Today In History: The Debut Of ‘Wheel Of Fortune.’ Fun Facts And Trivia [VIDEO]
Later this year 'Wheel of Fortune' will begin it's 32nd Season on TV.
It's gone on to become the longest-running syndicated game show in the United States.
Let's spin the wheel and solve some of the secrets behind 'America's Game.'
- The daytime version of the show debuted on January 6, 1975
- The last daytime episode aired on September 20, 1991
- Originally the show was called 'Shopper's Bazaar.'
- Chuck Whoolery and Susan Stafford were the first host and hostess
- The daily syndicated version debuted September 19, 1983
- Pat Sajek and Vanna White tape 5-6 episodes per day
- A full season consists of an average of 200 shows (roughly 40 days of work)
- The Wheel itself weighs 2,400 pounds
- Pat matches his tie to Vanna's dresses
- 30 years ago there were only 6 different puzzle categories - now there are 46
- Pat Sajek debut as host in 1981 and Vanna followed as hostess in 1982
- TV Guide ranked the show #2 in its list of '60 Greatest Game Shows Ever.'
Here are some funny game show fails that start off with 'Wheel of Fortune.'