The BEST Episodes of Jeopardy!
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 25, 2020
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 - Marianne Fichtel, Naomi Seiler, Damon White
Season 2009 - Episode 121 - Aired Jun 18, 2009
Damon White, a bartender from Darlington, South Carolina; Naomi Seiler, a health policy lawyer from Washington, D.C.; Marianne Fichtel, an investor relations manager from Brooklyn, New York (whose 1-day cash winnings total $10,399).
#2 - Ric Leach, Tania Clucas, Hilary Teeman
Season 2008 - Episode 85 - Aired Apr 28, 2008
Hilary Teeman, a book editor from New York, New York; Tania Clucas, an education specialist from North Pole, Alaska; Ric Leach, a training director from Miami, Florida (whose 1-day cash winnings total $27,300).
#3 - Ari Stern, Reggie LaFond, Pam Jones-Pigott
Season 2010 - Episode 182 - Aired Oct 25, 2010
Pam Jones-Pigott, a farmers' market coordinator from Pflugerville, Texas; Reggie LaFond, a business analyst from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Ari Stern, a mathematician from San Diego, California (whose 1-day cash winnings total $17,201).
#4 - John Krizel, Michael Muller, Susan Neuffer
Season 2010 - Episode 142 - Aired Jul 19, 2010
Susan Neuffer, an actor & census clerk from New York, New York; Michael Muller, a seventh grade history teacher originally from Springfield, Illinois; John Krizel, a green community program coordinator from Beckley, West Virginia (whose 1-day cash winnings total $26,001).
#5 - George Tsuji, Bob Kennedy, Megan Cornell
Season 2010 - Episode 203 - Aired Nov 23, 2010
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).
#6 - Shyra Latiolais, Michael Portnoy, Edith Roberts
Season 2009 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 1, 2009
Edith Roberts, an attorney & part-time traffic court judge from Washington, D.C.; Michael Portnoy, a teacher from Miami, Florida; Shyra Latiolais, a legal secretary from New Orleans, Louisiana (whose 1-day cash winnings total $20,000).
#7 - Keith Costigan, Andy Walvoord, Allison Jones
Season 2009 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 27, 2009
Allison Jones, a sales consultant from Kennebunk, Maine; Andy Walvoord, an investment banker from Denver, Colorado; Keith Costigan, a teacher from Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania (whose 1-day cash winnings total $14,800). Ask Alex #12: Travel.
#8 - Dan Smith, Annette Meier, Lane Galloway
Season 2009 - Episode 34 - Aired Feb 17, 2009
Lane Galloway, a software development director from Seattle, Washington; Annette Meier, a high school science teacher from Nederland, Texas; Dan Smith, a student from Chicago, Illinois (whose 1-day cash winnings total $33,601).
#9 - Todd Covert, Christina Dudley, Nate Hudac
Season 2008 - Episode 176 - Aired Oct 14, 2008
Nate Hudac, a sixth grade teacher from New Orleans, Louisiana; Christina Dudley, a homemaker, writer, & editor from Bellevue, Washington; Todd Covert, a bookkeeper from Valley Glen, California (whose 1-day cash winnings total $32,401).
#10 - Wayne Cherry, Rob Faunce, Amanda Froning
Season 2007 - Episode 36 - Aired Feb 19, 2007
Amanda Froning, an elections & voter registration clerk from Wilmington, Delaware; Rob Faunce, a professor from New York, New York; Wayne Cherry, a graduate student from Houston, Texas (whose 2-day cash winnings total $41,801).
#11 - Alison Fowler, Doug Hicton, Leigh King
Season 2007 - Episode 60 - Aired Mar 23, 2007
Leigh King, an elementary school librarian from Worcester, Massachusetts; Doug Hicton, a composer originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Alison Fowler, an administrator from Portland, Oregon (whose 1-day cash winnings total $15,400).
#12 - Doug Hicton, Tony Fernandez-Vinas, Ashley Tongret
Season 2007 - Episode 61 - Aired Mar 26, 2007
Ashley Tongret, a historic preservation officer from Fort Thomas, Kentucky; Tony Fernandez-Vinas, a human resources specialist from West Hollywood, California; Doug Hicton, a composer originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada (whose 1-day cash winnings total $24,799).
#13 - Doug Hicton, Khoa Le, Betsy Bangs
Season 2007 - Episode 62 - Aired Mar 27, 2007
Betsy Bangs, a retired art teacher from Fraser, Michigan; Khoa Le, a stock trader from New York, New York; Doug Hicton, a composer originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada (whose 2-day cash winnings total $54,099).
#14 - Doug Hicton, Brendan Pimper, Samantha Ross
Season 2007 - Episode 63 - Aired Mar 28, 2007
Samantha Ross, a student from Hillsdale, New Jersey; Brendan Pimper, an engineer & student from La Habra, California; Doug Hicton, a composer originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada (whose 3-day cash winnings total $84,900).
#15 - Elizabeth McKenna, Kirk Jordan, Susan Christman
Season 2007 - Episode 162 - Aired Sep 25, 2007
Susan Christman, a lawyer from Independence, Virginia; Kirk Jordan, a third grade teacher from Long Beach, California; Elizabeth McKenna, a graduate student & cancer researcher originally from Queens, New York (whose 1-day cash winnings total $5,399).
#16 - Kathy Lisiewicz, Melissa Ahart, Tom Ricketts
Season 2006 - Episode 73 - Aired Apr 12, 2006
Tom Ricketts, a chemical engineer from Halifax, Massachusetts; Melissa Ahart, a librarian originally from Oswego, New York; Kathy Lisiewicz, a project coordinator from Los Angeles, California (whose 1-day cash winnings total $16,200).
#17 - Dan Sander, Audrey Ng, Bill Duncliffe
Season 2006 - Episode 111 - Aired Jun 5, 2006
Bill Duncliffe, a VP of sales from Danvers, Massachusetts; Audrey Ng, an attorney from Honolulu, Hawaii; Dan Sander, a trust officer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada (whose 1-day cash winnings total $20,000).
#18 - Vik Vaz, Josh Danson, Liz Lackey
Season 2005 - Episode 203 - Aired Nov 30, 2005
Liz Lackey, a student from Wayne, New Jersey; Josh Danson, a marketing communications consultant from San Francisco, California; Vik Vaz, a medical student from Austin, Texas (whose 2-day cash winnings total $51,201).
#19 - Vik Vaz, Jenn Carlson, Adam Weinstein
Season 2005 - Episode 204 - Aired Dec 1, 2005
Adam Weinstein, a graduate student from Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Jenn Carlson, a proposal writer from Foxborough, Massachusetts; Vik Vaz, a medical student from Austin, Texas (whose 3-day cash winnings total $72,002).
#20 - Jerry Harvey, Ken Jennings, Julia Lazarus
Season 2004 - Episode 110 - Aired Jun 2, 2004
Julia Lazarus, a fundraiser from New York, New York; Ken Jennings, a software engineer from Salt Lake City, Utah; Jerry Harvey, a freelance educator originally from California, Missouri (whose 2-day cash winnings total $70,002).
#21 - Ken Jennings, Rob Kimbro, Kathi Fry
Season 2004 - Episode 208 - Aired Nov 29, 2004
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).
#22 - Matt Caruso, Chris Espe, Mikalen Howe
Season 2003 - Episode 82 - Aired Apr 24, 2003
Mikalen Howe, a law student from Boston, Massachusetts; Chris Espe, a writer & television extra from Hollywood, California; Matt Caruso, a director of market research from Los Angeles, California (whose 2-day cash winnings total $30,600).
#23 - S28 Teachers Tournament Semifinal Game 1
Season 2012 - Episode 38 - Aired Feb 22, 2012
Lisa Johnston, a fourth & fifth grade reading & religion teacher from East Boston, Massachusetts; Kathryn Wendling, a high school social studies teacher from Farmington, Minnesota; Justin Hofstetter, a sixth & seventh grade language arts & social studies teacher from Kansas City, Missouri.
#24 - S28 Teachers Tournament Semifinal Game 3
Season 2012 - Episode 40 - Aired Feb 24, 2012
Patrick Quinn, a high school German teacher from Chesterfield, Missouri; Catherine Whitten, a high school history teacher from Plano, Texas; Mary Ann Stanley, a high school chemistry & physical science teacher from Statesboro, Georgia.
#25 - Dan Adkison, Mike Garrett, Cindy Vanderbur
Season 2012 - Episode 81 - Aired Apr 23, 2012
Cindy Vanderbur, a health insurance contract specialist from Madison, Indiana; Mike Garrett, a magazine editor from Kamloops, British Columbia; Dan Adkison, a copy editor from Brooklyn, New York (whose 3-day cash winnings total $37,400).