Press Your Luck

CBS (ended 1986)
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  • show Description
  • Press Your Luck originally aired on September 19, 1983 and ended on September 26, 1986. Press Your Luck is a game show where 3 players answer trivia questions to earn spins on the big board. A correct buzz-in answer gets you 3 spins, while a correct multiple-choice answer gets you 1 spin. After the questions, the players take their spins to the big board which is loaded with cash and prizes, but also some whammies. Hit a whammy and he'll grab all your cash and leave you flat broke. Hit 4 of them, you'll be out of the game. Round 2 works the same way, except higher cash prizes on the board. Press Your Luck is currently airing on GSN weekday mornings at 9:30am Eastern.moreless

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 41

    Episode 541

    Aired 10/22/85

  • S 5 : Ep 40

    Episode 540

    Aired 10/21/85

  • S 5 : Ep 39

    Episode 539

    Aired 10/18/85

  • S 4 : Ep 49

    Episode 449

    Aired 6/14/85

  • S 4 : Ep 48

    Episode 448

    Aired 6/13/85

  • Cast & Crew
  • Savage Steve Holland

    Whammy & Tammy Whamette (voice-uncredited)

  • Charlie O'Donnell

    Sub-Announcer (1984-1985)

  • Rod Roddy


  • John Harlan

    Sub-Announcer (1984)

  • Peter Tomarken


  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Peter Tomarken: Well, I want to tell you. You are watching "Press Your Luck" History in the making! At this point, Michael Larson has taken 15 spins, and has totaled up a total of $36,851 in cash and prizes; Already a single-day record on "Press Your Luck." But we are going to have to stop now for these messages.

    • Peter Tomarken: Well, you know, they say that there's a first time for everything. And this is the first time we have not been able to complete our game in the appointed time. So, we will continue this incredible run of spins on Monday's program as Michael Larson... continues to press his luck. But first, I'd like to read the names of the Home Game players who did not get the lucky Home Game Spin today. First, Ed Long would have been spinning for Mrs. Callie Fitzgerald of San Francisco, California. And Janie Litras had this post card sent in by Kathleen McCann of Santa Clara, California. I'm sorry, Callie and Kathleen. But we do have two very smart Whammy T-shirts for you; which reminds me. We've only seen one Whammy today. But on Monday, things could be quite different. Will Michael hit a Whammy? Or will the Whammy hit Michael? Will Michael pass his spins? Or will he end up owning the network? (Words appear at the bottom of the screen: "To Be Continued...") You'll see it all on Monday. Until then, This is Peter Tomarken saying so long for "Press Your Luck." Bye-bye.

    • Peter: Roll that board! $29,000! This is why we call this show Press Your Luck.

    • Peter Tomarken: Thank you, and welcome to "Press Your Luck." Well, for the benefit of our viewers who weren't with us on Friday, let me explain that we ran out of time before we could finish a very exciting game. So, let me bring you all up to date right now. This is Ed Long. Ed is a Baptist Minister from La Crescenta, California, who is returning champion, having won $11,516 on last Thursday's show. Ed came to the Bonus Board in Friday's game with two spins and $4,080. And Ed has yet to take those two spins. Janie Litras. Well, she racked up the MOST money in Round One, having $4,608 to HER credit, and she will play last in this the second half of the game that began Friday. Janie is a Dental Assistant from San Bernadino, California. And THIS... is Michael Larson -- an unemployed Ice Cream Truck Driver from Lebanon, Ohio, who has had an amazing run at our board. So far, in 15 spins, Michael has managed to avoid the Whammy, and has racked up a total of $36,851. But he has four spins left. And we will see what he does with them as we pick up the game... in progress.

    • (Michael's score is up to $102,851.) Michael: I'm gonna pass! Peter: You're gonna PASS 'em! You're gonna PASS 'em! I don't even know who they go to. They go to Janie. Michael: (to Ed) Sorry, Ed. Peter: Janie, four spins to you, but you play last. Ed... Ed... Hey, if Michael can do it, you can do it, Ed. Hit the board. $4,080. What the heck? You've only got $96,000 to go. Okay, Ed. Hit it. Ed: I DON'T BELIEVE THIS!

    • (Michael has landed on "$4,000 + One Spin.") Peter: $74,851. Michael, you have rolled 31 times without a whammy. 31 times! You're gonna press again?! (Peter groans in disbelief as he slaps his forehead.) $74,851, Michael. Big Bucks, PLEASE!

    • Peter: (right before going to the last commercial break) We'll be back. We'll be back sometime.

    • Peter: (During Ed's first spin) You guys lock up. I'm leaving.

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    Notes (20)

    • Jack whammies out of the game (4 whammies).

    • The pilot's background looks like the players are in outer space.

    • Jack and Maggie also appeared on the pilot episode of Press Your Luck's presuccessor, Second Chance.

    • When CBS gave the show to USA for syndication, USA was forbidden to to re-air this episode.

    • This episode was taped on May 19, 1984.

    • Reaired with Episode 189 as part of "Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal," a document which aired Monday, March 16th, 2003 on game show network. Reaired with a logo that read "Original 1984 Broadcast," or occasionally with one that read "Unaired Footage," for footage which was cut from the original episodes shown on CBS to fit them within the time slot. Rebroadcast was closed-captioned courtesy May at CaptionMax.

    • Larson hit a Whammy on his first spin but came back in round 2 with his memorization of the board patterns.

    • This is part 1 of Michael Larson's big win.

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    Trivia (6)

    • When a whammy was hit in this episode, there was no "BUZZ!" sound.

    • A total of 10 Whammies were hit in this episode.

    • Betty is the first contestant to receive the maximum amount of spins possible to earn in Round Two: 12 spins.

    • Michael buzzes in on one of the trivia questions and gives the answer "$50 bill". When the answers appear on the screen, his answer is written as "$50 dollar bill," which is a redundancy. Since the dollar sign and the word "dollar" mean the same thing, it would technically be read as "50 dollar dollar bill."

    • The amount Michael won was so high, that there was no room for a dollar sign at the beginning of Michael's readout. When Michael broke the $100,000 level, the dollar sign on his readout was replaced with a number one.

    • In some of the street renactments, modern cars are seen.

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  • Fan Reviews (19)
  • Whammy is a little better

    By schaitelh, Dec 31, 2015

  • Amazing show!

    By DasansMom, Apr 26, 2014

  • "I want to press my luck!"

    By DaGamePhreak, Aug 18, 2007

  • I love this show!!

    By coaster41395, May 28, 2007


    By BiGLOU2006, Aug 14, 2006