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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 / ... 8,195 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 in his book about the show, says that one problem they had in the beginning was that contestants not only had to know the right answers to win, but they had to buzz in before any of the other players. They quickly discovered that this gave a decided advantage to younger players with faster reflexes and that when a 25 year old competed with a 55 year old, although the two of them might know the right answers to the same number of questions, the 25 year old would always win because he could buzz in faster than the older player. As a result, a special "Seniors Jeopardy" version of the show was created in which only older players could compete. See more »

Goofs

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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[Closing announcement 1994-1995]
Johnny Gilbert: This is Johnny Gilbert speaking. "Jeopardy!" is a production of Columbia/Tristar Television. Distributed by KingWorld.
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Connections

Referenced in Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Show No. 319 (2000) See more »

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Jeopardy! Theme
(1984-1992)
Written by Merv Griffin
Composed by Christopher Rhyne
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The best game-show ever!
20 April 2005 | by The_Light_TritonSee all my reviews

OK, so first of all, you have the answer, right? right. but what is the question?

Merv griffin had this idea a long time ago. so that's when he decided to create "what's the question?" but of course, it's not a flashy name. then, one fateful day, he was talking to some friends when the word "jeopardy" came up. Jeopardy. that's a word you don't hear everyday. so, the name jeopardy was the new game-show name. it was pretty awesome. Alex trebek, famous for "reach for the top", and "the wizard of odds", got hired to be the host of the show. and he's doing a pretty good job of it. some of the most interesting people have been on jeopardy. there was one guy in 1999, who was a one-day champ, named Ben Weiner. but oh man. no history in the history of history can remember that fateful day in June, 2004. the software engineer, from salt lake city, ken Jennings, went 79 days before being beaten. but he won 2.5 million dollars. personally, i like this show because the colors are flashy. that's why i began watching it when i was 3, but i always ran from the room when a daily double came off the board. for those of you who like game-shows, this is the best one ever.


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10 September 1984 (USA) See more »

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