Parents' Guide to

The Game Show Show

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fun history series has sexual comments, brands, drinking.

TV ABC Reality TV 2023
The Game Show Show TV show poster: Orange show logo is visible abovea pile of televisions with different game show images.

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The series offers an entertaining review of U.S. television game shows and what has made them so appealing to TV viewers for nearly a century. From classics like The $64,000 Question (1955-58) and The Newlywed Game (1966-1974) to revivals of early quiz shows that remain extremely popular today (we're looking at you, Jeopardy!), it reveals some of the reasons why so many have been produced over the years, and the strategies used to attract viewers. Controversies like the 1950s quiz show scandals and the quiet attempts of producers to manipulate contestants to appease studios and sponsors, often for bigoted and sexist reasons, are addressed. Some of the moments that challenge stereotypes are also highlighted.

Perhaps the most interesting part of The Game Show Show is what it reveals about the types of celebrity the genre has created over the years, ranging from beloved hosts like Alex Trebek and Bob Barker, to memorable contestants like Survivor winner Richard Hatch, and the impact this has had on the entertainment industry. It's humorous and informative, but the non-linear narratives that use quick sound bites and images keep it lighthearted and superficial.

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