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The Best Game Shows of the 1980s

Updated May 26, 2020 16.6k votes 1.4k voters 86.6k views77 items

List RulesVote up the best game shows that aired between 1980 and 1989

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
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    The Price Is Right

    Bob Barker, Janice Pennington

    Premiered1956

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    Family Feud is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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    Family Feud

    Al Roker, Richard Dawson

    Premiered1976

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  • 3
    Jeopardy! is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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    Jeopardy!

    Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert

    Premiered1964

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    Press Your Luck is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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    Press Your Luck

    Peter Tomarken, Savage Steve Holland

    Premiered1983

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  • 5
    Wheel of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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    Wheel of Fortune

    Pat Sajak, Vanna White

    Premiered1983

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  • 6
    Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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    Pyramid

    Betty White, Dick Clark

    Premiered1973

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  • 7
    Hollywood Squares is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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    Hollywood Squares

    Tom Bergeron, Shadoe Stevens

    Premiered1966

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  • 8
    Match Game is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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    Match Game

    Betty White, Patty Duke

    Premiered1962

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  • 9
    Let's Make a Deal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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    Let's Make a Deal

    Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum

    Premiered1963

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  • 10
    Name That Tune is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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    135

    Name That Tune

    George DeWitt

    Premiered1952

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  • 11
    Password is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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    Password

    Betty White, Allen Ludden

    Premiered1961

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  • 12
    Supermarket Sweep is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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    Supermarket Sweep

    David Ruprecht

    Premiered1965

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  • 13
    Card Sharks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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    Card Sharks

    Joel McHale, Markie Post

    Premiered1978

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  • 14
    Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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    Double Dare

    Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone

    Premiered1986

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  • 15
    The Newlywed Game is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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    The Newlywed Game

    Bob Hilton, Charlie O'Donnell

    Premiered1966

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  • 16
    Tic-Tac-Dough is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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    142

    Tic-Tac-Dough

    Gene Rayburn, Jack Barry

    Premiered1956

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  • 17
    The Joker's Wild is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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    137

    The Joker's Wild

    Charlie O'Donnell, Bill Cullen

    Premiered1972

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  • 18
    The $20,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
    113
    58

    The $20,000 Pyramid

    Dick Clark, Bob Clayton

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  • 19
    Sale of the Century is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
    190
    162

    Sale of the Century

    Barbara Lyon, Kit Dougherty

    Premiered1969

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  • 20
    Win, Lose or Draw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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    149

    Win, Lose or Draw

    Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise

    Premiered1987

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  • 21
    The Dating Game is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
    147
    133

    The Dating Game

    Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood

    Premiered1965

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  • 22
    Love Connection is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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    173

    Love Connection

    Chuck Woolery

    Premiered1983

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  • 23
    Classic Concentration is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
    145
    128

    Classic Concentration

    Alex Trebek, Gene Wood

    Premiered1987

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  • 24
    The Gong Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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    173

    The Gong Show

    Phyllis Diller, Michele Lee

    Premiered1976

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    To Tell the Truth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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