The Best Episodes of Jeopardy!
Last Updated: Mar 6, 2019
The show first aired in March 1964 and lasted nearly 11 years on NBC daytime. The show resurfaced in a modified format in 1978, and then came back in syndication in 1984, where it continues to enjoy long-term success. This simple reverse-quiz formula resulted in one of the most successful game shows in TV history. Answer: “Legend has it that game show host and TV personality Merv Griffin created this reverse quiz show after complaining about the poor quality of game shows since the Quiz Show Scandals; his then-wife suggested giving the players the answers and having them come up with the questions.” Question: “What's the story behind the birth of Jeopardy!?”
#1 - George Tsuji, Bob Kennedy, Megan Cornell
Season 2010 - Episode 203
Megan Cornell, a stay-at-home mom from Grand Rapids, Michigan; Bob Kennedy, a college linguistics instructor from Santa Barbara, California; George Tsuji, a software engineer from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (whose 1-day cash winnings total $20,000).
#2 - Ken Jennings, Rob Kimbro, Kathi Fry
Season 2004 - Episode 208
Kathi Fry, a physician from Scottsdale, Arizona; Rob Kimbro, a theater director & stay-at-home dad from Princeton, New Jersey; Ken Jennings, a software engineer from Salt Lake City, Utah (whose 73-day cash winnings total $2,491,700).
#3 - Margaret Swanson, Bridget Gallagher, Ayana Matthews
Season 2012 - Episode 125
Ayana Matthews, a geriatric nursing assistent & chef from Baltimore, Maryland; Bridget Gallagher, a fundraising consultant from Arlington, Virginia; Margaret Swanson, a graduate student of architecture from Somerville, Massachusetts (whose 1-day cash winnings total $3,999).
#4 - S28 Kids Week Game 3
Season 2012 - Episode 153
Partha Purushotham, an 11-year-old from Palo Alto, California; Julia Martinez, an 11-year-old from Fairfax, Virginia; Andrew Grace, a 12-year-old from Apex, North Carolina.
#5 - Susan Robbins, Anne Takemoto, Andrew Sims
Season 2002 - Episode 24
Andrew Sims, a high school social studies teacher from Laguna Niguel, California; Anne Takemoto, a consultant from Marina del Rey, California; Susan Robbins, a training & development professional from Chicago, Illinois (whose 1-day cash winnings total $0).
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#6 - Matt Scarpino, Bobby Padgett, Cindy D'Agostino
Season 2002 - Episode 57
Cindy D'Agostino, a documentary filmmaker from Alexandria, Virginia; Bobby Padgett, an analytical chemist from Cramerton, North Carolina; Matt Scarpino, an electrical engineer for the United States Air Force from Dayton, Ohio (whose 1-day cash winnings total $0).
#7 - George Hicks, Eric Huff, Sandra Alboum
Season 2002 - Episode 190
Sandra Alboum, a translator from Arlington, Virginia; Eric Huff, a history teacher from Spartanburg, South Carolina; George Hicks, a law student from Cambridge, Massachusetts (whose 1-day cash winnings total $21,998).
#8 - Bruce Borchardt, Jeff Rinde, Hugh Zegers
Season 1995 - Episode 64
Hugh Zegers, a high school teacher originally from The Hague, Netherlands; Jeff Rinde, a teacher originally from Endwell, New York; Bruce Borchardt, a metrologist originally from Denver, Colorado (whose 3-day cash winnings total $44,899).
#9 - Andrew Garen, Melissa Gaul, Rick Schweitzer
Season 2000 - Episode 159
Rick Schweitzer, an attorney from Alexandria, Virginia; Melissa Gaul, a quality assurance manager from Shoreview, Minnesota; Andrew Garen, a project manager from Mamaroneck, New York (whose 1-day cash winnings total $15,000).
#10 - Marty Sade, Al Brokos, Betty Fernandez
Season 1996 - Episode 62
Betty Fernandez, an attorney from Washington, D.C.; Al Brokos, a training specialist originally from Baltimore, Maryland; Marty Sade, a math teacher from Tucson, Arizona (whose 1-day cash winnings total $12,999).
#11 - Christopher Ruth, Rebecca Rhyne, John Hart
Season 1998 - Episode 54
John Hart, a sales executive from Portland, Oregon; Rebecca Rhyne, a writer's assistant originally from Austin, Texas; Christopher Ruth, a musician & songwriter from New London, Connecticut (whose 1-day cash winnings total $17,199).
#12 - Christopher Ruth, Amy Solomon, Norm Nadel
Season 1998 - Episode 55
Norm Nadel, a lawyer from Beverly Hills, California; Amy Solomon, a consultant from Seattle, Washington; Christopher Ruth, a musician & songwriter from New London, Connecticut (whose 2-day cash winnings total $26,600).
#13 - Matt Pressman, Shayna Kravetz, Pat DeVane
Season 2015 - Episode 125
Pat DeVane, a graduate student originally from Wheaton, Illinois; Shayna Kravetz, an educator & writer from Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Matt Pressman, a graduate student in history from Somerville, Massachusetts (whose 1-day cash winnings total $13,800).
#14 - Jon Lubin, Hilary Carney, Erik Siwak
Season 2015 - Episode 132
Erik Siwak, a writer originally from Detroit, Michigan; Hilary Carney, a rehabilitation specialist from Bonita Springs, Florida; Jon Lubin, an attorney originally from Stony Brook, New York (whose 1-day cash winnings total $15,599).
#15 - Scott Lord, Tracy McCarthy, Sam Suarez
Season 2015 - Episode 147
Sam Suarez, a postdoctoral researcher from Cary, North Carolina; Tracy McCarthy, a customer service manager from Vista, California; Scott Lord, a construction attorney from Santa Monica, California (whose 4-day cash winnings total $93,402).
#16 - The IBM Challenge, Day 2
Season 2011 - Episode 32
Brad Rutter, a $3.2-million winner from Los Angeles, California; Watson, a deep question answering system from IBM; Ken Jennings, a 74-game champion from Seattle, Washington. The IBM Challenge, continuation of game 1.
#17 - S28 Teachers Tournament Quarterfinal Game 4
Season 2012 - Episode 36
Kathryn Wendling, a high school social studies teacher from Farmington, Minnesota; Mary Ann Stanley, a high school chemistry & physical science teacher from Statesboro, Georgia; Brad Brown, a theater teacher from Nashville, Tennessee.
#18 - The IBM Challenge, Day 3
Season 2011 - Episode 33
Brad Rutter, a $3.2-million winner from Los Angeles, California (subtotal of $10,400); Watson, a deep question answering system from IBM (subtotal of $35,734); Ken Jennings, a 74-game champion from Seattle, Washington (subtotal of $4,800). The IBM Challenge game 2.
#19 - Matt DeTura, Megan Griffiths, Tommy Jordan
Season 2010 - Episode 179
Tommy Jordan, a pastor from Sylvania, Arkansas; Megan Griffiths, a conservation technician from Omaha, Nebraska; Matt DeTura, a recent law school graduate from Washington, D.C. (whose 2-day cash winnings total $45,200).
#20 - Alison Meermans, Chris Gullo, Jennifer Blanton
Season 2014 - Episode 125
Jennifer Blanton, an attorney from San Diego, California; Chris Gullo, a poet from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Alison Meermans, a fundraising project manager from Lakewood, Ohio (whose 2-day cash winnings total $33,600).
#21 - George Schaeffer, Vanessa Fischer, Michel Phillips
Season 2000 - Episode 148
Michel Phillips, a lawyer from Smyrna, Georgia; Vanessa Fischer, an accountant from Creighton, Pennsylvania; George Schaeffer, a publisher from New York City, New York (whose 1-day cash winnings total $2,199).
#22 - S31 Tournament of Champions Semifinal Game 2
Season 2014 - Episode 200
Rebecca Rider, an office supply sales assistant from Queens, New York; Mark Japinga, a graduate student in public affairs from Madison, Wisconsin; Arthur Chu, a compliance analyst, voiceover artist, & blogger from Broadview Heights, Ohio.
#23 - S35 All-Stars Match 1 Game 1 (1)
Season 2019 - Episode 37
Meet Team Brad, Team Colby, and Team Buzzy who then play the Jeopardy round of their first game.
#24 - The IBM Challenge, Day 1
Season 2011 - Episode 31
Brad Rutter, a $3.2-million winner from Los Angeles, California; Watson, a deep question answering system from IBM; Ken Jennings, a 74-game champion from Seattle, Washington. The IBM Challenge game 1, Jeopardy! Round only.
#25 - Sam Stubblefield, Mike Barrett, Ken Hill
Season 2015 - Episode 191
Ken Hill, a nuclear power plant inspector from Mauldin, South Carolina; Mike Barrett, a cashier & writer from Medford, Massachusetts; Sam Stubblefield, a hospital pediatrician from Wilmington, Delaware (whose 1-day cash winnings total $27,601).