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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849 285
Jeopardy! is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire

2
729 233
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
782 230
Family Feud is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Al Roker, Richard Dawson, Louie Anderson

4
617 246
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
534 324
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
431 279
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
460 286
Hollywood Squares is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Tom Bergeron, Shadoe Stevens, Whoopi Goldberg

8
423 279
Match Game is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Betty White, Patty Duke, Richard Dawson

9
411 278
Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Betty White, Dick Clark, Dara Torres

10
367 251
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
354 279
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
346 336
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
358 258
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
280 273
Name That Tune is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
George DeWitt

15
297 305
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
253 305
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
249 302
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
230 284
Card Sharks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Markie Post, Bob Eubanks, Gary Kroeger

19
280 293
Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

20
227 249
To Tell the Truth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

21
254 254
The Weakest Link is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added Bradley Walsh

22
203 115
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
168 287
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
220 259
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
213 265
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
208 107
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
240 203
Supermarket Sweep is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added David Ruprecht

28
199 248
1 vs. 100 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added

29
79 28
The $100,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

30
124 270
Remote Control is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Adam Sandler, Denis Leary, Colin Quinn

31
137 271
Love Connection is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Chuck Woolery

32
174 205
Concentration is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
snowman69 added Ed McMahon, Hugh Downs, Gene Wood

33
116 95
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
51 31
Cash Cab is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
pup2bill added

35
148 233
Lingo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Chuck Woolery, Stacey Hayes

36
39 57
Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Tom Islava added Joe Rogan

37
66 104
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
20 27
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
157 241
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
93 111
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
78 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
50 89
Chain Reaction is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Bill Cullen, Johnny Gilbert, Geoff Edwards

43
134 230
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
40 23
The $20,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
pup2bill added

45
41 43
The Chase is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Bradley Walsh

46
95 146
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
64 85
Whammy! The All-New Press Your... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

48
48 97
The Chase is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
The Chase

49
100 244
Nickelodeon Guts is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Felicia Day, Ryon Day

50
20 26
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