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The Greatest Game Shows of All Time 

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Updated June 11, 2020 36.6k votes 2.6k voters 82.6k views 89 items

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
Starring Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert & Jimmy McGuire (NBC)
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Family Feud is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Starring Al Roker, Richard Dawson & Louie Anderson (CBS)
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The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Starring Bob Barker, Janice Pennington & Dian Parkinson (CBS)
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Wheel of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Starring Pat Sajak, Vanna White & Charlie O'Donnell (CBS)
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Who Wants to Be a Millio... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Starring Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews & Cedric the Entertainer (American Broadcasting Company)
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Match Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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Let's Make a Deal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Starring Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum & Rob Marrocco Jr. (CBS)
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Hollywood Squares is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Starring Tom Bergeron, Shadoe Stevens & Whoopi Goldberg (NBC)
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Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Starring Betty White, Dick Clark & Dara Torres (Game Show Network)
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Press Your Luck is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Starring Peter Tomarken, Savage Steve Holland & Charlie O'Donnell (CBS)
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Password is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
AshleyLCarswell added
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The Newlywed Game is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Starring Bob Hilton, Charlie O'Donnell & Johnny Jacobs (Game Show Network)
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Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Starring Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson & Lindsay Clubine (MyNetworkTV)
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Are You Smarter than a 5... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Starring Jeff Foxworthy and John Cena (Fox)
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Supermarket Sweep is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added Starring David Ruprecht (ION Television)
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The Joker's Wild is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
The Joker's Wild Starring Charlie O'Donnell, Bill Cullen & Jack Barry (CBS)
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Whose Line Is It Anyway?... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
monty46 added Starring Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie & Wayne Brady (Channel 4)
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The $100,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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Name That Tune is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Starring George DeWitt (CBS)
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The Weakest Link is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added
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Card Sharks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Starring Joel McHale, Markie Post & Bob Eubanks (CBS)
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Cash Cab is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
pup2bill added Cash Cab
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To Tell the Truth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
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Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
pup2bill added Starring John Henson, John Anderson & Jill Wagner (American Broadcasting Company)
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The $20,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
pup2bill added