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Top Games Shows of the 80s

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The best game shows that were airing (or began airing) in the 1980s.

Rated 1 point - posted 8 years ago by missdeweydecimal in category Television.
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Press Your Luck Report Abuse
Big bucks, big bucks, no whammies and STOP! This game consisted of a large circular board that had revolving lights that were controlled by the players. Players tried to get the light to stop on a square with prizes or cash, but sometimes they would get a whammy instead. The whammy was a cute little animated creature who would usually do something very amusing and then take away all the player's earnings.
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Family Feud Report Abuse
I've always wanted to be on Family Feud. Two families battle it out, trying to guess what the most popular answers to very basic questions. Three strikes and then the other family gets a chance to steal. This game has been revamped a bit, but is still on television today.
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The Price is RIght Report Abuse
Bob Barker will always be the real host of this show as far as I'm concerned. And Plinko was my favorite pricing game.
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Chain Reaction Report Abuse
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Card Sharks Report Abuse
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$50,000 Pyramid Report Abuse
This game grew from only a $10,000 pyramid, to one day being a full $100,000 pyramid. This was another game in which contestants were paired with celebrities, and sometimes you had to wonder ... are these celebrities really trying their hardest? Or are they just goofing around since they don't get to win any money?
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Remote Control Report Abuse
Back in the 80s it seemed as though MTV could do no wrong. Remote Control was hugely popular on MTV. In this game stoner-type college students would answer random trivia questions by selecting categories on a large fake TV using their oversized remote controls. The show was pretty cheesy, with odd recurring characters like "Stud Boy," but at the time it all seemed pretty reasonable.
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Win, Lose, or Draw Report Abuse
Based on the popular board game pictionary, this was one of the many shows that paired contestants with "celebrity" teammates. I can't quite remember the rules anymore, but the basic idea was that you were given a card with a word or phrase on it, and you would need to draw it for your partner to guess. And oh what kinds of hilarity ensued when it turns out that none of the contestants know how to draw!
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Hollywood Squares Report Abuse
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American Gladiator Report Abuse
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Wheel of Fortune Report Abuse
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Wipeout Report Abuse
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Wordplay Report Abuse
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Top Card Report Abuse
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Strike it Rich Report Abuse
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Supermarket Sweep Report Abuse
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Super Password Report Abuse
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High Rollers Report Abuse
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