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A timeline for Season 37 of Wheel of Fortune, which aired in first-run from September 9, 2019 through September 10, 2020.

Season Changes

  • The opening sequence is changed to rotating wheel wedges on a black background, with thin blue neon lights flashing counterclockwise in the background. The camera pans out, and the Wheel of Fortune logo appears from the bottom-right of the screen. The letters flash in the wedges' colors, and one by one the words become white as they're said in the audience chant. Following the chant, a white flash reveals the set.
  • The main theme is remixed to include an electric guitar track. The intro music before the chant now consists of electric guitars instead of saxophones and trumpets.
TripleTossUp
  • The Toss-Up wipe is changed to a rainbow-colored wheel. The font is changed from Cosmos (used since Season 24) to Delta Bold.
  • The white "ripple" effect introduced for main game puzzle category strips since Season 33 is now used for Toss-Ups as well.
  • The $3,000 Toss-Up is replaced with the Triple Toss-Up, in which there are three consecutive puzzles with the same category and a common theme, each valued at $2,000. Four high-pitched dings sound after each of the first two is solved. Its wipe also says "Triple" instead of "$3,000". The contestant who solves the third of the Triple Toss-Ups gets to start Round 4 as usual.
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  • The Final Spin graphic is updated to match the new title card, and its accompanying sound effect is changed.
  • The ½ Car tags are retired.
  • Wheel Changes Lives is renamed Winner's Circle.
  • Prize wedges and Prize Puzzle trips are now worth a minimum of $7,000. As a result, trips worth over $10,000 have become frequent enough not to be noteworthy.
  • For the first time since season 21, the $100,000 prize is not won in an entire season.
  • For no particular reason, TV Title, TV Quote, and Movie Quote are not used this season.

September 2019

  • At several points throughout the season, the Bonus Round is sponsored by Werther's Original.
  • September 9 is Teacher's Week. During this week:
    • Nearly all of the Wheel Prize and Prize Puzzle trips are over $10,000.
    • No Retro Bonus Rounds are done.
  • On September 9:
    • The Gift Tag moves to the purple $500 between the $800 and pink $650 after contestant Rachel picks up the Prize wedge. This does not affect the outcome; while the Gift Tag is hit, a wrong letter is called on it.
    • Before the Bonus Round, Pat forgets to ask Rachel who she has in the audience. He ends up introducing them after they come onstage to celebrate the Bonus Round win.
  • On September 10, two males play.
  • On September 12:
    • Contestant Lauren solves the second Triple Toss-Up puzzle DICTIONARY with only the Y showing.
    • The first "Winner's Circle" segment is done, on March 10, 2015 contestant Brian Peterson and his beekeeping project Bees in the D.
  • September 16 is Spa Getaway. During this week, the Season 28 Wii avatar intro from World Class Spas Week intro is used.
  • On September 16:
    • The third Triple Toss-Up LOS ANGELES & SAN FRANCISCO is categorized as Places instead of On the Map.
    • Round 4 is an unusually short answer of NOTHING TO IT, which is all the more unusual as a fifth-round is played.
  • On September 18, for only the second known time, there is an attempt to cover up a "null" cycle: in Round 4, Pat says "Steph, try it again.", but the last three words are edited out (although they still appear on the closed captioning).
  • On September 19, the Retro Bonus Round is not done.
  • On September 20:
    • Contestant Joseph lands on Express on the first spin of Round 3 and fills in the entire puzzle THIS IS MY KIND OF PLACE by himself.
    • The second-place contestant has $21,700, won entirely in Round 4.
  • September 23 is Big Money Week. During this week, no Retro Bonus Rounds are done (although they are known to have been shown in-studio).
  • On September 26:
    • Husband & Wife is used in a Toss-Up for the first time. It also uses an ampersand for the first time since February 17, 2012.
    • Contestant Mark uses the Wild Card on $600 in Round 4.
  • On September 27:
    • Contestant Keniece asks to use the Wild Card without a prior spin on her first turn of Round 3, but gets buzzed out before doing so.
    • In-studio, when contestant Mark hits Express, Pat immediately asks him if he would like to "hop on", which he does, although the "Express mode" doesn't begin until after his second letter. In post-production, Pat's spiel and Mark's decisions are moved in between his first and second letters in accordance with the normal rules.
    • As the Triple Toss-Ups and Bonus Round are Phrase, this is the first known time since 1992 that the same category has been used four times in one episode. This becomes increasingly common throughout the rest of the season.
  • September 30 is California Coast.

October 2019

  • On October 3:
    • The $1,000 Toss Up (YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK) is categorized as On the Map instead of Landmark.
    • Contestant Roxie hits a Mystery Wedge, calls a letter that reveals the puzzle entirely, then flips the wedge to find a Bankrupt on the other side. Play passes to the next contestant, who solves the puzzle for $0.
    • On the first spin of Round 4, the Lose A Turn graphic can be seen on the previous contestant's scoreboard, revealing that a "null" cycle was edited out.
  • October 7 is Let's Eat. During this week, the post-Round 1 bumper features Pat and Vanna at various restaurants.
  • On October 7:
    • The Prize copy includes a trailer for the DVD and Blu-ray release of Spider-Man: Far from Home.
    • Pat and Vanna do the closing chat from outside the studio, with the Wheelmobile and Oscar Meyer Wienermobile parked behind them.
  • On October 8:
    • In an unusual move, the daily promo spoils the bonus puzzle and its outcome, although two letters are erased.
    • At least two affiliates — WBFF in Baltimore, Maryland, and WBTW in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina — accidentally air the October 7 show again. WBFF properly airs the October 8 show on Saturday, October 12.
  • On October 9:
    • Round 3's answer of GRIZZLY BEARS sets a new record for the shortest answer to be used as a Prize Puzzle at only 12 letters.
    • Two "null" cycles occur in Round 4, but only one of the two is edited out (the intact one is a wrong answer, an incorrect G, and a Bankrupt that does not take anything away). This may be due to Pat referencing the wrong answer during the closing chat.
  • On October 10, nobody solves the first Triple Toss-Up, RADIANT RED.
  • On October 11:
    • Round 3 (HAPPY TOURIST) is a tie for the shortest answer to be used as a Prize Puzzle.
    • Round 4 is an unusually short answer of SAY NO MORE, which also uses only one line.
  • October 14 is Great Northwest. During this week, except on Friday, Pat and Vanna feature a Washington state landmark in the closing segment: the Space Needle on Monday and Tuesday, the University of Washington on Wednesday, Kubota Garden on Thursday.
  • On October 14:
    • Round 1 (CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK) is categorized as On The Map instead of Landmark.
    • The closing segment on the Space Needle features an opening from one of the 1995 Seattle roadshows and footage of it being painted to resemble the Wheel.
  • On October 15, contestant Rob's Wild Card is not taken away after he hits Bankrupt in Round 4. This ends up not mattering, as the round goes to Speed-Up only two turns later and he does not win.
  • On October 16:
    • When the Round 4 puzzle (in the category What Are You Doing?) is revealed, the category strip for Phrase is put up by mistake.
    • The second-place contestant has $24,640.
  • On October 17, contestant Emily solves the third Triple Toss-Up THREE'S A CROWD with only the D showing.
  • October 21 is Bed & Breakfast. During this week:
    • Before the $2,000 Toss-Up, Pat, Vanna, and Jim promote the Home Sweet Home Giveaway, using footage from the previous season's giveaway.
    • The Bonus Round is sponsored by Consumer Cellular. Except on Monday, Jim promotes this before the Bonus Round.
  • On at least October 21, Wink Martindale is in the audience and appears on-camera, though no mention is made of his presence.
  • On October 21:
    • The closed captioning misspells contestant Faye's name as "Fay" through the entire episode.
    • The second-place contestant has $23,030.
  • On October 22, contestant Monique wins by $80.
  • On October 23, the Winner's Circle segment is on May 9, 2018 contestant Brooke Johnson.
  • On October 25, the Gift Tag is a $500 Pajamagram gift card and $500 cash.
  • All five Bonus Rounds are lost on the week of October 21.
  • October 28 is Home Sweet Home. During this week:
    • The Home Sweet Home sweepstakes is held, in which home viewers may enter the show's bonus puzzle online for a chance to win a new house.
    • There is a cold open featuring the previous season's Home Sweet Home winner Michael Corbett along with Pat and Vanna promoting the sweepstakes. When this week is rerun during the week of June 1, this is omitted.
    • Pat's monitor displays the Latitude Margaritaville logo.
    • Before the $2,000 Toss-Up, Pat, Vanna, Jim, Jimmy Buffett, and Michael promote the sweepstakes.
    • All of the Prizes are to Margaritaville properties.
    • After Round 1, Pat, Vanna, Jimmy Buffett, and Michael do a bumper.
    • The closing segment features Pat and Vanna at Latitude Margaritaville.
    • Only two Crosswords are played this week.
  • On October 28:
    • The second-place contestant has $24,797, won entirely in Round 2.
    • Jim promotes Latitude Margaritaville after Round 2, accompanied by a snippet of "Margaritaville".
  • On October 29:
    • The bonus puzzle JOIN US is only the fourth one since 2009 to be shorter than seven letters.
    • Pat and Vanna do the closing chat with Margaritaville "director of fun" Mona Ward.

November 2019

  • On November 1:
    • Same Name, Before & After, and Same Letter are not used despite no Crossword Round occurring.
    • There are two sets of duplicate categories: the $1,000 Toss-Up and Round 2 are Phrase, and the $2,000 Toss-Up and Bonus Round are What Are You Doing? This, combined with the above, would suggest that Round 2 had to be replaced.
    • As the winning contestant does not have anyone in the audience, Pat sets the Million-Dollar Wedge on the Bonus Wheel after it is spun.
    • The winning contestant, who wins the Bonus Round, misses the $1,000,000 by only one envelope.
  • November 4 is Veterans Week.
  • On November 4, contestant James solves the second Triple Toss-Up puzzle CHICKEN WINGS with only the first N showing.
  • For no particular reasons, the November 4 and 5 episodes are swapped at the last minute. This results in the first instance since 2013 of a Retro Bonus Round being done on a Monday.
  • On November 6:
    • There is a rare instance of a contestant solving the Speed-Up without any money.
    • The Bonus Round puzzle (ABOUT TO FIND OUT) is categorized as Phrase instead of Rhyme Time and is the first use of a rhyming bonus puzzle since May 2, 2011.
  • On November 7, the Retro Bonus Round is not done.
  • November 11 is America's Game.
  • On November 11:
    • As it is the sixth episode of Teacher's Week, all three contestants are teachers.
    • From this point through December 6, Pat promotes the upcoming Secret Santa Sweepstakes before the $2,000 Toss-Up.
  • On November 12, the first Triple Toss-Up THE STATE OF ARIZONA is only the third known instance of On the Map using a descriptive term.
  • On November 13, Wheel is pre-empted on several ABC affiliates by live coverage of the Country Music Association Awards' red carpet arrivals.
  • On November 14, Pat does not prompt contestant Lisa to use the Wild Card on $2,500 in Round 1. Though Lisa solves immediately afterward and loses the card to Bankrupt later, this does not affect the outcome.
  • On November 15, the Prize Puzzle copy includes a trailer for the DVD and Blu-ray release of The Angry Birds Movie 2.
  • November 18 is Great American Cities: Boston on Monday, Chicago on Tuesday, Denver on Wednesday, Nashville on Thursday, and San Diego on Friday. During this week, the Wild Card is placed too low, covering the 5 instead of the dollar sign on the green $500.
  • On November 18:
    • The Prize Puzzle copy includes a trailer for Charlie's Angels, for which Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska read part of the copy.
    • Pat and Vanna do the closing chat from Union Oyster House.
  • On November 19:
    • Two males play.
    • In the final segment, Pat and Vanna show a clip of Fred Rogers' cameo from the Pittsburgh episode of September 14, 1998. The two also mention the film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, and Vanna shows a signed trolley which he had given her on the episode in question.
  • From November 19-30, Wheel is aired on a one-day delay in the Los Angeles market. This is due to local affiliate KABC-TV pre-empting the show for Monday Night Football on the 18th and 25th. This results in both weeks' Friday episodes airing on Saturdays, replacing the weekend repeats for the 23rd and 30th. Despite the delay, the station's social media promotes local contestants' episodes on the day they officially air.
  • On November 20:
    • The Gift Tag comes loose during Round 1, partially covering the orange $650. It is fixed before Round 2.
    • Pat and Vanna do the closing chat from Dally Round Ranch in Boulder, Colorado.
  • On November 21:
    • In Round 1, contestant Kristen is penalized for adding "and" while solving a Crossword. Although this has happened four times before, the incident goes viral and causes controversy over whether adding "and" should be grounds for penalty. The show releases a statement to the media defending the "and" rule. Contestant Bryan, who solves correctly immediately afterwards, states to the media that he is willing to give the $3,550 he won from that round to Kristen. A short time later, a travel agency awards Kristen with a trip to Nashville, the same trip offered via the Prize Wedge that she lost due to her mistake.
    • Pat and Vanna do the closing chat from FGL House in Nashville and then show footage of various honky-tonks in Nashville.
  • On November 22, Pat and Vanna do the closing chat from Coasterra and talk to executive chef Deborah Scott.
  • The week of November 25 is Shopping Spree. Although originally slated for the week of December 2, its theme is swapped with Safe Travels likely due to Friday's episode coinciding with Black Friday.
  • On November 25, the Prize Puzzle copy includes a trailer for the DVD and Blu-ray release of Dora and the Lost City of Gold.
  • On November 26, Jim's line, "From the Sony Pictures Studios, it's America's Game" is not present during the opening, although it still appears in the closed captioning.
  • On November 28:
    • The $1,000 Toss-Up DECISIONS DECISIONS is not themed. The $2,000 Toss-Up, however, is themed.
    • The Gift Tag comes loose during the first spin of Round 1, causing it to become almost perfectly vertical when it is landed on.
    • The first Triple Toss-Up is a factually inaccurate answer of NATURAL RESERVOIR (reservoirs are man-made by definition).
    • There is a $100,000 loss.
  • On November 29, two males play.
  • All five Bonus Rounds are lost on the week of November 25, part of a twelve-day losing streak beginning on the 19th.

December 2019

  • December 2 is Safe Travels!
  • On December 2, the Winner's Circle segment is about November 9, 2018 contestant Jonathan Frick.
  • On December 4:
    • Round 2 is the first appearance of The 80's since Season 35.
    • Pat references a "null" cycle in Round 2 by telling Katrina "back to you" on her first aired spin.
    • In Round 3, Pat references an incorrect letter on Free Play which was edited out by saying that I has already been called.
  • On December 5:
    • The Retro Bonus Round is one not previously used on this feature, and a rare instance of one predating five-and-a-vowel.
    • Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Awkwafina promote the Prize Puzzle, which includes a trailer for Jumanji: The Next Level.
  • December 9-20 is the Secret Santa Sweepstakes. During these weeks:
    • Vanna fills in for Pat, due to him recovering from intestinal surgery at the time these episodes were taped.
    • To help calm Vanna's nerves, no audience is present aside from the contestants and their guests. As a result, nearly all applause and other audience reaction sounds are added in post-production, and any audience shots are edited in from other episodes.
    • During Bonus Rounds, if the contestant has any guests, they are shown in a post-production shot from behind the host's position. Despite this, the contestant and Vanna still look toward the audience when addressing them, and they still come onstage from the audience area if the Bonus Round is won.
    • The Disney logo is on the floor at center stage.
    • After each episode's three contestants introduce the theme, Mickey Mouse appears with Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, and Vanna, saying "And this year we're here to celebrate!" Jim and Vanna then finish introducing the theme. An instrumental rendition of "O Christmas Tree" accompanies the entire intro.
    • Jim's intro is "And now, here's our host, Vanna White!". Vanna is then escorted onstage by Disney characters.
    • Mickey and Minnie Mouse alternate daily in Vanna's usual role. Despite standing at the puzzle board, the characters only motion at the board, which is otherwise operated automatically. On both Monday episodes, Vanna introduces each character before the $1,000 Toss-Up, at which point they are shown in front of the puzzle board with a sparkle effect.
    • Against precedent, all Toss-Up puzzles begin with the last letter of the puzzle, even if it not in the space furthest right.
    • Disney characters appear on top of the category strips when each maingame puzzle is revealed.
    • During the interviews, the contestants state their own names and hometowns.
    • All of the Prizes and Prize Puzzle trips are to Disney properties.
    • Jim does the closed captioning plug.
    • During Toss-Ups and Speed-Ups, the shot of the contestants is zoomed out further than usual, allowing Vanna to be seen in the host's position even on standard-definition screens.
    • The Disney characters also appear with Vanna during the closing segment and the credits.
  • Due to the tapings for the week of December 9 being cancelled, all of the potential contestants are sent home and will re-appear on future episodes. The week ends up taping four days later with all 15 contestants being from the Los Angeles area; most of them are last-minute recruits.
  • On December 9, Vanna accidentally looks at the wrong arrow during the Final Spin but is corrected from offstage, after which she jokes "How do you do this show?"
  • On December 10:
    • Pat and Vanna read part of the Prize Puzzle copy.
    • Vanna forgets to reveal the Bonus Round envelope until after Jim reads the Secret Santa Spin ID.
    • In the closing segment, Vanna promotes the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge attraction.
  • On December 11:
    • Once again, Vanna forgets to open the Bonus Round envelope until after Jim reads the Secret Santa SPIN ID.
    • In the final segment, Jim promotes Disney Cruise Lines before cutting back to Vanna.
  • On December 12:
    • Two males play.
    • Pat and Vanna read part of the Prize Puzzle copy.
    • When contestant Jay calls O in the Speed-Up, an audio clip of Vanna saying, "No money for vowels" is obviously dubbed in, as Vanna's mouth does not move.
    • Courtney Watkinson, the senior design manager for Disney Store, does the closing segment and shows off some Disney merchandise.
  • On December 13:
    • Once again, two males play.
    • In Round 2, the Mystery Wedge sound effect accidentally plays when contestant Paul hits the adjacent Free Play.
    • Paul solves the Round 4 puzzle THE MAD HATTER with only the T's showing.
  • The week of December 16 was taped before the week of December 9, due to the original taping day having been moved back due to Pat's surgery.
  • On December 16, the same promotion of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge that aired on the 10th airs again during the closing chat.
  • On December 17, Pat and Vanna read the Prize Puzzle copy.
  • On December 18, Wheel is at least partially pre-empted in most markets in the Eastern, Central, and Mountain Time Zones due to the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
  • On December 19, the same promotion of Disney Cruise Lines that aired on the 11th airs again during the closing chat.
  • Reruns air during the week of December 23 (originally slated to have the theme "On Holiday") due to taping cancellations also caused by Pat's intestinal surgery. This is the first time since Season 15 that reruns have aired midseason. Specifically, the reruns consist of the previous season's Home for the Holidays week (December 24-28, 2018). Each is preceded by a clip in which Pat explains the circumstances, and a caption appears during the intro indicating the original airdate. Likely to have last season's Christmas Eve and Christmas Day episodes repeat on their appropriate days, the week is aired in the following order: the 27th on Monday, the 24th on Tuesday, the 25th on Wednesday, the 26th on Thursday, and the 28th on Friday. Despite the mixed order, TV listings list the episodes in their original order.
  • Due to On Holiday being cancelled before production, episode numbers S-7096 through 7100 are not allocated to any existing episodes. As a result, there is a five-episode discrepancy in the show's episode count from this point forward.
  • The weekend repeat for December 28 is originally scheduled as the December 28, 2018 episode. Due to this same episode rerunning only one day prior, it is changed to the January 23, 2019 episode.
  • December 30 is America's Game. During this week, each episode is preceded by a clip in which Pat explains that the episodes were taped prior to his surgery.
  • On December 30:
    • Most of Wheel is pre-empted on several FOX affiliates due to overrun from the Redbox Bowl. The show does not begin airing on these affiliates until Round 4.
    • The $1,000 Toss-Up THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI is only the third known instance of On the Map using a descriptive term.
  • On December 31:
    • Two males play.
    • Corrine solves the Round 5 puzzle HARRISON FORD with only the N showing. The puzzle in question is also only on one line.
  • 2019 is now the third calendar year in the show's history with no $100,000 wins.

January 2020

  • Between November 29 and January 7, 23 Bonus Rounds in a row are played for $37,000.
  • On January 3:
    • Pat and Vanna read part of the Prize and Prize Puzzle copies.
    • Likely to cover an edit, there is a full shot of Pat and the winning contestant as he reminds her of the Bonus Round category just before the timer starts. There is also an edit after the puzzle is solved on the buzzer, revealing that there was a stopdown to check if the answer was given in time, which it was.
  • January 3 was originally scheduled to be the sixth episode of On Holiday. Due to Pat's surgery resulting in no episodes being produced for that taping, it is replaced with the sixth episode of the upcoming British Landscapes. As a result, this is the first episode in airing order to be taped after Pat's return, but it is still preceded by the clip of him explaining that the episode was taped before his surgery.
  • January 6 is Weekend Getaways. During this week:
    • There is a pre-recorded intro from Pat, in which he acknowledges the taping schedule and presence of a guest hostess.
    • Vanna once again fills in as host. As with the Secret Santa weeks, there is no audience other than the contestants' guests, contestants state their hometowns during the interviews, and the winning contestants' guests are introduced on stage instead of in the audience.
    • The animated intro from the Season 28 Get Out of Town and Road Trip weeks is used; unusually for an animated intro, Jim still says "From the Sony Pictures Studios, it's America's Game!"
    • The top half of the Speed-Up shot is again zoomed out further than usual.
    • Pat's daughter, Maggie, is the guest hostess. Except on Monday, Jim introduces them as "Here are our hosts: Vanna White and Maggie Sajak!"
  • On January 6:
    • Jim introduces just Vanna, who walks out and then introduces Maggie. The two then chat, and Maggie then walks to the puzzle board as the opening theme plays. This is the first time since April 1, 1997 that the two co-hosts are introduced separately.
    • Round 1 is only the second instance of a Crossword with a hyphenated word.
    • In the final segment, a clip is shown from the 1996 Hawaii episode where Pat introduces Maggie.
  • On January 7:
    • Against precedent, the buzzer sounds on a repated letter in Round 2.
    • Round 4 is an unusually short answer of CURTAIN CALL.
  • On January 8:
    • Wheel is partially pre-empted in most East Coast markets due to breaking news coverage of the missile attack on the Al Asad Airbase in Iraq. 7:00 PM airings on CBS and NBC affiliates are pre-empted through Round 2; the latter network cuts in a second time during the Bonus Round of 7:30/6:30 Central airings.
    • Two males play.
    • The Prize copy includes a trailer for Little Women.
  • On January 9, in the final segment, Vanna and Maggie show the closing from September 25, 2000, where Maggie and Patrick did the closing chat in place of Pat and Vanna.
  • January 13 is Great Escapes. During this week:
    • Before the $2,000 Toss-Up, Pat and Vanna promote the upcoming Collette promotion.
    • All of the Prize Puzzle trips are over $10,000.
  • January 13 is Pat's first taped episode since his surgery. During the opening, the audience is seen on-camera giving a standing ovation to honor his return.
  • On January 15, in the final segment, Pat and Vanna do a tour of Highclere Castle with an unnamed tour guide.
  • On January 16:
    • The $1,000 Toss-Up DISAPPEARING ACT is not themed.
    • Vanna reads part of the Prize copy.
    • Before Round 1, Pat plugs the upcoming Great American Cities: Florida week.
    • Before the Bonus Round, Pat, Vanna, and Harry do a bumper for "Behind the Wheel".
  • On January 17:
    • Two males play.
    • Contestant Derek solves the third Triple Toss-Up BOY GEORGE with only the second E showing.
    • $50,000 is won in the Bonus Round for the first time since April 20, 2018.
  • January 20 is British Landscapes, sponsored by Collette. During this week:
    • There is a cold open with Pat and Vanna:
      • Monday: The two eat food at Bettys Café Tea Rooms in York, England.
      • Tuesday: Vanna asks Pat if he wants to walk along Hadrian's Wall.
      • Wednesday: Time-lapse footage of Pat and Vanna at Drakes Fish & Chips in York.
      • Thursday: Pat and Vanna introduce the theme from Highclere Castle.
      • Friday: Pat and Vanna converse at Market Cart Pub.
    • The Prize is a tour of England, Scotland, and Wales. After the Prize copy, Pat and Vanna promote the Collette giveaway through footage of them in England.
    • In the final segment, Pat and Vanna tour a British landmark: York on Monday, Edinburgh on Tuesday, Hadrian's Wall on Wednesday (featuring Collette representative Michelle Gammon Purvis), Highclere Castle (with the Countess of Carnavaron) on Thursday, and Shambles Market in York on Friday.
  • On January 22:
    • Wheel is pre-empted in some East Coast markets due to coverage of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.
    • The $1,000 Toss-Up AMONG THE FIELDS OF GOLD is not themed.
  • On January 23, the Triple Toss-Ups are CROSSWORD CLUE, BEFORE & AFTER, and BONUS PUZZLE.
  • On January 24:
    • Two males play.
    • A "null" cycle is not edited out of Round 1 (an incorrect T, an incorrect C, and a Bankrupt that does not take anything away).
  • January 27 is Rail Tour. During this week:
    • There is an animated opening with the Pat and Vanna avatars waving from a train.
    • The Bonus Round is sponsored by Consumers Cellular.
  • On January 28:
    • The Gift Tag is a $500 Pajamagram gift card and $500 cash.
    • The Retro Bonus Round is one not previously used on this feature.
  • On January 29:
    • The $1,000 Toss-Up TURNING ON THE CHARM is not themed.
    • Jim appears on-camera before Round 2.
  • On January 30, Rounds 2, 4, and the Bonus Round are Phrase.

February 2020

  • February 3 is Great American Cities: South Florida. During this week:
    • Pat and Vanna promote the Collette World Tour giveaway before the $2,000 Toss-Up.
    • The Gift Tag is $1,000 cash courtesy of the Florida State Lottery.
    • Before the Bonus Round, Jim announces that the Bonus Round car is provided by Vera Cadillac of Pembroke Pines, Florida.
    • Pat and Vanna do the closing chat from a Miami landmark: Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach on Monday, Biltmore Hotel on Tuesday, Joe's Stone Crab (featuring restaurant owner Steve Sawitz) on Wednesday, Big City Tavern in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, and Café la Trova in Miami (featuring chefs Michelle Bernstein and Julio Cabrera) on Friday.
    • For the first time since the introduction of Great American Cities, all five shows during the week have the usual one male/two female setup, as does the sixth show (which aired on March 10).
  • On February 3, contestant Corain solves the second Triple Toss-Up TWO-WAY STREET with only the Y showing.
  • On February 5, contestant Andres solves the $1,000 Toss-Up FORT LAUDERDALE with only the second E showing.
  • On February 7, Wheel airs in primetime on West Coast ABC affiliates due to a Democratic candidates debate.
  • February 10 is Collette World Tour. During this week:
    • There is a cold open where Pat and Vanna promote the theme from Lucerne, Switzerland.
    • Home viewers may submit each day's bonus puzzle on the show's website for a chance to win a trip to Switzerland.
    • Pat and Vanna read the Prize copy and then promote the above contest.
    • Pat and Vanna do the closing chat from a Swiss landmark: Zermatt on Mondy, Yorkminster on Tuesday (with Michelle Garvon Purvis).
  • On February 10, neither Thing nor Phrase is used in the maingame.
  • On February 12:
    • Landmarks is used for the 8th known time.
    • Kirsten solves the Round 4 puzzle SAY CHEESE! with only the S showing. The puzzle in question is also only on one line, and its length suggests that Rounds 1-3 ran abnormally long.
  • On February 13:
    • Two males play.
    • The Retro Bonus Round is not done.
  • All five Bonus Rounds are lost on the week of February 10, part of a six-day losing streak beginning on the 7th.
  • On February 15, the weekend repeat (of March 28, 2019) has a promo for the show's YouTube series Behind the Wheel edited in after Round 1.
  • February 17 is Girlfriend Getaways. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic cutting the season short, this ends up being the only team week of the season. Starting this week, Jim's intro changes to "And now, here are the stars of our show: Pat Sajak and Vanna White!"
  • On February 17, Wheel is pre-empted on East Coast FOX affiliates due to the Daytona 500, which was postponed from Sunday the 16th due to rain.
  • On February 18, after Round 1, Vanna does a Winners' Circle segment on Sunny Portugal sweepstakes winners Richard and Vicky Denis.
  • On February 19:
    • Wheel airs in primetime on NBC affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone due to a Democratic candidates debate.
    • After Round 1, Pat and Vanna promote Behind the Wheel.
  • On February 21, nobody solves the second Triple Toss-Up, AUDITIONING FOR A PART.
  • February 24 is National Parks. During this week, various intros from Season 28 using the Pat and Vanna avatars are used.
  • On February 25:
    • Wheel is pre-empted on West Coast CBS affiliates by a Democratic Primary debate.
    • The Retro Bonus Round is not done.
  • On February 26:
    • Contestant Taya solves the Prize Puzzle A PLACE LIKE NO OTHER with only the N and T showing.
    • There is a $100,000 loss.

March 2020

  • March 2 is Leave Winter Behind. During this week, Winners Circle segments are done on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday after Round 1: February 17, 2016 winners David & Keri Daily on Monday; Season 36 Sunny Portugal winners Linda and Jeff Arnold on Wednesday; and May 15, 2019 contestant Rex Hollaway on Friday.
  • On March 3:
    • Wheel is at least partially pre-empted in most markets by Super Tuesday election coverage. On most East Coast airings, the show begins in the middle of the contestant interviews. The show is fully pre-empted in several West Coast markets.
    • The closing segment honors Harry Friedman getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with Pat, Vanna, and Alex Trebek present.
  • On March 4:
    • Round 3 is an abnormally short answer of CENTRAL EUROPE.
    • The third Triple Toss-Up TENNIS RACKET AND WRISTBANDS sets a new record for the longest answer to be used as a Toss-Up, at 25 letters. This is all the more unusual given the above.
  • On March 5:
    • In an unusual move, the daily promo spoils the bonus puzzle (albeit with some of the letters obscured).
    • Round 2 is the first Crossword to have an apostrophe in it.
    • The Retro Bonus Round is one not previously used on this feature.
  • March 9 is America's Game.
  • On March 9:
    • The second Triple Toss-Up THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH is categorized as Place instead of On the Map.
    • For the first time since the introduction of the Triple Toss Up, six rounds are played. Twelve puzzles are also played for the first time (five Toss-Ups, six rounds, and the Bonus Round).
    • A "null" cycle is not edited out of the Speed-Up.
  • On March 10:
    • After Round 1, there is a Winners Circle segment on May 9, 2018 contestant Brooke Johnson.
    • The Retro Bonus Round is not done.
  • On March 12, after Round 1, a Winners Circle segment is done on October 23, 2018 contestant Mark Karbowitz.
  • On March 13:
    • Unusually, the daily promo features a puzzle (SEVEN YEARS OF BAD LUCK) that was obviously faked for the promo, to tie into the episode airing on Friday the 13th: the letters are in the wrong font, the category strip is off-center and reads Phrase instead of Things, and the voice clip of the "contestant" solving was obviously recorded specifically for the promo.
    • Nobody solves the $2,000 Toss-Up ENGINE ROOM.
    • Jim is shown on-camera before the start of Round 2.
    • Same Name, Before & After, and Same Letter are not used despite no Crossword being played.
  • March 16 is Spring Break. During this week:
    • College students play.
    • The Prizes are provided by Collette.
    • Consumer Cellular sponsors the Bonus Round.
  • On March 16:
    • Wheel suspends production due to the COVID-19 pandemic, at which point only 167 of the standard 195 episodes have been taped for the season.
    • After Round 1, there is a Winners Circle segment on November 9, 2018 contestant Jonathan Frick.
    • Round 4 is an unusually short answer of CRUNCHY CEREAL.
  • On March 17:
    • In Round 5, Pat forgets to take away contestant Tallie's Million-Dollar Wedge after she hits Bankrupt. He can be seen doing this during the Final Spin.
    • The daily promo spoils the bonus puzzle.
  • On March 19, for no particular reason, the Winners Circle segment is the same one from March 12.
  • On March 20, Jim is shown on-camera before the Prize copy.
  • Starting March 21, several affiliates begin pre-empting the weekend repeats with infomercials, possibly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • March 23 is Gone Fishin'. During this week:
    • The Wii avatar intro from Season 28's Outdoor Adventure Week intro is used.
    • The same intro is used as the pre-Mystery Round bumper, albeit with a sign reading "Gone Fishin'" flipping down from the top of the screen.
    • The same "Gone Fishin'" sign is also used as the Speed-Up wipe.
    • The Retro Bonus Rounds are not done.
  • On March 23, Wheel is pre-empted in some East Coast markets due to an address from President Donald Trump.
  • On March 24:
    • The daily promo spoils the answer to Round 5.
    • As the Prize Puzzle offers a cruise, the copy is accompanied by a caption reading, "This episode was taped prior to the national health emergency."
    • A "null" cycle is not edited out of the Speed-Up.
    • A total of six incorrect answers are given during the Speed-Up.
  • On March 25, two males play.
  • On March 26:
    • Once again, two males play.
    • Several portions of the interview segment are obviously edited out. Despite this, the daily promo shows a portion of the edited-out interview (contestant Cyndi making trumpet noises with her mouth).
    • The Prize Puzzle includes a trailer for Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway.
    • Contestant Mark solves the third Triple Toss-Up puzzle I'M HAVING A BALL with only the G showing.
  • On March 27, Pat accidentally rules an incorrect Bonus Round answer as correct, though it does not matter as the contestant quickly gives the correct answer immediately afterwards.
  • The week of March 30 was originally Week of Fun!, sponsored by Carnival Cruises, with a home viewer contest offering five cruises. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the contest is scrapped and the episodes delayed until the week of August 31, with reruns from the previous season's Spa Getaway week airing instead. During this week:
    • Due to Wheel having repeats, all owned-and-operated ABC affiliates pre-empt the show with re-broadcasts of ABC World News Tonight with David Muir (which first airs only one hour before Wheel).
    • As was the case during the week of December 23, the episodes' original air dates are displayed during the opening. However, they do not appear on Canada airings.

April 2020

  • The April 3 rerun of the October 12, 2018 episode has a new SPIN ID for the Mystery Round giveaway.
  • April 6 is America's Game. During this week, only one Crossword Round is done.
  • On April 6:
    • Contestant Tony makes a second appearance due to the bonus puzzle on his original episode (December 1, 2017) accidentally placed in the wrong category.
    • Two puzzles are thrown out: the original first Triple Toss-Up HAMSTER CAGE due to Pat accidentally accepting an incorrect answer from Tony, and the original Speed-Up round FLUFFY THROW PILLOWS due to Tony solving just after the buzzer and having to have his answer checked.
    • The closing chat features the same Winners Circle segment that previously aired on February 18.
  • On April 7:
    • As it is the sixth show of College Week Spring Break, three college students play.
    • Two males play.
  • On April 8:
    • The episode is moved up from its originally-scheduled date of May 26 in order to replace the sixth episode of Carnival Week of Fun!, which is delayed to September 8.
    • Three males play for the first time since May 2, 2014.
    • As it is the sixth episode of Great American Cities: San Francisco, there is no audience. As was the case during the episodes where Vanna guest-hosted, the contestants' guests are shown in a shot from behind the host's position.
    • Likely due to the episode's rescheduling, an unfinished edit is initially sent to stations that does not include a SPIN ID nor any graphics after the $10,000 Mystery Prize is won. Although a revised version with the SPIN ID is made, several stations still air the unfinished version, which features a shot of Pat and the contestants standing idly as Jim pauses where the SPIN ID would be read.
    • The original third Triple Toss-Up PILLOW IN A PILLOWCASE is thrown out after contestant Dave solves. This is because the puzzle had already been used earlier in the same taping session (specifically, the April 27 episode).
    • Six rounds are played.
    • Dave has $71,980 before the Bonus Round. He exceeds $100,000 without hitting that amount in the Bonus Round, which he solves for BMW X2 and a total of $113,055.
  • On April 9, two males play.
  • On April 10:
    • The sixth episode of UK Getaway airs on its originally-scheduled date, despite the sixth episode of Carnival Week of Fun! being delayed.
    • There is a cold open where Pat and Vanna drink tea in a restaurant in York, England, and the Prizes are Collette-sponsored trips for which Pat and Vanna read part of the copy.
    • Contestant Jason fills in the entire Round 3 puzzle MOUTHWATERING MEALS by himself.
  • The week of April 13 was originally UK Getaway, with a home viewer contest offering five trips. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the contest is scrapped and the episodes delayed until the week of August 3, with reruns from the previous season's Bed & Breakfast week airing instead. During this week, Wheel is once again pre-empted on owned-and-operated ABC affiliates with re-broadcasts of ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, this time with the exception of KABC-TV in Los Angeles and KGO-TV in San Francisco, which opt to air the Wheel reruns. Despite this, all of the affiliates air the April 11 weekend repeat at its normal time.
  • The weeks of April 20 and 27 are both taped without audiences, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During these two weeks:
    • Audience shots are edited in from other episodes, and all audience sound effects are dubbed in post-production.
    • Contestants are urged not to make any physical contact with Pat or Vanna. As a result, Pat does not hold female contestants' hands while walking them to their mark for the Bonus Round, and he does not shake any contestants' hands.
    • Shots of the winning contestants' guests are handled in the same way that they were on the episodes where Vanna guest-hosted.
    • No Retro Bonus Rounds are done.
  • April 20 is Surfin' Safari. During this week, the animated opening features Pat building a sandcastle while Vanna builds the traditional logo out of sand.
  • On April 20:
    • After Round 1, the Winners Circle segment from March 2 is aired again.
    • Round 4 is an unusually short answer of NEW ZEALAND.
    • In the final segment, Vanna announces that she will be wearing dresses from Bob Mackie next week. This announcement includes clips from various Vanna entrances over the years, and an appearance from show costumer Kathi Nishimoto.
  • On April 21:
    • Two males play.
    • Harry appears in the closing segment so that Pat can show a picture of Lesly Sajak and Harry's wife, Judy.
  • On April 22, after Round 1, the Winners Circle segment from February 18 is shown again.
  • On April 23:
    • The cue for solving a main-game puzzle is accidentally used when the $1,000 Toss-Up is solved.
    • The closing segment is the same one from April 20.
  • On April 25, some ABC affiliates opt to air the April 24 episode in place of the weekend repeat due to the former being pre-empted by Rounds 2 and 3 of the NFL Draft. However, ABC's broadcast of Rounds 4-7 of the Draft on the 25th overruns by about 15 minutes, resulting in only the second half of the episode airing in some markets.
  • April 27 is Great American Cities: San Francisco.
  • On Apri 27, after Round 2, there is a clip of Vanna thanking Bob Mackie for designing her dresses for the week, while the board reads THANK YOU BOB MACKIE.
  • On April 28:
    • Vanna wears a shirt and pants.
    • There is a $100,000 loss.
    • Before the closing chat, footage is shown of Pat and Vanna at House of Prime Rib with owner Joseph Betz and general manager Steven Betz.
    • Pat and Vanna do the closing chat with Bob Mackie to promote a new line of clothing made by Mackie available at shopwheeloffortune.com. After this, Jim is shown on-camera modeling a necktie which is also available on the same site.
  • On April 29:
    • The $10,000 Mystery Prize SPIN ID draw is edited out. As Pat announces the prize, a caption appears reading, "Due to COVID-19, the Mystery Wedge $10K Giveaway could not be completed tonight. No potential winning SPIN ID number will be aired this evening."
    • In the closing segment, Pat and Vanna show off various San Francisco landmarks. They then do the closing chat from the Palace of Fine Arts, and Pat mentions the 1996 episode where he and Vanna traded places.

May 2020

  • On May 1, Pat and Vanna do the closing chat from Filoli Historic House & Garden in Woodside, California. They also show footage of the estate's heiress Lurline Coonan, who died in 2018.
  • May 1 is the last new episode until August.
  • May 4 is the first of several consecutive weeks of reruns. During this period:
    • Rather than consisting solely of episodes from the current season, episodes from as far back as Season 33 are featured, including most of the Great American Cities weeks to date.
    • Unlike the Summer 2017 and 2017-18 weekend reruns, all cues from the 2007-16 music package are retained in the Season 33 episodes.
    • The closed captioning is re-done on episodes from Seasons 33 and 34.
    • Most Friday episodes add clips of Pat and Vanna promoting the following week at the end of the credits.
    • Despite not being present on April 29, all reruns during this period add in new SPIN IDs when the $10,000 Mystery Prize is won, even on episodes that originally aired before this feature was added.
  • May 4 was originally Aulani Resort Hawaii Vacation, in which all contestants would have been mothers in honor of Mother's Day.
  • Starting May 4, Canada airings begin showing the original airdate caption on reruns like in the US.
  • The May 4 rerun of the November 5, 2018 episode is erroneously titled "Ken Jennings' 1st Show" and labeled with an original airdate of June 2, 2004 on most TV listings. This was actually the information for the same day's Jeopardy! rerun.
  • May 11 was originally Passport to Adventure.
  • May 18 was originally Margaritaville Resorts Family Week.
  • May 25 was originally the fifth and final America's Game week. Only two episodes for this week were produced, with one moved up to April 8 and the other delayed to September 8 or 10.
  • Starting May 25, the original air date captions during the opening are replaced with a caption that reads, "This episode was taped before the national health emergency." This is also present on weekend repeats, although the original air date captions used prior to this week were not.
  • On May 26, the opening disclaimer caption changes the word "before" to "prior to", although the weekend repeat on May 30 retains the former.

June-July 2020 (Hiatus)

  • June 1 was originally Wheel Around the World. Due to being scrapped, this is the first season since 24 to not have this theme.
  • On June 1, a black outline is added to the opening disclaimer caption, and "prior to" reverts to "before".
  • June 8 was originally Father's Day.
  • On June 8, the opening disclaimer caption reverts to having no outline.
  • Starting June 15, reruns no longer contain any original air date or disclaimer caption during the opening.
  • The June 16 rerun of the November 13, 2018 episode adds a Winners Circle segment on February 11, 2019 contestants Laura Beth and Philip Peters.
  • On the June 24 rerun of the May 24, 2017 episode, a tribute is added for clearance coordinator Michael "Mike" Clark, who died from an autoimmune disease on May 28.
  • The reruns for the week of June 29 were originally scheduled to be Great Northwest (October 14-18, 2019), but are replaced with Great American Cities: South Florida (February 3-7, 2020) likely due to the ongoing violent protests in Seattle. By association, Season 33's Great American Cities: Seattle week is the only one of the Great American Cities weeks (not counting the "compilation" version) that does not rerun during this time, although it was originally planned to, as contestants from that week were notified.
  • From July 13 through August 14, the show adds a "$1K a Day" sweepstakes, where viewers can submit the bonus puzzle for a chance to win $1,000 plus a donation of the same amount to their local food bank. Reruns aired during this period add an additional still of the bonus puzzle as Jim encourages viewers to enter online.

August 2020

  • August 3 is UK Getaway, delayed from April 13. During this week, the warning appears during both the opening and during Prize footage.
  • On August 3:
    • Neither Bankrupt nor Lose A Turn is hit.
    • The bonus puzzle is still on the board during the credits.
  • On August 4:
    • Two males play.
    • Round 1 (THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS) is categorized as Phrase instead of Rhyme Time.
  • On August 5:
    • Once again, two males play.
    • There are four consecutive Bankrupts in Round 2, the first of which comes from the Mystery Wedge.
  • On August 7, there's an extra space between SHE'S and GOT in the Speed-Up (BY GEORGE SHE'S GOT IT!)
  • On August 15, the weekend rerun rotation briefly changes to Season 37 episodes, against precedent of changing seasons during the first weekend of the newest season.
  • On August 28, the website is revamped.
  • August 31 is Week of Fun!, sponsored by Carnival Cruises and delayed from March 30. During this week:
    • A contest is held where viewers can enter each night's bonus puzzle for a chance to win a Carnival cruise. Vanna announces this after the Prize copy.
    • Vanna also reads part of the Prize copy.
    • There is an additional promo for Carnival before the Triple Toss-Ups. These ads are set to "Little Girl" by Andrea Litkei and Ervin Litkei.
  • On August 31, the Round 4 puzzle ZIPPING DOWN A WATERSLIDE is misspelled ("water slide" should be two words).

September 2020

  • On September 2, Round 4 is an unusually short answer of WHAT A GAME!, which also uses only one line.
  • On September 3:
    • Jim can be seen in the audience during the intro.
    • The $1,000 Toss-Up A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR is not themed.
    • The theme of the week does not appear on the scoreboards during the Bonus Round.
  • September 8 and 10 are the last two first-run episodes of the season, both America's Game shows.
  • On September 8:
    • It is the sixth episode of Carnival Week of Fun!, delayed from its original airdate of April 8 and its rescheduled date of May 26.
    • Vanna reads the Prize copy.
    • No Retro Bonus Round is done.
  • On September 10:
    • It is the sixth episode of Surfin' Safari; as this was taped under COVID-19 restrictions, there is no audience and shots of them are edited in. Despite this, the "this episode was taped before the national health emergency" warning still appears.
    • Despite the out-of-order taping schedule and aforementioned restrictions, the last-taped episode also manages to be the last-aired.
    • It is also Harry Friedman's last episode.
    • The Prize is $7,000 credit to Care.com.
    • Contestant Rosario manages to win every piece of cardboard (Prize, Gift Tag, Wild Card, and Million-Dollar Wedge) in Round 1. However, she loses the latter two to Bankrupt in Round 3.
    • The Retro Bonus Round is one not previously used on this feature.
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