On the heels of the syndicated success of "Wheel of Fortune (1983)", producer Merv Griffin decided to return his classic quiz show-with-a-twist, "Jeopardy!" to the airwaves in 1984. It, too, was a huge success, and also marked a return to the game's tried-and-true formula of answers and questions (after a slightly-modified remake six years earlier failed to catch on). Three contestants, including a returning champion, competed. Six categories are announced (e.g., Art World, Cooking, 20th Century Republicans, "Friends (1994)", Muscle Men and College Girls Wearing White T-shirts), each having five answers ostensibly graded by difficulty, from $100 to $500. The champion chose a category and dollar amount (e.g., "College Girls Wearing White T-shirts for $100"), to which host Trebek reads the answer ("Inspector 12 must give her seal of approval before a college girl can wear one of these plain white T-shirts"). Contestants had to respond in question form ("What is Hanes?") ; if correct, ...
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One thing that was briefly changed for the second season was the returning champion was placed at the right podium. This was quickly changed back to the left podium for reasons not explained. See more
[closing announcement from 1985 to 1992
This is Johnny Gilbert speaking. "Jeopardy!" is a production of Merv Griffin Enterprises and is distributed by KingWorld.
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Rock & Roll Jeopardy! Theme
by Steve Kaplan
With a portion of the original theme by Merv Griffin See more