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One of the 50 worst countdowns of all time.
15 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What's happened to GSN? Instead of the classics we know and love, we're now stuck with blackjack tournaments, reality shows, and "originals." As part of the "younger demographic," I have to say, that trash has got to go.

So, now we saw what they thought their favorite 50 game shows are. This program that originally aired in the summer of 2006 is not exactly a breath of fresh air for classic game show lovers. If you're wondering why shows such as "Dog Eat Dog" and "Love Connection" were on the list, here's your answer. The producers probably saw this as a pathetic attempt at promoting their shows instead of the classics.

For one thing, there were some shows that GSN mentioned but did not air an episode. Shows like "The $64,000 Question" I can understand because the show may have been destroyed by CBS. Why "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!" did not have an episode is beyond me, since both those shows are in their library. Plus, ever since they lost the rights to "The Price is Right" and others, the network's gone downhill and hasn't been the same.

Several shows deserved to be lower on the list. While I like "Match Game," I feel it did not deserve the #1 spot. Other shows that had multiple re-runs on their schedule were put near the top as well. "Family Feud," was all right at #3, owing to the fact that it just entered its eighth season in third-run syndication. Other shows such as "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" at #5 and "The Newlywed Game" at #9 did not deserve this treatment. "Millionaire" was all right when it first came out, but it isn't old enough to be considered a classic. But this is GSN: The Network for Games, not Game Show Network, so what do I know?

Other ones, like "Beat the Clock" and "Tic Tac Dough" deserved to be much higher on the list. Another fact that their "original" shows scored better than gems is also unbearable. Who here thinks "Lingo" is better than "Name That Tune" or that "Whammy!" is better than "Twenty-One" (Even if that show was rigged)!?

In conclusion, if you really want to see "The 50 Greatest Game Shows of All Time," I recommend TVGuide's version instead. Things like this should not be left to people who time-compress shows and cut the credits in order to squeeze extra time for unnecessary commercials. This is probably the saddest excuse for a "Greatest List" I ever seen.


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