawson, Louie Anderson

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    Pat Sajak, Vanna White, Charlie O'Donnell

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    Tom Bergeron, Shadoe Stevens, Whoopi Goldberg

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    Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews, Cedric the Entertainer

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    Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum, Rob Marrocco Jr.

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    Betty White, Patty Duke, Richard Dawson

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    Betty White, Dick Clark, Dara Torres

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    Bob Hilton, Charlie O'Donnell, Johnny Jacobs

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    Betty White, Allen Ludden, Gene Wood

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    George DeWitt

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    Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

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    Phyllis Diller, Michele Lee, George Gray

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    Peter Tomarken, Savage Steve Holland, Charlie O'Donnell

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    Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood, Jim Lange

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    Jeff Foxworthy, Danielle Soibelman, Madison Leisle

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    Markie Post, Bob Eubanks, Gary Kroeger

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    John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

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    What's My Line? is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

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    Lucille Ball, Tony Randall, Steve Allen

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    Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone, 'Weird Al' Yankovic

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    Ben Stein, Jimmy Kimmel, Nancy Pimental

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    Gene Rayburn, Jack Barry, Bill Wendell

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    Bradley Walsh

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    Adam Sandler, Denis Leary, Colin Quinn

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    David Ruprecht

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    Drew Carey, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles

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    Chuck Woolery

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    Ed McMahon, Hugh Downs, Gene Wood

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    Mike Adamle, Joe Theismann, Todd Christensen

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    Chuck Woolery, Stacey Hayes

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    Jokers Wild

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    Kirk Fogg, Dee Bradley Baker, Jennifer Holtz

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    Charlie O'Donnell, Bill Cullen, Jack Barry

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    Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Vicki Lawrence

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    Monty Hall, Warren Oates, Dee Bradley Baker

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    Dee Bradley Baker, Mark L. Walberg, Pat Finn

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    Felicia Day, Ryon Day

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    Gary Kroeger

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    Figure It Out is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

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    Figure It Out

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    Bill Cullen, Johnny Gilbert, Geoff Edwards

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    Beat Kitano, Mary Scheer, John Cervenka

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    Paul Reubens

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    Guy Fieri, Kimberly Fox, Aaron Hedrick

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    The Chase is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time


    The Chase

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    Carmen Electra

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    Mark L. Walberg

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