The WORST Episodes of Jeopardy!
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Aug 14, 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 - 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).
#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 - 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, Tom Imler, Pat Kavanaugh
Season 2015 - Episode 67
Pat Kavanaugh, a marketing content manager from Chicago, Illinois; Tom Imler, a data repair technician from Cary, North Carolina; Kerry Greene, a volunteer guardian ad litem from Manchester, New Hampshire (whose 2-day cash winnings total $42,802).
#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 - 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 - 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 - S32 College Championship Semifinal Game 2
Season 2016 - Episode 28
Hannah Norem, a sophomore from Augustana University from Houston, Texas; Sam Deutsch, a junior at the University of Southern California from Bethesda, Maryland; Emily Bingham, a senior at Wright State University from Dayton, Ohio.
#13 - 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).
#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 - 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).
#16 - 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).
#17 - Max Levaren, Joanne Daley, Ben Dufour
Season 2003 - Episode 48
Ben Dufour, a credit specialist from Old Orchard Beach, Maine; Joanne Daley, a public defender from New York City, New York; Max Levaren, a personal success coach from San Diego, California (whose 2-day cash winnings total $31,400).
#18 - 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).
#19 - 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).
#20 - 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).
#21 - 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).
#22 - 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).
#23 - 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).
#24 - Fred Vaughn, Steven Wolfe, Adrien Schless-Meier
Season 2016 - Episode 17
Adrien Schless-Meier, a philanthropist from Washington, D.C.; Steven Wolfe, a lifeguard from Laguna Hills, California; Fred Vaughn, an Internet operations technician from Mineral Point, Wisconsin (whose 1-day cash winnings total $16,000).
#25 - S32 College Championship Quarterfinal Game 4
Season 2016 - Episode 25
Gus Woythaler, a senior at Stanford University from Encino, California; Hannah Norem, a sophomore from Augustana University from Houston, Texas; Sarah Dubnik, a senior at the University of Pittsburgh from Jamison, Pennsylvania.