70s The Best Game Shows of the 1970s  

Ranker TV
Originally by
1.6k votes 221 voters 10.7k views 47 items Embed

List Rules Vote up the best game shows that aired during the 1970s

The 70s was a great time for game show viewers, whether they casually watched whatever show was on or were major enthusiasts of the genre, never missing an episode of their favorite game. During the 70s, many of the most famous game shows of all time were created, or perfected. While shows like Jeopardy, Match Game, and Let’s Make a Deal were continuing on from the 60s, there were many famous game shows that first aired in the 70s. This list includes game shows that aired during the 70s and has been ranked by the community. 

Game shows that aired in the 70s included amazing programs like The $20,000 Pyramid, The Gong Show, and Family Feud. Many 70s game shows included contestants and panelists of Hollywood stars. Hollywood Squares and Celebrity Sweepstakes were known for having big name stars on the roster. While shows like The $1.98 Beauty Show may not have stood the test of time, they were uniquely '70s television-programming.


What is are the best 1970s game shows? Did the game shows you think were the best make this list? Vote up the 70s game shows you think are the best or add them below if the aren't already on the list.

list ordered by

1
90 16
Match Game is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Match Game Betty White, Patty Duke, Richard Dawson

16 Celebrities Whose Children Committed Suicide The Best Game Shows to Play Along at Home

2
67 11
Family Feud is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Family Feud Al Roker, Richard Dawson, Louie Anderson

3
61 9
The $10,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
The $10,000 Pyramid

4
58 15
The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
The Price Is Right Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson

5
59 12
Hollywood Squares is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Hollywood Squares Tom Bergeron, Shadoe Stevens, Whoopi Goldberg

6
53 19
The Newlywed Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
The Newlywed Game Bob Hilton, Charlie O'Donnell, Johnny Jacobs

7
49 15
Let's Make a Deal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Let's Make a Deal Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum, Rob Marrocco Jr.

8
49 16
Password is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Password Betty White, Allen Ludden, Gene Wood

9
50 22
The Gong Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
The Gong Show Phyllis Diller, Michele Lee, George Gray

10
47 17
Name That Tune is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Name That Tune George DeWitt

11
41 27
The Dating Game is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
The Dating Game Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood, Jim Lange

12
42 12
The $20,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s

13
44 17
Jeopardy! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Jeopardy! Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire

14
37 18
The Joker's Wild is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
The Joker's Wild Charlie O'Donnell, Bill Cullen, Jack Barry

15
38 20
Card Sharks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Card Sharks Markie Post, Bob Eubanks, Gary Kroeger

The Best 1970s Military TV Shows The Best and Worst Disney Animated Movies

16
21 17
Truth or Consequences is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Truth or Consequences Ralph Edwards, Jack Bailey

17
34 15
Wheel of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Wheel of Fortune Pat Sajak, Vanna White, Charlie O'Donnell

18
28 23
Concentration is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Concentration Ed McMahon, Hugh Downs, Gene Wood

19
18 24
High Rollers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
High Rollers Alex Trebek

20
2 1
The $25,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
TVscum added The $25,000 Pyramid Bill Cullen, Bob Clayton

21
2 2
50 Grand Slam is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
TVscum added 50 Grand Slam Tom Kennedy - Kennedy hosted, John Harlan was the announcer.  This was an attempt to bring back the big-money quizzes of the 1950s, with two players facing off in dual isolation booths, playing a particular subject, involving multi-part ...

22
2 2
The Magnificent Marble Machine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
TVscum added The Magnificent Marble Machine Art James - Johnny Gilbert

23
2 2
The Moneymaze is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
TVscum added The Moneymaze Nick Clooney hosted, Alan Kalter handled announcing.  Couples answered questions for the chance to get to the Maze.  The maze had six-foot tall walls, with a dozen pillars featuring flashing buttons on each side.  ...

24
17 27
The New Treasure Hunt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
The New Treasure Hunt

25
1 2
Hollywood's Talking is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
TVscum added Hollywood's Talking Geoff Edwards, Johnny Jacobs

26
1 2
Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
TVscum added Double Dare Alex Trebek, Johnny Olson

27
1 2
Blankety Blanks is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
TVscum added Blankety Blanks Bob Clayton, Bill Cullen - Blankety Blanks paired celebrity/civilian teams against each other, to fill in blanks (the sailor threw aces, kings and queens on the floor, because he wanted a _______ __ ______ (Deck of Cards)) to puzzles.  Puzzles, ...

28
1 2
Winning Streak is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
TVscum added Winning Streak Bill Cullen - Bill Cullen hosted, Don Pardo announced.  In the first round, a category was displayed from which players had to form words, by answering questions beginning with letters posted on the display board.  For example, if ...

29
1 2
Blank Check is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
TVscum added Blank Check Art James, Johnny Jacobs - A game of E-S-P, sort of.  Six players competed for an entire week of shows, each, trying to fill in a four-digit check. One contestant was the "check writer" and faced the five other players. That contestant ...

All The Members Of Jackass: Where Are They Now? The 51 Greatest Pictures of Animals Sitting Like People

30
1 2
Pass the Buck is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
TVscum added Pass the Buck Bill Cullen - This Bill Cullen-hosted show is last game show produced at the Ed Sullivan Theater, and as was the case with most Bob Stewart shows,  Bob Clayton took on announcing duties.  Four players started the game with a bank of ...

31
1 2
Musical Chairs is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
TVscum added Musical Chairs Adam Wade

32
1 2
The Big Showdown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
TVscum added The Big Showdown Jim Peck - Jim Peck hosted, Dan Daniel announced and Heather Cunningham handled the dice.  This hard quiz had three players answering questions from categories linked to the numbers on a die--category one was worth one point, category ...

33
1 2
Second Chance is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
TVscum added Second Chance Jim Peck hosted this early version of "Press Your Luck".  Jack Clark handled announcing duties.

34
1 2
Three on a Match is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
TVscum added Three on a Match Don Pardo, Bill Cullen - One of Bob Stewart's earlier creations pitted three players against one another in a True/False Q&A.  Three categories are presented, some with bonuses concealed, such as three free picks, or double money.  Players ...

35
10 32
Make me Laugh (Syndication) is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s

36
0 2
Whew! is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
TVscum added Whew! Tom Kennedy - Tom Kennedy hosted this screamingly fast game.  Rod Roddy was the show's announcer.  Two civilians compted in as many as three rounds--one the blocker, one the charger.  The charges is sequestered offstage, while ...

37
0 2
Shoot for the Stars is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
TVscum added Shoot for the Stars Geoff Edwards hosted, alongside announcer Bob Clayton. Two teams, each with a celebrity and civilian player competed in the game.  Each team was staked with $100, and team one selected one of 24 spaces on the game board ...

38
15 28
Gambit is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Gambit Wink Martindale

39
6 17
Split Second is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s

40
11 26
Celebrity Sweepstakes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Celebrity Sweepstakes Jim McKrell

41
12 29
Jackpot is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Jackpot Don Pardo, Geoff Edwards

42
10 30
The $1.98 Beauty Show is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
The $1.98 Beauty Show Rosey Grier, Jamie Farr, Marty Allen

43
7 28
Now You See It is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Now You See It Chuck Henry, Jack Narz

44
6 29
Rhyme and Reason is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Rhyme and Reason Bob Eubanks

45
5 29
Dealer's Choice is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Dealer's Choice Bob Hastings

46
3 28
Break the Bank is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Break the Bank Tom Kennedy

47
0 29
The Diamond Head Game is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s