Wheel of Fortune is a popular TV game show created by Merv Griffin in 1973 and debuting on NBC in 1975. While the daytime series ran until 1991, switching hosts four times and moving to CBS for 18 months, the more widely-recognized nighttime version debuted in 1983. The current hosts are Pat Sajak (who began in 1981, replacing Chuck Woolery) and Vanna White (who began in 1982, replacing Susan Stafford).
Based on the children's game Hangman, contestants compete to solve mystery word puzzles for cash prizes; a giant carnival-type wheel determines the cash value of the letters. Numerous puzzles over the history of the show have included references to Muppet characters and projects.
- Muppet Magazine issue 18 featured a comic book story called "Squeel of Fortune" with Miss Piggy in Vanna White's role, Kermit as the host, and Fozzie, Animal and Gonzo as the contestants.
- Episode 2428 of Sesame Street features a spoof of the show's format with a game show called "Sightword" (the title spoofing Password). The game is hosted by Matt Playback with hostess Velma Bland. Contestant Maria directly says that she will "buy a vowel."
- In Dinosaurs episode We Are Not Alone, when Earl Sinclair changes channels at the end of the episode, one channel has a voice saying "I'll buy a vowel, Pat!"