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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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440 77
The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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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403 78
Family Feud is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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
3
329 115
Jeopardy! is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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
4
350 89
Wheel of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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
5
262 79
Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added 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
6
260 138
Match Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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
7
314 113
Hollywood Squares is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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
8
437 101
Press Your Luck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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 in 1983 and ended in 1986, with a revival in 2019 hosted by ...more
9
204 120
The Joker's Wild is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
NickiGreenVigil added 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
10
234 124
Let's Make a Deal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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
11
234 92
Supermarket Sweep is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added 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
12
188 131
Tic-Tac-Dough is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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
13
226 125
Card Sharks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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
14
237 109
Name That Tune is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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
15
204 129
Win, Lose or Draw is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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
16
170 81
Password is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added 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
17
226 136
Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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
18
197 148
Love Connection is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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
19
181 94
The Newlywed Game is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added 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
20
157 156
The Gong Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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
21
144 155
Sale of the Century is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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
22
144 94
Scrabble is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added 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
23
138 98
Whammy! Push Your Luck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added 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
24
109 99
The Dating Game is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added 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
25
145 165
Remote Control is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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