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In this game show, contestants compete to be the first to solve a word puzzle. In the process, they spin a wheel to determine how much money they'll win. The series debuted in 1975 and has gone through several different incarnations and hosts over its history. Pat Sajak is the host with the longest tenure.

Daily at 7:00 PM et/pt on Syndicated
37 Seasons, 747 Episodes
December 28, 1981
Game Show
6.7/10
Cast: Pat Sajak, Vanna White, Charlie O'Donnell
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Wheel of Fortune Full Episode Guide

  • Contestants guess hidden phrases by guessing letters one at a time. Contestants win money or prizes, as determined by a spin of the wheel, for each correct consonant they guess. But they have to pay to see what vowels are in a puzzle. The contestant that has amassed the most winnings at the end of a game goes on to play the bonus round, in which the player can win even more -- prizes frequently seen in the bonus round include automobiles, vacations and more cash.

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'Wheel of Fortune' Creates Controversy with Slave Imagery

The images were part of the show's "Southern Charm Week."

Pat Sajak Walks Off Set After Bad 'Wheel of Fortune' Guesses

Who said anything about horses?

Is This the Most Epic 'Wheel of Fortune' Fail Ever?

We get it. Game shows can be stressful. The cameras are on, your adrenaline is pumping, and as a result you can lose your head a bit. But this is really something else. This week on "Wheel of Fortune," a contestant named Stephen gave an answer to a puzzle that has since gone viral, and may go down in history as one of the most perplexing answers even given on the show.

'Wheel of Fortune' Host Pat Sajak Calls Global Warming Believers 'Unpatriotic Racists'

We'd like to buy a vowel, please...a "why?" "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak is known on his show for his amiable personality even in the face of loud, sometimes obnoxious contestants. But it seems as though his patience is a bit shorter on Twitter. Yesterday night, Sajak wrote an interesting tweet: "I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends," he wrote.

First-Ever Special Needs 'Wheel of Fortune' Contestant Charms Pretty Much Everyone

Need a pick-me-up? Just watch all of Trent Girone's dreams come true. The 21-year-old, who has Asperger's and Tourette's Syndrome, is something of a "Wheel of Fortune" superfan. In fact, he claims that he watched the show religiously ever since he was a toddler, and can answer all kinds of trivia about the show. So naturally, he was pretty excited when he was chosen to become a contestant after many applications.