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The Best Game Shows of the 1990s 

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The entire decade of the '90s was a great time for those who enjoyed watching game shows as some of the most interesting and innovative game shows premiered. While old family favorites were still on the air, such as "Family Feud," "Jeopardy," and "Wheel of Fortune," there were plenty of new game shows to choose from. Shows like "Shop ‘Til You Drop" and "Supermarket Sweep" took mundane activities like grocery shopping and made them exciting. This list of the best 1990s game shows include shows that aired durign the 1990s, and has been ranked by the community. 

Children’s game shows became very popular in the '90s, especially once Nickelodeon got into the game show business. Many a 90s kid dreamed about fighting their way through the maze in "Legends of the Hidden Temple" or getting slimed on "Double Dare." "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego" was another favorite of young audiences. Other game shows, such as "Win Ben Stein’s Money," were humorous takes on the game show format, and definitely for adults.

What are the best '90s game shows? Did the game shows you think are best make the list? Vote up the best 1990s game shows below or add the one you thought was best if it isn't already on the list. 

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The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
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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Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
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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Family Feud is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
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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Supermarket Sweep is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
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
5
Wheel of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
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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Legends of the Hidden Te... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
Kirk Fogg, Dee Bradley Baker, Jennifer Holtz

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 120

Network: Nickelodeon

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Game show

Legends of the Hidden Temple is an action-adventure game show for children. The show centered on a temple that was "filled with lost treasures protected by mysterious Mayan temple ...more

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American Gladiators is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
Mike Adamle, Joe Theismann, Todd Christensen

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 7

Network: USA Network, Spike, ESPN Classic

Genres (Tv): Sports film, Game show, Reality television

American Gladiators is an American competition television program that aired weekly in syndication from September 1989 to May 1996. The series matched a cast of amateur athletes against each ...more
8
Jeopardy! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
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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Where in the World Is Ca... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
Greg Lee, Lynne Thigpen, Rockapella

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 296

Network: Public Broadcasting Service

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Sketch, Game show

Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? is an American half-hour children's television game show based on the Carmen Sandiego computer game series created by Brøderbund Software. The ...more

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Who Wants to Be a Millio... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews, Cedric the Entertainer

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 10

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Game show, Reality television

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is an American television quiz show based upon the British program of the same title, which offers a maximum prize of $1,000,000 for correctly answering a series of ...more

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Nickelodeon Guts is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
Felicia Day, Ryon Day

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 126

Network: Nickelodeon

Genres (Tv): Sports, Sports film, Children's television series, Game show

Nickelodeon Guts was an American television "action sports" competition series hosted by actor/comedian Mike O'Malley and officiated by British actress Moira "Mo" Quirk. The ...more

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Shop 'til You Drop is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
Dee Bradley Baker, Mark L. Walberg, Pat Finn

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 980

Network: ION Television, ABC Family, Family Channel, Lifetime Television

Shop 'til You Drop is an American game show that was on the air intermittently between 1991 and 2005. Four different series were produced during that time, with the first premiering on Lifetime ...more
13
Hollywood Squares is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
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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Whose Line Is It Anyway?... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
Baseballislove added Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 9

Network: Channel 4, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Improvisational theatre, Television comedy

Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW, 1998) is an American improvisational comedy show adapted from the British show. Hosted by Aisha Tyler, the show features Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, Wayne ...more

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What Would You Do? is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
Dee Bradley Baker, Marc Summers

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 90

Network: Nickelodeon

Genres (Tv): Game show

What Would You Do? is a 30-minute television show hosted by Marc Summers shown on Nickelodeon from 1991 to 1993. Robin Marrella acted as the on-camera stagehand for the show's first season. Both ...more
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Singled Out is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
Carmen Electra

Premiered: 1995

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Game show, Dating

Singled Out is a game show that ran on MTV from 1995 to 1998. Each episode featured a group of 50 men and a group of 50 women competing for a date with one main contestant of the opposite sex. ...more

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Press Your Luck is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
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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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The Joker's Wild is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
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
19
Figure It Out is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
Jeff Sutphen, Elle Young, Lorenz Arnell

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 218

Network: Nickelodeon

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Game show

Figure It Out is an American children's panel game show that airs on Nickelodeon. The original series, hosted by Summer Sanders, ran for four seasons from July 7, 1997 to January 12, 2000. The ...more
20
Win Ben Stein's Money is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
Ben Stein, Jimmy Kimmel, Nancy Pimental

Premiered: 1997

Number of Episodes: 715

Network: Comedy Central

Genres (Tv): Game show, Comedy

Win Ben Stein's Money is an American television game show created by Al Burton and Donnie Brainard that aired first-run episodes from July 28, 1997 to January 31, 2003 on the Comedy Central ...more
21
Wild & Crazy Kids is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
SarahTrickett added Wild & Crazy Kids Donnie Jeffcoat, Omar Gooding, Jessica Gaynes

Premiered: 1990

Network: Nickelodeon

Wild & Crazy Kids was an American television game show in which large teams, usually consisting entirely of children, participated in head-to-head physical challenges on Nickelodeon. The ...more
22
Let's Make a Deal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
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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The Weakest Link is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
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Premiered: 2000

Number of Episodes: 79

Genres (Tv): Game show, Reality television

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Nick Arcade is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
Phil Moore, Andrea Lively, Michael Bower

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 84

Network: Nickelodeon

Genres (Tv): Game show

Nick Arcade is an American children's game show created by James Bethea and Karim Miteff and hosted by Phil Moore, with Andrea Lively announcing, that aired on Nickelodeon in 1992, airing ...more
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Remote Control is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Game Shows of the 1990s
Adam Sandler, Denis Leary, Colin Quinn

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 5

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Game show

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

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