The Price is Right

Long before ‘Survivor’ and other reality based shows, Americans loved watching game shows. Just like a homemade apple pie, game shows are as American as it gets. In the televised broadcasting world, game shows are a testament to time. It is hard to mix the right components that will make a functional game show, but it is always great to watch the finished product.  From choosing the hosts, props, prizes and contestants, game shows require a lot of time and energy.  Over time, game shows have evolved including deeper competition ideas and higher money prizes. Apart from offering us entertainment, game shows also give us knowledge about the entire world.


Since the beginning of television, many game shows have been aired, and today, game shows are vastly popular. Some shows have ended quickly, while many found the secret ingredient for a long life. The Price is Right is one of the longest-running game shows on television in the US. The original version of The Price Is Right aired from 1956–1965 and then revived in 1972.
Since its debut, it has aired over 8,000 episodes. This American television game show created by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman. Chicago-born Paul Alter had a long association with Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions, specializing on many of their shows including The Price is Right. From 1986-2001, Paul Alter directed the show.


The show that we all know and love to this day is based on pricing and values. Broadly speaking, it revolves around contestants competing to identify accurate pricing of products to win cash and prizes. The contestants are chosen from the studio audience, and the show’s famous catchphrase is “Come on down!” Until this day, it is one of the longest-running network series in United States television history. In 2007 ‘The Price Is Right’ was named the “greatest game show of all time.” Paul Alter was responsible for directing the revival versions of the game show.

The Price is Right Paul Alter

This game show has been around for so long that many of us grew up with it. It began airing in 1956 as a black-and-white show consisting of four people bidding auction-style on items. The show was canceled in 1965 but revived in 1972. Paul Alter served a long stint as a director. Over 2.4 million people have sat in the studio audience, and the show has given more than a quarter of a billion dollars in cash and prizes. Paul Alter is one of the greatest veterans in TV game-shows. During his life, Paul Alter directed and produced over 60 projects.

This Emmy-winning director and television legend managed to create a career of one of the best TV game show directors. The Price is Right brought him fame and recognition in all spheres of the public life and media jet set. What makes this show so successful for so many years is the love by generations of viewers. If you think game shows are out of style you might check again because they’re gaining more and more audiences in the U.S. and abroad.