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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Jeopardy! is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire
2
839 282
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
897 265
Family Feud is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Al Roker, Richard Dawson, Louie Anderson
4
709 284
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
598 365
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
484 315
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
490 309
Match Game is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Betty White, Patty Duke, Richard Dawson
8
501 328
Hollywood Squares is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Tom Bergeron, Shadoe Stevens, Whoopi Goldberg
9
455 307
Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Betty White, Dick Clark, Dara Torres
10
415 277
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
387 319
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
399 379
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
419 281
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
342 334
Are You Smarter than a 5th Gra... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Jeff Foxworthy, John Cena
15
304 309
Name That Tune is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
George DeWitt
16
275 345
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
272 302
Card Sharks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Joel McHale, Markie Post, Bob Eubanks
18
265 339
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
300 331
Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
pup2bill added John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner
20
252 276
To Tell the Truth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
21
275 288
The Weakest Link is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added Bradley Walsh
22
190 312
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
233 134
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
240 292
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
232 297
Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone, 'Weird Al' Yankovic