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What's your favorite TV game show?
Background of TV game shows.
I have, always, liked games shows. To me, they provide entertainment and an opportunity to learn something new. I was doing some reading on game shows. From their start in radio to their first broadcast on TV in 1938, game shows have been with us for a long time. It is hard to believe that TV was with us since the late 20's going on to the 40's. Spelling Bee was the first TV game show aired in 1938. TV was around but, only, a select few enjoyed that privilege.
Then came Truth or Consequences, which aired as an experimental broadcast in 1941.World War II came and TV was put on hold. In 1948, TV started to expand on a larger scale and started to have commercials to support its programming. As the '50's approached, we saw game shows like 21 and the $64,000 Question. It did not start off on the right foot at first, because it seemed that no one could answer the questions to win. This was a major concern with some sponsors because it feared the public would lose interest.
Then, the producers came up with an idea. They would select and train the contestants on how to answer the questions. Pretty soon, the ratings went up but it wasn't long until they were found out and TV game shows suffered a black eye with the term "Rigging". Alas, years would pass and the public was forgiving. Soon, this popular medium found its way into the 60's and 70's with greater and bigger challenges. More money was being poured in and the suspense, as well as the drama increased.
A blast from the past.
My favorite TV game shows?
What's your favorite TV game shows? I have several. I will start with Allen Ludden and the game show Password. It fascinated me to see how the contestants would do funny and crazy things to define a word. There was a episode in which you could see celebrities participarting. Allen Ludden went on to host other game shows and, even, have a bit part in the Batman series featuring the Penguin. Also, he made a short-lived comeback for another Password show--Password plus!
He was married to Betty White for 18 years. I will, always remember Allen Ludden as the friendly and helpful host of Password. Sadly, Cancer took his life back in 1981. A couple of years ago, we saw a revived version of Password on CBS (2008-2009), so we see that his legacy is ongoing. When you think of Password, you think of Allen Ludden, because he was the pioneer of that TV game show.
Who wants to be a Millionaire?
My other pick is---Who want to be a millionaire? With all due respect to Meredith Viera, who does a great job on TV, Regis Philbin is the man! A great TV host who makes the contestant relax and even laugh a little. I like it because it creates suspense. The potential to make money is there and once you reached the $1,000 mark, you could leave or risk it all. For me, when they risk it all is when I am at the edge of my seat.
This game show was so popular that it found its way thru video and computer games. I remember playing it on my computer and I didn't do too bad. I never had the privilege of being in a game show, but many times, I entertained the thought. Who wants to be a millionaire is second in my book of favorites.
The Cash Cab!
The Cash Cab is another in my list of favorites. As a former cab driver, I can identify with Ben Bailey. His face is funny to look at and it makes for good entertainment. The show starts with a routine day in which Ben Bailey pick up his unsuspecting passengers in the big city.
As they board the cab, he adopts various voice inflections and accents. When he gets their address to their final destination, lights of different colors flare up and the passengers are surprised. The game consist of answering trivia questions and the stakes are higher. The $25 dollars are, suppose, to be easy. As the prize go up, the questions gets to be harder.
I like this program because the majority of the people win something---Like a free cab ride. Do you know how expensive a cab ride can be in New York City? Plus, if they do win, they get to double their money by seeing a video and answering a trivia question. Suspense to the max and a well-done game show!
My closing thougths!
As the years pass by, Game shows are going to get more and more creative. Reality game shows are creating new drama and suspense. My favorite reality show is the Fear Factor. This show gives the contestants the opportunity to win $50,000! They are asked to perform crazy and risky stunts. If you have a weak stomach, this show is not for you.
Game shows will evolve with the years to come. The cash prizes will get bigger and there will be more crazy ideas. This popular mode of media will not die, but will grow. As it grows, it will create a new and bigger audience in time to come.
Other TV moments....
- Carol Burnett-A very Funny Lady!
Carol Burnett is one of a kind. Her show lasted for years and was very popular in the ratings. She made America laugh and America loved her back! A look at some great comedy!
- What is your favorite TV Commercial of all time?
Every once in a while, we run across a funny TV commercial. These commercials stay on our minds for years to come! Maybe you can recognize a couple of them!