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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The maximum amount of money one can win in a single game is $566,400. This assumes that one contestant sweeps both boards, finds all three Daily Doubles in the top tier, makes them true Daily Doubles, and gets them all last, and is allowed to play and wagers it all in Final Jeopardy. If he is not allowed to play in Final Jeopardy (no other contestants), then the maximum is half that or $283,200. See more
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"Jeopardy!" was created by Merv Griffin.
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Rock & Roll Jeopardy! Theme
by Steve Kaplan
With a portion of the original theme by Merv Griffin See more