The Greatest Game Shows of All Time TV Programs

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, Art Fleming

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    Tyra Banks, Drew Carey, Bob Barker

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    Al Roker, Richard Dawson, Louie Anderson

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    Don Pardo, Chuck Woolery, Jack Clark

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    Regis Philbin

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    Joan Rivers, Whoopi Goldberg, Gilbert Gottfried

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    Vanessa Lachey, Vance DeGeneres, Bob Hilton

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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, Katie Cleary, Anya Monzikova

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    Phyllis Diller, Michele Lee, George Gray

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    Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood, Jim Lange

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    Peter Tomarken, Savage Steve Holland, Charlie O'Donnell

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    Jill Wagner, John Henson, John Anderson

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    Jeff Foxworthy

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    Markie Post, Bob Eubanks, Gary Kroeger

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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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    Bruce Jenner, Billy Dee Williams, Marc Summers

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    Bradley Walsh

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    Jimmy Kimmel, Ben Stein, Nancy Pimental

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    Gene Rayburn, Jack Barry, Bill Wendell

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    Colin Farrell, Griff Rhys Jones, Graeme Garden

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    David Ruprecht

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    Adam Sandler, Denis Leary, Colin Quinn

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    Ed McMahon, Hugh Downs, Gene Wood

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    Joe Theismann, Todd Christensen, Billy Smith

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    Chuck Woolery

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    Dee Bradley Baker

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    Chuck Woolery, Stacey Hayes

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    Jokers Wild

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    Charlie O'Donnell, Bill Cullen, Jack Barry

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    Monty Hall, Warren Oates, Dee Bradley Baker

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    Lynne Thigpen, Greg Lee, Doug Preis

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    Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Vicki Lawrence

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    Dee Bradley Baker, Mark L. Walberg, Pat Finn

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    Figure It Out is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

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    Figure It Out

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    Gary Kroeger

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    AJ McLean

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    Bill Cullen, Johnny Gilbert, Geoff Edwards

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    The Chase is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time


    The Chase

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    Caroline Flack, Joe Swash

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    Paul Reubens

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    Beat Kitano, Mary Scheer, John Cervenka

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