'Guys, guys, guys, I'm desperately searching for somebody that wants a new car. What I'm looking for is three things basically: energy, sincerity and potential comedy.'
The daytime edition of the show we've come to know and love premiered on CBS in 1972 with Bob Barker as the host.
What you might not know, though, is the show initially ran in daytime and primetime on NBC and ABC in the '50s and '60s. Legendary game show host Bill Cullen was at the helm back then.
Now, Drew Carey hosts the longest-running game show in television history. Broadway World points out the show has had more than 2 million audience members and nearly 70,000 contestants have 'come on down.'
The Hollywood Reporter also notes the show is the most watched on daytime TV, even after being on the air for several decades. The show remains at the top of the ratings in its 42nd season.
CBS reports the show has given away a quarter of a billion dollars in prizes. Congratulations on 8,000 episodes. Here's to 8,000 more.