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The Best Game Shows of the 1970s

Updated April 12, 2020 5.5k votes 981 voters 71.2k views36 items

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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.

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    The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    The Price Is Right

    Bob Barker, Janice Pennington

    Premiered1956

    The Price Is Right is an American television game show created by Mark Goodson and Bill... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Family Feud is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    Family Feud

    Al Roker, Richard Dawson

    Premiered1976

    Family Feud is an American television game show created by Mark Goodson. The show features a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Match Game is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    Match Game

    Betty White, Patty Duke

    Premiered1962

    Match Game is an American television panel game show in which contestants attempted to match... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Hollywood Squares is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    Hollywood Squares

    Tom Bergeron, Shadoe Stevens

    Premiered1966

    The Hollywood Squares is an American panel game show, in which two contestants play... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Let's Make a Deal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    Let's Make a Deal

    Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum

    Premiered1963

    Let's Make a Deal is a television game show which originated in the United States and has... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Password is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    Password

    Betty White, Allen Ludden

    Premiered1961

    Password is an American television game show which was created by Bob Stewart for... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The $10,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    The $10,000 Pyramid

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  • 8
    The Newlywed Game is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    The Newlywed Game

    Bob Hilton, Charlie O'Donnell

    Premiered1966

    The Newlywed Game is an American television game show that pits newly married couples against... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    Jeopardy! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    Jeopardy!

    Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert

    Premiered1964

    Jeopardy! is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin. The show features a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The $20,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
    The $20,000 Pyramidamazon buy button
  • 11
    Name That Tune is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    Name That Tune

    George DeWitt

    Premiered1952

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    Card Sharks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    Card Sharks

    Joel McHale, Markie Post

    Premiered1978

    Card Sharks is an American television game show created by Chester Feldman for Mark... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Joker's Wild is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    The Joker's Wild

    Charlie O'Donnell, Bill Cullen

    Premiered1972

    The Joker's Wild is an American television game show that aired at different times during the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Dating Game is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    The Dating Game

    Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood

    Premiered1965

    The Dating Game is an ABC television show. It first aired on December 20, 1965 and was the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Gong Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    The Gong Show

    Phyllis Diller, Michele Lee

    Premiered1976

    The Gong Show is an amateur talent contest franchised by Sony Pictures Television to many... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Wheel of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    Wheel of Fortune

    Pat Sajak, Vanna White

    Premiered1983

    Wheel of Fortune is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin. The show... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The $25,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    The $25,000 Pyramid

    Bill Cullen, Bob Clayton

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  • 18
    Truth or Consequences is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    Truth or Consequences

    Ralph Edwards, Jack Bailey

    Premiered1940

    Truth or Consequences is an American television show originally hosted on NBC radio by Ralph... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Concentration is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    Concentration

    Ed McMahon, Hugh Downs

    Premiered1958

    Concentration is an American television game show based on the children's memory game of the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    What's My Line? is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    What's My Line?

    Lucille Ball, Tony Randall

    Premiered1950

    What's My Line? is a panel game show which originally ran in the United States on the CBS... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The New Treasure Hunt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    The New Treasure Hunt

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    Supermarket Sweep is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    Supermarket Sweep

    David Ruprecht

    Premiered1965

    Supermarket Sweep is an American television game show. The format combined an ordinary... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    Pyramid

    Betty White, Dick Clark

    Premiered1973

    Pyramid is an American television game show that has aired several versions. The original... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    Double Dare

    Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone

    Premiered2000

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    High Rollers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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    High Rollers

    Alex Trebek

    Premiered1974

    High Rollers is an American television game show that involved players trying to win prizes by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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