Press Your Luck
Press Your Luck was an American game show that aired from 1983 to 1986 and later in reruns, and was hosted by Peter Tomarken. The three contestants on each show would earn spins by answering questions that they could later use on The Big Board. On the board, they could earn thousands of dollars in cash and prizes but had to beware of the Whammy, a cartoon demon who stole players' money and prizes. If a Whammy was hit, the contestant lost all earnings up to that point. Four Whammies took a player out of the game. The winner returned on the next show.
|Press Your Luck|
|Created by||Bill Carruthers |
|Directed by||Bill Carruthers |
|Presented by||Peter Tomarken|
|Narrated by||Rod Roddy|
|Theme music composer||Lee Ringuette|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||758|
|Executive producer(s)||Bill Carruthers|
|Production location(s)||CBS Television City|
|Running time||approx. 22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||The Carruthers Company|
|Picture format||480i SDTV|
|Original release||September 19, 1983 –|
September 26, 1986
|Preceded by||Second Chance (1977)|
|Followed by||Whammy! (2002–03)|
The show came back on the air in 2002 on Game Show Network as Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck. It featured a new "Big Bank" feature, which gave the player a chance to earn all the money and prizes lost to the Whammy. It was hosted by Todd Newton and ran until 2003.
The original version of Press Your Luck was called Second Chance, which aired on television in 1977. Instead of the Whammy, players had to face a cartoon "Devil." It was hosted by Jim Peck, but did not last very long.
The show returned to ABC in 2019 with Elizabeth Banks as the host and is due to make its fourth season premiere on July 7th 2022. In the 2019 series, the contestant who wins with the highest amount of money goes to a bonus round in which the contestant tries to go through 6 rounds and try and win the jackpot prize of $1 million. Neil Ross is the announcer and Whammy voice for the current series.
- "Press Your Luck: Season Four; ABC Game Show Renewal and Summer 2022 Premiere Revealed". TV Shows Finale. 7 April 2022. Retrieved 5 July 2022.