Top 100 Game Shows (pg 5)

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81.  Debt
Debt was a game show that won a CableACE award for best game show, and was a show that helped real people get themselves out of debt. Contestants brought in their debts ranging between $6,000 to $10,000. Here's how it all worked.Three contestants are shown with their debts, and they are averagedto the same amount. They are then shown a 5x5 board, each with a category, ranging from -$50 to -$250. The contestant with the lowest debt chooses a category with a value, and they are asked a question, which usually began with "I am...". The contestants would then buzz-in with a response, starting with, "You are...". If they are right, they are subtracted from the amount, according to the chosen total. If not, the amount is added to the debt and the other players get a chance to answer.
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82.  Lingo
Lingo is a game of trying to guess a five letter word in which you are given a five letter word. Your goal is to try and guess the word that they are giving. You have five tries. They also give you clues. If there is a letter in a yellow circle, it is in the word, but in the wrong place. If it is in a red square, it is in the word in the right place. After finishing the puzzle, teams try to pull Lingo balls in hopes of completingalmost a Bingo, or five filled in circles in a row. But they have to be carefull, because there are red stoppers in which they stop pulling balls, and the other team has control. Lingo is hosted by the famed Chuck Woolery. Formerly hosting Love Connection, Greed, Wheel of Fortune, and more, he then moved to GSN to host Lingo. The judge of Lingo and also co-host is Shandi Finnessey. Shandi was Miss USA, 2004. She joined Lingo in 2005, and is still on the show today.
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83.  Winner Take All
"Winner Take All` was an American television game show that ran from 1948 through 1952 on CBS. It is notable as the first game show produced by the Mark Goodson and Bill Todman partnership, who would go on to create many more. The program first began in 1946, on CBS radio.

The original host of Winner Takes All was comedian Jimmy Tarbuck, who hosted the show from 1975 until 1986. For series 13, Geoffrey Wheeler replaced Jimmy Tarbuck as the host and the show went into a 5 day a week daytime show (twice a week for the 1987 series). Geoffrey also devised the format for Winner Takes All and was the voiceover reading the questions in the Jimmy Tarbuck era. The Challenge version (Series 15) was hosted by Bobby Davro with Yorkshire Television news journalist Gaynor Barnes as the voiceover reading the questions and was produced by Yorkshire Television for Challenge.
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84.  Truth or Consequences
Based on the parlor games "Forfeits" and "Fine or Superfine," the show was a combination trivia game and stunt show. Contestants were asked silly questions and had to answer correctly before "Beulah the Buzzer" sounded. If they failed to give the "Truth," they had to face the "Consequences"-- usually a funny and embarrassing stunt. Often contestants were reunited with long-lost family or friends on the air.Truth or Consequences" made its first appearance as a television special on the very day of commercial television broadcasting (July 1, 1941).

"Truth or Consequences" is the only game show with an entire town named after it. After a request from Ralph Edwards in 1950, Hot Springs, New Mexico volunteered to be renamed in honor of the show. In return, the show's 10th anniversary special was taped there. Every year on the first weekend in May, the "Truth or Consequences Fiesta" draws thousands of people.

The show started on radio with host Ralph Edwards in 1940. It ran on radio for seventeen years.The radio version of the show won the Eisenhower award during World War II for selling the most war bonds.Bob Barker made his television debut as host of " Truth or Consequences." Previously, he was a radio announcer.
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85.  The Big Payoff
Contestants were selected from men who mailed in letters explaining why the women in their lives deserved prizes. The men were asked four questions (delivered on a silver tray by Question Girl Susan Sayers) in order to win prizes like a mink coat or a vacation. The show also incorporated a fashion show narrated by Bess Meyerson.
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86.  3rd Degree
A pair of male celebrities competed against a pair of femal celebrities. The celebrities had to interview a pair of guests and determine what their (sometimes bizarre) relationship to each other was. If the guests could stump the celebs as to their relationship, they won a couple of thousand dollars.
Three of the original Little Rascals, including Spanky McFarland.
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87.  Let's Play Post Office

Three contestants compete to identify celebrities from fictitious letters they might have written. At first they tried to read only one line, as more lines of the letter were revealed, the value of the letter decreased. The game included a "zip round" where telegraphed messages appeared briefly on the screen, and they had to guess the identity of the celebrity sender.
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88.  Queen for a Day
Four women were selected from the audience. Their task: to convince everyone that they are the most pathetic. The audience judged their sob stories with the applause-o-meter, and awarded the "loser" with her wishes, plus a crown and roses.

"My mother was Queen For The Day back in 1957 - I think. The reason I don't know the exact date as I was around two years old. Her name was Marietta McNeal. She was a registered nurse in Toledo, Ohio and was stricken down with polio in 1957. She was sent to Ann Arbor, Michigan and placed in an 'iron lung.' It was there that someone wrote into the show and told her story. Jack Baily and Ms. Cagney crowned her in the hospital. I have an old photo of the two, but it does not show the actual crowning. She requested an "iron lung" so she could come back home to Toledo, but I think she only received a washing machine. All of us (4 children) were taken away, by the State, and placed in an orphanage soon after. We eventually got back home only to have her die shortly thereafter. If there ever was someone deserving to be 'Queen For The Day,' it was this brave and lovely lady." -- Cheryl
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89.  Come Dine with Me
Five contestants (four in the primetime version) compete to throw the best dinner party. They each give a dinner party over the course of a week, and mark each other out of ten. The host(ess) with the most(est) at the end of the week wins a thousand pounds.

The first half of each show follows the preparation for the party, and the second half is the event itself. There are frequent cutaways to pre- and post-game interviews with the contestants. It's a surprisingly entertaining format, with Dave Lamb's voiceover striking just the right tone, taking the mickey but not to the extent of stitching up the participants. Let's face it, these people know very well what they're letting themselves in for, and their follies and foibles are bound to get an airing - especially if those foibles include inviting a group of friends round to sing hymns in four-part harmony at the guests. Really - it happened.

Broadcast Granada London (LWT) for Channel 4, 10 January 2005 to present.
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90.  Double Your Money
Monday night quiz, based on Green's popular Radio Luxembourg format. Contestants were given a free choice from different categories of questions which were the same for each series but evolved in variety and number (anything from 42 to 92) over time. For the first correct answer they won £1, and thereafter the could double their money with further correct answers up to a maximum of £32. A wrong answer would mean they lose everything. The most successful contestants came back to play for the Treasure Trail of up to £1000.
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91.  Bank On The Stars
The Bank on the Stars was a game show that aired 1954. The show was aired on the television station CBS. Jack Paar was the original host until the games show later moved to NBC and was then hosted by Bill Cullen. Cullen only hosted the show for a few years, then Jimmy Nelson contined the hosting duties until the show ended. The premise of the game show was movie triva. 3 couples were picked out from the studio audience and we asked a seris of question regarding a classic or current movie of the time. They were shown a clip of the movie as were asked three two-part questions regarding the movie. The team that had the most points at the end would return for the final round called Bank Night Bonus. In this round the contests were to listen, not watch, a clip and were then again asked questions. If they answered the questions correctly, they would win 500 dollars.
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92.  Born Lucky
A game show in which contestants selected at random from crowds in various shopping centers compete against each other in a series of stunts for a chance to win cash to spend in the mall. The show aired on Lifetime Television from October 5, 1992 to April 2, 1993, and again on the same network from July 5 to December 31, 1993. For a brief period in 2000, PAX aired reruns of this series.
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93.  Dotto
Dotto was an American television quiz show which aired on CBS from January 6 to August 15, 1958. Although it quickly became the highest-rated daytime game show on television, its end came when it became the unexpected first casualty---and ignition---of the quiz show scandals that rocked American broadcasting as the 1950s closed.Hosted by Jack Narz, who achieved a popularity equal to that of Hal March on The $64,000 Question, Dotto was based on the children's connect-the-dots game: contestants answered general-knowledge questions to connect dots that made a portrait of a famous or historical personage.

Within the first six months of its run, Dotto became the highest-rated quiz program of 1958, and on July 1 a weekly nighttime version began on NBC. One of the nighttime contestants, a young actress and model named Connie Hines, later became famous as Carol Post on the popular comedy Mister Ed.
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94.  Double Talk
Double Talk was a game show airing on ABC daytime. It was a revival of the 1977 game show Shoot For The Stars.Two teams, each of a celebrity and a civilian, compete. They face a board of 4 monitors. A team is shown two synonyms that compose a phrase when translated (example: "sacred/bovine" would translate into "holy cow"). One team member takes the first half and the other teammate translates the other half. Doing so scores ten points. An incorrect translation turns the board to the other team and is worth five points. A team scoring on all four monitors wins a $1000 bonus. A fifth box, in the middle, is worth double points. Four boards are played with the team with the highest score the winner.

That team plays a bonus round in translating as many as 10 incomplete phrases in 60 seconds as possible. Each phrase is worth $100 with all ten winning $10,000.
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95.  Down You Go
Down You Go is an American television game show originally broadcast on the DuMont Television Network. The Emmy award-nominated series ran from 1951-1956 as a prime time series hosted by Dr. Bergen Evans. The program aired in eleven different timeslots during its five year run. It would also be one of the few series eventually shown on all four major television networks of the Golden Age of Television ABC, NBC, CBS, and DuMont.

Down You Go was similar to "Hangman", with a group of four celebrity panelists who were asked to guess a word or phrase submitted by a home viewer. The phrase "down you go" came about when a panelist would be eliminated from play for making an incorrect guess, which would be signified by the eliminated panelist pulling a handle to switch their name to "DOWN YOU GO".
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96.  Haggis Baggis

The games show Haggis Baggis was an American based game sow that aired from 1958 until 1959. The primetime host of the show was Jack Linkletter while Fred Robbins and Dennis James hosted the daytime version of the show. The premise of the game was to have 2 contestants, almost always female, to identify a celebrity's face what was concealed in a 5x5 grid. One contestant is asked to pick a category while the other contestant is asked to pick a letter. The contestant that has chosen the letter must name something that begins with the letter and must also fit the category that was chosen by the other contestant. If she does this correctly, she will be revealed a portion of the image. If she is wrong the other contestant will get a free chance to guess. The first contestant to guess the image correctly gets to move on to the bonus round. This bonus round consists of a contestant picking between 2 prizes, Haggis or Baggis.
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97.  Hot Potato

Two teams of three players, all with something in common (for example, being dentists, mothers-to-be, etc.), tried to name the most popular response to a question that had been asked of a group of people. A team tried to come up with seven of the ten possible answers to win the round. A team lost control of the question on a wrong guess and the first team to win two rounds became champions and received $1,000. The winners could try to earn as much as $5,000 in the bonus round by answering another series of questions.
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98.  It's Your Bet
It's Your Bet: This is the remake of the 1965 NBC-TV Game Show "I'LL BET". "IT'S YOUR BET" features 2 star couples were married, engaged & dating (family pairs included) will face each other to answer questions that had been asked by the host. The Questions are General Knowledge, Personal, Educational, et al are used to bet on the points what they play for their own total (Starting at 100 Points and bet between 25 and 100 points). The 1st star couple reach 300 points wins the game and play the "Preference Round" to win prizes for their audience member and each spouse, fiance/fiancee, dating partner or member of the family pair will read 1 question and was shown 3 answers on the board that determined to the spouse (and other martial partners) will predict the actual answer to one of the loving mates. If their right, The audience member win prizes or If their wrong, The audience member will lose the prizes giving the consolation prize of $100.
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99.  Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It: In each one-hour episode competitors face 10 challenges that escalate in level of difficulty using everyday household items. Each game has a one minute time limit and failure to finish the task on time results in elimination. At various points throughout the game, the competitor can walk away with the money earned up to that point - but it'll take nerves of steel to complete all 10 tasks to win $1 million.
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100.  The Apprentice
Reality show which originally began with would-be moguls braving a simulated corporate environment as Donald Trump pitted two teams against each other for the single grand prize of landing a $250,000 a year job with the Trump organization. The teams of contestants competed to complete specific assigments and one member of the losing team was fired after each defeat. Beginning with season 7, the show introduced its celebrity version, with Donald Trump bringing 16 celebrities to New York City. Dividing into teams, they compete in business tasks. Each week, the leader of the winning team takes home tens of thousands of dollars for their favorite charity while the losing team faces Trump in his boardroom. In the end, the last celebrity standing is crowned the Celebrity Apprentice and earns a $250,000 jackpot for their charity of choice.
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