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'Wheel of Fortune'

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Wheel of Fortune is perhaps the most iconic game show on television. From popular catch phrases to instantly recognizable personalities, the show has spun its way into American hearts for nearly 30 years. What makes Wheel such a great game show? Read on to find out!

The Evolution of 'Wheel of Fortune'

Wheel of Fortune
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Many of us remember when the Wheel of Fortune studio was "full of fabulous prizes!" Follow the show from its humble beginnings to the cultural icon it is today.

Pat Sajak and Vanna White

Pat Sajak and Vanna White
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After Chuck Woolery left the show he was replaced by a weatherman named Pat Sajak. Susan Stafford, the original letter-turner, was replaced by Vanna White. Now it's difficult to imagine the show without Pat and Vanna!

Announcer Jim Thornton

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After the passing of Charlie O'Donnell, Wheel of Fortune finished its 28th season with a series of guest announcers. One of those announcers was Jim Thornton, and he has since become the permanent announcer on the show.

Be a Contestant on 'Wheel of Fortune'

Michelle Loewenstein
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Every weekday, three contestants get the chance to spin the Big Wheel, solve a few puzzles, and make some serious money. If you've ever wanted to be on the show, here's how you can apply.

Get Audience Tickets

Wheel of Fortune contestants
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If you're in Los Angeles, pick up some free tickets to watch a taping of Wheel. You'll be surprised at how quickly and efficiently it all works!

Charlie O'Donnell

Charlie O'Donnell
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Charlie O'Donnell was a legendary game show announcer who was part of the Wheel of Fortune family for over 26 years. He passed away in 2010, but fans will always remember him fondly.

Interviews

Wheel of Fortune spokeswedge $5K
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One of the reasons that Wheel of Fortune has been so successful is that the show continues to add new elements, from introducing and official "spokeswedge" to adding all kinds of ways for viewers to win at home. We've had some fun with these promos, too!

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