The 4 Most Popular Quiz Shows In the USA

Before quiz shows hit prime time on television, they were already a staple on television’s ubiquitous precursor, radio. Quiz shows, popular for their informal feel and their inclusion of everyday people, started out slowly on network radio. In the early 1930s, it consisted almost solely of music and comedy. Soap operas, minstrel shows, news, commentary, and sporting events rounded out the programming. There are many popular shows in the United States, these include trivia quizzes and game shows that are a family favorite year-round. They are perfect to watch for an entertaining family night or for some background noise during the day. I will be discussing four of the most popular quiz shows in America.


Which have proved to be the most popular

The longest-running U.S. network game show to appear in prime time, “What’s My Line?” earned Emmy and Golden Globe Awards throughout the years. Viewers loved the notion of celebrity panelists questioning contestants to determine their occupations. There was also the “mystery guest,” which added to the intrigue and popularity of the program.

This has proved to be one of the most popular game shows and was extremely entertaining for those watching on a Saturday night. Next up, we have “Sale of the Century” which saw three hosts during its lengthy run, including baseball great Joe Garagiola. Contestants earn money by answering trivia-style questions and have a chance to grab an “instant bargain” along the way to the final round. The winners also have a chance to take a quick prize or bank the money, play on, and see if they can win more cash to buy more prizes.

Arguably the most popular family-friendly game show ever, “Double Dare,” not to be confused by a different game show of the same name from the 1970s, was a smash for Nickelodeon since debuting in 1986 — and even made a comeback in 2018. Hosted by Marc Summers, the show was popular for its wacky physical challenges that often involved some liquid concoctions. Many people are familiar with the famous “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”; when the U.S. version of this hit game show debuted on Aug. 16, 1999, it took the country by storm and became appointment viewing. With Regis Philbin as its original host, the show captivated fans with its intense quest to win $1 million through a progression of questions. From lifelines to phone-a-friend to Regis’ unique humor, millions around the globe were picking up their phones and later heading to the internet to try for their chances at being contestants.



Game shows were most popular from the 1960-90s period. It appears that since the rising popularity of Netflix and other streaming services, game shows have taken a bit of a backseat. Although they have proved immensely popular and may remain so, it seems that the interest in US game shows has currently died down. They may eventually make a big comeback in the future, as many previous shows have been revived in the past.