The Worst Episodes of Jeopardy!

Last Updated: Feb 3, 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!?”

Kristin Sausville, Brad King, Stephanie Hull

#1 - Kristin Sausville, Brad King, Stephanie Hull

Season 2015 - Episode 51

Stephanie Hull, a graduate student of philosophy from Columbia, Missouri; Brad King, an automotive engineer from Hartland, Michigan; Kristin Sausville, a stay-at-home mom from Newark, Delaware (whose 1-day cash winnings total $24,801).

star 2.00
1 votes
Matt Preston, Lily Gebrenegus, Lisa Kristina

#2 - 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).

star 2.00
1 votes
Pam Jones-Pigott, Laura Spadanuta, Jesse Cuevas

#3 - Pam Jones-Pigott, Laura Spadanuta, Jesse Cuevas

Season 2010 - Episode 183

Jesse Cuevas, a corporate lawyer originally from Leawood, Kansas; Laura Spadanuta, a trade magazine reporter & editor originally from Floral Park, New York; Pam Jones-Pigott, a farmers' market coordinator from Pflugerville, Texas (whose 1-day cash winnings total $16,800).

star 3.00
1 votes
Don Meals, Mike Hodel, Sarah Rabin Spira

#4 - 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).

star 5.00
1 votes
Josh Powell, Rich Zayatz, Jamie O'Hagin

#5 - Josh Powell, Rich Zayatz, Jamie O'Hagin

Season 2010 - Episode 213

Jamie O'Hagin, a museum education coordinator from Center Tuftonboro, New Hampshire; Rich Zayatz, an emergency police dispatcher from Asheville, North Carolina; Josh Powell, a phone-based health coach from San Diego, California (whose 2-day cash winnings total $12,500).

star 5.00
1 votes
Dave Belote, Jove Graham, Sarah Weinschenk

#6 - Dave Belote, Jove Graham, Sarah Weinschenk

Season 2009 - Episode 210

Sarah Weinschenk, a middle school Latin teacher from San Luis Obispo, California; Jove Graham, a biomedical engineer from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; Dave Belote, the base commander from Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas (whose 5-day cash winnings total $134,801).

star 5.00
1 votes
Chris Hurt, Laura Kohlenberg, Alex Jacob

#7 - Chris Hurt, Laura Kohlenberg, Alex Jacob

Season 2015 - Episode 72

Alex Jacob, a currency trader from Chicago, Illinois; Laura Kohlenberg, a global talent management associate originally from Pemberville, Ohio; Chris Hurt, an actor & grants analyst from New York, New York (whose 1-day cash winnings total $30,801).

star 5.00
1 votes
Thea Lawton, Vivek Ravishanker, Denver Wade

#8 - Thea Lawton, Vivek Ravishanker, Denver Wade

Season 2016 - Episode 188

Denver Wade, an English teacher from Westfield, Indiana; Vivek Ravishanker, a freelance consultant from Higganum, Connecticut; Thea Lawton, a nonprofit resource development specialist from Anchorage, Alaska (whose 1-day cash winnings total $24,400).

star 5.00
1 votes
S34 Tournament of Champions Quarterfinal Game 3

#9 - S34 Tournament of Champions Quarterfinal Game 3

Season 2017 - Episode 193

David Clemmons, an 11th grade U.S. history teacher in Keller, Texas from Fort Worth, Texas; Alan Lin, a software engineer from Riverside, California; Austin Rogers, a bartender from New York, New York.

star 5.20
5 votes
Pam Platt, Jason George, Katie Pieper

#10 - Pam Platt, Jason George, Katie Pieper

Season 2016 - Episode 137

Katie Pieper, a Ph.D. student from Athens, Georgia; Jason George, a management consultant originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Pam Platt, a writer & editor from Louisville, Kentucky (whose 1-day cash winnings total $27,600).

star 5.50
2 votes
Dylan Hamilton, Andrew Miller, Adriana Ciccone

#11 - 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).

star 5.75
4 votes
S31 Teachers Tournament Quarterfinal Game 2

#12 - S31 Teachers Tournament Quarterfinal Game 2

Season 2015 - Episode 24

Michael Jones, a middle school special education teacher from Madison, Wisconsin; Cathy Farrell, a high school science teacher from Wyandotte, Michigan; Lydia Cuffman, a high school history teacher from Redwood City, California.

star 6.00
1 votes
Kerry Greene, Jan Schwartzberg, Evan Bick

#13 - Kerry Greene, Jan Schwartzberg, Evan Bick

Season 2015 - Episode 69

Evan Bick, a graduate student in psychology from Cambridge, Massachusetts; Jan Schwartzberg, an information manager from Ithaca, New York; Kerry Greene, a volunteer guardian ad litem from Manchester, New Hampshire (whose 4-day cash winnings total $89,600).

star 6.00
2 votes
Greg Seroka, Valerie Braun, Robert Sale

#14 - 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).

star 6.00
2 votes
Sacha Samotin, Donna Normington, Matt Pressman

#15 - Sacha Samotin, Donna Normington, Matt Pressman

Season 2015 - Episode 124

Matt Pressman, a graduate student in history from Somerville, Massachusetts; Donna Normington, an office manager from Mesa, Arizona; Sacha Samotin, a student from Naples, Florida (whose 1-day cash winnings total $19,600).

star 6.00
1 votes
Jess Lindoerfer, Sawyer Morgan, Bridget Ker

#16 - Jess Lindoerfer, Sawyer Morgan, Bridget Ker

Season 2015 - Episode 134

Bridget Ker, a museum professional from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Sawyer Morgan, an engineering student originally from Fishers, Indiana; Jess Lindoerfer, a study-abroad program manager from Putney, Vermont (whose 1-day cash winnings total $17,801).

star 6.00
1 votes
Jenny Thorngate, Kathy Riley, Heather Melançon

#17 - Jenny Thorngate, Kathy Riley, Heather Melançon

Season 2015 - Episode 136

Heather Melançon, a program analyst originally from Elk Grove, Illinois; Kathy Riley, a retired college professor from Winter Haven, Florida; Jenny Thorngate, a chemist from Madison, Wisconsin (whose 1-day cash winnings total $22,001).

star 6.00
1 votes
Chris Becker, Manisha Parekh, Zach Binney

#18 - 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).

star 6.00
3 votes
Hunter Appler, Peggy Szymeczek, Mark Adams

#19 - Hunter Appler, Peggy Szymeczek, Mark Adams

Season 2016 - Episode 115

Mark Adams, a health benefits advisor from Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Peggy Szymeczek, a retired civil servant from Gilbert, Arizona; Hunter Appler, an attorney originally from Mount Airy, North Carolina (whose 1-day cash winnings total $24,801).

star 6.00
2 votes
TJ Bateman, Matt Hoffer-Hawlik, Emily Hillard

#20 - TJ Bateman, Matt Hoffer-Hawlik, Emily Hillard

Season 2016 - Episode 134

Emily Hillard, a systems coordinator from Evansville, Indiana; Matt Hoffer-Hawlik, an investment banker & strategy consultant from Boston, Massachusetts; TJ Bateman, a software Q.A. lead from Charlottesville, Virginia (whose 1-day cash winnings total $5,199).

star 6.00
2 votes
Rob Liguori, Trish Floyd, Jeff Brown

#21 - Rob Liguori, Trish Floyd, Jeff Brown

Season 2017 - Episode 45

Jeff Brown, a grant writer from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; Trish Floyd, an actuary from Chicago, Illinois; Rob Liguori, a research editor from Brooklyn, New York (whose 3-day cash winnings total $58,601).

star 6.00
5 votes
Hannah McIntyre, Jill Hurtt, Dhruv Srinivasachar

#22 - Hannah McIntyre, Jill Hurtt, Dhruv Srinivasachar

Season 2018 - Episode 184

Dhruv Srinivasachar, a medical & doctoral student from Richmond, Virginia; Jill Hurtt, a teacher & librarian from Hemingford, Nebraska; Hannah McIntyre, an author from Whistler, British Columbia, Canada (whose 1-day cash winnings total $20,200).

star 6.00
6 votes
Julia Lee, Jon Frank, Thea Lawton

#23 - Julia Lee, Jon Frank, Thea Lawton

Season 2016 - Episode 187

Thea Lawton, a nonprofit resource development specialist from Anchorage, Alaska; Jon Frank, a director of marketing & corporate relationships from Washington, D.C.; Julia Lee, a pharmacy student from San Bruno, California (whose 1-day cash winnings total $6,599).

star 6.25
4 votes
Jenny Wrigley, Monica Ashar, Kelvin Smith

#24 - Jenny Wrigley, Monica Ashar, Kelvin Smith

Season 2017 - Episode 189

Kelvin Smith, a Ph.D. student from Birmingham, Alabama; Monica Ashar, an attorney from Washington, D.C.; Jenny Wrigley, a yoga instructor from Olive Branch, Mississippi (whose 1-day cash winnings total $22,401).

star 6.25
4 votes
Nan Bauer, Erica Irving, Phil Kohn

#25 - Nan Bauer, Erica Irving, Phil Kohn

Season 2017 - Episode 184

Phil Kohn, a retired engineer from Colonia, New Jersey; Erica Irving, a web developer from Washington, D.C.; Nan Bauer, a writer from Brooklyn, Michigan (whose 3-day cash winnings total $36,601).

star 6.29
7 votes