History YMMV / WheelOfFortune

10th Aug '17 6:25:58 AM 123456789
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* OvershadowedByControversy: The second episode of Season 31 had the first instance of a contestant playing the then-new Express feature, filling in the entire puzzle by himself from his first turn of the round. He also solved every puzzle after that, including the Bonus Round, finishing with over $71,000 total, including a car. However, the public was instead fuming over a botched solve attempt from another contestant in Round 1, where he lost the Million Dollar Wedge and the majority of media outlets reported that he lost $1,000,000. This caused the show to receive backlash on social media for "being cheap" or "too strict".

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* OvershadowedByControversy: The second episode of Season 31 had the first instance of a contestant playing the then-new Express feature, filling in the entire puzzle by himself from his first turn of the round. He also solved every puzzle after that, including the Bonus Round, finishing with over $71,000 total, including a car. However, the public was instead fuming over a botched solve attempt from another contestant in Round 1, where he lost the Million Dollar Wedge and the majority of media outlets reported that he lost $1,000,000. This caused the show to receive backlash on social media for "being cheap" or cheap", "too strict".strict", or "[[BreadEggsBreadedEggs strictly cheap]]".
10th Aug '17 6:23:27 AM 123456789
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* WTHCastingAgency: Most infamously Rolf Benirschke, as mentioned above. Chuck Woolery was also a debatable example at the time, as he was a struggling CountryMusic singer with minimal TV experience. However, he proved to be a great host right out of the gate, and has since become a genre veteran with several well-known shows to his credit such as ''Series/{{Scrabble}}'', ''Series/LoveConnection'', the late-1990s version of ''Series/TheDatingGame'', ''Series/{{Greed}}'', and ''Series/{{Lingo}}''.

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* WTHCastingAgency: Most infamously In addition to the infamous Rolf Benirschke, Benirschke as mentioned above. above, Chuck Woolery was also a debatable example at the time, as he was a struggling CountryMusic singer with minimal TV experience. However, he proved to be a great host right out of the gate, and has since become a genre veteran with several well-known shows to his credit such as ''Series/{{Scrabble}}'', ''Series/LoveConnection'', the late-1990s version of ''Series/TheDatingGame'', ''Series/{{Greed}}'', and ''Series/{{Lingo}}''.
10th Aug '17 6:21:05 AM 123456789
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*** Season 34 wasn't any better. As noted above, although the frequency of cars in the Bonus Round has increased, the cars are generally cheaper than past seasons. In addition, while many of the above changes weren't particularly noticed by casual fans, one change for Season 34 that many viewers quickly noticed was that the show stopped doing "$5K Every Day", where a SPIN ID would be drawn at the end of every show for a $5,000 cash prize. The show's excuse was that they decided to put it "on hiatus" due to the show being pre-empted weekly in many markets during football season. SPIN ID drawings were still done for the annual Secret Santa Sweepstakes, and "$5K Every Day" returned in January 2017. A new music package was also introduced mid-season which was immediately panned by fans.

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*** Season 34 wasn't any better. As noted above, although the frequency of cars in the Bonus Round has increased, the cars are generally cheaper than past seasons. In addition, while many of the above changes weren't particularly noticed by casual fans, one change for Season 34 that many viewers quickly noticed was that the show stopped doing "$5K Every Day", where a SPIN ID would be drawn at the end of every show for a $5,000 cash prize. The show's excuse was that they decided to put it "on hiatus" due to the show being pre-empted weekly in many markets during football season. SPIN ID drawings were still done for the annual Secret Santa Sweepstakes, and "$5K Every Day" returned in January 2017. A new music package was also introduced mid-season which was immediately panned by fans.fans for lacking the punch contained in prior music packages (see TheyChangedItNowItSucks for more info).
28th Jul '17 9:44:08 PM KoopaKid17
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* TearJerker:
** These three tributes:
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55FfY1Tm7m8 Jack Clark]] on September 6, 1988.
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIzGq0RNeT4 Wardrobe manager Alan Mills]] on February 16, 2009 with Pat's voice breaking near the end.
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvMr2MCFEj8 Charlie O'Donnell]] on November 5, 2010 [[note]](the episode with the famous I'VE GOT A GOOD FEELING ABOUT THIS solve)[[/note]] where Pat's visibly on the brink of crying.
** The Round 2 puzzle on November 2, 1992 was VANNA'S PREGNANT. After the puzzle was solved, Merv came on stage and surprised her with balloons and best wishes. Tragically, Vanna miscarried before the episode could air and the puzzle had to be edited out.
15th Jul '17 10:46:11 AM KoopaKid17
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** The crossword puzzles, which are more of an alternate puzzle format than a recognized category. Puzzles are generally supposed to be read as sentences; the crossword puzzles are comprised of loosely related words with no set reading order. There's being creative, and then there's tampering with conventions of
the English language (and the game) for the sake of it.
14th Jul '17 7:50:33 PM tyrekecorrea
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** The crossword puzzles, which are more of an alternate puzzle format than a recognized category. Puzzles are generally supposed to be read as sentences; the crossword puzzles are comprised of loosely related words with no set reading order. There's being creative, and then there's tampering with conventions of
the English language (and the game) for the sake of it.
30th May '17 4:51:53 PM KoopaKid17
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** If one has the Million Dollar Wedge and/or the Wild Card, having Round 4 and beyond go without a Speed-Up since Bankrupt is still in play. It more or less hinges on the staff hoping Bankrupt would be hit, thus denying someone the opportunity to take either or both to the Bonus Round.
22nd Apr '17 11:13:19 AM themisterfree
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** Pat Sajak was a disc jockey, and later a weatherman at KNBC in Los Angeles. He had hosted a few unsold game show pilots prior to taking over ''Wheel'', one of which was a "Simon"-like game for Ralph Edwards called ''Press Your Luck'' (no relation to the [[Series/PressYourLuck game with the Whammy]]).
** Rolf Benirschke was a retired place kicker for the San Diego Chargers.

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** Pat Sajak was a disc jockey, and later a weatherman at KNBC in Los Angeles. He had hosted a few unsold game show pilots prior to taking over ''Wheel'', one of which was a "Simon"-like game for Ralph Edwards called ''Press Your Luck'' (no relation to the [[Series/PressYourLuck game with the Whammy]]).
Whammy]]) and the 1980 [[Creator/MarkGoodson Goodson-Todman]] pilot ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxkc5seF6eg Puzzlers]]'' (which contained [[ObviousBeta prototypes]] for elements of ''Series/{{Blockbusters}}'', ''Series/BumperStumpers'' and ''Series/CatchPhrase'' {Steve Ryan created that pilot, ''Blockbusters'' and the puzzles for ''Catch Phrase''}).
** Rolf Benirschke was a retired place kicker for the San Diego Chargers.Chargers, and had hosted at least a runthrough for another Griffin pilot called ''Winfall'' (at least [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsTkSMpeXh4 one pilot]] was taped with Clint Holmes hosting, and CBS nearly picked it up until NBC canned ''Wheel'' and they chose that instead).
7th Apr '17 4:29:35 PM nombretomado
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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 had 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 was used.

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*** Season 33 also saw the first Big Money Week since Season 29, a theme which ''ThePriceIsRight'' ''Series/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 had 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 was used.
10th Feb '17 7:09:18 PM KoopaKid17
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* NeverLiveItDown: Chuck Woolery hasn't been able to live down his decision to bail over a pay dispute, going as far as mentioning it on the ''Series/{{Scrabble}}'' finale. This is especially true among those old enough to remember his tenure.
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