Top 100 Game Shows (pg 3)

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41.  The $1,000,000 Chance of A Lifetime
A gameshow aired in the mid eighties that predated WWTBaM and the clones that followed. It was essentially a cross between Scrabble and Wheel of Fortune, with a massive cash prize thrown in. Not the most stable format in the world, but just like any other big money show, if you knew someone was going for big money, it was at least watchable. It was even rated #1 in the primetime Nielsen ratings for a short period of time. The show bears a resemblance in title, but not in format, to It's Your Chance of a Lifetime!

Two married couples compete against each other in the first round, which has multiple stages that repeat for 3 rounds, where the couple with the most money moves on to the Bonus Round.
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42.  Pantomime Quiz
Pantomime Quiz` was an American television game show produced and hosted by Mike Stokey. Running from 1950 to 1959, it has the distinction of being one of the few television series -- along with `The Arthur Murray Party`, `Down You Go`, and `Original Amateur Hour` -- to air on all four TV networks in the US during the Golden Age of Television.

Based on the parlor game of Charades, Pantomime Quiz was first broadcast locally in Los Angeles from November 13, 1947 to 1949; In that format, it won an Emmy Award for "Most Popular Television Program" at the first Emmy Awards ceremony. The competition involved two teams of four contestants each (three regulars and one guest). In each round, one member acts out (in mime) a phrase or a name while the other three try to guess it. Each team had five rounds (in some broadcasts there were only four); the team that took the less amount of time to guess all phrases won the game.
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43.  New Faces
Popular talent show, but unlike the amateur Opportunity Knocks, this one was for smalltime professional acts who already had their Equity cards. It came in two incarnations.

The first, hosted by That's My Dog's Derek Hobson saw a variety of turns being judged by a panel of talent spotters, usually a combination of celebrities and Tony Hatch, who is generally reckoned to have been the original plain-speaking "nasty judge" - nowadays every show has one, but he was arguably the first. (Though not the only one on this show: Mickie Most was also noted for his harsh comments.) The acts were marked out of 100 in various criteria with the highest scores moving on to semi-finals and finals.

The remake hosted by Marti Caine was set in a large theatre and our acts were commented upon by three judges sitting high up in a box, of which Nina Myskow seems to be remembered for being the nastiest towards the acts. The audience decided who won here, as a gigantic lightboard known as Spaghetti Junction lit up to a varying degree as the audience pushed buttons. The final was live and decided on a home vote, with Marti going round all the ITV regions and the regions giving points on an Eurovision Song Contest style basis. Excellent!
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44.  The Biggest Loser
Twelve overweight individuals (eight couples in the 2009 revival, seven couples in the 2011 series) live together, cut-off from the outside world, as they are put through a strenuous exercise regime. During their stay, contestants must complete weekly tasks, cook all of their own meals, and stare temptation in the face as they are offered unhealthy treats. Each week, one person who has lost the least amount of weight (either individually or as part of a team) is eliminated, until only one contestant remains and is crowned, The Biggest Loser.
Host Vicki Butler-Henderson, Kate Garraway, Davina McCall
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45.  Blind Date
This show was every media students dream for two reasons. First, because it was so great to analyse. Did you spot the way which Cilla patronized the females but didn't to the males? Did you notice how Cilla made huge points about how good people looked, when ironically the contestants couldn't actually see each other? Ah, hurrah for feminist theory, dominant ideologies and the Frankfurt School!.

But first, let's chip away at the show itself. Everybody's collective Mum Cilla Black played matchmaker to three girls and one guy (and later, three guys and one girl). After introducing us to each of the three girls, each "looking for love", we were introduced with the "lucky fella" who would be going on a date with one of the said three females. He asked three questions and the females replied as best they can.
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46.  Sale of the Century

The Original Series The original Sale of the Century debuted on NBC's daytime schedule on September 29, 1969. The show was a Jones-Howard Production (The Howard in question was Al, who was also responsible for Supermarket Sweep.) Hosted by Jack Kelly until 1971, then by Joe Garagiola until the series' end, it played virtually the same as the '80s Grundy versions, except for the lack of a "Fame Game" and the questions increasing in value from $5 to $10 and finally $15.

In 1973, the show changed its format to allow for two couples to compete in lieu of three solo players. Also at that time, the $15 round was replaced with the "Century Round", consisting of five questions worth $20 each. This format remained in place until the NBC daytime version left the air on July 13, 1973. It is assumed that the couples rules were also used during a short-lived syndicated weekly version during the '73-'74 season.
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47.  Seven Keys

The show started out slowly as a local offering on Los Angeles station KTLA in September 1960; but proved to be such a big hit that the ABC television network began airing it on April 3, 1961. SK was hosted by Jack Narz, who had just resigned from his hosting duties on Video Village due to personal hangups. (Narz had been with SK when it was local; but VV was still originating in New York)

Seven Keys ran for almost three years on ABC (one of the network's few successful daytime efforts at the time) before ending its run on March 27, 1964. The show returned to KTLA, where it played out until January 15, 1965. SK would be Jack Narz' first REAL game show success after the "Dotto debacle" back in 1958. He would continue hosting (Beat the Clock, Now You See It, Concentration) well into the late 1970s. In 2005, Narz and his brother, Tom Kennedy, were honored with the Bill Cullen Career Acheivement Award at the Game Show Congress. BTW, Narz was Cullen's brother-in-law at one time. Narz passed away on October 15, 2008 at the age of 85. He will always be missed.
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48.  Shoot for the Stars
Although it was another BSP word-communication game, Shoot for the Stars was a different sort of game. Two teams consisting of a celebrity and a contestant partner attempted to guess two-part phrases based on clues. Each team began with $100, and one team would pick a box from one of the twenty-four next to the emcee. Each clue would be worth a dollar amount between $100 and $500, a star, or a Double Your Score box. A clue, such as "A Feline/Slumber" would be read, and the contestant would have to decipher the first part (in this case, "Cat") and the celebrity would have to decipher the second part ("Nap"). If the team answered the phrase correctly, they would win that amount of money. There was no penalty for incorrect answers.
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49.  Shop 'Til You Drop
Shop 'til You Drop was an American game show that aired on various broadcast television networks from 1991-2006. Two teams of two contestants (almost always male-female; married, engaged, dating, siblings, or best friends) competed. Nearly all of the stunts were one-minute mini-games, which tested popular culture and consumer knowledge.
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50.  Starcade
In the 80’s when the masses were really getting into video games and the arcades were packed with classic games such as Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Centipede, Starcade began its run. Starcade was the video game show where contestants competed against each other for prices by answering questions and playing video games.

The game began with two players or teams who first hand to answer a video game related question. Whoever answered the question correctly first would be able to choose from five arcade games that were setup in the studio. Once the player selected the game they would have 60 seconds to get the highest score they could. If the player got the game over screen their turn would end and the points they gained would be added to their overall score.
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51.  Studs
Studs follows a somewhat similar format to that of The Dating Game and Love Connection. Two men go on dates with three women; afterward, the men would have to match answers with the women regarding the date. Each correct answer would win the man a stuffed heart. At the end of each episode, each woman would decide which man they chose as a "stud" and wanted to go out with again. If the men could correctly guess which woman chose them, both received an all-expense paid date to a location of their choice. In the event that two couples chose correctly, the man with the most stuffed hearts won the date.
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52.  Tattletales
Played in four rounds, with three celebrity couples competing. At the start of the show, the husbands were backstage and unable to hear their wives’ responses to a question posed by Convy, generally in multiple-choice form. The wives would give their answer, and then the husband would reappear via a monitor in front of the wife. Correct answers would result in a share of $150 ($150 if one couple answered correctly, $75 each if two couples answered correctly, and $50 each if all three responded correctly). Two rounds were played in this manner, then the couples would switch places and play additional two more rounds, with the final round worth $300. If none of the couples’ answers matched in any round, the cash available for the round would be added to the subsequent one. The couple with the highest score at the end of the game was awarded an additional $1,000. The money was divided among the couples’ rooting sections – i.e., the studio audience, which was divided into red, yellow (or "Banana"), and blue sections.
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53.  Three's A Crowd
Main Game: At the beginning of the show, only the husbands are on stage. They are each asked four questions. Then the secretaries are brought back. Their objective is to try to match their boss' answers. Later on, the wives appear and try to match their husband's answer. Whichever group, the wives or the secretaries, matched the most times, they split $1000. If the score is tied, all six women divide $1000, which amounts to about $166.67 apiece.
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54.  Three on a Match

Three on a Match was an American television game show created by Bob Stewart that ran on NBC from August 2, 1971 to June 28, 1974 on its daytime schedule. The host was Bill Cullen and Don Pardo served as announcer on most episodes, with Bob Clayton and NBC staffers Wayne Howell and Roger Tuttle substituting at times. The series was produced at NBC's Rockefeller Center in New York City. The program's title is wordplay on the superstition of the same name. In the game, three contestants competed to determine who could answer the most true-or-false questions in one of three categories. After Cullen announced the categories, each contestant bid a number between one and four based on how many questions he or she could answer on that turn. A player could win the bidding in two ways: either by having the highest bid or by having his or her opponents bid the same number, which canceled out their bids. If all three players chose the same number, another round of bidding was conducted to break the deadlock. The pot for the round was calculated by totaling the number of questions bid by all three contestants and then multiplying by $10 (for example: 4, 3, and 2 totals 9, which becomes $90),
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55.  To Say the Least
Two teams consisting of two celebrities and one contestant, always all men vs. all women, compete. Two members of each team are sent into isolation and the remaining players are shown a sentence of six to ten words, and the subject the sentence is describing. The players alternate eliminating words, one at a time, until either (A) a player challenges, forcing the opposing teams to guess, or (B) only one word remains, which is an automatic challenge to whomever eliminated the previous word.
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56.  To Tell The Truth

To Tell The Truth is a game show that has been on for a very long time. It is one of those game shows that had a radio format, where the stages weren't that big, and most of the gameplay can be completed in seated positions. This game show has been able to do this over the years while new technologies enabled game shows to have different formats.

It has an announcer, a host, and 4 panel members including long time regulars and recurring people that were hosting (or would become hosts) of other game shows.. There would be 3 guests that would say the things to the panel and each of them would claim to be the same person. Of course only one of them would match that profile, but all 3 of them lead very interesting lives.
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57.  The New Treasure Hunt

"The New Treasure Hunt" was a revival of the classic 1950s Jan Murray-hosted game show, this time produced by Chuck Barris ("The Newlywed Game," "The Dating Game"). Hosted by Geoff Edwards, this show offered a lucky female contestant the opportunity to win valuable prizes contained within mystery boxes placed onstage.

The series premiered in once-a-week syndication in September 1973, and ran until 1977. The show returned in 1981 (this time simply as "Treasure Hunt") in daily syndication, running one year.

1973-1977 run During the 1970s run, the top prize was a check for $25,000; the 1981-1982 run featured an accuring jackpot, which began at $20,000 and increased by $1,000 per day until reaching $50,000.
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58.  Twenty One
Twenty-One broke the game show scandals wide open. Contestants were placed in isolation booths, given a category and asked how many points they wished to risk.

Producer Freedman approached a young attractive English instructor at Columbia University, Charles Van Doren, about becoming a player on Twenty-One. Assistance would be provided to augment the "entertainment value" of the show. As Van Doren kept winning, his popularity grew until he became a recognized celebrity. His acting ability didn't suffer either as America watched him "agonize" over each question. Ultimately, he won $129,000 -
a hefty sum at any time, but a huge amount in the 50's.

One opponent, Herbert Stempel, didn't like being passed over for greatness by the producers. Bitter, he talked to investigators about Twenty-One and the practice of supplying some players with answers. Van Doren, now a broken and humiliated man, gave one last public performance - testifying before the Congress about his complicity in the deception.
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59.  Video Village
This early audience participation quiz show was telecast during 1960. The edition of the game pictured on the left was donated to the Museum in 1991. It was licensed by Milton Bradley Company, and produced in Canada by Somerville Industries.

The television show was a "living board game". The set was designed like a giant board game, and the contestants were the playing pieces. The night time version was replaced with a daytime version in 1961-62, and also with a Saturday morning children's version.
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60.  Break the Bank
Couples on two teams answered trivia questions to earn one-word clues to solve a puzzle, and time for the bonus round. The first couple to solve two of the puzzles went on to the bonus round. Using the time they earned answering questions, they played a variety of mini-games to earn bank cards. At the end of the bonus round, the couple used the bank cards to try to open a vault. If one of the bank cards opened the vault, they won whatever was inside. Halfway through the season, Joe Farago took over as host, and the format changed slightly. Teams could win up to ten bank cards, but forfeited a bank card if they needed a hint to solve the puzzle. Each card was revealed in the end to be worth cash and prizes, bankrupting the couple, or "breaking the bank."
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