Daily 2:30 PM on GSN - Game Show Network Premiered Aug 05, 2002 In Season



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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.


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Season 6 : Episode 6015

Stacey Hayes

Stacey Hayes

Co-Hostess/Announcer/Game Judge

Chuck Woolery

Chuck Woolery


Shandi Finnessey

Shandi Finnessey

Co-Hostess/Announcer/Game Judge

Dusty Martell

Dusty Martell

Co-Hostess (1987-88)

Margaux MacKenzie

Margaux MacKenzie

Substitute Co-Hostess (1987-88)

Michael Reagan

Michael Reagan

Host (1987)

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  • Like this game

    That is all I can say. I really do like the game show Lingo and it does a pretty decent job too.
  • This used to be one of my favorite game shows but it makes me sad that it only airs at night.

    I love Lingo, its fun to play at home and fun to watch. Now I used to play it while it was on but i quit doing that, because i was never good at that and they would always get it before me. Now when it aired around 5 i watched it all the time it was my favorite game show n GSN. And sometimes if they miss it it's hilarious. Like they get it so wrong its just funny and it happens often. Its just hilarious. Now the old Lingo's weren't that good, the new ones are pretty good but the middle ones are the best. The very end at final Lingo gets very exiting with the jackpot and one time the jackpot went so high that someone won $47,000. Well this show is awesome and check it out. Overall 10/10.moreless
  • A wonderfully simple game but there is room for improvement.

    Lingo is a wonderfully simple game. You need to know all the five letter words, have a strategy to reduce your choices based upon the clues, and finally have the luck of the pull. Unlike other intelligence game shows, Lingo has a finite amount of information to learn and practicing a strategy makes the difference.

    There are approximately 2,738 five letter words in the English language. Memorizing this number of words is possible for the average person. A team's success comes from their willingness to learn these words, strategy, and luck.

    I avoid becoming good at Lingo for several reasons. The main two reasons are my desire not to get too frustrated with the contestants and keep the excitement.

    The jokes between Chuck Woolery and Shandi Finnessey are funny and a good break.

    I agree with Sarah10106 and how watching stupid people can be funny and entertaining given some common sense. I suspect the people just didn't practice being under time pressure, a strategy, and memorizing the five letter English words.

    Please read my suggestion on keeping these people and gaining the enjoyment of seeing really great players.

    While I don't watch the show all the time, what I would love to see are more openly gay couples. There are many married, engaged, and dating heterosexual couples but I don't remember seeing any gay couples. If there have been some, they are so far and between as to avoid my watching pattern.

    One suggestion for the future: Add returning champions to the show, so we get the excitement of following a really good pair. On the other hand, meeting two new pairs each time is fun, too. Maybe a second version of Lingo (shown twice a week) called "Championship Lingo" would fill the bill. In this viewer's opinion having two Lingo shows five times a week is too much for the viewers. A second version showing twice a week would keep the people coming back.moreless
  • Two Teams have to solve 5 letter words. Pretty fun.

    Lingo is a pretty cool game. Two teams are separately given the first letter in a five letter word, and have 5 chances to solve the word. It's fun to try and guess the word when your at home, which makes it even more exciting just to watch the show! When a team guesses correctly, they are given a chance to score more points by getting 5 balls in the same row. You can win cash at the end if you win. It's an easy way to pick up 5 grand, plus, you can have some fun doing it. I hope they continue to air new episodes because it's a great show!moreless
  • 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.

    Nothing like hearing the popular Chuck Woolery say "2 and 2! Coming right back!" So classic. It was better when he did it on love connection. Then of course, theres the stunning, beautiful, Shandi Finnessey. Or should I say...Miss America 2004. She takes care of all the letters and words, and pretty much does everything. This show can be seen on the Game Show Network (GSN) pretty much everyday. If you haven't seen a single episode of this, try it. You'll like it. It really is a great show. Pinning people against each other. Word Challenges! Top prizes increasing everday! YEAH!moreless
  • Stewart Volland © 2006 GSN
  • Stewart Volland © 2006 GSN
  • Stewart Volland © 2006 GSN
  • Stewart Volland © 2006 GSN

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