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* NetworkDecay: Oy.
** In October 1997, the network lost the rights to every show from the Creator/MarkGoodson-Bill Todman library except ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' and the 1994-95 season of ''Series/FamilyFeud'' (where Richard Dawson returned). This time was called the Dark Period, and to be fair it resulted in several lesser-known games being aired (''The Diamond Head Game'', ''Juvenile Jury'', ''Pass The Buck'', etc.) that the network didn't really show otherwise. The Goodson-Todman shows returned in April 1998, but there was less variety for a while on the daily schedule and some programs remained MIA.
*** ''Faux Pause'', an original series during the Dark Period, attempted to be "''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' [[XMeetsY does]] [[SoBadItsGood bad]] {{Game Show}}s" and fell on its face. Two {{Jerkass}} "hosts" who clearly didn't know or care about game shows mocked either classics or cult favorites by way of "jokes" that were usually corny and sometimes went into DudeNotFunny (the ''Series/HotPotato'' episode being a particularly {{egregious}} example). Had they not shown a few genuine rarities (the 1975 ''Hollywood Connection'' pilot and an episode of the 1980 ''Camouflage''), this travesty would've been long since forgotten.
** Then came an onslaught of lame original programming (''[[TheGongShow Extreme Gong]]'', ''Throut and Neck'', ''D.J. Games'') plus the beginning of credit crunches and editing out fee plugs, which would go on to continue to plague the network for classic game show fans. The rights to ''Price'' would be lost for good in April 2000, and vintage black-and-white shows of the 1950-69 era became rarer still. The quality of the network has been fluctuating ever since.
** The March 15, 2004 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96Ud4FMbGgI switch]] from Game Show Network to GSN, which led to reality, casino, and other "games" quickly debuting on the schedule.
** The 2009 ''Game Show Awards'', hosted by Howie Mandel and announced by Rich Fields, invited a metric ton of game show celebs and attempted to play up the cheese factor (walking the shag carpet!). Unfortunately, several factors made sure it didn't improve most game show fans' opinion of GSN:
*** Before the special was taped, Bob Barker said he wouldn't show up to receive his Legend Award if Creator/BettyWhite was there (they had gotten into an animal-rights argument over where a particular elephant should be living). While GSN pandered to him, Betty appeared in a pretaped message paying tribute to Creator/MarkGoodson.
*** The opening segment, where Mandel meets Barker, has the latter supposedly being God (an idea which provided some fun for game show fans) and Howie [[AllJustADream waking up]] to see Bob [[HoYay in bed next to him]]. While filming the bedroom scene, Barker joked (we hope) that "[[{{Squick}} This is how my Beauties got their jobs!]]" ''Damn'', Barker.
*** The results were very obviously rigged, with awards typically going to whomever GSN could get to show up. While it was mentioned on the voting page that the producers had final say on the winners (itself idiotic), fans cried '''major''' foul when Mandel/Fields got Best Host/Announcer and ''Series/AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader'' beat out the veterans for Best Game Show.
*** Minigames were interspersed throughout, but had the '''dumbest''' people as contestants. See EpicFail on the main tab for "Name It/Claim It".
** A 2010 poll on GSN's Web site asked viewers whether they wanted to see A) Wish-Fulfillment Reality Shows or B) Decades-Old Reruns of Game Shows. [[SarcasmMode Clearly, no bias was present.]]
** There are constant debates on what should and shouldn't be on the schedules (search for "GSN Dream Schedule").
* TheyJustDidntCare: The aforementioned credit crunches.
** The network uses a time-compression machine, which should be no big deal since 1) most time-compression machines make imperceptible changes and 2) the compression is a necessary evil, given that most of the lineup comes from an era when commercial breaks were much shorter in proportion to program length than they are now. However, the operators clearly have ''no idea'' how to run the compressor, leading to frequent video glitches and brief moments where it seems as if everyone is suddenly talking like the MicroMachines man and the Dawson-era ''Family Feud'' intro particularly tends to get butchered. Less commonly, the compressor will "choke" and repeat a short segment multiple times at a progressively faster speed, almost giving the impression of a YouTubePoop.
** Their "50 Greatest Game Shows of All Time" countdown included ''Series/YouBetYourLife'' and ''The Price Is Right'', while not airing an episode of either. Although not too bad on the surface, the same marathon proved that GSN '''did''' pay for a 2000 episode of ''ShopTilYouDrop'' a series they never aired before, and didn't add to their regular schedule until 2013 while ''not'' airing either ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' or ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', both of which were '''already on the schedule!'''
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