Thursday, February 16, 2017

Top ten

A reporter for the local news site in Fenton, MI had some time on her hands. Looks like things aren't hopping in Fenton lately.

So she wrote a long article on how game shows are always popular. Well, sometimes they're more popular than other times. The reporter even got a bunch of quotes from Fenton residents about game show history. "I'm enjoying the revival of Match Game. It was stupid in the '70s and it's stupid now, but they've hit just the right nostalgic note to make it kitschy fun."

The Match Game revival isn't setting the Nielsen world on fire, as I noted a few days ago. And the "stupid" talk oddly echoes Gene Rayburn's confession that MG was a "silly" game. But the 1973-82 version is still the best game show ever and that includes everything.

The reporter concludes her story with a list of the top ten game shows: Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Family Feud, Match Game, The Price is Right, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Hollywood Squares, Password, What’s My Line, Newlywed Game. She belongs on Game Show Forum with her collection of oldies.

My own top ten from a while back included Cash Cab, Lingo and The Chase. I wonder if the reporter has even heard of these shows.

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