Saturday, November 19, 2016

History lesson

Rummaging around the game show Interwebs, I ran across this YouTube history of the genre.

A fast-talking host runs through the early days of game shows, dating back to the radio quizzers and the '50s rigging scandals. We then skip to the '90s - gotta hurry here - and Millionaire. Then we get a dissertation on the difference between game shows and their bastard offspring, reality shows. Then we hear about risk-taking on game shows, with a comparison of Deal or No Deal and Jeopardy.

Then the video ends. For what it is, it's not bad. There are too many deep-think quotes from overthinking pundits (see the screenshot) but the video keeps up a pleasant pace. It's impressive how many words a minute that host Andre Meadows can spit out. The guy should be an auctioneer or a horse racing announcer.

Poor Charles Van Doren features prominently in the video as the poster boy for game show rigging. He'll never live down his notoriety, I'm afraid.

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