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, ...
Brian Rathjen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Did You Know?
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
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
[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*.
Referenced in In Plain Sight: Whistle Stop
2008 Edition Version 2 (2008- )
Written by Merv Griffin
Composed by Chris Bell Music See more