In the game show world, new versions of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune shot to the top of the syndicated ratings in 1984. Wheel was a very different show back then; the contests didn't win cash prizes but instead bid on specific items. Pat Sajak and Vanna White recently revealed in an interview that the experience in the beginning was so bad that they escaped to a local Mexican bar to drink two or six margaritas during the break, only to return somewhat drunk to the set to continue the show. I'll bet the alphabet was a bit fuzzy after that.