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A game show is a type of radio or television program in which members of the public or celebrities, sometimes as part of a team, play a game which involves answering questions or solving problems usually for money and/or prizes. On some shows contestants compete against other players or another team while other shows involve contestants playing alone for a good outcome or a high score. Game shows often reward players with prizes such as cash, trips and goods and services provided by the show's prize suppliers.

Many television game shows descended from similar programs on radio. The very first television game show, Spelling Bee, was broadcast in 1938. Truth or Consequences was the first game show to air on commercially-licensed television, airing its first episode in 1941 as an experimental broadcast.

Over the course of the 1950s, as television began to pervade the popular culture, game shows quickly became a fixture. Daytime game shows would be played for lower stakes to target stay-at-home housewives, while higher-stakes programs would air in prime time. During the late 1950s, high-stakes games such as Twenty One and The $64,000 Question began a rapid rise in popularity; however, this was short-lived. In 1959, over the course of the quiz show scandals, many of the higher stakes game shows were discovered to be rigged, and ratings declines led to most of the prime time games being canceled. The daytime games survived during this period and remained a fixture of daytime television through the 1960s along soap operas and reruns. Popular game shows such as Jeopardy! , the original The Match Game , Let's Make a Deal , The Hollywood Squares , and Chuck Barris's prototypical reality series The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game all debuted in the 1960s.

Wikipedia, Game shows, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_shows (as of Dec 18, 2010)

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