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50 Greatest Game Shows of All Time
Format Game Show/Countdown
Created by Rich Cronin
Presented by Bil Dwyer
Country of origin Flag of the United States.svg United States
No. of episodes 21
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel GSN
Original run July 18August 31, 2006

The 50 Greatest Game Shows of All-Time is a series that aired on GSN from July 18 to August 31, 2006 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:00 PM Eastern Time. Hosted by Bil Dwyer, the series counted down the 50 greatest American game shows of all time as chosen by GSN executives, who voted on the best game shows from a list of programs nationally broadcast in the United States since the 1940s.[1]

Episodes airing in the countdown usually were rarely seen, classic, or notable episodes of those shows of which episodes still exist, and which GSN had the rights to air. Three shows GSN programmed at the time of their presentation in the countdown—Beat the Clock, Jeopardy!, and Wheel of Fortune—were not represented by an episode, while an episode of Shop 'til You Drop was featured, even though the program had never appeared on GSN before.

Each installment of the countdown featured either a single episode of an hour-long game show, or two half-hour episodes. Starting with number eight on the list, half-hour shows took the whole hour with two episodes. Shows that were not represented with actual airings of episodes were instead featured during the bumpers in the countdown, which displayed still production photographs of these series as Dwyer described them and their prominence.

GSN repeated this list starting May 5, 2007 on a once-a-week basis normally presented in two-hour installment episode blocks on Saturday nights, and ended as scheduled after eleven weeks on July 14, 2007.


The listEdit

Rank Show Airdates Featured Notes
50 Three's a Crowd SYN 1979 - 1980 July 18 The episode aired was the September 17, 1979 premiere (and aired pilot), which featured the infamous "Edible Spaghetti" answer.
49 Treasure Hunt ABC 1956 - 1957
NBC 1957 - 1959
SYN 1973 - 1977
SYN 1981 - 1982
July 18 This 1974 episode featured one of the show's ten $25,000 wins. This was only the third time GSN aired The New Treasure Hunt, and the first time this episode has aired.
48 Blockbusters NBC 1980 - 1982
NBC 1987
July 19 This November 1980 episode featured contestant Larae Dillman, one of the biggest winners during the first version of the show. Dillman later appeared on The New $25,000 Pyramid and Russian Roulette.
47 Studs SYN 1991 - 1993 July 19 This episode is from 1992.
46 Hollywood Showdown PAX (ION) 2000
GSN 2000 - 2001
July 19 This episode featured a $16,000 Box Office win.
45 Shop 'til You Drop LIFE 1991 - 1994
FAM 1996 - 1998
PAX (ION) 2000 - 2005
July 20 This episode was from the Pat Finn-hosted PAX version and is the first episode ever aired by GSN. This episode featured a winning score of 950 in the Shopper's Challenge Round.
44. Truth or Consequences CBS 1950 - 1951
NBC 1954 - 1959
SYN 1966 - 1975
SYN 1977 - 1978
SYN 1987 - 1988
July 20 This episode featured an episode from 1966.
43. Tattletales CBS 1974 - 1978
SYN 1977 - 1978
CBS 1982 - 1984
July 20 This 1974 episode featured William Shatner and Marcy Lafferty, George Hamilton and wife Alana, and Scoey and Claire Mitchell.
42. Queen for a Day NBC 1956 - 1960
ABC 1960 - 1964
SYN 1969 - 1970
July 20 This episode is from 1963.
41. $1.98 Beauty Show SYN 1978 - 1980 July 25 This episode was the premiere from September 4, 1978.
40. Twenty One NBC 1956 - 1958
NBC 2000
July 25 This Jack Barry episode is from of 1956.
39. G.E. College Bowl CBS 1959 - 1963
NBC 1963 - 1970
DISNEY 1987
July 25 This episode was from the NBC premiere
38. Whammy! GSN 2002 - 2003 July 25 This episode was from the first season.
37. Greed FOX 1999 - 2000 July 26 This 2000 episode featured Curtis Warren's $1,000,000 win.
36. Remote Control MTV 1987 - 1990/1991
SYN 1989 - 1990
July 26 This 1989 MTV episode featured a sketch comedy from SNL's Adam Sandler.
35. Beat the Clock CBS 1950 - 1958
ABC 1958 - 1961
SYN 1969 - 1974
CBS 1979 - 1980
PAX (ION) 2002 - 2003
July 26 This episode featured the $64,000 win.
34. Sale of the Century NBC 1969 - 1973
SYN 1973 - 1974
NBC 1983 - 1989
SYN 1985 - 1986
July 27 This episode featured a syndication episode from 1973 with host Joe Gargaiola. This is the first episode GSN aired in 2006 and 2007.
33. Dog Eat Dog NBC 2002 - 2003 July 27 This episode featured the strip putting challenge.
32. Tic-Tac-Dough NBC 1956 - 1959
CBS/SYN 1978 - 1986
SYN 1990 - 1991
August 1 This 1980 episode featured Thom McKee's last win.
31. You Bet Your Life NBC 1950 - 1961
SYN 1980 - 1981
SYN 1992 - 1993
August 1 This episode is from the ninth season.
30. Card Sharks NBC 1978 - 1981
CBS 1986 - 1989
SYN 1986 - 1987
SYN 2001
August 1 This was Norma Brown's $28,800 win playing the Money Cards, the only maximum win the show had (aside from one of the pilot episodes). This episode aired in November 1978.
29. Scrabble NBC 1984 - 1990/1993 August 1 This episode featured a funniest moment of Terry Ray. He was saying something funny to host Chuck Woolery.
28. The $64,000 Question CBS 1955 - 1958 August 2 This episode is from the first season.
27. Win Ben Stein's Money COM 1997 - 2003 August 2 This episode from Jimmy Kimmel's tenure as co-host featured the only contestant to get a perfect score of 10 in the final round.
26. Deal or No Deal NBC 2005 - 2009
SYN 2008 - Present
August 2 No Episode Aired
25. Password Plus/Super Password[2] NBC 1979 - 1982/1984 - 1989 August 2 An episode of Plus from June 1979 aired featuring future GSN president Rich Cronin as a contestant, who won a total of $3,300.
24. Win, Lose or Draw NBC 1987 - 1989
SYN 1987 - 1990
DISNEY 1989 - 1992
August 3 This episode was from the first week of the syndicated Bert Convy version, featuring celebrity guest (and executive producer) Burt Reynolds explaining the origins of the show.
23. The Joker's Wild CBS 1972 - 1975
SYN 1977 - 1986
SYN 1990 - 1991
August 3 This episode was from early 1984 towards the end of Jack Barry's tenure.
22. Weakest Link NBC 2001 - 2002
SYN 2002 - 2003
August 8 An episode from the George Gray version aired, in which the "chain" reached the top and was won and doubled in the second-to-last round. Also featured George doing an Anne Robinson imitation when a British-born contestant was voted off.
21. I've Got a Secret CBS 1952 - 1967
SYN 1972 - 1973
CBS 1976
OXY 2000 - 2003
GSN 2006
August 8 An episode was featured from the syndicated run with Amarillo Slim and Milton Berle.
20. Concentration NBC 1958/1961[3]
NBC 1958 - 1973
SYN 1973 - 1978
NBC 1987 - 1991[4]
August 9 This episode featured the final episode of Jack Narz.
19. To Tell the Truth CBS 1956 - 1968
SYN 1969 - 1978
SYN 1980 - 1981
NBC 1990 - 1991
SYN 2000 - 2002
August 9 This episode from the 1977-1978 syndicated Joe Garagiola version features Frank Abagnale, a world-renowned con artist. He was the subject of the 2002 movie Catch Me If You Can, which featured a re-creation of this episode's opening sequence.
18. Love Connection SYN 1983 - 1994
SYN 1998 - 1999
August 9 This 1990 episode featured a divorced contestant. When he was married, he had appeared on The Newlywed Game. Chuck Woolery, the show's original host, stated on an episode of Biography that he does not believe Love Connection was a game show.
17. Name That Tune NBC 1953 - 1954
CBS 1954 - 1959
NBC 1974 - 1975/1977
SYN 1974 - 1981
SYN 1984 - 1985
August 10 This episode featured an episode from 1977.
16. Lingo SYN 1987 - 1988
GSN 2002 - 2007
August 10 Two episodes were aired. One was the premiere of GSN's version from August 2002, where two Canadian-born contestants won only $500. The other episode (originally aired in 2006) featured Shandi Finnessey as co-host, the largest jackpot won in Season Five, and an appearance by Chuck's son Sean. No mention was made of the 1980s series.
15. Password CBS 1961 - 1967
ABC 1971 - 1975
August 15 This 1967 episode featured Tony Randall (one of the series' best players) and Polly Bergen.
14. What's My Line? CBS 1950 - 1967
SYN 1968 - 1975
August 15 This episode from 1973 featured then-Governor of Georgia and future president Jimmy Carter. The mystery guest was Joan Fontaine.
13. Press Your Luck CBS 1983 - 1986 August 16 The two episodes featured from June 8 and 11, 1984 were the infamous Michael Larson appearance. He won $110,237 in his one appearance on the show, which had to be split into two episodes due to its length.
12. The Gong Show NBC 1976 - 1978
SYN 1976 - 1980
SYN 1988 - 1989
GSN 1998 - 2000
August 17 This episode featured Steve Martin as a judge.
11. Hollywood Squares NBC 1966 - 1981
SYN 1971 - 1981
SYN 1986 - 1989
SYN 1998 - 2004
August 17 A syndicated episode from 1972 aired, hosted by Peter Marshall. This was the first time in three years that GSN aired a Marshall-era episode.
10. The Dating Game ABC 1965 - 1973
SYN 1973 - 1974
SYN 1978 - 1980
SYN 1986 - 1989
SYN 1996 - 1999
August 22 This Jim Lange episode featured Andy Kaufman (using an alias) as a bachelor. He spoke and acted like his Taxi character Latka.
9. The Newlywed Game ABC 1966 - 1974[5]
ABC 1967 - 1971[5]
SYN 1977 - 1980
ABC 1984
SYN 1985 - 1989
SYN 1997 - 1999
GSN 2009 - Present
August 22 The 1977 maternity episode featuring the infamous response of "In the ass".
8. Pyramid CBS 1973 - 1974
ABC 1974 - 1980
SYN 1974 - 1979
SYN 1981
CBS 1982 - 1987/1988
SYN 1985 - 1988
SYN 1991
SYN 2002 - 2004
August 23 Two episodes were aired. One was from The $20,000 Pyramid in May 1979 featuring Sal Viscuso and Billy Crystal. This episode showed a clip of Crystal's record Winner's Circle victory, and was chosen for the countdown as the original episode was destroyed by ABC. The other was an episode of The $100,000 Pyramid from November 1986 with Shelley Smith and LeVar Burton plus a tournament win.
7. Let's Make a Deal NBC 1963 - 1968
ABC 1968 - 1976
SYN 1971 - 1977
SYN 1980 - 1981
SYN 1984 - 1986
NBC 1990 - 1991
NBC 2003
August 24 Two nighttime episodes aired - one from 1972, and the other featuring the first Super Deal win from 1976.
6. Wheel of Fortune NBC 1975 - 1989
SYN 1983 - Present
CBS 1989 - 1991
NBC 1991
August 29 An episode from 2003 featured the third $100,000 winner.
5. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire ABC 1999 - 2002
SYN 2002 - Present
ABC 2004[6]
August 29 This episode featured David Goodman's $1,000,000 win.
4. The Price Is Right NBC 1956 - 1963
ABC 1963 - 1965
CBS 1972 - Present
SYN 1972 - 1980
SYN 1985 - 1986
SYN 1994 - 1995
August 30 An episode from CBS featured a Double Showcase Winner in television history. This episode is hosted by Bob Barker.
3. Family Feud ABC 1976 - 1985
SYN 1977 - 1985
CBS 1988 - 1993
SYN 1988 - 1995
SYN 1999 - Present
NBC 2008[7]
August 30 The first episode was from July 1976, featuring the famous questions and answers "Name a time when most people get up: Morning" and "Name a time when most people go to bed: Night". The second episode was from 1980.
2. Jeopardy! NBC 1964 - 1975
SYN 1974 - 1975
NBC 1978 - 1979
SYN 1984 - Present
ABC 1990[8]
August 31 This episode featured Ken Jennings in 2004.
1. $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime SYN 1986-1987 August 31 These three episode featured Cheryl and Bill Gilmore winning 3 games and $1,000,000

NotesEdit

  1. "GSN press release on The 50 Greatest Game Shows of All Time". http://www.gsn.com/corporate/press.php?release_id=208. Retrieved 2006-07-27. 
  2. GSN's official list recognizes both as #25.
  3. This version of Concentration was a nighttime version, seen in two different network runs.
  4. Classic Concentration.
  5. 5.0 5.1 ABC had two shows running at the same time: one during ABC daytime, the other during ABC primetime.
  6. The 2004 edition was Who Wants to Be a Super Millionaire.
  7. The 2008 NBC version was Celebrity Family Feud.
  8. The 1990 incarnation was Super Jeopardy!, a special prime-time tournament.

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