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The Best Game Shows of the 1980s 

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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
Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson

Premiered: 1956

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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

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
Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire

Premiered: 1964

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

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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Press Your Luck is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Peter Tomarken, Savage Steve Holland, Charlie O'Donnell

Premiered: 1983

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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Hollywood Squares is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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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Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Betty White, Dick Clark, Dara Torres

Premiered: 1973

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) 8 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Betty White, Patty Duke, Richard Dawson

Premiered: 1962

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Let's Make a Deal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum, Rob Marrocco Jr.

Premiered: 1963

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

Premiered: 1952

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Supermarket Sweep is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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Premiered: 1965

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Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone, 'Weird Al' Yankovic

Premiered: 1986

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Card Sharks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Joel McHale, Markie Post, Bob Eubanks

Premiered: 1978

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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

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The Joker's Wild is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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Premiered: 1972

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The Newlywed Game is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Bob Hilton, Charlie O'Donnell, Johnny Jacobs

Premiered: 1966

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Tic-Tac-Dough is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Gene Rayburn, Jack Barry, Bill Wendell

Premiered: 1956

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Win, Lose or Draw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Vicki Lawrence

Premiered: 1987

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

Premiered: 1969

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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Love Connection is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Love Connection Chuck Woolery

Premiered: 1983

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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

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The Dating Game is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
sch20119 added Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood, Jim Lange

Premiered: 1965

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The $20,000 Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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Dick Clark, Bob Clayton

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Classic Concentration is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
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Premiered: 1987

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Super Password is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1980s
Bert Convy, Gene Wood

Premiered: 1984