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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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Match Game is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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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The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson

Premiered: 1956

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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

Premiered: 1976

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

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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The $10,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
The $10,000 Pyramid

Premiered: 1973

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Let's Make a Deal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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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The Newlywed Game is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Bob Hilton, Charlie O'Donnell, Johnny Jacobs

Premiered: 1966

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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

Premiered: 1961

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Jeopardy! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire

Premiered: 1964

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The $20,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s

Premiered: 1976

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Name That Tune is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
George DeWitt

Premiered: 1952

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Card Sharks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Joel McHale, Markie Post, Bob Eubanks

Premiered: 1978

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The Joker's Wild is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
The Joker's Wild Charlie O'Donnell, Bill Cullen, Jack Barry

Premiered: 1972

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The Dating Game is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood, Jim Lange

Premiered: 1965

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The Gong Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Phyllis Diller, Michele Lee, George Gray

Premiered: 1976

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

Premiered: 1940

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

Premiered: 1983

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The $25,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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Bill Cullen, Bob Clayton

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Concentration is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Concentration Ed McMahon, Hugh Downs, Gene Wood

Premiered: 1958

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The New Treasure Hunt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
The New Treasure Hunt

Premiered: 1973

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What's My Line? is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Lucille Ball, Tony Randall, Steve Allen

Premiered: 1950

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

Premiered: 1965

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Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
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Premiered: 2000

Alex Trebek, Johnny Olson

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Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s
Betty White, Dick Clark, Dara Torres

Premiered: 1973

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Make me Laugh (Syndicati... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1970s

Premiered: 1979

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