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Game shows we want to see rebooted

No good game show premise dies. Heck, even the bad ones often come back. In the last few years several classic games shows, including “Match Game” and “Press Your Luck,” have come back. Now “Supermarket Sweep” is joining them. Why stop there, though? Here are several more game show that we want to see come back.

 
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"Password"

"Password"
CBS

With all the game shows being rebooted recently, it’s weird that “Password” hasn’t been in the mix. In this show, a contestant is paired with a celebrity and they try and guess words based on one-word clues. There was some version of “Password” airing basically through the entirety of the ‘70s and ‘80s, and it would be fun to see what celebrities would be good at the game now.

 
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"Tattletales"

"Tattletales"
CBS

The idea of celebrity gossip is perhaps a bit passé now, but that doesn’t mean bringing back “Tattletales” wouldn’t make sense. This show was basically “The Newlywed Game” but for celebrities couples who had sometimes been together for a while. The couples would be asked a question and they wouldn’t know each other’s answer. Imagine some modern celebrity couples participating in a show like this in the modern era where it would be a once-a-week thing as opposed to a daily show.

 
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"Hollywood Squares"

"Hollywood Squares"
CBS

Hey, if you can get six celebrities for “Match Game” you can get nine for “Hollywood Squares.” What’s Bruce Vilanch doing these days? Plus, there would be the fun of finding out who the new center square is. Which celebrity would get than honor? We can’t find out if they don’t reboot it!

 
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"Legends of the Hidden Temple"

"Legends of the Hidden Temple"
Nickelodeon

There has to be some kids’ game shows on the list. Not that an adult version of “Legends of the Hidden Temple” wouldn’t be a ton of fun. Would adults be able to nail the Shrine of the Silver Monkey? We just want to see Olmec back and maybe grab an Orange Iguanas t-shirt.

 
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"Concentration"

"Concentration"
NBC

“Concentration” combined two classic games from childhood: memory games where you have to match cards and rebus puzzles. We’d prefer something more in line with “Classic Concentration,” the version that aired from 1987 through 1991. That’s especially true if we can get the host back: Alex Trebek.

 
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"Shop 'Til You Drop"

"Shop 'Til You Drop"
Lifetime

Sure, shopping malls are going the way of the dinosaur, but let’s give them a little love as they head out the door. Bring back “Shop ‘Til You Drop,” which put contestants into a fake mall and had them running around and shopping. It would feel like a retro thrill now.

 
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"Bowling for Dollars"

"Bowling for Dollars"
WWJ Channel 4

We don’t just want “Bowling for Dollars” back. Sure, it’s a show that involves contestants, well, bowling for dollars, but it’s more than that. It didn’t shoot in New York or LA or anything like that. Instead, there were local versions of “Bowling for Dollars” all over the country. Wouldn’t you like your own homegrown game show?

 
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"Think Fast"

"Think Fast"
Nickelodeon

“Think Fast” is the forgotten classic Nick game show. It’s also a premise that would work with adults. The two teams of two would have to compete in a series of fast-paced competitions that would test all sorts of skills, and sometimes get you a little messy.

 
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"Debt"

"Debt"
Lifetime

A game show that allowed you to erase debt. Who wouldn’t want that right now? Heck, do a version of “Debt” that’s just about paying down student loan bills. The show was otherwise your typical trivia contest, but that premise is a real hook we think would work.

 
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"Lingo"

"Lingo"
GSN

Here’s one for the word lovers! Almost like a linguistic version of Mastermind, in Lingo you had to guess a five-letter word, picking up clues along the way if you guessed a correct letter. It was one of the first big hits of the Game Show Network. Let word game fans have their own show!

 
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"The Magnificent Marble Machine"

"The Magnificent Marble Machine"
NBC

Look, let’s be honest. This is just about the name of the show. Wouldn’t you want to watch a show called “The Magnificent Marble Machine?” Do you even need to know the premise of the game? Here’s a hint: It involved marbles and a machine.

 
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"That's My Dog!"

"That's My Dog!"
The Family Channel

How about a game show for pets? If you thought your dog was not just good, but a great boy or girl, you could bring them on “That’s My Dog!” The pooches were put through their paces in a series of competitions, and the dog that did best got a year’s supply of dog food. Oh, their family got prizes as well.

 
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"Name That Tune"

"Name That Tune"
NBC

“Name That Tune” is kind of similar to “Beat Shazam,” but it’s different enough to be missed. We want to see contestants competing to see how quickly they could name a song, and we want to see it happen with more modern music. How many notes do you need to recognize an Ariana Grande song? “Name That Tune” could help us find that out.

 
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"Remote Control"

"Remote Control"
MTV

“Remote Control” has a great early MTV vibe, which is fair given that it debuted on the network in 1987. The show was a mix of pop culture trivia and comedy, taking place in a set built to be host Ken Ober’s basement. Adam Sandler got one of his early roles on the show. Maybe MTV isn’t the right network for a game show like this anymore, but “Remote Control” would work somewhere.

 
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"Sale of the Century"

"Sale of the Century"
NBC

If “Sale of the Century” returns, we hope the super awkward unveiling of prizes is included as well. The game play of the show was a barrage of trivia, which made it fun to watch along. Contestants would win cash, and they could use that cash to buy prizes way cheaper than they would be out in the world. Would you hold onto your cash to go for something big? Or would you spent it while you had it, not knowing if you would win and continue on?

 
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"Win, Lose, or Draw"

"Win, Lose, or Draw"
NBC

“Win, Lose, or Draw” is Pictionary with celebrities. Jimmy Fallon has done that on late night many times, and it’s always fun. Why not make it a full-on game show again? Don’t you want to see which celebrities know how to draw? Or more interestingly, which ones are terrible artists?

 
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"1 vs. 100"

"1 vs. 100"
NBC

Winning at trivia against one person can be hard. Beating 100 people, though? That’s what you had to do on “1 vs. 100.” You as a contestant had to beat members of “the mob” to win your money. We wouldn’t mind Bob Saget back as the host either.

 
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"Sports Jeopardy!"

"Sports Jeopardy!"
NBC Sports Network

“Jeopardy!” is going strong, but there have been other versions of the iconic trivia show that we miss. For example, “Rock ‘n Roll Jeopardy!” would be cool to see return. However, what we really want is another sports trivia game show. For that, let’s bring back “Sports Jeopardy!” Otherwise, it’ll have to be “Stump the Schwab.”

 
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"Downfall"

"Downfall"
ABC

“Downfall” was extremely silly. As you played, potential prizes you could have won would fall off the side of a building, crashing to the ground below. Don’t you want to see that in action at least one more time? Ideas this goofy need a little extra love every now and again.

 
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"Ready...Set...Cook!"

"Ready...Set...Cook!"
Food Network

There are a lot of cooking game shows, but they usually involve professionals or bad amateur cooks. “Ready…Set…Cook!” involved one amateur and one professional teaming up to complete a dish to try and beat the other team. It would be a nice change of pace in the cooking game show world. We can’t just watch “Chopped” every day.

Chris Morgan is a sports and pop culture writer and the author of the books The Comic Galaxy of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and The Ash Heap of History. You can follow him on Twitter @ChrisXMorgan.

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