A game show is a program where people play a game for points, with the goal of winning money or prizes. Different game shows use different games. Some game shows involve word games, and others involve tests of skill or general knowledge. Many game shows incorporate some element of chance; for example, in Wheel of Fortune, contestants spin a wheel to determine how much prize money they will have to wager.
Some game shows have the contestents compete against other individual contestants; other game shows group contestants into teams. Some game shows have regular people as the contestants. Other game shows have celebrities such as movie actors or musicians as the contestants.
Game shows often reward people with money, holidays, or cars. These prizes are often given by the people or group of people that give the game show money to run. The people who give the game show money to run are called sponsors.
The first game shows were on radio.
Examples of game shows include:
- Press Your Luck
- Wheel of Fortune
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
- Match Game
- Family Feud
- The Price is Right
- The Weakest Link
- Card Sharks
- Deal or No Deal
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?