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This! Is! Jeopardy!
Genre: Game show
Running Time: 22–26 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: March 30, 1964 – present
Network(s): NBC (original network)
ABC (Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time specials)
Created by: Merv Griffin
Distributed by: CBS Television Distribution
Starring: Alex Trebek (host)
Johnny Gilbert (announcer)
Episodes: 8,000+

Jeopardy! is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin. The show features a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in the form of questions. The original daytime version debuted on NBC on March 30, 1964, and aired until January 3, 1975. A weekly nighttime syndicated edition aired from September 1974 to September 1975, and a revival, The All-New Jeopardy!, ran on NBC from October 1978 to March 1979. The current version, a daily syndicated show produced by Sony Pictures Television, premiered on September 10, 1984.

Why It Rocks

  1. Great hosting from Art Fleming, and especially Alex Trebek.
  2. Masterful announcing from Don Pardo (who later announced Saturday Night Live from 1975 to his 2014 death), John Harlan, and currently Johnny Gilbert.
  3. Nice format, with the basic premise of "we provide the answers, you provide the questions".
  4. Great theme songs, whether it's "Take Two", "January, February, March", or especially all versions of "Think!".
  5. Nice looking sets, especially those of the current version, with a giant flashing Jeopardy! logo (until November 1996) and wall of monitors.
  6. Intelligent contestants, among those Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, Julia Collins, and James Holzhauer.
  7. While Trebek's announcement of him having stage IV pancreatic cancer is tragic to hear, his statement that he will fight the cancer and continue hosting the show for the remaining three years he is contractually signed to shows that he is nothing short of an incredible man with an indomitable spirit.

Bad Qualities

  1. It's often thought that the decline in clue writing quality started when longtime clue writer Steven Dorfman died in January 2004, during Season 20, and before that, a proliferation of punny categories since Season 14.