Television: Truth and Consequences

The wit, wisdom and rude shocks of game shows

Game shows are one of the embarrassing little secrets in American Pop culture. Even confessed TV addicts do not readily admit that they watch the games: it would be more respectable to concede a passion for The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo than The New High Rollers. But the games survive. Not only do they outlast their critics, but they also outlive scandals, inflation and the dye jobs on their M.C.s' hair. Currently there are 30 hours of game shows on the networks' weekly daytime schedules,...

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