The Price is Right (Season 31-audition period of 39)

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NOTE: While these seasons aren’t really terrible, they have enough flaws to warrant the creation of this page.

The Price is Right (Season 31-audition period of 39)
The Price is Right logo.jpeg
I'm sorry, but you lose the game.
Genre: Game Show
Running Time: 38–48 minutes (1975–present)
22–26 minutes (1972–75; 1972–80 Nighttime; 1985–86 Nighttime)
Country: United States
Release Date: September 4, 1972 – present (current version)
Network(s): CBS
Syndicated
Created by: Bob Stewart
Mark Goodson
Bill Todman
Distributed by: Viacom Enterprises
Coca-Cola Telecommunications
Starring: Drew Carey
Amber Lancaster
George Gray
James O'Halloran
Manuela Arbeláez
Rachel Reynolds
Devin Goda
Seasons: 49
Episodes: 9,000+


From Season 31 to the announcer tryout period of Season 39, The Price is Right experienced a decline in quality.

Bad Qualities

  1. Rod was no longer shown on-camera after season 31 due to salary disputes between him and Bob. He would only be shown on-camera again in the season 32 premiere.
  2. The hideous Hollywood mural during Season 31 that clashed with everything. (looked better in nighttime though)
  3. Bad directing from Bart Eskander.
  4. Syd Vinnedge (who did Drew's first two seasons) was a terrible executive producer.
  5. After Rod's death, a string of mostly mediocre-to-awful announcers tried out, the nadir being Daniel Rosen.
  6. Rich Fields ranged from mellow to overly enthusiastic, the latter being his default option for the Drew Carey era.
  7. Some bad pricing games like On the Spot.
  8. Bob himself in his final two seasons seemed like he was phoning it in.
  9. After Season 36, Roger Dobokwitz was fired, and the show relied on a plethora of gimmicks, including walk-on appearances by Jack Wagner and Ed Begley, Jr., who were distracting, and tons of outlandish prizes including 365 pairs of shoes
  10. Drew was a mediocre host in Season 37.
  11. The hideous Purple Wheel, which only lasted one week.
  12. The Drewcases, especially the one with the fried chicken.
  13. Many classic cues, some retained since 1972, were dropped in favor of inferior cues.
  14. After Fields' departure, another string of announcers turned up, with some good ones (like David H. Lawrence XVII) and some bad ones (like Steve White).

Good Qualities

  1. Some good announcers in the Season 32 (like Randy West and Burton Richardson) and Season 39 audition periods (like George Gray, who got the nod and, as stated above, David H. Lawrence XVII).
  2. The Million Dollar Spectaculars were decent.
  3. Eskander was fired after Season 37 and replaced by Rich DiPirro, who has since been fired.
  4. Mike Richards is an okay executive producer.
  5. Great set (not counting the mural), and a nice remodel of the set starting in Season 36.
  6. Some good pricing games, like Gas Money (Roger's final game concept).
  7. Bob at least still tried to be a good host.
  8. Some of the Drewcases were good, like the soap opera one.
  9. Also, Drew did admit his Drewcases didn't work.
  10. The gimmicks have since died down.
  11. The new models were good.
  12. A few of the cues were brought back as remixes.
  13. At least the show's decline didn't get too far.

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