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Welcome to the Jeopardy! History WikiEdit

An unofficial fan-made Wiki about the history of "America's Favorite Quiz Show", Jeopardy!


Since its creation in 1964, Jeopardy! has been used in everyday life situations among Americans, thus the show received the trademark "America's Favorite Answer and Question Show".


  • At the start of each episode, for the first sixteen seasons, the three contestants walked onto the set at the beginning of the show. From Season 17 to the present day, the three contestants are already standing at their podiums. The returning champion is closest to the host while the 2 challengers are next to the champ.
  • At the start of the game, the dollar amounts pop in a few at a time with a 6 chime signal, rather than one-by-one. After that, the contestants are faced with 6 categories selected at random.
  • The champ is instructed to select any category and any dollar amount. The contestants then listens to the clue of that category.
  • After it is fully read out, the first player to buzz-in has the right to respond. The contestant must phrase the response in the form of a question otherwise it won't work.
  • If the player is right, that same player wins the amount wagered and gets to pick either the same category or a different category. If the player is wrong, that same player loses the amount wagered until a different player comes up with the correct response. If not, the host gives the correct response and the player who gave the last correct response or the player who started the round makes the next selection.
  • The player can select the same category but a different dollar amount or a different category and the same dollar amount. Players do not have to go from top to bottom to clear a category. The lower the money amount, the easier the clue. The higher the money amount, the more difficult the clue is. The sequence repeats until there are no more categories and dollar amounts left or until time is up.
  • During gameplay, if any player reveals a daily double, that player can wager whatever they have in their bank. If the player has less than the highest amount on the board (e.g. $1,000 for round 1 or $2,000 for round 2) then that player is allowed to wager up to that much amount of money. After the player decides on a wager, the clue fully read. After it is fully read, the player has to give a response before time expires. If the player is right, that same player wins the amount they've wagered. If not, the value gets deducted. There is only 1 Daily Double in round 1 and 2 Daily Doubles in round 2.
  • After the 2 rounds are played, any player(s) that have some money remaining on the positive side is allowed to play Final Jeopardy. Any player(s) that finished on the negative side is eliminated from the game but will pick up a $1,000 consolation cash prize.
  • In the Final Jeopardy! segment, the category is revealed, the players get 2 minutes to decide (in secret) how much they like to wager. Players do not have to wager anything but if you want to have the highest score at the end of the game, wager big. The player with the lowest score goes first while the player in 1st place goes last. If the runner-ups have the same score, the 2nd place prize goes to the player who was leading at the end of the previous round. After that, the players are presented with a clue that relates to the category. Then, they get 30 seconds to write out (in secret) their response. Warning: The response must be phrased in the form of a question otherwise, you won't score. If the player does phrase their response in the form of a question and is wrong, the player loses what they have wagered. If the player does phrase their response in the form of a question and is right, the player will score more money. At the end of the game, the player with the highest total wins the game and comes back to play on the next show. If all 3 players have no money at the end of Final Jeopardy, no one from the playing comes back and 3 new players come to play on the next show.

How to take part on Jeopardy!Edit

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must take a test to qualify as a contestant.
  • Your hometown has to be anywhere in North America.
  • Be sure to bring photo ID just like on any game show so the staff know it's your real face.


Jeopardy! Airdates
Jeopardy! Statistics
Jeopardy! Music

Additional PagesEdit

Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
Jeopardy! Teen Tournament
Jeopardy! Seniors Tournament
Jeopardy! College Championship
Super Jeopardy!
Celebrity Jeopardy!
Jeopardy! International Tournament
Rock & Roll Jeopardy!
Jeopardy! Kids Week
Jeopardy! Million Dollar Masters
Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions
Jeopardy! Teacher's Tournament
Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades
Sports Jeopardy!


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Jeopardy! Logos
Jeopardy! Sets
Jeopardy! Video Games/Gallery

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