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When did "Jeopardy!" become "Jeopardy! for Dummies!"

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#1 of 282 OFFLINE   Jason L.

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Posted July 03 2001 - 12:09 PM

Since the addition of my Replay TV, I have been recording this show as it comes on twice a day here in Dallas. The thing that strikes me as I get back into watching the show for the first time in a while is how much easier they have made the show today. The show is almost a joke. They have tried to broaden its appeal, but in my mind The Weakest Link is a better trivia game show. Some points: 1. The categories are too tricked up. You used to have "normal" categories like: "The Bible", "British History", "Authors", etc - but now they are trying to be cool with their play on words and ambigous categories. It ain't working. 2. Only the [$400,$500] and [$800,$1000] are even moderately tough. On the others you can see that all of the contestants know the question, and whoever is lucky enough to ring in gets a softball of a question. Boring. 3. They need to start upping the prize money. This show hasn't kept up with inflation since the 80's. Compared with Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and Weakest Link this show is cheap, cheap, cheap.

#2 of 282 OFFLINE   BryanZ



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Posted July 03 2001 - 12:15 PM

Is Jeopardy about the prestege or the money?

#3 of 282 OFFLINE   Ross Williams

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Posted July 03 2001 - 12:45 PM

The questions are still way harder then most of the questions asked on the pseudo quiz show, "Who wants to be a Millionare?"

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#4 of 282 OFFLINE   Alex-C



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Posted July 03 2001 - 02:45 PM

I've been a big Jeopardy fan since the 80s and I'd have to agree with you. It seems lately they have made it much goofier and much easier. I have been getting a lot of final jeopardy and $800 and $1000 questions correct lately and I am not THAT smart ("don't kid yourself, you're a terrific slouch"-Fletch).

And they should bump those dollar amounts up. Its about time !

Has anyone else noticed the number of 5 time champions lately. They all seem to be 5 timers and why "in the name of all that is Holy" (-Better Off Dead) do the 5 timers always pick the two camaros ??? (dont answer that).

Anyway, after that little bickering thing between Alex T. and Regis P., I think they re-tooled Jepoardy to appeal to more people.

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#5 of 282 OFFLINE   Jeff Kleist

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Posted July 03 2001 - 03:33 PM

Watch "Win Ben Stein's Money". The questions are HARD, and the top prize is only $5000. PLus it's funny (too bad no more Jimmy Kimmel Posted Image )

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#6 of 282 OFFLINE   Brian Perry

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Posted July 03 2001 - 08:09 PM

("don't kid yourself, you're a terrific slouch"-Fletch).[/quote]

You mean Ty Webb (Caddyshack) Posted Image

I also think the prize money should be increased, although there is a difference between a daytime game show and prime time. Once when I had nothing better to do, I calculated the theoretical maximum Jeopardy payout to be $299,200.

This maximum assumes:

1. You answer every question correctly.
2. Each daily double is on the lowest dollar value ($100 in the first round and twice on $200 in the second round).
3. The daily double is the last question of the first round and the last two questions of the second round.
4. You bet your entire amount on the daily doubles and on Final Jeopardy.

It would take major luck and knowledge (and stones) to do this, but wouldn't it be cool?

#7 of 282 OFFLINE   Joe D

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Posted July 03 2001 - 09:50 PM

Ya, Win Ben Steins Money is hard, frigging hard. I've watched it here and there and I've been pretty much stumped the entire program. Whereas on Jeopardy, I get some right. ------------------ Joe Dahlen "Take hold of the flame, you've got nothing to lose, but everything to gain."

#8 of 282 OFFLINE   Kim Donald

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Posted July 04 2001 - 12:24 AM

Living out of the US "Ben Steins Money" is the only game show I miss being able to watch. I agree Jeopardy became much easier. kd

#9 of 282 OFFLINE   Howard Williams

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Posted July 04 2001 - 07:33 AM

I remember watching Jeopardy as a kid. My father knew almost every answer. I thought he was a genius and he was. My father is very very smart. He was a super crossword puzzle dude. That's where he gained a lot of knowledge. When I was 14 - 15, I was lucky if I could answer two questions in the first round. Now, even I can answer almost every question (85%, honest)unless the category is literature or opera. My wife and kids think I'm a genius. Ha !! It's funny how you guys say the questions are easier. I had convinced myself that I was getting smarter. Ha ! The worst thing about Jeopardy is the ringing in. The first 5 questions in WWTBAM are so easy it's not even entertaining. They are a complete waste of air time. On Saturday's there use to be some kind of game show for college kids. I can't remember the name of it. Scholastic College Bowl??...Collegiate Bowl or something. Man !! Those questions were hard !!!! ------------------ "Hand over the remote and nobody gets hurt !!"
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#10 of 282 OFFLINE   Timmy


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Posted July 05 2001 - 08:22 AM

I've noticed this too. Its as if they are using catagories intended for "celebrity" jeopardy eposides... but for non-celebs. "Millionare" eased-up its qualification setup because of complaints that there weren't enough women and minorities on the show.

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Posted July 05 2001 - 09:21 AM

I was watching "Ben Stein" the other day and someone got ALL 10 of the final questions right. Ben got 7. I think I would have gotten 2 or 3 (and I can usually get at least 5). The questions were downright impossible. I was obviously an old episode since Jimmy Kimmel was on it (he said "Hey Stein, you're screwed!" before he started reading the ?s to him) but they said it was first time someone's gotten all 10 right.

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Posted July 05 2001 - 11:39 AM

Hey I thought I was getting smarter, not that the questions were getting easier! ha There are some pretty obvious questions but it is still pretty tough sometimes, a lot harder than Weakest Link/Millionaire. I like the non-standard catagories too. Sometimes they're dumb but they make you think a little more sometimes. If you want a tough trivia show watch History IQ on the History channel. They ask some pretty obscure/tough things.

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Posted July 05 2001 - 02:20 PM


"Millionare" eased-up its qualification setup because of complaints that there weren't enough women and minorities on the show.


How exactly would that get a higher percentage women and minorities on the show?


#14 of 282 OFFLINE   Graeme Clark

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Posted July 05 2001 - 05:17 PM

I find Rock N Roll Jeopardy kinda tough... but I'm not up on my music trivia unless it's somewhat recent.

#15 of 282 OFFLINE   Howard Williams

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Posted July 11 2001 - 07:34 AM

MikeS: I'm not sure but I think this is what Timmy meant. You know how at the beggining, when they start off with 10 people in the speed round or whatever they call it? In the period that I watched the show there were very few women and very very very few minorities, especially Blacks. So few that not only was it noticable but after a few weeks it seemed deliberate and finally offensive. I'm no extremist but that how I felt. I guess there's some kind of qualification round to get to be one of the 10. I think Timmy is inferring that that standards for that qualification round have been "relaxed" helping more women & minorities get to the speed round. I stopped watching the show but I bet he is probably correct. ------------------ "Hand over the remote and nobody gets hurt !!"
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#16 of 282 OFFLINE   Jay Heyl

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Posted July 11 2001 - 06:20 PM

I haven't watched "Millionaire" in a while so I'm not sure if they're still doing it the same way, but when they first started the selection process was done over the phone. Prospective contestants would dial a toll free number and answer a series of questions by punching numbers on their phone. The contestants who made it to the show were those who got all the answers correct in the least amount of time. The selection process was completely race and gender blind. It stumped the producers of the show why they weren't getting more women and minorities. Regis even talked about it before one show. He practically begged the under-represented groups to pick up the phone and give it a try.

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Posted June 17 2004 - 07:34 PM

I'm reviving this old thread to talk about Ken Jennings, the man from Utah who has now won 12 days in a row and more than $400,000 in winnings. It'll be interesting to see how far he goes and how much he wins. I don't think I've seen the guy get flustered at all. For him it's all about timing with the buzzer. Rumor has it:
He wins 29 in a row and then loses on a mispronunciation. This from the comments on fark.com on a story linked there from the NY Post on him and his winning streak.

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Posted June 17 2004 - 09:20 PM

I think it's crazy that that guy keeps winning. I would think he would at least let someone else have a chance. This just shows that the new rule of going till you lose is stupid. And yes, Jeopardy is way too easy.

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Posted June 18 2004 - 04:37 AM


And yes, Jeopardy is way too easy.


Well, it must not be that easy if you're claiming that someone else deserves a chance despite not being able to beat the on going champ.

I think the greatest Final Jeopardy moment was the cross-over from Cheers:

"Who are three people that have never been in my kitchen" - Cliff Clavin blowing the final jeopardy question after betting his entire $200,000+ bank roll on the final question.

#20 of 282 OFFLINE   Gabe D

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Posted June 18 2004 - 05:20 AM

Man oh man, do I ever hope that spoiler above is wrong. I can hardly stand to watch the show lately, that guy is getting on my nerves so bad.

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