JEOPARDY! entered its 30th anniversary season on September 16, 2013. America’s Favorite Quiz Show® and its host, Alex Trebek, have entertained and informed millions of viewers since the show’s syndicated launch in 1984. Now the top-rated quiz show in syndication, JEOPARDY! has become a pop culture phenomenon and holds the Guinness World Record for the most awards won by a TV game show, including a 2011 Peabody Award and 30 Emmy® Awards.
Originally created by Merv Griffin in 1964 as an NBC daytime show, JEOPARDY! is a daily half-hour series based on trivia with a unique answer-and-question format. Johnny Gilbert serves as announcer, and Harry Friedman is Executive Producer.
JEOPARDY! provides a test of knowledge across a variety of interesting subjects such as literature, history, science, the arts, and pop culture. Each game consists of three rounds:
- “Single Jeopardy!”: Includes six categories, each with a column of five trivia clues. The “clues” are sorted by varying degrees of difficulty and are matched by increasing dollar values. Three competing contestants are given a “clue” in the form of an answer displayed on the show’s High-Definition game board. Players use a hand-held signaling device and must be the first contestant to ring in and successfully give a response in the form of a question.
- “Double Jeopardy!”: Similar to the first round, Double Jeopardy! features new categories and “clues” with doubled dollar amounts of each “clue.”
- “Final Jeopardy!”: One category is revealed by host Alex Trebek prior to the commercial break. The contestants write down a wager ranging between zero and up to their cash winnings accumulated at that point during the show. Once the final “clue” is revealed, players have 30 seconds to write a response in the traditional form of a question. Each daily winner returns to the next day’s program as a defending champion. With no limit on appearances, returning champions may continue amassing winnings on JEOPARDY! as long as they remain victorious.
JEOPARDY! offers a wide array of special competitions throughout the season. Examples include:
- Battle of the Decades Tournament: To commemorate 30 seasons of answers and questions, JEOPARDY! will bring back 45 champions for a competition 30 years in the making: the Battle of the Decades Tournament. Top contestants from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s will vie for a million-dollar grand prize in several rounds of play, which will air in stages over the course of the season.
- Teachers Tournament: Introduced in 2011, the Teachers Tournament puts a national spotlight on the importance and impact of educators with 15 of the nation’s brightest K-12 teachers.
- College Championship: Fifteen of the brightest undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the U.S. vie for a grand prize of $100,000.
- Teen Tournament: Fifteen teenagers compete in a two-week tournament for a grand prize of $75,000.