Jeopardy!

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Just The Facts

  1. The show first aired in 1964 and was hosted by Art Fleming, or as he's better known today, 'The guy before Alex Trebek.'
  2. The syndicated version has won a record 28 Daytime Emmy Awards since 1984. This has probably been a clue on the show.
  3. There are about 9000 episodes to date, equivalent to 140 consecutive days of footage. Trebek still acts surprised when someone makes it a true daily double.
  4. It used to be a rule that when contestants ended the game in the negatives, their souls were trapped in the bristles of Trebek's moustache.
  5. Humming the theme song when you are waiting for someone is a perfectly acceptable way to ask for a face kicking.

What is...Jeopardy?

This is Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! was created by television tycoon Merv Griffin when his wife suggested a new spin to the question-answer game show. She asked "what would happen if the contestants were given the answer and asked for the question?" Instead of simply chuckling and patting her on the head, he pitched it to NBC and they snatched it up before they even saw the pilot episode. The first airing of Jeopardy! was in 1964, when Alex Trebek was just a three year old stroking his moustache.

Art Fleming was the host of Jeopardy! between 1964-1975. The original run of the series had 2753 episodes, few of which have survived due to over three decades of people clearly not giving a shit.

Who is...Alex Trebek?

In 1984, the syndicated version of Jeopardy! was introduced. It starred Alex Trebek as the man with the answers questions. Unlike the Art Fleming series, every single episode of Jeopardy! that Trebek has hosted remains completely intact. Why?

This.

Trebek makes a great host because he's just like us. We too are entertained by watching a very smart person struggle to remember the swahili word for chastity and then switch the letters around to spell a common household appliance. But, then again, sometimes the guy just acts like an asshole.

Of course, it's not just Trebek who does this. You'd swear that the writers like to screw with contestants too.

Really, Jeopardy!? Really?

In 2001, Alex Trebek's moustache was tragically cut short. You can barely see it now.

But trust us, it's still there. You just have to believe.

Who is...Ken Jennings?

That contestant that answered (or questioned?) "hoe" is William Ken Jennings III (even his name sounds smart). He goes by Ken Jennings and is well known for the streak he held on Jeopardy! as champion from June 2, 2004 to November 30th, 2004. With 74 consecutive victories and $2,522,700 in total winnings, Jennings earned himself the record of "most cash won on a game show" in The Guinness Book of World Records. Although that record was broken, he still holds the record for most money won on game shows when you combine his winnings from Jeopardy!, 1 vs. 100, Grand Slam, and Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?.

Spoiler: He was smarter than a fifth grader.