Jeopardy!

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Jeopardy!
Jeopardy! Season 18 a.jpg
This! Is! Jeopardy!
Genre: Game show
Running Time: 22–26 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: March 30, 1964 – present
Network(s): NBC (1964-75; 1978-79)
Syndication (1974-75; 1984-present)
ABC (Super Jeopardy! and Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time specials)
Created by: Merv Griffin
Distributed by: CBS Television Distribution
Starring: Art Fleming (1964-1975; 1978-1979)
Alex Trebek (1984-2020)
Seasons: 37 (1984-present)
Episodes: 8,000+


Jeopardy! is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin. It aired on NBC from 1964 to 1975 (with a nighttime syndicated version from 1974 to 1975) and again from 1978 to 1979, and the current version has aired on syndication since 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 Ten", "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 include Chuck Forrest, Frank Spangenberg, Brad Rutter, Ken Jennings, Julia Collins, and James Holzhauer.

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.
  2. The former host, Alex Trebek, died on November 8, 2020 after a long battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer.

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CaptainJ

one month ago
Score 5
Rest in Peace Alex Trebek :'(

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