The popular game show Jeopardy! has been a staple on televisions everywhere for decades now, but how many episodes have been aired?
Every weekday night, like clockwork, Jeopardy! fans finish their dinners and shuffle to their living rooms to test their knowledge against some of the most intelligent minds on television.
Episodes, Days, Months, Years, Decades
For 57 years, Jeopardy! has been broadcasted, with Alex Trebek’s warm, smiling face hosting the beloved show for 36 of those years. Trebek, unfortunately, died in November of 2020 after a nearly 18 month battle with stage four pancreatic cancer. Trebek was 80 years old at the time and will be dearly missed by all.
According to Insider (not to be confused with us, Outsider), the first episode of Jeopardy! hit television in 1964 and was on air until 1975. The show was tweaked and given a new name, called “The All New Jeopardy!”. This version then ran from 1978 to 1979.
When the “all new” version was no longer as bright, shiny, and new as Jeopardy! promised, producers canceled both older variations to make way for the new Jeopardy, the one we see today. This permanent show was first broadcasted in 1984.
With 37 seasons under its belt, it’s no question that Jeopardy is here to stay. However, with so many decades and seasons of history, how many episodes have been released? Well, if you are looking to binge-watch them all, you may want to get comfortable.
According to the official Jeopardy! website, the show tapes five episodes a day around 46 days a year for the regular-season episodes, meaning there are about 230 new episodes shot every year.
By 2019 and the end of the 36th season, Jeopardy had totaled more than 8,000 episodes.
Previous Jeopardy! Champion Shows Off Their Math Skills
One very dedicated Jeopardy! fan and previous three-time champion took to Quora to put their math skills to the test. How many clues had Alex Trebek read on Jeopardy! since 1984? Adam Holquist breaks it down over a year ago.
“The show airs around 230 (new) episodes a year. It’s on five days a week and airs reruns for a several-week period during the summer. Season 35 is just ending, which would make 35*230=8050 episodes through the end of the season. (Which, the most recently aired episode from 7/12/19 is #8035 according to j-archive.com, so that’s pretty close.) 61 questions per game is correct. Although they don’t always get to them all, they sometimes run out of time. My totally unscientific scan through the last 20 ‘regular-season’ games shows a total of 16 unrevealed clues over those 20 games. So, let’s round that up to an average of 1 per game. So, 8050 games x 60 questions = 483,000 questions.”
I’m glad someone did that math for us because numbers aren’t exactly my strong suit. However, 483,000 questions? Are you kidding me! Alex Trebek alone read almost half of a million trivia questions for brilliant contestants. He is a true legend.