History YMMV / WheelOfFortune

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.
25th Nov '16 3:37:00 PM glickmam
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** Chuck Woolery was one-half of the OneHitWonder psychedelic rock duo The Avant-Garde ("Naturally Stoned"), and was a CountryMusic singer while hosting ''Wheel''. Later, of course, he'd be famous for hosting ''Series/LoveConnection'', ''Series/{{Scrabble}}'', ''Series/{{Greed}}'', and ''Series/{{Lingo}}''.
** 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.
** Bob Goen was the host of ''Series/{{Blackout}}'' and a few other short-lived game shows; he would later become an ''Series/EntertainmentTonight'' host.
** David Sidoni was occasionally seen on ''Series/{{Roundhouse}}'', and later hosted a short-lived game show adaptation of ''Mad Libs''.
** Susan Stafford had very few onscreen roles except a guest appearance on a week of ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' in 2002. However, she was known at the time for her radio show and her marriage to Dick Ebersol, then the producer of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and NBC's vice president of late-night programming, having met him through then NBC president and CEO Herbert Schlosser; later, Stafford worked as vice president of public relations at Creator/JackBarry-Dan Enright Productions, in addition to becoming Dan Enright's companion for many years later on and even replacing Barry's name in the company with her own in 1991. She left ''Wheel'' voluntarily to do charity work in 1982, but briefly returned as a substitute in June 1986.
** Post-Stafford substitutes included Summer Bartholomew (who had previously substituted in 1977 and '79 when Susan was unavailable) and Vicki [=McCarty=]. Bartholomew was a former Miss USA who would later co-host ''Series/SaleOfTheCentury'', while [=McCarty=] is known as a ''Playboy'' playmate.
** Pretty much the only notability Vanna White had before taking over was as a contestant on ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' (June 20, 1980). She also did some low-level acting in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including the TV movie ''Goddess of Love'' on NBC and the ''Film/DoubleDragon'' film.
** Tamika Ray, who did the voice and mo-cap for "Cyber Lucy" on ''Wheel 2000'', was the female co-host of ''Extra'' for several years.
** Charlie O'Donnell was originally a DJ. He announced ''Series/AmericanBandstand'' for many years, and was the announcer on several Barry-Enright games (''Series/TheJokersWild'', ''Series/TicTacDough'', ''[[Series/BullseyeUS Bullseye]]'', ''Series/HotPotato'') and in the late 1980s, ''Series/TheDatingGame'' and ''Series/TheNewlywedGame''.
** Jack Clark announced on ''Series/{{Password}}'', ''[[Series/{{Pyramid}} The $25,000 Pyramid]]'', ''Series/SplitSecond'', and ''Series/EyeGuess''. He was also the host of ''Series/TheCrossWits'' (which, like Pat Sajak's unsold ''Press Your Luck'' pilot, was a Ralph Edwards production).
** Leonard Stone appeared as a contestant on Wheel and briefly talked about his experience with ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' nearly three decades prior.
3rd Nov '16 4:36:58 PM RAS310
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* FandomBerserkButton:
** Saying "I'd like to buy a(n)..." followed by a consonant.
** Saying that a contestant "lost a million dollars" when the Million Dollar Wedge is removed from play due to a Bankrupt or someone else winning the round.


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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".
28th Oct '16 11:29:18 PM 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 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 or call a wrong letter, [[AllOrNothing in which case they go Bankrupt]]. The kicker? It only shows up in round 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.



** 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.

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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 and contestants 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.Week and Great Outdoors week.



*** On top of all this, the top-dollar spaces have generally moved [[http://wheeloffortunehistory.wikia.com/wiki/Wheel_configurations closer and closer to Bankrupt over the years]]. Since Season 27, the top-dollar space has always been adjacent to a Bankrupt. As of Season 33, there is only one permanent $900-space and one permanent $800-space on the Wheel. The former is next to Bankrupt and the latter is next to Lose a Turn.

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*** On top of all this, the top-dollar spaces have generally moved [[http://wheeloffortunehistory.wikia.com/wiki/Wheel_configurations closer and closer to Bankrupt over the years]]. Since Season 27, the top-dollar space has always been adjacent to a Bankrupt. As of Since Season 33, there is only one permanent $900-space and one permanent $800-space on the Wheel. The former is next to Bankrupt and the latter is next to Lose a Turn.



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



** Up until around the late 2000's, the studio audience would traditionally cheer and applaud whenever the Wheel landed on the "big money" (even if the contestant were to call a wrong letter afterward). Nowadays, this rarely happens at home base anymore, although audiences at remote tapings generally continue the tradition.

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** Up until around the late 2000's, the studio audience would traditionally cheer and applaud whenever the Wheel landed on the "big money" (even if the contestant were to call a wrong letter afterward). Nowadays, this rarely happens at home base anymore, even with the $5,000 and Million Dollar Wedges, although audiences at remote tapings would generally continue the tradition.tradition (that is, until they stopped doing remote tapings after Season 32).



*** 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%'''.

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*** To the show's credit, the frequency of the minimum value $33,000 was hit slightly less often in Season 33, and $34,000 is already being hit in Season 33 is on track to be less frequently than that of Season 32. its predecessors. However, this is mainly due to a large increase in the current season is set to finish with a worse win-loss record; while number of car envelopes, most modern seasons end with around 35-40% of Bonus Rounds being won, Season 33's win rate hovers around a mere '''27%'''.which are now valued at ''less'' than $34,000, often making it the true minimum.



*** 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 Seasons 17-24, to two in Seasons 25-28, to just one in Seasons 29-32. The show did have plans to tape at Navy Pier in Chicago in October 2015, however.

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*** Most notably, it was quietly revealed that there would be 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 Seasons 17-24, to two in Seasons 25-28, to just one in Seasons 29-32. The show did have plans to tape at Navy Pier in Chicago in October 2015, however.



*** 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.

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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 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 is used.was used.
*** 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.



*** 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" (although to be fair, the show has lightened up on this starting around 2015).

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*** 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" (although to be fair, the show has lightened up on this starting around 2015).WHALE-WATCHING".



** For a special "Wheel 6000" week from April 28-May 2, 2014, the $5,000 wedge was replaced with a fully-functional $6,000 wedge. However, the wedge was never hit. It didn't help that four of the five shows had Round 4 begin with the Final Spin, [[FridgeLogic which might have been the point]].

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** For a special "Wheel 6000" week from April 28-May 2, 2014, the $5,000 wedge was replaced with a fully-functional $6,000 wedge. However, the wedge was never hit. It didn't help that four three of the five shows had Round 4 begin with the Final Spin, [[FridgeLogic which might have been the point]].
24th Oct '16 10:39:33 AM legoking831
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** Something of a common fandom joke is hypothetically having "R.L. STINE" as a bonus puzzle, since his name so closely resembles the order of RSTLNE and happens to have all those letters only once and only one missing. People who think a bonus round had too many of the given letters will also sometimes make comments such as "now that's just approaching R.L. STINE territory."
17th Oct '16 3:10:55 PM Twentington
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** Up until the mid-1990s or so, it wasn't rare for Round 1 and/or the last round to be a short answer with few common consonants, often leading to very long stretches of wrong letters. One particularly painful example was GIMME A BUZZ in 1989, which outdid even the OXIDIZED round, as it took ''thirteen'' turns before anyone called a letter. (The rest of the round wasn't quite as bad, though.)

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** Up until the mid-1990s or so, it wasn't rare for Round 1 and/or the last round to be a short answer with few common consonants, often leading to very long stretches of wrong letters. One particularly painful example was GIMME A BUZZ in 1989, which outdid even the OXIDIZED round, as it took ''thirteen'' turns before anyone called uncovered a letter. (The rest of the round wasn't quite as bad, though.)
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