The classic game show with a twist; the answers are revealed, but it's up to the contestants to supply the questions. Three contestants, including a returning champion, competed. Six ... See full summary »


Merv Griffin




1973   1972   1967   1966   1965   1964  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »


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Art Fleming Art Fleming ...  Self - Host 36 episodes, 1964-1973
Don Pardo ...  Self - Announcer 36 episodes, 1964-1973


The classic game show with a twist; the answers are revealed, but it's up to the contestants to supply the questions. Three contestants, including a returning champion, competed. Six categories are announced (e.g., Pro Football, Presidents, Science and Nature, Famous Bobs, Automobiles and Words), each having five answers ostensibly graded by difficulty, from $10 to $50. The champion chose a category and dollar amount (e.g., "Presidents for $10"), to which host Fleming reads the answer ("The Father of our country; he really didn't chop down a cherry tree"). Contestants had to respond in question form ("Who was George Washington?") ; if correct, they won the value of the question; if he/she was incorrect, failed to answer in time or phrase in the form of a question, that amount was deducted (hence, the dollar amount was "always in jeopardy") and his/her opponents could answer; having enough incorrect answers often led to negative scores. Thereafter, the contestant providing the last ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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The set was recreated for the music video of "Weird Al" Yankovic's "I Lost on Jeopardy" (A parody of Greg Kihn's "Jeopardy") with Art Fleming and Don Pardo. Rumors also abound that this video helped inspire the 1984 reboot of the show with Alex Trebek and Johnny Gilbert. See more »


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Vote for the original (late 60's-early 70's) "Jeopardy!" to be put on DVD!
19 September 2005 | by Moax429See all my reviews

This is the version of "Jeopardy!" I REALLY remember and enjoy.

When I was 6 years old in 1968, I would run home from school at lunchtime just to watch "Jeopardy!" And, for some strange reason, I would always applaud whenever a contestant found a Daily Double (maybe because the audience did?). Sometimes I would also hum the "think" music, and my younger sister made up her own nonsensical lyrics. (The theme of the original "Jeopardy!" was an instrumental, not the "think" music, which featured a muted trumpet solo.)

Another big difference between the original and current versions, in addition to adjusting for inflation in the dollar amounts of the clues and technological advancements, is that during the contestant interviews in the original, there weren't any smart-assed jokers who thought they were funny (e.g. doing idiotic impressions, playing body parts as "musical instruments," or making up stupid puns, which were most likely scripted; that kind of, to rephrase the title of one of George Carlin's monologues, "goofy crap" seems better suited for "The Gong Show" or if John Waters decides to make a "Polyester, Part 2" in Odorama - get it about the latter reference?). In the original "Jeopardy!," they were mostly ordinary people who acted and played like adults, which is more than can be said for some of today's contestants.

If Sony was smart, they should have put THIS original version of "Jeopardy!" on DVD; after having seen a snippet of it on "American Dreams" last year, that only whetted my appetite even more. When Game Show Network reran the original "Jeopardy!" in 2001, my landlady did not have the tier that had GSN added on her satellite. Now that she since has, GSN recently told me in an e-mail they have no plans to show the original "Jeopardy!" again anytime soon, sadly.

But, for those of us who WOULD like to see the original late 60's - early 70's version of "Jeopardy!" released on DVD, be sure to go to TV Shows on and vote for it; the original version was added to their list three weeks ago.

Who wants to see a DVD mostly full of Ken ("The Cheater") Jennings? I sure WOULDN'T waste my hard-earned $20 on that one! (And since they currently own the rights to the track, as well as now being a part of Sony's corporate family by virtue of Sony's purchase of BMG Music, perhaps Arista Records should re-release pop group Bob Kuban and the In-Men's 1966 Top 40 hit "The Cheater" as a CD single, put Jennings' face on the CD label, and include it as a bonus with that forthcoming DVD of "Jeopardy!" Or better yet, maybe Arista should make a music video using snippets of Jennings' "Jeopardy!" appearances with "The Cheater" as music and release that as a bonus DVD single with the DVD of "Jeopardy!" L.A. Reid, if you're reading this, and since you're now Arista's president, be aware - you're sitting on a potential goldmine!)

However, Sony, PLEASE do all of us who would like to see the ORIGINAL late 60's - early 70's version of "Jeopardy!" with Art Fleming again a BIG favor - PUT IT ON DVD SOON!!!!

In the meantime, anyone who would like for that to happen please be sure to go to TV Shows on and vote for it; thus far, the original "Jeopardy!" netted only 31 paltry votes. Let's turn that number into 100 or more votes and tell Sony we want the ORIGINAL "Jeopardy!" to be released on DVD!

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