History YMMV / WheelOfFortune

6th Apr '16 10:18:39 AM KoopaKid17
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** ''Wheel 2000'' has this egregious example. On the October 4, 1997 episode, the blue player calls the last consonant in the Speed-Up puzzle GOOSE BUMPS. At this point, a signal should play to tell the contestants that only vowels remain. However, no such notification is given until ''after'' the red player picks a (nonexistent) consonant, at which point Lucy says "There's only vowels left, I believe." before the yellow contestant's turn. That player picks the O's and solves for 550 points, making the final scores 1,550, 550, and 1,900. What makes it worse is that the error ended up '''''affecting the outcome of the game.''''' On a successful solve worth 750 points, the red contestant would've had enough to go to the Bonus Round.

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** ''Wheel 2000'' has this egregious example. On the October 4, 1997 episode, the blue player calls the last consonant in the Speed-Up puzzle GOOSE BUMPS. At this point, a signal should play to tell the contestants that only vowels remain. However, no such notification is given until ''after'' the red player picks a (nonexistent) consonant, at which point Lucy says "There's only vowels left, I believe." before the yellow contestant's turn. That player picks the O's and solves for 550 points, making the final scores 1,550, 550, and 1,900. What makes it worse is that Unlike the error ended above example, this ''did'' end up '''''affecting affecting the outcome of the game.''''' game. On a successful solve worth 750 points, the red contestant would've had enough to go to the Bonus Round.
11th Mar '16 4:38:06 PM KoopaKid17
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** On modern-day episodes, the $1,000 Toss-Up (and often other puzzles throughout the game) has something to do with the week's theme 99% of the time. This makes it much easier to figure them out to point of some GenreSavvy fans being able to figure out the puzzle with no letters, or even ''before the blanks come up.'' Some themes have more themed puzzles than others; some weeks have only the $1,000 Toss-Up and sometimes one "regular" puzzle themed (often part of a Before & After or Same Name), while others have nearly ''every'' puzzle themed, such as Teacher's Week.

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** On modern-day episodes, the $1,000 Toss-Up (and often other puzzles throughout the game) has something to do with the week's theme 99% of the time. This makes it much easier to figure them out to point of some GenreSavvy fans being able to figure out the puzzle with no letters, or even ''before the blanks come up.'' Some themes have more themed puzzles than others; some weeks have only the $1,000 Toss-Up and sometimes one "regular" puzzle themed (often part of a Before & After or Same Name), while others have nearly ''every'' puzzle themed, such as the Disney Weeks and Teacher's Week.
4th Mar '16 10:43:59 PM RAS310
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** On modern-day episodes, the $1,000 Toss-Up (and often other puzzles throughout the game) has something to do with the week's theme 99% of the time. This makes it much easier to figure them out to point of some GenreSavvy fans being able to figure out the puzzle with no letters, or even ''before the blanks come up.'' Some themes have more themed puzzles than others; some weeks have only the $1,000 Toss-Up and sometimes one "regular" puzzle themed (often part of a Before & After or Same Name), while others have nearly ''every'' puzzle themed, such as the recent Disney weeks.

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** On modern-day episodes, the $1,000 Toss-Up (and often other puzzles throughout the game) has something to do with the week's theme 99% of the time. This makes it much easier to figure them out to point of some GenreSavvy fans being able to figure out the puzzle with no letters, or even ''before the blanks come up.'' Some themes have more themed puzzles than others; some weeks have only the $1,000 Toss-Up and sometimes one "regular" puzzle themed (often part of a Before & After or Same Name), while others have nearly ''every'' puzzle themed, such as the recent Disney weeks.Teacher's Week.



** As the 2010's progress, the week's theme affects the puzzles more and more each season, to the point where it is now rare that the $1,000 Toss-Up does ''not'' have anything to do with the theme (although the $2,000 one is almost always unrelated). This can often lead to outlandish puzzles such as a I'LL BE IN THE SAUNA during a spa-themed week. Some themes are heavily or exclusively reflected in the puzzles more than anything compared to the set and prizes, such as "Wheel Was Here", where the $1,000 Toss-Up is always a city that the show has taped in before, and Season 33's version of "Big Money Week" (see below).



*** To the show's credit, the frequency of the minimum value being hit in Season 33 is on track to be less than that of Season 32. However, the current season is set to finish with a worse win-loss record; while most modern seasons end with around 35-40% of Bonus Rounds being won, Season 33's win rate hovers around a mere '''27%'''.



*** Most notably, it was quietly revealed that there would absolutely ''no'' remote tapings for the entire season, the first nighttime season since Season 8 without such shows. It should be noted that the number of remotes per season gradually decreased in the seasons preceding this, though - from as high as four in Seasons 15-16, to three in Season 17-24, to two in Seasons 25-28, to just one in Seasons 29-32.
*** After the first 12 episodes of the season were taped (which did not air in order), the number of $900 wedges on the Wheel was reduced from three to just one (although one of the two casualties is retained for Round 3 only) and one of the two $800 wedges was reduced to $650. Overall, this leaves only three regular wedges valued above $700 (four in Round 3) counting the top dollar value.

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*** Most notably, it was quietly revealed that there would absolutely ''no'' remote tapings for the entire season, the first nighttime season since Season 8 without such shows. It should be noted that the number of remotes per season gradually decreased in the seasons preceding this, though - from as high as four in Seasons 15-16, to three in Season Seasons 17-24, to two in Seasons 25-28, to just one in Seasons 29-32.
29-32. The show did have plans to tape at Navy Pier in Chicago in October 2015, however.
*** After the first 12 episodes of the season were taped (which did not air in order), the number of $900 wedges on the Wheel was reduced from three to just one (although one of the two casualties is retained for Round 3 only) and one of the two $800 wedges was reduced to $650. Overall, this leaves only three regular wedges valued above $700 (four in Round 3) counting the top dollar value. It didn't help that one of the former $900s (now the yellow $600 two wedges clockwise of $5000) was and still is frequently landed on for the Final Spin.


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*** Season 33 also saw the first Big Money Week since Season 29, a theme which ''ThePriceIsRight'' now does each season with ''much'' higher stakes than normal episodes in just about every way possible. While ''Wheel's'' previous Big Money Week saw a set decorated with giant money bags and stacks of gold coins along with increased stakes in the Bonus Round, Season 33's Big Money Week has nothing more to offer than normal episodes except for a higher-than-usual car in the Bonus Round, plus only the show's generic set is used.
14th Feb '16 10:55:57 AM KoopaKid17
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*** Fans were surprised at first to see $650 come back in Season 30 since it was retired four years before the syndicated version began. Its dominance on the wheel a few seasons afterward have not pleased fans, especially those who have been waiting since 1996 for $750 to return.
5th Feb '16 11:56:28 AM tadaru
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*** The top regular cash wedge has been $5,000 since the beginning of the syndicated version. As of 2015, it would only have had as much buying power as about $2,000 back in 1983.

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*** The top regular cash wedge has been $5,000 since the beginning of the syndicated version. As of 2015, it would only have had as much buying power as about $2,000 back in 1983.1983, or about $2,400 in 1987 (when the all-cash format started).
26th Jan '16 10:19:01 PM GrammarNavi
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* NightmareFuel: The animated introduction used on the Halloween 2010 episodes. It features zombie versions of Pat and Vanna's avatars from the {{Wii}} game, filmed in scratchy black-and-white like an old horror movie. Afterward, the trademark "Wheel! Of! Fortune!" chant is distorted, so it sounds deep, low, and scary.

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* NightmareFuel: The animated introduction used on the Halloween 2010 episodes. It features zombie versions of Pat and Vanna's avatars from the {{Wii}} UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} game, filmed in scratchy black-and-white like an old horror movie. Afterward, the trademark "Wheel! Of! Fortune!" chant is distorted, so it sounds deep, low, and scary.
18th Jan '16 9:48:29 AM RAS310
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** The Express Wedge, introduced in Season 31, has the potential to break the game wide open. Essentially, if a contestant lands on this space, they can continuously call consonants at $1,000 each or buy vowels without ever having to spin until they either solve the puzzle, opt to spin (and thus end the effect of the space), or call a wrong letter, [[AllOrNothing in which case they go Bankrupt]]. The kicker? It only shows up in round 3, which is ''also'' home to the more notorious Prize Puzzle. This means that if a skilled or lucky player hits the Express wedge with plenty of consonants left on the board, the no-risk thousands racked up with this space combined with the $6,000+ from the Prize Puzzle can turn this space into a nasty OneHitKill against the other two players, where even a [[GoldenSnitch $6,000 Final Spin]] isn't likely to be enough to catch up.

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** The Express Wedge, introduced in Season 31, has the potential to break the game wide open. Essentially, if a contestant lands on this space, they can continuously call consonants at $1,000 each or buy vowels without ever having to spin until they either solve the puzzle, opt to spin (and thus end the effect of the space), puzzle or call a wrong letter, [[AllOrNothing in which case they go Bankrupt]]. The kicker? It only shows up in round 3, which is ''also'' home to the more notorious Prize Puzzle. This means that if a skilled or lucky player hits the Express wedge with plenty of consonants left on the board, the no-risk thousands racked up with this space combined with the $6,000+ from the Prize Puzzle can turn this space into a nasty OneHitKill against the other two players, where even a [[GoldenSnitch $6,000 Final Spin]] isn't likely to be enough to catch up.



** Starting in Season 31, the "European Vacation" weeks sponsored by Colette Vacations generally have more extravagant trips than usual, which often means both Prize Wedge trips and Prize Puzzle trips valued at well over $10,000.



*** In one 2009 episode, a contestant landed on the $3,500 wedge ''four times in a row''. Despite the contestant's excitement, nobody in the audience cheered or applauded for any of the four hits themselves (but did applaud the correct letters called on them like any other correct letter).

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*** In one 2009 episode, episode (the same episode where the Million Dollar Wedge was infamously placed next to Lose a Turn by mistake), a contestant landed on the $3,500 wedge ''four times in a row''. Despite the contestant's excitement, nobody in the audience cheered or applauded for any of the four hits themselves (but did applaud the correct letters called on them like any other correct letter).



*** Most notably, it was quietly revealed that there would absolutely ''no'' remote tapings for the entire season, the first nighttime season since Season 8 without such shows. It should be noted that the number of remotes per season gradually decreased in the seasons preceding this, though.

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*** Most notably, it was quietly revealed that there would absolutely ''no'' remote tapings for the entire season, the first nighttime season since Season 8 without such shows. It should be noted that the number of remotes per season gradually decreased in the seasons preceding this, though.though - from as high as four in Seasons 15-16, to three in Season 17-24, to two in Seasons 25-28, to just one in Seasons 29-32.



*** In Season 28, a cash bonus was now awarded when winning a car in the Bonus Round. Said bonus was done away with for Season 33 (although it was briefly decreased from $5,000 to $3,000 for Season 31 only).

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*** Likely because of an unusually high win rate in the previous season, the 1/2 Car tags were made slightly harder to win by not adding them to the Wheel until Round 2. The Jackpot wedge was retired after Season 30 likely for the same reason.
*** In Season 28, a cash bonus was now awarded when winning a car in the Bonus Round. Said bonus was done away with for Season 33 (although it was briefly decreased from $5,000 to $3,000 for part of Season 31 only).
17th Jan '16 11:51:09 PM Gimere
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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: One episode put up a disclaimer before a TV Title puzzle saying that the episode was taped before the late-night feud with Conan and Leno. The answer? "THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN". No doubt many a home viewer solved that puzzle before any letters were revealed.

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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: FunnyAneurysmMoment:
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One episode put up a disclaimer before a TV Title puzzle saying that the episode was taped before the late-night feud with Conan and Leno. The answer? "THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN". No doubt many a home viewer solved that puzzle before any letters were revealed.



* GameBreaker: Plenty.

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* GameBreaker: Plenty.GameBreaker:



* MostWonderfulSound: The chimes that play as the puzzle is revealed. [[http://www.qwizx.com/gssfx/usa/wof-oldintropuzz.wav This]] was the original version used until Goen's first daytime episode (July 17, 1989), when [[http://www.qwizx.com/gssfx/usa/ucategory.wav this]] version took its place.

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* MostWonderfulSound: MostWonderfulSound:
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The chimes that play as the puzzle is revealed. [[http://www.qwizx.com/gssfx/usa/wof-oldintropuzz.wav This]] was the original version used until Goen's first daytime episode (July 17, 1989), when [[http://www.qwizx.com/gssfx/usa/ucategory.wav this]] version took its place.



* ReplacementScrappy: Several examples.

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* ReplacementScrappy: Several examples.ReplacementScrappy:



* WereStillRelevantDammit: The 33rd season (started in fall 2015) is promoted with Orleans's song "Still the One and clips intended to show that Sajak and White have "still got it."

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* WereStillRelevantDammit: The 33rd season (started in fall 2015) is promoted with Orleans's song "Still the One and clips intended to show that Sajak and White have "still "{{still got it.it}}."
9th Jan '16 8:37:38 PM KoopaKid17
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*** In Season 28, a cash bonus was now awarded when winning a car in the Bonus Round. Said bonus was done away with for Season 33 (although it was briefly decreased from $5,000 to $3,000 in Season 31).

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*** In Season 28, a cash bonus was now awarded when winning a car in the Bonus Round. Said bonus was done away with for Season 33 (although it was briefly decreased from $5,000 to $3,000 in for Season 31).31 only).
9th Jan '16 11:14:22 AM KoopaKid17
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*** In Season 28, a cash bonus was now awarded when winning a car in the Bonus Round. Said bonus was done away with for Season 33.

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*** In Season 28, a cash bonus was now awarded when winning a car in the Bonus Round. Said bonus was done away with for Season 33.33 (although it was briefly decreased from $5,000 to $3,000 in Season 31).
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