reality TV The Greatest Game Shows of All Time  

Ranker Community
Originally by
21.9k votes 1.3k voters 37.3k views 99 items Embed

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.
list ordered by

1
679 201
Jeopardy! is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Jeopardy! Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire

2
584 175
The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
The Price Is Right Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson

3
611 170
Family Feud is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Family Feud Al Roker, Richard Dawson, Louie Anderson

4
505 189
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

5
426 258
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

6
396 211
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

7
350 216
Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Pyramid Betty White, Dick Clark, Dara Torres

8
341 223
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

9
358 222
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.

10
315 200
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

11
316 224
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

12
286 211
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

13
271 279
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

14
245 225
Name That Tune is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Name That Tune George DeWitt

The Best Survivor Contestants That Ever Played

15
223 252
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

16
220 248
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

17
183 241
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

18
239 260
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

19
210 211
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

20
220 249
Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Wipeout John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

21
187 212
To Tell the Truth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked

22
192 220
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

23
168 83
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

24
130 258
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

25
174 235
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

26
205 179
Ranker Video
snowman69 added What's My Line? Lucille Ball, Tony Randall, Steve Allen

27
156 78
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

28
160 215
1 vs. 100 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added 1 vs. 100

13 Cringeworthy Reality TV Show Fails

29
185 178
Supermarket Sweep is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added Supermarket Sweep David Ruprecht

30
110 234
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

31
142 182
Concentration is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
snowman69 added Concentration Ed McMahon, Hugh Downs, Gene Wood

32
88 69
American Gladiators is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
monty46 added American Gladiators Mike Adamle, Joe Theismann, Todd Christensen

33
122 208
Lingo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Lingo Chuck Woolery, Stacey Hayes

34
115 236
Love Connection is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Love Connection Chuck Woolery

35
39 3
The $100,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

36
133 212
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

37
4 2
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

38
71 85
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

39
115 202
Shop 'til You Drop is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added Shop 'til You Drop Dee Bradley Baker, Mark L. Walberg, Pat Finn

40
49 39
Where in the World Is Carmen S... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
CosmicCastaway added Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Greg Lee, Lynne Thigpen, Rockapella

41
82 119
Beat the Clock is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Beat the Clock Monty Hall, Warren Oates, Dee Bradley Baker

42
30 66
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

The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows

43
18 17
The Chase is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
The Chase Bradley Walsh

44
38 76
Minute to Win It is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
wiabux added Minute to Win It Guy Fieri, Kimberly Fox, Aaron Hedrick

45
11 11
Cash Cab is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
pup2bill added Cash Cab

46
32 69
The Chase is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
The Chase

47
44 59
Whammy! The All-New Press Your... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

48
89 221
Nickelodeon Guts is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Nickelodeon Guts Felicia Day, Ryon Day

49
9 7
The $20,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
pup2bill added The $20,000 Pyramid

50
17 28
Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Tom Islava added Fear Factor Joe Rogan