Saturday, September 04, 2010


I’ve always been a fan of game shows. The best game shows aren’t just entertaining, but include an element of education, whether through trivia, word games, or musical memory. I’ve auditioned for several game shows, but have never been selected as a contestant. I also enjoy watching episodes of old game shows. The best ones are still entertaining today. Some of the best game shows ever to air on American television are reviewed in TV's Greatest Game Shows.

The book begins with a preface by the author where he discusses his love for game shows and his experiences on trying to get on JEOPARDY! and WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE? An introduction follows that gives a short history of U.S. game shows.

Each of the games reviewed begin with a snapshot of the show’s main credits: the dates the series aired, the network the show aired on, the hosts of the show, the series creators, the show’s producers, and the show’s director. If a show was revived or aired on a different network, that information follows the credit info about the original show in the same format. Following the credit info, there is a short synopsis about the show. Depending on the popularity or impact of a game show, the synopsis is as short as a paragraph or as long as several pages. Usually some bits of trivia or lines from the show are included. There’s also a section discussing some of the most famous of game show hosts. Shows included in the book range from AMERICAN GLADIATORS to JEOPARDY! to MATCH GAME to PASSWORD to WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE to I’VE GOT A SECRET.

The book is really easy to read. Like the best game shows, I found it both entertaining and informative. TV's Greatest Game Shows makes a great reference guide about game shows as well as a nice gift for anyone who enjoys game shows.

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