Best Television Game Show?I'm not a huge fan of reality television, even though I loved the films The Truman Show and EdTV. I thought they posed interesting questions. Each Saturday and Sunday morning I am glued to the Game Show Network. I can't get enough of the classic game shows. Even traditional network television features good game shows.
Just before the boom of reality television, game shows seemed to dominate network television. No second-rate celebrities dancing, no former teen idols enlisted in boot camps to lose a few spins on the scale, and no voting anyone off anything. Regis Philbin and Who Wants to be a Millionaire ruled the pre-HDTV airwaves. I got a kick out of that show, and yes...that's my final answer. However, that raised another question.
What is the best game show on television?
I'm torn between two classics - Family Feud or Match Game. I tend to lean toward Family Feud as the leader and Match Game as number two. I think Richard Dawson's run on Family Feud was, and continues to be, absolutely hysterical. The contestants are so nervous and over-the-top at times, their answers are ridiculous.
On Match Game, Gene Rayburn plays the role of straight guy with a cast of flamboyant panelists and oftentimes clueless contestants. The audience even adds to the mix.
"Mean Max was so mean..." Rayburn would begin to ask.
"How mean was he?" the crowd would respond.
I am even drawn to current shows such as Deal or No Deal and Lingo. Howie Mandel's show has enough strategy to make you nervous, but does not require and knowledge of mindless trivia. On top of that, it has a catch phrase.
"Deal, or no deal?" Mandel asks.
Over on the cable side, Lingo makes you think, but only about five-letter words. Plus, it's the only game show where a contestant can blurt out an incorrect word, such as GUITAR, but spell the correct word, P-I-A-N-O, and get points. Besides, it's hosted by Chuck Woolery. Who can't get enough of him asking a contestant when they grab a Lingo ball...
"Reach in and grab yourself a couple balls."
What is your favorite television game show?