The WORST Episodes of Jeopardy!

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2020

Network: Syndication

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!?”

Marianne Fichtel, Ingrid Nelson, Mark Winslett

#1 - Marianne Fichtel, Ingrid Nelson, Mark Winslett

Season 2009 - Episode 122 - Aired Jun 19, 2009

Mark Winslett, a school psychologist from Fort Worth, Texas; Ingrid Nelson, a judicial assistant from Lake Mills, Wisconsin; Marianne Fichtel, an investor relations manager from Brooklyn, New York (whose 2-day cash winnings total $24,888).

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Francois Dominic Laramée, Anthony Ambrogi, Marianne Fichtel

#2 - Francois Dominic Laramée, Anthony Ambrogi, Marianne Fichtel

Season 2009 - Episode 120 - Aired Jun 17, 2009

Marianne Fichtel, an investor relations manager from Brooklyn, New York; Anthony Ambrogi, a college admissions director from Richmond, Virginia; Francois Dominic Laramée, a writer & TV personality from Verdun, Quebec, Canada (whose 2-day cash winnings total $46,300). Ask Alex #21: Animal.

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Francois Dominic Laramée, Travis Shaw, Ellen Brown

#3 - Francois Dominic Laramée, Travis Shaw, Ellen Brown

Season 2009 - Episode 119 - Aired Jun 16, 2009

Ellen Brown, a hospice medical director from Palo Alto, California; Travis Shaw, a historical interpreter from Walkersville, Maryland; Francois Dominic Laramée, a writer & TV personality from Verdun, Quebec, Canada (whose 1-day cash winnings total $19,000). Champion Update #5: Brad Rutter.

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Terry Linwood, Nathan Murphy, Tammy Queen

#4 - Terry Linwood, Nathan Murphy, Tammy Queen

Season 2009 - Episode 167 - Aired Oct 9, 2009

Tammy Queen, a high school English teacher from Adairsville, Georgia; Nathan Murphy, a flight controls engineer from Mountlake Terrace, Washington; Terry Linwood, a bookseller from Plano, Texas (whose 1-day cash winnings total $24,001).

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S26 Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Quarterfinal Game 2

#5 - S26 Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Quarterfinal Game 2

Season 2009 - Episode 171 - Aired Oct 15, 2009

Michael McKean, a Grammy winner, Oscar nominee & multi-talented performer from Hairspray & The Pajama Game; Soledad O'Brien, an anchor & special correspondent from CNN's Special Investigations Unit; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a Basketball Hall of Famer & all-time leading scorer from the NBA.

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Terry Linwood, Kevin Wilson, Evelyn Beddow

#6 - Terry Linwood, Kevin Wilson, Evelyn Beddow

Season 2009 - Episode 172 - Aired Oct 16, 2009

Evelyn Beddow, a stay-at-home mom from Weston, Florida; Kevin Wilson, a communications specialist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Terry Linwood, a bookseller from Plano, Texas (whose 5-day cash winnings total $122,705).

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Noam Osband, Genevieve Sheehan, Terry Linwood

#7 - Noam Osband, Genevieve Sheehan, Terry Linwood

Season 2009 - Episode 166 - Aired Oct 8, 2009

Terry Linwood, a bookseller from Plano, Texas; Genevieve Sheehan, a private equity professional from Boston, Massachusetts; Noam Osband, a Ph.D. student in anthropology from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (whose 1-day cash winnings total $25,799).

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Kevin Wilson, Matt Blackwood, Valerie Vicroy

#8 - Kevin Wilson, Matt Blackwood, Valerie Vicroy

Season 2009 - Episode 173 - Aired Oct 19, 2009

Valerie Vicroy, a caterer from Pismo Beach, California; Matt Blackwood, a middle school math teacher from Gulfport, Mississippi; Kevin Wilson, a communications specialist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (whose 1-day cash winnings total $31,199).

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Kevin Wilson, Debra Grehn, Dave Castanien

#9 - Kevin Wilson, Debra Grehn, Dave Castanien

Season 2009 - Episode 174 - Aired Oct 20, 2009

Dave Castanien, a graphic artist originally from Detroit, Michigan; Debra Grehn, a stay-at-home mom from West Hartford, Connecticut; Kevin Wilson, a communications specialist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (whose 2-day cash winnings total $50,999).

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Kevin Wilson, Jen McFann, George Long

#10 - Kevin Wilson, Jen McFann, George Long

Season 2009 - Episode 175 - Aired Oct 21, 2009

George Long, an attorney from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Jen McFann, a Peace Corps recruiter from Astoria, New York; Kevin Wilson, a communications specialist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (whose 3-day cash winnings total $76,998).

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Jen McFann, Paul Christiansen, Randie Kim

#11 - Jen McFann, Paul Christiansen, Randie Kim

Season 2009 - Episode 176 - Aired Oct 22, 2009

Randie Kim, a medical student from Elk Grove, California; Paul Christiansen, a music professor from Portland, Maine; Jen McFann, a Peace Corps recruiter from Astoria, New York (whose 1-day cash winnings total $19,410).

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Randie Kim, Johnny Forrest, Jaime Mahoney

#12 - Randie Kim, Johnny Forrest, Jaime Mahoney

Season 2009 - Episode 177 - Aired Oct 23, 2009

Jaime Mahoney, a magazine editor from Gaithersburg, Maryland; Johnny Forrest, a patent agent from Washington, D.C.; Randie Kim, a medical student from Elk Grove, California (whose 1-day cash winnings total $23,201).

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Johnny Forrest, Christine Valada, Justin Gilbert

#13 - Johnny Forrest, Christine Valada, Justin Gilbert

Season 2009 - Episode 178 - Aired Oct 26, 2009

Justin Gilbert, a gelato maker from Louisville, Kentucky; Christine Valada, a photographer & attorney originally from Walton, New York; Johnny Forrest, a patent agent from Washington, D.C. (whose 1-day cash winnings total $20,001).

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Christine Valada, Jamison Hedin, Imran Arif Maskatia

#14 - Christine Valada, Jamison Hedin, Imran Arif Maskatia

Season 2009 - Episode 179 - Aired Oct 27, 2009

Imran Arif Maskatia, an engineering manager from Hayward, California; Jamison Hedin, a high school librarian from Chicopee, Massachusetts; Christine Valada, a photographer & attorney originally from Walton, New York (whose 1-day cash winnings total $15,201).

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Christine Valada, William English, Jennifer Cutshall

#15 - Christine Valada, William English, Jennifer Cutshall

Season 2009 - Episode 180 - Aired Oct 28, 2009

Jennifer Cutshall, a gaming management student from Las Vegas, Nevada; William English, an overnight grocery stocker from Mobile, Alabama; Christine Valada, a photographer & attorney originally from Walton, New York (whose 2-day cash winnings total $36,202).

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Christine Valada, Ed Perez-Giz, Sara Kniffen

#16 - Christine Valada, Ed Perez-Giz, Sara Kniffen

Season 2009 - Episode 181 - Aired Oct 29, 2009

Sara Kniffen, a graduate student from Vermillion, South Dakota; Ed Perez-Giz, a tutor from New York, New York; Christine Valada, a photographer & attorney originally from Walton, New York (whose 3-day cash winnings total $54,403).

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Christine Valada, Roopa Kalyanaraman Marcello, Chris Rodrigues

#17 - Christine Valada, Roopa Kalyanaraman Marcello, Chris Rodrigues

Season 2009 - Episode 182 - Aired Oct 30, 2009

Chris Rodrigues, a personal banking representative from New Bedford, Massachusetts; Roopa Kalyanaraman Marcello, a public health professional from Brooklyn, New York; Christine Valada, a photographer & attorney originally from Walton, New York (whose 4-day cash winnings total $68,703).

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S26 Teen Tournament Quarterfinal Game 1

#18 - S26 Teen Tournament Quarterfinal Game 1

Season 2009 - Episode 183 - Aired Nov 2, 2009

Emily Lever, a junior from Chevy Chase, Maryland; Bonny Jain, a senior from Moline, Illinois; Will Dantzler, a senior from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

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S26 Teen Tournament Quarterfinal Game 2

#19 - S26 Teen Tournament Quarterfinal Game 2

Season 2009 - Episode 184 - Aired Nov 3, 2009

Kennedy Stomps, a junior from St. Louis, Missouri; Samantha Reback, a sophomore from Bethesda, Maryland; Zach Blumenfeld, a junior from Lincolnshire, Illinois.

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S26 Teen Tournament Quarterfinal Game 3

#20 - S26 Teen Tournament Quarterfinal Game 3

Season 2009 - Episode 185 - Aired Nov 4, 2009

Forrest Sturgill, a senior from Kingsport, Tennessee; Lindsay Oxx, a senior from Longmeadow, Massachusetts; Gabriel Johnson, a senior from Teaneck, New Jersey.

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S26 Teen Tournament Quarterfinal Game 4

#21 - S26 Teen Tournament Quarterfinal Game 4

Season 2009 - Episode 186 - Aired Nov 5, 2009

Rachel Rothenberg, a senior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Aidan Mehigan, a sophomore from McLean, Virginia; Solomon Howard, a freshman from St. Petersburg, Florida.

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S26 Teen Tournament Quarterfinal Game 5

#22 - S26 Teen Tournament Quarterfinal Game 5

Season 2009 - Episode 187 - Aired Nov 6, 2009

Stephanie Radke, a senior from McLean, Virginia; Gabe Orlet, a senior from Belleville, Illinois; Hema Karunakaram, a senior from Saline, Michigan.

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S26 Teen Tournament Semifinal Game 1

#23 - S26 Teen Tournament Semifinal Game 1

Season 2009 - Episode 188 - Aired Nov 9, 2009

Hema Karunakaram, a senior from Saline, Michigan; Aidan Mehigan, a sophomore from McLean, Virginia; Zach Blumenfeld, a junior from Lincolnshire, Illinois.

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S26 Teen Tournament Semifinal Game 2

#24 - S26 Teen Tournament Semifinal Game 2

Season 2009 - Episode 189 - Aired Nov 10, 2009

Solomon Howard, a freshman from St. Petersburg, Florida; Will Dantzler, a senior from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; Gabriel Johnson, a senior from Teaneck, New Jersey.

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S26 Teen Tournament Semifinal Game 3

#25 - S26 Teen Tournament Semifinal Game 3

Season 2009 - Episode 190 - Aired Nov 11, 2009

Rachel Rothenberg, a senior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Gabe Orlet, a senior from Belleville, Illinois; Lindsay Oxx, a senior from Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

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