On the heels of the syndicated success of "Wheel of Fortune, " producer Merv Griffin decided to return his classic quiz show-with-a-twist, "Jeopardy!" to the airwaves in 1984. It, too, was a huge success, and also marked a return to the game's tried-and-true formula of answers and questions (after a slightly-modified remake six years earlier failed to catch on). Three contestants, including a returning champion, competed. Six categories are announced (e.g., Art World, Cooking, 20th Century Republicans, "Friends" (the TV series), Muscle Men and College Girls Wearing White T-shirts), each having five answers ostensibly graded by difficulty, from $100 to $500. The champion chose a category and dollar amount (e.g., "College Girls Wearing White T-shirts for $100"), to which host Trebek reads the answer ("Inspector 12 must give her seal of approval before a college girl can wear one of these plain white T-shirts"). Contestants had to respond in question form ("What is Hanes?") ; if correct,... Written by
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In the first season, contestants could buzz in as soon as the question was revealed. Starting in the second season, the contestants had to wait until host Trebek finished reading the question before they could buzz in. If they buzzed before this, they were "locked out". See more
[original opening lines
This... is... "Jeopardy!"
Referenced in Seinfeld: The Conversion
2001 Remix (2001-2008)
Written by Merv Griffin
Composed by Steve Kaplan See more