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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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543 157
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
566 157
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
481 175
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
402 239
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
380 190
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
325 203
Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Pyramid Betty White, Dick Clark, Dara Torres

8
337 201
Let's Make a Deal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Let's Make a Deal Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum, Rob Marrocco Jr.

9
306 213
Match Game is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Match Game Betty White, Patty Duke, Richard Dawson

10
295 185
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
295 209
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
262 199
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
229 211
Name That Tune is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Name That Tune George DeWitt

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255 265
Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Deal or No Deal Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

15
205 239
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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207 236
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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227 243
Are You Smarter than a 5th Gra... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? Jeff Foxworthy, Danielle Soibelman, Madison Leisle

18
170 231
Card Sharks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Card Sharks Markie Post, Bob Eubanks, Gary Kroeger

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196 199
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
208 233
Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Wipeout John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

21
175 214
Win Ben Stein's Money is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Win Ben Stein's Money Ben Stein, Jimmy Kimmel, Nancy Pimental

22
175 205
To Tell the Truth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

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163 223
Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Double Dare Lou Ferrigno^! Jennifer Malone^! 'Weird Al' Yankovic

24
150 76
The Joker's Wild is listed (or ranked) 24 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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198 168
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snowman69 added What's My Line? Lucille Ball, Tony Randall, Steve Allen

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123 250
Tic-Tac-Dough is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Tic-Tac-Dough Gene Rayburn, Jack Barry, Bill Wendell

27
137 69
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? Drew Carey, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles

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153 203
1 vs. 100 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added 1 vs. 100

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102 221
Remote Control is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Remote Control Adam Sandler, Denis Leary, Colin Quinn

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169 171
Supermarket Sweep is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added Supermarket Sweep David Ruprecht

31
135 175
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
115 201
Lingo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Lingo Chuck Woolery, Stacey Hayes

33
79 60
American Gladiators is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
monty46 added American Gladiators Mike Adamle, Joe Theismann, Todd Christensen

34
107 228
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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22 1
The $100,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

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119 206
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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60 79
Win, Lose or Draw is listed (or ranked) 37 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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26 57
Chain Reaction is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Chain Reaction Bill Cullen, Johnny Gilbert, Geoff Edwards

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38 32
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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76 114
Beat the Clock is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Beat the Clock Monty Hall, Warren Oates, Dee Bradley Baker

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107 196
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

42
32 68
Minute to Win It is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
wiabux added Minute to Win It Guy Fieri, Kimberly Fox, Aaron Hedrick

43
29 60
The Chase is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
The Chase

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8 9
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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38 53
Whammy! The All-New Press Your... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

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9 18
Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Tom Islava added Fear Factor Joe Rogan

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3 1
Cash Cab is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
pup2bill added Cash Cab

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80 213
Nickelodeon Guts is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Nickelodeon Guts Felicia Day, Ryon Day

49
16 55
Twenty One is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
pup2bill added Twenty One Jack Barry

50
28 64
Figure It Out is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Game Shows of All Time
AshleyLCarswell added Figure It Out