Talk:Wheel of Fortune (U.S. game show)

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July 21, 2011 Peer review Reviewed
May 17, 2013 Peer review Not reviewed
June 10, 2013 Good article nominee Listed
Current status: Good article

Current information[edit]

This article makes no sense. Obviously Pat Sajak has been the host of what people know as the Wheel of Fortune for a very long time. If I were an alien I would have no idea of that reading this article. This makes it sound like he quit as the host in the 1980s. The caption for one of the pictures even says Sajak and White have hosted the syndicated version since 1983 yet there is no link to a page for the syndicated version. Which makes no sense because nobody give a sh** about any version of Wheel of Fortune that doesn't have Pat Sajak and Vanna White hosting it. So if the one currently airing is technically the syndicated one then this article should be ABOUT the syndicated show with whatever came on before being relegated to a footnote. Honestly, I think this is vandalism. Will somebody please fix this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:49, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

This is hardly vandalism. The network daytime version (1975-1991) used to be the subject of a separate article which was merged into this one. Sajak left the daytime show in 1989 but has been on the nighttime version throughout its run. Yes, the current show is the syndicated one, as is made clear within the first few sentences of the article, and the overwhelming majority of the information in the article is about the current version. (talk) 10:29, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

The show is still on the air. Need current host information. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:19, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

I confirm this confusion. The sidebar with all the host and producer information only gives host information for the network daytime show, which ended in '91. I came looking for a quick list of hosts and became half-convinced that the show had been only showing reruns since '91. Fortunately, I came to my senses, but had to dig into the article for information that is misleadingly missing from the sidebar. LordQwert (talk) 00:38, 10 August 2016 (UTC)
The "Presented by" section is broken out into two sub-sections: Network and Syndicated, both in bold font, listing the on-air personalities associated with each version of the program. The section is not misleading nor is it incomplete. AldezD (talk) 01:11, 10 August 2016 (UTC)


The file in the infobox is outdated the current season is no longer WOF's 30th year. Tom the Bergeron (talk) 20:15, 20 October 2013 (UTC)

Wheel of fortune countries.PNG[edit]

This graph is very outdated and should be updated or removed. For starters, the German franchise version ceased already in 2002 (and a last low budget revival finally in 2005). (talk) 20:42, 31 May 2015 (UTC)

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Incomplete history of gameplay[edit]

One thing missing from this is "Why R, S, T, L, N, and E?" a question answered on several Yahoo! Answers pages and similar sources, like Quora. A systematic listing of gameplay changes and the reason behind them is at However, since none of these are "reliable sources," they are not included here. Unfortunately, finding a "reliable" history of something as trivial as a game show is a bit difficult. Any thoughts? Calbaer (talk) 17:40, 18 October 2015 (UTC)

  • Per our verifiability and reliable sources policies, all content must be verified against a reliable source. As you may know, Wikia's wikis are not reliable sources for citation of information incorporated into Wikipedia articles. But then again, I must remind you there are a LOT of minutae of Wheel of Fortune that are ineligible for inclusion in Wikipedia, including but not limited to the following:
    • Memorable moments in individual episodes
    • What stations air Wheel in what markets, and whether the show precedes or follows Jeopardy! in a given market
    • The status of individual episodes, and when the wiping of episodes was stopped
    • References to the show in popular culture (except maybe the reference to it in Billy Joel's song "We Didn't Start the Fire", provided the sourcing is reliable)
    • A list of theme weeks and when the show began to employ them (not only original research, but also in violation of Manual of Style guidelines discouraging list incorporation)
    • A list of all contestants who have won or lost $100,000 or $1,000,000 prizes in the Bonus Round (same reasoning as above)
    • Records of highest and lowest scores among contestants, or of Jackpot or 1/2 Car Wedge wins (not only original research, but also means incorporating unnecessary tables)
    • A gallery of non-free images depicting dresses worn by White in memorable episodes (violates WP:NOTGALLERY and also more than violates our non-free content criteria)
    • Description of the show's logo design, graphics packages, and typography
    • Which of the interim announcers between O'Donnell's death and Thornton's hiring announced in what episodes
    • The structure of the main theme tunes, the arrangement history of "Changing Keys", what specific prizes used which cues, description of the show's sound effects and the upgrade to them, and the famous chanting of the show's title at the beginning of the program
    • Descriptions of the individual iterations of the show's set throughout its history
    • Special camera shots, like the old "logo on overhead Wheel shot" opening and the chroma-key closing
    • Many retired gameplay elements, including the Surprise wedge, Double Play, null cycles (i.e., the host hitting Bankrupt or Lose a Turn on the final spin), etc.
    • Listing of the show's categories and their usage histories
    • Records of main games, toss-ups, bonus rounds, and their outcomes
    • Records of puzzle usage history, misspellings, and distribution of categories among episodes
  • Unless otherwise specified, all of the above information is ineligible for inclusion in Wikipedia because it is: a) too trivial or crufty, b) original research, or c) unnecessary. This is an encyclopedianot a fansite or a dumping ground for fancruft, original research, or unnecessary trivia. --SethAllen623 (discussion/contributions), October 22, 2015, 17:35 UTC.

Why do I need a source!?[edit]

Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune began stereo broadcasting in 1984! ACMEWikiNet (talk) 19:51, 31 October 2016 (UTC)

Can you prove it? (talk) 20:05, 31 October 2016 (UTC)
I can't prove it. Stereo broadcasting was introduced in 1984. So, I say we use Stereo for (Syn/CBS). Mono for NBC versions. ACMEWikiNet (talk) 20:12, 31 October 2016 (UTC)
How do you know that stereo broadcasting was introduced in 1984, much less that the show adopted it then? If you can't source it, it's just an opinion which doesn't belong in an encyclopedia article. And you're being so persistent in this that you're skating pretty close to another block. (talk) 01:21, 1 November 2016 (UTC)
There are zero sources that say that Wheel of Fortune is in Stereo! Can we please revise the infobox and make sure it is 100% source? ACMEWikiNet (talk) 16:17, 1 November 2016 (UTC)