1. Double Dare
This was ultimately a televised version of Truth or Dare, where everything was timed. Except the little trivia "truth" questions were super lame and the dares were HILAAAAAARIOUS to watch people try to attempt.
This was a game of Tic-Tac-Toe for money. There is little other explanation that needs to be given, and this always does a very decent job of explaining why the game was so fabulous.
3. Supermarket Sweep
First of all, not only should this come back as a game show, this is a show we all should get a chance to compete in at some point. I want nothing more than to just take a shopping cart and stock it with as much supermarket items as I possibly can. If not this, let’s please have more game shows that revolve around the idea of grocery shopping.
4. Press Your Luck
Ever heard the expression "Big money, no whammy!"?? Unless you live under a rock, the answer is probably yes. This is where that came from! Players would earn spins around a board and try their hardest to gain more and more money by answering trivia questions, but if they landed on a "whammy," they were screwed.
5. Match Game
This game was not totally unlike a celebrity-filled, TV-version of mad lib. And the best part was how shamelessly inappropriate it was. Who doesn’t love a little ludeness?
A classic set up where players have a hidden word that they must try to make their partner guess without saying the word itself. Sort of like a television version of Taboo, but where the contestants can only use ONE hint word.
7. The Newlywed Game
When has there ever been a better opportunity to watch couples slip up on their own relationship and make mockeries of their own marriages? There has NEVER been a better opportunity.
8. The Weakest Link
That British bitch had the most intimidating voice on television and it was EVERYTHING.
Let us give you just a quick description: Dating show. People confess their weirdest secrets…and put them on display. Just plain awful…in the most wonderful way.
Don’t rely on our description of Pyramid when a much better one already exists.
11. Legends of the Hidden Temple
This television show that was a cornerstone in every ’90s kid’s childhood was the ultimate adventure show. It felt like a real-life version of Indiana Jones, or maybe even Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. There was also an education element as well, and history got incorporated into the challenges pretty seamlessly.
12. Cash Cab
THIS SHOW. For years, every time I went to New York City I would cross my fingers and how to land in the Cash Cab. That’s the genius of the show—random contestants, just wanting to get a cab to another location, would suddenly be tested in their trivia prowess. And if they answered too many questions wrong? They were just dumped in the city. AWESOME.
13. What's My Line?
Sort of a strange idea for a game, What’s My Line? asked contestants to guess panelists’ occupations. It ended up being surprising and INCREDIBLY entertaining.
14. Hollywood Squares
There was a 1960s version of this show but absolutely nothing compares to the ’90s revival where Whoopi Goldberg became center square. Contestants would receive questions from a host and ask celebrities for their input and go from there. The celebrities were generally a pretty ramshackle crew of randos but every now and then you’d get a pretty legitimate celeb. But Whoopi was always Whoopi and was always dynamite.
The game that suddenly made BINGO wildly entertaining by adding an element to the game of guessing common expressions, that always ended up in some wildly inappropriate outburst that we as viewers just ate up.
16. Beat the Clock
So the concept of this show is extremely simple but brilliant. Contestants have to complete simple tasks in an allotted amount of time and if they’re able to stay calm and complete the task, they win money. The brilliance came in the fact that so many of the tasks could be done by viewers watching at home, allowing for much more viewer engagement.