Created by Merv Griffin (the same guy who created Wheel of Fortune), Jeopardy has been around since 1964 and is seen, as many, as one of the premier "quiz shows" of all times. At least, I know it's one of my favorites.
It was, originally, aired in a daytime slot on NBC up until 1975. From there it went nightly and syndicated.
The original host was Art Fleming until 1984, then Alex Trebek took over.
For the uninitiated, Jeopardy is a "general knowledge" game where you must answer in the form of a question.
There are six categories that have six questions each. Each question is given a dollar amount. Should you answer the question correctly, you get the amount the question was worth added to your total...
"I'll take Superman for $200.00 please, Alex."
"This is the name Superman was born with."
"What is Clark Kent?"
"Oh, sorry....the answer we were looking for is "What is Kal-El".
If you get the question wrong, the amount is deducted from your score. It's very possible to wind up in the negatives if you aren't careful.
The first round is made up of fairly simple (relatively speaking) questions. Round two is a bit harder and the dollar values of the questions are doubled.
If nothing else, it's a show that not only makes you think, but also measures how quick you can think.
It's been parodied quite a bit. From Weird Al Yankovic's "I Lost On Jeopardy"
to Saturday Night Live's "Celebrity Jeopardy" (where Darrell Hammond's Sean Connery steals the show).
To wrap it up, there's Final Jeopardy. There the contestants are given a category, they make a wager...some or all of their score so far....and the one who answers correctly and, then, has the most points...wins. It's pretty simple, really,.....IF you know the questions :)
Honorable Mentions: The Jeffersons, Josie and the Pussycats, Jason of Star Command
Tune in tomorrow for a reporter who always seemed to stumble onto all sorts of supernatural mischief.