It was the 1950s; " The Golden Age" of television, and America fell in love with the Television Game show. Some were played for laughs, others prizes and big money. Quiz shows like the $64,000 Question and Twenty-One were extremely successful, until it was discovered the producers were giving out the answers ahead of time. Academy Award winner Robert Redford brilliantly depicted this scandal in American History in his Oscar winning film "Quiz Show". The movie stars John Turturro, Rob Morrow, Ralph Fiennes, and is a terrific "slice of life" into the 1950s. Other popular TV game shows created during this time included "This is your Life" with celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, "What's My Line" with panelists that included Desi Arnaz and Arlene Francis, "Queen for a Day" "I've Got a Secret" and the "Price is Right". The 1960s brought long running shows like "Tic, Tack, Toe", "Concentration" with Hugh Downs, and "Let's Make a Deal" with Monty Hall.
Game shows have remained a huge source of entertainment, and are still a major part of pop culture. TV appearances can bring instant fame, flashy cars, exotic vacations, jewelry, and loads of cash to a winning contestant. To participate on these shows it is more important then ever to be creative, upbeat and have an outgoing, upbeat personality. Past winners have become media stars, and gone on to acting careers in commercials and movies.
In addition to old standbys like "Jeopardy" and "The Price is Right" there are many types of Reality and Relationship Contests. These competitive shows are quite different from the old "Newlywed and Dating Game". Game Shows currently on the air are "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" which made Regis Philbin a household name again, "$100,000 Pyramid" with Host Donny Osmond, "The Price is Right" with Bob Barker, "Hollywood Squares" (original center square Paul Lynde, last year Whoopee Goldberg), produced by "Fonzie from Happy Days" Henry Winkler, "Jeopardy" with Alex Read more...