Wheel of Fortune

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Classic word-puzzle game show still offers family fun.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The series requires both guesswork and some intellect in order to solve the word puzzles.

Positive Messages

There's some standard game show greed, but it's mild, and most of the people are just excited to be playing.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Pat Sajak and Vanna White are friendly and upbeat (Sajak can sometimes be a little snarky, but it's all in fun). The contestants are a diverse group.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Vanna White is known for wearing elegant dresses that sometimes have low-cut necklines or open backs.

Language
Consumerism

Prizes range from Whirlpool appliances to tickets from major airlines.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fun, long-running game show -- in which contestants solve word puzzles for cash and other major prizes -- is mild and very family-friendly (about the only potentially iffy thing is the low-cut dresses that hostess Vanna White sometimes wears). Prizes are sponsored by major companies like American Airlines, Whirlpool appliances, and others, and contestants are very excited to win them.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywilliamduke315 February 3, 2014
I think that Jeopardy is a better game show than Wheel Of Fortune because on Jeopardy, you see different categories every day whereas on Wheel Of Fortune, you s... Continue reading
Parent of a 17 year old Written byclassy woman February 17, 2011
I don't like Pat Sajak and his reference to female contestants as "guys" -total lack of class,courtesy - very insulting. Women are not guys - I... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 25, 2011

A Kid's Review

I don't like Pat Sajak either. He does a lot of talking.
Kid, 9 years old March 30, 2011
I'd say if your 14 you can watch this show cause of the prizes

What's the story?

On popular game show WHEEL OF FORTUNE, contestants compete for major cash and prizes by solving word puzzles. The show, which is hosted by Pat Sajak and Vanna White, requires players to guess at the correct letters to fill in the blanks representing a word or phrase. Before they choose a consonant or buy a vowel, they must spin a giant roulette-like wheel to determine how much money (or which prizes) they can play for. An unlucky spin can also lead to lost turns and/or automatic bankruptcy. The player who successfully solves each puzzle wins the round and the cash and prizes that he or she collected along the way. At the end of the show, the person with the most winnings gets a chance to play a bonus round for an additional prize.

Is it any good?

This popular game show is the modern version of the original Wheel of Fortune series that aired from 1975-1981. Despite some minor changes --  including replacing the original manual word puzzle board with an electronic one -- the overall show has remained much the same. Despite contestants' efforts to win as much money and as many prizes as possible, the series does require a bit of intellect (as well as guesswork) in order to solve the puzzles. As a result, it offers an entertaining way for families to work on their word-building skills.  

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TV details

For kids who love puzzles

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