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The Best Game Shows of the 1960s 

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In the 1960s, television was still relatively new, and there wasn’t much in the way of programming. The concept of games on television began in the 1950s, so many of the earliest game shows aired during the 60s as well. "The Price Is Right," "Truth or Consequences," "Queen for a Day," and "Concentration" had all aired in the 50s and 60s. This list of the best 1960s game shows includes shows that aired between 1960 and 1969, and has been ranked by the community. 

Some of the world’s most famous game shows got their start in the 60s, such as "The Dating Game," "Jeopardy," and "The Newlywed Game." Not all the game shows that aired in the 60s had a long shelf live. Shows like "PDQ," "Dream House," and "The Generation Gap" were short lived but enjoyed by audiences nonetheless.

What are the best 60s game shows? Did the game show you think is best make this list? Make your opinion known by voting up the best game shows of the1960s below or add the one you think is the best if it isn't already on the list.

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The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson

Premiered: 1956

The Price Is Right is an American television game show created by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman. The show revolves around contestants competing to identify accurate pricing of merchandise to win ...more

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Jeopardy! is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire

Premiered: 1964

Jeopardy! is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin. The show features a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of ...more

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Match Game is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
Betty White, Patty Duke, Richard Dawson

Premiered: 1962

Match Game is an American television panel game show in which contestants attempted to match celebrities' answers to fill-in-the-blank questions. The precise format of the show varied through ...more

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#6 of 81 The Greatest Game Shows of All Time #31 of 55 The Best Daytime TV Shows #8 of 47 The Best Game Shows to Play Along at Home

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Hollywood Squares is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
Tom Bergeron, Shadoe Stevens, Whoopi Goldberg

Premiered: 1966

The Hollywood Squares is an American panel game show, in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win cash and prizes. The board for the game is a 3 × 3 vertical stack of open-faced ...more

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#127 of 446 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time #8 of 81 The Greatest Game Shows of All Time #12 of 47 The Best Game Shows to Play Along at Home

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Password is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
Betty White, Allen Ludden, Gene Wood

Premiered: 1961

Password is an American television game show which was created by Bob Stewart for Goodson-Todman Productions. The host was Allen Ludden, who had previously been well known as the host of the ...more

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#11 of 81 The Greatest Game Shows of All Time #10 of 47 The Best Game Shows to Play Along at Home #82 of 190 The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s

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Let's Make a Deal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum, Rob Marrocco Jr.

Premiered: 1963

Let's Make a Deal is a television game show which originated in the United States and has since been produced in many countries throughout the world. The show is based around deals offered to ...more

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#7 of 81 The Greatest Game Shows of All Time #7 of 55 The Best Daytime TV Shows #9 of 47 The Best Game Shows to Play Along at Home

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The Newlywed Game is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
Bob Hilton, Charlie O'Donnell, Johnny Jacobs

Premiered: 1966

The Newlywed Game is an American television game show that pits newly married couples against each other in a series of revealing question rounds to determine how well the spouses know or do not ...more

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#12 of 81 The Greatest Game Shows of All Time #58 of 59 The Worst Dating Shows #24 of 47 The Best Game Shows to Play Along at Home

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To Tell the Truth (1956)... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
To Tell the Truth (1956)

Premiered: 1956

To Tell the Truth is an American television panel game show created by Bob Stewart and produced by Goodson-Todman Productions that has aired in various forms since 1956 both on networks and in ...more
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Supermarket Sweep is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
David Ruprecht

Premiered: 1965

Supermarket Sweep is an American television game show. The format combined an ordinary team-based quiz show with the novel concept of a live, timed race through a supermarket. In the timed race, ...more

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Concentration is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
RobLein added Concentration Ed McMahon, Hugh Downs, Gene Wood

Premiered: 1958

Concentration is an American television game show based on the children's memory game of the same name. Matching cards represented prizes that contestants could win. As matching pairs of cards ...more

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#27 of 81 The Greatest Game Shows of All Time #34 of 47 The Best Game Shows to Play Along at Home #102 of 190 The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s

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Truth or Consequences is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
Ralph Edwards, Jack Bailey

Premiered: 1940

Truth or Consequences is an American television show originally hosted on NBC radio by Ralph Edwards and later on television by Edwards, Jack Bailey, Bob Barker, Bob Hilton and Larry Anderson. ...more
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The Dating Game is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood, Jim Lange

Premiered: 1965

The Dating Game is an ABC television show. It first aired on December 20, 1965 and was the first of many shows created and packaged by Chuck Barris from the 1960s through the 1980s. ABC dropped ...more

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I've Got a Secret is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
RobLein added Teri Garr, Steve Allen, Richard Dawson

Premiered: 1952

I've Got a Secret was a panel game show produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television. Created by comedy writers Allan Sherman and Howard Merrill, it was a derivative of ...more

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#40 of 81 The Greatest Game Shows of All Time #44 of 70 The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s #14 of 16 The Most Popular TV Shows Of The 1950s

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What's My Line? is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
Lucille Ball, Tony Randall, Steve Allen

Premiered: 1950

What's My Line? is a panel game show which originally ran in the United States on the CBS Television Network from 1950 to 1967, with several international versions and subsequent U.S. revivals. ...more

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Beat the Clock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
Monty Hall, Warren Oates, Dee Bradley Baker

Premiered: 1950

Beat the Clock is a Goodson-Todman game show that aired on American television in several versions since 1950. The original show, hosted by Bud Collyer, ran on CBS from 1950 to 1958 and ABC from ...more
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Home Run Derby is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s

Premiered: 1959

Home Run Derby is a 1960 television show that was held at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles pitting the top sluggers of Major League Baseball against each other in nine-inning home run contests. The ...more
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Who Wants to Be a Millio... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
pup2bill added Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews, Cedric the Entertainer

Premiered: 2001

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (GSN, 2002) is an American television game show based on the same-titled British program and developed for the United States by Michael Davies. The show features a ...more

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Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
pup2bill added Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

Premiered: 2005

Deal or No Deal is the American version of the international game show of Dutch origin of the same name. The show was hosted by Howie Mandel, and premiered on December 19, 2005, on NBC. The ...more

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#33 of 302 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever #13 of 81 The Greatest Game Shows of All Timelisted on Longest Running Reality TV Shows in the US

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Are You Smarter than a 5... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
pup2bill added Jeff Foxworthy, John Cena

Premiered: 2007, 2015, 2019

Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? is an American quiz game show. In each game, the adult contestant is asked a series of eleven questions, spanning ten subjects (such as Animal Science, ...more

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#278 of 388 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate #14 of 81 The Greatest Game Shows of All Time #42 of 142 The Best Reality Competition Series

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Sale of the Century is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s

Premiered: 1969

Sale of the Century is an American television game show which debuted in the United States on September 29, 1969, on NBC daytime. It was one of three NBC game shows to premiere on that date, the ...more
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Chain Reaction is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
pup2bill added Bill Cullen, Johnny Gilbert, Geoff Edwards

Premiered: 1980

Chain Reaction is an American game show created by Bob Stewart, in which players compete to form chains composed of two-word phrases. The show aired three separate runs: Bill Cullen hosted the ...more

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You Bet Your Life is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
Groucho Marx

Premiered: 1947

You Bet Your Life is an American quiz show that aired on both radio and television. The original and best-known version was hosted by Groucho Marx of the Marx Brothers, with announcer and ...more

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Tic-Tac-Dough is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
Gene Rayburn, Jack Barry, Bill Wendell

Premiered: 1956

Tic-Tac-Dough is an American television game show based on the paper-and-pencil game of tic-tac-toe. Contestants answer questions in various categories to put up their respective symbol, X or O, ...more
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Queen for a Day is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
Jack Bailey

Premiered: 1945

Queen for a Day was an American radio and television game show that helped to usher in American listeners' and viewers' fascination with big-prize giveaway shows. Queen for a Day originated on ...more
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Who Do You Trust? is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1960s
Edgar Bergen

Premiered: 1956

Who Do You Trust? is an American game show which aired from September 30, 1957, to November 15, 1957, at 4:30 pm, Eastern on ABC, and from November 18, 1957, to December 27, 1963 at 3:30 pm, ...more