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Television series
German title Jeopardy!
Original title Jeopardy!
Jeopardy Germany 2016 logo.jpg
Country of production various, see graphic above
Year (s) since 1964
length 30 minutes
Monday to Friday
genre Quiz show
idea Merv Griffin
production Harry Friedman
Moderation see section moderation
First broadcast March 30, 1964 on NBC
first broadcast
1990 (as Riskant! ), 1994 (as Jeopardy! ) On RTL

Jeopardy! (English for "danger") is a television quiz show from the USA .

The idea for the show came from Merv Griffin , the inventor of the wheel of fortune . Since the first broadcast on March 30, 1964, the show achieved great success in the United States, which led to its distribution in other countries. In Germany, the quiz show was broadcast daily on RTL for several years and later on tm3 and RTLplus .


The gameplay of Jeopardy is that it is an inverted quiz. Answers to questions are not sought, but answers are given, for which the appropriate question must be formulated. Three candidates play two rounds and a final. The game is played on a guessing board, which is divided into different categories or areas of knowledge. Each category is divided into increasing amounts of money, which are doubled in the second round. Candidates can freely choose the category and amount of money; the amount of money increases the level of difficulty within the category. In addition, there are risk fields that are played by a candidate alone, who must first wager an amount of his earned money. A buzzer is pressed to solve a task, after which a candidate has ten seconds to formulate the correct question. If this does not succeed, an acoustic signal sounds and the question is released for the other candidates. A lot will be drawn to see who starts, and then the candidate who has formulated the correct question for the previously given answer can choose the category and amount of money. A candidate remains on the move until either someone else can formulate a question more quickly or the answer he has chosen remains without a question. In the latter case, a random number generator determines who can choose next.

There are some special rules at Jeopardy. So there are z. B. not only clear categories such as politics, chemistry, etc., but also those that can consist of a description. A distinction is made between unambiguous (subject immediately recognizable) and ambiguous (subject not immediately or not at all recognizable) descriptions. There are also fun categories with joke questions where you have to think outside the box to understand what it's about. However, answers can sometimes appear in clear categories that do not directly belong to the topic. It is precisely this that is an essential part of the game that creates the attraction and increased attention for the candidates.
Another special rule is that you can go into the red with your game account balance, since if the answer is incorrectly worded, the selected amount will be deducted from the game account. Not only to zero, but also below that. Only those who have a positive game account balance at the end of the game will get into the final round.

The finale also has a special feature. It can be played by all three candidates, as well as by two or one alone - depending on how many candidates have a positive game balance at the end. If none of the candidates have a positive game balance after the two game rounds, which can certainly happen, there will be no final and the next program will play with three new candidates.

The important thing is: You always have to formulate a whole question instead of giving in to the usual impulse to give the answer as a keyword, because this would be considered wrong.


Adaptations in Germany


Before RTL acquired the complete rights, including the studio design, from the production company, a separate version of Jeopardy was created from 1990 to 1993 under the name Riskant! produced. The game show was moderated by Hans-Jürgen Bäumler . In the final, helmets with a side view restriction (see also blinders ) so-called viewing angle concentrators (BWKs) were used. Jeopardy has extendable partitions for this purpose.

The grand prize

There was also a modified form at ZDF. The TV quiz Der Große Preis , hosted by Wim Thoelke , ran there from 1974 to 1992 . In contrast to the original, answers to questions were given here. The specialization of the experts in the preliminary and final round is also a modification. However, the parallels can be seen in the three candidates, the game wall with categories and in the isolation at the final. Risk! (literally translated Jeopardy! ) was the announcement of the moderator when a player could bet an amount of money from his already earned fortune on a special question. In addition to the risk field, there were also other special fields such as jokers, lucky fields, etc.

Reception in other media

  • In the comedy Groundhog Day , a short sequence from the game appears. Phil Connors ( Bill Murray ) knows the questions before the answers are read out.
  • In the 1992 sports comedy White Boys Don't Bring it , Gloria Clemente ( Rosie Perez ), friend of Billy Hoyle ( Woody Harrelson ), wins the quiz.
  • In The Best For Last , Carter Chambers watches the show and knows the questions in front of the other players on the show.
  • When the search for the lyrics to Cora in Mitten ins Herz - Ein Song für dich stagnates, Alex Fletcher (played by Hugh Grant ) bridges the embarrassing silence with the Jeopardy jingle on the piano.
  • As a result , the favorite misfortune Family series The Simpsons plays Marge Simpson on Jeopardy! With. She loses miserably and even gets into the negative points area. After the broadcast is over, the moderator tries to ask you to pay.
  • In an episode of the Golden Girls , Beatrice Arthur aka Dorothy and Betty White aka Rose appear in Jeopardy in a dream sequence ! on. The quiz master Alex Trebek plays himself here.
  • Likewise, in the episode Knowledge is Power of the series The Nanny Fran Drescher appears as a Jeopardy! Candidate. Alex Trebek is there too.
  • Sheldon Cooper plays the Jeopardy jingle on his flute in several episodes of The Big Bang Theory . In the episode Sheldon Pro Se , Raj plays the melody of the finale.
  • The musician and parodist Weird Al Yankovic parodied the song Jeopardy by the Greg Kihn Band under the title I Lost on Jeopardy in 1984 on his album Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D . The title of the parody spoils the chorus line Our love's in jeopardy of the original and relates the entire text to the quiz show. The accompanying music video shows how Yankovic loses at Jeopardy and is ultimately thrown out of the studio.
  • In the 83rd episode (American order a soul watchers for domestic use ) of the American television series Alf Alf tried to persuade family Tanner to a round of Jeopardy.
  • In Men in Black , Agent K asks whether Agent J happens to know which alien life form leaves a green spectral trail and likes sugar water. J's ironic answer is: “Oh, that was just the other day at Jeopardy! and the top candidate replied… ”.


In February 2011, the computer program Watson developed by IBM competed against the record champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter . Watson won the three-day tournament for $ 77,147 (up from $ 24,000 and $ 21,600).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Merv Griffin, Jeopardy! Show Creator, Dies at 82 , dated August 12, 2007
  2. Jeopardy Past and Present - History of Jeopardy Game show
  3. Risky! Information about the TV series
  4. ^ John Markoff: On 'Jeopardy,' Watson's a Natural , New York Times. February 16, 2011. 
  5. Mirror: Watson can look Quiz kings old , accessed 16 February 2011