Can you answer these real Jeopardy questions about TV shows?
Created by Merv Griffin, “Jeopardy!” first hit the airwaves in 1964 to become the second highest-rated daytime game show of its time. In 1975, scheduling changes resulted in a ratings drop and the show was unceremoniously canceled. On the heels of some short-lived revivals, a daily syndicated version debuted in 1984. Serving as host was a poised and even-tempered man by the name of Alex Trebek. It's this version that today's audiences still know and love.
For those who are (miraculously) unaware, “Jeopardy!” distinguishes itself by way of a rather unconventional trivia method. Specifically, three contestants are presented with the answer to a question, and then tasked with providing the question that's just been answered. The first contestant to guess the proper question receives the associated cash value, and then chooses the next answer. Mixing things up are Daily Doubles, where the contestant can place a wager on the answer and question at hand. The action culminates with Final Jeopardy, in which each contestant must once again bet on him or herself before answering the question, or should one say questioning the answer?
As one can probably guess, there's been no shortage of hot streaks over the course of the show's history. Contestant James Holzhauer recently had a record-breaking streak in June 2019 with 32 consecutive wins. Holzhauer's comprehensive trivia knowledge sparked a healthy ratings boost.
Of course, even if the show were to end tomorrow, it would leave a truly iconic legacy. Indeed, the theme song and “SNL” parodies alone are already the stuff of television history. Part of the fun of watching “Jeopardy!” is playing along at home. Now, Stacker puts those homegrown skills to the test. Culling from the “Jeopardy!” archives—actual questions and answers from previous episodes—Stacker provides a “clue” about TV shows and then presents the answer in the form of a question.
Can you answer these real “Jeopardy!” questions about TV shows? Find out here.
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Clue: Steven Bochco's 1990 experiment; it featured singing murderers, juries, and politicians.
- Category: TV Misguided
- Value: $2,000
- Date episode aired: June 30, 2009
Answer #1: What is “Cop Rock?”
Steven Bochco was behind some of the best cop dramas in television history, as well as this total misfire. Combining procedural plotlines with musical renditions and touches of dark comedy, the series was canceled after just 11 episodes. It later cracked the top 10 on TV Guide's list of The Worst TV Shows of All Time.
Clue: Peter Capaldi replaced Matt Smith as the Time Lord on this British TV series.
- Category: Pop Culture
- Value: $800
- Date episode aired: July 30, 2014
Answer #2: What is “Doctor Who?”
A veritable institution in British popular culture and beyond, “Doctor Who” has been on and off the air since 1963. During that time, no less than 13 people have tackled the title role (and that's not even counting spin-offs). Actress Jodie Whittaker currently plays the Time Lord.
Clue: In this TV drama's "The Supremes" episode, Oscar winner Jessica Yu directed Glenn Close as a court nominee.
- Category: Women Directing Women
- Value: $2,000
- Date episode aired: June 12, 2006
Answer #3: What is “The West Wing?”
Created by Aaron Sorkin, this political drama won the primetime Emmy Award for Best Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row. Jessica Yu directed three episodes between 2001 and 2004.
Clue: This Don Johnson series was derived from a two-word note by NBC's president: "MTV cops.”
- Category: Television
- Value: $200
- Date episode aired: March 31, 1995
Answer #4: What is “Miami Vice?”
According to legend, it was then-NBC Entertainment Division head Brandon Tartikoff who famously put forth the idea of “MTV Cops” in a brainstorming memo. However, show creator Anthony Yerkovich insists he conceived the idea long before any executive note came his way. Tartikoff initially opposed casting Don Johnson in the lead role, as the actor had already starred in five failed NBC pilots.
Clue: The over 240-year-old vampire known as Angel first appeared on this TV show.
- Category: Small Screen Vampires
- Value: $400
- Date episode aired: May 26, 2004
Answer #5: What is “Buffy the Vampire Slayer?”
Played by actor David Boreanaz, Angel first appeared in the premiere episode of this hit series. The romantic relationship between Angel and Buffy would make for some of the show's most compelling plot lines. He was such a popular character that he received an eponymous spin-off series of his own, which ran for five seasons.2018 All rights reserved.