If you’ve ever sat at home watching some sap on the TV blow their chance to win easy on money on Wheel of Fortune, wondering, "Why can’t that be me?" then this guide is for you.
It’s easier than you might think to compete on your favorite game shows - or at least earn a chance to audition for them - if you know how.
So if you’re ready to put your knowledge, skill, and luck to the test, here’s how to appear on five of our favorite TV game shows.
The Price Is Right
While learning the ins and outs of all the games on this classic show can be tough, actually getting on the show couldn’t be easier.
Tickets to tapings of Price is Right are free, and technically anyone in the audience could be called up to Bidder’s Row for a chance to join Drew on stage.
In fact, you’ll need to impress a production assistant who moves up and down the lineup to the studio, searching for contestants with the enthusiasm we all recognize from the show.
Of course, having an interesting costume or outfit (or your service uniform) can help you stand out from the crowd.
But even if you don’t get called down, at least you can be satisfied knowing you were on TV!
Head to this website to get tickets for an upcoming taping of the Price is Right (you need to give the show your name and contact information to request tickets).
Wheel Of Fortune
Wheel has one of the easiest application processes on this list, and it all starts on the show’s website.
Fill in some basic information about yourself, add a photo, and explain why you would be a great contestant. Mentioning your great TV personality is a must to stand out in the crowd.
You can also attach a video of yourself to prove you won’t freeze in front of Pat and Vanna, and the website offers helpful tips for filming your tape (smile, be natural, speak up, have fun).
If you’re a Disney fan (or have a military background) you’ll also qualify for special themed episodes of the show.
America’s favorite "answer and question" trivia game is a little more intense than other shows, and so is the vetting process to appear on Jeopardy.
To begin, head to the show’s website and create a My Jeopardy profile (click Sign In / Create Account at the top of the page), which includes adding a photo of yourself.
You can register for the next online Jeopardy test (it’s not open year-round) and take practice tests to sharpen your skills.
Bear in mind, you won’t find out if you passed the online test unless someone from the show contacts you for an in-person audition (sometime in the next year).
Hopeful contestants who pass the in-person auditions (which include mock games and written tests) can be called up to compete on the real show. But don’t expect more than a month’s notice to fly down to Studio City.
The key requirement to compete on Family Feud is…. Having a family to join you on the show. (If you guessed that correctly, you’re probably overqualified for Feud.)
You and the other five members of your team must be related by blood, marriage, or adoption. You’ll also need to film a video showing host Steve Harvey that you have interesting personalities.
If the show’s producers like what they see, they’ll call you in for a local tryout and a mock game with another family. Sometimes, if a tryout is scheduled near you already, you can apply for it directly and skip submitting the video.
All it takes to get on the real show is proving you can follow the rules, have a good time, and not freeze up on camera.
Head to the show’s audition page to learn more or submit a video of your family.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Millionaire has been running non-stop since it first premiered in 1999, and that means the classic show is always looking for new contestants.
Anyone 18 or older living in the United States is eligible to compete on the show. Like with Wheel of Fortune, the application process is meant to single out fun and interesting contestants.
The form asks you to offer interesting facts about yourself, and you can attach photos and videos too. Try to make a good impression so you'll stand out from the crowd.
Once you’ve qualified, the show will give you notice if you’ve been called up to compete on an episode. Then, it’s your job to get to Las Vegas for the taping.
Head to the show’s website to fill in your application.