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
- Great hosting from Art Fleming, and especially Alex Trebek.
- Masterful announcing from Don Pardo (who later announced Saturday Night Live from 1975 to his 2014 death), John Harlan, and currently Johnny Gilbert.
- Nice format, with the basic premise of "we provide the answers, you provide the questions".
- Great theme songs, whether it's "Take Ten", "January, February, March", or especially all versions of "Think!".
- Nice looking sets, especially those of the current version, with a giant flashing Jeopardy! logo (until November 1996) and wall of monitors.
- Intelligent contestants, among those include Chuck Forrest, Frank Spangenberg, Brad Rutter, Ken Jennings, Julia Collins, and James Holzhauer.
- 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.
- The former host, Alex Trebek, died on November 8, 2020 after a long battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer.