See How Legendary Host Bob Barker Changed the Game Show Landscape


  1. The Price Is Right - The longest-running game show in the U.S., Bob Barker hosted The Price Is Right from 1972 to 2007. This show was revolutionary in its use of audience participation, product placement, and the "showcase showdown" where contestants could win prizes.
  2. Truth or Consequences - Bob Barker's first game show was Truth or Consequences, which ran from 1956 to 1975. It was the first show to feature audience participation, and Barker was the perfect host to keep the show lively and entertaining.
  3. End of Show Sign-off - Barker's famous sign-off, "Help control the pet population, have your pets spayed or neutered," was a way for him to encourage responsible pet ownership. He was so passionate about this cause that he even established the DJ&T Foundation, which provides grants to help people pay for spaying or neutering their pets.
  4. Contestant Appearances - Barker was known for his welcoming attitude to contestants, often giving them hugs and talking with them at length. He also surprised them with gifts, such as a trip to Hawaii or a new car. His kindness made contestants feel comfortable and welcomed.
  5. Game Show Innovations - Barker introduced many innovations to the game show genre, including the use of multiple cameras to show the audience's reaction and the use of sound effects to heighten the drama. He also increased the prize values, adding cars and vacations to the mix. These changes made game shows more exciting and popular.

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