10 Themed Trivia Night Ideas

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The right theme can create a big one-time audience draw.

One of the most important aspects of drawing a crowd to your trivia night is having the right trivia games. Traditionally, trivia games have consisted of a series of rounds of general knowledge trivia questions. While these games are still essential for building an audience over time, one of the more popular trends of late is to create games that are centered around a specific theme, or topic. These types of games, when the right topic is chosen for the specific audience, can create a big one-time draw.

Read on for some ideas of themes to use for your upcoming trivia night.

#10: MASH

MASH is one of the most popular American sitcoms of all-time. Airing from 1972 to 1983 this can be an especially popular draw for venues that may have a typically older set of regulars that remember the good old days of television.

#9: 90s Music

Steve Jobs famously said when launching the iPod, “Why music? Because we love music and it’s always good to do something you love.” The same applies to trivia, everyone loves music and targeting a trivia night to a specific generation of music can be a huge draw for those that just can’t get enough.

#8: Sex and the City

HBO’s Sex and the City was a groundbreaking show at the time, exploring previously taboo topics around social life, sexuality and relationships. This can be an especially fun topic to align with any Ladies Night specials the venue you are hosting at may have available.

#7: LORD OF THE RINGS

J.R.R. Tolkien’s book series was made into one of the most successful movie trilogies of all-time by Peter Jackson in the early 2000s. Having won numerous Academy Awards, this is a cultural hit that is sure to draw in sci-fi fans and movie fans alike.

#6: SEINFELD

The show about nothing - who doesn’t love Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer? The American sitcom that ran throughout the 90s and has created so many memorable characters, one-liners and awkward situations can find a sweet spot for just about any TV fan out there.

#5: Game of Thrones

Winter is Coming! George R.R. Martin’s famous series about the battle for the Iron Throne has countless numbers of characters. From the Lannisters to the Starks to the Tyrells, you can’t go wrong with hosting a night focused on dragons, battles and of course lots of drama!

#4: Disney Movies

Who doesn’t love a good Disney movie? Although seen as primarily targeting children, Disney movies are universally enjoyable. Wheter remembering watching as a child or enjoying the movies you buy for their own children, Disney topics are a widely applicable topic for drawing patrons.

#3: Harry Potter

One of the most successful book and movie series holds a special place in many literary fans’ hearts. Although we are all just muggles, J.K. Rowling’s fantastical adventures with young Harry, Ron and Hermione can whisk patrons away to a world of wizarding fun and enjoyment. Pour some butter beer and answer these trivia questions!

#2: Friends

The second most watched show of all-time on Netflix’s list of TV shows is Friends. This 90s sitcom about a group of friends who like to gather in the local coffee shop can be relate-able to any alcohol-enjoying adult who may be looking for a good way to spend one of their week nights. Don’t forget to ask about Gunther!

#1: The Office

The most watched show of all-time on Netflix’s list of TV shows is by far The Office (US). Adapted from its English counterpart, this sitcom about the mundane happenings in a paper company office in Scranton, Pennsylvania has integrated itself into the social norms of our modern day. Focusing on such a popular show will be sure to fill your venue and set you up for future trivia night success.