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The Best Game Shows of the 1980s

Updated May 26, 2020 17.5k votes 1.4k voters 88.4k views73 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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  • 1
    The Price Is Right
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    The Price Is Right

    Bob Barker, Janice Pennington

    Premiered1956

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    Family Feud
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    Family Feud

    Al Roker, Richard Dawson

    Premiered1976

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  • 3
    Jeopardy!
    422
    126

    Jeopardy!

    Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert

    Premiered1964

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    Press Your Luck
    534
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    Press Your Luck

    Peter Tomarken, Savage Steve Holland

    Premiered1983

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    Wheel of Fortune
    443
    108

    Wheel of Fortune

    Pat Sajak, Vanna White

    Premiered1983

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    Pyramid
    351
    118

    Pyramid

    Betty White, Dick Clark

    Premiered1973

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    Hollywood Squares
    374
    135

    Hollywood Squares

    Tom Bergeron, Shadoe Stevens

    Premiered1966

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    Match Game
    334
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    Match Game

    Betty White, Patty Duke

    Premiered1962

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  • 9
    Let's Make a Deal
    302
    145

    Let's Make a Deal

    Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum

    Premiered1963

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    Password
    237
    124

    Password

    Betty White, Allen Ludden

    Premiered1961

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  • 11
    Name That Tune
    268
    151

    Name That Tune

    George DeWitt

    Premiered1952

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    Double Dare
    282
    158

    Double Dare

    Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone

    Premiered1986

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  • 13
    Supermarket Sweep
    322
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    Supermarket Sweep

    David Ruprecht

    Premiered1965

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  • 14
    Card Sharks
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    150

    Card Sharks

    Joel McHale, Markie Post

    Premiered1978

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  • 15
    The Newlywed Game
    234
    141

    The Newlywed Game

    Bob Hilton, Charlie O'Donnell

    Premiered1966

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  • 16
    Tic-Tac-Dough
    237
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    Tic-Tac-Dough

    Gene Rayburn, Jack Barry

    Premiered1956

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  • 17
    The Joker's Wild
    248
    147

    The Joker's Wild

    Charlie O'Donnell, Bill Cullen

    Premiered1972

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  • 18
    The $20,000 Pyramid
    124
    70

    The $20,000 Pyramid

    Dick Clark, Bob Clayton

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  • 19
    Win, Lose or Draw
    240
    159

    Win, Lose or Draw

    Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise

    Premiered1987

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    Sale of the Century
    202
    170

    Sale of the Century

    Barbara Lyon, Kit Dougherty

    Premiered1969

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    The Dating Game
    159
    143

    The Dating Game

    Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood

    Premiered1965

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  • 22
    Love Connection
    243
    185

    Love Connection

    Chuck Woolery

    Premiered1983

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    Classic Concentration
    162
    135

    Classic Concentration

    Alex Trebek, Gene Wood

    Premiered1987

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    The Gong Show
    176
    182

    The Gong Show

    Phyllis Diller, Michele Lee

    Premiered1976

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    Super Password
    139
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    Super Password

    Bert Convy, Gene Wood

    Premiered1984

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