Jeopardy! is opening the vault for a four-week retrospective series starting July 20. For the first time, the quiz show will dig deep into its archives to highlight memorable contestants, exciting moments, and unique tournaments from its 36-year history, including the new series premiere with Alex Trebek, which aired September 10, 1984.
“What is incredible about Jeopardy! is that it has historical importance while remaining culturally relevant today,” said EP Mike Richards. “I know our fans will love the nostalgia while still enjoying the game play. A lot has changed over the years – the set, the pace of the game…the mustache! – but the ability to play along is timeless.”
The Jeopardy! producers combed through nearly 8,000 episodes and have chosen 20 of the most compelling shows in the series’ history, many of which have not been seen since their first airing. The complete schedule can be found on Jeopardy.com.
July 20-24: The Best of Jeopardy! First Decade
This week features five of what producers claim are the best and most exciting shows from the 1980s, including the series premiere, the first “super-champion,” and the first record-setting contestant.
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. This week features five entertaining celebrity games.
August 3-7 & August 10-14: Million Dollar Masters (2002) Encore Presentation
For its first 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.
Jeopardy! and its host, Alex Trebek, are preparing for their 37th season in syndication. With a weekly audience of 24 million viewers, the show holds the Guinness World Records title for the most Emmy Awards won by a TV game show, and it received a Peabody Award for “celebrating and rewarding knowledge.”
Jeopardy! is produced by Sony Pictures Television and is distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Television International.
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