Friday, June 14, 2013

Great, greater and greatest

As the Daytime Emmys approach, people get inspired to make lists of the greatest game shows ever.

Or at least they make the lists, inspired or not. A couple of 'em just turned up in Google News. And surprise, surprise, surprise, Gomer. They both agree on the safe, sensible, boring pick for number one: Jeopardy. (That explains the screenshot of Alex Trebek, in case you couldn't guess.) In fact, the top ten for both lists are eerily similar...

From TV Guide: Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Family Feud, Match Game, The Price is Right, Millionaire, Hollywood Squares, Password, What's My Line, Newlywed Game.

From The Backlot: Jeopardy, What's My Line, Pyramid, Wheel of Fortune, The Price is Right, Match Game, Password, Family Feud, Hollywood Squares, Millionaire.

In case you didn't bother to count, that's a nine-out-of-ten overlap. Only difference is Pyramid in one list and Newlywed Game in the other. Sure, there are some ordering differences, but we all seem suspiciously agreed on the Greatest Ever. And I can't much argue with the picks. They pretty well choose themselves.

Further down each list more differences appear, as the list makers sneak in personal preferences and offbeat selections. Have to admit I was a little disappointed to see that neither picked Lingo. Sure, it's only on that little game show network, but it's one of the best ever. I say so, in no uncertain T-E-R-M-S.

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