Fun free printable trivia quiz with answers about Game Shows
What is a game show?
A game show is a radio, television, or stage show in which contestants, individually or as teams, play a game which involves answering questions or solving puzzles, usually for money or prizes.
Alternatively, a game show can be a what?
A: A demonstrative program about a game.
In the former, contestants may be invited from what?
A: A pool of public applicants.
Game shows often reward players with prizes such as what?
A: Cash, trips and goods and services provided by the show's sponsor prize suppliers.
Television game shows descended from similar programs on what?
What was the very first television game show?
A: Spelling Bee.
What was the first game show to air on commercially licensed television?
A: Truth or Consequences.
Its first episode aired in 1941 as a what?
A: An experimental broadcast.
Over the course of the 1950s, as television began to pervade the popular culture, game shows quickly what?
A: Became a fixture.
Daytime game shows would be played for lower stakes to target whom?
A: Stay-at-home housewives.
Higher-stakes programs would air when?
A: In primetime.
During the late 1950s, high-stakes games such as Twenty-One and The $64,000 Question began a what?
A: A rapid rise in popularity.
However, the rise of quiz shows proved to be what?
In 1959, many of the higher stakes game shows were discovered to be what?
Ratings declines led to most of the primetime games being what?
What early variant of the game show survived the quiz show scandals?
A: The panel game.
On shows like What's My Line?, I've Got A Secret, and To Tell the Truth, panels of celebrities would interview a guest in an effort to do what?
A: Determine some fact about them; in others, celebrities would answer questions.
Panel games had success in primetime until when?
A: The late 1960s.
They were collectively dropped from television because of what?
A: Their perceived low budget nature.
Where did panel games made a comeback ?
A: In American daytime television.
Game shows remained a fixture of US daytime television through the 1960s after the what?
A: The quiz show scandals.
In the early 1960s lower-stakes games made a slight comeback in what?
A: Daytime TV.
When did Let's Make a Deal begin?
A: In 1963.
The 1960s also marked the debut of what other game shows?
A: Hollywood Squares, Password, The Dating Game, and The Newlywed Game.
When did CBS give up on daytime game shows?
A: In 1968, the other networks did not follow suit.
When was color television introduced to the game show genre?
A: In the late 1960s on all three networks.
The 1970s saw a renaissance of the game show as new games and massive upgrades to existing games made debuts on what?
A: The major networks.
The New Price Is Right, an update of the 1950s-era game show The Price Is Right, debuted when?
A: In 1972.
It marked CBS's return to the game show format in its effort to draw what?
A: Wealthier, suburban viewers.
The Match Game became "Big Money" Match Game 73, which proved popular enough to do what?
A: Prompt a spin-off, Family Feud, on ABC in 1976.
When did the $10,000 Pyramid and its numerous higher-stakes derivatives debut?
A: In 1973.
The 1970s also saw the return of what formerly disgraced producer and host?
A: Jack Barry, who debuted The Joker's Wild and a clean version of the previously rigged Tic-Tac-Dough in the 1970s.
In what year did Wheel of Fortune debut on NBC?
A: In 1975.
The Prime Time Access Rule, which took effect in 1971, barred networks from what?
A: Broadcasting in the 7-8 p.m. time slot immediately preceding prime time.
This opened up time slots for what?
A: Syndicated programming.
Most of the syndicated programs were "nighttime" adaptations of what?
A: Network daytime game shows.
These game shows originally aired once a week, but by the late 1970s and early 1980s most of the games had transitioned to what?
A: Five days a week.
Game shows were the lowest priority of television networks and were rotated out how often if unsuccessful?
A: Every thirteen weeks.
Most tapes were destroyed until when?
A: The early 1980s.
Over the course of the late 1980s and early 1990s, as fewer new hits were produced, game shows lost what?
A: Their permanent place in the daytime lineup.
When did ABC transition out of the daytime game show format?
A: In the mid-1980s.
NBC's game block also lasted until 1991, but the network attempted to bring them back when?
A: In 1993 before cancelling its game show block again in 1994.
CBS phased out most of its game shows, except for The Price Is Right, by when?
Cable television also allowed for the debut of game shows such as what?
A: Supermarket Sweep (Lifetime), Trivial Pursuit and Family Challenge (Family Channel), and Double Dare (Nickelodeon).
It also opened up a previously underdeveloped market for what?
A: Game show reruns.
General interest networks such as CBN Cable Network and USA Network had popular blocks for what?
A: Game show reruns from the mid-1980s to the mid-'90s.
That niche was overtaken by whom, in 1994?
A: Game Show Network.
The British game show began distribution across the globe.
Upon the American debut in 1999, what game show was a hit and became a regular part of ABC's prime time lineup until 2002?
A: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Higher stakes contests opened the door to what?
A: Reality television contests.
Survivor and Big Brother are two such shows in which contestants win large sums of money for doing what?
A: Outlasting their peers in a given environment.
Several game shows returned to daytime in syndication during this time as well, such as what?
A: Family Feud, Hollywood Squares, and Millionaire.
The popularity of game shows in the United States was closely paralleled where?
A: Around the world.
In the U.S., CBS is currently the only major network airing what?
A: Daily national game shows.
It still airs The Price Is Right and, as of 2009, is also airing a revival of what?
A: Let's Make a Deal.
Deal airs on weekdays at a time chosen by each what?
A: CBS affiliate.
Where does Price air weekdays at 10 am or 11 am?
A: In most markets.
In 2016, ABC packaged the existing Celebrity Family Feud, which had returned in 2015, with new versions of what?
A: To Tell the Truth, The $100,000 Pyramid, and Match Game in 2016.
TBS, in turn, launched a marijuana-themed revival of what?
A: The Joker's Wild, hosted by Snoop Dogg, in October 2017.
Many of the prizes awarded on game shows are provided through what?
A: Product placement, but in some cases they are provided by private organizations or purchased at either the full price or at a discount by the show.
There is the widespread use of "promotional consideration", in which a game show receives a subsidy from an advertiser in return for what?
A: Awarding that manufacturer's product as a prize or consolation prize.
For high-stakes games, a network may purchase what?
A: Prize indemnity insurance to avoid paying the cost of a rare but expensive prize out of pocket.
If the said prize is won too often, the insurance company may do what?
A: Refuse to insure a show.
In 2008, three of the contestants on The Price Is Right $1,000,000 Spectacular won the top prize in a five-episode span after how many episodes without a winner?
From about 1960 through the rest of the 20th century, American networks placed restrictions on what?
A: The amount of money that could be given away on a game show, in an effort to avoid a repeat of the scandals of the 1950s.
This usually took the form of a what?
A: An earnings cap that forced a player to retire once they had won a certain amount of money or a limit on how many episodes, usually five, on which a player could appear on a show.
The lifting of these restrictions in the 1990s was a major factor in what?
A: The explosion of high-stakes game shows in the later part of that decade.