The Worst 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 - Elza Reeves, Brian Levinson, Rebecca Molloy
Season 2008 - Episode 162
Rebecca Molloy, an attorney from St. Paul, Minnesota; Brian Levinson, a writer from Queens, New York; Elza Reeves, a bank teller from Louisville, Kentucky (whose 1-day cash winnings total $16,400).
#2 - S30 College Championship Quarterfinal Game 3
Season 2014 - Episode 31
Kevin Shen, a junior from the University of California, Berkeley from Cupertino, California; Terry O'Shea, a sophomore at Princeton University from Bridgewater, New Jersey; Kenesha Bennett, a senior from Oakwood University from Huntsville, Alabama.
#3 - S11 Teen Tournament Final Game 1
Season 1995 - Episode 34
Deborah Sager, a senior from Reston, Virginia; Matt Zielenski, a junior from Broadview Heights, Ohio; Susannah Batko-Yovino, a junior from Altoona, Pennsylvania.
#4 - Alex Irvine, Elsa Angrist, Jon Lubin
Season 2015 - Episode 131
Jon Lubin, an attorney originally from Stony Brook, New York; Elsa Angrist, a retired computer consultant from Arlington, Virginia; Alex Irvine, a writer originally from Ypsilanti, Michigan (whose 1-day cash winnings total $26,000).
#5 - Matt Preston, Lily Gebrenegus, Lisa Kristina
Season 2017 - Episode 209
Lisa Kristina, a freelance musician from Chicago Heights, Illinois; Lily Gebrenegus, an accounting manager from Seattle, Washington; Matt Preston, an assets protection leader from Harvest, Alabama (whose 2-day cash winnings total $25,998).
#6 - Dave Belote, Chris D'Orso, Sheryl Silverstein
Season 2009 - Episode 207
Sheryl Silverstein, a patent attorney from Encinitas, California; Chris D'Orso, an assistant director of admissions from Sound Beach, New York; Dave Belote, the base commander from Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas (whose 2-day cash winnings total $60,600).
#7 - Matthew Church, Curtis Morales, Varun Shekhar
Season 2013 - Episode 222
Varun Shekhar, a graduate student in engineering & law from Northville, Michigan; Curtis Morales, an analytics engineer from Washington, D.C.; Matthew Church, a medical student from Prince George, British Columbia, Canada (whose 2-day cash winnings total $29,000).
#8 - Kerry Greene, Travis Miscia, Kaya Chua
Season 2015 - Episode 70
Kaya Chua, a technology consultant from Chula Vista, California; Travis Miscia, an attorney from Jersey City, New Jersey; Kerry Greene, a volunteer guardian ad litem from Manchester, New Hampshire (whose 5-day cash winnings total $126,598).
#9 - Don Meals, Mike Hodel, Sarah Rabin Spira
Season 2010 - Episode 170
Sarah Rabin Spira, a preschool director from Washington, D.C.; Mike Hodel, a bartender from Bellingham, Washington; Don Meals, an environmental scientist from Burlington, Vermont (whose 3-day cash winnings total $42,599).
#10 - Charlie Penrod, Tom Zamojcin, Allie Hagan
Season 2010 - Episode 208
Allie Hagan, an education policy consultant from Washington, D.C.; Tom Zamojcin, a digital marketing manager from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania; Charlie Penrod, an assistant professor of law from Natchitoches, Louisiana (whose 1-day cash winnings total $17,000).
#11 - Susan Jann, Kevin Moser, Joe Emison
Season 2012 - Episode 222
Joe Emison, a chief technology officer from Asheville, North Carolina; Kevin Moser, an attorney from Fort Wright, Kentucky; Susan Jann, an operations coordinator from Bristol, Pennsylvania (whose 1-day cash winnings total $22,800).
#12 - Bobby Padgett, Maggie Bruen, Adam Brosius
Season 2002 - Episode 58
Adam Brosius, an environmental consultant from Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Maggie Bruen, a teacher from Hoboken, New Jersey; Bobby Padgett, an analytical chemist from Cramerton, North Carolina (whose 1-day cash winnings total $0).
#13 - Liz Haigney Lynch, David Sena, Christopher Denault
Season 2016 - Episode 121
Christopher Denault, a wedding videographer & stay-at-home dad from Carol Stream, Illinois; David Sena, a public interest attorney originally from Claremont, California; Liz Haigney Lynch, a freelance writer & genealogist from Montclair, New Jersey (whose 1-day cash winnings total $28,500).
#14 - Arthur Chu, Carolyn Collins, Maura McKenna
Season 2014 - Episode 22
Maura McKenna, a legal technology consultant from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Carolyn Collins, an education program manager from Washington, D.C. (whose 1-day cash winnings total $26,800); Arthur Chu, a compliance analyst & voiceover artist from Broadview Heights, Ohio (whose 2-day cash winnings total $64,000).
#15 - Dylan Hamilton, Andrew Miller, Adriana Ciccone
Season 2018 - Episode 208
Adriana Ciccone, a data scientist from San Francisco, California; Andrew Miller, a law clerk from Chicago, Illinois; Dylan Hamilton, a pediatric dentist from Durham, North Carolina (whose 2-day cash winnings total $25,598).
#16 - Molly Lalonde, Cindy Summers, Jason Raffile
Season 2014 - Episode 115
Jason Raffile, a restaurant manager originally from Meriden, Connecticut; Cindy Summers, a pharmacist from Clarksville, Tennessee; Molly Lalonde, a pediatric nurse practitioner student from Nashville, Tennessee (whose 3-day cash winnings total $38,500).
#17 - Ryan Alley, Eileen Dreyer, Allison Solomon
Season 2014 - Episode 187
Allison Solomon, a management consultant originally from Brooksville, Florida; Eileen Dreyer, an author from St. Louis, Missouri; Ryan Alley, a patent attorney from Alexandria, Virginia (whose 1-day cash winnings total $19,600).
#18 - Vaughn Winchell, Mike Blaha, Elliot Yates
Season 2015 - Episode 2
Elliot Yates, an opera producer from New York, New York; Mike Blaha, an attorney originally from Homestead, Florida; Vaughn Winchell, a stay-at-home dad & graduate student from Columbia, Maryland (whose 5-day cash winnings total $103,103).
#19 - John Schultz, Joshua Qualls, Cyndi Pruss
Season 2015 - Episode 10
Cyndi Pruss, a biochemist from Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Joshua Qualls, a theoretical physicist from Lexington, Kentucky; John Schultz, a computer programmer from Ann Arbor, Michigan (whose 4-day cash winnings total $85,000).
#20 - Jacqueline Hawkins, Laura Weiner, Al Cho
Season 2015 - Episode 61
Al Cho, a corporate strategist originally from Tempe, Arizona; Laura Weiner, a customer service representaive from Quincy, Massachusetts; Jacqueline Hawkins, an English professor from Louisville, Kentucky (whose 1-day cash winnings total $23,300).
#21 - Alex Jacob, Carlos Capellan, Kathy Callahan
Season 2015 - Episode 73
Kathy Callahan, a student, volunteer & happy retiree from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Carlos Capellan, an IT manager from Queens, New York; Alex Jacob, a currency trader from Chicago, Illinois (whose 1-day cash winnings total $23,200).
#22 - Greg Seroka, Valerie Braun, Robert Sale
Season 2015 - Episode 86
Robert Sale, a government relations liaison from Washington, D.C.; Valerie Braun, a homemaker from Cincinnati, Ohio; Greg Seroka, a chef from Steamboat Springs, Colorado (whose 5-day cash winnings total $133,200).
#23 - Scott Ylinen, Jen Stoy, Dan Green
Season 2015 - Episode 89
Dan Green, an administrative specialist from Orland, California; Jen Stoy, a technical writer from Hyattsville, Maryland; Scott Ylinen, a draftsman & college student from Morgantown, West Virginia (whose 1-day cash winnings total $22,505).
#24 - Chris Becker, Manisha Parekh, Zach Binney
Season 2016 - Episode 33
Zach Binney, a Ph.D. student & football analyst from Atlanta, Georgia; Manisha Parekh, a clinical psychologist from Charlotte, North Carolina; Chris Becker, a bus driver & trainer from Orlando, Florida (whose 2-day cash winnings total $27,798).
#25 - Eric R. Backes, Amanda Holm, Mark Smith
Season 2019 - Episode 34
Mark Smith, an environmental scientist from Salem, Ohio; Amanda Holm, a project manager from Livonia, Michigan; Eric R. Backes, an attorney & government relations professional from Round Rock, Texas (whose 4-day cash winnings total $105,602).