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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.

Creator:

Merv Griffin
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4,000 ( 49)

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Airs Tue. Aug. 27, 12:30 PM on GSN

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 9 wins & 72 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Pat Sajak ...  Himself - Host / ... 6,862 episodes, 1983-2019
Vanna White ...  Herself - Hostess / ... 6,849 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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Family | Game-Show

Certificate:

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:

Колесо фортуны 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 1983-1989 theme was written by Merv Griffin and was titled "Changing Keys". The 1989-1992 theme was a jazzier remix of "Changing Keys", and the 1992-1994 theme was a slower remix of the 1989-1992 remix. The 1994-1997 theme was a big-band version of "Changing Keys" performed by Mort Lindsey's Orchestra, and the 1997-2000 theme was a slower remix of "Changing Keys" of big-band and rock mixed together. See more »

Quotes

[Closing announcement early to summer 1995]
Announcer: Created by Merv Griffin.
[copyright screen appears/drumroll plays]
Announcer: "Wheel of Fortune" is produced by Columbia/Tristar Television. Distributed by KingWorld.
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Connections

Referenced in Young & Hungry: Young & Earthquake (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Changing Keys
(1997-2000)
Written by Merv Griffin
Composed by Steve Kaplan
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Giving Game Shows A Positive Spin
15 August 2014 | by redryan64See all my reviews

AS IT IS in our local (Chicago) market, it appears that "THE WHEEL" (as it is widely known) fits very well into the early evening time-slot. That would be the half hour or hour between the end of the evening news and the beginning of prime time programing.

THIS MAKES IT both a link and a barrier at the very same time; a programing dichotomy that few shows could do so well.

BOTH IN THE concept and execution, THE WHEEL strikes a moderate approach. It offers us a question/puzzle to solve; yet it steers clear of any semblance of real difficulty. Although the daily three contestants compete for both Ca$h and Prize$ that may have considerable value, no one ever seems to take it to heart.

ONE VERY IMPORTANT factor in maintaining such a sort of "Nature's Balance" of the Entertainment World is the kind treatment and good humor of the hosting twosome. This is largely due to the unique personality and outstanding sense of humor of MC/Host, Pat Sajak. His extremely quick wit never fails to elicit the laughs from the in studio crowd & home viewers; yet he never makes guests the brunt of the joke.

AS FOR THE value of Vanna White and her function, it could be said that her original function has been automated out of existence. For so many years, the very attractive Ms. White was in charge of "turning the letters" in order to reveal the word puzzle parts. Now it is accomplished electronically by a technician in the control room.

HOWEVER, WE DO concede that Vanna's presence is far more reaching as she always adds to the daily conversation, does in-between announcements and is the representative of the feminine point of view in all matters. In short, for many reasons, she is definitely a keeper.

THE GREATEST CROSS section of viewing audiences regularly tune into WHEEL OF FORTUNE. And we have no reason to think that this trend will not continue. Ergo, we firmly believe that we will have it around for some years to come.


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