03/29/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

"Wheel Of Fortune" Hits 5,000th Show Milestone

As a game of chance, Wheel of Fortune has been a sure thing.

The top-rated syndicated series celebrates its 5,000th episode Friday (check local listings), a milestone achieved by few shows in TV history.

Host Pat Sajak says he's mystified about the long-running success of a simple concept -- a wheel of chance melded to the word game Hangman -- except to say it offers comfort and familiarity.

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