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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.


Merv Griffin
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Alex Trebek ...  Self - Host 8,209 episodes, 1984-2021
Johnny Gilbert ...  Self - Announcer / ... 8,197 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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Did You Know?


Ken Jennings holds the title for most wins on the show. He won 74 times in a row, winning $2,522,700 until losing to Nancy Zerg. However, the record for the most money won belongs to Brad Rutter with $4,938,436. 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 1996-1999]
Johnny Gilbert: "Jeopardy!" was created by Merv Griffin.
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Jeopardy! Theme
Written by Merv Griffin
Composed by Christopher Rhyne
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Alex, you promised to fulfill your last 3 year contract but we forgive you and your angel wings await you at heavens gate
8 November 2020 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

It was sad to hear that the TV veteran and number one (1) quizmaster passed away today after announcing earlier this year that he was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. True to form Alex jokingly said "Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years! So help me. Keep the faith and we'll win. We'll get it done."

Jeopardy is one of those unique TV quiz shows that the contestants did not have to dress up in silly costumes to compete, but rather accept the fact that they may be dressed down by a question that most of the TV audience knew was a part of history and/or celebrity nostalgia. Jeopardy seemed to reach higher than normal TV audiences when a game show contestant was on a seemingly unbeatable day by day race such as with the recent special series titled "Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time" starring the top three past Jeopardy winners, Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer.

This series was watched by tens of millions of viewers decade after decade, and how many TV shows can state this record of longevity? I hope the producers entrust the continuation of Jeopardy! as a homage to the late great quizmaster Alex Trebek by replacing him with a worthy new host such as Ken Jennings maybe?

Trivia: Alex hosted an earlier quiz show in the 1960's targeted at high school aged students titled "Reach For the Top" which challenged two (2) high schools competing with a team of four (4) students per team and answering skilled questions under rapid fire, somewhat similar to the format of Jeopardy!

I give Jeopardy a 9 out of 10 but I rated it a 10 IMDB rating purely for the classy and loveable host Alex Trebek whose angels wings await him at heavens gates.

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