When I would stay home sick from school growing up - I would settle in on the couch - with the cable channel box (back in the old days, the "remote" was a push button box attached to the TV with a wire) and assorted drinks and snacks, in time to watch the 10:00 and 10:30 game shows (usually Password and Card Sharks) before tuning to CBS for the Price is Right!
My father used to refer to the show as the "Instant Greed Hour" - this from a man who used to be glued to the Wheel of Fortune. I always wanted to be on the Price is Right - in my two trips to California the show wasn't taping - so that's something still on my bucket list.
I noted with some amusement this post from BuzzFeed with "13 Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Price is Right." The list omitted Bob Barker's fear of Samoan women.
- Vanna White was once a contestant, although she didn't make it up on stage.
- The wheel was added to the show in 1975
- Bob Barker grew up on a reservation in South Dakota and is an official member of the Sioux tribe.
- The very first one-bid prize was a fur coat. Furs were not offered as prizes since that episode, due to Bob Barker's strong belief in animal rights.
- The show discourages contestants from wearing green shirts because some games use chroma key screens, which can blend into a contestant's shirt.
- There was once a "Price is Right" wardrobe malfunction.
- The Big Wheel can BREAK.
- "Pick A Number," probably the most boring game on the show, requires the contestant to pick a number to fill in a blank spot in the price of the prize they're playing for.
- One time Snoop Lion - née Dogg - played Plinko, and it was awesome.
- 74 games are currently rotated on the show. (32 have been retired.)
- The producers select the contestants based solely on their answers to three questions: your name, where you are from, what you do.
- One guy got famous by bidding $420 on every prize.
- The first car offered on the show, a 1972 Chevy Vega, went for $2,746.