GSN Originals

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Descriptions by
Shadeed A. Kelly, codykylefinke, Paperking99, gsn93 and Edc4

Captures by
Shadeed A. Kelly, gsn93, Paperking99, Gilblitz112 and Edc4

Editions by
Blue2000 and CnowEnt

Video captures courtesy of
Edc4, Originalsboy, Broken Saw and Mitchell Hang


GSN Originals was founded as Game Show Originals by Game Show Network in 1996 to produce original series. On March 15, 2004, it was renamed to GSN Originals.

1st Logo (1996-1997)

Logo: We see the Game Show Network "Winnie" logo on a lavender marble background and the text "This has been a Game Show Network ORIGINAL PRODUCTION" below.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The end title theme of the show.

Availability: Extinct. It was seen on Game TV on Game Show Network.

2nd Logo (1997)

Logo: On the same background as the last logo, the Game Show Network print logo of that time zooms out while spinning. Meanwhile, the word "originals" is seen on the bottom of the screen.

Variant: Sometimes, the logo is still.

Technique: The simple zooming and spinning. None for the still variant.

Music/Sounds: The end theme from the show.

Availability: Extinct.

3rd Logo (1997-1998)

NOTE: The logo capture shown here may not be complete, as the original video cuts in to this logo.

Logo: We see a white flash that clears to reveal a blue/pink swirl. The swirl zooms out to reveal the Game Show print logo from the time. The letters of the word "ORIGINALS" appear from the top right and slide down underneath the Game Show logo. While this is going on, multiple color circles zoom in on the background. The swirl also changes colors during the animation. The logo then fades out.

Technique: The swirl, zooming, sliding, and color changing effects.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme for the show.

Availability: Extinct.

4th Logo (June 22, 1998-1999)

Logo: On a hot magenta/Mexican pink-gradient background, we see two light orange diamond-like shapes that are rotating around. The diamond on the left rotates clockwise, while the other diamond on the right rotates counter-clockwise. Behind them is a larger light pink diamond that's rotating clockwise. In front of the diamonds, we see the Game Show Network logo's tiles spinning with the green ball jumping down, sliding off the screen, flying off to the right and returning from the left, bringing in the word "ORIGINALS" and bouncing on it to return to the logo.

Technique: The tiles spinning, the green ball jumping down and sliding off the screen, the word "ORIGINALS" appearing.

Music/Sounds: A upbeat music cue, which was used on the network's IDs at the time.

Availability: Extinct. It was seen on Faux Pause.

5th Logo (1999-2004)

Logo: Same as the station ID of the time, but with "originals" in white with a black outline dissolving in underneath.


  • On Hollywood Showdown, the phrase "distributed by" appears on the upper left-hand corner on the logo.
  • There's a variant where before the logo animates, the following text appears:

Bob Boden

Technique: Same as the 1997 network ID but with "originals" dissolving in underneath.

Music/Sounds: A synth guitar theme based on the 1999 Game Show Network IDs.

Availability: Extinct.

  • This was seen on Whammy! The All New Press Your Luck, Russian Roulette, and Friend or Foe. It also tended to plaster previous logos.
  • The distributor logo was last seen on reruns of Hollywood Showdown on TV Guide Network.

6th Logo (2004-2005?)

Logo: On a light blue background, we see the GSN logo from the time. Then, the logo opens up to reveal a blue factory with gears and a bunch of green blocks on a conveyor belt. A bunch of presses with a letter cut out on each of them land on the green blocks to form the letters of "ORIGINAL". We cut back to the GSN logo. The logo opens up, and "ORIGINAL" jumps out of the logo, flips, and lands on the logo.

Trivia: Along with the other IDs, this was done at V12.

Variant: There is a variant where the word "ORIGINAL" doesn't flip once it jumps out of the logo.

Technique: The movement of the gears, blocks, and the presses, as well as the GSN logo. Pretty good CGI for the time.

Music/Sounds: Factory noises are heard throughout. When "ORIGINAL" jumps out, we hear a whoosh, creaking, and a one-note tune. A female announcer says "GSN" with another female announcer saying "nya-la".

Music/Sounds Variant: Sometimes, the one-note tune isn't heard and there is no female announcer.

Availability: Extinct. This was last seen before original programming such as Whammy! The All New Press Your Luck, Russian Roulette, Extreme Dodgeball, and Video Game Invasion: The History of a Global Obsession.

7th Logo (August 23, 2012-June 2, 2015)

Logo: Same as the station ID of the time, but "ORIGINALS" wipes in below it.

Variant: The logo can vary in its color scheme.

Technique: The squares flipping.

Music/Sounds: A shortened version of the network ID theme.

Availability: Extinct. This was last seen before original programming, such as The American Bible Challenge, the 2012 version of The Pyramid, the U.S. version of The Chase, It Takes a Church, and the final season of The Newlywed Game, all on GSN.

8th Logo (June 3, 2015-October 1, 2018)

Logo: TBA

Technique: TBA

Music/Sounds: TBA

Availability: TBA

9th Logo (October 1, 2018-)

Logo: TBA

Technique: TBA

Music/Sounds: TBA

Availability: First appeared on new episodes of current and then-current original game shows which are Emogenius, Cover Story, Snap Decision and America Says. This logo later appeared on new Game Show Network original programming such as Master Minds and People Puzzler, among others.