What Are Some Classic Television Game Shows?


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Some classic television game shows include “Wheel of Fortune,” “The Price Is Right” and “Jeopardy!” Though they’ve changed hosts over the years, these classic game shows have aired for decades.

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In “Wheel of Fortune,” contestants spin the titular wheel and hope to land on a hefty dollar amount. They must then take turns guessing the letters of a word or phrase, similar to Hangman. Contests win money for guessing letters and solving word puzzles correctly. Merv Griffin created “Wheel of Fortune” in 1975, but the show only became a hit in the early 1980s when hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White took over.

“The Price Is Right” actually debuted in 1956, but the best known incarnation, hosted by Bob Barker, premiered in 1972. Contestants, who are randomly selected from the audience, win consumer items by correctly guessing their prices. With over 8,000 episodes aired as of 2015, “The Price Is Right” is one of the longest-running game shows in U.S. television history.

Another Merv Griffin creation, “Jeopardy!” is the classic trivia game of answers and questions, in which contests answer clues in the form of questions. From literature and history to sports and pop culture, little is off limits in “Jeopardy!,” which rewards wide-ranging knowledge. The show debuted in 1964, though it was cancelled twice before returning in 1984 with host Alex Trebek.

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