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TV Series
    (September 19, 1983-September 26, 1986)
    Aired on CBS (1983-1986) and Game Show Network (2002- )
    Peter Tomarken, host (1983-1986)
    Todd Newton, host (2002- )
    Rod Roddy, announcer (1983-1986)
    Outline: Contestants would answer trivia questions to gain a ‘spin,’ and then used those spins to on a board with different dollar amounts, in hopes to win money and not get a ‘Whammy,’ which took away people’s money.
    The trivia questions were extremely easy.
    The show took little-to-no skill.
    Contestant, Michael Larsen won over $100,000 by taping the show, and memorizing the light patterns.
    Its time slot was moved in 1986, to make room for ‘Card Sharks.’
    It was a rip-off of the unsuccessful ABC game show, ‘Second Chance.’
    When the show was brought back in 2002, they chose Todd Newton over the original host, Peter Tomarken.
    Many believe it would not have been successful without their cartoon Whammy.
    It coined the phrases, ‘Big Bucks’ and ‘No Whammy.’
    Before making it big, Jenny Jones won over $18,000 on the show.
    At one point on the show, Peter Tomarken told all of the contestants that they were wrong, when in fact they had the right answer. The question was about one of Mel Blanc’s characters on Looney Toons. Tomarken realized the mistake days later, after Mel Blanc called and corrected him.
    It produced the memorable ‘Whammy’ character.
    It brought the entertainment of watching contestants get stuck with a ‘Whammy,’ thus losing all their money.
    After blowing a large lead by getting a Whammy, one contestant said ‘Jeez, fucking shit!’ unbleeped on national TV.
    Although the original series only lasted three years, it is one of the most well-known game shows.
    They used a lot of creative different animations for the Whammy.
    The show was brought back by popular demand in 2002.

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