The 10 oldest game shows feature a few surprises

Game shows are a proud tradition on television. Generations of viewers have watched the contestants compete for fabulous prizes. Which show ran the longest? Let’s find out.

Wonders of two decades

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Many of the most iconic game shows had relatively brief continuous sequences. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was like a supernova. With Regis Philbin at the helm, ABC began airing it several nights a week. The series became overexposed, but its daytime version lasted 22 years. ABC just announced that there is no plans to continue make new episodes, but the IP may not go away forever. As it stands, it’s the tenth oldest game show of all time.


Reaching 23 is Password. Allen Ludden, beloved husband of Betty White, hosted the series well into the 1980s. Philbin hosted Million Dollar Password in 2008. Its simple principle has even occasionally become Tonight’s show segment. Every few years another network brings the series back, so maybe a new reboot is on the horizon.

what is my line

what is my line was one of the very first successful television shows. His run began in 1950 and ended, after a brief layoff in 1967, in 1975. It spanned from Harry Truman to Gerald Ford. The structure is still popular, and Nickelodeon gave it its own twist with To understand. The seventh oldest program is Pyramid, with Dick Clark dominating the franchise. Michael Strahan is currently hosting.

Let’s make a deal

Monty Hall and Wayne Brady present the sixth longest-running game show of all time: Let’s make a deal. The show also had an impact in mathematics, with the Monty Hall problem confuse students on a daily basis.

The Top 5

family quarrel

At number five is the pseudo-Matching game spin off family quarrel. Louie Anderson, Richard Dawson and Steve Harvey are just a few of the iconic faces to host the show. Harvey really helped turn the show from an afterthought into a critical force, and the show has never been more popular.

Wheel of Fortune

Flash news: we are approaching 50 years of Wheel of Fortune. For 46 years and with over 7,000 episodes, Pat Sajak and Vanna White still preside over the beloved series. It’s seamlessly translated into video game after video game


Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik currently account for the third longest-running game show of all time: Peril!. If last year’s drama taught us anything, it’s that people still care deeply about the show where contestants have all the answers and need to ask the questions.

A little difference

If you’re French or even British, the second oldest game show won‘t come as a surprise. Americans, however, may be shocked. Numbers and letters, or “Numbers and Letters” have been broadcast on French television for more than 54 years. It was the inspiration for Countdown and, of course, 8 out of 10 cats do a countdown. It’s an addictive show to watch at home, but it never took off in the United States.

The price is right

So what is the longest running game show of all time? The price is right of cours. The daytime staple ran in its original incarnation from 1956 to 1965, then was rebooted with Bob Barker in 1972 before Drew Carey took over nearly 15 years ago. It’s been a hit ever since. The retro style and excitement of the show has been the love of sick children and doctors’ offices around the world. Dozens of countries also offer their own versions.

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