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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 / ... 8,197 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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Trivia

The celebrity guest that most surprised host Alex Trebek throughout the entire run of the show was Cheech Marin. Alex had expected Cheech to be stoned and difficult, but he turned out to be a perfect competitor who actually won his game. 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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Johnny Gilbert: [On the January 20th 1993 episode] ... and our returning champion. An Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, originally from Washington D.C., Darryl Scott, whose one day cash winnings total *one dollar*.
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Referenced in In Plain Sight: Whistle Stop (2010) See more »

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Think!
2008 Edition Version 2 (2008- )
Written by Merv Griffin
Composed by Chris Bell Music
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Best Game Show Ever
3 January 2012 | by TheExpatriate700See all my reviews

Jeopardy is arguably the best game show around today. Tougher and more competitive than Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, it is at once entertaining and educational. Alex Trebek is a classic game show host, whose mere presence adds to the show.

Whereas Millionaire has one set of questions that the player must go through one by one, Jeopardy adds an element of choice to the game, as players have to pick the category and prize level of their question. This element requires strategy on the part of the competitors, particularly when confronted with Daily Doubles where one can bet all one's winnings.

The questions (or answers as the case may be) are also crafted well. Whereas other quiz shows rely heavily on trivia for the most part, Jeopardy requires an expansive knowledge of obscure topics, with heavy doses of literary obscurities and arcane history. It is one of the few shows on today that should be required viewing for school children.

The show has slipped somewhat in recent years. The addition of the "Clue Crew" was a definite misstep, while the extensive use of video clues seems to be something of a distraction. Luckily, the producers seem to have gotten the message, and have cut down on the Crew considerably. (Although one could argue that having Trebek do video clues in costume only detracts from his dignity, which is part of the show's appeal.) Still, Jeopardy remains one of the truly great game shows.


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Language:

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Release Date:

10 September 1984 (USA) See more »

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