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10 TV Shows That Inspired Slot Machines

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Commercialism has ensured that once something becomes popular, it’s going to be producing merchandise up the yin-yang. This is true of everything from movies, to games, to books, to celebrities - the bigger a brand grows, the more things it’s going to be branding, and vice-versa, until the feedback loop destroys the universe. That’s just how it works.

Slot machines, the most popular casino games in the world, are no stranger to branding, and many of them are themed after famous TV shows and movies. If you’re looking for a TV-show themed slot machine yourself, you can find it here.


The famous quiz show was first aired in 1964, and numerous variations have been running ever since that first episode. With over 7,000 episode, Jeopardy! is a known world-wide, which made it a prime pick for the theme of slot-machines.

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Star Trek

Having gotten its start with Star Trek: The Original Series in 1966, Star Trek has expanded into a megaton franchise that has spawned all manner of media and merchandise - you name it, it’s got a Star Trek logo on it. The Original Series has themed many a slot machine since the 70s, and still does today.


American Idol

Amongst the shows that have found the absolute most success in the history of American television, American Idol has given birth to a generation of similar shows. None will reach the heights of the genre’s giant, though. The individual contestants allow for a wide variety of merchandising possibilities, and the show as a whole inspired quite a few slot machine designs in the past 15 years.

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

The myriad variations of this incredibly popular show that have appeared since the turn of the century inspired countless other shows just like it, but the original is probably the most well known. CSI Miami and CSI Las Vegas in particular have found representation amongst TV-show themed slot machines, appearing in many casinos, both physical and online.


Wheel of Fortune

A show already about winning money, the conversion of the wildly popular game show’s audience into potential customers was more than enough to cause slot machines to adopt the branding. Wheel of Fortune began in 1975, and a syndicated nighttime edition still airs.

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The faces of Joey, Monica, and the rest of the Friends crew have shown up on dozens of slot machines, and with good reason. Started in 1994, the sitcom ran for 10 successful seasons, the finale of which garnered the fifth most views of any television finale ever.


The X Factor

Similar to American Idol, The X Factor was a spin-off of Pop Idol, and was created by the famous Simon Cowell. Originally a UK-based show, regional variants have arisen, and the show is now popular all over the world, making it an ideal candidate for use in slot machine themes.


Many more TV shows have had their share of slot machines based on them, and it’s likely that many more will in the future.

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