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The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

Updated November 5, 2020 30.6k votes 2.8k voters 85.9k views84 items

List RulesVote up the best traditional game shows (no competitive reality shows) that have ever aired.

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!
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    367

    Jeopardy!

    Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert

    Premiered1964

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    Family Feud
    987
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    Family Feud

    Al Roker, Richard Dawson

    Premiered1976

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    The Price Is Right
    931
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    The Price Is Right

    Bob Barker, Janice Pennington

    Premiered1956

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    Wheel of Fortune
    790
    332

    Wheel of Fortune

    Pat Sajak, Vanna White

    Premiered1983

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    Match Game
    557
    339

    Match Game

    Betty White, Patty Duke

    Premiered1962

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    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (US)
    635
    404

    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (US)

    Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews

    Premiered1999

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    Let's Make a Deal
    529
    341

    Let's Make a Deal

    Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum

    Premiered1963

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    Press Your Luck
    472
    306

    Press Your Luck

    Peter Tomarken, Savage Steve Holland

    Premiered1983

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    Pyramid
    478
    318

    Pyramid

    Betty White, Dick Clark

    Premiered1973

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    Password
    442
    298

    Password

    Betty White, Allen Ludden

    Premiered1961

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    The $100,000 Pyramid
    231
    82

    The $100,000 Pyramid

    Bob Clayton, Jack Clark

    Premiered1985

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    Hollywood Squares
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    354

    Hollywood Squares

    Tom Bergeron, Shadoe Stevens

    Premiered1966

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    The Joker's Wild
    282
    179

    The Joker's Wild

    Charlie O'Donnell, Bill Cullen

    Premiered1972

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    Deal or No Deal
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    418

    Deal or No Deal

    Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson

    Premiered2005

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    Supermarket Sweep
    319
    214

    Supermarket Sweep

    David Ruprecht

    Premiered1965

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  • 16
    Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?
    376
    353

    Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

    Jeff Foxworthy, John Cena

    Premiered2007, 2015, 2019

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    The Newlywed Game
    388
    352

    The Newlywed Game

    Bob Hilton, Charlie O'Donnell

    Premiered1966

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    Cash Cab
    188
    116

    Cash Cab

    Ben Bailey, Beth Melewski

    Premiered2005

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    Whose Line Is It Anyway?
    295
    192

    Whose Line Is It Anyway?

    Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie

    Premiered1998

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    Card Sharks
    306
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    Card Sharks

    Joel McHale, Markie Post

    Premiered1978

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    To Tell the Truth
    277
    267

    Premiered1962

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    Name That Tune
    301
    331

    Name That Tune

    George DeWitt

    Premiered1952

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    Wipe Out
    314
    350

    Wipe Out

    John Henson, John Anderson

    Premiered2008

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    The Weakest Link
    272
    307

    The Weakest Link

    Bradley Walsh

    Premiered2000

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    Concentration
    200
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    Concentration

    Ed McMahon, Hugh Downs

    Premiered1958

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