Todd Wacha's All-Time Favorite Game Shows

by Ttmw1965 | created - 11 Sep 2016 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

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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1. 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: 279

The best word-association game show ever!

2. Jeopardy! (1964–1975)

30 min | Game-Show

The classic game show with a twist; the answers are revealed, but it's up to the contestants to supply the questions. Three contestants, including a returning champion, competed. Six ... See full summary »

Stars: Art Fleming, Don Pardo, Mel Brooks, Abby Dalton

Votes: 613

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.

3. 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

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.

4. The Price Is Right (1972– )

TV-G | 60 min | Family, Game-Show, Reality-TV

Contestants compete for prizes and cash, including cars and vacations, in games that test their knowledge of consumer goods pricing.

Stars: Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson, Holly Hallstrom

Votes: 3,073

I've loved this show which began in 1972 from the beginning.

5. Wheel of Fortune (1975– )

TV-G | 60 min | Family, Game-Show

Daytime version of the game show in which contestants guess letters in order to complete a word, phrase or name.

Stars: Susan Stafford, Charlie O'Donnell, Chuck Woolery, Vanna White

Votes: 388

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.

6. Family Feud (1976–1985)

TV-G | 30 min | Game-Show

Two families compete by trying to outguess the opponents about survey results.

Stars: Richard Dawson, Gene Wood, Johnny Gilbert, Rod Roddy

Votes: 1,779

Another favorite of mine, with the humor of the host and those surveys, it's a true classic.

7. Password Plus (1979–1982)

TV-G | 30 min | Game-Show

Revised version of the verenable Goodson-Todman game show, where celebrity-contestant teams try to convey passwords.

Stars: Tom Kennedy, Allen Ludden, Bill Cullen, Patty Duke

Votes: 153

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.

8. Super Password (1984–2014)

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

Second revised version of the classic Mark Goodson game show, where celebrity-contestant teams conveyed passwords using one-word clues.

Stars: Bert Convy, Gene Wood, Jamie Farr, Tom Poston

Votes: 199

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!

9. Classic Concentration (1987–1991)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

Revival of the classic NBC game show where two contestants, one a returning champion, faced a computer-generated board of 25 squares. Game play was the same as before: Each contestant ... See full summary »

Stars: Alex Trebek, Michael McKay, Kent Winfrey, Gene Wood

Votes: 68

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.

10. Card Sharks (1978–1989)

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

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.

Stars: Jim Perry, Janice Baker, Gene Wood, Lois Hamilton

Votes: 335

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.

11. Sale of the Century (1983–1989)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

Updated version of the 1969-1974 NBC game show. Three contestants competed to answer trivia questions, with scoring in dollars. The game was interrupted at certain intervals for Instant ... See full summary »

Stars: Jim Perry, Lou Mulford, Summer Bartholomew, Jay Stewart

Votes: 118

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.

12. 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: 741

The classic comedy/tic-tac-toe show. Best version: the original with Peter Marshall, the Master himself.

13. Match Game 73 (1973–1982)

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

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.

Stars: Gene Rayburn, Johnny Olson, Brett Somers, Richard Dawson

Votes: 1,584

Another of my all-time faves, I craved Match Game in the 70's, and I tried not to miss it after school.

14. The $10,000 Pyramid (1973–1991)

TV-PG | 30 min | Game-Show

Two contestants, each with a celebrity partner, must guess words from their partners' clues; then the roles are reversed. Winners face the pyramid.

Stars: Dick Clark, Bob Clayton, Soupy Sales, Jack Clark

Votes: 377

Another great word association game show that I've always liked. The Winner's Circle end game is a classic.

15. The Joker's Wild (1972–1991)

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

A long-running quiz show hosted by TV veteran Jack Barry, and later by Bill Cullen. In this show, contestants would have to answer questions on a wide variety of topics, with the prize ... See full summary »

Stars: Pat Finn, Michael McKay, Jack Carter, Rod McKuen

Votes: 144

I love this show! I've always been crazy about it. The best versions were the 1972-75 and 1977-86 runs.

16. The New Tic Tac Dough (1978–1986)

30 min | Game-Show

Contestants play Tic Tac Toe by answering questions in order to secure squares on an electronic game board.

Stars: Wink Martindale, Jim Caldwell, Jay Stewart, Charlie O'Donnell

Votes: 88

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!

17. What's My Line? (1950–1967)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

Four panelists must determine guests' occupations - and, in the case of famous guests, while blindfolded, their identity - by asking only "yes" or "no" questions.

Stars: John Daly, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf, Dorothy Kilgallen

Votes: 1,244

The original and best panel game show. Guessing a person's occupation or a mystery guest has always been fun.

18. Down You Go (1951–1956)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

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.

Stars: Bergen Evans, Francis Coughlin, Jerome Weidman, Patricia Cutts

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.

19. To Tell the Truth (1956–1968)

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

Classic game show in which a person of some notoriety and two impostors try to match wits with a panel of four celebrities. The object of the game is to try to fool the celebrities into ... See full summary »

Stars: Bud Collyer, Kitty Carlisle, Tom Poston, Peggy Cass

Votes: 360

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.

20. You Bet Your Life (1950–1961)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

Groucho Marx hosts a quiz show which features a series of competitive questions and a great deal of humourous conversation.

Stars: Groucho Marx, George Fenneman, Melinda Marx, Tuulikki Woods

Votes: 557

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.

21. The Guinness Game (1979– )

30 min | Game-Show

Each week, several great achievers would attempt to break a world record on the show. Before each feat was attempted, three contestants would place bets on whether or not the person would ... See full summary »

Stars: Don Galloway, Bob Hilton, David A. Boehm

Votes: 5

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.

22. Let's Make a Deal (1963–1977)

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

Monty Hall hosts this hilarious half-hour gameshow in which audience contestants picked at random, dressed in ridiculous costumes, try to win cash or prizes by choosing curtain number 1, 2 ... See full summary »

Stars: Monty Hall, Jay Stewart, Carol Merrill, Wendell Niles

Votes: 393

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.

23. 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

Perhaps one of the most intelligent game and quiz shows ever, G. E. College Bowl was appointment TV. I loved this show.

24. The New High Rollers (1974–1988)

TV-G | 30 min | Game-Show

Game show which involved luck and a pair of REALLY big dice. Hosted by Alex Trebek, before he got popular and famous from Jeopardy.

Stars: Alex Trebek, Kenny Williams, Wink Martindale, Dean Goss

Votes: 25

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.

25. The Cross-Wits (1975–1980)

30 min | Game-Show

Two three-member teams compete to fill a crossword puzzle.

Stars: Alice Ghostley, Meredith MacRae, Greg Mullavey, Robert Urich

Votes: 12

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.

26. Definition (1974–1989)

30 min | Game-Show

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.

Stars: Jim Perry, Dave Devall, Jean Christopher, Patrick Macnee

Votes: 27

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.

27. The Newlywed Game (1966–1974)

TV-PG | 30 min | Game-Show

The original version of the long-running game show, hosted by veteran host Bob Eubanks. Newlywed husbands and wives would take turns answering (often risque) questions while their spouses ... See full summary »

Stars: Bob Eubanks, Johnny Jacobs, James Farentino, Michele Lee

Votes: 424

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.

28. Name That Tune (I) (1974–1975)

Game-Show, Music

An updated version of the popular and long-running quiz show, hosted by Dennis James. Contestants competed to see who had the more comprehensive knowledge of popular songs by trying to be ... See full summary »

Stars: John Harlan, Dennis James

Votes: 17

Name That Tune is the ultimate musical game show. I loved watching it.

29. Las Vegas Gambit (1972–1981)

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

Game show based on blackjack using giant playing cards.

Stars: Wink Martindale, Kenny Williams, Elaine Stewart, Beverly Malden

Votes: 16

Another of my favorite game shows of the 1970's and 1980's, Gambit had Blackjack, couples, prizes and fun.

30. 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: 305

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.

31. Sports Challenge (1971– )

30 min | Game-Show, Sport

Game show where teams of famous athletes compete to win sporting goods for a favorite charity by answering questions about famous sports events; the game concludes with a "Bonus Biography" ... See full summary »

Stars: Frank Howard, Denny McLain, Bill Russell, Ted Williams

Votes: 12

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!

32. 2 Minute Drill (2000– )

Game-Show, Sport

You may know a lot about the world of sports, but how much can you recall in two minutes?

Stars: Kenny Mayne, Dale Earnhardt, Regis Philbin, Franco Harris

Votes: 22

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.

33. Now You See It (1974–1975)

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

The Mystery Word Search game consisted of 5 contestants (4 Challengers & 1 Champion) are playing for points. In the Premilinary Round, Contestants will find a answer (from a 14x4=56 gridded... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Narz, Johnny Olson

Votes: 32

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.

34. The New Truth and Consequences (1950–1988)

30 min | Game-Show

Contestants must perform an embarrassing stunt if they fail to answer a question correctly.

Stars: Bob Barker, Vincent Price, Jack Bailey, Ralph Edwards

Votes: 69

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.

35. Beat the Clock (1950–1961)

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

Classic game show where couples (and sometimes families) competed to win prizes by completing stunts within a time limit.

Stars: Bud Collyer, Dolores Rosedale, John Reed King, Bern Bennett

Votes: 86

Another great stunt show. Couples tried to do stunts in a certain amount of time (up to 60 seconds) to win cash and prizes.

36. Number Please (1961– )

30 min | Family, Game-Show

Early predecesor to "Wheel of Fortune," where contestants filled in the blanks of mystery word puzzles to win prizes.

Stars: Bud Collyer, Ralph Paul, Regina Dombek, Nancy Kovack

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.

37. The Who, What or Where Game (1969–1974)

30 min | Game-Show

Contestants compete to answer questions on various subjects, with the questions rated by difficulty and winnings based on the odds of the question.

Stars: Art James, Mike Darrow, Joe Garagiola, Anne Meara

Votes: 12

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.

38. Split Second (I) (1972–1975)

30 min | Game-Show

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.

Stars: Tom Kennedy, Jack Clark, Floyd Bradley

Votes: 16

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.

39. The Magnificent Marble Machine (1975–1976)

30 min | Game-Show

One of TV game show's legendary flops, a celebrity-contestant team answered questions and played a giant pinball game for cash and prizes.

Stars: Art James, Johnny Gilbert, Leslie Uggams, Jamie Farr

Votes: 14

This was a short-lived game show in the 1970's that was based around pinball. I craved this show!

40. P.D.Q. (1965– )

30 min | Game-Show

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. The person at the game board communicated a ... See full summary »

Stars: Dick Patterson, Dennis James, Stubby Kaye, Rose Marie

Votes: 10

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.

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.

42. Tattletales (1974–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Three celebrity couples were panelists. First, either the wives or husbands would go offstage and wear headphones; their spouses would remain on stage. Via closed circuit TV, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Bert Convy, Gene Wood, Jack Clark, Bobby Van

Votes: 178

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.

43. Scrabble (1984–1990)

22 min | Game-Show

For years, one of America's favorite board games was Scrabble, the Selchow & Righter-marketed game introduced in the 1930s. The game was revised and brought to television in 1984 by Reg ... See full summary »

Stars: Chuck Woolery, Charlie Tuna, Jay Stewart, Tom Lancaster

Votes: 87

Scrabble is one of my favorite board games of all time, and I loved the game show version of it too.

44. Eye Guess (1966–1969)

TV-G | 25 min | Family, Game-Show

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.

Stars: Bill Cullen, Don Pardo, Mel Brooks, Julia Meade

Votes: 17

This comedy memory game show from Bob Stewart and hosted by Bill Cullen was great.