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.
- 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)
- In each round, a category and a puzzle is revealed without any letters.
- The first contestant spins first, and can only say a consonant during this time.
- 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.
- To buy a vowel, a contestant must have at least $250.
- If a letter does not appear in the puzzle, the contestant's turn ends and the next player spins.
- If the wheel lands on either of the two penalty spaces (Lose a Turn or Bankrupt), the contestant's turn ends automatically.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
|Season||Channel aired||Broadcast run|
|1||First-run syndication||September 19, 1983–September 7, 1984|
|Game Show Network||December 2, 1994–January 21, 2010|
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)
- 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)
- 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)
- Washington, D.C. - WJLA (Channel 7/ABC)
- 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
- http://www.spe.sony.com/Pictures/tv/wheel/wheel.html (1996-1998)
- http://www.wheeloffortune.com (1998, September 2002–present)
- http://www.station.sony.com/wheel (1998-2001)
- http://wheel.station.sony.com (2001–August 2002)
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