Just as there have always been movie-themed board games, so too are there board games based on television shows. Some of these games take the TV characters and place them in new situations, allowing you to explore the depths of the character.
Given that many TV shows are episodic, they are a perfect fit for board games. Indeed, many games let you relive a favorite episode on the show on the game board.
Of course, even more so than episodic television, TV Game Shows can be turned into great board games. Nearly all of the popular game shows over the years, from Password to Wheel of Fortune to Family Feud and Catch 21, have been turned into board games: Board Games Based On Game Shows.
Another category of board games that is a good fit for TV is trivia games that test your knowledge of televisions shows both familiar and obscure.
The following are a few of the many board games based on TV shows:
TV Show Board Games
- 24 DVD Board Game
This DVD game is based on the Emmy Award Winning blockbuster series 24. Players become CTU agents in this race against time. Each game begins with a terrorist act, and the agents are then briefed and given several clues to help uncover the terrorist's full plans. Participate in the onscreen games and challenges, analyze data and decide which clues to follow. Some clues will be vital while others may guide you to misleading evidence and dead ends. The DVD counts down the hours to the terrorist attacks and the first player to stop a threat to national security wins. The game includes a DVD, game board, game cards, label sheets, player tokens and instructions. For 2 to 4 players. Ages teen to adults.
- Battlestar Galactica - The Board Game
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game is an exciting game of mistrust, intrigue, and the struggle for survival which places each player in the role of one of ten of their favorite characters from the show. Each playable character has their own abilities and weaknesses, and all must work together in order for humanity to have any hope of survival. However, one or more players in every game secretly is secretly a Cylon, and wants the humans to perish. This cooperative game requires each player to work together in order to win. If the humans reach their objective before the Cylons can sabotage their plans, the game is won!
- Bang! - The Walking Dead Survivor Showdown
In The Walking Dead, an epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. Society has crumbled, and survivors in the post-apocalyptic world find that they must now sort through the chaos and try to form alliances to ensure their survival. In a world ruled by the dead, they are forced to finally begin living. In this stand-alone version of the shoot 'em up card game BANG!, trust and betrayal are critical to survival. Players must team up and face off against one another in the struggle to achieve superiority in the devastated landscape.
- Clue - Family Guy Collector's Edition
Discover the Griffins' secrets with Clue - Family Guy Collector's Edition! The Griffins host a dinner party to make amends with Peter's nemesis, Ernie, The Giant Chicken. The party gets out of hand and the feud between Peter and the big bird ends in "fowl" play. It's now up to you to find out who killed Ernie, where it happened, and which weapon was used to do the deed. Was it Brian, the clever mutt with his leash? Or maybe Stewie, the megalomaniacal 1-year old with his baby bottle nunchucks? Uncover these mysteries and win Clue - Family Guy Collector's Edition!
- Clue - Firefly Collector's Edition
The Alliance has spent years trying to locate River Tam and now one of the members of the Serenity crew has finally betrayed her. It is up to the other members of the crew to discover who is working with the Alliance before time runs out. Firefly Clue places your favorite characters from the TV series onto the ship, Serenity, and no one can rest easy until the mystery has been solved. All six suspects understand that revealing the traitor is critical to rescuing River from the Alliance. Players must question everyone to unravel the mystery. Who betrayed her? What item was used to lure River into an Alliance trap? And where on Serenity was she kidnapped? But time is of the essence because Reaver ships are lurking just out of sight. Was it Inara with the Med Kit in the Engine Room? Or Mal with the Leather Necklace in the Passenger Dorm? Solve the mystery and save River!
- Cranium: Glee Edition
With Cranium Glee Edition, its outrageous gleek fun for everyone! Join the McKinley High Glee Club and show off your surprising talents as you hum, dance, act and mimic to become the ultimate Gleek! It's your opportunity to shine as you celebrate everything Glee with family and friends! Celebrate everything Glee with friends and family as you enjoy this playful game that delivers Glee fun and laughter, and stretches the imagination every time!
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Board Game
The evidence is clear, CSI: The Game is even more fun than the hit TV show! Join the TV show's characters to collect evidence in all 7 crime lab divisions: interrogation, autopsy, identification, trace, ballistics, forensics and DNA. As you navigate the gameboard, you'll use cutting edge scientific methods and old-fashioned police work to build a case against one of three suspects. The first player to enter Grissom's office with a correct Arrest Warrant proving means, motive and opportunity, wins. Game features eight classic CSI-style crime stories. Includes suspect and evidence cards, arrest warrant/checklist pads, and a CSI handbook packed with descriptions, crime scene photos and more. For 2-4 players/teams. Ages 13 to adult.
- Dancing With The Stars Card Game
This fast-paced game combines the luck of the draw with simple strategy for a whole lot of dancing fun. This game celebrates the art of the dances performed on the show, as well as the personalities of the stars and judges from the first five seasons. The cards feature stunning photography of all your favorite couples and include actual dance scores and judge comments from TV episodes. To win, players must win dances by playing the dancer card with the highest score for each specific dance.
- Deadliest Catch
Now you can be the captain of your all-time favorite Deadliest Catch ship: Time Bandit, Wizard, Northwestern, or Cornelia Marie and compete for the most red gold aka Alaskan King Crag. Survive the hazards of the Bering Sea as you race to drop your crab pots and return to port with the largest crab count. The board game that recreates all the winning show action! Game includes quad-fold game board, 18 navigation cards, 20 crab pots, 6 hazard chips, Coast Guard chip, and 4 ship markers.
- Desperate Housewives - Dirty Laundry Game
Can you keep a tight leash on the details of your private affairs, or will tawdry tales be told? Me-yow! Based on the hit TV series, and borrowing from the details of the lives of Susan, Lynette, Bree, Gabrielle, Edie, and their families, In the Desperate Housewives Dirty Laundry Game in a Tin, your aim is to be the only player whose dirty little secret is not guessed correctly. Includes Deluxe folding game board with spinner, 50 dirty laundry cards, 1 die, 6 pawns, 6 diaries, and 100 secret cards, and sturdy storage tin. For 2 to 6 players ages 13 and up.
- Desperate Housewives - Mysteries of Wisteria Lane Board Game Tin
Be the first player to uncover three Secrets of Wysteria Lane. Players travel around the board picking up Secrets of Wysteria Lane cards, and each card will have a secret from the show such as Who sent Mary Alice the blackmail note on purple paper or Who thinks he killed Dana. As players collect these cards, they also are collecting Caught Cards. The Caught Cards will identify a character from the show that may match the secret the player is holding. Once a player matches three different secrets with the correct character, they win!
- Dexter: The Board Game
As DEXTER, travel through the streets of Miami trying to hunt down a suspect that has slipped through the cracks of the justice system and make them your next victim. Keep your day job by completing Blood Spatter Reports to avoid any suspicion and reap the rewards of a job well done. In the meantime, try to avoid your opponents, who will expose you, the first chance that they get. Once you have found your suspect and have collected the Tools that you need, you must head over to the Marina to get rid of the evidence and win the game. Strategic game play, loads of fun if you're a fan of DEXTER, this game is a must have!
- Law and Order Board Game Tin
One of the most popular and critically-acclaimed series in television history is now a game you can play at home! Players become detectives and compete to solve realistic cases as they travel around the board. Interview witnesses, interrogate suspects, gather evidence and collect clues as you try to unravel the case. First player to correctly identify the suspect wins. Features four complete cases with different possible solutions. 2-4 players, ages 13 and up.
- Let's Make A Deal
Join in the fun and suspense of making deals for what's inside the box or behind the curtains with this new home version of Wayne Brady's Let's Make a Deal! For 3 - 4 players, ages 8 and up. Contents Include: Stage with curtain and box reveals, prize and zonk! Cards, play money and instructions.
- Monopoly - Seinfeld Edition
Now the show about nothing becomes even more fun with Monopoly - Seinfeld Edition. You'll be able to buy and sell properties seen on the popular television show like Monk's restaurant, the Seinfeld's Del Boca Vista Condo, and even Jerry's apartment. Chance cards are replaced with Hellooo! cards and Yada, Yada, Yada cards replace Community Chest cards. Six collectible pewter tokens include The Puffy Shirt, The Coffee Table Book, The Bro/Manzier, The Urban Sombrero, The Fusilli Jerry, and The Marble Rye. Enjoy some of the funniest moments from one of America's favorite TV sitcoms with Monopoly - Seinfeld Edition! Speed rules are included for a short 60-90 minute game.Contents of Monopoly - Seinfeld Edition:Game Board6 Collectible Pewter Tokens28 Title Deed Cards16 Hellooo! Cards16 Yada, Yada, Yada Cards2 Dice32 Houses Renamed Parking Spots12 Hotels Renamed Garages1 Pack of Seinfeld Monopoly Money
- Saturday Night Live Board Game
Live! From wherever you are right now...its Saturday Night Live, The Game! A weekend staple since the mid-70s, Saturday Night Live has long been the source of hilarious moments, unforgettable characters, memorable catch phrases, and more. Relive and act out some of your favorite SNL moments while you try to bury the opposing team by banking the most cue cards. This game has something for everyone with activities that let you host a talk show, sharpen your improv skills, write news headlines and test your knowledge of SNL trivia. You can even customize the game by combining cue cards from your favorite eras.
- Scene It - Glee Edition
Calling all gleeks! Now playing - live, "on-stage" in your living room - it's your and all your family and friends! Packed with clips and images, mash-ups, Glee-inspired music trivia, and fun performance challenges, Scene It? Glee captures all the amazing music, hilarious hijinks, and raging hormones haunting the halls of McKinley High! Whether you're a fan of "Team Schue" or "Team Sue", this show-stopping DVD game lets you relive all the excitement and magical moments of Glee - minus the wild cherry slushie in your face! Play with the board, or put the DVD on Party mode and the fun never stops as the DVD asks all the questions.
- Scene It - Simpsons Deluxe Edition
This deluxe Simpsons edition of Scene It? features real clips, puzzlers and trivia about America's favorite dysfunctional family. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Simpsons, this game includes everyone's favorite Springfield residents, guest stars and more from the first two decades of the show!
- Scene It - Star Trek Deluxe Edition
Boldly go where no board game has gone before! Star Trek Deluxe Edition includes clips and images from all five live-action series and the first ten movies, trivia questions and a galaxy bursting with on-screen puzzlers. Scene It? is more than Star Trek trivia. Use memory, observation, and word-play to solve different challenges about what you see on-screen. Answer questions, race around the board, and be the first to make it to the Final Frontier. So gather family and friends to play Scene It? Star Trek Edition. ENGAGE!
- Scene It - Star Trek Edition Tin
Put your Trekkie trivia knowledge to the test with Scene it - Star Trek Edition. Real clips from the TV series and all the Star Trek movies will allow you to show your knowledge on subjects ranging from tribbles to Romulans to Captain Christopher Pike. Move around the game board using your Star Trek inspired token as you seek out new life, new civilizations, and victory! Travel around the Flextime game board using the 4 collectible metal ship tokens. Not a Trekkie? Not a problem! Scene it - Star Trek Edition is more than just Star Trek trivia - you'll need a good memory, great powers of observation, word play skills, and puzzle-solving prowess to answer different challenges about what you see on-screen. Pop Scene it - Star Trek Edition into your DVD player and beam your way into stellar fun!
- The Amazing Race DVD Board Game
Over 13 million viewers tune in every week to CBS-TV's Amazing Race to watch teams compete in amazing challenges in local and faraway locations. This DVD board game lets players take on an at-home version filled with action, suspense, fun and adventure. Teams are tested on their ability to work together in unique ways using actual footage from the show. DVD technology makes it a new adventure every time and keeps track of whose turn it is and who is leading the race. The game is narrated by Phil Keoghan and includes Pit Stops, Fast Forwards and Yields. The game features a DVD, board game, game cards, player tokens and instructions. For 2 to 4 players. Ages 12 and up.
- The I Love Lucy Game
Fans of TVs golden age rejoice! This zany board game has you chasing other players along the colorful game path exchanging money, character cards and loads of laughs. Hilarious moments from the I Love Lucy show are remembered along the way as players are asked to reenact them when they draw the Ay...Yi Yi Yi Yi cards. Be the first to reach Fred and Ethels fire escape with $100 and the four main character cards and you win! Game includes instructions, game board, dice, pawns, play money, bonus cards, I Love Lucy cards, Ay...Yi Yi Yi Yi cards and character cards. 2 to 4 players.
- The I Love Lucy Trivia Game
Where did Lucy lose Ricky's mother on a shopping trip? What is Lucy's maiden name? If you know -- or want to know -- the answer to these questions, you'll love this zany game. Players roll the dice and move their pawns along the colorful game board. Each space is designated with a question category: true/false, multiple choice and specific answers. Answer correctly and get another turn. The first player to reach "The End" wins! Best of all, the more you watch "I Love Lucy" the better you'll get! Game contains game board, die, four pawns, one box of trivia cards (1,000 questions) and a bonus "I Love Lucy" 50th Anniversary lapel pin. For 2 to 4 players.
- The Price Is Right DVD Game
"Come on down!" and play TV's favorite game show at home! DVD technology lets you experience The Price is Right game show just like a real contestant! Play on your TV and try your hand at PLINKO, Cliffhangers and the Showcase Showdown.
- Trivial Pursuit Saturday Night Live DVD Game
This edition of Trivial Pursuit combines all the fun of the classic boardgame with the Emmy award-winning late-night comedy show Saturday Night Live to bring you and your friends even more trivia fun! So grab your favorite character, and get ready to answer over 2,000 questions (450 on DVD) in six categories including sketches, famous impressions, commercial parodies, characters, SNL etc, and the show. To win a scoring wedge, go to the DVD to answer an on-screen question. Get ready to relive the sketches, famous impressions and unforgettable characters from SNL while challenging your friends to see who knows the most about this classic comedy showcase. Please Note: A TV and DVD player are required to play this game.
- Yahtzee: Glee Edition
Gleek out with America's all-time #1 dice game! Shake up the dice in the custom dice cup and watch the flavors fly! Will you roll a Large Straight with Puck, Kurt, Mercedes, Quinn and Finn? Or will you roll five Rachels? Custom dice feature your favorite William McKinley High students! Includes custom dice cup, 5 custom dice, score pad, rules and pencil.