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
Jeopardy! Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire

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

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The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
The Price Is Right Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson

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Wheel of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Wheel of Fortune Pat Sajak, Vanna White, Charlie O'Donnell

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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
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (US) Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews, Cedric the Entertainer

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Hollywood Squares is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Hollywood Squares Tom Bergeron, Shadoe Stevens, Whoopi Goldberg

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Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Pyramid Betty White, Dick Clark, Dara Torres

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

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Let's Make a Deal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Let's Make a Deal Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum, Rob Marrocco Jr.

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Password is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
AshleyLCarswell added Password Betty White, Allen Ludden, Gene Wood

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The Newlywed Game is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
The Newlywed Game Bob Hilton, Charlie O'Donnell, Johnny Jacobs

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Press Your Luck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Press Your Luck Peter Tomarken, Savage Steve Holland, Charlie O'Donnell

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Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Deal or No Deal Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

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Name That Tune is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Name That Tune George DeWitt

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The Gong Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
The Gong Show Phyllis Diller, Michele Lee, George Gray

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The Dating Game is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
The Dating Game Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood, Jim Lange

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Card Sharks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Card Sharks Markie Post, Bob Eubanks, Gary Kroeger

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Are You Smarter than a 5th Gra... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? Jeff Foxworthy, Danielle Soibelman, Madison Leisle

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The Weakest Link is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added The Weakest Link Bradley Walsh

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Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Wipeout John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

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To Tell the Truth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

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Win Ben Stein's Money is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Win Ben Stein's Money Ben Stein, Jimmy Kimmel, Nancy Pimental

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The Joker's Wild is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
The Joker's Wild Charlie O'Donnell, Bill Cullen, Jack Barry

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Tic-Tac-Dough is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Tic-Tac-Dough Gene Rayburn, Jack Barry, Bill Wendell

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

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snowman69 added What's My Line? Lucille Ball, Tony Randall, Steve Allen

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

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

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

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

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American Gladiators is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
monty46 added American Gladiators Mike Adamle, Joe Theismann, Todd Christensen

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Concentration is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
snowman69 added Concentration Ed McMahon, Hugh Downs, Gene Wood

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Lingo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Lingo Chuck Woolery, Stacey Hayes

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Love Connection is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Love Connection Chuck Woolery

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The $100,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

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Legends of the Hidden Temple is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Legends of the Hidden Temple Kirk Fogg, Dee Bradley Baker, Jennifer Holtz

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Jokers Wild is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Jokers Wild Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn

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Win, Lose or Draw is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
monty46 added Win, Lose or Draw Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Vicki Lawrence

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Where in the World Is Carmen S... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
CosmicCastaway added Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Greg Lee, Lynne Thigpen, Rockapella

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Cash Cab is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
pup2bill added Cash Cab

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Shop 'til You Drop is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added Shop 'til You Drop Dee Bradley Baker, Mark L. Walberg, Pat Finn

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Chain Reaction is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Chain Reaction Bill Cullen, Johnny Gilbert, Geoff Edwards

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

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

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Beat the Clock is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Beat the Clock Monty Hall, Warren Oates, Dee Bradley Baker

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Minute to Win It is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
wiabux added Minute to Win It Guy Fieri, Kimberly Fox, Aaron Hedrick

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

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

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Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Tom Islava added Fear Factor Joe Rogan

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