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!?”

Elza Reeves, Brian Levinson, Rebecca Molloy

#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).

star 1.00
1 votes
S30 College Championship Quarterfinal Game 3

#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.

star 1.00
1 votes
S11 Teen Tournament Final Game 1

#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.

star 1.00
1 votes
Alex Irvine, Elsa Angrist, Jon Lubin

#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).

star 1.00
1 votes
Matt Preston, Lily Gebrenegus, Lisa Kristina

#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).

star 2.00
1 votes
Dave Belote, Chris D'Orso, Sheryl Silverstein

#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).

star 3.00
1 votes
Matthew Church, Curtis Morales, Varun Shekhar

#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).

star 4.00
1 votes
Kerry Greene, Travis Miscia, Kaya Chua

#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).

star 4.00
1 votes
Don Meals, Mike Hodel, Sarah Rabin Spira

#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).

star 5.00
1 votes
Charlie Penrod, Tom Zamojcin, Allie Hagan

#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).

star 5.00
1 votes
Susan Jann, Kevin Moser, Joe Emison

#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).

star 5.00
1 votes
Bobby Padgett, Maggie Bruen, Adam Brosius

#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).

star 5.00
1 votes
Liz Haigney Lynch, David Sena, Christopher Denault

#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).

star 5.00
1 votes
Arthur Chu, Carolyn Collins, Maura McKenna

#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).

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

#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).

star 5.75
4 votes
Molly Lalonde, Cindy Summers, Jason Raffile

#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).

star 6.00
1 votes
Ryan Alley, Eileen Dreyer, Allison Solomon

#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).

star 6.00
1 votes
Vaughn Winchell, Mike Blaha, Elliot Yates

#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).

star 6.00
1 votes
John Schultz, Joshua Qualls, Cyndi Pruss

#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).

star 6.00
2 votes
Jacqueline Hawkins, Laura Weiner, Al Cho

#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).

star 6.00
2 votes
Alex Jacob, Carlos Capellan, Kathy Callahan

#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).

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

#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).

star 6.00
2 votes
Scott Ylinen, Jen Stoy, Dan Green

#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).

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

#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).

star 6.00
3 votes
Eric R. Backes, Amanda Holm, Mark Smith

#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).

star 6.00
1 votes