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Jeopardy! 

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A returning champion and two challengers test their buzzer skills and their knowledge in a wide range of academic and popular categories.

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Merv Griffin
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Alex Trebek ...  Self - Host 8,209 episodes, 1984-2021
Johnny Gilbert ...  Self - Announcer / ... 8,199 episodes, 1984-2021

Remembering Alex Trebek (1940-2020)

We celebrate the life and career of beloved "Jeopardy" host, Alex Trebek (1940-2020).

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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, ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Trivia

Alex Trebek hosted every episode from its inception in 1984 until his death in 2020. There was never a guest host except once, Jeopardy!: Episode #13.152 (1997) on April Fool's Day 1997 when he and Pat Sajak of Wheel of Fortune (1983) switched shows for the day. See more »

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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 »

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Johnny Gilbert: [introducing Alex Trebek] And now, here is the host of "Jeopardy!"... Alex Trebek!
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Referenced in Snuff Box: Love Triangle (2006) See more »

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Jeopardy! Theme
(1984-1992)
Written by Merv Griffin
Composed by Christopher Rhyne
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Hard but fun!!!!!
13 September 2006 | by sethn172See all my reviews

Merv Griffin envisioned another great show, and that was "Jeopardy!" The Alex Trebek version first aired in 1984, and it was a huge success. It was an even larger success in 2004 when, thanks to the change in rules stating that contestants can keep on playing as long as they keep on playing, it proved great for Salt Lake City man Ken Jennings!!!!! He has racked up over a million dollars in cash, and was happy to be on that show!!!!!

Anyways, the game consists of a large video board with seven categories. These questions are tough; I know we have to use the W-H questions to answer, but the questions are so tricky, we're like "OH !!!!!" when we find out that the question is actually easy!!!!! Here's an example: These two men found a very edgy bookstore. I could only think of Barnes and Noble, but that "edgy" part tricked me, as it was "BORDERS !!!!!" That's how funny this show can be. I also remember the Before and After category; "Larry King Kong" still cracks me up to this day!!!!! There was also "Gone with the Windshield," "Tinker Bell Curve," etc.

I don't watch this show anymore because it's always on at an inconvenient time!!!!! Grrrrr.... But still, this is a great show that is now High-Def!!!!!

10 stars


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10 September 1984 (USA) See more »

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