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TV Shows - Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin. Three contestants (occasionally three pairs of contestants) compete against each other to solve a word puzzle, similar to those seen in the game hangman. The name of the show comes from the large wheel that determines the dollar amounts and prizes won (or lost) by the contestants.

Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_of_Fortune_(U.S._game_show)
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1 Letters dont turn So Vanna touches them now? Lazy!
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2 Vanna White isn't Hot Anymore Wow talk about played out
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3 Never Boned Still rocks.
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4 Eliminating the mall The show was never the same after that
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5 Too much clapping! Everybody is a bit toooooo happy!
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6 Mystery wedge not a mystery What's next, showing the home audience the answer
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7 No More Returning Champions Can't we see someone continue winning?
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8 Exit... Stage Left The Ceramic Dalmatian
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9 New theme song No More "Big Wheels" or "Changing Keys"
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10 Death Charlie O'Donnell
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11 They give you R, S, T, L, N, E Dumbing down the bonus round
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12 Opening Speil Goes Away No More "Look At This Studio, Full of Prizes!"
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13 first conceived dumb as a box of rocks
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14 They Did It Pat and Vanna Make Out
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15 Same Character Different Actor Pat Sajak replaces Chuck Woolery
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16 Death NBC Daytime Version
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17 Theme Weeks Every week is a different gimmick
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18 Puzzle barely ever on screen I want to try to solve the puzzle not stare at Pat
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19 Same Character Different Actor Vanna White replaces Susan Stafford
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1 Vanna White is still totally gorgeous and always will be. -- Submitted By: (bipinbarr) on August 20, 2014, 12:42 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Wheel of Fortune boned around the same time as Jeopardy (1997-ish). First came the digital letter board (touch instead of turn). The game jumped further the next season with a largely, abbreviated theme song. The contestants chosen became more obnoxious too. It's safe to say that you have to be on happy pills in order to be a contestant on this show. Too much clapping is a legitimate reason, although that dates back to around 1990 at the earliest. Applause breaks during spins, after a successfully guessed letter, and so forth. What really boned for Wheel of Fortune were all the edits to the spins and gameplay, over a decade ago. Constant advertisements/promotions and longer commercial breaks took all the fun of watching it at home. I will also add too many "toss up" type puzzles as well. I remember a number episodes that had one or two that took such a long time to solve years ago. I don't think you get that today. -- Submitted By: (ProfessorBone) on November 6, 2013, 7:25 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Yeah, I also preferred the Chuck Woolery version. He put this show on the map, then it went commercial with the prime time slot, and all that "what will Vanna wear tonight?" BS advertising in the mid-1980s. I must be sick or something because I never thought she was all that to begin with, and now she just looks haggy. I also agree that the Chuck Woolery version's theme music was better. I still remember that tune. It had no lyrics, so I'm unable to re-enact it here, but it was funky, and did have a cool key change. -- Submitted By: (ParkerTillman) on June 29, 2012, 4:39 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
4 R.I.P. Charlie O'Donnell. Show just isn't the same without his "Wheeeeellllllll of Fortune!" intro. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on August 30, 2011, 8:48 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Don't even get me started on the million wedge. Oops, too late. After some lady won it almost immediately after its introduction the producers got scared someone would win it every week and so they suddenly made it so that even if a contestant won the regular game while having it and solved the end puzzle, they still wouldn't actually get it due to it being placed in a wheel and having to be picked out by Pat at random. Are you KIDDING me?! As far as I know, nobody's won it since. Kinda hard when it all depends on some random fluke completely out of the contestant's control even AFTER they do everything required. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on August 30, 2011, 7:38 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
6 Wheel of Fortune boned when my wife would get mad that I was better at solving the puzzles than her. Seriously, I'm not allowed to play. But, because I'm kind of a dick I answer anyway. She sure would be upset if I went on the show and waited for the other players to guess. -- Submitted By: (Jp) on August 29, 2011, 7:38 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
7 Throughout the small gimmicks thrown in here and there (i.e., The Double Play wedges, themed weeks, the Wild Card, the Million Dollar Wedge, Free Play, etc.), the basic core premise of the show and gameplay is still there and has remained strong for more than 30 years. Spin the random wheel of chance, call a letter, win some great money and/or prizes. -- Submitted By: (markiemark6891) on August 29, 2011, 11:43 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
8 This ranks as the second dumbest game show I've ever seen on TV. Vanna White became a "celebrity" for doing absolutely nothing and the contestants are obviously selected on an ignoramus scale. This one jumped/boned before it even hit the air. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on October 9, 2010, 12:34 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
9 It kind of annoys me that this show isn't even vaguely about skilled play anymore. My family and I rarely fail to get the right answer 3 spins/vowel buys before any contestant, and we're hardly geniuses. Every other night a contestant will guess a letter that's already been guessed. They also show the contestants/hosts forever and give a shot of the actual puzzle for just a few seconds at a time, making it frustrating to play from home. Also the show has so much advertisement and other filler. We Tivo it and sit down 15 minutes in and we're caught up by Jeopardy. Without Tivo to cut the crap out I don't think we'd have the patience for Wheel anymore. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on August 18, 2010, 7:23 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
10 Wheel of Fortune still rocks, even though the "theme weeks" are generally lame. As for the "RSTLNE" complaint, I've noticed that the Bonus Round puzzles have gotten HARDER since they started spotting the contestants those letters. Whoever's selecting the Bonus Round puzzles seems to be going to a lot more trouble to make sure they have at least one rare letter in them, or no Es or As at all, etc., to throw at least one extra curveball at the winning contestant so it isn't a cakewalk. I've been watching the show since I was in grade school, and even I only figure out the Bonus Round puzzle about half the time -- even when the contestant chooses the same additional letters that I would have. The Bonus Round is **still** a challenge, and the game still rocks! -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 10, 2010, 7:16 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
11 Wheel of Fortune has done enough small changes without completely changing anything to remain relatively bone-free. I don't like the new puzzle board, but it makes sense to keep up with technology and cut down on taping time. The theme weeks get on my nerves. I miss the theme songs "Big Wheels" and "Changing Keys". Vanna's getting older, as is Pat. The gameplay is much better with contestants winning cash instead of having to buy worthless junk. I don't like how the dumbed down the bonus round in 1988, spotting the contestant R,S,T,L,N,E, which remains in effect to this day. However, the show remains just as strong as ever. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 10, 2010, 3:46 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
12 Boned when it went from turning panels to just touching them. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on March 1, 2010, 2:53 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 Let's start with the weak contestants. If you see a WoF contestant doing any of the following: - solving the puzzle after buying a vowel - solving the puzzle with less than $1000 - taking the $1000 for the Mystery wedge when you have no money in round 3 - abusing the Free Play wedge to buy vowels for free ...that's a good sign of a weak contestant! What part of "You can only be on this show once in your life" don't they understand? C'mon, play for keeps or go home! As far as prizes go... you know, I probably had to set aside some time away from work and whatnot just to get onto WoF, so the last thing I need is some trip that I probably can't use within a year of winning it! -- Submitted By: (NotABot55) on October 30, 2009, 4:02 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
14 The show is good. They do seem to get contestants who don't understand what they are doing. When the show first started you could build up money and go shopping in their super expensive store. The camera would pan around some merchandise displayed with outrageous price tags such as a regular looking lamp for $127, or a cigarette lighter for $22 or something ridiculous like that. I used to yell at the TV, "take it on a gift certificate". They could go to Wal-Mart and get a lot more for their money. -- Submitted By: (JoeBagODonuts) on April 20, 2009, 7:33 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
15 There was a time when Vanna White was very sexy and exotic... back in what, 1988? Now in 2009 I wonder what deal she struck with the devil to walk around and TOUCH panels (and not even turn them anymore)all of these long years later... when she looks like someone's aging mother and not a hot model! Seriously if there was ever a job based on how you look- this is it, even "The Price is Right" shipped out the models on the show when they got a little bit long in the tooth! Move Vanna out to pasture!! -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on April 1, 2009, 3:41 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote

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