Game Shows 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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863 298
Jeopardy! is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire

2
740 245
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
794 240
Family Feud is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Al Roker, Richard Dawson, Louie Anderson

4
628 255
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
543 330
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
436 286
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
463 291
Hollywood Squares is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Tom Bergeron, Shadoe Stevens, Whoopi Goldberg

8
429 284
Match Game is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Betty White, Patty Duke, Richard Dawson

9
413 283
Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Betty White, Dick Clark, Dara Torres

10
369 255
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
358 284
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
353 343
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
364 262
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
285 278
Name That Tune is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
George DeWitt

15
301 311
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
257 310
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
250 310
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
232 289
Card Sharks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Markie Post, Bob Eubanks, Gary Kroeger

19
282 301
Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

20
229 254
To Tell the Truth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

21
258 259
The Weakest Link is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added Bradley Walsh

22
209 117
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
172 291
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
221 266
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
213 271
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
210 109
Whose Line Is It Anyway? is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
monty46 added Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady

27
244 204
Supermarket Sweep is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added David Ruprecht

28
202 252
1 vs. 100 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added

29
82 29
The $100,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

30
127 272
Remote Control is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Adam Sandler, Denis Leary, Colin Quinn

31
177 206
Concentration is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
snowman69 added Ed McMahon, Hugh Downs, Gene Wood

32
138 276
Love Connection is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Chuck Woolery

33
118 97
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
52 34
Cash Cab is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
pup2bill added

35
149 235
Lingo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Chuck Woolery, Stacey Hayes

36
39 61
Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Tom Islava added Joe Rogan

37
68 108
Minute to Win It is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
wiabux added Guy Fieri, Kimberly Fox, Aaron Hedrick

38
24 28
Jokers Wild is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Jokers Wild Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn

39
157 244
Legends of the Hidden Temple is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Kirk Fogg, Dee Bradley Baker, Jennifer Holtz

40
93 113
Win, Lose or Draw is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
monty46 added Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Vicki Lawrence

41
80 61
Where in the World Is Carmen S... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
CosmicCastaway added Greg Lee, Lynne Thigpen, Rockapella

42
136 231
Shop 'til You Drop is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added Dee Bradley Baker, Mark L. Walberg, Pat Finn

43
50 91
Chain Reaction is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Bill Cullen, Johnny Gilbert, Geoff Edwards

44
43 23
The $20,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
pup2bill added

45
44 45
The Chase is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Bradley Walsh

46
96 147
Beat the Clock is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Monty Hall, Warren Oates, Dee Bradley Baker

47
65 86
Whammy! The All-New Press Your... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

48
49 99
The Chase is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
The Chase

49
100 246
Nickelodeon Guts is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Felicia Day, Ryon Day

50
21 27
I've Got a Secret is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
pup2bill added Teri Garr, Steve Allen, Richard Dawson