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A network that's dedicated to game shows.

Founded in 1994 and currently owned by Sony Pictures Television, Game Show Network originally featured reruns of classic TV game shows from the 1950s onward. At first, the network's rerun lineup ran the gamut from Goodson-Todman stalwarts (such as The Price Is Right, Password, Family Feud, and Match Game) to programs produced by Sony themselves (such as Pyramid, Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Tic-Tac-Dough, The Newlywed Game, and The Joker's Wild). In the late 1990s, the network began creating its own games, starting with live call-in programs and eventually branching out into original formats and revivals.

The network has caught flack by a subset of game show fans for airing contemporary and recent shows note , including the network's own original programming, instead of retro reruns. Their treatment of classic game show reruns since the 2000s hasn't done them any favors. The network eventually lost the rights to the Goodson-Todman library for good, save for a few standouts, and instead focused on a larger push towards original programming.

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Beginning in March of 2004, the network began using the abbreviated "GSN" moniker; ushering in one of the most infamous eamples of Network Decay. GSN expanded its programming scope to not only include reality competitions, but poker, and even programs that were only tangibly related to game shows or any kind of competition, if at all. Things would cool down towards the end of The New '10s, as the network's programming would shift back towards more traditional game shows and formats. This shift culminated in a 2018 refresh that would even restore Game Show Network's full name.note 

Compare and contrast Buzzr, a digital subchannel network run by Fremantle (the current owners of the Goodson-Todman library among others), and the former "Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids" network.

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