History YMMV / WheelOfFortune

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.
9th Feb '17 7:57:34 PM KoopaKid17
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* CreatorsPet: The Prize Puzzle. The show has warmed up to it but fans certainly haven't (evidenced by its entry in TheScrappy below). Introduced in Season 21, Prize Puzzles originally occurred weekly. Two seasons later, they started occurring daily. Since its introduction, many popular elements have been retired ostensibly to make room for it, such as the Jackpot Round, the bonus categories and the Free Spin (replaced by the Free Play wedge). It doesn't help that the Prize Puzzle is ''never'' affected by budget cuts whenever the show makes them.

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* CreatorsPet: The Prize Puzzle. The show has warmed up to it but fans certainly haven't (evidenced by its entry in TheScrappy ScrappyMechanic below). Introduced in Season 21, Prize Puzzles originally occurred weekly. Two seasons later, they started occurring daily. Since its introduction, many popular elements have been retired ostensibly to make room for it, such as the Jackpot Round, the bonus categories and the Free Spin (replaced by the Free Play wedge). It doesn't help that the Prize Puzzle is ''never'' affected by budget cuts whenever the show makes them.



*** Then there's the awkward shoehorning of puzzles in order to meet a certain category's criteria. Rhyme Time has devolved into "two random things that rhyme" such as EGG YOLKS & ARTICHOKES while What Are You Doing? especially in the Bonus Round is essentially "random -ing word".

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*** Then there's the awkward shoehorning of puzzles in order to meet a certain category's criteria. Rhyme Time has devolved into "two "two/three random things that rhyme" such as EGG YOLKS & ARTICHOKES while What Are You Doing? especially in the Bonus Round is essentially "random -ing word".
6th Feb '17 4:52:30 PM Twentington
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** Many fans hate the Rhyme Time category because it often results in a series of randomly-grouped words that just happen to rhyme, even if they are in no way related (e.g. BEES FLEAS & MANATEES, BABOONS AND RACCOONS).

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** Many fans hate the Rhyme Time category because it often results in a series of randomly-grouped words that just happen to rhyme, even if they are in no way related (e.g. BEES FLEAS & MANATEES, BABOONS AND RACCOONS). As of Season 34, even Pat has begun making fun of this.
14th Jan '17 9:00:02 PM KoopaKid17
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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 reviled 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 reviled panned by fans.
14th Jan '17 8:58:11 PM KoopaKid17
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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.

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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 reviled by fans.


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** The new theme, introduced in 2017, sounds very similar to "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uCAWUXYKUM Wild Wild West]]" by The Escape Club.
14th Jan '17 8:54:54 PM KoopaKid17
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** The Million Dollar Wedge is hated by some fans, either for the $1,000,000 being way too hard to win and being too gimmicky, replacing the former $10,000 prize, or because of how some casual viewers of the show think the wedge is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, which led to an embarrassing media outbreak in September 2013 when a contestant mispronounced a puzzle immediately after picking up the wedge, with headlines claiming that he "lost a million dollars" right then and there.
14th Jan '17 7:40:53 AM Twentington
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* HarsherInHindsight:
** For the first time in over 15 years, viewers heard a different voice announcing in November 2010 because Charlie O'Donnell had fallen ill. The first episode with substitute announcer Johnny Gilbert aired on November 1, 2010, the same day that O'Donnell died (episodes are taped in advance).

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* HarsherInHindsight:
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HarsherInHindsight: For the first time in over 15 years, viewers heard a different voice announcing in November 2010 because Charlie O'Donnell had fallen ill. The first episode with substitute announcer Johnny Gilbert aired on November 1, 2010, the same day that O'Donnell died (episodes are taped in advance).


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** Many fans hate the Rhyme Time category because it often results in a series of randomly-grouped words that just happen to rhyme, even if they are in no way related (e.g. BEES FLEAS & MANATEES, BABOONS AND RACCOONS).


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** There isn't much love for the theme music package introduced during the first week of 2017. Many fans of the show think that the new theme sounds like it belongs on a Telemundo show, that the other cues lack the "punch" of the previous ones, and that the Speed-Up music sounds like something from a porno. Even worse, these music cues were retroactively dubbed into Saturday reruns.
27th Dec '16 2:10:11 PM RAS310
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** The ½ Car. Pick up both tags and win the car (usually in the $15,000 range), and you're almost guaranteed victory. If you win the car in the Prize Puzzle round (Round 3), it's safe to say victory is yours.

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** The ½ Car. Pick up both tags and win the car (usually in the $15,000 range), and you're almost guaranteed victory. If you win the car in the Prize Puzzle round (Round 3), it's safe to say victory is yours.the other contestants might as well go home.



** On team episodes, both the Wheel Prizes and Prize Puzzle trips are usually higher in value than on regular episodes, which can especially be a game breaker when considering the fact that all other stakes (except for the house minimum being $2,000 instead of $1,000) remain the same. One Family Week in 2010 had both types of prizes worth ''$15,000'', and two teams managed to win both on their episode.
*** It got worse in Season 32. The bare minimum value for prizes increased from $5,000 to $6,000, and as a result, the team weeks generally have even more expensive trips.

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** On team episodes, both the Wheel Prizes and Prize Puzzle trips are usually higher in value than on regular episodes, which can especially be a game breaker when considering the fact that all other stakes (except for the house minimum being $2,000 instead of $1,000) remain the same. One Family Week in 2010 had both types of prizes daily trips worth ''$15,000'', ''$15,000'' all week, and two teams managed to win both on their episode.
*** It got worse starting in Season 32. The bare minimum value for prizes increased from $5,000 to $6,000, and as a result, the team weeks generally have even more expensive trips. One Family Week episode in November 2016 had the guaranteed Prize Puzzle trip worth over ''$17,000'', which is well over the value of the much-harder-to-earn ½ Car.



* ScrappyMechanic:
** The Prize Puzzle. Many fans dislike it mainly for two reasons:
*** As mentioned above, the prize that the contestant wins for merely solving the puzzle often decides who wins the game.
*** The fact that the prize is (barring a scant few exceptions) always a trip generally leads to many puzzles having some kind of positive adjective and/or other inflation thrown into the puzzle just to make it seem longer, such as "EXCEPTIONAL WILDLIFE PRESERVES" or "MILES AND MILES OF PRISTINE COASTLINE". Sometimes, puzzles are even reused after a few years with just one or two words (often the adjectives) switched with something else. The Prize Puzzle is also responsible for many "Phrase" puzzles being random grammatically-correct sentences about positivity or traveling, such as "WE WOULD LOVE TO GO WHALE-WATCHING".
** Team weeks are often disliked due to the game sometimes being slowed down by twice as many interviews and teams conferring over what letter to call. In addition, the house minimum during these weeks is $2,000, which is awfully generous when you consider that the basic Wheel template is only $500-$900 outside of the top dollar value. Even during the Final Spin where $1,000 is added to the value spun, one consonant on any value except the highest one will give you less than said minimum. Also, the first Toss-Up is still worth $1,000 which is not raised to the minimum itself, which results in several games where a team who solves only that puzzle ends up leaving with the same amount they would've won from solving no puzzles.



*** Several Prize Puzzles are derivatives of previously-used puzzles with a word or two (often an adjective) switched out with another one.

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*** Several Prize Puzzles are derivatives of previously-used puzzles with a word or two (often an adjective) added or switched out with another one.



*** 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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*** 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.Spin, as well as the former orange $800 wedge, now the $650 three wedges clockwise of that.



*** In addition, the cars themselves are generally less expensive than cars offered in previous seasons. One car won in a December 2015 episode was only worth $24,000 and change, over $8,000 less than the prevalent cash minimum and still lower than the $25,000 cash prize that was scrapped in Season 28 in favor of a minimum upgrade to $30,000 (which was changed to the nighttime season number times $1,000 in Season 32). Despite winning the Bonus Round, said winner left with a little over $33,000 ''overall''.

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*** In addition, the cars themselves are generally less expensive than cars offered in previous seasons. One car won in a December 2015 episode was only worth $24,000 and change, $24,295, over $8,000 less than the that season's prevalent cash minimum of $33,000 and still lower than the $25,000 cash prize that was scrapped in Season 28 in favor of a minimum upgrade to $30,000 (which was changed to the nighttime season number times $1,000 in Season 32). Despite winning the Bonus Round, said winner left with a little over $33,000 ''overall''.$36,000, making her the lowest-scoring Bonus Round winner since 2009.



*** 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 officially stated that "$5K Every Day" was "on hiatus" due to the show being pre-empted weekly in many markets during football season. SPIN ID's are now only drawn on special occasions such as the annual Secret Santa Sweepstakes.

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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 officially stated show's excuse was that "$5K Every Day" was they decided to put it "on hiatus" due to the show being pre-empted weekly in many markets during football season. SPIN ID's are now only drawn on special occasions such as ID drawings were still done for the annual Secret Santa Sweepstakes.Sweepstakes, and "$5K Every Day" returned in January 2017.



* TheScrappy:
** The Prize Puzzle. Many fans dislike it mainly for two reasons:
*** As mentioned above, the prize that the contestant wins for merely solving the puzzle often decides who wins the game.
*** The fact that the prize is (barring a scant few exceptions) always a trip generally leads to many puzzles having some kind of positive adjective and/or other inflation thrown into the puzzle just to make it seem longer, such as "EXCEPTIONAL WILDLIFE PRESERVES" or "MILES AND MILES OF PRISTINE COASTLINE". Sometimes, puzzles are even reused after a few years with just one or two words (often the adjectives) switched with something else. The Prize Puzzle is also responsible for many "Phrase" puzzles being random grammatically-correct sentences about positivity or traveling, such as "WE WOULD LOVE TO GO WHALE-WATCHING".
** Team weeks are often disliked due to the game sometimes being slowed down by twice as many interviews and teams conferring over what letter to call. In addition, the house minimum during these weeks is $2,000, which is awfully generous when you consider that the basic Wheel template is only $500-$900 outside of the top dollar value. Even during the Final Spin where $1,000 is added to the value spun, one consonant on any value except the highest one will give you less than said minimum. Also, the first Toss-Up is still worth $1,000 which is not raised to the minimum itself, which results in several games where a team who solves only that puzzle ends up leaving with the same amount they would've won from solving no puzzles.
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