Todd Wacha's All-Time Favorite Game Shows

These game shows are on my list of all-time favorite game shows in my honest opinion. I love game shows!
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Password All-Stars (1961 TV Series)
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Two celebrity-contestant teams compete to guess words by giving one-word clues in this all-time classic game show. (30 mins.)
“ The best word-association game show ever! ” - Ttmw1965
Jeopardy! (1964 TV Series)
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The classic game show with a twist; the answers are revealed, but it's up to the contestants to supply the questions... (30 mins.)
“ Even though I was a baby when this show was first on, I loved watching it. Art Fleming was the original answer man of this quizzer. Alex Trebek has been the show's host since 1984. You get the answer, you give the question. Wrong responses cost you money. Great format. ” - Ttmw1965
Concentration (1958 TV Series)
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Two contestants revealed pieces of a rebus-like puzzle by matching 15 pairs of cash amounts and prizes, then tried to solve it before the other. (30 mins.)
“ Combining memory skills (matching prizes and other cards) and rebus puzzles (pictures and words made up to say the name of a person, place, thing, etc.), Concentration is an all-time classic and a longtime favorite of mine. ” - Ttmw1965
Wheel of Fortune (1975 TV Series)
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Daytime version of the game show in which contestants guess letters in order to complete a word, phrase or name. (60 mins.)
“ I've always been crazy about this show. The Hangman-like game of spinning a wheel and guessing letters in a puzzle is always challenging. ” - Ttmw1965
The Price Is Right (1972 TV Series)
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Contestants compete for prizes and cash, including cars and vacations, in games that test their knowledge of consumer goods pricing. (60 mins.)
“ I've loved this show which began in 1972 from the beginning. ” - Ttmw1965
Family Feud (1976 TV Series)
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Two families compete by trying to outguess the opponents about survey results. (30 mins.)
Director: Paul Alter
“ Another favorite of mine, with the humor of the host and those surveys, it's a true classic. ” - Ttmw1965
Password Plus (1979 TV Series)
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Revised version of the verenable Goodson-Todman game show, where celebrity-contestant teams try to convey passwords. (30 mins.)
“ I have always been crazy about this version of Password that ran from 1979-82 on NBC. The first Password format where the passwords themselves were clues to an overall puzzle. ” - Ttmw1965
Super Password (1984 TV Series)
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Second revised version of the classic Mark Goodson game show, where celebrity-contestant teams conveyed passwords using one-word clues. (30 mins.)
“ This version of Password ran from 1984-89 on NBC. It was a remake of Password Plus, but after the second puzzle, the team that got it right got to play a Cashword where they had to get it right in three clues or less to win a jackpot. I loved this show! ” - Ttmw1965
Classic Concentration (1987 TV Series)
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Revival of the classic NBC game show where two contestants, one a returning champion, faced a computer-generated board of 25 squares... (30 mins.)
Director: Marc Breslow
“ This revival of Concentration is a favorite in my book. Two players still made matches to reveal parts of a rebus puzzle which they must solve to win. This time, there were 25 numbers on the board instead of 30, and no Forfeit 1 Gift cards, just different colored Takes. The winner got to try for one of eight new cars by matching up their names on a 15-box board. Seven cars had pairs that matched, while the eighth car had no match to throw the player off. If all seven cars were matched in the allotted time, they won the last car that they matched. ” - Ttmw1965
Card Sharks (1978 TV Series)
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Hosted by Jim Perry, were contestants are asked questions about how 100 people answered a poll question then played a card game where they tried to guess whether the next card drawn from a deck in a sequence would be higher or lower. (30 mins.)
“ I love this game of high-low, calling cards to see if the next one ion line is higher or lower than the one before it, the toss-up high-low survey questions, and the Money Cards, where a fortune can be won, is a personal favorite of mine. ” - Ttmw1965
Sale of the Century (1983 TV Series)
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Updated version of the 1969-1974 NBC game show. Three contestants competed to answer trivia questions... (30 mins.)
Director: Jerome Shaw
“ The original version of this knowledge and prize game ran from 1969-73 on NBC, but the 80's version topped it big time. I loved the 80's version of this show. ” - Ttmw1965
The Hollywood Squares (1965 TV Series)
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Contestants guess the correctness of celebrities' answers in order to win spaces in a tic-tac-toe game. (30 mins.)
“ The classic comedy/tic-tac-toe show. Best version: the original with Peter Marshall, the Master himself. ” - Ttmw1965
Match Game 73 (1973 TV Series)
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The five-day-a-week syndicated successor to the popular CBS game show, where two could compete to match fill-in-the-blank phrases with those of the celebrities. (30 mins.)
“ Another of my all-time faves, I craved Match Game in the 70's, and I tried not to miss it after school. ” - Ttmw1965
The $10,000 Pyramid (1973 TV Series)
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Two contestants, each with a celebrity partner, must guess words from their partners' clues; then the roles are reversed. Winners face the pyramid. (30 mins.)
“ Another great word association game show that I've always liked. The Winner's Circle end game is a classic. ” - Ttmw1965
The Joker's Wild (1972 TV Series)
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A long-running quiz show hosted by TV veteran Jack Barry, and later by Bill Cullen. In this show, contestants... (30 mins.)
“ I love this show! I've always been crazy about it. The best versions were the 1972-75 and 1977-86 runs. ” - Ttmw1965
The New Tic Tac Dough (1978 TV Series)
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Contestants play Tic Tac Toe by answering questions in order to secure squares on an electronic game board. (30 mins.)
“ Although I have seen clips of the original show from the 1950's on YouTube, the 1978-86 version of TTD was my introduction to this show. I loved TTD! ” - Ttmw1965
What's My Line? (1950 TV Series)
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Four panelists must determine guests' occupations - and, in the case of famous guests, while blindfolded, their identity - by asking only "yes" or "no" questions. (30 mins.)
“ The original and best panel game show. Guessing a person's occupation or a mystery guest has always been fun. ” - Ttmw1965
Down You Go (1951 TV Series)
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A viewer would submit a word or phrase that the panelists had to guess based on a few cryptic clues that were given by the host. (30 mins.)
“ I love this precursor to shows like Wheel Of Fortune. On this show, celebrity panelists had to guess letters, and eventually the phrase that the letters were in. The phrase always had cryptic clues to them, and if a panelist gave a wrong letter or phrase guess, then they were out for the rest of the round. Hence, Down You Go. ” - Ttmw1965
To Tell the Truth (1956 TV Series)
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Classic game show in which a person of some notoriety and two impostors try to match wits with a panel of four celebrities... (30 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Gross
“ Another of the greatest panel game shows, the panel had to figure out which one of three people was the real person that was the main subject. ” - Ttmw1965
You Bet Your Life (1950 TV Series)
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Groucho Marx hosts a quiz show which features a series of competitive questions and a great deal of humourous conversation. (30 mins.)
“ The best version of this classic quiz was hosted by Groucho Marx and George Fenneman. Say the secret word and a duck comes down and awards $100. The quiz had some tough questions to it. Other versions with Buddy Hackett and Bill Cosby were pretty good, but the original was the best. ” - Ttmw1965
The Guinness Game (1979 TV Series)
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Each week, several great achievers would attempt to break a world record on the show. Before each feat was attempted... (30 mins.)
“ I loved this weekly game show where three players predicted the outcomes of attempts to break world records. Too bad it lasted a single season. ” - Ttmw1965
Let's Make a Deal (1963 TV Series)
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Monty Hall hosts this hilarious half-hour gameshow in which audience contestants picked at random, dressed in ridiculous costumes... (30 mins.)
Director: Joe Behar
“ One of my favorite game shows. Monty Hall was and is the Big Dealer. He masterfully guided his way through the audience of traders by offering them money, the box, the curtain, and eventually, a door. Hopefully, there weren't any Zonks for the traders, but it happened many times. ” - Ttmw1965
The General Electric College Bowl (1959 TV Series)
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Two teams each representing a college or university and composed of four students answered questions rooted in the liberal arts in a battle for scholarship money and prestige. (30 mins.)
“ Perhaps one of the most intelligent game and quiz shows ever, G. E. College Bowl was appointment TV. I loved this show. ” - Ttmw1965
The New High Rollers (1974 TV Series)
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Game show which involved luck and a pair of REALLY big dice. Hosted by Alex Trebek, before he got popular and famous from Jeopardy. (30 mins.)
“ I have been crazy about this show ever since it began in the 1970's. I love dice games and this is one of them. ” - Ttmw1965
The Cross-Wits (1975 TV Series)
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Two three-member teams compete to fill a crossword puzzle. (30 mins.)
“ I was crazy about this show when it first came on in 1975. Celebrities and players solved clues on a crossword puzzle and the clues themselves related to a person, place, thing, etc. ” - Ttmw1965
Definition (1974 TV Series)
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A cross between Hangman and Scrabble, players try to solve puzzles by guessing missing letters. Very similar to "Wheel of Fortune" but without the wheel. (30 mins.)
“ This Canadian game show was great! Teams had to give away letters that weren't in a comical pun-like puzzle, then had to guess letters that were in the puzzle and solve it to win. ” - Ttmw1965
The Newlywed Game (1966 TV Series)
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The original version of the long-running game show, hosted by veteran host Bob Eubanks. Newlywed husbands... (30 mins.)
“ Perhaps the best Chuck Barris show of them all. Four just married couples were asked about their lives together, and they have to reveal some embarrassing secrets along the way. ” - Ttmw1965
Name That Tune (1974 TV Series)
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An updated version of the popular and long-running quiz show, hosted by Dennis James. Contestants competed...
“ Name That Tune is the ultimate musical game show. I loved watching it. ” - Ttmw1965
Las Vegas Gambit (1972 TV Series)
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Game show based on blackjack using giant playing cards. (30 mins.)
Director: Jerome Shaw
“ Another of my favorite game shows of the 1970's and 1980's, Gambit had Blackjack, couples, prizes and fun. ” - Ttmw1965
The Dating Game (1965 TV Series)
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One of the classic game shows created by Chuck Barris. In this show, a single woman would be given a... (30 mins.)
“ One of my favorite game shows growing up, one single person had their choice of three single people of the opposite sex by asking them questions and the one person could not see the other three. All to get a dream date. ” - Ttmw1965
Sports Challenge (1971 TV Series)
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Game show where teams of famous athletes compete to win sporting goods for a favorite charity by answering... (30 mins.)
“ Dick Enberg hosted this great sports trivia game show, where two three-members teams of athletes answered questions based on film clips of sports. Then, they had to identify a mystery sports star in the final round. I loved this show! ” - Ttmw1965
2 Minute Drill (2000 TV Series)
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You may know a lot about the world of sports, but how much can you recall in two minutes?
“ The second best sports game show ever. Players had to answer sports questions from celebrities and host Kenny Mayne all in a 2-minute time limit. ” - Ttmw1965
Now You See It (1974 TV Series)
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The Mystery Word Search game consisted of 5 contestants (4 Challengers & 1 Champion) are playing for points... (30 mins.)
“ One of my favorite 1970's game shows! Hosted by Jack Narz, players had to find the answers to questions in a word jumble. The 1989 version was okay, but the 1974-75 version was so much better. ” - Ttmw1965
The New Truth and Consequences (1950 TV Series)
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Contestants must perform an embarrassing stunt if they fail to answer a question correctly. (30 mins.)
“ The original stunt show. Began in 1940 on radio, then moved to TV as a one-time special, then a series from 1950 on, Ralph Edwards was the producer and first host of this classic that also featured reunions. Other hosts were on it too, but Bob Barker was the best. ” - Ttmw1965
Beat the Clock (1950 TV Series)
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Classic game show where couples (and sometimes families) competed to win prizes by completing stunts within a time limit. (30 mins.)
“ Another great stunt show. Couples tried to do stunts in a certain amount of time (up to 60 seconds) to win cash and prizes. ” - Ttmw1965
Number Please (1961 TV Series)
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Early predecesor to "Wheel of Fortune," where contestants filled in the blanks of mystery word puzzles to win prizes. (30 mins.)
“ This was a forerunner to Wheel Of Fortune in a sense. Two players tried to guess puzzles that had up to 20 letters in them. To win, they had to guess correctly BOTH puzzles. They picked the letters to be revealed by calling numbers in turn from 1-20 in their own row. I really liked this show. ” - Ttmw1965
The Who, What or Where Game (1969 TV Series)
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Contestants compete to answer questions on various subjects, with the questions rated by difficulty and winnings based on the odds of the question. (30 mins.)
“ A classic quiz show. Three players outguess one another on picking one of three questions (Who, What, Where) from a category and then after seeing the odds, bet anywhere up to $50 (All of their money in the last round) to answer the question. Highest bidder got to answer that question. ” - Ttmw1965
Split Second (1972 TV Series)
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Fast-paced quiz show, where contestants were rewarded not only on their ability to answer correctly, but on how many others were also correct on questions in that same category. (30 mins.)
“ I loved this show. Three players had to answer one of three questions for a subject by buzzing in. They picked the subject, then answered the question. The first to buzz in had the first choice. The day's winner got to try to start one of five cars to win that car of their choice. ” - Ttmw1965
The Magnificent Marble Machine (1975 TV Series)
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One of TV game show's legendary flops, a celebrity-contestant team answered questions and played a giant pinball game for cash and prizes. (30 mins.)
Director: Jerome Shaw
“ This was a short-lived game show in the 1970's that was based around pinball. I craved this show! ” - Ttmw1965
P.D.Q. (1965 TV Series)
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This game consisted of two teams of two players each. One player would be at a game board while their teammate would be in a soundproof booth... (30 mins.)
“ I used to like this word guessing game show where the fewest letters have to be used to get your partner say what you're putting up on the board. ” - Ttmw1965
All-Star Baffle (1973 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
Director: Jerome Shaw
“ This was a revival of P.D.Q. from the 1970's. Same game basically, but the fastest time to guess the phrase won the round. First game show to use neon lights on its set. Neat game, neat set, neat theme music. ” - Ttmw1965
Tattletales (1974 TV Series)
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Three celebrity couples were panelists. First, either the wives or husbands would go offstage and wear headphones; their spouses would remain on stage... (30 mins.)
“ I was crazy about this show when it was first on in the 1970's. Celebrity couples told on each other by answering questions posed by host Bert Convy. One of the best all-star game shows there is. ” - Ttmw1965
Scrabble (1984 TV Series)
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For years, one of America's favorite board games was Scrabble, the Selchow & Righter-marketed game introduced in the 1930s... (22 mins.)
“ Scrabble is one of my favorite board games of all time, and I loved the game show version of it too. ” - Ttmw1965
Eye Guess (1966 TV Series)
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Contestants were briefly shown the answers to questions asked by the host; it was up to the contestants to recall where the answers were concealed. (25 mins.)
“ This comedy memory game show from Bob Stewart and hosted by Bill Cullen was great. ” - Ttmw1965
Dealer's Choice (1973 TV Series)
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Game show developed around casino gambling (roulette, blackjack) and filmed at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. (30 mins.)
“ I absolutely loved this show! Casino games made for TV! ” - Ttmw1965
Talk About (1988 TV Series)
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Contestants must say a selection of specific words under a time limit in normal conversation or patter. (30 mins.)
Director: Michael Watt
“ This Canadian game show was great, where you had to talk about a subject for 20 seconds per person about a subject and you had to match words on a list for it. ” - Ttmw1965
I've Got a Secret (1952 TV Series)
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"I've Got a Secret" debuted on the heels of the successful "What's My Line?" Though "Secret" had somewhat similar rules... (30 mins.)
“ This hilarious panel game show had the panelists ask questions of guests to find out what their secret was. ” - Ttmw1965
Press Your Luck (1983 TV Series)
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A game show where contestents answer trivia questions and then have to gamble their winnings on a randomly flashing game board. (30 mins.)
Director: Bill Carruthers
“ This is one of the best game shows ever! One of the things that made it great was the Whammy, where if you hit it, you lost what you had up to that point. The Whammy animations were funny too. ” - Ttmw1965
Three on a Match (1971 TV Series)
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Contestants competed to correctly answer questions and accumulate money. That money is used to buy boxes and the contestants attempt to match three identical items. (30 mins.)
“ This game show was great! The players, all three of them, had to secretly bid on how many questions out of four they could answer in a category to win money that they could use to buy colored boxes on a board to make three of them match prize-wise. ” - Ttmw1965
The Gong Show (1976 TV Series)
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Amateur talent contest judged by three celebrities. (30 mins.)
“ The original 1976-80 version of this spoof of talent contests was the best! Hilarious! ” - Ttmw1965
Win Ben Stein's Money (1997 TV Series)
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Jeopardy-like game show featuring Ben Stein as both a host and a contestant. The second and third rounds... (30 mins.)
“ This was an awesome game show! Never before has the host risked his own $5,000 paycheck against players in a trivia game. I loved this show! ” - Ttmw1965
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999 TV Series)
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Contestants, selected by calling a phone number, are chosen based on their ability to arrange 4 answers to a question in the correct order the fastest... (60 mins.)
“ The game show that brought game shows back to prime time TV. Answer increasingly difficult questions to win $1,000,000. ” - Ttmw1965
Break the Bank (1976 TV Series)
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Very different in format from the 1945-1957 version hosted by Bert Parks, this show was primarily based... (30 mins.)
“ This neat variation on Hollywood Squares had players choosing boxes connecting to two stars, and the players had to guess which of the two stars was giving a right answer to the question to win the box. Three like amounts and you won the game. I craved and loved this show! ” - Ttmw1965
Hot Streak (1986 TV Series)
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Unique, but short-lived game on ABC daytime. Two teams of 5 players, men vs. women, competed. In the main game... (30 mins.)
Director: James Marcione
“ This didn't last too long in the U.S., but I like this show. Two teams of players had to give clues about a subject to their partners in the line without repeating important clue words that have already been used. The trick: the other teammates have headphones on them, so they can't hear what's already been said. ” - Ttmw1965
Rhyme and Reason (1975 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
Director: John Dorsey
“ I used to love this game show where a half of a poem was given, and the players wrote down a rhyming word to the poem. The stars had to come up with poems that had the matching word of the player's. I used to love this show. ” - Ttmw1965
Video Village (1960 TV Series)
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Two contestants compete in a life-sized board game, answering questions and performing stunts for cash and prizes. (30 mins.)
“ Although this show came on the air before I was born, I've seen clips of it on YouTube and I've read about the show too. It was a real living board game where the players were the tokens moving up and down the "streets" of Video Village winning cash and prizes along the way. A neat game show. ” - Ttmw1965
The Mad Dash (1979 TV Series)
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Game show played on a giant boardgame-like set. Teams of two participated. One partner answered questions and threw dice while the other acted as a human game piece. (30 mins.)
Director: Sidney M. Cohen
“ I've seen this Canadian game show on YouTube and I love this show! The players were the tokens on a winding game board and their partners had to buzz in and answer questions to roll a die for them to move along the board. ” - Ttmw1965
Runaround (1972 TV Series)
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Saturday morning kids' game show. It involved three-part multiple choice questions. The kids would all run to a particular place on the set... (30 mins.)
Director: Jerome Shaw
“ I loved this children's game show when it was first on in the 1970s! ” - Ttmw1965
The Better Sex (1977 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
Director: Paul Alter
“ This short-lived game show is a favorite of mine. Two teams, each with six people of the opposite sexes, tried to fool each other by answering questions. ” - Ttmw1965
The Challengers (1990 TV Series)
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Update of the 1969-1974 game show "Who, What or Where Game," current-events style. (30 mins.)
“ This update of The Who, What, Or Where Game was hosted by Dick Clark, who also co-produced it. Three players had to answer questions which included current events topics to win money. ” - Ttmw1965
Win, Lose or Draw (1987 TV Series)
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Syndicated show produced between 1987 and 1989; debuted in the USA in September 1987. Two teams of three... (30 mins.)
“ One of the most fun game shows of all time, this game was created by Burt Reynolds. Drawing pictures instead of acting out the phrases charade-style. ” - Ttmw1965
Hit Man (1983 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
Director: John Dorsey
“ With a video game-style format, players were given a story and had to remember what they heard to advance their "hit men" and to knock out opposing "hit men." ” - Ttmw1965
Whew! (1979 TV Series)
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Try to win two games in order to get a chance to beat the Gauntlet of Villains for US$25,000 in cash. (30 mins.)
“ This game show had players blocking and charging on a game board trying to earn money and having them solve "bloopers" (where one word had to be replaced to move on). The winner ran a gauntlet of villainous characters by correcting more bloopers in a short time to win big money. ” - Ttmw1965
Blockbusters (1980 TV Series)
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Game show which sought to resolve the question, "Are two heads better than one?" A single contestant... (30 mins.)
“ I loved this game show where in its original and best version hosted by Bill Cullen, a solo player (having red blocks) competed against a family pair (having white blocks) to make a path on a game board from one side to the other or from top to bottom by answering questions. ” - Ttmw1965
Celebrity Bullseye (1980 TV Series)
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Contestants answer general knowledge questions in order to fill in contracts on this trivia quiz game. (30 mins.)
“ Before the mistake was made to have all celebrities play the game, two non-celebrity players stopped a three-window game board. The top two windows had categories and dollar amounts while the bottom window had a contract from 1-5 or a "Bullseye" (where you could answer as many questions as you wished). The player that completed the contract had a choice: to take and bank the money, or risk it on another turn. ” - Ttmw1965
Celebrity Sweepstakes (1974 TV Series)
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Contestants win money by guessing which members of the celebrity panel answer questions correctly, with payoffs determined by odds set by the studio audience. (30 mins.)
Director: Dick McDonough
“ I loved this celebrity-laden game show! Set in a horse-racing motif, players bet money, like in a horse race, to see which celebrity gave the right answer to a question. ” - Ttmw1965
You Don't Say (1963 TV Series)
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Two teams of two players compete against each other to determine the name of a famous person. One member of the team... (30 mins.)
“ This was a name guessing game, and it is one of the best game shows in my opinion. You had to give your partner a clue in sentence form and the last word of the clue is the one that sounds, but isn't spelled like, part of the name that you want your partner to say. That's the word "You Don't Say!" If your partner guesses the name correctly, your team earns a point. ” - Ttmw1965
All Star Blitz (1985 TV Series)
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Another in the long line of "Hollywood Squares" multi-celebrity games from Merrill Heatter Productions; this one saw two contestants determine if a celebrity was giving the correct answer and solve a word puzzle. (30 mins.)
Director: Jerome Shaw
“ This variation on "The Hollywood Squares" had four stars, two players, and a six-box puzzle board. A player chose a star and one of the game board's stars (top, middle, or bottom),. The star answered a question, the player agreed or disagreed, and if they were correct, they kept their turn. If a box was surrounded by four stars, then a part of the word puzzle was shown. If the player solved it correctly, then they won the game. If not, the opponent could steal, or "blitz" with a correct puzzle guess. ” - Ttmw1965
Twenty-One (1956 TV Series)
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Two contestants were placed in separate isolation booths. Each player in turn would be given a category and asked how many points... (30 mins.)
“ One of the best quiz shows ever. Two players in separate isolation booths had to answer questions worth points, from 1 to 11. The higher point questions were more difficult. If they answered right, they earned the points. If wrong, then they lost the points. Neither player knew what the other person's score was. ” - Ttmw1965
The Big Showdown (1974 TV Series)
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Three contestants compete in this hard-quiz show with a dice-game element. (30 mins.)
Director: Dick Schneider
“ This is one of the best game shows ever! Three players had to answer buzz-in questions and if they were right, they earned pints. They all had to hit the round-winning point exactly, or else they were blocked out of that question. Once the round winning point was reached exactly, the player won money. The two top money earners raced to reach 7 points exactly by answering questions, with the first person doing that rolling for big money by rolling the word "Showdown" on two dice. I loved this show! ” - Ttmw1965
Wipeout (1988 TV Series)
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This short-running game show used a combination of knowledge and luck in challenging its contestants... (30 mins.)
Director: Jerome Shaw
“ Trying not to pick the wrong answers to a question was the basis of this short-lived but great game show. ” - Ttmw1965
Dream House (1968 TV Series)
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Two couples competed against each other in a Q-and-A game to win a new house worth at least $40,000. (30 mins.)
“ Although unfortunately none of the episodes of either version of this show are around anymore, some of them have been posted to YouTube. The reason why the original tapes don't exist: they were destroyed in a flood in the home of the show's creator, Don Reid. Here, couples competed against one another in answering questions. the winning couple, if they stayed on long enough, won their "Dream House." ” - Ttmw1965
The New Battlestars (1981 TV Series)
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Celebrities, each seated in triangles, answer game questions for the contestants. The object of the game was to capture three celebrities by putting out lights around him/her. (30 mins.)
“ This was a space-age variation on "The Hollywood Squares. In fact, both shows were created by Merrill Heatter. On Battlestars, players stopped a flashing light on one of 10 numbers that were connecting to the celebrities' triangles. If the player agreed or disagreed correctly with the star, they stayed in control until three numbers were lit, thereby capturing the star. Three captures won the game. ” - Ttmw1965
The $64,000 Question (1955 TV Series)
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Among the most influential of the big-money quiz shows, and the undisputed king of the genre of the 1950s, contestants answer questions in a specific field in an attempt to win $64,000. (30 mins.)
“ The game show that started it all in the era of big money quizzes. Players answered questions in a category of their choosing and doubled their money every time that they were right. Risks were taken in that if a question was incorrectly answered, then they would lose money from whatever level they were on and left the show with consolation money. Sometimes the questions were given while the player was in an isolation booth. ” - Ttmw1965
The $128,000 Question (1976 TV Series)
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Descendant of "The $64,000 Question," contestants who were experts in a particular field answered progressively more-difficult questions in an effort to win $128,000. (30 mins.)
“ This revival of The $64,000 Question was also great! I would never miss this show! ” - Ttmw1965
Liar's Club (1976 TV Series)
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'What IS this thing'? In this - the second iteration of the syndicated game show, panelists were presented with an odd or unfamiliar object... (30 mins.)
“ The 1976 version of this show introduced me to Liars Club. Four celebrities were given strange or unusual objects, or even a painting, and had to tell what the item really was. Only one was right, and the others were bluffing. The players had to bet money on who they thought was telling the truth. I loved this show! ” - Ttmw1965
Get the Message (1964 TV Series)
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"Get The Message" was broadcast on weekday mornings in 1964 for three cycles (39 weeks). It was a game-panel... (30 mins.)
Director: Mike Gargiulo
“ I've seen this show before, and I really like it. Two three-member teams, made up of three men against three women, had their civilian partner get a message by each of the celebrity partners writing down one-word clues to the message. Correct answers score a point, and the first team to get three messages wins the game. ” - Ttmw1965
Crosswords (2007 TV Series)
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Contestants answer a series of questions with words that solve a crossword puzzle.
Director: Bob Loudin
“ The final show to be created by Merv Griffin before his death in 2007, this game show had players complete a crossword puzzle to win big. The game started out with two players competing to answer crossword clues for cash and prizes. In the second and third rounds, the players got more competition in the form of three "spoilers," who could also buzz-in and if correct, then the "spoiler" takes one of the two main player's podiums. I loved this show! ” - Ttmw1965
Deal or No Deal (2005 TV Series)
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26 sums of money, 26 suitcases and one question: Deal or no deal (120 mins.)
Director: Bob Levy
“ 26 briefcases. Each held by a beautiful model. Cash prizes ranging from 1 cent to $1 million. The Banker with the tempting offers to sell the player's case back. The excitement. The tension. Howie Mandel. A great game show! What more can I say? ” - Ttmw1965
Double Dare (1986 TV Series)
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One in a long-running series of game shows, where two-member teams of children compete to answer questions and complete stunts. (30 mins.)
“ Nickelodeon's best game show. I would go out of my way to watch the sloppy antics of the stunts they had on the show. I loved Double Dare! ” - Ttmw1965
Double Dare (1976 TV Series)
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A short lived game show that brought isolation booth games up to another level. (30 mins.)
“ This game show, though short-lived, is a favorite of mine. Two players, each in isolation booths, are seen a series of clues, one at a time, to the identity of a person, place, or thing. When one player knows the answer, they lock out their opponent by having the opponent's booth closed. If right, they can dare and double dare the challenger to win more money. The winner got to face the Spoilers by getting four clues by them to win the big money. ” - Ttmw1965
The New Treasure Hunt (1973 TV Series)
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Chuck Barris-produced revival of the 1950s quiz show of the same name, where contestants selected boxes and could win either worthless junk, luxury prizes or thousands of dollars in cash. (30 mins.)
Director: John Dorsey
“ Sure this show was sadistic, but it had its charms. Keep the money, or go for what's in the box that was chosen. It might have been a klunk (a worthless booby prize) or something nice or even a check for $25,000. ” - Ttmw1965
Snap Judgment (1967 TV Series)
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This was a word association game similar to Password. 2 teams consisting of 1 contestant paired up with a celebrity were pitted against each other... (25 mins.)
“ This short-lived game show had two teams. One member of each team was given a series of subjects and had to come up with things that fit the subject in a word-association format. This show came from Goodson-Todman, the producers of Password, which this show sort of became in its last months on the air. ” - Ttmw1965
Scattergories (1993 TV Series)
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Short-lived game show based on the popular home board game, wherein contestants listed words pertinent to a particular category. (30 mins.)
“ Even though this show, based on the Hasbro game that came out in 1999 didn't last long, I really liked it. Here, two four-member teams, men against women, received a category and a starting letter. Then, up to six answers that fit the category and began with the key letter were given. Challenges from the other team were optional. Then, they compared answers to a five-celebrity panel. Any same answers lost points, while new answers scored points. ” - Ttmw1965
Keynotes (1991 TV Series)
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Music game show based on recognition of tunes. (30 mins.)
“ This international game show has been seen mainly in England and Australia (where it debuted), but I have seen episodes of it on YouTube, and it's great! Two teams pick notes and then get a choice of three words that fit a song's lyric. The team that gets it right gets to follow a bouncing ball playing the revealed notes, and the team must name the tune to score. ” - Ttmw1965
Jackpot (1974 TV Series)
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16 contestants attempt to solve riddles and become the "King of the Hill" and win a possible prize of $50,000. (30 mins.)
Director: Mike Gargiulo
“ 16 players competed for a week in answering riddles to build up money in a jackpot, which, when the Jackpot riddle was found, meant a correct answer would spilt the money. ” - Ttmw1965
The Weakest Link (2000 TV Series)
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British general knowledge quiz show which spawned imitations around the world, notably in the USA. (45 mins.)
“ This British import had a group of players answering questions in a time limit to build a bank that would carry over from round to round. The player in control had to say "bank" to keep the money safe, then it would be built again. After time was up, the players voted off who they thought was "the weakest link (i.e., who they thought got the most questions wrong in the round). The player that was left won all the money. Best known also for the host's snarky comments after a round was over. Good show. ” - Ttmw1965
Countdown (1982 TV Series)
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The long-running words and numbers game. (45 mins.)
“ Although I've never seen this show on TV, I have read a lot about it, and I've seen clips of it on YouTube. Two players compete in making the longest words that they can out of a series of 9 letters. Then, they have to figure out a math solution by coming up with the biggest number that they can. After all of the rounds have been played, the players are faced with unscrambling a 9-letter word (the Conundrum). This is all while playing against a 30-second timer in each round. ” - Ttmw1965
Monopoly (1990 TV Series)
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In this short lived game show, three contestants compete to answer crossword puzzle stlye clues and gain property on the Monopoly board... (30 mins.)
“ Even though the half-hour format that it had was too constricting, this was a pretty good TV version of the Hasbro game. Players earned properties and had the money put in their banks to buy houses and hotels later on by buzzing in and answering crossword puzzle-style clues. In the second round, dice were rolled and the player who had their property being landed on answered a question to earn that rent. The game's winner got to go around the board by rolling the dice up to 5 times to win big money and not Go To Jail. ” - Ttmw1965
Monopoly Millionaires' Club (2015 TV Series)
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A game show hosted by Billy Gardell. Based on the board game Monopoly, contestants play games based on the popular boardgame on stage to win money.
Director: Ron de Moraes
“ One of the best lottery game shows that I have ever seen. Players played games related to Monopoly in order to win up to $100,000 to be split by the player and their rooting section. At the show's end, the players had a chance to risk what they've won to "Go For A Million." 5 rolls were taken, and every time the player landed on a Monopoly space, they won something. If they rolled a number that made them Go To Jail, then they lost everything. ” - Ttmw1965
Celebrity Name Game (2014 TV Series)
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Celebrity guests team up with a group of contestants and together they work against the clock to identify a variety of famous names. (30 mins.)
“ This is a fun game show. Two pairs of players team up with one celebrity each to give and receive clues to famous people and things. In the third round, the host gives the players clues and they must buzz in with their answer. The winning team has to get 10 subjects right in a total of 75 seconds to win the big money. ” - Ttmw1965
Street Smarts (2000 TV Series)
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In this test of general knowledge and human nature, contestants try to predict who answered trivia questions a certain way based on three separate man-on-the-street interviews.
“ This game show was hysterical. Two in-studio players had to predict the outcomes of questions asked by the host to three on-location people. The players had to know if they knew it or not. ” - Ttmw1965
Pass the Buck (1978 TV Series)
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Four contestants attempt to list off items in a specific category and eliminate each other to try for $5,000. (30 mins.)
Director: Mike Gargiulo
“ This show had a very short run, but it was great, IMHO. Four players were given a topic, and one at a time, they had to come up with an answer that fit the topic. To stay in the game, they had to be right. The last player left tried to guess pre-determined answers in categories to win $5,000. ” - Ttmw1965
Chain Reaction (1980 TV Series)
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Chain Reaction was hosted by Bill Cullen in 1980, but went off the air that same year. In 1986, it was... (30 mins.)
“ Where one word leads to another. The original 1980 version was the best. Teams of celebrities and contestants were given a chain of words that led from one to another in some way. Letters were called for, and if the player in control was right, they won points. The most points won the game, and the team got to play for $10,000 by responding to clues by the teammates who construct questions one word at a time to get their partner to say the subject. ” - Ttmw1965
Hot Potato (1984 TV Series)
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Two three-member teams always "three of a kind" competed to answer the results of a survey or a question with multiple answers on this "Family Feud" clone. (30 mins.)
“ Two three-member teams played this game show. A question with a number of answers was given, and the players on the team could give an answer or challenge a member of the opposing team (i.e., pass the "hot potato"). If a team gets seven correct answers, or if the other team is totally knocked out, the team is control won the round. Two rounds and the game is won. Then, the team gets to play a bonus game where each question had a choice of two answers. If they were successful, they won big money. ” - Ttmw1965
Spin-Off (1975 TV Series)
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Couples compete in a question-and-answer game and play a game loosely based on Yahtzee. (30 mins.)
Director: Bob Schwarz
“ This short-lived show was great! Two couples competed against each other to buzz in and answer questions in order to spin their electronic spinners. Each spinner had numbers from 1 through 6. There were five spinners in all. The couple in control spun the spinners and whatever numbers came up on the spinners were made to look like a poker hand. The higher the hand, the better chance of winning the round and money. The winning couple got to play for up to $10,000 by coming up with six straight numbers in order. ” - Ttmw1965
Trivial Pursuit (1993 TV Series)
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A TV quiz show based on the popular board game of the same name, and hosted by TV veteran Wink Martindale...
“ Wink Martindale's TV version of the trivia board game was great! Three players raced each other to complete their Trivial Pursuit pie by answering questions. It took two questions correctly answered to fill in a colored pie wedge. The player to fill their pie in completely won the game and got to answer six questions correctly to fill another TP pie in to win. ” - Ttmw1965
Trivia Trap (1984 TV Series)
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Two teams of three members each compete to select answers to trivia questions in a variety of games. (30 mins.)
Director: Marc Breslow
“ It was the Juniors (all under 30 years of age) against the Seniors (all 30 and over) in this game show. The teams competed in various trivia games to be the first team to win $1,000 and play the $10,000 bonus by picking the right answers to up to four questions. The wrong answers had to be eliminated originally to win money. ” - Ttmw1965
1 vs. 100 (2006 TV Series)
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One contestant competes against 100 people by answering trivia questions for a chance to win a huge cash prize.
“ It's the player against a 100-member mob in a trivia contest to see who can survive. The player was given a question with three answers. The mob members secretly chose what they thought was the right answer. The player then chose, and if they were right, they earned money for every mob member who was wrong, who was eliminated. If the player can wipe out the entire mob, they win $1,000,000. I loved this show! ” - Ttmw1965
Body Language (1984 TV Series)
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Contestants vie for cash prizes in this competition of word puzzles and charades. (30 mins.)
“ This game show mixed charades and word puzzles. One team had 60 seconds to pantomime and guess up to five words and phrases. Every word or phrase they got right was a clue (out of seven) in a word puzzle that the guesser had to solve to win money. ” - Ttmw1965