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The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

Updated October 19, 2020 30.6k votes 2.7k voters 85.0k views83 items

List RulesVote up the best traditional game shows (no competitive reality shows) that have ever aired.

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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    Jeopardy! is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    Jeopardy!

    Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert

    Premiered1964

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    The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    The Price Is Right

    Bob Barker, Janice Pennington

    Premiered1956

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  • 3
    Family Feud is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    Family Feud

    Al Roker, Richard Dawson

    Premiered1976

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    Wheel of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    Wheel of Fortune

    Pat Sajak, Vanna White

    Premiered1983

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    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (US)

    Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews

    Premiered1999

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  • 6
    Match Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    Match Game

    Betty White, Patty Duke

    Premiered1962

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    Let's Make a Deal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    Let's Make a Deal

    Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum

    Premiered1963

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  • 8
    Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    Pyramid

    Betty White, Dick Clark

    Premiered1973

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  • 9
    Hollywood Squares is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    Hollywood Squares

    Tom Bergeron, Shadoe Stevens

    Premiered1966

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  • 10
    Password is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    Password

    Betty White, Allen Ludden

    Premiered1961

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  • 11
    Press Your Luck is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    Press Your Luck

    Peter Tomarken, Savage Steve Holland

    Premiered1983

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  • 12
    Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    Deal or No Deal

    Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson

    Premiered2005

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    The Newlywed Game is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    The Newlywed Game

    Bob Hilton, Charlie O'Donnell

    Premiered1966

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  • 14
    Are You Smarter than a 5th Gra is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

    Jeff Foxworthy, John Cena

    Premiered2007, 2015, 2019

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    Name That Tune is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    Name That Tune

    George DeWitt

    Premiered1952

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  • 16
    Card Sharks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    Card Sharks

    Joel McHale, Markie Post

    Premiered1978

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  • 17
    Wipe Out is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    Wipe Out

    John Henson, John Anderson

    Premiered2008

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  • 18
    The Weakest Link is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    The Weakest Link

    Bradley Walsh

    Premiered2000

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    The Gong Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    The Gong Show

    Phyllis Diller, Michele Lee

    Premiered1976

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  • 20
    To Tell the Truth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    Premiered1962

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  • 21
    The Joker's Wild is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    The Joker's Wild

    Charlie O'Donnell, Bill Cullen

    Premiered1972

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    The Dating Game is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    The Dating Game

    Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood

    Premiered1965

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    Tic-Tac-Dough is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    Tic-Tac-Dough

    Gene Rayburn, Jack Barry

    Premiered1956

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    Whose Line Is It Anyway? is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    Whose Line Is It Anyway?

    Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie

    Premiered1998

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    Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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    Double Dare

    Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone

    Premiered2000

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