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The Best Movie and TV Trivia Board Games

Updated on April 10, 2014

Movies or TV whatever your specialty there is a game to suit!

I should begin with a confession. I am a trivia tragic. I spent 6 years writing and running a weekly pub quiz and I am also the organiser of the Australian Quizzing Association so I have a bit of a habit ;-) I also own every single version of Trivial Pursuit that has been released in Australia. Boxes and boxes of board games sit in the cupboard in our spare room waiting for any occasion I can find to get them down and spend a few hours playing with friends.

Since Trivial Pursuit was invented in Canada the 1980s, these have really taken off. In pubs and clubs around the world groups of friends sit around and test themselves on all things trivial, week in week out. Trivia can include everyone, you don't need to be super smart, trivia is about everyday things, which is why these make great gifts for family and friends.

Here are some of my favorites - you might like to check out for yourself or for your gift shopping list.

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Trivial Pursuit : The 20th Anniverary edition - The classic we all know and love

Can you believe that Trivial Pursuit has been around for more than 20 years. It was invented in 1979 by 2 Canadian guys, Scott Abbot and Chris Haney when they found some of their Scrabble pieces missing. The game has now been translated into 17 languages and you can play it the old fashioned way with a board, online or on your i-phone. I still think the original way is the most fun.

Trivial Pursuit 20th Anniversary
Trivial Pursuit 20th Anniversary

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These games have something for everyone - Choose a decade or a topic and specialize

If you are playing with less passionate trivia fans then this selection of games might be a good starting place. The idea with trivia is to feel good about what you know not end up feeling silly because you can not answer anything. I always try to match the game to the age or interests of the group.

Trivial Pursuit Team
Trivial Pursuit Team

A nice new twist - most people play in teams anyway but this version is set up that way. Great for family get togethers.

 
Hasbro Games Trivial Pursuit Family Edition
Hasbro Games Trivial Pursuit Family Edition

Get the kids involved. This version has adult and kids questions meaning no one gets left out. I have played this with children as young as 7 years.

 
Trivial Pursuit: Totally 80s
Trivial Pursuit: Totally 80s

Everyone loves the 80s and these questions are a little easier than the Genius edition. Perfect for anyone born in the 50s and 60s.

 
Trivial Pursuit - Dvd Pop Culture 2Nd Edition
Trivial Pursuit - Dvd Pop Culture 2Nd Edition

No more complaining "I don't want to play, I hate history questions" when you have this edition. All of the questions are pop culture based meaning no one has to feel stupid if they don't know the world's longest river!

 
90s TRIVIAL PURSUIT
90s TRIVIAL PURSUIT

Memory not so good? The 90s edition is perfect for multi generational groups or families with teens.

 

Which game do you prefer? - Do you prefer the cards and pie or the video action in Scene It?

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Trivia based on your favourite TV shows - Perfect for the TV fan who already has the DVD series

Have you seen every single episode of Seinfeld? Are you a mad Simpson's fan? These TV themed games are perfect for a true fan, giving them the opportunity to show off their knowledge and impress their friends.

Friends Trivia Game; In A Collectible Blue Tin
Friends Trivia Game; In A Collectible Blue Tin

Do you know the name of Joey's leather recliner? Or Monica's boyfriends? This game will provide hours of fun for Friends fans.

 
Scene It Seinfeld
Scene It Seinfeld

Seinfield fans tend to be pretty passionate and with all the re-runs it is hard to find anyone who has not watched this show. Test your knowledge of Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine crazy antics in this fun trivia game.

 

Scene It - Play it on your own screen

The "Scene it" series of games are perfect for the movie trivia format. Most are suitable for 2-4 players or 2 teams. Half of the questions use the DVD in the box and the others are card based. You have to name a film from a short scene or still clip or perhaps from a quote.

Are you a movie buff? - All the questions on your favorite movie or movie genre in one place

These these are perfect for movie buffs. You can buy versions that focus on one film franchise like Bond or Star War or you choose ones that are tailored to a decade or genre. These are great for large families and intergenerational games. A fun way to end Thanksgiving lunch or even Christmas dinner.

Scene It? Box Office Smash Bundle - Xbox 360
Scene It? Box Office Smash Bundle - Xbox 360

This has fast become my favorite Scene It game because of the great movies it features. Questions on 250 blockbuster movies some recent and and lots of great cult classics appear. Movies include Monty Python, Little Miss Sunshine, Rocky, Knocked Up, Ferris Bueller's Day Off

and Field of Dreams making this perfect for the whole extended family.

 
Scene It? Disney Magical Moments
Scene It? Disney Magical Moments

While the makers suggest this game is suitable for kids 6 years and over I think you can begin a little earlier than that. All the great Pixar and Disney movies feature including Toy Story, Monsters Inc, Hannah Montana, and even High School Musical. While there is a lot of new stuff there is still enough older Disney stuff to keep the whole family interested.

My tip... Be prepared to lose if you are playing with a group of 8 year olds.

 
Scene It James Bond DVD Game
Scene It James Bond DVD Game

Do you know who sang the theme from Goldfinger? Or which James Bond was Australian? If so this is probably the game for you.

 

Movie and Trivia Games on your Console - Wii, Xbox and Playstation games

Another confession - I don't really like playstation or xbox. In fact I never played them at all and saw no reason to buy one till I discovered Buzz at a friends house one night and quickly became a convert. Adding a buzz to the game made it just like playing on TV and increased the excitement 10 fold. Needless to say I went and bought a second hand console and now have half a dozen quizzing games for it.

Smarty Pants: Trivia for Everyone - Nintendo Wii
Smarty Pants: Trivia for Everyone - Nintendo Wii

Already got this one? See the full range of Wii trivia and quiz games

 

More Wii and Playstation Quiz fun - Trivia for a new generation

With the rise of console games trivia and quiz games are getting a new lease of life. I actually helped write some of the questions for the Buzz family edition and I can tell you it is a whole lot of fun!

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Third Edition - PC/Mac
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Third Edition - PC/Mac

Choose your degree of difficulty in this fun version based on the popular tv show. The questions here are a little harder than the average trivia game but great for anyone who wants to be challenged.

 

Where you can play online? - Find some fun online for free

Sometimes it can be hard to find friends who enjoy board games as much as I do - I can not understand why but some people hate them. At times like these online trivia games can be lots of fun.

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    • senterprises profile image

      senterprises 

      5 years ago

      Trivial Pursuit - Sports & Leisure

      Our family has an annual Trivial Pursuit tournament every year when we gather together for Christmas. It's a really great game to bring everyone together.

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      Adam Turner 

      5 years ago

      I love to play Trivial Pursuit.

    • pyngthyngs profile image

      pyngthyngs 

      5 years ago

      That's why there are so many questions about Canada in Trivial Pursuit...

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      artmarks 

      5 years ago

      Movies. Great lens and many nice games you got here.

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      Stallymanny 

      5 years ago

      Whoa, that's a lot of games

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      TedWritesStuff 

      5 years ago

      Simpsons.. feeding the inner child ;-)

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      cassyspratt 

      5 years ago

      I haven't play trivial pursuit in ages, but I used to love it!

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      artdivision1 lm 

      5 years ago

      Music or literature. We also love the Pointless game in my house

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      entertainment for sure! definitely not history

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      alaiamax lm 

      5 years ago

      Trivia games are exciting!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      definitely you don't know jack

      Check us out www.quizzys.com for great prices on retail software

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      BW Duerr 

      5 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      I love Trivia Pursuit. And thanks for the link for the online version. Highly addicting. :)

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      mrdata 

      5 years ago

      I love Trivia games!

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      BenJacklin LM 

      5 years ago

      I love Trivial Pursuit, but I bet the Simpsons game is awesome!

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      ivanjuras 

      5 years ago

      Trivia Pursuit interests me the most. I don't have the time to play those games anymore though :(. Nice lens layout!

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      tamiran lm 

      5 years ago

      I like this lens very much. You really master the world of trivia games.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Wow! I love trivia board games.

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      Neil Spencer 

      5 years ago from uk

      Great lens very well thought up. Keep up these great lenses :-)

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      DLeighAlexander 

      5 years ago

      Great games for thinkers ;) Trivia is an interesting subject and learning is more fun this way! ~angel blessed

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      nathanpoole 

      5 years ago

      Still i have not played this game but now i want to play.

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      laurenrich 

      5 years ago

      This is an awesome lens. Great trivia games. Thanks for sharing.

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      OMENA777 

      5 years ago

      Great lens on trivia games. I learned a few new ones. Thanks

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      spelaspela 

      5 years ago

      great lens:)))

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      greentiger11 

      5 years ago

      The sceneIt Seinfeld is a all time classic! great lens!

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      ZenSquid 

      5 years ago

      I love board games!

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      kcsantos 

      5 years ago

      I love these! But I prefer Movie Trivia Games most of the time. Thanks for sharing

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      bedrestbuddy 

      5 years ago

      Have you ever played the game Buzz? It's a cool trivia game in a game show format complete with a cheesy host. I think it's played on Playstation. It's a lot of fun!

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      h4v0c6 

      5 years ago

      Scene It is fun to play with the family!

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      Benjamynn 

      5 years ago

      Awesome board games, might have to put some of them on my wishlist! Happy holidays :)

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      mrsclaus411 

      5 years ago

      I like movie and history trivia.

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      maryseena 

      5 years ago

      Nature and geography

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      koreeo lm 

      5 years ago

      Great lens. I like tv trivia

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      sarabing75 

      5 years ago

      I enjoy movie & tv trivia the best

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      BradKamer 

      5 years ago

      History. Nice Lens!

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      Tom 

      5 years ago

      I would say that history is the best subject.

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      Michael Oksa 

      5 years ago

      Rock music. Geography, nature, religion, and mythology are near the top of my list as well.

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      Merstarr 

      5 years ago

      My hubby ran trivia in a pub too.. love it all!!

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      ryokomayuka 

      5 years ago from USA

      History.

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      KimGiancaterino 

      5 years ago

      Usually entertainment and pop culture.

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      RetroMom 

      5 years ago

      I go for Trivial Pursuit: Totally 80's!

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      tobydavis 

      5 years ago

      Fab lens! Love Trivia Pursuit. My best subject of probably Pop Culture :-) ...but I'm OK on History and some sports too.

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      Roberto Eldrum 

      5 years ago

      Trivia Pursuit foreva!

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      dellgirl 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these Best Movie and TV Trivia Board Games. You have a nice selection of them.

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      wattyan 

      5 years ago

      I'm a fan of Trivia Pursuit!

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      shawnhi77 lm 

      5 years ago

      Mine would be sports.

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      gatornic15 

      5 years ago

      I used to love to play Trivial Pursuit. I had a sports and entertainment expansion pack to add to the regular questions. Blessed

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      Margot_C 

      5 years ago

      Trivial pursuit is great fun. My best category is probably science & nature. I get killed in sports and geography.

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      blancaverome 

      5 years ago

      I love Trivial Pursuit! My best is literature.

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      Clairissa 

      5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      I like entertainment or technology/science categories!

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      BarbaraSellers 

      5 years ago

      I probably do best when it comes to questions about cartoons, like naming Donald Duck's three nephews. That might be the only question I get right. Growing up as one of 14 kids, we played a lot of board games, but mostly monopoly. Thanks for sharing. I am fairly new here and I think it takes forever to get the magic number of 20 squid likes. My lens called "How to Bid Smart on DealDash" needs one more. Is there an easy way to get squid likes?

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      nathanpoole 

      5 years ago

      Really Nice and so much interesting trivia game.

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      MJPickled 

      5 years ago

      Great lens. I also enjoy a good trivia game

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      CraftyDaddy 

      5 years ago

      Every year.. somebody gets Trivial Pursuit at Christmas... and every year.. the boyus play the girls... and every year, the girls remember the previous years game differently... and every year, we decide not to play for another year..

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      pawpaw911 

      5 years ago

      I will have to keep these in mind, when I start doing my Christmas shopping.

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      jadapotata 

      5 years ago

      Great lens! I love having guests over for game night.

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      Lynntjuh 

      5 years ago

      Nice lens! I love playing trivia!

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      flycatcherrr 

      5 years ago

      I can't win a trivia game for anything! But I do have a lot of fun making up ridiculous answers for all the questions I don't know. ;)

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      Scullyvan 

      5 years ago

      Geography is my favorite. Very nice gift lens.

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      MifuneGoon 

      5 years ago

      I prefer movie and history. I kill at Disney trivia. Great lens!

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Geography or Sports

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      PamperedPen 

      5 years ago

      No matter the subject, I just enjoy the fun and fellowship received from play with other like-minded folks.

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      Jogalog 

      5 years ago

      I love geography. My husband loves all trivia and we are always having to play trivia games, even though they are not my favourite.

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      purpleslug 

      5 years ago

      I don't have a favorite.

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      Mrs A for Apple 

      5 years ago

      I like the history questions. Thanks for this lens, makes me want to buy trivial pursuit family for when my kids get a bit older!

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      Riesling 

      5 years ago

      With these games the winter won't get boring :-)

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      Monica Ranstrom 

      5 years ago

      We played this a lot growing up! I was pretty good at history and geography :)

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      C A Chancellor 

      5 years ago from US/TN

      I used to love Trivial Pursuit.

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      Torrs13 

      5 years ago

      I'm not sure I had one best trivia subject, but I really enjoy playing games like this!

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      kburns421 lm 

      5 years ago

      Ooh I would love to have some of these to play as party games!

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      beaworkathomemom 

      5 years ago

      these just brings back memories! nice selections

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      JoshK47 

      5 years ago

      Some excellent picks here - I'm quite good at pop culture trivia!

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      TeacherSerenia 

      5 years ago

      History and Geography - I LOVE Trivial Pursuit!!!

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      miaponzo 

      5 years ago

      I think all.. but probably science is the best :)

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Anything except sports and music.

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      WriterJanis2 

      6 years ago

      Disney is my best trivia subject. By the way, love the Trivial Pursuit games.

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      Richard 

      7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      If I had to choose one, I'm thinking that music trivia would be my ace in the hole ;)

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      Indigo Janson 

      7 years ago from UK

      Ah, Trivia Pursuit. It brings back many memories. Just don't ask me a Sports category question. :)

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      Jeremy 

      7 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Literature. But my math isn't too bad either and I don't think that a game that was invented in 1979 should be having its 25th anniversary in 2010. Anyway, fun lens. Blessed.

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