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Press Your Luck 

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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1986   1985   1984   1983  
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Peter Tomarken Peter Tomarken ...  Himself - Host 760 episodes, 1983-1986
Rod Roddy Rod Roddy ...  Himself - Announcer 733 episodes, 1983-1986
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Family | Game-Show

Certificate:

TV-G
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

CBS, Carruthers Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(737 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This show usually edged its NBC time slot competitor, Sale of the Century (1983), in the Nielsens from its premiere until January 3, 1986. Ratings reached its peak in mid-1984, after Michael Larson's run against the Big Board. Ratings began to slip in Summer 1985, when Sale of the Century gained the upper hand in the Nielsen ratings. On January 6, 1986, CBS moved the show to 12:00 noon or 4:00 PM Eastern (depending on the local market) to make room for a revival of Card Sharks at 10:30 AM (which also debut on January 6th), replacing Body Language (1984). Ratings slipped further, and the series ended on July 25 with four weeks of shows left unaired. Some affiliates aired the show at 9:30 AM Eastern 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 to air its last four weeks. The final episode, aired September 26, was not announced as such. After the show ended, CBS gave the 4 PM slot back to the affiliates. See more »

Quotes

Rod Roddy: Today these three 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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Alternate Versions

A complete and unedited version of the Michael Larson episode was screened in the TV special "Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal". See more »

Connections

Featured in Press Your Luck: Episode #1.6 (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Theme
(1983-1986)
by Lee Ringuette for Score Productions
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Cool, vintage game show
31 August 2002 | by Hancock_the_SuperbSee all my reviews

I won't get into too long of a review, but I want to say that I love this show! It's a good, old game show. As good as "Jeopardy!", and considerably better than that other has-been game show . . . er, I mean "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" (which I did like in its heyday). I haven't watched the new "Whammy!", but no reason to, IMO, since it's just this with more up-to-date graphics and technology. Love the Whammies, BTW.

Seven stars.


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