A game show is any type of radio, television or stage show in which contestants, individually or as teams, play a game which may include answering questions, or solving puzzles usually for prizes such as cash, funded trips, and goods and services provided by the show’s sponsor prize suppliers. Initially beginning to appear on radio and television in the late 1930s, the genre of game shows established itself through broadcasts of Spelling Bees and quiz shows. ‘Truth or Consequences’ is the first game show to air on commercially licensed television, followed closely by the ‘CBS Television Quiz’.
Over the course of the 1950s, as television began to pervade the popular culture, game shows quickly became a fixture. The 1950s also saw the prolific rise of high stake games such as ‘Twenty One’ and ‘The $64,000 Question’. However, this rise was brought to a sudden halt post the quiz show scandals in the late 1950s, where it was discovered that many of the higher stakes game shows were rigged. This led to the model of the game show to evolve into the panel game structure brought in by shows like ‘What’s My Line?’, ‘I’ve Got A Secret’ and ‘To Tell The Truth’. Another watershed moment in the history of game shows came with the introduction of the color television., resulting in the 1970s seeing a renaissance of the previously fading reality television structure. Over the last 40 years, the model of the game show went through constant evolution incorporating various additional facets to its model. Today game shows range over everything from survival series to cook-off challenges.
The American media streaming giant Netflix has essentially redefined the medium of television over the last decade. Offering online streaming of a massive library of films and television programs, the popularity of Netflix is such that it has seeped into pop-culture dialect. Presently, Netflix has over 139 million paid subscriptions worldwide, including 60.55 million in the United States. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Netflix has trod deeply into the world of game shows as well. With that said, here’s the list of really good game shows on Netflix that are available to stream right now:
10. Busted! (2018 – Present)
‘Busted!’ is a Netflix Original variety show produced in association with SangSang, a Korean production company that was responsible for the shows ‘X-Man’, ‘Running Man’ and ‘Family Outing’. Marking Netflix’s first original program to showcase an all Korean cast, the show follows seven celebrity sleuths as they discover that they are a part of an operation called Project D, in which they are implanted with a chip containing the DNA of famous detectives throughout history.
Led by South Korean actor Ahn Nae-sang, known as “K” on the show, the contestants are recruited as private detectives and given a new case in each episode. Simultaneously, the seven contestants try figuring out the mystery behind Project D and its inception. Guests celebrities are featured on each episode, with many of them playing their namesake characters which are directly or indirectly involved with the murder mystery in each episode.