Reality TV The Greatest Game Shows of All Time  

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List Rules 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!

Check out more lists like Game Show Fails and The Best Game Shows to Play Along at Home.
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897 306
Jeopardy! is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire

2
767 257
The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson

3
824 246
Family Feud is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Al Roker, Richard Dawson, Louie Anderson

4
648 264
Wheel of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Pat Sajak, Vanna White, Charlie O'Donnell

5
557 341
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews, Cedric the Entertainer

6
451 294
Let's Make a Deal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum, Rob Marrocco Jr.

7
474 303
Hollywood Squares is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Tom Bergeron, Shadoe Stevens, Whoopi Goldberg

8
446 291
Match Game is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Betty White, Patty Duke, Richard Dawson

9
428 291
Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Betty White, Dick Clark, Dara Torres

10
383 264
Password is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
AshleyLCarswell added Betty White, Allen Ludden, Gene Wood

11
370 294
The Newlywed Game is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Bob Hilton, Charlie O'Donnell, Johnny Jacobs

12
368 355
Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

13
381 267
Press Your Luck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Peter Tomarken, Savage Steve Holland, Charlie O'Donnell

14
290 289
Name That Tune is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
George DeWitt

15
315 316
Are You Smarter than a 5th Gra... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Jeff Foxworthy, Danielle Soibelman, Madison Leisle

16
264 320
The Gong Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Phyllis Diller, Michele Lee, George Gray

17
247 293
Card Sharks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Markie Post, Bob Eubanks, Gary Kroeger

18
256 321
The Dating Game is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood, Jim Lange

19
288 309
Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

20
235 264
To Tell the Truth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

21
266 267
The Weakest Link is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added Bradley Walsh

22
182 296
Tic-Tac-Dough is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Gene Rayburn, Jack Barry, Bill Wendell

23
220 120
The Joker's Wild is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Charlie O'Donnell, Bill Cullen, Jack Barry

24
227 275
Win Ben Stein's Money is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Ben Stein, Jimmy Kimmel, Nancy Pimental

25
220 280
Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone, 'Weird Al' Yankovic