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!

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List Criteria: No competitive reality shows.

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  1. 1
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    the people's #1
    Jeopardy

    2002 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 244
    Down 70
    1976 More
    94
  3. 3
    Up 235
    Down 81
    1956 More
    93
  4. 4
    Up 210
    Down 82

    most listed
    Wheel of Fortune

    1983 More
    87
  5. 5
    Up 189
    Down 69
    1966 More
    82
  6. 6
    Up 176
    Down 112
    1999 More
    81
  7. 7
    Up 168
    Down 87
    1963 More
    78
  8. 8
    Up 155
    Down 94
    1973 More
    73
  9. 9
    Up 132
    Down 95
    1962 More
    71
  10. 10
    Up 145
    Down 84
    1961 More
    71
  11. 11
    Up 152
    Down 90
    1966 More
    69
  12. 12
    Up 168
    Down 53

    ranked low on reranks
    Jeopardy!

    1964 More
    64
  13. 13
    Up 118
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    1952 More
    62
  14. 14
    Up 108
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    1976 More
    61
  15. 15
    Up 109
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    1965 More
    60
  16. 16
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    controversial
    Deal or No Deal

    2008-09-08 More
    57
  17. 17
    Up 90
    Down 89
    1962 More
    54
  18. 18
    Up 90
    Down 109
    1983 More
    54
  19. 19
    Up 58
    Down 132

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tic-Tac-Dough

    1956 More
    53
  20. 20
    Up 69
    Down 121
    1978 More
    52
  21. 21
    Up 97
    Down 59

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    What's My Line?

    1950 More
    52
    added by: snowman69
  22. 22
    Up 91
    Down 125
    2007 More
    51
  23. 23
    Up 63
    Down 122
    2000 More
    50
  24. 24
    Up 81
    Down 118
    1988 More
    50
  25. 25
    Up 63
    Down 77
    1958 More
    46
    added by: snowman69
  26. 26
    Up 66
    Down 108

    controversial &niche appeal
    Win Ben Stein's Money

    1997 More
    44
  27. 27
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    Jokers Wild

    43
  28. 28
    Up 38
    Down 108

    often listed &controversial
    Remote Control

    1987 More
    41
  29. 29
    Up 64
    Down 92

    controversial
    1 vs. 100

    2006 More
    40
    added by: bojanthebest
  30. 30
    Up 75
    Down 90
    2000 More
    39
    added by: bojanthebest
  31. 31
    Up 57
    Down 87
    1965 More
    39
    added by: bojanthebest
  32. 32
    Up 8
    Down 30
    1956 More
    37
  33. 33
    Up 24
    Down 95
    1995 More
    37
    added by: snowman69
  34. 34
    Up 40
    Down 103

    controversial &niche appeal
    Legends of the Hidden Temple

    1993 More
    36
  35. 35
    Up 49
    Down 104

    controversial
    Love Connection

    1983 More
    36
  36. 36
    Up 37
    Down 98
    1987 More
    35
  37. 37
    Up 41
    Down 93
    1991 More
    34
    added by: bojanthebest
  38. 38
    Up 30
    Down 102

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Nickelodeon Guts

    1992 More
    33
  39. 39
    Up 29
    Down 97

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sale of the Century

    1969 More
    33
    added by: snowman69
  40. 40
    Up 23
    Down 22

    ranked low on reranks
    To Tell the Truth (1956)

    1956 More
    31
  41. 41
    Up 18
    Down 18

    ranked low on reranks
    Password

    1963 More
    30
    added by: AshleyLCarswell
  42. 42
    Up 18
    Down 20
    1950 More
    30
  43. 43
    Up 15
    Down 16
    1979 More
    30
    added by: AshleyLCarswell
  44. 44
    Up 31
    Down 106

    often listed &controversial
    MXC

    2003 More
    29
  45. 45
    Up 18
    Down 25
    2008 More
    29
  46. 46
    Up 47
    Down 74
    2005 More
    29
  47. 47
    Up 17
    Down 24
    1955 More
    29
  48. 48
    Up 23
    Down 102

    often listed &controversial
    The Moment of Truth

    2008 More
    27
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