The Price Is Right

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The 1975 U.S. version logo

The Price Is Right is a television game show franchise originally produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, and created by Bob Stewart, and is currently produced and owned by FremantleMedia. The franchise centers on television game shows, but also includes merchandise such as video games, printed media and board games. The franchise began in 1956 as a television game show hosted by Bill Cullen and was revamped in 1972. This version was originally hosted by Bob Barker. Since 2007, Drew Carey has hosted the program.

In the show, contestants compete to win cash and prizes by guessing the pricing of merchandise. The program has been critically successful and remains a stalwart in the television ratings.[1] It also managed to break away from the quiz show format that has been used in other game shows.[2] Since the current version premiered, it has also been adapted in several international formats around the world, most notably in the United Kingdom, Australia and Mexico.

In 2013, TV Guide ranked it #5 in its list of the 60 greatest game shows ever.[3]

1956–1965[edit]

The original version of The Price Is Right was first broadcast on NBC, and later ABC, from 1956 to 1965. Hosted by Bill Cullen, it involved four contestants bidding on a wide array of merchandise prizes, whose values ranged anywhere from a few dollars, (in many cases, "bonus" prizes were attached after the fact, to the winner) to thousands, doing so in the manner of auctions except that Cullen did not act out the role of auctioneer (contestants tried to bid closest to the product's actual retail price without going over that price). Depending on the prize, contestants were allowed, in proper turn, to make multiple bids; or only allowed one bid. In the case of the former, each contestant would bid on the displayed item, until a buzzer sounded. They could make a final bid, or "freeze." The contestant whose bid was closest to the correct value of the prize – and had not gone over that value – won it. There was also a special game set aside for the home viewer, which offered several prizes in a package, which usually included a luxury vacation trip, and/or a new car as part of the package. Viewers would submit their bids via post cards; the winner being announced on the air. At the end of each episode, the contestant who had won the most (by dollar value) was declared the winner and became the returning champion, entitled to play again in the next episode. This version began humbly enough, as part of NBC's daytime schedule ( an alleged series of technical problems made the pilot episode look bad enough for NBC to decline buying the show; after an appeal from the producers, and given the fact that at that time all TV shows were given up to an initial 13 weeks to succeed or fail, it aired anyway, NBC all but convinced it would bomb). It would become successful enough, to warrant a second "nighttime" version in the fall of 1957 Shown weekly, it also had the distinction of being the first TV game show to be broadcast in color. After being a Top-10 prime time show its ratings would gradually, but noticeably decline, and by 1963, NBC would cancel it, only to be picked up by ABC. The night time version ran for one full season (1963–64), and the daytime version ended in 1965.

1972–present[edit]

The updated version returned to the air in 1972 as The New Price Is Right; the "new" addendum was later removed. It is still in production in the United States. From September 4, 1972, to June 15, 2007, the show was hosted by Bob Barker. Barker's episodes continued to air in reruns until October 15, 2007, when Drew Carey debuted as the new host.

Format[edit]

In this "New" version, four contestants place a single bid on an initial product, in dollars only, as the production company will round off all retail prices to the nearest dollar; the contestant who bids closest to the product's actual retail price without going over wins the item and then gets to play one of several mini-games, which are called Pricing Games in most countries, including the United States, for an additional and more substantial prize or group of prizes. One contestant, through various elimination formats, could find themselves winning a large showcase of prizes at the show's conclusion by predicting the total price of a "showcase."

Originally thirty minutes in length, the show was expanded to its current hour-long format on November 3, 1975. At this time, a new feature, the "Showcase Showdown," was introduced and remains in use. The three contestants who make their way on stage in each half of the show are asked to spin a large wheel, which is labeled from five cents to one dollar in five cent increments. The contestants spin the wheel once and then optionally a second time, and contestant with the total score closest to $1.00 without going over is brought back to compete for the Showcases at the end of the show. If one of the contestants gets exactly $1.00, either on the first spin or by the total of both spins, that contestant wins an extra $1,000 and gets a bonus spin. On the bonus spin, if the wheel lands on 5 or 15 cents, then the contestant wins an extra $10,000. If the wheel lands on $1.00, then the contestant wins an extra $25,000. The wheel must complete at least one full revolution on each spin.

History[edit]

The 1972 American version was hosted by Bob Barker from September 1972 to June 2007; his last new episode aired on June 15, 2007. After a season-long search for a new host, Drew Carey took the helm of the show, with production resuming in August 2007 and Carey's first episode airing on October 15. It is believed to be the second longest-running game show on television, trailing only the Spanish-language variety show Sábado Gigante;[4] it is also the longest running five-days-a-week game show in the world. The Price Is Right is the only game show franchise to be seen nationally in either first-run network or syndication airings in the US in every decade from the 1950s onward. CBS has occasionally aired extra episodes of the show for short periods between the cancellation of one daytime program and the premiere of its successor. On occasion since 1986, special episodes have occasionally aired during prime time hours, most notably to fill in gaps between the Survivor series, and the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike.

On September 22, 2008 Terry and Linda Kneiss made game show history by bidding the exact amount of the $23,743 showcase on that morning's show. Taping of the show immediately stopped, with Drew Carey and show staffers concerned that cheating was taking place. It was later learned that the Kneisses had figured out, by constantly watching the show, noticing the frequency of certain products showing up on the show, and statistical analysis, to be able to legitimately determine the exact prices of items on the show. The Kneisses were awarded the prizes, and the show subsequently discontinued featuring certain products.[5]

U.S. versions[edit]

DurationHostNetworkNotes
1972–2007Bob BarkerCBS
1972–1977Dennis JamesSyndicationWeekly series
1977–1980Bob BarkerSyndicationWeekly series
1985–1986Tom KennedySyndicationReferred to on-air as "the nighttime Price Is Right"
1994–1995Doug DavidsonSyndicationCalled The New Price Is Right: A short-lived daily nighttime version
2007–presentDrew CareyCBS

Specials[edit]

Licensed Merchandise[edit]

Endless Games, which in the past has produced board games based on several other game shows, including The Newlywed Game and Million Dollar Password, distributes home versions of The Price Is Right, featuring the voice of Rich Fields, including a DVD edition and a Quick Picks travel-size edition. Ubisoft also released a video game version of the show for the PC, Nintendo DS, and Wii console on September 9, 2008. An updated version of the game (The Price Is Right: 2010 Edition) was released on September 22, 2009. Both versions feature the voice of Rich Fields, who was the show's announcer at the time of the release of the video games in question.

In September 2010, Ludia released the official Facebook version of The Price Is Right game. The game had two million monthly active users only two months after the launch.[6]

In October 2011, Ludia (now owned by RTL Group) released The Price Is Right Decades, a video game featuring production elements from various decades of the show, for the Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 to celebrate their 40 years on the CBS network.

International versions[edit]

The 1972 revised format appeared on Australian television the following year and debuted in the U.K. in 1984. The format has also been adapted elsewhere around the world. Hosts and models from the versions in other countries have made appearances on the U.S. version, usually sitting in the audience and acknowledged by the host during the broadcast. Barker and then-music-director Stan Blits appeared on the Carlo Boszhard-hosted Cash en Carlo at the start of the 200th episode.

     Currently airing        Ended  

CountryTitleNetworkHostDuration datesNotes
Argentina ArgentinaEl Precio JustoCanal 9Fernando Bravo1990sUsed a similar set to US version and a similar logo to French version
Australia AustraliaThe Price Is RightATN-7 (1957–1959)
GTV-9 (1958)
Seven Network (1963)
Network Ten (1973–1974)
Bruce Beeby (1957)
Geoff Manion (1958)
Keith Walshe (1959)
Horrie Dargie (1963)
Garry Meadows (1973–74)
1957–1974Original series
AustraliaThe Price Is RightSeven Network (1981–86, 2012)
Network Ten (1989)
Nine Network (1993–98, 2003–05)
Ian Turpie (1981–86, 1989)
Larry Emdur (1993–98, 2003–05, 2012)
September 7, 1981 – November 24, 2005;
May 7, 2012 – 19 December 2012
Both versions feature similar elements to U.S. version: the "Double Bullseye" playoff and a pricing game similar to the current U.S.'s "Easy as 1 2 3" are used for the Showcase
Belgium BelgiumDe Juiste Prijs
Le Juste Prix
VTM
RTL TVI
Jan Theys
Koen Wauters
Michaël Dufour
Sacha Cortez

2010
Both versions feature similar elements to French version
Brazil BrazilO Preço CertoSBT
Rede Record
Silvio Santos
Juan Alba
1980s;
October 2009 – June 2010
Juan Alba's version used a similar set to the UK Joe Pasquale's show (and the French show) and the same theme tune as the UK, while Silvio Santos' version used similar elements to US show
Canada CanadaMisez Juste (1994–1995)
Price Is Right: À vous de jouer (2011)
TQS(1994–1995)
V(2011)
Alain Léveillé (1994–1995)
Philippe Bond (2011)
1994–1995;
September 2011–present
The original French-Canadian version had a significantly cheaper budget (Car rentals in place of cars, trips to Halifax and Cuba) and a set more akin to Let's Make a Deal; aired twice a week, unlike the 2 other versions airing at the time (The U.S. version airs on English-language Canadian stations)
Chile ChileDiga lo que valeCanal 13Don Francisco1981–1987
China China购物街
Gòu Wù Jiē
CCTV-2Gao Bo
Chen Beibei
2007-2011Name translates to "Shopping Street"; borrows many elements from the US version
Colombia ColombiaEl precio es correctoRTI on Cadena Uno or Cadena Dos (1981–198?)[7][8]
Caracol TV (2011)
Gloria Valencia de Castaño[8] (1981–198?)
Iván Lalinde (2011)
1981–198?
2011
1980s: The second game, Grand Game, was called El Mercadito (The Little Supermarket); the fourth game was a Colombian rendition of Race Game
2011: A new season, presented by Iván Lalinde, started April 11, 2011 on Caracol TV;[9] this version borrowed many elements from the Mexican show
Estonia EstoniaKuum HindKanal 2Emil RutikuOctober 2007
Finland FinlandMitä maksaa?NelonenPetri Liski1998–2000
France FranceLe Juste PrixTF1Max Meynier
Eric Galliano
Patrick Roy
Philippe Risoli
Vincent Lagaf'
1987–1988
1988
1988–1992
1992–2001
2009–2013
It was aired at 12h05 on TF1 and became one of the most famous game shows of the 1990s; Le Juste Euro, hosted by Patrice Laffont, only lasted two weeks and was aired in January 2002 on France 2. The game show was replaced with Attention à la marche hosted by Jean-Luc Reichmann, actually a version with Vincent Lagaf is aired.
Germany GermanyDer Preis ist heißRTLHarry WijnvoordMay 2, 1989 – 1997The first season used a set that had lots of pink and blue, the later series had a set that somewhat resembled the American set; the theme music was also changed to the American theme; the intro later included a light box, like the U.S. version, both series used similar props to US show. It was recently featured on Germany's Gameshow Marathon.
India IndiaYehi Hai Right PriceZee
Indonesia IndonesiaTebak Harga (1994–2003)
The Price is Right (2003–present)
TPI
Trans TV
Indosiar
MNCTV
Farhan (1994–2005)
Stenny Agustaf (2010)
VJ Surya (2010)
June 1994 – August 2001;
August 2001 – July 15, 2005;
August – November 2010
The show was on TransTV and hosted by Muhammad Farhan (commonly known by his last name only)
Israel Israelפחות או יותר
Pachot o' Yoter
Channel 2Aki Avni1994
Italy ItalyOK, il Prezzo è Giusto!Italia 1 (1983-1987)
Canale 5 (1988-1996)
Rete 4 (1987-1988; 1996-2001)
Gigi Sabani (1983-1986)
Iva Zanicchi (1987-2000)
Emanuela Folliero (1999)
Maria Teresa Ruta (2000-2001)
1983–1986;
1987–1999;
May–June 1999;
September 1999 – June 2000;
September 2000 – June 2001
The second longest continually-running version of The Price Is Right, airing from 1983 to 2001; one of three versions to be hosted by a woman; largely faithful to the U.S. version, but the last two seasons altered the format slightly to use the Showcase round seen on the U.K. version
Japan JapanThe Chance
ザ・チャンス!
Za cha-n-su
Tokyo Broadcasting SystemShiro Ito (1979–1986)1979–1986
Latvia LatviaVeiksmes cenaTV3Valters KrauzeJanuary 7, 2007
Lebanon LebanonThe Price Is Right بلا TVALBC (2010–2011)
MBC 4 (2011–Present)
Tony BaroudMay 25, 2010–presentUses similar elements to French Version, like sound effects
Mexico MexicoAtinale Al PrecioTelevisaMarco Antonio Regil (1997–1999, 2010)1997–1999
2010
The 2010 version uses similar elements to the British version; in 2007, Regil auditioned to replace Barker for the United States version.[10]
Morocco Moroccoالسعر الصحيح
Al seer al Saheeh
2M[disambiguation needed]2002
Netherlands NetherlandsPrijs je Rijk
Prijzenslag
Cash en Carlo
The Price is Right
AVRO
RTL 4
RTL 7
SBS 6
Fred Oster
Hans Kazan
Carlo Boszhard
Eddy Zoëy
1987
1989–1995
2002–2004
2012
Prijs je Rijk used the U.S. theme and similar set; Prijzenslag was based on Germany's Der Preis ist Heiss and Bob Warman's in the UK; Cash En Carlo was a version of many European versions to borrow the format of Bruce's in the UK (although it doesn't borrow the UK version's props and music cues, but uses another remix of the US Price is Right theme as "Come on down" music)
New Zealand New ZealandThe Price Is RightTV3Dave Jamieson1992Filmed at TVNZ's Avalon Studios in Wellington, even though the show screened on the opposition network TV3; sponsored by the Farmers department store chain and Farmers actually changed their slogan around this time to Farmers, "Where The Price Is Right". In recent years, the Australian version had been screened on New Zealand's Prime Television.
Pakistan PakistanThe Price Is RightGeo TVAli Salman2010Uses similar elements to Bruce's Price Is Right and current U.S. logo in tones of blue
Peru PeruDiga lo que ValePanamericana TelevisiónJohnny López1982–1984; 1987
Philippines PhilippinesThe Price Is RightABCDawn Zulueta2001–2003The only other version of the show known to have used the Australian version of the Showcase; the first version of show ran on ABC-5 as part of the network's response to the popularity of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? on IBC 13
Philippines PhilippinesThe Price Is RightABS-CBNKris AquinoFebruary 2011 – August 13, 2011A second Philippine version of the show was produced by ABS-CBN and hosted by Kris Aquino
Poland PolandDobra cenaTVNGrzegorz Wons1997–1998One of the many European versions that used Bruce's Price Is Right music
Portugal PortugalO Preço Certo
O Preço Certo em Euros (January 2002 – March 2006)
RTP1Carlos Cruz and Nicolau Breyner
Jorge Gabriel and then Fernando Mendes
Late 1980s – early 1990s (first edition);
January 2002 – March 2006;
September 2006–present
The title was changed to O Preco Certo em Euros when the escudo was dropped and the Euro was introduced, with Jorge Gabriel and then Fernando Mendes as host, and Miguel Vital as announcer; this version used Bruce's Price Is Right props and music (but used a synthesized version of the US Price is Right theme for its closing music); when the show still used the escudo, it used a set similar to the US show (and the Italian show) and the same music cues as the US; in Autumn 2006 the show re-launched once again and took its inspiration from the new UK version by using a similar set and music. The show also removed "em Euros" from the name making its new title O Preço Certo since the Euro has been in use for seven years
Romania RomaniaPreţul CorrectProTVStelian Nistor / Constantin CotimanisDecember 1997–March 2000
RomaniaSpune-mi PreţulKanal DCosmin Cernat2009
Russia RussiaЦена удачиNTVBoris Smolkin, replaced by Anton KomolovSeptember 11, 2005 – June 25, 2006
Singapore SingaporeThe Price is RightMediacorp Channel 5
Slovakia SlovakiaCena je správnaTV JOJAndrej Bičan2012–present
Spain SpainEl Precio JustoTVE1
Antena 3
Joaquín Prat
Carlos Lozano
Guillermo Romero
Juan y Medio
1988–1993
1999–2001
2006–2007
The 1988–93 used a similar set to UK Leslie Crowther's show and featured a Showcase played similarly to the US version but featured only one Showcase on which both contestants bid; the 1999–2001 (Based in Bruce's Price Is Right) and 2006–2007 (Based in UK Joe Pasquale's show) formats were somewhat resembled to American version and used an hybrid of the UK and US showcase. After the top winner selected a range at random, both contestants bid on the Showcase, hoping that their bid were the fell within the selected range and the closest without going over of the actual price.
Thailand Thailandทายได้ให้เลยJSLBundit KosolpisitThis version features similar elements to Mexican show
Turkey TurkeyKaç Para?aTVÖzkan Uğur
Vatan Şaşmaz
September 8, 2003 – January 23, 2004;
2011–present
The 2011 version borrowed many elements from the French version like logo and intro and game styles and features a Single-player showcase similarly played as the UK version, hoping that their bid is within the range, high or low
United Kingdom United KingdomThe Price Is RightITV
Sky One
Leslie Crowther (ITV primetime)
Bob Warman (Sky One daytime)
Bruce Forsyth (ITV primetime)
Joe Pasquale (ITV daytime)
March 24, 1984 – January 12, 2007
United States United StatesThe Price Is RightNBC
ABC
Bill Cullen (1956–65)November 26, 1956 – September 3, 1965
United StatesThe Price Is RightCBS
Syndicated
Bob Barker (1972–2007)
Dennis James (1972–77; syndication)
Tom Kennedy (1985–86; syndication)
Doug Davidson (1994–95; syndication)
Drew Carey (2007–present)
September 4, 1972–present
Venezuela VenezuelaEl Precio JustoRCTV
Televen
Winston Vallenilla2002
2011–present
Vietnam VietnamHãy chọn giá đúngVTV3Lại Văn Sâm (2004)
Lưu Minh Vũ (2004–2012)
Trần Ngọc (2012–present)
2004–PresentUses a similar set to U.S. version; was hosted by one of the channel's most popular personalities, Lại Văn Sâm (also emcee of the Vietnamese version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, called Ai là triệu phú), and later was hosted by Lưu Minh Vũ from then till May 2012; Trần Ngọc took over as host in June 2012

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joanne Weintraub (2007-05-09). "Barker still a prize: Durable host gave 'Price Is Right' a long spin". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-05-25. 
  2. ^ Olaf Hoerschelmann. "Quiz and Game Shows". Museum of Broadcast Communications. Retrieved 2007-05-25. 
  3. ^ Fretts, Bruce (June 17, 2013). "Eyes on the Prize", TV Guide, pp. 14 and 15.
  4. ^ Schneider, Michael. "Time's 'Right' to step down." Variety. 31 October 2006. Retrieved 11 January 2007.
  5. ^ TV's Crowning Moment of Awesome, Esquire Magazine, July 12, 2010 http://www.esquire.com/features/impossible/price-is-right-perfect-bid-0810 Accessed October 7, 2013
  6. ^ The Price Is Right on Facebook
  7. ^ "El precio es correcto" (in Spanish). Colarte. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Paulo Laserna Phillips and Diego Amaral Ceballos, ed. (2004). 50 años: la televisión en Colombia: una historia para el futuro (in Spanish) (1 ed.). Zona Editores, Caracol TV. p. 117. ISBN 958-96587-5-X. 
  9. ^ "El precio es correcto" (in Spanish). Caracol TV. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  10. ^ Marco Regil on The Price Is Right (includes in commentary that he is auditioning for the host position in the US at the time)

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