5 Shocking Facts You Didn't Know About Jeopardy!

On March 30, 1964, the world saw the first episode of Jeopardy! This show has turned into one of the most popular game shows ever, and in its current version, it is one of the longest-running. Here are 5 shocking facts you many not know about Jeopardy!


It Was Not The First Game Show To Give The Answers And Ask For The Questions Contestants on Jeopardy! are tasked with coming up with questions to the answers provided by the host. But it wasn't actually the first game show with this premise. CBS aired the first ever live TV quiz show, named CBS Television Quiz, from 1941 to 1942.  No recordings or images remain from the broadcasts, but the format was similar to Jeopardy! with host Gil Fates providing answers and asking contestants to provide the matching questions.

The Odds Of A Three-Way Tie Are One In 25 million. It Happened Once. March 16, 2007, was a day for the record books. For the first time in the show's history, Jeopardy! concluded with each of the three contestants having exactly the same winnings - $16,000.  At the end of the episode, Alex Trebek invited all 3 contestants back the next day. CBS Television Distribution, which syndicates the show for Sony Pictures claims a statistician they hired calculated the odds of a three-way tie on the show as one in 25 million.    


John McCain Was A One-Day Champion In 1965 Future Arizona Senator John McCain was featured on Jeopardy! in 1965. He won on his first appearance but ended up losing in Final Jeopardy on his second day. The loss came after incorrectly asking, "What is Wuthering Heights?" in response to the question, "Cathy loved him but married Edgar Linton instead." He could only remember the name of the book rather than the name of the character.

The Jeopardy! Theme Song is Called "Think!" Few TV theme songs are as well-known and catchy as the one on Jeopardy! The song is aptly named "Think!" and was composed by series creator Merv Griffin. He released multiple albums over the years and created additional pieces for Jeopardy! including "January, February, March" and "Frisco Disco." It is estimated that Griffin has earned an astounding $70 million in royalties from "Think!"

Jeopardy! Has Been Featured In A Handful Of Television Sitcoms TV shows like Cheers and Mama's Family featured episodes in which the characters appeared on Jeopardy! In 1988, Mama's Family aired an episode that featured Thelma Harper winning a trip to Hawaii after finishing runner-up. Two years later, everyone's favorite Cheers mailman plays his favorite game when Jeopardy! comes to Boston in "What is... Cliff Clavin?"