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

Twice in the show's history, all three players came back the following day, with no money, because no one whammied out. 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 Strongbad_email.exe: Disc Five (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Theme
(1983-1986)
by Lee Ringuette for Score Productions
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An exciting 80s game show!!!!!
8 September 2006 | by sethn172See all my reviews

CBS, Daytime, Mid 80s. An exciting game show is played on the television screen. That game is called "Press Your Luck!!!!!" It's a show where, at first, three contestants HAVE to go through and answer trivia questions. After commercial, the fun begins: a giant, blooping, colorful video board (looks like a board game) has prizes, cash, and WHAMMIES switching places while lights flash on the squares, hoping NOT to get whammied!!!!!

And yes, I've seen that ice cream man two-parter, on "The 50 Greatest Game Shows of All Time" on GSN. It was exciting, seeing how all the cash and three prizes went to him. It might ruin the excitement for some, but it's still good.

This was an exciting show, and I can see this on 11:30 on GSN.

10 stars


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