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!

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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

The bell was taken from The Price Is Right (1972). See more »

Quotes

[Someone has won with $0, as the other two players both got four Whammies and were eliminated]
Peter Tomarken: Now is the time when Rod Roddy tells you everything you've won! Rod?
Rod Roddy: Yes, Peter?
Peter Tomarken: What'd she win?
Rod Roddy: Bupkis!
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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

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ryan Reynolds/Lady Gaga (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Theme
(1983-1986)
by Lee Ringuette for Score Productions
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THE BEST
19 February 2003 | by lowerexpoSee all my reviews

This the THE BEST game show ever. I used to watch this game show as a kid. I fell in love with the show immediately. I liked the little whammy cartoons, my favorite being the bad dance whammy. And I loved the concept of the game. I wish it was this easy to win big bucks.

Now that I am an adult, I am still in love with the show becuase of the silly questions, and the crazy, but memorable contestants. I am currently taping all of the episodes on the Game Show Network.

To sum it up, this is a game show that people of all ages can enjoy.


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