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13th Jan '17 7:12:25 PM Gimere
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Mind you, the problem with the rigging wasn't that anyone had done anything illegal (as it wasn't actually a crime back then), but rather that most tried to cover up what they did during the investigations that took place from 1958-60. Nobody went to jail over the rigging, but rather for committing perjury. As a result, a law was passed in 1960 that made it illegal to run a game show that deceives the public into thinking it's a fair contest.

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Mind you, the problem with the rigging wasn't that anyone had done anything illegal (as it wasn't actually yet a crime back then), to do so), but rather that most tried to cover up what they did during the investigations that took place from 1958-60. Nobody went to jail over the rigging, but rather for committing perjury. As a result, a law was passed in 1960 that made it illegal to run a game show that deceives the public into thinking it's a fair contest.
2nd Jan '17 11:06:50 PM Lirodon
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* ''Series/TheWall

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2nd Jan '17 11:06:21 PM Lirodon
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23rd Dec '16 9:50:14 PM themisterfree
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The 1990s brought with it a sense that ideas were running out, as networks and cable stations dropped games left and right (the last Big Three victim being ''Series/CaesarsChallenge'' in January 1994). Only ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', ''Series/WheelOfFortune'', and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' remained through the entire decade, with a few other games briefly popping up here and there. Creator/{{GSN}} began in December 1994, giving fans a constant home for classic games (although it eventually went into NetworkDecay); prior to that, they'd had to rely on other cable nets, including Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}, Creator/USANetwork, and [[Creator/ABCFamily The Family Channel]] for their fix. In 2015, many of the shows began airing on another classic game channel, BUZZR. Or at least the ones owned by [[Creator/FremantleMedia Fremantle]], who owns the channel.

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The 1990s brought with it a sense that ideas were running out, as networks and cable stations dropped games left and right (the last Big Three victim being ''Series/CaesarsChallenge'' in January 1994). Only ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', ''Series/WheelOfFortune'', and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' remained through the entire decade, with a few other games briefly popping up here and there. Creator/{{GSN}} began in December 1994, giving fans a constant home for classic games (although it eventually went into NetworkDecay); prior to that, they'd had to rely on other cable nets, including Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}, Creator/USANetwork, and [[Creator/ABCFamily The Family Channel]] for their fix. In 2015, many of the shows began airing on another classic game channel, BUZZR.Buzzr. Or at least the ones owned by [[Creator/FremantleMedia Fremantle]], who owns the channel.


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* ''Series/MastersOfTheMaze''
19th Dec '16 10:00:27 AM Briguy52748
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* ''Series/SevenKeys''
14th Jul '16 9:57:43 AM faunas
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For the celebrity-oriented variant, see PanelGame. See also GameShowTropes.

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For the celebrity-oriented variant, see PanelGame. For the variants which allow audiences at home to participate, see PhoneInGameShows and HomeParticipationSweepstakes. See also GameShowTropes.
25th Jun '16 7:11:14 AM DeepthroatGhoul
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* ''Series/TheCrystalMaze''
23rd Jun '16 12:45:48 AM Gimere
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Game shows were enormously popular in America during the 1950s when TV became a progressively more viable purchase, until several of the most popular ones [[note]]''Series/TwentyOne'' (the most infamous), ''Series/TicTacDough'' (~75% of the nighttime run), ''The $64,000 Question'' (some contestants were set up to win or lose depending on whether the head of sponsor Revlon liked them), ''The $64,000 Challenge'' ('''children!'''), and ''Series/{{Dotto}}'' (the smoking gun)[[/note]] turned out to be [[ExecutiveMeddling rigged]] in some manner to influence the outcome and manufacture drama.

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Game shows were enormously popular in America during the 1950s when TV became a progressively more viable purchase, until several of the most popular ones [[note]]''Series/TwentyOne'' (the most infamous), ''Series/TicTacDough'' (~75% of the nighttime run), ''The ''[[Series/The64000Question The $64,000 Question'' Question]]'' (some contestants were set up to win or lose depending on whether the head of sponsor Revlon liked them), ''The $64,000 Challenge'' ('''children!'''), and ''Series/{{Dotto}}'' (the smoking gun)[[/note]] turned out to be [[ExecutiveMeddling rigged]] in some manner to influence the outcome and manufacture drama.



The fallout from the scandals resulted in many low-stakes games, with big-ticket ones (especially quizzes) generally falling out of favor until 1973 and ''[[Series/{{Pyramid}} The $10,000 Pyramid]]''. The 1970s-80s brought flashy sets and EarWorm music, with 1975, 1985, and 1987 being particularly good years for the genre.

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The fallout from the scandals resulted in many low-stakes games, with big-ticket ones (especially quizzes) generally falling out of favor until 1973 and ''[[Series/{{Pyramid}} The $10,000 Pyramid]]''. The 1970s-80s brought [[SceneryPorn flashy sets sets]] and EarWorm music, with 1975, 1985, and 1987 being particularly good years for the genre.



The 1990s brought with it a sense that ideas were running out, as networks and cable stations dropped games left and right (the last Big Three victim being ''Series/CaesarsChallenge'' in January 1994). Only ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', ''Series/WheelOfFortune'', and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' remained through the entire decade, with a few other games briefly popping up here and there. Creator/{{GSN}} began in December 1994, giving fans a constant home for classic games (although it eventually went into NetworkDecay); prior to that, they'd had to rely on other cable nets, including Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}, Creator/USANetwork, and [[Creator/ABCFamily The Family Channel]] for their fix. In 2015, many of the shows began airing on another classic game channel, BUZZR. Or at least the ones owned by Fremantle, who owns the channel.

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The 1990s brought with it a sense that ideas were running out, as networks and cable stations dropped games left and right (the last Big Three victim being ''Series/CaesarsChallenge'' in January 1994). Only ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', ''Series/WheelOfFortune'', and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' remained through the entire decade, with a few other games briefly popping up here and there. Creator/{{GSN}} began in December 1994, giving fans a constant home for classic games (although it eventually went into NetworkDecay); prior to that, they'd had to rely on other cable nets, including Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}, Creator/USANetwork, and [[Creator/ABCFamily The Family Channel]] for their fix. In 2015, many of the shows began airing on another classic game channel, BUZZR. Or at least the ones owned by Fremantle, [[Creator/FremantleMedia Fremantle]], who owns the channel.
3rd Jun '16 9:41:36 AM CorahsUncle
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* ''Headline Chasers''

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* ''Headline Chasers''''Series/HeadlineChasers''
4th May '16 6:38:24 PM BuddyBoy600alt
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* ''[[Creator/WGNAmerica Bozo's Grand Prize Game (Segment for The Bozo Show)]]''

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* ''[[Creator/WGNAmerica ''[[Series/TheBozoShow Bozo's Grand Prize Game (Segment for The Bozo Show)]]''
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