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TV Shows - Press Your Luck

From Wikipedia: Press Your Luck is an American television daytime game show that ran weekdays on CBS from September 19, 1983 to September 26, 1986, where contestants collected "spins" by answering trivia questions, and then used the spins on an 18-space game board full of cash and prizes. The person who amassed the most in cash and prizes at the end of the game won. Peter Tomarken was the show's host, and Rod Roddy was the announcer (although John Harlan and Charlie O'Donnell filled in).

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1 Never Boned Still rocks.
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2 Whammy! The New PYL It's not the same
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3 Contestant Beats Show Show uses a video loop and contestant times it
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4 Breaking The Fourth Wall Advertising/Promoting The Network, LA
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5 No Indoor Voice Constant Screaming/Obnoxious Behavior
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6 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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1 He was unemployed to begin with before he made his attempt to break the bank on PYL. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on December 6, 2011, 6:28 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 John, he didn't quit. He was a seasonal ice cream truck driver who was out of work. To relieve his boredom, he watched game shows all day. Utilizing the at the time groundbreaking technology of a VCR, he recorded the show and closely studied every episode and noticed that the show had predetermined patterns. He memorized them all, tried out, and made the show. He won over $110,000, which with inflation would be like winning close to a million dollars today. He ended up making bad investments with it and soon lost it all. He died a few years ago. A tragic rags to riches to rags story. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on December 6, 2011, 4:13 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Show was great when someone would amass a large amount of money, only to hit a whammy and lose it all. BTW didn't the guy who beat the game quit his job and stay home for months to watch the show every day and learn the pattern? -- Submitted By: (John63btf) on December 6, 2011, 3:28 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 jgf, looking through some of your posts, is there ANY game show you like? -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on October 9, 2010, 2:30 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
5 The stupid animated "whammy" superimposed in the screen, and the retarded behaviour of most contestants killed this for me. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on October 9, 2010, 1:51 am - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
6 The original Press Your Luck, although the board was recalibrated with new patterns after Michael Larson's big win (I saw it originally when I was a few weeks away from my 8th birthday), didn't seem to bone. It still had its moments post-Larson (e.g. the spin battle between Lori and Cathy, the contestant who swore like a sailor when he hit a fourth Whammy). Whammy, on the other hand...just didn't feel the same (different board, different host, different way of playing...although some of the Whammy animations made me laugh like the spelling bee one). -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on June 29, 2010, 10:25 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
7 I never cared much for Todd Newton, and I thought "Whammy!" was bad enough, that I like to consider it different from Press Your Luck -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on May 10, 2010, 7:23 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 The original 80s version never boned. It was mindless game show action at its best, on at the peak of daytime game shows before they started dying out. Lights, loud sound effects, hyper contestants, big prizes... totally awesome. The show boned when it returned in 2002 on GSN. Todd Newton did a commendable job as host and the set had a good modern look. However, they eliminated one of the question rounds and big board rounds, there were many more prizes than cash squares due to the smaller budget, no returning champions and the board was less confusing when it was in a regular square shape than the strange shape it had on this version. Plus I felt the double whammies were kind of juvenile. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 10, 2010, 1:51 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Never Boned. Just was around at a time when the network produced daytime game show was starting to die out. It starts in the 70s with where it was (im not talking about Second Chance, PYL's precursor), and I think it could of lasted longer than it did. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on December 4, 2009, 4:48 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
10 One of my favorite game shows from the 80's. I never saw that guy who won a huge jackpot after learning the pattern. However, if that was the reason the show was cancelled, then I will acknowledge that as the boning moment. I can't say I was crazy for the remake, Whammy: the all new Press your luck. It was too different, and they added Whammies to the board as the game progressed! WTF?! And they looked very little like the Whammies from the original game show. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on April 26, 2009, 1:43 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote

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