The classic game show with a twist; the answers are revealed, but it's up to the contestants to supply the questions. Three contestants, including a returning champion, competed. Six ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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The classic game show with a twist; the answers are revealed, but it's up to the contestants to supply the questions. Three contestants, including a returning champion, competed. Six categories are announced (e.g., Pro Football, Presidents, Science and Nature, Famous Bobs, Automobiles and Words), each having five answers ostensibly graded by difficulty, from $10 to $50. The champion chose a category and dollar amount (e.g., "Presidents for $10"), to which host Fleming reads the answer ("The Father of our country; he really didn't chop down a cherry tree"). Contestants had to respond in question form ("Who was George Washington?") ; if correct, they won the value of the question; if he/she was incorrect, failed to answer in time or phrase in the form of a question, that amount was deducted (hence, the dollar amount was "always in jeopardy") and his/her opponents could answer; having enough incorrect answers often led to negative scores. Thereafter, the contestant providing the last ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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One of the finest, thanks to the great Art Fleming.
24 November 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The original Jeopardy was a warm, kindly show about knowledge, instead of cut-throat competition and money. The questions were every bit as difficult, but all the contestants came away looking smart if they got even one answer correct. I remember being impressed with my mom for knowing a few answers ... and my mom really was never that smart!

When Art Fleming informed a contestant that an answer was wrong with his "No ... sorry," you believed he was truly sorry. Art never pretended that he knew all the answers before his writers provided them to him. What a lovely guy. One thousand times better and nicer than that *current* host.

Even the theme music sounded friendlier back then. The whole show was a little less polished and a little more natural than today's version. But that's the way of the world, I guess.


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