Originally hosted by Bob Eubanks, The Newlywed Game introduced audiences to “whoopee” as viewers learned about newly married couples’ sex lives in a test to see how well each knew the other. Hosts: Monty Hall (1963-1977; 1980-1981; 1984-1986; 1990-1991), Bob Hilton (1990), Billy Bush (2003) Years on TV: 1963-1977; 1980-1981; 1984-1986; 1990-1991; 2003 If you had to name one of the zaniest game shows, Let’s Make a Deal would definitely fit the bill.Hosts: Richard Dawson (1976–1985; 1994–1995), Ray Combs (1988–1994), Louie Anderson (1999–2002), Richard Karn (2002–2006), John O’Hurley (2006–present, daytime), Al Roker (Summer 2008, Celebrity Family Feud) Years on TV: 1976 -1995; 1999-present While Family Feud really hit its stride in the 70s and early 80s with host Richard Dawson (although he was totally creepy kissing all the ladies), it’s seen mini-revivals along the way with hosts like Ray Combs, Louie Anderson, Richard Karn and John O’Hurley. Part of the fun was host Monty Hall’s selection of contestants from an audience of people in crazy costumes trying to stand out in the crowd.
Hosts: Regis Philbin (1999-2002), Meredith Vieira (2002 – present) Years on TV: 1999 – present Who Wants to be a Millionaire revolutionized the way game shows looked and paved the way for a sexier crop of new shows.
Hosted by the most famous redneck of all, Jeff Foxworthy makes the losing contestants fess up “I am not smarter than a 5th grader.” Oh the misery.
Host: Ben Bailey (US) Years on TV: 2005 – present Who needs an elaborate and/or cheesy game show set when the whole thing can take place in a pimped out taxi cab?
Hosts: Dick Clark (1973-1988), Bill Cullen (1974-1979), John Davidson (1991-1992), Donny Osmond (2002-2004) Years on TV: 1973-1988; 1991-1992; 2002-2004 Whether it was ,000 or 0,000, the set for Pyramid was a killer – those monitors for the clues and of course, the ultimate final pyramid challenge with the fenced in “winner’s circle” and the cubes that revealed each correct answer in the pyramid. Host: Ben Stein Years on TV: 1997 – 2003 Who would’ve thought that lawyer and presidential speechwriter Ben Stein would be a worthy host and competitor on a Comedy Central game show?
The host became a contestant during the second segment and the final challenge pitted the winning contestant against Ben Stein himself!