The answer is: It's America's favorite quiz show. The question: What is Jeopardy? Alex Trebek
hosts America's most iconic game show with a twist: Trebek reads clues given as answers and the contestant has to respond in the form of a question.
"Jeopardy!" was first broadcast as a daytime network game show on NBC in March 1964. Created by Merv Griffin
, the show was suggested by his wife who felt the tired quiz show format needed a jolt. The "answer-and-question" game show ran for 11 years on NBC with a brief one-season revival in 1978. When Merv Griffin
revived the show again in 1984, the show became truly successful. "Jeopardy!" has become one of the most successful and longest running game shows in television history.
Three contestants compete in 3 rounds of fast-paced game play as they build their earnings and strategically bet their money on randomly placed "Daily Doubles" and in "Final Jeopardy." The person with the most money wins.
Originally, contestants left the show undefeated after 5 consecutive wins. But in 2003, a rule change allowed contestants to remain on the show indefinitely. This new rule allowed Ken Jennings
to win an impressive $2.5 million over 74 consecutive wins. To date, he still holds the record for highest game show winnings in American television history.
So sit back, play along at home and try your hand at "Potent Potables" for $1000 or "Before and After" for $2000. You may find that you know more than you think.