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What do you look for in a good game show? Is it an enjoyable host, who is charismatic, friendly, and funny? Do you enjoy watching people making fools of themselves? Or maybe it’s the challenge of the game that keeps you glued to the screen? Whatever your reason for watching game shows, the '80s had plenty of amazing game shows. This list of the best game 1980s shows includes TV game shows that aired during the 1980s, and has been ranked by the community.

Older programs like The Price Is Right and Family Feud had begun before the 80s but still ran strong throughout the entire decade, exciting new audiences every year. However, many of the best game shows of the decade were uniquely '80s, such as Tic-Tac-Dough and Everything Goes. 80s game shows often relied on celebrity panels, like in Hollywood Squares, where people got to interact with their favorite celebrities while trying to win prizes.

What are the best 1980s gameshows? Were the best the ones that included celebrities or ones that focused on the average guy? Vote up the greatest 80s game shows below or add the one you thought was the best if it isn't already on the list. Take a look at these classic game shows and decide which of them should be the top rated.

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The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
The Price Is Right 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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Family Feud is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Family Feud 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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Jeopardy! is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Jeopardy! 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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Wheel of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Wheel of Fortune 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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Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Pyramid Betty White, Dick Clark, Dara Torres Pyramid is an American television game show that has aired several versions. The original series, The $10,000 Pyramid, debuted March 26, 1973, and spawned seven subsequent Pyramid series. The ...more

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Match Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Match Game 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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Hollywood Squares is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Hollywood Squares 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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Press Your Luck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Press Your Luck Peter Tomarken, Savage Steve Holland, Charlie O'Donnell Press Your Luck is an American television daytime game show created by Bill Carruthers and Jan McCormack. It premiered on CBS on September 19, 1983 and ended on September 26, 1986. In the show, ...more

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The Joker's Wild is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
NickiGreenVigil added The Joker's Wild 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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Let's Make a Deal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Let's Make a Deal 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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Tic-Tac-Dough is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Tic-Tac-Dough Gene Rayburn, Jack Barry, Bill Wendell 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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Supermarket Sweep is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Supermarket Sweep 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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Name That Tune is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Name That Tune 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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Card Sharks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Card Sharks Markie Post, Bob Eubanks, Gary Kroeger 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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Win, Lose or Draw is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Win, Lose or Draw Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Vicki Lawrence Win, Lose or Draw is an American television game show that aired from 1987 to 1990 in syndication and on NBC. It was taped at CBS Television City, often in Studios 31, 33, and 43 at various ...more

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Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Double Dare Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone, 'Weird Al' Yankovic 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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Love Connection is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Love Connection Chuck Woolery Love Connection is an American television game show, hosted by Chuck Woolery, in which singles attempted to connect with a compatible partner of the opposite gender. The show debuted in ...more

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Password is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Password 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 Gong Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
The Gong Show 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 Newlywed Game is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added The Newlywed Game 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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Sale of the Century is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Sale of the Century 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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Remote Control is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Remote Control Adam Sandler, Denis Leary, Colin Quinn Remote Control is a TV game show that ran on MTV for five seasons from 1987 until 1990. It was MTV's first original non-musical program. New episodes were made for first-run syndication from ...more

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Whammy! Push Your Luck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Whammy! Push Your Luck Rufa Mae Quinto Whammy! Push Your Luck is a GMA Network TV program based on the American game show Press Your Luck and its updated version Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck. It aired weeknights before 24 Oras ...more

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Scrabble is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Scrabble Chuck Woolery Scrabble is an American television game show that was based on the Scrabble board game. The show was co-produced by Exposure Unlimited and Reg Grundy Productions. It ran from July 2, 1984 to ...more

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To Tell the Truth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added To Tell the Truth To Tell the Truth is a Canadian version of the original American version To Tell the Truth. It was broadcast on CTV between 1962 and 1964. The show was hosted by Don Cameron and the panelists ...more

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The Dating Game is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added The Dating Game 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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Shop 'til You Drop is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Shop 'til You Drop Dee Bradley Baker, Mark L. Walberg, Pat Finn Shop 'til You Drop is an American game show that was on the air intermittently between 1991 and 2005. Four different series were produced during that time, with the first premiering on Lifetime ...more

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Super Password is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Super Password Bert Convy, Gene Wood

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Classic Concentration is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Classic Concentration Alex Trebek, Gene Wood, Art James

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Are You Smarter than a 5th Gra... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? Jeff Foxworthy, Danielle Soibelman, Madison Leisle Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? is an American quiz game show on Fox. It is produced by Mark Burnett and is hosted by Jeff Foxworthy. The show premiered as a three-day special which began on ...more

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Chain Reaction is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Chain Reaction Bill Cullen, Johnny Gilbert, Geoff Edwards 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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Pictionary is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
bojanthebest added Pictionary Pictionary is an American television game show which aired in syndication during the 1997–1998 season. The game was based on the board game, where contestants guessed words and phrases based on ...more

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Scattergories is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Scattergories Dick Clark Scattergories is an American game show on NBC daytime hosted by Dick Clark, with Charlie Tuna as announcer, that aired from January 18 to June 11, 1993. The show was produced by Reg Grundy ...more

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I've Got a Secret is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added I've Got a Secret Teri Garr, Steve Allen, Richard Dawson 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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Tattletales is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Tattletales Bert Convy, Bob Hilton, Gene Wood Tattletales is an American game show which first aired on the CBS daytime schedule on February 18, 1974. It was hosted by Bert Convy, with several announcers, including Jack Clark, Gene Wood, ...more

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Singled Out is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Singled Out Carmen Electra Singled Out is a game show that ran on MTV from 1995 to 1998. Each episode featured a group of 50 men and a group of 50 women competing for a date with one main contestant of the opposite sex. ...more

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Blockbusters is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Blockbusters Bill Cullen, Bill Rafferty Blockbusters is an American game show which had two separate runs in the 1980s. Created by Steve Ryan for Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions, the first series debuted on NBC on October 27, ...more

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Greed is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Greed Chuck Woolery Greed is an American television game show that aired on Fox from November 4, 1999 until July 14, 2000. The game consisted of a team of contestants who answered a series of multiple-choice ...more

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Battle of the Network Stars is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Battle of the Network Stars Howard Cosell, Gabe Kaplan, Darleen Carr Battle of the Network Stars was a series of competitions where television stars from ABC, CBS, and NBC would compete in various sporting events. A total of nineteen of these competitions were ...more

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1 vs. 100 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added 1 vs. 100 1 vs. 100 is a game show created by Endemol that is aired in several countries. The game pits one person against 100 others for a chance to win a large cash prize. The game first aired in the ...more

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Bumper Stumpers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Bumper Stumpers Bumper Stumpers is a Canadian game show in which two teams of two players attempted to decipher vanity license plates in an attempt to win money. The show was a joint production of Canada's ...more

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Treasure Hunt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Treasure Hunt Annabel Croft, Suzi Perry, Dermot Murnaghan Treasure Hunt was a popular UK game show, based on the format of the French show La Chasse au Trésor, created by Jacques Antoine. It appeared on Channel 4 between 28 December 1982 and 18 ...more

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Catch 21 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Catch 21 Alfonso Ribeiro, Mikki Padilla Catch 21 is an American game show centered on blackjack, created by Merrill Heatter and taped at the Hollywood Center Studios. The series is hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, with actress Mikki Padilla ...more

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The $20,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
TVscum added The $20,000 Pyramid

Dick Clark, Bob Clayton

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Body Language is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Body Language Bob Hilton, Gene Wood, Johnny Olson Body Language is an American game show produced by Mark Goodson Productions. The show aired on CBS from June 4, 1984 until January 3, 1986, and was hosted by Tom Kennedy. Johnny Olson announced ...more

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Hot Potato is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Hot Potato Charlie O'Donnell, Bill Cullen Hot Potato is a television game show broadcast on NBC in the United States from January 23 to June 29, 1984. Bill Cullen was the show's host and Charlie O'Donnell was the announcer. The series ...more

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High Rollers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added High Rollers 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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The $50,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
TVscum added The $50,000 Pyramid

Dick Clark, Alan Calter

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Baggage is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Baggage Jerry Springer, Rob Marrocco Jr., Fox Cellars Baggage is an American dating game show hosted by Jerry Springer and broadcast by Game Show Network. The original series premiered on April 19, 2010, airing for four seasons. A spin-off series, ...more

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Bullseye is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Bullseye Jim Lange Bullseye is an American game show that aired in syndication from September 29, 1980 to September 24, 1982. Jim Lange was the host, and the program was produced by Jack Barry and Dan Enright. Jay ...more