Awesome: The Price Is Right
The Price Is Right
has aired for years on all three "big" networks (NBC
) and both kinds of syndication (weekly and daily)...so you'd better believe there are quite a few.
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- Every Double Showcase Win. This extends to bids that would have awarded both Showcases had the Double Showcase Rule been in effect.
- Any time a player gets the price exactly right after another player had tried bidding $1 more.
- Any time a player bids $1 less than a previous contestant (normally an example of What an Idiot) and still wins.
- Johnny Olson. He never missed a taping note , coming in regardless of his health. Holly Hallstrom recalled a taping where Johnny was throwing up in a pail next to him but continued to sound like he always did; director Marc Breslow told him to speed up the reading of the Showcase copy, and Olson managed to comply without missing a beat. The man was a trouper.
- Janice Pennington. Having been on the show since its 1972 return, she, Vanna White, and maybe Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell are the only known models to stay on past their "expiration dates" (although Cindy these days "models" her own furniture collection). In 1988, an inexperienced camera guy swung the wrong way during the opening, causing severe injuries to Pennington. The resulting surgery left her unable to model swimsuits, and yet she continued for 12 more years, remaining loyal to Bob Barker even through all his scandals in the 1990s. She and Kathleen Bradley were fired after the December 15, 2000, show; Barker said it was budget cuts, but it was really after they had testified against him in a trial.
- Thin Drew Carey! He looks fantastic!
- Losing over 80 lbs. means he also beat type-2 diabetes.
- Any win off a "Big 3" game: Golden Road, 3 Strikes, and Triple Play.
- Winning Pay the Rent when they're not trying to give the $100,000 away.
- For pricing games:note
- In Any Number, picking all the numbers in the price of the car without putting any numbers in the smaller prize or piggy bank.
- Winning on the first try in Bonkers or Race Game, or winning on the final guess after the buzzer.
- Winning Cliff Hangers by getting all three prices exactly right, or having the mountain climber stop on the very last (25th) step.
- Winning Cover Up or One Away on the first guess.
- In Dice Game, have each roll be the correct number, a 1, or a 6, automatically winning the car.
- In Hole in One, getting all six items in the correct order, or making a putt from the last line, or having a putt bounce off the backstop and into the hole.
- In Let 'Em Roll, rolling all five cars in a single roll.
- In Master Key, getting only one price correct but selecting the "master" key.
- In Pathfinder or Pocket Change, getting the price of the car without making any mistakes.
- Dropping more than one Plinko chip into the highest value slot ($10,000 on daytime).
- In Rat Race, winning all three rats, then having your chosen three rats come in first, second, and third, winning all three prizes.
- In Switcheroo, getting all five prices right on either guess, but especially the first.
- In Spelling Bee, winning all three extra cards, going for the car, and the result be some combo of C-A-R-CAR-CAR.
- To add to 3 Strikes, winning the game without pulling out any strikes.
- In Money Game, getting the front and the back of the vehicle in the first two picks.
- In Punch-a-Bunch, getting the top amount on your very first punch (or only punch if you only earned one punch).
Bill Cullen (1956-65)
- Doris Wiltse holds the original show's all-time top winnings record. In seven weeks on the nighttime show, she accumulated $76,110 in merchandise.
- Nancy Griebel, a contestant on a 1963 nighttime show, came closest to the price of a light bulb (67 cents) without going over...and as a bonus prize, she won over $8,000 in electric appliances.
- When the show moved to ABC in Fall 1963, there was an addition to the usual home sweepstakes. The winner, flown to New York to be a contestant, was offered his/her choice of a working oil well or $25,000 cash. An elderly gentleman was the winner of that sweepstakes, and chose the $25,000 because "I haven't got time to wait for the well!"
- Richard Keyes was a contestant in the final weeks of the NBC nighttime show, and his bonus, after winning a sailboat, was to be an honorary judge at the Miss America Pageant. He got to do a meet-and-greet with all the contestants and after observing them in various categories, he wrote down the names of the five girls he thought had the best chance to crowned Miss America. Those selections were placed in a sealed envelope and kept in abeyance until the first ABC nighttime show on September 18 (eleven days after the pageant). If any of Mr. Keyes' selections made it to the semi-finals, he won $2,500. If any of his selections became a finalist, he won $5,000. If any of his selections was named Miss America, he won $10,000. (It is unclear if the September 18 show exists, so the results of Mr. Keyes' selections remain an enigma.)
Bob Barker (1972-2007)
- September 4, 1972: Paul Levine, the first contestant ever to play Bonus Game, got all four prizes, winning the bonus prize by default. To top that off, he won his Showcase with a difference of $4. note
- March 24, 1975: The "Greatest Showcase War". Both women bid within the Double Showcase threshold ($99 or less), with the winner getting both Showcases by being $1 closer.
- November 3, 1975: The first permanent hour-long show has the first Golden Road win, followed by five more pricing game wins.
- March 25, 1983: From the first playing of "Master Key", the contestant only earned one key. Guess which key she got?
- October 25, 1984: This contestant only managed to earn just ONE punch on the Punchboard, and only then, she earned it on the very last small prize. Take a guess at what amount she punched.
- November 11, 1985: A contestant wins the car on the Deluxe Dice Gamenote by rolling all sixes.
- March 12, 1986: The utmost perfection in 3 Strikes +. Yes, that's right — all five numbers in order, on the first try, with no Strikes...and this came after she won $100 for a perfect bid!
- September 11, 1991: On the first pricing game of the day, a lady wins One Away by getting all five numbers right on the first try. That's awesome by itself, but she was playing for a Cadillac and admitted that she never did as well playing along at home. She later went on to win the Showcase, winning a total of $54,032 overall.
- January 13, 1992: Danielle Torres, then a student at Pepperdine University, won a Lincoln Continental Signature Series in 3 Strikes+, and later went on to win a Showcase which included a Corvette. Her final total—$88,865, which was a Price record for a dozen years.
- September 23, 1992: The only perfect playing of Super-Ball.
- 1990s: A Genre Savvy contestant named Chad owns Cliff Hangers. The prices? $20-$30-$40.
- 1990s: An elderly gentleman is playing Punch-A-Bunch, and after earning his punches, punches out four numbers. Bob takes out the slip behind the sixth hole, but just as he takes it out the man asks if he can get a redo since "six is The Devil's number." Bob simply looks at the slip, flashes a quick smirk, and rather than his usual routine of teasing The Reveal, says "Sir, would the Devil do THIS?" It was the $10,000!
- January 26, 1996: A guy named Bryan played Punch-A-Bunch, got $5,000 (then the second-highest value) on his first punch, and gave it back. The audience was nearly unanimously against him, and his response? "Audience, if you're scared, buy a dog. I'm going for it!" The next slip was $10,000!
- October 4, 1996: Walter plays the Dice Game for a Mercury. And he played that game in the most perfect way possible: He rolled the next four digits!
- October 6, 1998: Two contestants got $1 during a Showcase Showdown, then got it ''again'' in their Bonus Spin-Off.
- January 8, 1999: This playing of Spelling Bee.
- 2001: Three consecutive playings of Switcheroo are completely won on the first try (see below).
- 2003: A contestant named Michael is arguably the most Genre Savvy player to ever appear on the show, first earning his $500 bonus for his exact bid of $2,148 for the IUFB, then owning Buy or Sell. He's so savvy Bob actually mentions that he feels useless onstage with him.
- November 10, 2004: A man asks his girlfriend to marry her during the Showcase Showdown. Not only did she say yes, but her future husband hit $1 on the Big Wheel (earning him a $1,000 bonus) while he was proposing and went on to win the final Showcase for $23,750 total. As Bob put it, "If we did this in a movie, people would scoff!"
- September 18, 2006: Most of the Season 35 premiere, culminating in a Double Showcase Win for the now-second highest daytime win of $147,517.
- April 17, 2007: A contestant playing Half Off picked a box as Bob explained the rules of the game. The same box remained at the end of the game, was chosen, and contained the $10,000.
- June 15, 2007: Bookmarking his final season, Bob Barker ended his run on Price by awarding his final Showcase winner a total of $140,235, currently the fifth-highest total in daytime Price history.
Tom Kennedy (Nighttime, 1985-86)
- A contestant playing Punch-A-Bunch found a Second Chance slip worth $50...and then a $10,000 slip, the first time in the game's history that somebody won more than the stated top prize.
- A contestant playing Switcheroo was the first to win everything on the first try. Note that the prop doesn't actually have its clock yet, and it would be at least another four years before it did.
Drew Carey (2007-Present)
- February 11-12, 2008 (Million-Dollar Spectaculars; aired February 22 & March 7): DSW's on Drew's first and third MDS's, leading to respective totals of $1,153,908 (biggest overall total in franchise history) and $1,127,062.
- March 7, 2008 (Million-Dollar Spectacular; aired April 4): Clock Game was played with a million-dollar bonus where, while winning the game within the normal 30 seconds still won the standard primetime $5,000 bonus, if the contestant guessed both prices within 10 seconds (which had happened something like twice in the previous 36 years), they would win an additional million bucks. Taking full advantage of the show's subversion of And Ninety Nine Cents, the contestant nailed the first prize on her first try, got the second in eight seconds, and won the million. She would then go on to win the Showcase, for a final total of $1,089,017.
- July 4, 2008: A perfect Check-Out.
: And she's from Canada
! And she got it right on the nose
- November 3, 2008: Let's sum up Taylor's day...
- He came on Price for his 19th birthday and plays Lucky $even for a Ford Mustang, losing all but $1 on the first two guesses. Drew promises to "go berserk" if he manages to pull it off. He does, even with numbers designed to screw up people who guess middling digits.
- He then spins $1 twice on the Big Wheel for another $26,000.
- Then his opponent in the Showcase overbids by less than $500, giving him another car (a Dodge Charger this time) and $103 shy of $80,000 in total winnings. Not a bad birthday.
- November 11, 2008 (aired November 3): Contestant Dorothy from the second episode (actually the fourth show taped), the first person to ever play Grocery Game, came back. She didn't play Grocery Game again, though.
- November 27, 2008 (aired December 16): A contestant named Terry Kniess did what no other contestant had done for about 35 years — make a perfect bid in the Showcase. In fact, the producers were convinced that Terry had cheated somehow and ordered a 20-minute "stopdown" to investigate. Turned out that Terry's helper, a Golden-Road.net guy named Ted who had been a contestant in 1992, was just a devoted watcher who had memorized the prices of most of the items that turned up in the Showcases — although Kniess later said that he watched the show regularly, and in fact wrote a book about his perfect bid. Drew, however, had a feeling that something was up, and made no attempt to hide his suspicion.
- Drew noted afterward that it was the first time a contestant had made a perfect Showcase bid "since 1972 or '73", which was less epic than it could have been due to the lack of a Double Showcase Rule. Fan research has since narrowed this down to between January 16, 1973 and April 1974.
- This Esquire article refers to that event as "TV's Crowning Moment of Awesome". TV Tropes is not mentioned by name, but really, where else would they have come up with that headline?
- April 1, 2009: An entire show with some really weird stuff going on, however played remarkably straight throughout by all involved. Most notable:
- Kathy Kinney reprised her role as Mimi Bobeck and modeled during the show.
- Drew became the star of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
- Match Game think music played during two games, and its main theme during the credits.
- The Turntable refused to stop spinning during one segment.
- Most Expensive was played for three Howard Miller floor clocks. All different models, mind you.
- In a moment of the show coming full circle upon its history, the Bob Barker Studio was renamed...to the Bill Cullen Studio.
- April 27, 2009: A contestant playing One Away made all five numbers the same color (red, signifying lower than the "base" digit). Despite this setup's extremely low likelihood of having ever been the winning solution in the game's history, it was the price!
- June 26, 2009: This one didn't happen on the show itself, but on the internet. Drew opened his own personal blog and within days (not weeks as was expected), ruthless fans (most of them from Golden-Road.net) began attacking him. One took his commentary too far and pushed Drew into disabling comments temporarily. Since July 3, 2008, a lot of users over at that website had been hurling all sorts of invective at Drew and Fremantle Media over the firing of Roger Dobkowitz and various other things. When Drew disabled comments, he made a blog entry announcing that he had disabled them, and in this blog entry he stuck it to the fans by calling them "telephone pole screamers".
- PriceisRight.com, which started two years prior to this incident but died, was revived as an intended replacement to Golden-Road.net, and Drew has plugged this website on every episode since the beginning of Season 38. An attempt at The Man Is Sticking It to the Man, the official Price forums were nowhere near as active or well-moderated as the site it was ostensibly trying to replace (among other problems, racial slurs).
- Besides the above, Roger Dobkowitz has stated his support for Golden-Road in the past, appearing on the long-running Stu's Show with site admin John Sly to discuss Price and even attending the wedding of site founder Marc Green. Rich DiPirro has also shown his support, posting this message "to my fellow fans" about his firing and answering questions about his tenure as director.
- Speaking of Golden-Road.net, another MOA occurred on that website in 2004 when they ousted a troll who was making sockpuppet accounts all supporting Daniel Rosen, a man who was auditioning to replace Rod Roddy. The troll is believed to have been Rosen himself, mainly since the legit posters (and the show's staff!) almost unanimously thought his announcing sucked.
- January 4, 2010: In 1978, a contestant named Cynthia played Any Number and won only the piggy bank. 31 years later, she (now older, larger, and walking with a cane) played Any Number again and won the car. During her Showcase Showdown, clips of her first playing were shown.
- Note For Collectors: The 1978 clip shows the yellow tiles in front of Contestant's Row. While this may seem to be an insignificant detail, their presence rules out anything from June 5 (by which point those tiles had been removed) onward. This effectively means that GSN may have shown Cynthia's original appearance...unless it was on the nighttime show, in which case it's unlikely to show up again.
- March 4, 2010: A contestant playing Let 'Em Roll gets all five cars on the first roll!
- April 1, 2010: It looks like April 1 is becoming a new tradition for Price, with Kathy Kinney reprising along with:
- Stagehands replacing the models, and vice versa. Most notably, Gwendolyn Osborne became a page and Rachel Reynolds operated Range Game.
- Prize cars being pushed onto stage as if they were broken-down; one of these was a Hyundai, a company whose several last advertising campaigns have been totally dedicated to reversing this image in the wake of Toyota's scandals, so one has to wonder how well this bowled over with the sponsorship.
- Every single contestant having nametags reading "Pat" (Mimi thought it would help Drew remember everyone's name), and a Credits Gag where the staffers were renamed Pat (Pat Greco, Pat Richards, R. Pat DiPirro, etc.).
- Both Showcases being completely identical, except the second one threw in a Mini convertible at the last minute — The Reveal of which is itself an MOA.
- April 15, 2010 (aired April 16): A contestant wins Half Off with no boxes removed from play.
- April 21, 2010: A contestant won a restored 1964 Bentley (an extremely expensive British line of cars) playing Hole In One. The clincher? He putted from the first line (the farthest from the hole), and had narrowly missed on his first try.
- May 18, 2010: Another contestant playing Let 'Em Roll gets all five cars on the first roll!
- 2010-11: Season 39's ten Double Showcase Wins, which is a record for the show in at least the past decade (from September 2000 onward, the DSW record for one season was eight).
- September 20, 2010: A contestant playing Stack the Deck only gets one digit in the price of the car given to her (the third one), and must pick out every other digit correctly out of six possible numbers. The odds against this are huge and it has never been done before in the game's history, but she manages to get the price correct and win. (The facial expression on the model (Rachel)'s face is priceless.)
- October 15, 2010: For the first time ever, a contestant wins ALL THREE prizes in Rat Race.
- November 16, 2010: A contestant playing Any Number picks off the numbers in the car's price...in order. The secondary prize and piggy bank are left untouched (not the first time it happened).
- December 1, 2010 (aired November 9): A contestant playing Clock Game wins both prizes in 3.5 seconds.
- December 24, 2010: The first time since Bob's retirement that a contestant won over $100,000 on The Price is Right, a DSW paying out the tenth-highest total awarded, $101,244.
- January 31, 2011: A contestant playing Dice Game rolls three sixes and a one, automatically winning the car.
- February 4, 2011: After being led to believe she had won the first One-Bid due to an error from Drew (which he apologized for after the actual winner came up), she eventually got onstage and won $25,000 on the Big Wheel!
- February 18, 2011: The first win in one of the Big Four games (Golden Road, Three Strikes, Triple Play, Pay The Rent) in over three seasons came on a full count in Three Strikes for a Cadillac.
- April 7, 2011: A contestant playing Cover Up gets four of the five digits correct, leaving a choice between $12,758 or $19,758. The contestant picks 9 and wins.
- April 22, 2011: The immediate next playing of Three Strikes is for an electric car...and this one crawled back from two Strikes to a full-count win!
- June 3, 2011: Three consecutive playings of Three Strikes, all won on a full count.
- June 16, 2011: A contestant plays Bonkers and gets it right on the first guess.
- September 19, 2011: Season 40 opened with a perfect bid right off the bat, followed by Race Game for four cars. She won them all on the first try.
- September 28, 2011: The ceremonial 7,500th show, which actually was #7,500.
- January 25, 2011: A contestant in the Showcase makes a bid of $25,000 but then changes her mind and asks to change her guess to $22,500. Her first guess was locked in already and she was told she couldn't change it. When it came to revealing the actual price, her bid of $25,000 won by being $41 closer than her opponent's bid was—meaning, had she been allowed to change it, she would have lost.
- March 19, 2012: A contestant is the 3rd generation in her family to have appeared on Price, and has a lot to live up to: her grandmother won her Showcase, and her mother won her pricing game. She keeps the family legend going by winning Pathfinder, notorious for being one of the tougher games on the show to win.
- January 6, 2012: The crowning of the eighth-highest winner in Price history, another DSW to the tune of $104,346.
- January 13, 2012: One contestant played a session of Ten Chances that was dangerously close to being a Downer Ending. She figured out the the first prize within two tries, but took six guesses to get the second one (with a few guesses being painful to watch for Genre Savvy viewers). Despite having only two chances left to figure out the car's price, she guesses it correctly the very next try.
- April 20, 2012: A woman playing Check-Out makes some guessing on each product, to which the audience was booing and it didn't help that she was acting totally clueless as she guessed. As the prices for each item was revealed, it was actually shown that the contestant was right in the ballpark of the actual prices. Drew even made a Take That against the audience (jokingly) when it was revealed that the contestant won the game.
- September 4, 2012: Remember Paul Levine, the perfect Bonus Game player from the 1972 premiere? Well, he won his way out of Contestants' Row again for the 40th-Anniversary Specialnote , and happened to play Bonus Game again...and got all four prizes right again! To make the double-win sweeter, this time the bonus prize was a restored 1972 Monte Carlo!
- January 1, 2013: How does the first new episode of Price to air on New Year's Day since 1962 get any more special? How about Mark getting not just $1 on the Big Wheel, but also getting a DSW? His off-by-$23 bid was the closest since the aforementioned perfect bid in this folder.
- March 18, 2013: It's been a while since we've had one of these, so here's another 3 Strikes win. Also heartwarming in that it was the contestant's birthday.
- April 19, 2013: Three perfect bids in Contestant's Row.
- April 24, 2013: Pay the Rent, a notoriously-hard game to win all the way for Seasons 39-40, was finally won, and the contestant went on to a Showcase win and the sixth-highest daytime total of $124,017. (Unfortunately, the PTR win pretty much came about because they were desperate to get a winner, adding more and more solutions as Season 41 progressed...a move made very clear when the game went right back to being Nintendo Hard.)
- May 29, 2013: A contestant playing Cliff Hangers makes a terrible bid on the 2nd item that puts the mountain climber just two steps away from falling off, which means the contestant's next guess has to have a difference of $2 or less; he gets the last item exactly right.
- September 27, 2013: To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the premiere of Plinko, one of the most popular games on the show, Drew and George declare it "Plinko Day". All six of the winning contestants get to play the game, including chances at some prizes not usually offered in a Plinko game.
- October 14, 2013: The second Big Money Week note kicked off with a bang, as the contestant not only won $100,000 on 1/2 Off, but went on to win $1,000 on the Big Wheel and her Showcase, becoming the fourth-biggest winner in Price history with $140,246. note
- November 5, 2013: A male contestant gets the Showcase within $600; his opponent gets it within $266. Oh, and we had another 3 Strikes winner too.
- November 18, 2013: Check Game's first win in years. The contestant's check and prize add up to $7,999 (only $1 away from perfection).
- November 19, 2013: As this is Dream Car week, some pricing games are played for luxury cars. Jason, a Hole In One contestant, places all six grocery items in the correct order, wins the $500 bonus, then putts from the closest line and wins a BMW 640i worth just over $87,000. Better yet, Jason, being a turf management major from Clemson University, was currently working on a golf course in South Carolina. It was a match made in heaven!
- December 30, 2013: The yearly "best prizes of the year" episode brought back the Audi R8 from Dream Car Week, with only a game of Gas Money in the way. Sheree beat the odds, and walked away with a total of $170,345, making her the biggest winner in the history of daytime television. (Not just daytime TPIR history, and she didn't even make it to the Showcase!)
- Beginning from the same day's playing of Squeeze Play, a streak of 11 consecutive pricing game wins.
- February 21, 2014: A gutsy (not unprecedented — but extremely rare) move by one of the contestants in the final round — bidding second, she bids $1 on her showcase, purely on the suspicion that her competitor has overbid on his own. She guessed right.
- June 19, 2014: Nearly six years ago, Punch-a-Bunch increased its top prize to $25,000. From that point on, nobody found the top prize...until now. Even more awesome, she got it on her very first punch AND one of the other slips she punched was $10,000.
- July 4, 2014: A perfect show, complete with the second Pay The Rent win!
- Two from Dream Car Week in October 2014...
- October 13: This contestant played a near-perfect Lucky $even, getting three out of four numbers exactly, and missing only the 'tens' digit by one. Now, that's awesome in itself, but on this occasion...HE WAS PLAYING FOR A $57,465 PORSCHE CAYENNE!
- October 16: This contestant won a Tesla Model S playing One Away.
- November 10, 2014: This contestant kicked off Big Money Week with a bang by winning $100,000 on Rat Race, giving him the ninth-highest total in Price history, $103,935.
- November 14, 2014: Bracketing wins in Big Money Week, a $100,000 win on Grand Game, plus a Showcase win, leading to the third highest total of $143,545.
- Besides that, we also had a wheelchair-bound contestant winning a car in the Range Game (Drew operated the button himself and had the contestant tap him on the arm when he wanted to stop) and perfection in the Bonus Game.
- December 22, 2014: This guy won a Lexus IS350C convertible in 3 Strikes despite having two strikes and no numbers up at one point.
- To elaborate, the contestant started the game by pulling out two strikes in a row, which nearly screwed him from the start. He then pulls three numbers in a row, and guesses all of them correctly. He gets his fourth number wrong, but by then, he can fill the remaining spots, as long as he avoided pulling a strike...and he did.
- He later went on to win the Showcase, cleaning house with $80,061 in prizes.
- December 23, 2014: On the second day of Christmas Week, we got the first Golden Road win in the Carey era (daytime); this was followed by a Showcase win and the seventh highest total in Price history, $108,894.
- One of the things that made the Ian Turpie "New Price is Right" version unique compared to other versions of "Price" was that it had a "carry over" (returning) champion, who competed against the highest scoring player of the day (or the winner of the Big Wheel, depending on the time of the run) in the Showcase Playoff, where the winner of that became the champion and had a chance to win the Showcase. In 1984, Angelo Spitaro (sp?) won the Showcase playoff six times and ended up winning over $66,000 in prizes, including FOUR new Holdens (a Gemini sedan, a Shuttle van, a Camira SJ sedan, and a Camira wagon). Here's a clip of Angelo being presented his cars, with his part starting about four minutes in.
- In 2004, the Aussie version offered a condominium on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland as part of the "Mega Showcase", which was valued at over $500,000. During the Mega Showcase era, there were three winners...