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Remember these retro CBC game shows?

Take a trip down memory lane with these classic game shows that aired on CBC.

Take a trip down memory lane with these classic game shows that aired on CBC.

Quiz Kids was a half-hour quiz show for elementary students that aired from 1978 to 1982. (CBC)

The first season of Family Feud Canada has been a real blast, but it's not the only game show that's aired on CBC Television.

From quiz shows to panel-shows, CBC's history is filled with endless hours of game show entertainment. Early quiz shows dominated the radio airwaves in the 1940s. The format evolved for television audiences and guest panel shows became the norm.

Many of these formats were cheap to produce and easy to replicate, spawning several different shows throughout the decades. How many of these shows do you remember?

Front Page Challenge

Both John Aylesworth and Harvey Hart created this "infotainment" program in 1957. The show consisted of a panel of three journalists and a guest who would be challenged to identify a particular news story through interviewing a mystery guest. The show ran from 1957 to 1995 and featured guests that included Boris Karloff, Martin Luther King Jr. and Anne Murray. 

Front Page Challenge ran from 1957 to 1995.

Live A Borrowed Life

This late-1950s series adapted the format of Front Page Challenge. In each episode, the featured guests would play a historical figure and the guests had to guess who they were based on facts from their biography. Charles Templeton was the series host for the duration of the show. This series was produced all over Canada: Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

Live a Borrowed Life ran from 1959 to 1962.

The Superior Sex

This Canadian game show pitted men and women against each other in a series of mini-competitions. Host Elwy Yost moderated each of the teams as they went head-to-head in activities such as golf putting, darts and quiz questions. 

The Superior Sex ran for one season in 1961.


Flashback was a half-hour game show that featured a panel of four (three regulars and one weekly guest) who had three minutes to identify a mystery person, object or fad from the past. The show was originally hosted by Paul Soles and then Bill Walker until 1966.

Flashback ran from 1962 to 1968.


This half-hour game show aimed at children was based on players advancing on a gameboard using jokes submitted by audience members. If the joke was good and made the audience laugh, they'd move forward a piece. If it was a bad joke, they fell backwards on the board. Winners could select a prize from six surprise bags, but one of the bags contained the "dud" prize — a duck.

Ooops! ran from 1970 to 1971.

This is the Law

This half-hour quiz show asked panel members to spot the obscure law that was breached in a silent sketch. The series was produced by Nigel Napier-Andrews, who also directed the filmed comedy sketches. The show was hosted originally by Paul Soles, who was later replaced by Austin Willis for the remainder of the show.

This is the Law ran from 1971 to 1981.

Just for Fun

Produced by Hedley Read, this short lived thirty-minute series was a children's game show for 7th grade students. The young contestants played lots of schoolyard games: bobbing for apples, hula-hooping or balancing broom sticks. Teams drew straws to determine who went first in a warm-up quiz that tested their general knowledge before the game rounds began.

Just for Fun ran from 1975 to 1976.

Beyond Reason

This 1977 game show series featured a three-member panel, consisting of an astrologer, a palm-reader, a clairvoyant and a graphologist. Their task was to determine the identity of the mystery guest using only a sample of the guests writing, birth date and a visual of the guests palm. Panellists were given 90 seconds to make as many true statements in an attempt to discover the guests identity. 

Beyond Reason ran from 1977 to 1980.

Reach for the Top

Alex Trebek hosted this game show before his Jeopardy fame. Four high school players on each team were asked to answer questions. The games would go for three rounds and each question was typically worth ten points. The tournament still exists today, with the last championship going to Westmount Secondary School of Hamilton, Ontario in 2018-2019. 

Reach for the Top ran from 1965 to 1985.

Quiz Kids

This half-hour game show produced by John Cook and hosted by Jim Walsh was for elementary school children. Around six to seven students are selected and categorized into two groups: "QUIZ" and "KIDS". The questions that were asked were based on the children's knowledge of fairy tales, nursery rhymes, science, history and geography.

Quiz Kids ran from 1978 to 1982. (CBC)

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