On the heels of the syndicated success of "Wheel of Fortune (1983)", 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 (1994)", 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, ...
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Did You Know?
The maximum mathematically possible amount a contestant can win in a game is $566,400. This assumes that one contestant sweeps both boards, finds all three Daily Doubles in the lowest value questions last, makes them true Daily Doubles, and is allowed to play and wagers it all in Final Jeopardy. If the contestant is not allowed to play in Final Jeopardy (no other contestants), then the maximum is half that or $283,200. See more
Though the 61 questions/answers given in each show that are counted as 'correct', countless have been proven to be incorrect after all. See more
[Closing announcement 1994-1995
This is Johnny Gilbert speaking. "Jeopardy!" is a production of Columbia/Tristar Television. Distributed by KingWorld.
1997 Edition (1997-2001)
Written by Merv Griffin
Composed by Steve Kaplan See more