The WORST Episodes of Jeopardy!
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 13, 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 - 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.
#2 - 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.
#3 - 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).
#4 - 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).
#5 - Dave Edwards, Aaron Wicks, Kim Platnick
Season 2010 - Episode 131
Kim Platnick, a school librarian from Dunwoody, Georgia; Aaron Wicks, a planning & evaluation manager from Rochester, New York; Dave Edwards, an architect from Los Angeles, California (whose 1-day cash winnings total $13,001).
#6 - 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).
#7 - 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).
#8 - Matt Hoffer-Hawlik, Neil Sondov, Bonnie Megel
Season 2016 - Episode 135
Bonnie Megel, an administrative assistant from Grinnell, Iowa; Neil Sondov, a psychotherapist from Greenville, South Carolina; Matt Hoffer-Hawlik, an investment banker & strategy consultant from Boston, Massachusetts (whose 1-day cash winnings total $29,601).
#9 - 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).
#10 - 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).
#11 - 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).
#12 - 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.
#13 - 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).
#14 - Liz Maziarz, Sandra McClellan, Eugene Henderson
Season 2010 - Episode 216
Eugene Henderson, a retail assistant manager from San Francisco, California; Sandra McClellan, a granny nanny from Arlington, Texas; Liz Maziarz, an English professor & mom from Seattle, Washington (whose 1-day cash winnings total $18,400).
#15 - Josh Powell, Adam Bibler, Kate Palladino
Season 2010 - Episode 214
Kate Palladino, a middle school librarian from Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania; Adam Bibler, an economist originally from Lancaster, Ohio; Josh Powell, a phone-based health coach from San Diego, California (whose 3-day cash winnings total $26,900).
#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 - 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).
#20 - 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).
#21 - 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).
#22 - Philip Tiu, Geoff Mitelman, Elena Gray-Blanc
Season 2016 - Episode 54
Elena Gray-Blanc, an editor originally from Santa Barbara, California; Geoff Mitelman, a rabbi from Westchester County, New York; Philip Tiu, an educator from Atlanta, Georgia (whose 2-day cash winnings total $71,098).
#23 - Deborah Beams, Elspeth Green, Jim Hope
Season 2017 - Episode 75
Jim Hope, a writer & producer from Tustin, California; Elspeth Green, a graduate student from Princeton, New Jersey; Deborah Beams, a certified public accountant from Dallas, Texas (whose 1-day cash winnings total $22,000).
#24 - Steve Stoffle, Kim Vu, Melissa Spencer
Season 2016 - Episode 57
Melissa Spencer, an adjunct physics instructor & stay-at-home mom from Des Moines, Iowa; Kim Vu, an international development project manager from Washington, D.C.; Steve Stoffle, a leadership trainer from Decatur, Georgia (whose 1-day cash winnings total $17,599).
#25 - Avishai Gebler, Becca Allred, Brian Hamilton
Season 2014 - Episode 226
Brian Hamilton, an attorney from Sacramento, California; Becca Allred, an educator from Orem, Utah; Avishai Gebler, a rabbinical student originally from Sharon, Massachusetts (whose 1-day cash winnings total $25,200).