There are lots of game shows on television and a variety of formats to choose from. There are singing contests, dancing contests, pricing contests and how much do you know contests. In other words, there is something from everyone if they choose to look.
Here is a list of some of the most entertaining games shows on television today.
The Price Is Right
“The Price Is Right” has been around for many years. It actually started in 1956 with Bill Cullen as the host and was redone in 1972. Bob Barker hosted “The Price is Right” for 35 years before handing over the hosting baton to Drew Carey.
“The Price Is Right” is a pricing game. Four contestants are called down when their name is drawn to bid on a product. The closest one to the price, without going over, gets a chance onstage to play a game for more prizes. There are many different games to play and the contestant never knows which one it will be or what the prize will be until they get on stage.
“The Price Is Right” airs for an hour. After the first half hour, the first three contestants get to spin a wheel to see if they can win a chance to be in the Showcase Showdown. After the second half hour, the other 3 contestants do the same thing and then the two winners end up in the Showdown. The one who is closest to the price of their Showcase, without going over, wins.
I cannot even begin to think of going one weekday without hearing my husband shout at the tv as he instructs everyone on their bids. I don’t know how many times I have tried to tell him that the contestants cannot hear him when he shouts, “No! You’re overbidding!”
On “Family Feud” five members of a family compete with another family in order to get to the Fast Money round where they can earn $10,000 or $5.00 for every point under 200.
“Family Feud” posts the top answers from a question they have asked 100 people. The number of answers can range from 3 to 6 or more. There are all types of questions such as “Name a famous Tony,” or “Name the top five excuses people will use to get out of a traffic ticket.” Personally, I think they should ask the question, “Name one of the hosts of Family Feud,” since there have been at least 6 hosts including Richard Dawson, Ray Combs, Louie Anderson and John Hurley.
It is always fun to try to guess the top answers to each question and you don’t have to be an academic genius to play along. It is also entertaining to listen to some of the answers that the families give, especially when they only have a few seconds to answer as in Fast Money.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Do you actually like to watch game shows in which you have to have at least a little bit of smarts? Then “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” is the game show for you.
“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” generally starts out with pretty easy questions that almost anyone will know. As the contestant gets closer and closer to the grand prize, the questions get harder. For each question, there is four choices and the contestant has to pick the right one.
Each contestant has three lifelines – they can ask the audience for help, they can double dip – which means they get two chances to give the correct answer, or they can ask for help from the “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” expert. At certain points, their winnings are locked in, meaning they at least walk away with that amount.
This game show is a lot more entertaining than “Jeopardy!” since you actually have choices and do not have to pull an answer out of your head.
Wheel Of Fortune
“Wheel of Fortune” is a game of luck and smarts.
There are three contestants who spin a wheel each turn to see how much money they will earn for each letter they have chosen. Vowels cost money, the rest of the letters earn the contestants money. As each contestant names a letter, the letters are put up on the board. If the contestant chooses a letter that is not on the board then they lose a turn. They also lose a turn when the wheel lands on ‘lose a turn’ or ‘bankrupt’ (which also means the contestant loses all of their money). That’s where the luck comes into play.
As the letters are put up on the board, each contestant has to figure out what the puzzle is saying. They are given hints such as “It’s a saying, place, thing, etc.” The first contestant that figures out the puzzle wins the money they have accumulated. The contestant with the highest amount of money gets to play for an extra prize by solving one last puzzle. That’s where the smarts come into play.
This game show is very entertaining to watch and fun to play along. My husband and I always liked to see which one of us could solve the puzzle the fastest and now our children have joined in as well.
The Singing Bee
If you are a fan of music, especially country music, then this is the game show for you. Yes, “The Singing Bee” actually started out on NBC with Joey Fatone of N’Sync fame as host and a variety of different genres of music. But CMT took it over a year later and changed the format in that the music is 60% country music and 40% popular music. Also, Melissa Peterman, formerly of “Reba,” is the host.
Contestants compete for a spot in the final game entitled The Final Countdown. To get to the final countdown, contestants must first be picked from the audience where they sing a line from the song that the bad is singing. Once onstage, the contestants go through many phases – well, not all the contestants.
“The Singing Bee” starts with Pick 4. A song is sung and when the band stops, the contestant must sing the next line. The first four contestants to get it right goes on to the next round – Random Shuffle. In Random Shuffle, each contestant gets a song and again, they have to sing the next line. However, this time, the line is in front of them – just jumbled up. While people may think this should be easy, it is often times confusing, even if you know the song.
After Random Shuffle, the four contestants participate in Singing With The Enemy.” The contestants are paired up and they have to alternately sing the next line when the band stops. After this round, the contestants do the Karaoke Challenge. Each contestant is given a song and 15 words have been omitted. For each word that the contestant gets right, they get 2 points – with 15 being a perfect score of 30.
After Karaoke Challenge, the top two contestants get to go on while the other two contestants have to leave. The next round is the Chorus Showdown. Each contestant is given a song in which they have to sing the entire chorus correctly. The first one to do that wins and gets to go on to the Final Countdown. Each contestant is given at least one try and after two tries, if neither contestant has gotten a song right, they have a sudden death kind of moment. They are given the year of the song and the artist and the first person to buzz in has the choice to either play or pass. The one that gets this line correct wins.
In the Final Countdown, the contestant is given various songs in which they have to sing the next line. If they get five songs right before getting three strikes, they win $10,000.
This game show is fun to play along with because who doesn’t love to sing? And as Melissa says, “You don’t have to sing it well, you just have to sing it right.”