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us: Television game shows


  • Here are entered works on television programs that feature contestants participating in various types of competitive activities for prizes. Works about television programs that feature a question-and-answer format are entered under [Television quiz shows.]
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    • us: Game shows
    • us: Game shows (Television programs)
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      Game showsGame shows
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    • found: Moving image genre/form guide online, March 28, 2008: (game: Television work in which contestants participate in various types of competitive activities for prizes, usually by answering questions on given topics. The prizes can range from automobiles to cash awards to "dates," and the mediating role of the host with contestants and celebrities is an important entertainment element; UF Quiz show)
    • found: Museum of Broadcast Communications WWW site, March 28, 2008: quiz and game shows page (prior to the quiz show scandals in 1958 no differentiation existed between quiz shows and game shows; all shows that deal with competitions between individuals or groups, and based primarily on the display of factual knowledge will be considered quiz shows; shows dealing with human knowledge (knowledge of people or of individuals) or that are based primarily on gambling or on physical performances fall in the category of game shows; The gong show or Double dare are not considered quiz shows since they rely primarily or completely on physical talents; Family feud and The newlywed game rely entirely on knowledge of people or of individuals and would therefore also be considered game shows; Jeopardy!, with its focus on academic, factual knowledge, is clearly a quiz show)
  • LC Classification

    • PN1992.8.Q5
  • General Notes

    • Here are entered works on television programs that feature contestants participating in various types of competitive activities for prizes. Works about television programs that feature a question-and-answer format are entered under [Television quiz shows.]
  • Example Notes

    • Example under [Television programs--Plots, themes, etc.]
    • Note under [Television quiz shows]
  • Change Notes

    • 2008-03-28: new
    • 2015-12-01: revised
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