Even many short-lived shows were still fun to watch and either have reran many years later or have been considered: Double Talk, Hot Potato, GO, Time Machine, Hit Man, Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak, and Wordplay.
USA Network also began the cable trend by not only having an afternoon game show block begin around the middle of the decade, but having originals such as Bumper Strumpers and an all-new version of Jackpot meant that people were still enjoying the excitement.
There are still devoted shows around today in addition to dinosaurs Wheel/J!
/TPIR, but with streaming/Internet TV upon us, shows like Sports Jeopardy! GSN of course isn't as good as it was, but still shows a few classics in the mornings.
That said, it seems like compared to the '50s, the survival rate of shows from the '60s is lower than you might expect, with only Password having a good portion of its run surivivng, follwed by the primetime runs of The Dating Game and The Hollywood Squares.
I agree that the 1970s were the best decade for game shows.
BUZZR is the channel to enjoy now, airing almost all classics, including some hard to find ones like Monty Hall's Beat the Clock and Alex Trebek's Double Dare on Sunday Nights.
As long as people want to play and have fun, game shows will continue to endure and evolve.But as the decade came to an end, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was the beginning of a revival in terms of big-money game shows, becoming the top-rated show of the 1999-2000 season.The new millenium seemed bright in terms of the future of game shows.Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick!Some forums can only be seen by registered members.But the game show had its first golden age with all of the primetime 1950s classics that culminated in the first big money wave which unfortunately had its scandal. , To Tell The Truth, I've Got A Secret, Beat The Clock, and Bill Cullen's Price is Right along with a few lesser shows such as Two For The Money and The Name's The Same were popular and survive from that era.