History Series / WheelOfFortune

1st Dec '17 9:08:50 AM Spindini
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** When a Rhyme Time puzzle of the "two or more random things that rhyme" format (example: BEES FLEAS AND MANATEES) is solved, saying that a similar joke puzzle that never actually existed (like DOGS FROGS AND WARTHOGS) was used earlier on the show.
28th Nov '17 8:03:29 PM Twentington
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*** For its first season of use, Same Name spelled out the word AND, causing nearly every contestant to start the round with N, D, and A. This was circumvented in Season 7 by replacing the word with an ampersand. Oddly, the category has occasionally relapsed into spelling out AND since the TurnOfTheMillennium.

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*** For its first season of use, Same Name spelled out the word AND, causing nearly every contestant to start the round with N, D, and A. This was circumvented in Season 7 by replacing the word with an ampersand. Oddly, the The category has occasionally relapsed into spelling out AND since the TurnOfTheMillennium.



* {{Understatement}}: Pat, to million-dollar winner Michelle Loewenstein. "You may be one of our bigger winners." Oddly, he didn't say anything similar to the second $1,000,000 winner (Autumn Erhard), even though...you know...she took the "biggest ''Wheel'' winner" record from Michelle.

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* {{Understatement}}: Pat, to million-dollar winner Michelle Loewenstein. "You may be one of our bigger winners." Oddly, he He didn't say anything similar to the second $1,000,000 winner (Autumn Erhard), even though...you know...she took the "biggest ''Wheel'' winner" record from Michelle.
15th Nov '17 4:59:23 PM KoopaKid17
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** November 15, 2017: A pair of contestants are unable to solve the Bonus Round puzzle BAKED ZUCCHINI... [[spoiler:and become the first team to lose $1,000,000]].
10th Nov '17 7:54:14 AM RAS310
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** Several board games, video game versions as early as the NES, and several PC versions as well. One of the most recent home-game versions was released on the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} and UsefulNotes/NintendoDS in November 2010, along with a Wii / DS version of sister show ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' as much as a [=PS3=], Macintosh, and XBOX 360 version of America's Game.

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** Several board games, video game versions as early as the NES, and several PC versions as well. One of the well, most recent home-game versions was released recently on the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} [=PS4=] and UsefulNotes/NintendoDS in November 2010, along with a Wii / DS version of sister show ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' as much as a [=PS3=], Macintosh, and XBOX 360 version of America's Game.[=Xbox One=].



* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The "Same Letter" category, in which every word in the puzzle begins with the same letter. For reasons unknown, the category took a brief hiatus when the show filmed six weeks of episodes in Las Vegas in 2013, but that didn't stop them from using several puzzles that would normally fit the category, such as the infamous CORNER CURIO CABINET puzzle, which was categorized as "Thing".

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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The "Same Letter" category, in which every word in the puzzle begins with the same letter. Since 2014, contestants receive a $1,000 bonus for calling the "Same Letter" in question. For reasons unknown, the category took a brief hiatus when the show filmed six weeks of episodes in Las Vegas in 2013, but that didn't stop them from using several puzzles that would normally fit the category, such as the infamous CORNER CURIO CABINET puzzle, which was categorized as "Thing".



* AlwaysSecondBest: Compared to sister show ''Jeopardy!'', ''Wheel'' is often treated this way, with the latter show often being viewed as inferior due to its different type of gameplay.
** Through 1986, both syndicated shows had 195 episodes per season. Since then, ''Jeopardy!'' now has 230 episodes per season while ''Wheel'' has stayed at 195. As a result, the latter has 13 weeks of reruns between seasons while the former only has 6.
** Various "Greatest Game Shows of All Time" lists almost-always place ''Wheel'' a small number of spots below ''Jeopardy!''.
** The Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show has been won by ''Jeopardy!'' several times. The one time ''Wheel'' won it was in a tie with its sister show, likely to tie into both Pat Sajak and Alex Trebek receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award that year.
** When stations have to reschedule at least one of the two game shows due to a pre-emption, ''Jeopardy!'' is usually given priority because of its continuity by having returning champions, something ''Wheel'' abandoned several years ago. With ''Thursday Night Football'' on CBS and NBC pre-empting only one of the two shows on the East Coast, some stations will actually move ''Jeopardy!'' to air in ''Wheel's'' unaffected time slot, with the latter show airing late at night or not at all.
** Although Harry Friedman is the Executive Producer of both game shows, he is more commonly recognized for ''Jeopardy!''



** Season 28: Each intro is tied in to the week's theme, using the Pat and Vanna avatars from the show's UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} and UsefulNotes/{{PS3}} games. Some of these showed up again in later seasons, most often as bumpers but occasionally as openings.

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** Season 28: Each intro is tied in to the week's theme, using the Pat and Vanna avatars from the show's UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} and UsefulNotes/{{PS3}} games. Some of these showed up again in later seasons, most often as bumpers but occasionally as openings.openings, most notably the one for Halloween week, which has been used every year since.
2nd Nov '17 8:50:56 AM Spindini
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* LuckyCharmsTitle: In the show's two-line logo, the "o" in "of" is rendered as a wheel.
31st Oct '17 11:07:35 AM Twentington
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** Sometimes contestants are looking at the board instead of the Wheel when spinning, and may not realize immediately that they've landed on something noteworthy (such as the top dollar, a prize wedge... or a Bankrupt).
** An unusual example came with contestant Emil, who solved the notorious bonus puzzle NEW BABY BUGGY with only the N and E revealed. It took about three or four seconds for the board to light up with the correct answer, likely because the techs were not expecting him to solve it.
10th Oct '17 9:29:35 AM Twentington
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** In the earliest days, any money left over after shopping (less than the least-expensive prize remaining) was immediately put "on account", meaning that it carried over to the next shopping round and would be lost if the contestant hit Bankrupt. By mid-July 1975, contestants could put leftover money on a gift certificate while retaining the "on account" option. Until the shopping aspect was ousted entirely in mid-1989, almost ''all'' contestants asked for the gift certificate. That said, one recollection had at least one contestant place all of his money "on account" for the first two rounds (i.e., deciding not to go shopping) ... and after winning the game, he used his winnings to buy one of the new cars onstage, with plenty left over for some of the other prizes); said episode was believed to air either in 1978 or '79.

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** In the earliest days, any money left over after shopping (less than the least-expensive prize remaining) was immediately put "on account", meaning that it carried over to the next shopping round and would be lost if the contestant hit Bankrupt.Bankrupt or failed to solve another puzzle (which gave the contestant the ability to buy the prizes). By mid-July 1975, contestants could put leftover money on a gift certificate while retaining the "on account" option. Until the shopping aspect was ousted entirely in mid-1989, almost ''all'' contestants asked for the gift certificate. That said, one recollection had at least one contestant place all of his money "on account" for the first two rounds (i.e., deciding not to go shopping) ...shopping)... and after winning the game, he used his winnings to buy one of the new cars onstage, with plenty left over for some of the other prizes); said episode was believed to air either in 1978 or '79.
22nd Sep '17 5:20:53 PM Twentington
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Just as ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' was ending its daytime run on Creator/{{NBC}}, Creator/MervGriffin introduced an even more durable GameShow format: Take the children's game of Hangman, add a carnival wheel with various dollar amounts, as well as [[{{Whammy}} hazards such as "Lose A Turn" and "Bankrupt"]], and allow the winner to spend the money on prizes ''right there in the studio''. The 1973 pilot, ''[[http://gscentral.net/wof/1974.htm Shopper's Bazaar]]'', was very different from the series; a further two pilots in 1974 hosted by Edd "Kookie" Byrnes (who admitted that he was drunk) held far closer to the rules we know today.

When ''Wheel'' debuted in 1975, Chuck Woolery was the host and Susan Stafford operated the puzzle board. By late 1983, after Woolery left the show in a salary dispute with Merv Griffin and Stafford left to do humanitarian work, Pat Sajak and Vanna White had become the show's full-time hosts in both daytime and UsefulNotes/{{syndication}}, although there was a ten-month period from 1981-82 in which Pat and Susan worked together. (White became popular out of proportion to the popularity of any other woman in a similar role on a game show.) The syndicated ''Wheel'' dropped the shopping element in 1987, then switched from a mechanical puzzle board to one with touch screens a decade later. Starting in the early 1990s, it has added ([[RetiredGameShowElement and occasionally retired]]) all manner of new wrinkles, including new puzzle categories and a trio of Toss-Up puzzles.

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Just as ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' was ending its daytime run on Creator/{{NBC}}, Creator/MervGriffin introduced an even more durable GameShow format: Take the children's game of Hangman, add a carnival wheel with various dollar amounts, as well as [[{{Whammy}} hazards such as "Lose A Turn" and "Bankrupt"]], and allow the winner to spend the money on prizes ''right there in the studio''. The 1973 pilot, ''[[http://gscentral.net/wof/1974.htm Shopper's Bazaar]]'', {{pilot}}, ''Shopper's Bazaar'', was very different from the series; a further two pilots in 1974 hosted by Edd "Kookie" Byrnes (who admitted that he was drunk) held far closer to the rules we know today.

When ''Wheel'' debuted in 1975, Chuck Woolery was the host and Susan Stafford [[LovelyAssistant operated the puzzle board.board]]. By late 1983, after Woolery left the show in a salary dispute with Merv Griffin and Stafford left to do humanitarian work, Pat Sajak and Vanna White had become the show's full-time hosts in both daytime and UsefulNotes/{{syndication}}, although there was a ten-month period from 1981-82 in which Pat and Susan worked together. (White became popular out of proportion to the popularity of any other woman in a similar role on a game show.) The syndicated ''Wheel'' dropped the shopping element in 1987, then switched from a mechanical puzzle board to one with touch screens a decade later. Starting in the early 1990s, it has added ([[RetiredGameShowElement and occasionally retired]]) all manner of new wrinkles, including new puzzle categories and a trio of Toss-Up puzzles.
21st Sep '17 10:54:11 AM fruitstripegum
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* VocalEvolution: Charlie's voice got deeper not long after he returned to the show in 1989. He also had a spell throughout most of the 1990s where he was noticeably mellower, but actually became only ''more'' enthusiastic come the 2000s (see above).



* VocalEvolution: Charlie's voice got deeper not long after he returned to the show in 1989. He also had a spell throughout most of the 1990s where he was noticeably mellower, but actually became only ''more'' enthusiastic come the 2000s (see above).
21st Sep '17 10:53:24 AM fruitstripegum
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* SdrawkcabName: PlayedForLaughs on September 12, 1996, while discussing the Jackpot round that debuted the next Monday. Pat held the wedge upside-down and said that "Beginning next week, we have our Topkcaj..." before Vanna took it from him and turned it right-side-up.


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* SdrawkcabName: PlayedForLaughs on September 12, 1996, while discussing the Jackpot round that debuted the next Monday. Pat held the wedge upside-down and said that "Beginning next week, we have our Topkcaj..." before Vanna took it from him and turned it right-side-up.
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