Mike Goodson and Bill Todman
Creators: The Price is Right, Family Feud
It's hard to wrap your head around just how much game show content dominated TV in the 1950s and 1960s. Between 1950 and 1984, Goodson and Todman launched dozens of game shows and enjoyed immense success. After Todman's death in 1979, Goodson continued to produce shows, but the landscape had changed: five of the seven pilots that their company ever failed to sell were created after 1980.
Goodson and Todman's legacy lives on today in several ways. Not only are two of their shows, The Price is Right and Family Feud, still on the air, but their concepts are still periodically rebooted. Most recently, their 1960s hit Password saw a 2008 revamp. Even if not all of today's game shows acknowledge their debt to Goodson and Todman, their influence is readily apparent, from presentation to gameplay.