Wheel of Fortune (U.S. game show)

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Wheel of Fortune is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin. Contestants compete to solve word puzzles, similar to those used in Hangman, to win cash and prizes. The title refers to the show's giant carnival wheel that contestants spin throughout the course of the game to determine their cash and/or prizes. The current broadcast syndicated version of the program premiered on September 19, 1983 and is hosted by Pat Sajak and Vanna White. In a 2008 article, TV Guide named Wheel of Fortune as the "top-rated syndicated series."[2]

The original network television version aired from 1975–1991 on NBC and CBS, and was hosted at different times by Chuck Woolery, Rolf Benirschke, Bob Goen, and Susan Stafford, in addition to Sajak and White. While retaining most of the elements from the daytime version, the syndicated version has added many new gameplay elements and is the longest-running syndicated game show in United States television history, with over 5,000 episodes aired.[3]


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