March 19, 2007
I was just thinking the other day about some of my favorite game shows and remembered back to Freshman Year when for most of my Spring Semester, my roommate Ben and I would watch the Game Show Network for at least six hours per day. I think it began as both of us thinking the other was watching and didn’t care to change the channel. It became tradition and actually is one of the best things to just have on in the background when doing homework or whatever. I’m not a fan of the Food Network and can’t watch CNN or MSNBC (except of course for Countdown). Even if we would have had ESPNEWS that just repeats the same stuff most of the day. Thinking about it if I’m ever working at home GSN might be exactly what I’d put on.
Here are my favorite game shows ever:
5) Lingo – A simple game that is great to play along with. During my Sophomore Year of college we didn’t get GSN off campus so I was the only one who had seen it. I was able to find it online and it led to countless hours (late into the night) of my friends playing Lingo online. It got pretty crazy with fights breaking out in the Lingo Waiting Room.
4) Press Your Luck – Watching it now I don’t get it but I loved this game when I was younger. Probably because you have the excitement of the big board and the questions are at a 3rd grade level.
3) Jeopardy – If I get in the habit of watching this I get better at it and then I get hooked.
2) Idiot Savants – No one seems to remember this one. It was on MTV in the mid-90s. The categories were completely random, testing your useless knowledge. The questions were right in my wheelhouse and the host made fun of the contestants.
1) Two Minute Drill – The best sports game show, no question. From what I remember there were four people asking the contestant questions. This included sports celebrities, some of whom weren’t the best or quickest at reading the questions. I don’t think any show has ever fit more questions into a single half hour.
I could actually name a lot more. Besides GSN, if you have Nick Games and Sports, always worth checking out for the old Nick game shows. MTV needs one of these channels to also show Remote Control and Sand Blast as well as the old Rock n Jocks.