My favorite 13 game shows of all time.

by SweetHotAngel | created - 23 Dec 2010 | updated - 23 Dec 2010 | Public

Here's a Baker's Dozen of game shows that were or are fun, entertaining and sometimes educational. This is my list, so I feel no compulsion to list popular shows that I didn't really like (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Deal or No Deal, The Weakest Link, the Newly Weds Game, The Price is Right.) I'm reversing the order, so as the number in the list goes up we are actually counting down to my favorite gameshow of all time.

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1. Concentration (1958–1979)

TV-G | 30 min | Game-Show

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.

Stars: Hugh Downs, Bob Clayton, Wayne Howell, Ed McMahon

Votes: 98

This game had two great parts, first the memory game part and then the cool rebus puzzle. I loved seeing this game when I was a kid and I'd be home sick.

2. The Match Game (1962–1969)

TV-G | 25 min | Game-Show

This is The 1st Edition of the program. Composed of 2 Teams of 3 Members (2 In-Studio team members and 1 Star Team Captain) are writing answers to an question {e.g.: Name a part of a ... See full summary »

Stars: Gene Rayburn, Johnny Olson, Betty White, Henry Morgan

Votes: 461

The first version was the better one. I liked the idea of teams playing against each other. The second version was good too, even though it was dirtier.

3. The Dating Game (1965–1986)

TV-PG | 30 min | Game-Show, Romance

One of the classic game shows created by Chuck Barris. In this show, a single woman would be given a choice of three bachelors whom she could talk with, but not see. After asking them a ... See full summary »

Stars: Jim Lange, Lee Majors, Anna Marlowe, Arnold Schwarzenegger

Votes: 304

This was the coolest after school game for pre-teens to watch. Plus it had that great pop music theme.

4. What's My Line (1951–1964)

30 min | Game-Show

A panel of celebrities trying to guess what a person does for a living, or figure out who a mystery guest is. This is the version for the United Kingdom.

Stars: Eamonn Andrews, Isobel Barnett, Gilbert Harding, Barbara Kelly

Votes: 41

I didn't know who those celebrities were, after all I was totally ignorant of the witty NYC scene. But they were so elegant and eloquent.

5. I've Got a Secret (1952–1967)

TV-G | 30 min | Family, Game-Show

"I've Got a Secret" debuted on the heels of the successful "What's My Line?" Though "Secret" had somewhat similar rules, there were other elements that gave the show its own distinctive ... See full summary »

Stars: Henry Morgan, Bill Cullen, Garry Moore, Betsy Palmer

Votes: 377

This one built on What's My Line and was even better. Plus it had Garry Moore.

6. Password (1961–1975)

TV-G | 30 min | Game-Show

Two celebrity-contestant teams compete to guess words by giving one-word clues in this all-time classic game show.

Stars: Allen Ludden, Elizabeth Montgomery, Ross Martin, Carol Burnett

Votes: 275

I don't remember this being called Password All-Stars. I thought it was just Password. It had the great Allen Ludden, Betty White is his widow, as the low key but funny host.

7. Wheel of Fortune (1983– )

TV-G | 30 min | Short, Family, Game-Show

Hosted by Pat Sajak, this game show features 3 contestants who try to solve a puzzle by spinning the wheel and guessing letters in a word or phrase.

Stars: Pat Sajak, Vanna White, Charlie O'Donnell, Jim Thornton

Votes: 2,358

I still watch it even though I don't like Pat Sajeck much any more. But in the 80s I loved this show.

My ranking would be Richard Karn and then Louie Anderson and then poor Ray Combs. I liked Richard Dawson at first, but then he got too slimy. I didn't like John O'Hurley at all. I haven't seen Steve Harvey.

9. The Hollywood Squares (Daytime) (1965–1980)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

Contestants guess the correctness of celebrities' answers in order to win spaces in a tic-tac-toe game.

Stars: Kenny Williams, Peter Marshall, Cliff Arquette, Wally Cox

Votes: 731

This show was just good. Plus it had Paul Lynde in the center square with his wild shirts, funny jokes and flaming manner.

10. Shenanigans (1964–1965)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

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Stars: MIlton Bradley, Stubby Kaye, Kenny Williams

Votes: 36

On Saturday mornings we kids watched cartoons. But this game show with the great Stubby Kaye was as colorful and crazy as a cartoon. It was like one of us kids watching the cartoons got to be in one. I can't remember the details of how the game worked, I just remember it was some kind of game board that filled the floor and the kids were like the playing pieces.

11. The General Electric College Bowl (1959–1970)

TV-G | 30 min | Family, Game-Show

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.

Stars: Robert Earle, Allen Ludden, John Bellairs, Mel Brandt

Votes: 28

Real teams of real students from real colleges competed in a serious quiz every Saturday. It was a high point of the week end.

12. To Tell the Truth (1969–1978)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

Five-day-a-week syndicated revival of one of Goodson-Todman's most durable and longest-lived formats: A celebrity panel determines which of three contestants is the actual person associated with a given story.

Stars: Peggy Cass, Bill Cullen, Kitty Carlisle, Garry Moore

Votes: 152

Probably the greatest of the celebrity panel shows ever. Orson Bean and Tom Postman were alway funny. Kitty Carlise was elegant and smart. Then it had great hosts in Garry Moore and Joe Garagiola. I remember when Colonel Sanders was on it.

13. Jeopardy! (1984– )

TV-G | 30 min | Short, Game-Show

A returning champion and two challengers test their buzzer skills and their knowledge in a wide range of academic and popular categories.

Stars: Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire, Sarah Whitcomb Foss

Votes: 5,375

No doubt about it. It always was the best back in the day when it was a daytime show with Art Fleming. It even got a rock song video about it in the early days of MTV. Then it came back in prime time with the great Alex Trebek. This show is intelligent and thrilling. I wonder how many us tend to answer things in the form of a question?

"I'll take favorite game shows for a thousand, Alex."

"It made Ken Jennings a star."

"What is Jeopardy?"



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