Lingo

Daily 2:30 PM on GSN - Game Show Network
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  • S 6 : Ep 6015

    Season 6 Episode 6015

    Aired

  • S 6 : Ep 65

    #345 Erin & John vs. Adriane & Demond

    Aired 6/29/07

  • S 6 : Ep 64

    #344 Elizabeth & Cory vs. Lawrence & Lydia

    Aired 6/28/07

  • S 6 : Ep 63

    #343 Kelsey & Mara vs. Jason & Michael

    Aired 6/27/07

  • S 6 : Ep 62

    #342 Pip & Revecca vs. Trish & Taylor

    Aired 6/26/07

  • Cast & Crew
  • Chuck Woolery

    Host

  • Ralph Edwards

    Substitute Host (1987); Producer (1987)

  • Michael Reagan

    Host (1987)

  • Shandi Finnessey

    Co-Hostess/Announcer/Game Judge

  • Stacey Hayes

    Co-Hostess/Announcer/Game Judge

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  • TV Rating:Canada: (Varies by episode from G to 14+)USA: (Varies by episode from TV-G to TV-14) Lingo is the word game that's taken the Game Show Network by storm. Hosted by Chuck Woolery (Greed/Love Connection/Scrabble), with assistance by 2004 Miss America, Shandi Finnessey, who directs the play and acts as word judge. The team in control has up to 5 chances to guess the mystery word. The first letter is provided to start. Each guess must be spelt out, and must begin with the given letter. It doesn't really matter what word is said, as long as they spell a five-letter word. The board will then indicate whether each letter is in the word and if it is in the right place. The team that gets the word will then draw two Lingo balls that correspond to their own board. To get a Lingo you need 5 across, up and down, or diagonally. The team will lose control if they fail to spell a five letter word, if they run out of time, if they draw a red ball, or if they haven't correctly answered after five attempts. The point values are 25 for a word and 50 for a LINGO. In round 2 the points are doubled and 3 "?" balls are added, which act as wild cards. This means that they can be used anywhere on the Lingo board. Bonus Lingo: The team that wins then goes on to play bonus Lingo. They get two minutes to try to guess as many words as they possibly can - this time instead of 1 letter they get 2 letters to start each word, with an option to enter bonus letters which help them. They get 1 bonus letter for winning the game and 1 for every Lingo they get during the game. In this round, the team gets $100 and one LINGO ball for each word they get right. A new board is presented with 12 spaces already filled. They then draw those balls for the chance to win $5,000. If a team gets a LINGO on the first pull, prizes are as follows: Season 2: Trip to Jamaica and the $5000. Season 3: Trip to Lake Tahoe and the $5,000. Season 4: $10,000 cash. Season 5 forward: Progressive, starting at $10,000 and rising by $1,000 each game until won. Lingo became GSN's top rated original series of all time upon its debut, almost singlehandedly rescuing the network from ratings failure, and has retained that title through season 6. At the start of season 5, a new interactive Lingo tournament was added for viewers, who can compete for cash prizes, and a chance to play on future episodes. Some of the best contests have been between teams of online winners and former champions. There have been some celebrity and 'themed' episodes where the prizes were higher, and a tournament of champions at the end of season 3.moreless

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  • Quotes (86)

    • Chuck: Thong. As in, I thang a thong in my thower this morning. Only our staff could come up with that.

    • Chuck: Does he really talk like that?

    • Todd Newton: And now, here's our host, Chuck "Yes, My Tan Is Real" Woolery!

    • Team 1 guesses the word is spank. Chuck: Sounds like the group I know. The word SPANK is the correct word. Chuck: Should I say it? pause They're always spanking something over there. I just can't go into it. Stacy: You are naughty. Chuck: Well, I -- They spank each other it's just unbelievable. I can't believe it. (In a slightly deeper voice) No, you shouldn't have done that.

    • Stacey: And we will start things off with AA....I mean an 'A', not AA.

    • Sam: I like to fish and ride horses. Chuck (who is a champion bass fisherman): Bass fishing? Sam: No. Chuch: Oooh, we'll have to work on you.

    • Chuck: Stacey has the best set of calves since Mary Hart. Stacey: Let me position them so they show better. Chuck: You should get insurance on those babies.

    • Chuck: Yes, you heard it right, round three. When we come back, one of these teams will go home in matching Suzuki Veronas.

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    Notes (61)

    • In the first season's final round, thirteen numbers are marked of the Lingo board, and the prize for a Lingo is a package including a digital camera, a bookstore gift card, a watch, and a pocket PC, totally valued at $4,000. The winning team also keeps the $100 won for each Bonus ball.

    • The first season (20 episodes) was filmed in Hilversum, Netherlands. The U.S. set was not ready, so they used the set from the Dutch version.

    • This episode featured the first win in the bonus round.

    • As of the end of season five, this game is the only one where the winning contestants won zero for their efforts.

    • Amanda & Andrea get NO Bonus Lingo words, which means they can't pull any Lingo balls for the Final Lingo board. The game ends right there. This prompted a rule change for subsequent tapings, whereby the Bonus words have two letters to start, instead of one, and bonus letters earned during the game can be used.

    • This episode is one of the original 20 episodes, which were produced on already existing LINGO set in the Netherlands using Americans and Canadians living in Europe as the contestants.

    • The grand prize for each game in this season is $5000, and if a lingo is hit on the first ball in the bonus round, a Jamaican vacation.

    • The production is moved to the Burbank Studios, where a new set has been assembled. Randi Thomas is added as the announcer.

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    Trivia (37)

    • The TV Special 50 Greatest Game Shows declared LINGO to be the 16th best game show ever. For each of their episodes they choose an episode from their game show pick. This episode is the one the 50 Greatest Game Shows choose to air for LINGO.

    • Achieving what possibly could be a record in Lingo, Lance and Martha guessed three times in a row without saying an allowable five letter word. The puzzle was DONOR, with DON__ showing. They guessed, in order, Double, Donte, and Dones.

    • During the eighth puzzle, Shane says the word "STORM" with an inflection indicating a question. The buzzer goes off and Chuck doesn't give him a chance to spell the word. He turns control over to team 2, who also gives the word "STORM," which is the correct word. They go on to win the game coming from behind 70 to 200 to win at 275 to 200. There are many instances where Chuck, in the same circumstances, would give the team a chance to spell the word.

    • At the beginning of this season premiere episode, it is announced that viewers can play at home, at GSN.com, interactive Lingo, for cash and a chance to be contestants on the show later in the season. editor's note: Oddly, this didn't actually occur until the following season.

    • In conversation, we learn that Shandi is new to Los Angeles, and can't find her way around without her GPS. When it wasn't working, she had to pull over to read the manual, and found out she must turn it on first.

    • When, at the end of round 2, the boys are shut out, Shandi walks over and gives them a plate with two doughnuts on it. This cracks up the winners, and Chuck too.

    • Shandi drove 2,000 miles from MO to take her LINGO job on GSN.

    • Shandi calls a foul when Suzanne gives the response A-N-G-L-E to a word beginning with E. This is a rule never previously stated on the air.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Chuck: Go ahead get a couple of balls before I wax on. This is an allusion to the 1984 movie "The Karate Kid."

    • Chuck: That's funny. That we just placed in the right spot on that board where it was very difficult to come up with what exactly that thing was. So I can understand why guys had so much trouble with it, Demetri and Dani. Shandi: Deep thoughts by Chuck Woolery. This is an allusion to the Saturday Night Live (SNL) skit "Deep Thought by Jack Handey."

    • Shandi: Anything but a red one, Dairek. Dairek: No whammies. No whammies. Chuck (Laughing): No whammies? That's another show. Dairek is lost in game euphoria over here. Shandi: We can play Love Connection later. This is an allusion to two other game shows - Press Your Luck and Love Connection. A CBS production, Press Your Luck was a big favorite in the 1980's, and was revived as Whammy! The New Press Your Luck, for two seasons in 2002. It was hosted by Todd Newton, for GSN. Love Connection was the long-running syndicated series, hosted by Chuck Woolery.

  • Fan Reviews (26)
  • Like this game

    By Raven77, Nov 25, 2013

  • This used to be one of my favorite game shows but it makes me sad that it only airs at night.

    By mnman, Feb 19, 2012

  • A wonderfully simple game but there is room for improvement.

    By bmoshier, Sep 09, 2006

  • Two Teams have to solve 5 letter words. Pretty fun.

    By Pyro_Bender, Aug 18, 2007

  • This is a show that is somewhat interesting to watch if you like game shows. I gave it a nine beacuse i like it a lot.

    By sssquarepants, Aug 09, 2007

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