This chapter discusses how game shows came to have a pitiful scholarly reputation after the quiz-show scandals of the 1950s. The chapter also discusses how an intermedial study of how game shows are used in fiction and film can illuminate the ways that game shows express and speak to American culture. The chapter then provides an analysis of how Woody Allen’s 1987 film Radio Days uses the game show intermedially as a metaphor for memory in an age of impermanence, encouraging viewers to recall every bit of trivia in order to stave off irrelevance.
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