The Best Game Shows of the ’90s

Brush up on your trivia with these iconic game shows

For decades, game shows have made for prime family viewing. Whether you’re watching people get goop dumped on their heads or showing off your exceptional trivia knowledge, game shows are a form of reality TV that make for good entertainment.

With networks like YTV and Nickelodeon, the 90s wasn’t short on good game shows. So sit back, relax, and let us remind you of the game shows you knew and loved in the 90s.
 

Uh Oh!

Every 90s kid can remember Uh Oh!, the game show where contestants would run various challenges and later have to subject themselves to having a bucket of goo poured on them by The Punishers. This show was messy, gross, and undeniably entertaining. This Canadian game show ran on YTV from 1997 to 2003 and sits as the network’s third longest running TV series.


 

Guts

This Nickelodeon game show featured “action sports” competitions. After undergoing a series of competitions, competitors would have to run up a fictional mountain, which was more like a really big hill. This show ran for about four years, from 1992 to 1996.


 

You’re On!

This American game show had a short run, only airing for a year from 1998 to 1999 (not including re-runs). Also a Nickelodeon program, the idea behind this game was to send a bunch of kids to try to convince outsiders to take part in certain games without knowing they were on camera.


 

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

This show was based on the popular computer game series of the same name, and was actually inspired by a National Geographic survey that revealed that Americans had very little knowledge of geography. The show aired on PBS from 1991 to 1995, and contestants were essentially given the task of uncovering the location of Carmen Sandiego’s henchmen using a series of questions.


 

Robot Wars

This British game show was exactly what it sounds like. Contestants, or “roboteers” would battle their homemade robots in a ring. Experience ranged between beginner and intermediate, and needless to say certain battles got pretty intense. The Simpsons actually did a parody of this game show in their episode “I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot.”


 

Gladiators

This game show featured four contestants – two men and two women – who battled it out via a number of physical competitions to earn the gladiator title. The show had a long run, from 1992 to 2000, and was one of the most popular sports entertainment game shows during its time.


 

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

All you peeps born between 1990 and 1995, I’m sure you can remember chilling with your parents on a weekday night and watching Who Wants to be a Millionaire?. This popular international game show first aired in 1999 and is ongoing. The premise of the show was basically to win as much money as possible by answering a series of multiple choice questions of random or increasing difficulty.


 

Pictionary

This game show was short-lived, running only from 1997 to 1998. Based on the popular board game, contestants guessed words and phrases based on various drawings.


 

Blind Date

This awkward but hilarious game show ran from 1999 to 2006 and saw blind dates that were filmed on camera for the whole continent to see. Contestants were sent on blind dates, which were often met with thought bubbles, subtitles, and animations that overlaid the video footage to add a more comedic effect.


 

Win Ben Stein’s Money

The title is pretty self explanatory – win Ben Stein’s money. Contestants on this show would compete by answering questions, with the end goal of winning $5000 from the show’s host Ben Stein. Stein also competed against the guests in order to defend his cash.


 

Supermarket Sweep

The Supermarket Sweep that aired for five years in the 90s was a revival of the original show that aired in the 60s. Competitors would guess prices of various supermarket goods, as well as be sent on a mission to collect as many items as possible during a timed shop through a supermarket.