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The Best Game Shows of the 1970s  

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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.


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The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson
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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Match Game is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Betty White, Patty Duke, Richard Dawson
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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Family Feud is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Al Roker, Richard Dawson, Louie Anderson
Family Feud is an American television game show created by Mark Goodson. The show features a competition in which two families must name the most popular responses to a survey question posed to ...more
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Hollywood Squares is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Tom Bergeron, Shadoe Stevens, Whoopi Goldberg
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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The $10,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
The $10,000 Pyramid
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The Newlywed Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Bob Hilton, Charlie O'Donnell, Johnny Jacobs
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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Let's Make a Deal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum, Rob Marrocco Jr.
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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Password is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Betty White, Allen Ludden, Gene Wood
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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The $20,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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Name That Tune is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
George DeWitt
Name That Tune is an American television game show that put two contestants against each other to test their knowledge of songs. Premiering in the United States on NBC Radio in 1952, the show ...more
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Jeopardy! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire
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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The Dating Game is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood, Jim Lange
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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The Joker's Wild is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Charlie O'Donnell, Bill Cullen, Jack Barry
The Joker's Wild is an American television game show that aired at different times during the 1970s through the 1990s. Contestants answered questions based on categories that were determined ...more
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Card Sharks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Joel McHale, Markie Post, Bob Eubanks
Card Sharks is an American television game show created by Chester Feldman for Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions. Two contestants compete for control of a row of oversized playing cards by ...more
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Wheel of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Pat Sajak, Vanna White, Charlie O'Donnell
Wheel of Fortune is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin. The show features a competition in which contestants solve word puzzles, similar to those used in Hangman, to win ...more
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The Gong Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Phyllis Diller, Michele Lee, George Gray
The Gong Show is an amateur talent contest franchised by Sony Pictures Television to many countries. It was broadcast on NBC's daytime schedule from June 14, 1976, through July 21, 1978, and in ...more
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The $25,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
TVscum added The $25,000 Pyramid

Bill Cullen, Bob Clayton

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Truth or Consequences is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Ralph Edwards, Jack Bailey
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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Concentration is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Ed McMahon, Hugh Downs, Gene Wood
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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Supermarket Sweep is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
David Ruprecht
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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The Joker's Wild is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
The Joker's Wild
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Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
TVscum added Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone, 'Weird Al' Yankovic

Alex Trebek, Johnny Olson

Double Dare is a children's game show, originally hosted by Marc Summers, that aired on Nickelodeon. The show combines trivia questions with occasionally messy "physical challenges". ...more
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The New Treasure Hunt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
The New Treasure Hunt
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High Rollers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Alex Trebek
High Rollers is an American television game show that involved players trying to win prizes by rolling dice. The format was based on the dice game Shut the Box. High Rollers debuted on July 1, ...more
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What's My Line? is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Lucille Ball, Tony Randall, Steve Allen
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