Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library
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Overview

One of the most popular game shows in America, where in each game, three contestants spin the wheel, buy a vowel, solve the puzzle from a certain category, and win money.

Cast

  • Hosts - Pat Sajak, Vanna White
  • Announcers - Jack Clark (1983-1988), M.G. Kelly (1988-1989), Charlie O'Donnell (1989-2010), Various (2010-2011), Jim Thornton (2011-present)

Game Rules

  1. In each round, a category and a puzzle is revealed without any letters.
  2. The first contestant spins first, and can only say a consonant during this time.
  3. If the consonant appears in the puzzle, the total value is worth the amount landed on the wheel times how many times the letter appears.
  4. To buy a vowel, a contestant must have at least $250.
  5. If a letter does not appear in the puzzle, the contestant's turn ends and the next player spins.
  6. If the wheel lands on either of the two penalty spaces (Lose a Turn or Bankrupt), the contestant's turn ends automatically.
  7. A player may attempt to solve the puzzle if he/she knows it, but if he/she guesses incorrectly, the player's turn ends. If guessed correctly, the round ends and the contestant who solved the puzzle keeps his/her winnings.
  8. If time runs short, the host will give the wheel a Final Spin, and at the end, whoever has the most winnings will move on to the Bonus Round.
  9. During the Bonus Round, a contestant will be given six free letters (R, S, T, L, N, E), then he/she must choose three more consonants and one more vowel. After that, the puzzle must be solved or the prize will not be given after revealed by the host.

Broadcast history

Season Channel aired Broadcast run
1 First-run syndication September 19, 1983–September 7, 1984
2 First-run syndication
  • September 10, 1984–September 6, 1985
  • September 14, 1985–September 6, 1986 (weekends)
3 First-run syndication
  • September 9, 1985–September 5, 1986
  • September 13, 1986–September 5, 1987 (weekends)
4 First-run syndication
  • September 8, 1986–September 4, 1987
  • September 12, 1987–September 3, 1988 (weekends)
5 First-run syndication
  • September 7, 1987–September 2, 1988
  • September 10, 1988–September 2, 1989 (weekends)
6 First-run syndication
  • September 5, 1988–September 1, 1989
  • September 9, 1989–September 1, 1990 (weekends)
7 First-run syndication
  • September 4, 1989–August 31, 1990
  • September 8, 1990–August 31, 1991 (weekends)
8 First-run syndication
  • September 3, 1990–August 30, 1991
  • September 7, 1991–September 5, 1992 (weekends)
9 First-run syndication
  • September 2, 1991–September 4, 1992
  • September 12, 1992–September 4, 1993 (weekends)
10 First-run syndication
  • September 7, 1992–September 3, 1993
  • September 11, 1993–September 3, 1994 (weekends)
11 First-run syndication
  • September 6, 1993–September 2, 1994
  • September 10, 1994–September 2, 1995 (weekends)
12 First-run syndication
  • September 5, 1994–September 1, 1995
  • September 9, 1995–August 31, 1996 (weekends)
1 Game Show Network December 2, 1994–October 1998
13 First-run syndication
  • September 4, 1995–August 30, 1996
  • September 7, 1996–August 30, 1997 (weekends)
5 Game Show Network January 1996–October 1998
14 First-run syndication
  • September 2, 1996–August 29, 1997
  • September 6, 1997–September 5, 1998 (weekends)
15 First-run syndication
  • September 1, 1997–September 4, 1998
  • September 12, 1998–September 4, 1999 (weekends)
10 Game Show Network October 1997–October 1998
16 First-run syndication
  • September 7, 1998–September 3, 1999
  • September 11, 1999–September 2, 2000 (weekends)
2 Game Show Network October 5, 1998–July 4, 1999
13 Game Show Network July 5, 1999–October 2000
17 First-run syndication
  • September 6, 1999–September 1, 2000
  • September 9, 2000–September 1, 2001 (weekends)
14 Game Show Network April 3, 2000–October 2000
18 First-run syndication
  • September 4, 2000–August 31, 2001
  • September 8, 2001–August 31, 2002 (weekends)
7 Game Show Network November 2000–August 22, 2004
19 First-run syndication
  • September 3, 2001–August 30, 2002
  • September 7, 2002–September 6, 2003 (weekends)
6 Game Show Network November 2001–August 22, 2004
20 First-run syndication
  • September 2, 2002–September 5, 2003
  • September 13, 2003–September 4, 2004 (weekends)
21 First-run syndication
  • September 8, 2003–September 3, 2004
  • September 11, 2004–September 10, 2005 (weekends)
22 First-run syndication
  • September 6, 2004–September 9, 2005
  • September 17, 2005–September 9, 2006 (weekends)
23 First-run syndication
  • September 12, 2005–September 8, 2006
  • September 16, 2006–September 8, 2007 (weekends)
24 First-run syndication
  • September 11, 2006–September 7, 2007
  • September 15, 2007–September 6, 2008 (weekends)
25 First-run syndication
  • September 10, 2007–September 5, 2008
  • September 13, 2008–September 5, 2009 (weekends)
12 Game Show Network January 7, 2008–January 21, 2010
26 First-run syndication
  • September 8, 2008–September 4, 2009
  • September 19, 2009–September 11, 2010 (weekends)
27 First-run syndication
  • September 14, 2009–September 10, 2010
  • September 18, 2010–September 17, 2011 (weekends)
28 First-run syndication
  • September 13, 2010–September 16, 2011
  • September 24, 2011–September 15, 2012 (weekends)
29 First-run syndication
  • September 19, 2011–September 14, 2012
  • September 22, 2012–September 14, 2013 (weekends)
30 First-run syndication
  • September 17, 2012–September 13, 2013
  • September 21, 2013–September 13, 2014 (weekends)
31 First-run syndication
  • September 16, 2013–September 12, 2014
  • September 20, 2014–September 12, 2015 (weekends)
32 First-run syndication
  • September 15, 2014–September 11, 2015
  • September 19, 2015–September 10, 2016 (weekends)
33 First-run syndication
  • September 14, 2015–September 9, 2016
  • September 17, 2016–September 9, 2017 (weekends)
34 First-run syndication
  • September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017
  • September 16, 2017–September 8, 2018 (weekends)
31 Game Show Network October 24, 2016–September 13, 2019
35 First-run syndication
  • September 11, 2017–September 7, 2018
  • September 15, 2018–September 7, 2019 (weekends)
36 First-run syndication
  • September 10, 2018–September 6, 2019
  • September 14, 2019–September 12, 2020 (weekends)
37 First-run syndication
  • September 9, 2019–September 11, 2020
  • Weekend reruns began on September 19, 2020

List of affiliates of where the show was broadcast:

  • Albany, GA - WSWG (Channel 44/CBS)
  • Albany, NY - WTEN (Channel 10/ABC)
  • Atlanta, GA - WXIA (Channel 11/NBC)
  • Augusta, GA - WRDW (Channel 12/CBS)
  • Austin, TX - KXAN (Channel 36/NBC)
  • Baltimore, MD - WBFF (Channel 45/Fox)
  • Boston, MA - WBZ (Channel 4/CBS)
  • Charleston, SC - WCBD (Channel 2/NBC)
  • Charlotte, NC - WCNC (Channel 36/NBC)
  • Chicago, IL - WLS (Channel 7/ABC)
  • Cincinnati, OH - WXIX (Channel 19/Fox)
  • Columbia, SC - WOLO (Channel 25/ABC)
  • Columbus, GA - WRBL (Channel 3/CBS)
  • Dallas, TX - KTVT (Channel 11/CBS)
  • Denver, CO - KFCT & KDVR (Channels 22 & 31/Fox)
  • Detroit, MI - WDIV (Channel 4/NBC)
  • Eugene, OR - KVAL (Channel 13/CBS)
  • Flint, MI - WNEM (Channel 5/CBS)
  • Florence, SC - WBTW (Channel 13/CBS)
  • Fresno, CA - KFSN (Channel 30/ABC)
  • Greensboro, NC - WFMY (Channel 2/CBS)
  • Greenville, SC - WLOS (Channel 13/ABC)
  • Hartford, CT - WTNH (Channel 8/ABC)
  • Houston, TX - KHOU (Channel 11/CBS)
  • Indianapolis, IN - WTHR (Channel 13/NBC)
  • Jacksonville, FL - WTLV (Channel 12/NBC)
  • Las Vegas, NY - KLAS (Channel 8/CBS)
  • Lexington, KY - WKYT (Channel 27/CBS)
  • Los Angeles, CA - KABC (Channel 7/ABC)
  • Louisville, KY - WLKY (Channel 32/CBS)
  • Miami, FL - WPLG (Channel 10/ABC)
  • Minneapolis, MN - WCCO (Channel 4/CBS)
  • New York, NY - WABC (Channel 7/ABC)
  • Omaha, NE - KETV (Channel 7/ABC)
  • Paducah, KY - WPSD (Channel 6/NBC)
  • Philadelphia, PA - WPVI (Channel 6/ABC)
  • Phoenix, AZ - KTVK (Channel 3/Independent)
  • Pittsburgh, PA - WPXI (Channel 11/NBC)
  • Portland, OR - KATU (Channel 2/ABC)
  • Providence, RI - WPRI (Channel 12/CBS)
  • Raleigh, NC - WTVD (Channel 11/ABC)
  • Rochester, NY - WROC (Channel 8/CBS)
  • Sacramento, CA - KXTV (Channel 10/ABC)
  • St. Louis - KSDK (Channel 5/NBC)
  • Salt Lake City, UT - KJZZ (Channel 14/Independent)
  • San Antonio, TX - KENS (Channel 5/CBS)
  • San Diego, CA - KNSD (Channel 39/NBC)
  • San Francisco, CA - KGO (Channel 7/ABC)
  • Savannah, GA - WSAV (Channel 3/NBC)
  • Seattle, WA - KOMO (Channel 4/ABC)
  • Spokane, WA - KHJ (Channel 6/NBC)
  • Tallahassee, FL - WCTV (Channel 6/CBS)
  • Tampa, FL - WTSP (Channel 10/CBS)
  • Toledo, OH - WTOL (Channel 11/CBS)
  • Washington, D.C. - WJLA (Channel 7/ABC)
  • West Palm Beach, FL - WPBF (Channel 25/ABC)

Video Games

  • The first video game adapation was released in 1987 for the NES. The "Junior Edition" followed in October 1989, then a Family Edition in 1990, and a version featuring Vanna White in 1991.
  • The SNES version was released in 1992. A Deluxe Edition featuring the 1992 set came out in 1993.
  • The Nintendo 64 version, featuring rules from Season 13, was released on December 2, 1997.
  • The PlayStation 2 and PC versions were released on March 8, 2003.
  • On November 2, 2010, the Nintendo DS and Wii versions were released.
  • Nintendo's most recent re-release of this game, along with Jeopardy! -- the Wii U version -- was released on November 18, 2012.

History of the show

Main article: History of Wheel of Fortune

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