Can You Name Each Game Show From a Simple Question?


By: Becky Stigall

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

The very first TV game show was a simple concept: "Spelling Bee" debuted in 1938, and was, well, a spelling competition that was only six episodes long. However, it proved that TV was the perfect medium for game shows. It was followed by "Truth or Consequences," a show so popular that the city in New Mexico named Truth or Consequences is named after the game show! 

Almost everyone has fond memories of watching "Jeopardy" or "Wheel of Fortune" with their family on a weeknight. And who hasn't consumed take-out Chinese food and boxed wine while watching the "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette?" 

Game shows aren't just fun to watch, they provide a way to bond with one another while also asking, "Could I do that?" Who knows, maybe you've been on a game show, or know someone who won a car on "The Price is Right." They're so ubiquitous that it's not that unlikely.

If you've been nodding along thus far, then you should take this quiz! Maybe it will help you prepare to win on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" if it's ever rebooted again. 

What ballroom competition is for celebrities only?

"Dancing with the Stars" is the U.S. version of the British game show, "Strictly Come Dancing." The U.S show first aired in 2005. Some past celebrity winners are Kristi Yamaguchi, Donny Osmond, Rashad Jennings and Bindi Irwin.


Gordon Ramsay berates contestants on what cooking game show?

The show first aired in 2005. The host, Gordon Ramsay, was born in Scotland. The show has three Primetime Emmy Award nominations under its belt.


Nobody wants to be voted off the island in what game show?

Jeff Probst has hosted the show for more than 35 seasons so far. The show first aired in 2000 and is derived from a Swedish show called "Expedition Robinson."


The winner of what game show is presented with a rose?

"The Bachelor" first aired in 2002. Host Chris Harrison also hosts "The Bachelorette," which was a spin-off of "The Bachelor." There are four other spin-off shows as well: "Bachelor in Paradise," "Bachelor Pad,"The Bachelor Winter Games" and "Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise."


What game show was all about cars?

"Pimp My Ride" ran for six seasons on MTV. It premiered in 2004. Each contestant has their car (which is in poor shape) fixed up and customized by the end of each episode.


What game show has contestants traveling the world?

The show first aired in the U.S. in 2001. It is hosted by New Zealander, Phil Keoghan. It follows teams of two racing around the world using clues to get to each destination before anyone else. As each leg of the journey continues, teams are eliminated.


What show features the words, "and the survey says...?"

Steve Harvey currently hosts the show. Bonus points if you remember that Richard Dawson was the original host. The show has been on the air since 1976 and has had three different runs.


What game show requires you to build a phrase, one letter at a time?

"Wheel of Fortune" is hosted by Pat Sajak and Vanna White. White has been with the show since 1982. With more than 7,000 episodes, it is the longest-running syndicated game show in American history.


This game show reboot is a mix of truths and lies.

"To Tell the Truth" first aired in 1956. The reboot incorporates Twitter. The show has had six separate runs and was even presented by Alex Trebek in 1991 (for a single season.)


What show allows you to contact a "lifeline" if you get stuck?

The show was originally hosted by Regis Philbin. It first aired in 1999. The show, derived from a British show of the same name, was eventually canceled after 20 seasons.


What singing competition has spawned a number of chart-topping acts?

Winners of this competition include Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks. Judges have included Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez. It was based on the British show, "Pop Idol."


What show encouraged contestants to pick a suitor?

The show was created by Chuck Barris of "The Gong Show" fame. Hosts included Jim Lange, Elaine Joyce and Chuck Woolery. At the time it first aired, it became the very first daytime series on ABC to be regularly broadcast in color rather than back and white.


What tic-tac-toe game was played with famous people?

The show first aired in 1966 and aired in four different runs until 2004. Peter Marshall served as the original host. Some of the stars that appeared on the show were Joan Rivers, Barbara Eden, Vincent Price and Ellen DeGeneres.


What show asked newly married couples how well they knew each other?

The show was originally hosted by Bob Eubanks. The last host was Sherri Shepherd. It first aired in 1966 and had numerous revivals over many decades.


On what game show could you get gonged off the stage?

"The Gong Show" first aired in 1976. Host, Chuck Barris, claimed to work for the CIA as an assassin, but then later rescinded those claims. The show was temporarily revived in 2017 and 2018.


What show hopes contestants aren't afraid of spiders or snakes?

"Fear Factor" was originally hosted by Joe Rogan. Ludacris is the host of the MTV reboot. The show has been controversial because of stunts that include things like eating live bugs.


You hear the famous words, "Come on down!" on this show:

"The Price is Right" first aired in 1972. Bob Barker was the original host. It's one of the longest-running network shows in American history, with over 8,000 episodes.


On what show would you want to avoid the walk of shame?

The British version of the show first aired in 2000. The U.S. version premiered in 2001, hosted by Brit Anne Robinson.


This game show often ended with most contestants in the water.

"Wipeout" first aired in 2008. The show ran for seven seasons. Tokyo Broadcasting System sued ABC for copyright infringement, claiming that she show was a ripoff of a number of Japanese game shows. The suit was eventually settled out of court.


What show challenged contestants to avoid the Whammy?

"Press Your Luck" originally aired for only three seasons, with a single summer season in 2019. The show had a longer-running spin-off, entitled "Whammy."


Ben Stein was giving away the money on what game show?

The show first aired in 1997. It ran for six seasons, featuring the deadpan celebrity host. During that time, the show won six Daytime Emmy Awards.


On this game show, traders might end up with a zonk.

Monty Hall hosted the show originally. The show is currently hosted by Wayne Brady. It's been on the air since 1963, with some breaks in between reboots.


Arsenio Hall hosted what precursor to "The Voice" and "American Idol?"

"Star Search" first aired in 1983. The show's original host was Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson's sidekick. Singer David Archuleta was on both this and "American Idol."


Contestants pick a briefcase on what game show?

"Deal or No Deal" was hosted by Howie Mandel. It premiered in 2005. It's based on a Dutch show and follows essentially the same format.


Contestants have to be the best cook to win what game show?

Judges from previous seasons included Anthony Bourdain, Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck. The show first aired in 2006. The show has a number of spin-offs, including "Top Chef Junior" and "Top Chef Masters."


America meets Japan on what game show?

The show was filmed in Tokyo, Japan, but used Americans as contestants. It ran for only two seasons. The winner of the competition took home $250,000.


Jane Lynch hosts game night on what game show?

The top prize is $25,000 for non-celebrity contestants and $10,000 for charity for celebrity contestants. The show has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards. Jane Lynch also starred as Sue Sylvester on "Glee."


What competition is "Flashdance" in a game show?

The show first aired on July 20, 2005. Judges have included Paula Abdul, Nigel Lythgoe and Vanessa Hudgens. The show has won nine Emmy Awards, including seven for Outstanding Choreography.


Guy Fieri was the original host of what game show?

The show first aired in 2010. Speed skater Apolo Ohno hosted the reboot. More than 50 countries around the world air a version of this game now.


Contestants would guess the occupation on what game show?

"What's My Line" first aired in 1950. It aired for 13 years. During that time, the show won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.


On what show did a kid have to assemble a statue in the Shrine of the Silver Monkey?

"Legends of the Hidden Temple" aired on Nickelodeon for three seasons, from 1993-1995. It had both physical challenges and a quiz section in four round game. The show was praised for being "nonsexist and nonviolent."


Bret Michaels was up for grabs in what game show?

The show ran for three seasons. Michaels was best known for being a member of the band, Poison. The show was patterned after "Flavor of Love" that starred Flavor Flav.


Contestants get questioned in a taxi on what game show?

"Cash Cab" first aired in 2005. Comedian Ben Bailey hosted the show. The show originated in Great Britian, but versions of the show air in 44 countries.


For what game show do you need to supply the questions?

"Jeopardy" first premiered in 1964. It has run for over 8,000 episodes! Alex Trebek, the current host of "Jeopardy," grew up in a bilingual home in Canada speaking both French and English.


On what show can you guess the phrase or pass?

Show hosts have included Dick Clark, Bill Cullen and Donny Osmond. The show first aired in 1973, but the pyramid's value was only $10,000 back then. It's now $100,000.


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