Thursday, June 22, 2017

Brief history

A web site called Paste considers the critical question: Are We in the New Golden Age of Game Shows?

The quick answer is no, because game shows never really went away. But there have been a lot of reboots of ancient formats lately, so deep thinkers everywhere on the web are considering the history of the genre. The linked story goes sort of wrong right away, when it announces: "There was a time when celebrity game shows had an air of high class."

The example they give is What's My Line, which admittedly maintained an almost Victorian air of elaborate politesse. But at the same time I've Got a Secret was putting its celebs through goofy and definitely non-high-class stunts. Today I watched an ep on Buzzr when the panel sang a rock and roll song. Betsy Palmer was very good on the falsetto "yie-yie-yie-yie-yie-yie-yie's."

The story is correct about the genre's famously low production costs, which have always helped game shows appeal to execs looking to trim expenses. But Paste runs hilariously off the rails when it identifies Talk Show the Game Show as a genuine part of the genre.

The story then settles into a long plug for Hollywood Game Night. At least it's a real game show, even if the pop culture obsession gets annoying.


  1. You are watching game shows from the 50s and 60s, yet complain about "older is better" people? Can you say hypocrite?

    1. Anybody who reads this blog knows that I purely love a lot of the old shows. In fact, on my recent list of the top 50 game shows, the decade with the most shows was...the 1950s.

      What I don't like is the attitude that old shows are necessarily better than new shows, and that new shows are crummy in general.

      I think you know all this already, but you're just playing dumb. Which is pretty easy for you to do.