GSN Presents 'The 50 Greatest Game Shows of All Time'
Seven-Week Countdown Marathon Highlights Classic Series and the Best
Episodes in Game Show History
Bil Dwyer Hosts Thrice Weekly Special Beginning Tuesday, July 18 From 10-11
SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 20 -- Ever wonder what game
show is the best of all time? Is it a 1950's classic such as "You Bet Your
Life," a '70's favorite such as "Match Game," one that has stood the test
of time like "Jeopardy," or a modern mega-hit such as "Who Wants to be a
Millionaire" or "Deal or No Deal." The game show experts at GSN, the
network for games, will reveal its answer to that question when it begins
to count down the 50 best game shows ever produced starting Tuesday, July
18 from 10 to 11 PM ET. The program, "The 50 Greatest Game Shows of All
Time" airs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night from 10-11 PM, until
August 31, when the number-one show is revealed.
Bil Dwyer, host of "I've Got A Secret," serves as the emcee for the
seven-week countdown, which features classic episodes from seldom seen
series to the best moments from today's popular series.
Remarking on the announcement, GSN President and CEO Rich Cronin said,
"At a time when everyone is rediscovering game shows, we thought that our
audience would enjoy seeing the greatest series and past episodes in this
genre. These programs are landmarks in television entertainment, and we're
proud to be able to feature the best game shows in TV history."
To help create the ranking, GSN executives voted on the best game shows
from a list that included hundreds of national broadcast titles
representing series produced since commercial television began in the
In course of telecasting these classic shows, "The 50 Greatest Game
Shows of All Time," will bring back memorable episodes from the game show
library including such gems as the most notorious "Newlywed Game" episode
which host Bob Eubanks denied existed for many years, and Michael Larson's
scandalous "Press Your Luck" performance, with the late Peter Tomarken as
Also, Paul Lynde will be back in the center square when "Hollywood
Squares" is honored and contestant hair-pulling and cat-scratching will be
featured on the uniquely 1970's-era premiere of "Three's A Crowd." Other
highlights include "Tic Tac Dough" featuring contestant Thom McKee who won
87 games and defeated 43 opponents. McKee set a fame show record that
lasted 24 years.
Finally, industry professionals will no-doubt do a double-take when
"Password Plus" debuts with a special contestant, GSN's Cronin. This
two-time winner apparently realized later that there was a better path for
him to fame and fortune in the game show world than being a contestant.
"The 50 Greatest Game Shows of All Time" is executive produced by Ramey
Warren Black of Media Savvy Productions.
GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network
dedicated to game-related programming and interactive game playing. The
network features game shows, reality series, documentaries and casino
games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN features over 133 hours
per week of interactive programming, which allows viewers a chance to win
prizes by playing along with GSN's televised games via GSN.com. Now
reaching more than 60 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S.
through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is
jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation.
For further media information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com .