Jeopardy! has combed through 8,000 episodes to find the 20 of the most compelling shows in its history, many of which haven’t been seen since their first airing, for a four-week a four-week retrospective series starting Monday.
Jeopardy has combed through 8,000 episodes to find 20 of the most compelling — many of which haven’t been seen since their first airings — for a four-week retrospective series that starts on Monday.
For the first time, Jeopardy digs deep into its archives to highlight memorable contestants, exciting moments and unique tournaments from the show’s 36-year history, including the syndicated series premiere, which aired Sept. 10, 1984, with Alex Trebek as host (a network version of the show ran on NBC in the afternoon in 1964-1975 and again briefly in 1978-79 with Art Fleming hosting, according to David Schwartz, co-author of The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows ).
“A lot has changed over the years — the set, the pace of the game … the mustache! — but the ability to play along is timeless.” said Mike Richards, the show’s executive producer.
Here’s a vintage Jeopardy promo featuring Alex Trebek:
July 20-24: The Best of JEOPARDY!’s First Decade
This week features five of the best and most exciting shows from the 1980s, including the series premiere, the first “super-champion,” the first record-setting contestant, and more.
July 27-31: The Best of Celebrity JEOPARDY!
Throughout the years, JEOPARDY! has invited celebrities to play for their favorite charities, and more than $9 million has been won for great causes. This week features five of the most entertaining celebrity games ever.
August 3-7 & August 10-14: Million Dollar Masters (2002) Encore Presentation
For its first-ever million-dollar competition, 15 of the best contestants from the first 18 seasons of the show competed in a two-week contest taped at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Here are some local station promos for Jeopardy!:
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