Press Your Luck (1983–1986)

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A game show where contestents answer trivia questions and then have to gamble their winnings on a randomly flashing game board.

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Peter Tomarken ...
 Himself - Host / ... (764 episodes, 1983-1986)
Rod Roddy ...
 Himself - Announcer (737 episodes, 1983-1986)
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Three contestants one a returning champion competed in this game of strategy. The game consisted of two rounds, each with two parts. In the first part of each round, host Tomarken read a toss-up question; the first to signal is given a chance to answer. That response, plus two other possible answers are then listed, with the other two contestant then given a chance to choose from the three listed answers. A correct answer earned the first contestant three spins and his/her opponents one spin each. Four such questions were played; the players used the spins to accumulate cash and prizes on an 18-space board. One contestant at a time is in control of the board; he/she stopped a randomly-flashing cursor by pressing his signal device (and usually the scream "STOP!"). The contestant wins whatever appears in the lit space a cash amount, a prize, perhaps an extra spin or other action space ... or it could be a Whammy, which caused the contestant to lose all he/she had accumulated in that ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Today, these 3 players are after high stakes! But they'll have to avoid the whammy, as they play the most exciting game of their lives! From Television City in Hollywood, it's time to Press Your Luck!

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Press Your Luck usually edged its NBC time slot competitor Sale of the Century (1983) in the Nielsens from its premiere until January 3, 1986. The show's ratings reached its peak in mid-1984, unsurprisingly after Michael Larson's amazing run against the Big Board. However, Press Your Luck's numbers began to slip in Summer 1985, when Sale of the Century gained the upper hand in the Nielsen ratings. On January 6, 1986, CBS relocated Press Your Luck to 12:00 noon or 4:00 PM Eastern (depending on the local market) to make room for the Bob Eubanks-hosted revival of Card Sharks at 10:30 AM (which also debut on January 6th), replacing the Tom Kennedy-hosted Body Language (1984). This move caused the ratings to slip further and the series ended on July 25 with four weeks of shows left unaired. Some affiliates aired Press Your Luck at 9:30 AM Eastern in order to precede The $25,000 Pyramid, which it had previously followed. From July 28 to August 29, CBS aired the 1985 College Week shows followed by episodes from Summer 1984. On September 1, the series returned in first-run to air its last four weeks. The final episode, aired September 26, was not announced as such. After Press Your Luck ended its three year run, CBS would give the 4 PM slot back to the affiliates. See more »

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[commenting on a game in which all three players had $0 at the end of the show]
Peter Tomarken: For the first time in the history of "Press Your Luck," all three players come back next time!
[referring to one contestant]
Peter Tomarken: And Joe, it's all your fault!
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by Lee Ringuette for Score Productions
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The Whammy Show!!!!
6 September 2001 | by (Jersey shore, USA) – See all my reviews

When I was younger, I would watch this game show every afternoon. It became a tradition when the reruns aired on the USA Network in the afternoons several years ago. I was sad to see the reruns go, but now "Press Your Luck" has been revived on "Game Show Network" 4 times a day!

In case you don't know, "Press Your Luck" has a light-up board, with prizes, spins, and money on it, as well as a pictures of a sneaky little creature, the "Whammy," whom is out to get your money. 3 contestants answer questions in round one to gain spins, then in round two they collect money, prizes, and spins with their earned spins. If they land on any of the "Whammy" spots, they will lose all their money, but can earn it back with existing spins. The Whammies will always dance across the screen in animated form, which si qute comical. 4 Whammies ends your game, and the person with the most the most money is the winner.

This was a great game show, and I am so happy it's back in reruns. Long live the whammies, just avoid them at all costs!


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