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A Brief History Of Australian Game Shows

Let's reminisce upon Australia's bright and colourful history of hilarious, awkward, and downright terrible game shows.

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Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation

This show got so popular that it spawned a board game, a CD, and an interactive DVD! Apparently, Shaun Micallef is more lovable than he's given credit for.
Granada Productions / ITV Studios / Via justweb.com.au

This show got so popular that it spawned a board game, a CD, and an interactive DVD! Apparently, Shaun Micallef is more lovable than he's given credit for.

Burgo's Catch Phrase

John "Burgo" Burgess is immortal! He hosted this show for its entire seven-year duration, and is still kicking around on TV and radio. Keep on keeping on, you brilliant bastard!
Southern Star Group / Southern Star Endemol / Via australiangameshows.wikia.com

John "Burgo" Burgess is immortal! He hosted this show for its entire seven-year duration, and is still kicking around on TV and radio. Keep on keeping on, you brilliant bastard!

Deal Or No Deal

There is no skill involved at all. It should be boring because it's completely based on luck. But you still can't wait to see the smile wiped from the contestants' faces when the money ends up being in the other case.
Endemol Southern Star / Southern Star Group / Via 2ue.com.au

There is no skill involved at all. It should be boring because it's completely based on luck. But you still can't wait to see the smile wiped from the contestants' faces when the money ends up being in the other case.

A*mazing

As a kid, you probably dreamed about being on this show. Now that you're older, you still wish it had happened.
Southern Star Group / Via australiangameshows.wikia.com*mazing

As a kid, you probably dreamed about being on this show. Now that you're older, you still wish it had happened.

Who Dares Wins

Having your hair shaved off for $100 may sound like a pretty sweet deal, but try telling that to mum at family photos next week.
Seven Network / Via mikewhitney.com.au

Having your hair shaved off for $100 may sound like a pretty sweet deal, but try telling that to mum at family photos next week.

Pick Your Face

This is still one of the most disturbing shows in existence. Only Australia can turn picking noses and popping pimples into a competition. Your move, Japan!
Nine Network / Banksia Productions / Via youtube.com

This is still one of the most disturbing shows in existence. Only Australia can turn picking noses and popping pimples into a competition. Your move, Japan!

Sale Of The Century

Childhood nostalgia galore! In hindsight, we all probably should've been paying more attention to our Tamagotchis.
ITV / Via saleofthecentury.wikia.com

Childhood nostalgia galore! In hindsight, we all probably should've been paying more attention to our Tamagotchis.

The Price Is Right

The only difference between this and the U.S. version are the accents. And really, that just makes it that much better.
Grundy Productions / FremantleMedia Australia / Via heraldsun.com.au

The only difference between this and the U.S. version are the accents. And really, that just makes it that much better.

Spicks And Specks

One of the better Aussie game shows you might have seen, Spicks and Specks is a musical themed quiz show, which always made you laugh more than watching your Nan try to work out how to use the printer.
ABC1 / Via kazumichi.com

One of the better Aussie game shows you might have seen, Spicks and Specks is a musical themed quiz show, which always made you laugh more than watching your Nan try to work out how to use the printer.

The Weakest Link

If I wanted to listen to someone belittle me for a half hour, I'd go home for Christmas. The Australian version of this show only lasted two years... Irony!
Seven Network / Via fosnez.blogspot.com.au

If I wanted to listen to someone belittle me for a half hour, I'd go home for Christmas. The Australian version of this show only lasted two years... Irony!

A previous version of this post listed John "Burgo" Burgess' name as Ryan. Whoops, sorry Burgo!

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