Wheel of Fortune (TV Series 1983– ) - Plot Summary Poster

(1983– )

Plot Summary

  • 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
  • Pat Sajak hosts this game show, where contestants guess letters in mystery words and phrases. They win prizes based on results of spinning a wheel and guessing correctly to solve the mystery. Vanna White stars as the 'letter-turner.'

    - Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
  • 3 contestants compete to solve a mystery puzzle (a person, phrase, thing, etc.). One at a time, each contestant spins a large wheel (containing dollar amounts and other spaces) and fill in the spaces to help them solve the puzzle. Contestants were always in danger of losing what they had accumulated in that round by landing on a "bankrupt space" (all other winnings were considered "safe") or guessing an incorrect letter and another player then solving the puzzle. The contestant solving the puzzle wins the cash in front of him/her. Originally, contestants used their winnings to shop for prizes contained on stage (cars, trips, furniture, furs, etc.), or they could place it "on account" and use those winnings later on the condition they won a subsequent round. Later (1987 on the syndicated series & 1989 on the daytime show), winning contestants won cash. The day's top scorer was champion and played a bonus round for a luxury prize or $25,000. Until 1998, champions could compete for up to 3-day wins or until defeated.

    - Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>
  • The game is played like hangman. 3 players do try to guess the answer to a mystery category. The show begins with 2 toss-up puzzles. The first worth $1000 and the second worth $2000 and control of the wheel. The contestant spins the wheel, then guesses a letter. If the letter is in the puzzle, the contestant is credited with the money multiplied by the number of times the letter is found in the puzzle. If you want to guess a vowel, it will cost you $250. The money isn't safe as a lose a turn will end their turn and a "Bankrupt" will wipe their money out. The person who correctly solves the puzzle wins all the cash and prizes they had earned that round. (Bankrupts do not wipe out winnings from prior rounds) The special spaces(by round) Round one: Top Dollar Value of $2500 and a $10,000 space, sandwiched by two bankrupts(counts as a prize) Round two: Top Dollar Value of $3500 and a Jackpot space land on it, correctly guess a letter and solve the puzzle on that turn and you win the Jackpot starting at $5000 and increasing with every spin of the wheel. A bonus prize of between $2500 and $7500 is on the wheel(You must correctly guess a letter and solve the puzzle to claim the prize) Round three:The Mystery Round. Top Value Still $3500. There are two mystery spaces on the wheel. Behind one is a Bankrupt. Behind the other is a $9000-$15,000 car or $10,000 in Sony style electronics or other prizes(depending on normal week/teen week)The contestant can take $500 per letter and not look behind the card, but by taking the wedge off the wheel, that person is risking earnings in that round on trying for the prize. Another toss-up puzzle is played at this time for $3000 and control of the wheel Round 4(Usually the speed round, depending on time)The host will spin the wheel. During the speed round, which has a top value of $5000+$1000 Placement, vowels cost nothing, consonants are worth whatever is spun on the wheel plus $1000(To give trailing contestants a chance to catch up) Whoever is ahead at the end of this round advances to the bonus round. Contestants get to keep everything they have won. People who don't win anything are given a consolation prize of $500 During the bonus round, the contestant spins a special wheel to determine the prize he/she is playing for. THen the puzzle is revealed and is given RSTLN and E to help solve the puzzle, then the contestant guesses 3 consonants and one more vowel. Then the contestant has 10 seconds to solve the puzzle. If the puzzle is correctly solved, then the contestant wins the bonus prize(a new $20,000-$50,000 car, $25,000-$50,000 in cash or the top prize of $100,000.)

    - Written by Steven Anderson <ASja2002@aol.com>
  • 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.

    - Written by Megan Covington


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