chapter  2
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Reality’s Long Reel

An Fam-

ily 1973 to

an average audience of more than 10 million.

The legendary quiz show scandals of the mid-1950s resulted from the discovery

that several game shows were rigged by producers in order to heighten drama

and predetermine the outcome. In the wake of the scandal, which President

Dwight D. Eisenhower called “a terrible thing to do to the American people,”

Congress enacted legislation prohibiting the rigging of game shows.