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Quiz about TV Game Shows
Quiz about TV Game Shows

TV Game Shows Trivia Quiz


The following game shows are some of the longest-running on American television. A few even started on radio. See how many can you identify.

A multiple-choice quiz by nmerr. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
nmerr
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
353,212
Updated
Mar 18 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
9 / 10
Plays
5561
Awards
Top 5% quiz!
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Question 1 of 10
1. The very first TV game show was based on a radio quiz show that aired in 1940. It first appeared on TV in 1950. The contestants were asked questions and, if they couldn't answer them correctly, were required to perform silly stunts as a "consequence." What was the name of this game show? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Comedian Groucho Marx hosted a game show based on his own radio show in which contestants answered questions and, if they happened to say the secret word that was revealed only to the audience, they would win prize money. What show did Groucho host? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Do you remember the game show that had people dressing up in outrageous costumes, hoping to be selected by host Monty Hall for a chance at winning prizes? What show am I describing? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. The answer: This quiz show, hosted by Alex Trebek, featured contestant Ken Jennings who set an unprecedented record for winning 74 consecutive games in 2004. The question: Which game show is it? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. "Come on down!" Those words were practically shouted by this show's announcer at the beginning of each show. With expensive prizes consisting of cars and exotic vacations and favorite games such as Plinko and Hi-Lo, which game show was hosted by Bob Barker for 35 years? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. One of the earliest game shows was televised from 1952 to 1967. The premise of the show consisted of a contestant whispering his/her secret into the host's ear. The audience was clued in to the secret but a panel of celebrities had to guess the secret from asking questions. Do you remember the name of this game show? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. If the name Pat Sajak and Vanna White don't sound familiar then imagine spinning a large wheel for prizes and money. Guessing letters to solve the puzzle is also part of the game. Which game? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Although producers Dan Enright and Jack Barry were implicated in the game show scandals of the 1950s, they introduced a game show in 1958 that emerged unscathed. Based in part on a children's game known as "Memory", which game show was it? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. One of my favorite game shows was the one that combined celebrities with the game of tic-tac-toe. Peter Marshall was the original host of this game show. Which show was it? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. In many of the early game shows the cash prizes were not very big. Such was the case with this game show which originally aired from 1956-1968. The celebrity panel would hear a story about one of three contestants and had to match the story to the right contestant. What was the name of this show? Hint



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1. The very first TV game show was based on a radio quiz show that aired in 1940. It first appeared on TV in 1950. The contestants were asked questions and, if they couldn't answer them correctly, were required to perform silly stunts as a "consequence." What was the name of this game show?

Answer: Truth or Consequences

Ralph Edwards hosted the radio show as well as the TV show until 1954. Jack Bailey took over from 1954 through 1955 and Bob Barker, known for hosting another long-running TV game show, hosted from 1956 to 1975. The show ran its course and ended in 1978, although it had a short revival in the late 1980s.
2. Comedian Groucho Marx hosted a game show based on his own radio show in which contestants answered questions and, if they happened to say the secret word that was revealed only to the audience, they would win prize money. What show did Groucho host?

Answer: You Bet Your Life

Groucho, being the comedian he was, rigged it so a fake duck dropped from the ceiling to deliver the prize money. The stunt was actually a nod to the Marx Brothers' film "Duck Soup". Groucho hosted the show from 1950 to 1961. Later hosts included Buddy Hackett and Bill Cosby but the newer versions didn't reach the same level of success that the original did.
3. Do you remember the game show that had people dressing up in outrageous costumes, hoping to be selected by host Monty Hall for a chance at winning prizes? What show am I describing?

Answer: Let's Make a Deal

The original show ran from 1963 to 1977. Those folks who were singled out by Monty would get a chance at winning a real prize or a gag prize depending on the deal they made with him. The ultimate challenge was getting a chance to win the big deal behind one of three doors. In my opinion the show capitalized on people's greed but that's what made it so much fun to watch.
4. The answer: This quiz show, hosted by Alex Trebek, featured contestant Ken Jennings who set an unprecedented record for winning 74 consecutive games in 2004. The question: Which game show is it?

Answer: Jeopardy

The original show aired from 1964 to 1975 and was hosted by Art Fleming. The current show is a revival of the original and was hosted by Alex Trebek from 1984 until his death. The show has won numerous Daytime Emmy Awards. Trebek himself has won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host.
5. "Come on down!" Those words were practically shouted by this show's announcer at the beginning of each show. With expensive prizes consisting of cars and exotic vacations and favorite games such as Plinko and Hi-Lo, which game show was hosted by Bob Barker for 35 years?

Answer: The Price is Right

The original "The Price is Right" aired from 1956 to 1965. The host was Bill Cullen and he served as host for both the daytime and the nighttime versions. The nighttime version, much like the ones shown later on, had a larger budget to work with and offered expensive prizes such as airplanes and fur coats.

The show is now hosted by stand-up comedian Drew Carey. He took over as host in October 2007.
6. One of the earliest game shows was televised from 1952 to 1967. The premise of the show consisted of a contestant whispering his/her secret into the host's ear. The audience was clued in to the secret but a panel of celebrities had to guess the secret from asking questions. Do you remember the name of this game show?

Answer: I've Got a Secret

The premise was similar to other game shows of that ilk, the difference being that the panelists had to guess the contestant's secret rather than occupation or celebrity. Garry Moore hosted the original show. Once the show was established, the four permanent celebrity panelists were Bill Cullen, Faye Emerson, Henry Morgan, and Jayne Meadows.

After the show's initial run it was televised on and off for years while the secrets became racier.
7. If the name Pat Sajak and Vanna White don't sound familiar then imagine spinning a large wheel for prizes and money. Guessing letters to solve the puzzle is also part of the game. Which game?

Answer: Wheel of Fortune

When "Wheel of Fortune" first aired in 1975, Chuck Woolery and Susan Stafford hosted the show. Pat and Vanna came on board in the early '80s and have continued as hosts, with Vanna doing what she does best; turning the letters and looking good while doing it.
8. Although producers Dan Enright and Jack Barry were implicated in the game show scandals of the 1950s, they introduced a game show in 1958 that emerged unscathed. Based in part on a children's game known as "Memory", which game show was it?

Answer: Concentration

The object of the game was to find the puzzle, called a rebus, that was revealed after matching cards were removed from the board. Hugh Downs was the first to host the game from 1958-1969. The show had two versions and a third, called "Classic Concentration," was hosted by Alex Trebek from 1987-1991. "Concentration" seems to have run its course. There have been no attempts to revive it.
9. One of my favorite game shows was the one that combined celebrities with the game of tic-tac-toe. Peter Marshall was the original host of this game show. Which show was it?

Answer: Hollywood Squares

Nine celebrities sat in separate open-faced cubes that made up a large board. The host asked the celebrities questions and if the question was right then the two contestants could put an X or an O in the square. Like tic-tac-toe, the first contestant to get the X or O in a straight line won the match.

Some of the stars that sat in the cubes were Vincent Price, Joan Rivers, Whoopi Goldberg, and the very funny Paul Lynde.
10. In many of the early game shows the cash prizes were not very big. Such was the case with this game show which originally aired from 1956-1968. The celebrity panel would hear a story about one of three contestants and had to match the story to the right contestant. What was the name of this show?

Answer: To Tell The Truth

Each correct answer from the panelists paid the challengers $250 for a possible $1000. If every member of the panel was correct, the three contestants would split $150. Even in those days that wasn't a lot of cash. At the end of the show, the host would famously utter the words "Will the real John Doe please stand up?" and the right contestant would stand up.

The show enjoyed several reincarnations after its first run.
Source: Author nmerr

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