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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826 274
Jeopardy! is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire

2
711 221
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
760 222
Family Feud is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Al Roker, Richard Dawson, Louie Anderson

4
607 234
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
520 315
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
422 270
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
454 277
Hollywood Squares is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Tom Bergeron, Shadoe Stevens, Whoopi Goldberg

8
409 273
Match Game is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Betty White, Patty Duke, Richard Dawson

9
404 271
Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Betty White, Dick Clark, Dara Torres

10
359 247
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
346 273
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
337 326
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
348 252
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
275 265
Name That Tune is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
George DeWitt

15
288 298
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
247 297
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
244 294
The Dating Game is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood, Jim Lange

18
223 279
Card Sharks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Markie Post, Bob Eubanks, Gary Kroeger

19
274 284
Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

20
221 243
To Tell the Truth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

21
248 248
The Weakest Link is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added Bradley Walsh

22
196 109
The Joker's Wild is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Charlie O'Donnell, Bill Cullen, Jack Barry

23
164 282
Tic-Tac-Dough is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Gene Rayburn, Jack Barry, Bill Wendell

24
215 253
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
209 260
Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone, 'Weird Al' Yankovic

26
231 209
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snowman69 added Lucille Ball, Tony Randall, Steve Allen

27
202 105
Whose Line Is It Anyway? is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
monty46 added Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady

28
230 201
Supermarket Sweep is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added David Ruprecht

29
195 243
1 vs. 100 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added

30
122 264
Remote Control is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Adam Sandler, Denis Leary, Colin Quinn

31
74 24
The $100,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

32
134 266
Love Connection is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Chuck Woolery

33
115 88
American Gladiators is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
monty46 added Mike Adamle, Joe Theismann, Todd Christensen

34
169 200
Concentration is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
snowman69 added Ed McMahon, Hugh Downs, Gene Wood

35
48 26
Cash Cab is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
pup2bill added

36
145 228
Lingo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Chuck Woolery, Stacey Hayes

37
38 51
Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Tom Islava added Joe Rogan

38
64 98
Minute to Win It is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
wiabux added Guy Fieri, Kimberly Fox, Aaron Hedrick

39
17 23
Jokers Wild is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Jokers Wild Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn

40
154 236
Legends of the Hidden Temple is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Kirk Fogg, Dee Bradley Baker, Jennifer Holtz

41
91 107
Win, Lose or Draw is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
monty46 added Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Vicki Lawrence

42
75 58
Where in the World Is Carmen S... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
CosmicCastaway added Greg Lee, Lynne Thigpen, Rockapella

43
134 225
Shop 'til You Drop is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added Dee Bradley Baker, Mark L. Walberg, Pat Finn

44
46 86
Chain Reaction is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Bill Cullen, Johnny Gilbert, Geoff Edwards

45
39 38
The Chase is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Bradley Walsh

46
37 20
The $20,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
pup2bill added

47
93 143
Beat the Clock is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Monty Hall, Warren Oates, Dee Bradley Baker

48
63 81
Whammy! The All-New Press Your... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

49
46 92
The Chase is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
The Chase

50
98 241
Nickelodeon Guts is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Felicia Day, Ryon Day