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Wheel of Fortune 

Hosted by Pat Sajak, this game show features 3 contestants who try to solve a puzzle by spinning the wheel and guessing letters in a word or phrase.

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Merv Griffin
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 9 wins & 73 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Pat Sajak ...  Himself - Host / ... 6,931 episodes, 1983-2019
Vanna White ...  Herself - Hostess / ... 6,918 episodes, 1983-2019
Charlie O'Donnell Charlie O'Donnell ...  Himself - Announcer 4,215 episodes, 1988-2010
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Storyline

Contestants guess hidden phrases by guessing letters one at a time. Contestants win money or prizes, as determined by a spin of the wheel, for each correct consonant they guess. But they have to pay to see what vowels are in a puzzle. The contestant that has amassed the most winnings at the end of a game goes on to play the bonus round, in which the player can win even more -- prizes frequently seen in the bonus round include automobiles, vacations and more cash. Written by Jwelch5742

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TV-G

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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Television

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wheel of Fortune See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1983 - )

Sound Mix:

Stereo (1983-)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The show used red, yellow, and blue backdrops starting with sunburst ones from 1983 until 1989. Starting on the Wheel in New York week in 1988, Diamond backdrops were used for road shows. In 1989 upon the move to CBS Television City, new backdrops that had golden spikes and doubled as a second score display were used. To distinguish the show from the daytime edition, the show used the Diamond backdrops on a full time basis starting fall 1990. In fall 1992, for the 10th anniversary, a new set of backdrops were debut. In February 1997, the red, yellow, and blue backdrops were removed in favor of a display that fit the theme for that week's set of tapings. In 1998, a video wall replaced the themed backdrops displayed behind the contestant and this video wall was upgraded in 2003. See more »

Quotes

[Closing announcement November 1995-1996]
Announcer: This is Charlie O'Donnell speaking.
[drumroll/copyright screen]
Announcer: "Wheel of Fortune" was created by Merv Griffin. Produced by Columbia/Tristar Television. Distributed by KingWorld.
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User Reviews

Splendid fun to watch and play along with
9 October 2001 | by Jerry AblesSee all my reviews

I always make sure that I never miss this awesome game show. If I'm not at home when it comes on, I tape it to watch when I get home. It is my opinion that it is one of the best and most exciting game shows of all time. It's always fun to try and solve the puzzles and to see the contestants win big cash and prizes. It's very easy to see why this show has lasted for so many years and I hope it stays around for years to come.


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