80s Game Shows

Everyone loves a good tv game show, and 80s game shows were quirky and fun.

Some of the old classics television game shows were still around, but some new shows had everyone blurting out answers, yelling at the contestants, and convinced they should be on the show.

Wheel of Fortune quickly became one of the most beloved 80s game shows with the addition of Pat Sajak and Vanna White.

Contestants have to spin the wheel and call out a letter, while vowels will set you back $250. There is also a bonus round at the end with big prizes. Of course, many people tuned in just to see what Vanna was wearing.

Jeopardy is another classic that was a favorite during the 80s with Alex Trebec signing on as host in 1984. Three contestants are given answers within a category and then buzz in with the answer. This is a great game show that you can learn a lot from and drive family members crazy when you shout out answers—in the form of a question—before they do.

Press Your Luck was a force all its own. Contestants had to rack up spins by answering questions correctly—then the real fun started. “Big money, big money, no whammies…STOP!”

Many contestants had so much fun with the board that strategy flew out the window and greed took over. When that happened, a comical animated whammy would appear on screen and take their money and prizes in one hysterical way or another—including a Michael Jackson-esque whammy that moonwalked across the screen.

Love Connection was a game show hosted by Chuck Woolery and an effort to play matchmaker. A single person would choose from three videos of potential dates, pick one of them, go on the date, and then go on the show.

The whole show focused on dishing on the date; some of the dates were great—some of them were unbelievably bad. At the end, the contestant could choose from the two potential dates remaining, taking the audience’s advice, or go back out with their original choice…if it went well the first time.

Double Dare started in 1986 and was a children’s game show that consisted of two teams—the blue team and the red team. They would compete for cash and prizes by answering trivia questions.

If they didn’t know the answer—or thought their opponent didn’t know, they could dare, and subsequently double dare them, and potentially quadruple their money. Another option was the physical challenge, which could be anything from catching slime in a container perched on their heads to catching a set amount of an item—usually in a messy way.

The team who came out on top by the end of the show got to run the obstacle course where they had to capture eight green flags, and if successful, won a fabulous prize—usually a fun vacation.

Whether they were totally cheesy, educational, or messy, 80s game shows were legendary. Some were brought back to life in slightly different formats, and some are still around today and just as popular as ever.