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Trivia: The Price Is Right
  • Channel Hop: Started on NBC, moved to ABC, reappeared on CBS and syndication seven years after ABC canned it.
  • Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: The show is one of the many sources that violate the Nintendo Style Guide by having the word "Wii" preceded by the word "Nintendo".
    • There are also the many sources that confuse the Showcase Showdown (when the Big Wheel is spun) with the Showcase (when they bid on the prize packages at the end).
    • People often refer to the bidding portion as "Contestant's Row", "Item Up For Bid", or aren't even aware it has a name; the proper title for the bidding game is "One Bid".
  • Fan Nickname: Many.
    • "El Skunko", mentioned on the main page.
    • An early pricing game known as "Bullseye" is usually referred to by fans as "Bullseye I" or "Bullseye '72" (the year it debuted), with the current Bullseye unofficially called "Bullseye II" or "Bullseye '76". Similarly, the original Balance Game is generally referred to as "Balance Game '84" while the current one is called "Balance Game '06".
    • The Showcases written by Carey in Season 37 were almost instantly called "Drewcases" after their writer (and, most of the time, the only guy laughing at the "jokes").
    • The fansite has a whole lexicon of fan nicknames, to the point where they would need a separate article. Among them are "That's Two Ninth!" (during a stretch where That's Too Much! had its solution in the second or ninth slots) and embarrassingly-cutesy nicknames for the pricing games ("Cliffy" for Cliff Hangers, "Baggy" for It's In The Bag, etc.).
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: All six hosts were known for something big prior to Price:
    • Bill Cullen was famous as a panelist on Ive Got A Secret and host of his daily radio show Pulse (and had hosted a variety of game shows prior to Price).
    • Bob Barker was famous for hosting Truth or Consequences; for viewers of KNXT in California, he was the producer of the 1969-71 game show Lucky Pair the show which gave Geoff Edwards and Richard Dawson their first hosting assignments.
    • Dennis James had done a plethora of work in TV, most notably the four-year syndicated hit PDQ (1965-69) and the 1950s hit Chance of a Lifetime. GSN viewers will likely associate him with his six-month stint on The Names The Same, which the network last reran in 2008.
    • Tom Kennedy hosted Name That Tune from 1974 to 1981, with his first few months on The Price Is Right overlapping with the last few of a daytime Tune hosted by James on NBC. James was pulling double duty on Price, which during his tenure was airing mostly on NBC stations.
    • Doug Davidson was (and still is) famous for his work on The Young and the Restless.
    • Drew Carey was famous for his self-titled sitcom and the American edition of Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
    • Some contestants are famous as well. Besides those mentioned on Retroactive Recognition, iJustine was a contestant at one point, as was Andrew Copeland of the rock band Sister Hazel.
  • Hey, It's That Sound!:
    • The "incorrect number" sound on Pathfinder was taken from the short-lived show Trivia Trap.
    • The sound effects from Penny Ante could also be heard on The Jokers Wild and Trebek's Double Dare.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Again, the announcers were well-known before Price.
    • Don Pardo was an NBC announcer for several years before Price, and later announced on Art Fleming's Jeopardy!. Don would make Price come a virtual full circle when he did a prize description for the Cliff Hangers game during a special week of game show salutes on The Today Show in 2002.
    • Johnny Gilbert hosted Music Bingo in 1958, and has been announcing Alex Trebek's Jeopardy! since its 1984 return.
    • The 1956-65 era also had several substitute announcers, the most famous of whom is Jack Clark (Password, Wheel of Fortune).
    • Johnny Olson announced on What's My Line? and To Tell the Truth, plus worked with Jackie Gleason on various occasions (including You're in the Picture, whose commercials were pitched by Dennis James). He also hosted the DuMont series Kids & Company.
    • Rod Roddy was already well-known as the announcer on Press Your Luck, Hit Man, and Whew! He also did the continuity announcements on Soap.
    • Burton Richardson was heard on The Arsenio Hall Show and To Tell the Truth, and would later be heard on Family Feud until 2010.
    • Rich Fields was a weatherman at CBS affiliate KPSP in Palm Springs, and also announced (and once guest-hosted) Flamingo Fortune. He also did some temporary work on Wheel after Charlie O'Donnell's death. He is currently the meteorologist for KNX radio in Los Angeles.
    • The show has held on-air auditions to pick a successor each time an announcer has left, and most of the substitutes are notable names as well:
      • Besides Rod, the on-air tryouts after Johnny's death were Gene Wood (a very prolific announcer whose work was mostly with Goodson-Todman; he also filled in for Johnny on the Tom Kennedy version), Bob Hilton (Blockbusters) and Rich Jeffries (Super Password). Phil Hartman also auditioned, but did not make it to the air; it's also believed that Charlie O'Donnell and Johnny Gilbert may have auditioned.
      • Rod's increasing illness in the early 21st century led to fill-ins by Richardson and Randy West between 2001 and 2003, and one week in 2002 where Paul Boland (of Match Game 1998) filled in. Besides Burton, Randy and Rich, the post-Rod auditions included comedian Daniel Rosen, voice actor/former VJ Roger Rose and regional radio hosts Art Sanders, Don Bishop and Jim Thornton (who now announces Wheel).
      • After Rich's ousting in 2010, the substitutes came again Whose Line Is It Anyway? alumni Brad Sherwood and Jeff Davis, former Shop 'Til You Drop host J.D. Roberto, radio host/author David H. Lawrence XVII, former The Weakest Link host George Gray, and comedian Steve White. Gray was declared the new announcer on April 18, 2011.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • Sixty-seven nighttime episodes and a single daytime show of the Cullen run were aired by GSN, including seven ABC nighttime shows.
      • The daytime show (February 21, 1957; incorrectly listed in liner notes as March 10) and ABC nighttime finale (September 11, 1964; not seen on GSN and incorrectly listed as September 4) are on the DVD set. Shokus Video has five shows in their compilation volumes note , while nighttime shows from November 26, 1962 and August 28, 1964 are on the trading circuit along with three March 1965 episodes sub-hosted by Jack Clark (one being March 22). A daytime show from June 19, 1964 with Johnny Gilbert as sub-host is now on YouTube (intro and first bidding game missing).
      • Three nighttime episodes unaired by GSN (December 25, 1961, to January 8, 1962) surfaced in August 2011 and can be seen here.
      • This 1982 report on game shows includes, among other things, brief footage of an episode before February 21, 1957 (see 0:37 and 2:03); the second clip shows a contestant area which is very different from the more recognized variants the contestant names are above the displays, and both are shown on straight lines rather than four distinct sections. There's also a solid wall behind the players (who are looking to their left) with the show's logo on it, which suggests a vastly different set.
    • Subverted, in that all episodes of the current run are intact (September 1972 is when CBS quit erasing tapes), but even though the show has been released on DVD a majority of the run won't be, mostly due to older episodes offering fur coats as prizes and Barker's later membership in PETA. This includes the 1972 premiere, although BCI (which released a box set in 2007) tried pretty hard to get fur episodes, offering to donate to Barker's favorite charities and/or put a disclaimer before the offending shows. The fact that Barker declined both says quite a lot.
    • The Dennis James version, partly due to offering a lot of furs, hasn't been seen very much since 1977 minus three prominent examples note . Only five episodes (including the pitchfilm) circulate, and approximately 30 episodes from 1973-75 were recorded onto audio cassette (heard here and here).
      • The last four minutes of an early-1976 show surfaced in July 2011, which a voiceover at the end clearly marks as being recorded from a local station...but the same episode was also used in an official '76 promo reel. What the hell are the odds?!
      • The aforementioned contestant, Pamela, returned for the show's 40th Anniversary Special in 2012, and a brief clip was shown of her in '76...with Dennis making the briefest of cameos. Three days later, the show's official YouTube channel uploaded clips from the master tape of Pamela winning, which included Dennis talking and saying his own name.
      • Recently, Wink Martindale posted clips from #002N (Taped on August 27, 1972, along with #001N), officially confirming that the Syndicated takings came next, despite the Syndicated edition being planned first, and that both editions premiered a week apart. By the time the nighttime show premiered, 5 nighttime episodes, not counting the unaired #003N, were in the can.
    • The Davidson version hasn't aired on TV since January 1995. Luckily (on unluckily, as some fans might see it), at least half of the run exists on the trading circuit.
  • Lying Creator: When Rod mysteriously stopped appearing on-camera in Season 31, some fans assumed that it owed to Rod's declining health, while Fremantle Media claimed that they had implemented a policy to keep all their game show announcers from being seen. However, this claim was promptly debunked when several substitutes appeared on-camera and Rich himself did the same...and by Season 37, Rich and his successors started getting as much face time as Rod did in the early days. It was further debunked in an interview given by Holly Halstrom, who remained friends with Rod even after she left the show the real reason Rod stopped appearing on-camera was arguments over salary between him and Bob.
    • In 1995, during a taping of the show, someone in the audience asked Barker what happened to Holly. Barker said that "Holly retired". But anyone who knows Barker better than anyone else would know the real reason for that.
    • Barker also said that he retired on his own terms, when he announced such a thing in October 2006. However, some people believe that was just a smoke screen all this time. They suspect that the real reason was because CBS and Fremantle Media had grown disgusted with his backstage behavior. Furthering the suspicions of longtime viewers is the fact that earlier in 2006, he signed a contract to host the series for 5 more years. Then, all of a sudden, he announced he was "retiring".
      • This sounds far less suspicious when you look at some of the episodes Barker recorded right before he announced his retirement. In one of themnote  he asked to reveal the second number in Dice Game, forgetting it was already revealed. In anothernote , Barker pre-maturely revealed the correct price in Cover Up, resulting in a technical win. He probably figured if he was going to make so many mistakes, it was time to hang it up.
  • Missing Episode: Several.
    • The 1972 Pilot no, not the nighttime pitchfilm taped February 16, but rather a dress rehearsal taped August 15 (one day after the set was first put up, and four days before the taping of #0011D) to make sure things would go smoothly when taping began on the 19th (and likely to have something tangible to show to CBS execs). Interestingly, neither Bob nor Dennis hosted this taping...but the person who did has been lost to time, and Roger Dobkowitz does not believe any footage still exists.
    • The episode aired on September 6, 1972 wasn't the real third episode. The actual third episode (the second one taped) went unaired because a contestant was deemed ineligible; the episode also contained a fur coat (as did the first and third tapings), shoving this one further into the realm of "not gonna air anytime soon"...although there hasn't been a straight answer as to whether it still exists.
    • The third Dennis James episode (#003N) got replaced as well, this one due to a set of special calculators (used to determine the Showcase winner) getting broken and nobody knowing how to fix them. A replacement was taped later on, but it remains unknown how the episode wrapped production (or, as with #0013D, if it still exists). When they daytime show premiered, 10 episodes, not counting the unaired #0013D, were in the can.
    • One episode was shelved with a designation of #1513X due to the contestants switching spots in Contestant's Row without anyone noticing; this was to air on September 27, 2000 but, again, the episode you saw that day was a replacement.
    • In its other flavor, many episodes prior to the late 1990s will likely never be rerun, at least during Barker's lifetime, due to various bans he maintains. Most commonly cited are those through about late 1981 or so where fur coats were a prize (Barker became involved in animal rights). But there are also claims that episodes featuring model Holly Hallstrom are also on the "do not air" list because of bitter (non-)relations between her and Barker; Hallstrom testified against Barker at several of his sexual harassment trials, and sided with another ex-model, Dian Parkinson, when the Barker-Parkinson affair blew up; she was unceremoniously dismissed from the show in the fallout, due to Barker's insistence. (Barker's vehemently denied Hallstrom's claims.) For these episodes, if the show is seen in reruns in the future, it is not known if the ban will expire upon Barker's death, or if Barker's will has a clause maintaining an indefinite and/or permanent ban. Regardless, numerous episodes from this "banned" period are on YouTube and in private collections.
  • Name's the Same:
    • One of the show's co-producers is Adam Sandler, who is not to be confused with the actor.
    • Similarly, the show's current executive producer is Mike Richards, not to be confused with Kramer.
    • There are two different pricing games called Bullseye (1972, 1976) and two called Balance Game (1984, 2006).
  • Old Shame: One of the things keeping Price off GSN and out of DVD retailers is Barker's refusal to greenlight shows that offered fur coats as prizes (although GSN screwed up, not once but three times, and aired an episode with a fur). There are certain other episodes Barker won't greenlight, some of which contain his abandoned habit of letting women pull the $100 perfect bid bonus out of his pocket by themselves.
    • Dennis James. Despite spending the first five years alongside Barker, helping to cement the show's popularity among those who were not able to watch the daytime version, GSN never aired any of his nighttime run. The official reason, given by on-air host Laura Chambers, was that the network felt it pointless since less than 50 episodes did not contain a fur coat/stole; said excuse falls majorly flat when one points out the network had "Game Of The Week" and "Wide World Of Games", both of which frequently showed games that either A) ran for less than 50 shows or B) had less than 50 episodes surviving, during the six years it held the rights to Price. It would seem that Barker has a grudge against James for having the longest nighttime version, which he kept even after James died.
      • In 1997, a James-hosted episode aired (twice!) in tribute following his death, albeit a daytime one where he was substituting for Barker. Considering the above, this episode (originally aired December 25, 1974) feels a lot more like a "pity airing" allowed through the generosity of Barker. While it was nice, the aforementioned hypocrisy can easily leave a bad aftertaste. As mentioned above, this was somewhat remedied by Price in 2012.
    • The original version averted any shame, and ensured it. In 1958, police arrested a viewer from New York City who tried to bribe the producers into selecting his sweepstakes entry. Later, as the quiz show scandals broke, charges were brought up that producers were instructing certain contestants to not exceed the prices of certain items. The charges were never proven.
    • Drew Carey has expressed regret for "Drewcases" from Season 37, claiming they didn't work.
  • The Pete Best: Dennis James, to the point where Doug Davidson is better-known for hosting Price amongst those under the age of about 40 or so (excluding die-hard game show fans). There's something wrong when said under-40s will know the guy who did 80 episodes far more often than the guy who did 200, and it certainly doesn't help that about 40 episodes of Davidson's run circulate on video vs. exactly five episodes of James' tenure.
    • And then in September 2012, the official YouTube account posted the aforementioned video of Pamela, making sure the world knew a little more about Dennis.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Both Rod Roddy and Rich Fields were longtime fans of the show, and attended tapings where they asked original announcer Johnny Olson for advice on careers in announcing.
    • Drew Carey is a huge Bob Barker fan, and leapt at the chance to succeed him.
    • Fremantle Media staffer Mandel Ilagan, the creator of the pricing game Off, was the founder of the newsgroup and a contestant on Match Game in 1998 before Fremantle hired him in the early 2000s.
  • Prop Recycling: Price, for the most part, rarely throws their old stuff out.
    • Any Number and the original Bullseye were actually one board, with three four-digit displays and lights with the numbers 1-10. The games only looked different because they had different faceplates.
    • The same prop also got a clock on its top half for the first three playings of Clock Game. In April 1973, the board got a unique four-sided faceplate and became Double Digits.
    • Professor Price himself apparently popped up in a few prize displays during Season 6, then languished somewhere until turning up in an early-2000s eBay auction as "Mr. Wiggles".
    • The number display from Pathfinder was also originally used in the now-retired Add 'Em Up
    • The spotlights used around the Big Doors on the 1986 primetime specials were used in the same role for the 1993 New Price Is Right pilots, then appeared in an October 1998 Showcase where Kathleen played a studio tour guide.
    • The Barker Silver Dollars for "Balance Game '84" were reused when "Balance Game '06" debuted.
    • The "bonus money" cards for Clock Game during the 1986 Specials occasionally showed up in Barker's Bargain Bar as the "difference" card.
    • The display from Check-Out's giant calculator seems to have been reused for the "change" display in Pocket Change.
    • The "$1,000,000" sign used in the back of the audience for Million-Dollar Spectaculars was cut down a bit, and is now the "$100,000" sign for Pay The Rent's intro.
    • November 11, 2013: When the first digit display on Dice Game was out of service, a number card from Cover Up was taped to it
  • Screwed by the Network: The original Price on NBC was holding its own in daytime, but the nighttime sponsors were playing around too much with it in other timeslots. It flourished at 8:30 PM Eastern Wednesdays, then in 1961 was moved to Mondays at 8:30 PM. A year later, it was moved to 9:30 PM Mondays where The Andy Griffith Show clobbered it, then again at midseason to Fridays at 9:30 PM. NBC wanted to skew younger than Price sponsors wanted and optioned a sitcom called Harry's Girls, but ABC stepped in and offered more for Price than NBC was willing to pony up.
    • Both versions moved to ABC, but their new home couldn't afford to air the show in color as NBC had. Further, not every market had an ABC affiliate in 1963, so 48 markets got Price on their CBS station instead. Ratings dropped significantly for both versions, with the nighttime show ousted on September 11, 1964 and the daytime show gone on September 3, 1965.
  • Shrug of God: Credit Card hasn't been played in quite some time; while some games have been put on hiatus in the past, these games have gone so long without being played that they're essentially retired. However, the staff has been rather careful in choosing its words so as to give absolutely no clue whether either game has been permanently retired the official explanation is that they're "being refurbished", which falls flat since Any Number and Temptation were refurbished in far less time.
    • In October 2011, Sandler stated on the official forums that Bargain Game and Check Game would be "coming soon". Shortly afterward, the forums underwent a major overhaul and these statements were removed. Some suggesting that he was lying...but he was proven right when Bargain Game came back on April 10, 2012, and Check Game returned on June 20, 2013.
      • After a very long hiatus, the Card Game returned, with a new computerized design and smaller set that could be played in front of the Contestant's Row.
  • Technology Marches On: Some of the prizes look very outdated when viewed next to an episode from today, such as the clunky desktop computers in the nineties versus the extremely slim and portable computers from the new teens. In a different example, a lot of the pricing games have gone through dramatic changes as digital electronics have improved their appearance and eased the difficulty it takes to operate the props.
  • Throw It In: Many different production or prop errors get left in for the heck of it.
    • Johnny Olson frequently ad-libbed over portions of the written copy, and some of his ad-libs became permanent with Rod.
    • The episode aired March 3, 1989 had two pricing games won due to production errors: one contestant got the top prize of $10,000 because they forgot to put a slip in one of the Punch-a-Bunch holes, and another won a car because One Away had a wrong number loaded into it, resulting in an Unwinnable setup.
    • On at least three celebratory episodes (including Bob's last), some audience members brought in confetti and threw it despite this not being part of the episodes' plans.
    • Make Your Mark's only appearance in Season 37 had its rules changed mid-taping to match Drew's incorrect explanation of them. The pricing game itself was then canned immediately afterward.
  • Too Soon: The show had the misfortune to air a rerun offering a trip to New Orleans as a prize — a week after Hurricane Katrina. Whoops.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Bill Cullen stated in a January 23, 1972, interview that he was in negotiations with Goodson-Todman to do the New show in syndication and "We've hit a snag ... the price, so far, hasn't been right for me." While his polio would've made it all but impossible for him to helm a show where the host is required to move around a lot, keep in mind that nothing had really been ironed out about the format at this point. Also noted is that Bill was in New York City at the time as a regular panelist on To Tell the Truth and host of Three On A Match.
      • Of note, Bill was to have guest-hosted The Tonight Show during the week of July 22, 1963. A dispute between Frigidaire (Price sponsor) and Hotpoint (Tonight sponsor) scuttled the appearance. Arlene Francis filled in for Johnny Carson that week.
    • The pitchfilm, taped a few weeks later, shows that hardly anything is certain except the core concept of winning a One-Bid to play a pricing game, the host (Dennis James), the airing schedule (weekly syndication), and the syndicator (Viacom). Almost everything else either got tweaked (the pricing games became Take Two and Ten Chances, respectively) or were dropped entirely (children bidding on prizes to win them for their parents).
    • Sometime between the pitchfilm and early August, the idea was hatched to use three Showcases per episode, so all onstage players could have a chance at more. This was dropped before August 19.
    • The extensive list of those who auditioned to replace Barker in 2007 included: Doug Davidson (The New Price Is Right), George Hamilton (actor & 1998 Match Game panelist), Todd Newton (Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck), Dave Price (The Early Show), Marco Antonio Regil (host of the Mexican version), Mike Richards (Beauty And The Geek & TPIR's future executive producer), Mark Steines (Entertainment Tonight), Marc Summers (Double Dare), Mark L. Walberg (Russian Roulette), John O'Hurley (Family Feud), and Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills 90210). Many online fans campaigned for Newton, and Roger Dobkowitz pushed for Walberg, but CBS wanted a "name" celebrity Drew Carey, who stated that he had never really seen Price and turned it down for that reason until CBS threw more money at him.
      • If you're ever curious to see how some of these host candidates would have done on the real show, look for videos of The Price Is Right Live! productions in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, which are scaled down but still identifiable as TPIR. Doug Davidson, George Hamilton, Todd Newton, Marc Summers, Marco Antonio Regil, and Mark L. Walberg have all hosted runs of TPIR Live! since 2007, as have current announcer George Gray and 2010 announcer candidate J.D. Roberto.
      • Also don't forget the short lived talks surrounding Rosie O'Donnell becoming the new host (partially bolstered by Bob Barker himself in interviews.) Rosie and CBS did have talks about the idea, but Rosie wanted the series to relocate to New York permanently, which largely ended any future discussion.
    • Season 37 was supposed to have a new pricing game introduced every day on the first week, possibly to make up for the fact that Season 36 had no new games introduced. Thanks to the firing of Dobkowitz and numerous other budget issues with CBS, all but Gas Money got scrapped.
    • After Johnny Olson's death, Bob Hilton almost got the announcing job, but turned it down to host two unsold pilots. Although Hilton didn't announce any shows at all after 1991, it's entirely possible he could still be announcing the show today had he chosen it (instead of spending the next 10 years as a local TV anchorman and then retiring fairly young to sell cleaning products).
    • Among the post-Rod substitutes, Barker almost hired Art Sanders (a news anchorman at KOMO Seattle) on the spot.
    • When Rich DiPirro redesigned the Plinko intro in Season 38, part of his plan was to bring back the Plinko sign (last used December 5, 2002) in its classic opening style. DiPirro asked if the sign still existed (it did) and requested it be brought to the stage so he could examine it and hopefully clean it up to present his idea to the producers...but once "management" (believed to be Mike Richards) found out about this, the sign was destroyed.
      DiPirro: This is second hand information, but it seems the sign existed when I asked for it, but was destroyed with the knowledge I wanted to put it back on the air. ... This moment represented my very first, huge disappointment at the show in so many ways. But, as a fan, most important was that a historic prop was senselessly destroyed...
      • More annoying is that for Season 40, the logo signs in the back of the audience were altered to use a physically spinning dollar sign. Yes, let's add new physical props but destroy one that's been in storage for seven years.
      • Penny Ante suffered a similar fate when it got left out in the rain, ruining its already tetchy electronics. The game was then canned.

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