Thursday Movie Picks - TV Edition: Game Shows

This week's TV theme from Wandering Through The Shelves is one that will probably never get old - Game Shows. Will there ever be a time without them? I doubt it. Here are three that are special to me.

1) Jeopardy

I still watch this almost every day. I really got into it again recently when James Holzhauer was tearing it up. It comes on while I'm making dinner every night and it's a fun show to guess along with. 

2) Legends of the Hidden Temple

This was one I watched with my dad quite a bit when it was on Nickelodeon. I suppose it's more of a competition show, but they did have to answer trivia questions as part of it. I always dreamed of going on this show as a kid. It looks so fun.

3) Wheel of Fortune

Apparently when I was toddler if my family had the TV on too loud while I was sleeping and Wheel of Fortune's theme song came on, I would immediately wake up and whine until they let me come out of bed to watch it. I have no memory of this at all, but there's your fun Brittani fact for the day. 

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  1. I don’t know your middle one which sounds like fun but Jeopardy is such a staple and my mom would watch this all the time. Same with Wheel of Fortune but I always find it interesting that there is one who has nothing, another, maybe $400 and the last who wins everything...there is a definite pattern

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    1. Wheel of Fortune is interesting in that way, I always wonder if they force the contestants to smile and act excited every time they get a board piece. It seems so forced.

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    2. The contestants used to say "big money, big money" or something like that as they spun the wheel. Now they're more quiet.

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  2. Wheel of Fortune is the only I'm familiar with but I've never watched it

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    1. I suppose Jeopardy isn't a world wide thing, which is so strange to me because it's on every day here in the U.S/Canada lol

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    2. It's the clues...it's very US/Canada focus...it won't be that fun to an international audience when they can't play along and try and answer. Language barrier is another thing; there's is a lot of wordplay in the clues, if English is not a first language, it would be hard to answer for example those homophones category.

      While something like Wheel Fortune is easy...it's fill in the blanks like Hangman game...children can play it.

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    3. Oh definitely, Jeopardy is very niche in that regard. I've just never stopped and considered what it would be like to video that show from an international perspective.

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  3. I like Jeopardy (but don't really care for Alex Trebek) and over the years have watched faithfully at times and other times not at all. My Dad was an every day viewer though.

    Everybody loves Wheel of Fortune a lot more than I do. I've always found it annoying and garish.

    I don't know that last one but my nieces and nephew probably would. They watched Nickelodeon all the time when they were younger.

    I don't watch too many game shows as a rule but when I do with a stray silly one here and there I prefer ones that require some thought process rather than junk like Family Feud (UGH!). As it turned out my three do have a connecting thread.

    The $25,000 Pyramid (1973-1988)-Starting in ’73 as the $10,000 Pyramid the game is played in two parts-two teams consisting of one contestant and one celebrity play three rounds of seven words which must be guessed by a description. Whichever team gets the highest score moves over to the Winner’s Circle where six subjects (in a pyramid shape) must be guessed using only a list in one minute. If all are guessed the contestant wins the title amount. Requiring both focus and a keen mind Dick Clark hosted the series in this iteration with a sure hand keeping the game moving. The latest tricked out version isn’t nearly as good with Michael Strahan doing a terrible hosting job but the game is strong enough to withstand even his feebleness and the weak, braying celebs and contestants that seem to populate it now. Betty White was a regular guest celebrity!

    Password (1961-1989)-Again two teams consisting of one celebrity and one contestant try to guess a series of words which then are clues to a word puzzle. The first to solve three puzzles moves to Super Password where they attempt to guess ten words in alphabetical order for a big money prize. Betty White (she was married to original host Allen Ludden) was a regular guest celebrity!

    Match Game (1962-1982)-Two contestants give answers to a series of fill in the blank questions and try to match the six celebrity panel to win big cash. Hosted by Gene Rayburn this goofy, freewheeling show (a week’s worth of shows were filmed in one day and the celebrities were known to imbibe heavily during the lunch break) was famous for its suggestive questions and madcap antics. Betty White was a regular guest celebrity!

    Bonus oddity:

    Celebrity Bowling (1971-1978)-Exactly what the title says. Two teams of celebs bowl to win prizes for selected home viewers! Bizarre show somehow managed to last an incredible seven years!! As far as I know Betty White was never a guest celeb!

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    1. Those sound interesting! I haven't seen any of them, but I've heard of Password. When I travel to other countries, I like to watch their game shows. I think the UK has the US beat sometimes.

      I agree, UGH Family Fued.

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  4. I wanted to be on Legends of the Hidden Temple SO BAD as a kid! I love your list!

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  5. Holy shit, Brittani, we're totally 3 for 3 on this. Though, I was watching Legends...uh...in high school, I think? Anyway, love the picks. I might add old school Press Your Luck or Card Sharks, but I dig what you've got going on.

    And Jeopardy should have rigged it so James H. never lost. Ever. He was an absolute assassin.

    (oh, and who hates Trebek?? hahaha, c'mon Joel)

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    1. I still think he lost on purpose because he just wanted to go home. He rigged it for himself!

      I think Legends was a solid show for all ages. My dad always watched it with me and my older sister who would've been in her teens/20's did when she was around too.

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    2. Oooh, imagine if he was just bored???

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  6. How do I not know Legends of the Hidden Temple? I used to love Press Your Luck and Card Sharks. And of course Jeopardy has to be on there.

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    1. That's so crazy you don't! That show seemed so popular in the 90's, but I suppose if you didn't have Nickelodeon as a channel, it would be easy to miss. I never had Disney Channel growing up so I never saw any of those popular shows on it.

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    2. Actually I think I may be a little older than you, so I'm guessing I may not have been watch Nick when Legends hit it big. About all I remember from Nick was "You Can't Do That on Television". LOL

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  7. I'm glad you and I matched on Legends of the Hidden Temple. Man, those games on Nickelodeon take me back. Good times.

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    1. They do. The 90's had so many interesting shows on that channel. *nostalgic sigh*

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  8. You put in that Jeopardy gif and I've been trying hard to read the clue...the words are so small and it moved so fast...haha. What is The Crucible.

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  9. Nice picks! Wheel of Fortune can be brutal with its rules. lol They're so picky about pronunciation.

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    1. Jeopardy is inconsistently like that too. lol. it bothers me sometimes.

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  10. That is a nice Brittani fact! I like that. :D Also the first one I think is everywhere in some format. That gif somehow makes it seem a lot more cooler than I thought it was! :D

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