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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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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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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

Contestants who accumulated four Whammies in the first round were allowed to leave the set during the commercial break, sparing them the embarrassment of sitting idle on camera through the second round. 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

Referenced in King of the Hill: Edu-macating Lucky (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Theme
(1983-1986)
by Lee Ringuette for Score Productions
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How did this show miss TV Guide's list of the 50 best game shows?
23 January 2014 | by bpatrick-8See all my reviews

How could a show like "Masquerade Party," which most people probably don't even remember, make TV Guide's list of the 50 greatest game shows and this one get overlooked? As everyone knows, "PYL" asks players four questions; a correct buzz-in answer gets the player 3 spins on the big board, while a correct multiple-choice answer gets the player 1 spin. After four questions in each round, they take those spins to the board, hoping to avoid the whammy, an animated gremlin that takes away all their winnings and forces them to start over, if they have any spins left. Four whammies puts a player out of the game, and a player can pass his or her whammies at any point.

It's in the second round, when the stakes go as high as $5000+1 spin, that every game becomes a nail-biter; say, for example, that two players have over $10,000. Does the player taking his or her turn gamble on hitting a whammy and losing everything, or pass the remaining spins to the player in second place and hope he or she whammies? And in the event of a pass, the other player has to take the spin(s). Will that player hit a whammy? The suspense literally goes up to the last spin of the game; the outcome is always in doubt until all the spins are used up (unless your name is Michael Larson and you've run up over $110,000 by memorizing the light patterns on the board).

I vastly prefer the original over the newer "Whammy!". Todd Newton seems to be a nice-enough guy but he lacks the late, great Peter Tomarken's enthusiasm (he really gets into the game, especially when it's close), and Gary Kroger is no Rod Roddy when it comes to announcing. In fact, given this show's cult status, I can't understand how it managed to last only three years on CBS.

But I'm a fanatic about this show; I just wish GSN would air the episodes from 1985 and '86.


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