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The Best Game Shows of the 1980s 

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List Rules Vote 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
Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson

Premiered: 1956

Number of Seasons: 40

Number of Episodes: 2263

Network: CBS, American Broadcasting Company, NBC

Genres (Tv): Game show

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
Al Roker, Richard Dawson, Louie Anderson

Premiered: 1976

Network: CBS, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Game show

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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#155 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #2 of 59 The Best Daytime TV Shows The Greatest Family Feud Fails Ever

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Jeopardy! is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire

Premiered: 1964

Number of Seasons: 28

Number of Episodes: 9200

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Game show

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
Pat Sajak, Vanna White, Charlie O'Donnell

Premiered: 1983

Number of Episodes: 5000

Network: CBS, NBC

Genres (Tv): Game show

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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#4 of 42 The Best Game Shows to Play Along at Home #101 of 510 The Best '80s TV Shows

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Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Betty White, Dick Clark, Dara Torres

Premiered: 1973

Number of Seasons: 23

Number of Episodes: 18004

Network: Game Show Network, CBS, American Broadcasting Company

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
Betty White, Patty Duke, Richard Dawson

Premiered: 1962

Genres (Tv): Game show

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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#1,212 of 2,298 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time #8 of 42 The Best Game Shows to Play Along at Home

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Hollywood Squares is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Tom Bergeron, Shadoe Stevens, Whoopi Goldberg

Premiered: 1966

Number of Seasons: 26

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Game show, Panel game, Comedy

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 Joker's Wild is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
NickiGreenVigil added The Joker's Wild Charlie O'Donnell, Bill Cullen, Jack Barry

Premiered: 1972

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Game show

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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Press Your Luck is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Peter Tomarken, Savage Steve Holland, Charlie O'Donnell

Premiered: 1983

Number of Episodes: 758

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Game show

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

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#11 of 76 The Greatest Game Shows of All Time #20 of 42 The Best Game Shows to Play Along at Home #132 of 510 The Best '80s TV Shows

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Tic-Tac-Dough is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Gene Rayburn, Jack Barry, Bill Wendell

Premiered: 1956

Genres (Tv): Game show

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) 11 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added David Ruprecht

Premiered: 1965

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 1111

Network: ION Television, American Broadcasting Company, Lifetime Television

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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Let's Make a Deal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum, Rob Marrocco Jr.

Premiered: 1963

Network: CBS, American Broadcasting Company, NBC

Genres (Tv): Game show

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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#429 of 2,298 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time #7 of 59 The Best Daytime TV Shows #7 of 76 The Greatest Game Shows of All Time

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Name That Tune is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
George DeWitt

Premiered: 1952

Network: CBS, NBC

Genres (Tv): Game show

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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Password is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Betty White, Allen Ludden, Gene Wood

Premiered: 1961

Number of Episodes: 2855

Genres (Tv): Game show

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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#10 of 76 The Greatest Game Shows of All Time #84 of 245 The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s

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Card Sharks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Joel McHale, Markie Post, Bob Eubanks

Premiered: 1978

Number of Episodes: 1709

Network: CBS, NBC, ABC

Genres (Tv): Game show

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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#40 of 42 The Best Game Shows to Play Along at Home #227 of 510 The Best '80s TV Shows

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Love Connection is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Love Connection Chuck Woolery

Premiered: 1983

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 2425

Genres (Tv): Game show

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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#32 of 76 The Greatest Game Shows of All Time #14 of 62 The Best Dating Reality Shows

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Win, Lose or Draw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Vicki Lawrence

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Game show

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) 18 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone, 'Weird Al' Yankovic

Premiered: 1986

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: Nickelodeon

Genres (Tv): Game show

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 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

Premiered: 1966

Network: Game Show Network, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Game show

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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#13 of 76 The Greatest Game Shows of All Time #23 of 42 The Best Game Shows to Play Along at Home

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Sale of the Century is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s

Premiered: 1969

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Game show

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
21
The Gong Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Phyllis Diller, Michele Lee, George Gray

Premiered: 1976

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Talent show, Game show, Comedy

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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Scrabble is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Chuck Woolery

Premiered: 1984

Number of Seasons: 6

Genres (Tv): Game show

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
The Dating Game is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood, Jim Lange

Premiered: 1965

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Dating game show

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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Whammy! Push Your Luck ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Whammy! Push Your Luck Rufa Mae Quinto

Premiered: 2007

Network: GMA Network

Genres (Tv): Game show

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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To Tell the Truth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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Premiered: 1962

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