Press Your Luck
Debut: January 01, 1983
Debut: January 01, 1983

Press Your Luck was a CBS game show where contestants tried to win money and various prizes by avoiding the evil Whammy that would take all their winnings away or even kick the contestants out of the game. The object was for three contestants to answer multiple choice questions. Host Peter Tomarken asks the 4 questions per round. The player then buzzes in for an answer. Then Peter gives three answers, then the other two players guess. The player that buzzed in with a correct answer earns 3 spins while the other 2 who answered correctly earn 1 spin per question. Afterwards, the contestants go on to face the big board consisting of 18 squares surrounding the PYL logo. Each player tries to stop the flashing lights by pressing the red button in front. The player might stop at a dollar value (some with a bonus spin), or a prize worth various dollar amounts. If a player stops at a whammy space, he or she loses the money he or she has racked up. Each time, an animated Whammy character would be seen in front of the contestant acting in many different ways. Each stop at a whammy causes a whammy card to pop up. If a contestant has 4 whammies, he or she is out of the game. In the history of the show, an ice cream truck driver named Michael Larson has gained fame racking up over $100,000. This was from Larson studying the board pattern when taping the show. Unfortunately, Larson died in 1999 of throat cancer. As of April 2002, GSN would revive Press Your Luck under the name "Whammy, the all new Press Your Luck" hosted by Todd Newton. The gameplay would remain like the original PYL, but the set is more futuristic, and the Whammy character is CGI animated. Sadly, Peter Tomarken was killed in 2006 in a plane crash along with his wife. In 2019 ABC revived the show with its original format as hosted by Elizabeth Banks.

Intros
Posters
Quotes
Peter Tomarken: "I'm Peter Tomarken and thanks for pressing your luck!"
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Whammy: "I cannot tell a lie. You lose."
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Whammy: "All I hear is BIG BUCKS, BIG BUCKS! I got your BIG BUCK!" Pulls out a deer and laughs."
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Peter: "We are back with today's big Press Your Luck winner *insert person here*. And now to tell you what you've won, here are the docile tones of the illustrious Rod Roddy."
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Peter: "Michael, when you had 30, 40, 50,000, what made you keep going?"
Michael: "Well one it felt right, and two I still had 7 spins and someone could have done what I did. I came only wanting to win 20,000 because I wanted to come back the next show. (Audience laughs)"
Peter: "I'm sorry Michael. But you won't be able to come back the next show."
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Peter Tomarken: "Let's chat. You have three whammies. One more whammy, and you'll be out of the game. -Peter Tomarken"
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Peter Tomarkin: ""Micheal, I've never seen anyone press their luck like you are, and you... are... pressing... your... luck." -Peter Tomarkin"
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Peter Tomarken: "Will Michael hit a Whamny? Will the Whammy hit Michael? Will Michael pass his spins? Or will he end up owning the network? -Peter Tomarken"
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Peter Tomarken: "Till next time, this is Peter Tomarken saying thanks for Pressing your Luck. Bye-Bye. -Peter Tomarken"
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Rod Roddy: "This is Rod... Roddy, speaking for "Press Your Luck!" A Carruthers Company Presentaion! -Rod Roddy"
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Peter Tomarken: "Have we been renewed? This would never happen to Bob Barker. -Peter Tomarken"
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Peter Tomarken: "Stop at a Whammy! -Peter Tomarken"
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Peter Tomarkin: "Stop at 'Big Bucks!' Wow! -Peter Tomarkin"
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Rod Roddy: "Today these three players are after hiiiiiiigh stakes, but they'll have to avoid the Whammy as they play the most exciting game of their lives! From Television City in Hollywood, it's time to PRESS YOUR LUCK! -Rod Roddy"
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Various Contestants: "Big Bucks, No Whammies, STOP! -Various Contestants"
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Keren Martin: "WHAMMIES YOU CAN DROP DEAD! STOP! -Keren Martin"
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Various Contestants: "Big Bucks, Big Bucks, Big Bucks! Stop! (whenver they were playing at the board) -Various Contestants"
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