||1962-69, 70s. Host: Gene
Rayburn. Two contestants had to match the words a celebrity panel
used to fill in the blanks. Sexual innuendo and hilarious answers
made this one a classic.
Tell the Truth
||1950s, 2001+. Hosts: incl. Bud
Collyer & Alex Trebek.
Three contestants claim to be the same person. A celebrity panel asks
them questions, and must guess who's telling the truth. Made famous
the phrase, "Will the real ____ please stand up." (No, it
||1950s, 70s. Host: incl. Bud
Collyer & Richard Dawson.
Celebrities disguised themselves with silly masks and costumes. Contestants
had to guess their true identities.
Wants to Be a Millionaire
||1999+. Host: Regis
Philbin. Contestants answer a series of progressively harder trivia
questions, one their way up to winning a million bucks. Based on the
original in the U.K., Millionaire sparked a revival of high-tech prime-time
||1973-85. Host: Dick
Clark. Contestants paired with celebrities had to communicate
seven words to their partner using word association. The first Pyramid
was worth $10,000; by 1985, the prize was $100,000.
||1950-67. This prime-time show had celebrity
panelists guessing the occupation of the contestants. Each "no"
answer earned the contestant $5. Witty celebrity regulars included
Steve Allen and Arlene
||1960s. Host: Allen
Ludden. Celebrities such as Carol Burnett and Vicki
Lawrence teamed up with contestants, using word association to
guess the secret word.
E. College Bowl
||1960s. Host: Allen
Ludden. Two teams of undergrads competed for scholarships by answering
science, literature, and math questions. The first game show to receive
a Peabody award for excellence in broadcasting.
||1964+. Hosts: Art
Fleming, Alex Trebek. This
show's twist: players are given the answers, and have to come up with
the questions. With tough subjects and low prize amounts, Jeopardy
is more a matter of prestige for its contestants.
Price Is Right
||1956+. Host: Bob
Barker. The longest-running game show in history is still going
strong. No brainiacs need apply; contestants just need to know the
prices of everyday items. Contestants are chosen from the studio audience,
presumably for their level of enthusiasm. Ever-changing mini games
and beautiful models add
to the show's lasting appeal.
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