“Jeopardy!” is a traditional game show with a modern twist. The contestants provide the questions and the answers are delivered first. Three candidates compete in six categories and three rounds (with each round's “answers” garnering more prize money), including the previous show's champion. The contestants can name their own jackpot in the third round, “Final Jeopardy,” as long as it is within the amount of money they've already earned.
A contestant is eliminated from “Final Jeopardy” if they finish the second round with no money. Art Fleming hosted the first season of “Jeopardy!” on NBC, which aired from 1964 through 1975. Alex Trebek is the current host; he first appeared on the show in 1984. (at the start of its syndicated run).
Cast & Crew:
Kevin Mccarthy, Dick Schneider, Clay Jacobsen, Kevin Mccarthy, Kevin Mccarthy, Kevin Mccarthy, Kevin Mccarthy, Kevin Mccarthy, Kevin
Merv Griffin, Mark Gaberman, and Debbie Griffin are the authors.
Between 1964 and 1979, Art Fleming hosted all incarnations of the show. Don Pardo was the announcer until 1975 when he was replaced by John Harlan for the 1978–1979 season. The daily syndicated version debuted in 1984, with host Alex Trebek and announcer Johnny Gilbert.
Trebek hosted until his death on January 8, 2021, with his final show aired on January 8, 2021. The season was then completed by guest hosts, starting with consulting producer and former competitor Ken Jennings. The syndicated version's host was billed as executive producer Mike Richards, however, he stepped down after various controversies. Through the end of July 2022, Mayim Bialik will host primetime specials on ABC, future spin-offs, and the majority of episodes of the syndicated series, with Jennings also hosting a stretch of episodes during that time.
The show has grown in popularity over time and has won numerous awards from professional television critics. The daily syndicated edition of Jeopardy! has received a record 39 Daytime Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award, with over 8,000 episodes televised. On TV Guide's list of the 60 greatest shows in American television history, the sitcom was named No. 45 in 2013. Jeopardy! has global popularity, including regional variations in a variety of nations.
Conceptualization and Growth:
Merv Griffin gave the following description of how he invented the quiz show in a 1963 Associated Press profile published just before the initial Jeopardy! series premiered:
Julann, my wife, came up with the concept one day while we were flying back to New York City from Duluth. When she mentioned that there hadn't been a successful ‘question and answer' game on the air since the quiz show scandals, I began thinking about game show concepts.
Why not flip the script and give the contestant the answers while they come up with the question? She gave me a handful of responses: “5,280”—the query being, of course, “How many feet in a mile?” Another was Fibber and Mollie McGee's address, '79 Wistful Vista.' I was so taken with the concept that I went straight to NBC with it, and they bought it without even seeing a pilot episode.
Griffin's original game plan called for a board with ten categories and ten clues in each, but after realizing that this would be difficult to present on camera, he simplified it to two rounds of thirty clues each, with five clues in each of six categories. He had meant to require grammatically proper phrasing (for example, only accepting “Who is…” for a person), but after discovering that grammatical correction slowed down the game, he decided to accept any correct question form response.
When dubious network executive Ed Vane rejected Griffin's original notion of the game, arguing, “It doesn't have enough jeopardies,” Griffin dropped the title.
The Gil Fates-hosted CBS Television Quiz, which aired from July 1941 to May 1942, employed the same format of giving contestants the answers and needing the questions.
The Emmy-nominated game show has a unique answer-and-question style.