33 ’90s Game Shows That You’ve Totally Forgotten About, From Competitive Shopping Sprees To Questionable Dating Challenges

Long before reality TV took over, actual reality of a different sort ruled the airwaves. Game shows, which went through a boom in the '90s, feature people just like you and me plucked from obscurity to compete for prizes in various mental and physical challenges. While some of these competition shows may still cross your mind occasionally, most of these 33 game shows from the '90s, you've probably totally forgotten about — and possibly with good reason. Some of them, like Studs and The Big Date are mildly updated versions of popular '70s show The Dating Game that add slight ribaldry, center-parted hairdos, and little else.

Others were Gen-X attempts to rebrand the game show for their own generation — MTV "ironically" created so many game shows that they stopped being a joke and became a major feature of the channel. Singled Out, Trashed, Idiot Savants and webRIOT are just a few that make the list.

The shows for and involving kids were where the most creative leaps in the genre happened. Legends of the Hidden Temple and Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, with their winning combinations of mental challenge and savvy world-building, got an entire generation hooked on trivia.

Let's go for the challenge round and check out some of these lesser-known shows!