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Win or Go Home: Top 8 Game Shows of All Time

TV game shows have attracted and entertained viewers for years, enticing them to take part in answering trivia questions or following players during a reality competition.  Whether you’re out with family, watching it on the big screen at home or hooking up to some DSL internet and watching it on your portable device. The different formats have been endless, but a few have survived in producing high TV ratings with the right formula and a memorable host. Here are eight of the top game shows of all time.

8: The Newlywed Game

Originally hosted by the famous Bob Eubanks, The Newlywed Game was responsible for some of the most memorable and hilarious game show moments ever. The show asked newlywed couples to answer questions about their sex life, personal habits, and other private things to test how well they knew each other. Like they said when you got married, “for better or for worse.” And this game proved that.

7: Family Feud


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This game show has had more hosts than any other, from Richard Dawson to Steve Harvey. The purpose of the game is to name the top answers of questions asked to 100 survey takers. With this format, viewers at home easily take part too. While Family Feud peaked in popularity in the 1970s and 80s, it’s had revivals along the way with hosts like Ray Combs, Louise Anderson, and Richard Karn.

6: Who Wants to be a Millionaire

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Famous for its life lines and host Regis Philbin, Who Wants to be a Millionaire revolutionized how game shows look and paved the way for a new, sexier crop of them. With intense lights, dramatic music, and a million dollar jackpot on the line, viewers can’t help but sit in front of their TVs trying to answer questions correctly. Meredith Vieira hosts the show now, but it’s still as captivating as ever. Final answer.

5: Wheel of Fortune

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The Wheel of Fortune started its run in 1975, making it the longest-running syndicated game show in TV history. During the span of almost 40 years, it’s evolved by updating the puzzle board with touch technology and giving the wheel a trendier look over time. Chuck Woolery hosted the show from 1975 to 1983, and Pat Sajak has done the job since. Oh, and you can’t forget about the famous Vanna White.

4: Let’s Make a Deal

Known as one of the wackiest game shows in the history of TV in the US, Let’s Make a Deal was famous for involving its live audience. The original host, Monty Hall, would select contestants from the audience based on the crazy costumes they wore to stand out. Whoever got the opportunity to play had to decide whether to take a sum of money or choose what was behind door number one, two, or three.

Unfortunately, the game show’s final episode aired in 2003; although, there’s a similar version of it now hosted by Wayne Brady.

3: Survivor

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Although this show has worn out its popularity in recent years, it’s hailed as one of the best game shows in TV history. What makes this reality competition so intriguing is the different people taking part in trying to survive on an island with minimal supplies and forming alliances when voting each other off. The purpose is to outwit, outplay, and outlast the other players, and this sort of game show fuels drama that intrigues viewers by its storylines and interests them in its characters.

2: Jeopardy

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Jeopardy, the greatest quiz game show, was originally hosted by Art Fleming. Since 1984, Alex Trebek has stood behind the podium asking questions that players select on a board; his persona has increased the show’s popularity and success ever since. This is a great game show for TV viewers because not only does it pose questions that they can try to answer, but it also teaches them about things they didn’t know about before.

1: The Price is Right

When you have a legendary host like Bob Barker on the game show set, it’s no surprise it’s a number one hit. The Price is Right combines the right variation of games and prizes, along with frantic audience members who want to earn the chance to play on the show and a showcase of beautiful models assisting Barker, to perfect the game show formula. Although Barker left the show in 2007, Drew Carey has carried the torch and done it well.

Game shows have captivated audiences for many years, providing memorable moments while giving contestants the opportunity to win big. Some have walked with large sums of money or vacation packages, while others have gone home empty-handed. Either way, it’s been fun for everyone included.

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