History Series / WheelOfFortune

22nd Apr '17 11:02:12 AM themisterfree
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*** When Trent Girone, a huge fan and learning-disable contestant, brought it up in a 2014 episode (after Pat challenged him to name a retired category), he said that he "hated every minute of it".



** September 22, 2003: Before the $3,000 Toss-Up, Pat said "there are shows on [[Creator/{{GSN}} Game Show Network]] that don't give that away in a month!"

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** September 22, 2003: Before the $3,000 Toss-Up, Pat said "there are shows on [[Creator/{{GSN}} Game Show Network]] that don't give that away in a month!"month!" (Which is also BitingTheHandHumor- Sony owns GSN.)



** November 20, 2012: Following the $3,000 Toss-Up I WANT MY MTV, Pat explained to younger viewers that MTV is a network that ''used to'' play music videos.

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** November 20, 2012: Following the $3,000 Toss-Up I WANT MY MTV, Pat explained to younger viewers that MTV is a network that ''used to'' [[NetworkDecay play music videos.videos]].
19th Apr '17 9:07:02 PM NKgamer
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** Depending on the game the Bonus Puzzle can be this. Picture it, you get to the last puzzle with a prize on the line, the puzzle is typically something general (typically 'Thing' or 'Things) depending on where the R,S,T,L,N,E end up and how many vowels are in the puzzle (you only get E and one of your own) you could end up filling the whole thing in yourself or end up with an unsolvable puzzle with only a few letters showing on the board.
3rd Apr '17 6:40:11 PM Twentington
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** The show's music cues were changed in January 2017. However, the week of episodes airing April 3-7, 2017 was taped before this change, so the new cues had to be spliced in during post-production. This resulted in several sloppy sound edits, and even a couple cases where the old cues were left completely untouched.
3rd Apr '17 9:49:20 AM Luigifan
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** In the shopping era, contestants could pick from any of the remaining prizes in the bonus round, but almost always chose cars. After shopping ended on nighttime in October 1987, contestants were given the choice of five prizes in the bonus round ($25,000 cash, a car, and three other prizes that rotated weekly), but almost everyone went with the cash. This was most likely a combination of the other prizes often being {{undesirable|prize}} and the cash being less of a tax liability. Beginning in September 1989, the bonus prize selection was changed to a random draw from five envelopes spelling out W-H-E-E-L. If a prize was won, it was taken out of rotation for the rest of the week [[note]](except for the $25,000 in Seasons 16-18; for the first few weeks of Season 19, all five envelopes were in play all week)[[/note]]. The envelopes were ousted in November 2001 for a 24-space bonus Wheel, in which the top amount is $100,000 (or $1,000,000 if the contestant who made it to the bonus round lands on and keeps the million-dollar wedge during the game.)

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** In the shopping era, contestants could pick from any of the remaining prizes in the bonus round, but almost always chose cars. After shopping ended on nighttime in October 1987, contestants were given the choice of five prizes in the bonus round ($25,000 cash, a car, and three other prizes that rotated weekly), but almost everyone went with the cash. This was most likely a combination of the other prizes often being {{undesirable|prize}} {{undesirable|Prize}} and the cash being less of a tax liability. Beginning in September 1989, the bonus prize selection was changed to a random draw from five envelopes spelling out W-H-E-E-L. If a prize was won, it was taken out of rotation for the rest of the week [[note]](except for the $25,000 in Seasons 16-18; for the first few weeks of Season 19, all five envelopes were in play all week)[[/note]]. The envelopes were ousted in November 2001 for a 24-space bonus Wheel, in which the top amount is $100,000 (or $1,000,000 if the contestant who made it to the bonus round lands on and keeps the million-dollar wedge during the game.)game).



*** 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 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.



** 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 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 Macintosh, and XBOX 360 version of America's Game.



** "We are playing for cash." - Pat used this after shopping was ousted and still found it necessary until ''ten years'' after the change.

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** "We are playing for cash." - -- Pat used this after shopping was ousted and still found it necessary until ''ten years'' after the change.
26th Mar '17 9:05:05 AM nombretomado
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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 {{Wii}} and 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 most recent home-game versions was released on the {{Wii}} UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} and NintendoDS 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.
23rd Mar '17 3:15:20 PM Gimere
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** From Seasons 18-24, if one looked closely at the Wheel during the wide shot before the pre-Rounnd 4 Toss-Up, if the Wheel had only one Bankruupt wedge, this would foreshadow that Round 4 would start with the Final Spin, meaning that Pat has one less invalid wedge to land on. If the second Bankrupt wedge was present, the round would start with regular play. After this period, the second Bankrupt was now always removed, only for it to be changed to always present starting in Season 27.

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** From Seasons 18-24, if one looked closely at the Wheel during the wide shot before the pre-Rounnd 4 Toss-Up, if the Wheel had only one Bankruupt Bankrupt wedge, this would foreshadow that Round 4 would start with the Final Spin, meaning that Pat has one less invalid wedge to land on. If the second Bankrupt wedge was present, the round would start with regular play. After this period, the second Bankrupt was now always removed, only for it to be changed to always present starting in Season 27.
13th Mar '17 10:06:06 AM Twentington
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** When the current BonusRound was introduced in December 1981, contestants were asked for five consonants and a vowel to help fill in a blank puzzle; they almost exclusively picked some permutation of R, S, T, L, N and E because those letters are so common. The rules changed on October 3, 1988 to give them those letters automatically and ask for three more consonants and a vowel, and the time limit was cut from 15 seconds to 10. This trope showed up again even under the new rules, as countless contestants guess the next-most common letters C, D, M and A.
** In the shopping era, contestants could pick from any of the remaining prizes in the bonus round, but almost always chose cars. After shopping ended on nighttime in October 1987, contestants were given the choice of five prizes in the bonus round ($25,000 cash, a car, and three other prizes that rotated weekly), but almost everyone went with the cash. Beginning in September 1989, the bonus prize selection was changed to a random draw from five envelopes spelling out W-H-E-E-L. If a prize was won, it was taken out of rotation for the rest of the week [[note]](except for the $25,000 in Seasons 16-18; for the first few weeks of Season 19, all five envelopes were in play all week)[[/note]]. The envelopes were ousted in November 2001 for a 24-space bonus Wheel, in which the top amount is $100,000 (or $1,000,000 if the contestant who made it to the bonus round lands on and keeps the million-dollar wedge during the game.)

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** When the current BonusRound was introduced in December 1981, contestants were asked for five consonants and a vowel to help fill in a blank puzzle; they almost exclusively picked some permutation of R, S, T, L, N and E because those letters are so common. The rules changed on October 3, 1988 to give them those letters automatically and ask for three more consonants and a vowel, and the time limit was cut from 15 seconds to 10. This trope showed up again even under the new rules, as countless contestants guess the next-most common letters C, D, M and A.
A. This itself has occasionally been replaced with B/P, H, G, and O, which a couple different sources have unofficially found the most strategic.
** In the shopping era, contestants could pick from any of the remaining prizes in the bonus round, but almost always chose cars. After shopping ended on nighttime in October 1987, contestants were given the choice of five prizes in the bonus round ($25,000 cash, a car, and three other prizes that rotated weekly), but almost everyone went with the cash. This was most likely a combination of the other prizes often being {{undesirable|prize}} and the cash being less of a tax liability. Beginning in September 1989, the bonus prize selection was changed to a random draw from five envelopes spelling out W-H-E-E-L. If a prize was won, it was taken out of rotation for the rest of the week [[note]](except for the $25,000 in Seasons 16-18; for the first few weeks of Season 19, all five envelopes were in play all week)[[/note]]. The envelopes were ousted in November 2001 for a 24-space bonus Wheel, in which the top amount is $100,000 (or $1,000,000 if the contestant who made it to the bonus round lands on and keeps the million-dollar wedge during the game.)



*** 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 in the late 2000s and beyond.
*** Husband & Wife also guarantees the word AND, and it has also relapsed into spelling out the word for reasons unknown. This is also true for Family, Proper Names, and many Characters puzzles.

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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 in since the late 2000s and beyond.
TurnOfTheMillennium.
*** Husband & Wife also guarantees the word AND, and it has also relapsed into spelling out the word for reasons unknown. This is also true for Family, Proper Names, Names and many Characters puzzles.



** ''227'', ''Series/TheATeam'', ''Series/LALaw'', ''Series/GimmeABreak'', and ''Santa Barbara'' all had characters appearing on the show, while ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' used a fictional representation. Notably, ''LA Law'' used the Goen version, even though the two were still on different networks at that point.

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** ''227'', ''Series/TwoTwoSeven'', ''Series/TheATeam'', ''Series/LALaw'', ''Series/GimmeABreak'', and ''Santa Barbara'' all had characters appearing on the show, while ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' used a fictional representation. Notably, ''LA Law'' used the Goen version, even though the two were still on different networks at that point.



** [[DoubleSubversion And in one episode]], a contestant whose only two spins had both landed on Bankrupt, and whose only winnings were from the $3,000 Toss-Up, managed to pull a come-from-behind win with a middling Final Spin value of $1,550.

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** [[DoubleSubversion And in one episode]], a contestant whose only two spins had both landed on Bankrupt, and whose only winnings were from the $3,000 Toss-Up, managed to pull a come-from-behind win with a middling low Final Spin value of $1,550.



** Many sweepstakes have involved submitting bonus puzzles for a week (either on a form or online) to enter a prize drawing.

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** Many sweepstakes have involved submitting bonus puzzles for a week (either (originally on a paper form availble in newspapers or online) at certain retailers, later moved to online forms) to enter a prize drawing.



* UndesirablePrize: Arguably every shopping-era prize that wasn't a car, all-expenses-paid vacation or possibly [[PrettyInMink fur coat]] could count, but everyone remembers the $154 ceramic Dalmatian. The late 80s-early 90s also had some real stinkers in the Bonus Round, such as a build-your-own log cabin kit, a silver tea serving set, even historical documents signed by UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. Arguably, the gift tags could also fall under this, particularly if it's a $1,000 gift card for UsefulNotes/{{Kmart}}. [[note]]Ironically, when [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin]] was on the show, the ceramic dalmatian was the ''first'' thing he bought.[[/note]]

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* UndesirablePrize: Arguably every shopping-era prize that wasn't a car, all-expenses-paid vacation vacation, or possibly [[PrettyInMink fur coat]] could count, but everyone remembers the $154 ceramic Dalmatian. The late 80s-early 90s also had some real stinkers in the Bonus Round, such as a build-your-own log cabin kit, a silver tea serving set, a "shipboard party" (something that even Pat made fun of), or historical documents signed by UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. famous people. Arguably, the gift tags could also fall under this, particularly if it's depending on whether or not someone actually wants a Lobstergram or a $1,000 gift card for UsefulNotes/{{Kmart}}. [[note]]Ironically, when [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin]] was on the show, the ceramic dalmatian was the ''first'' thing he bought.[[/note]]UsefulNotes/{{Kmart}} shopping spree.
7th Mar '17 8:57:58 AM Twentington
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* ReplacedTheThemeTune: "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" to "Give It One" to "Big Wheels" to "Changing Keys" to "Happy Wheels".

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* ReplacedTheThemeTune: "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" to "Give It One" to "Big Wheels" to "Changing Keys" to "Happy Wheels".Wheels" to the untitled theme introduced in January 2017.
* RhymingWithItself: At least twice, TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT has been a Rhyme Time puzzle.



** Incorrect hyphenation is sometimes a problem. One early episode had a hyphen in BACHELOR'S-BUTTON for no reason, and they've inexplicably hyphenated JINGLE-BELL ROCK (at least twice), WIND-CHILL FACTOR, AMUSEMENT-PARK FUN HOUSE and COFFEE-TABLE BOOK.

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** Incorrect hyphenation is sometimes a problem. One early episode had a hyphen in BACHELOR'S-BUTTON for no reason, and they've inexplicably hyphenated JINGLE-BELL ROCK (at least twice), WIND-CHILL FACTOR, AMUSEMENT-PARK FUN HOUSE and COFFEE-TABLE BOOK.BOOK, among others.
25th Feb '17 9:50:48 AM Gimere
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** February 14, 2011: A teenage team loses out on $18,000 and the win by starting the say the answer to the Speed-Up puzzle, then stopping upon hearing the buzzer, even though completing the answer would've counted.

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** February 14, 2011: A teenage team loses out on $18,000 and the win by starting the to say the answer to the Speed-Up puzzle, then stopping upon hearing the buzzer, even though completing the answer would've counted.
1st Feb '17 5:00:57 PM RAS310
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** Between January 9 and 31, 2017, only '''one''' Bonus Round was won. This period came immediately after two consecutive weeks each with four wins out of five. What makes it more painful is that the sole win was one of only three shows during this span where the abundant $34,000 minimum was hit; a streak of ''seven'' straight shows had the rarer, higher-valued prizes hit (including $100,000), all losses.
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