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I personally think game shows were probably the best during the years 1983 to 1989. As we headed into the 1990s, game shows were pretty much a dying breed. By 1995, the only game show that would air in daytime network TV would be The Price is Right. Everything else in terms of game shows would be nothing but syndicated shows that aired in the night. I give CBS credit for bringing back the game show block in 2009, even if it's 2 separate hour-long game shows - The Price is Right and Let's Make A Deal. But other than that, and Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Family Feud and Millionaire, everything is just reality garbage.|
My most favorite game show of the 1980s was the one and only Press Your Luck. I especially like the Whammy animations and the fast-paced gameplay and the board shuffling sound effects. The contestant who won $110,000+ in 1984 was cool to see when I saw it on YouTube and even on GSN. I do enjoy watching and recording the "never-before-seen-on-GSN" reruns of Press Your Luck on a daily basis, and when this latest batch of 1983 and 1984 episodes have run its first cycle, I will be taking a break from recording until GSN starts airing the remainder of 1985 and 1986 someday - whenever that may be.
My favorite era of Press Your Luck was when the neon-colored slides were prevalent. The variety of Whammy animations was pretty broad by later in 1985, and I especially liked the show more in 1986 than anything else. This is why I can't wait for the day that GSN finally gets to air the 1986 era of the run someday.
My second most favorite show of the 80s was Card Sharks - the version hosted by Bob Eubanks. The video and audio quality, plus a lot of fast pace makes the show very attractive to my liking. And Card Sharks with Bob Eubanks was the show that bumped Press Your Luck in the 10:30 a.m. ET slot in January 1986. That time slot was suffering in ratings since the summer of 1985, and when Card Sharks debuted, ratings for that half-hour slot rebounded, and its competitor Sale of the Century was starting to fall out of favor, and was dying a slow but gradual death. I hope GSN brings back the Bob Eubanks' era of Card Sharks someday - especially the 1987 episodes that haven't been shown on GSN in over a decade!
What are some of your favorite game shows from the 80s?
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Double Dare was great. I could only watch it at my babysitters house because we didn't have cable. It's funny to watch now and see those old prizes.
My favorite daytime game shows were Super Password, Win Lose or Draw, $25,000 Pyramid, anybody remember Sale of the Century?|
Oh and of course still my favorite is Price is Right.
That would be Family Feud, when Richard Dawson was hosting.|
"Killian... I'll be back."
"Only in a re-run."