Books about TV Game Shows

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The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows

by Fred Wostbrock, Steve Ryan, David Schwartz

This is "the" TV game show bible, with information on over 500 shows, including many from the 40s and 50s, plus tons of photos.


Come on Down!!! (the TV Game Show book)

by Jefferson Graham

This interesting book provides not only a lot of behind-the-scenes information about popular shows but also explains how game shows were invented and became popular.


Come On Down!: Behind the Big Doors at "The Price Is Right"

by Stan Blits

This book is specifically about The Price is Right (TPIR to its true fans), with information about everything from Plinko to "Barker's Beauties" (and of course, plenty about Bob). The book was released before Bob retired, so it has nothing about Drew Carey, but if you love TPIR you'll really like this examination of its history. Lots of behind-the-scenes and never-before-told stories about the show, too.


Television Game Show Hosts: Biographies of 32 Stars

by David Baber

If you're a fan of the personalities behind the shows, you'll like this book: it profiles 32 game show hosts, from the original hosts (Bill Cullen) all the way to contemporaries (Regis Philbin). Lots of interviews and facts.


The Ultimate TV Game Show Book

by Fred Wostbrock, Steve Ryan

This light book is a fun, fabulous look at game shows from the last 50+ years. There are are a lot of random bits of information that make this book perfect "bathroom reading."


The Running Man

by Stephen King

While not at all in the same vein as the books above, a Flashlight Worthy fan suggested this book and you know what? It's a fun addition to the list. Ok, maybe a slightly twisted kind of fun, but still...