The Greatest Game Shows of All Time TV Programs
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The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

List Criteria: No competitive reality shows.

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!

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    the people's #1
    Jeopardy

    2002 More
    100
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    1976 More
    94
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    1956 More
    94
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    most listed
    Wheel of Fortune

    1983 More
    87
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    1966 More
    81
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    1999 More
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    1973 More
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    1961 More
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    1966 More
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    Jeopardy!

    1964 More
    65
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    1976 More
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    1952 More
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    1983 More
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tic-Tac-Dough

    1956 More
    52
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    1962 More
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    1978 More
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    What's My Line?

    1950 More
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    added by: snowman69
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    1988 More
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    1958 More
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    added by: snowman69
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    1963 More
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    added by: AshleyLCarswell
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    Jokers Wild

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    often listed
    Remote Control

    1987 More
    41
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    1965 More
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    added by: bojanthebest
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    1988 More
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    added by: bojanthebest
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    1983 More
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    Singled Out

    1995 More
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    added by: snowman69
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    1993 More
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    1991 More
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    added by: bojanthebest
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sale of the Century

    1969 More
    32
    added by: snowman69
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Nickelodeon Guts

    1992 More
    31
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    To Tell the Truth (1956)

    1956 More
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    added by: monty46
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    2005 More
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    1950 More
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    MXC

    2003 More
    28
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    2008 More
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    1979 More
    28
    added by: AshleyLCarswell
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    1955 More
    27
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