History Series / JEOPARDY

28th Apr '16 11:06:59 AM RobFRules
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** Averted with the 3004 addition of extra rehearsal time before games taped in season 21. The change came following Ken Jennings' then-38 game winning streak to end season 20, as producers realized that new challengers might not have as much rehearsal time to effectively compete, but Jennings still won an additional 36 games to start the new season.
17th Apr '16 9:04:13 PM Nohbody
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** Ken Jennings. To some, he's a shy, nerdy Mormon who just happened to know ''every''thing (including quite a bit about alcohol). Well, everything except [[spoiler:H&R Block]]. Others, however, see him as a BoringInvincibleHero.

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** Ken Jennings. To some, he's a shy, nerdy Mormon who just happened to know ''every''thing (including quite a bit about alcohol). Well, everything except [[spoiler:H&R Block]]. Others, however, see him as a BoringInvincibleHero.



* InvincibleHero:
** Brad Rutter, though he may be an InvincibleVillain if you found him to be cocky in later tournaments. Through 25 official Jeopardy! appearances comprising of 19 different games (including 2 and 3 day finals, and not counting the exhibition IBM Challenge), he has ''never'' lost a game, not even when he could afford it in a wild card situation, Rutter has won over $4,000,000 through his four tournament wins, and defeated a who's who of Jeopardy! greats along the way, including ''27'' Tournament of Champions or all-time tournament qualifiers (11 of which being TOC finalists), as well as Ken Jennings ''twice'' in tournament finals.
** Ken Jennings seemed like this for much of 2004, before Nancy Zerg broke his 74 day championship reign that November. Even if you believe that Ken willingly ended his reign then, Brad Rutter proved that Ken is human during their head-to-head matchups.
** Some Tournament of Champions winners before Jeopardy! abolished the 5 day limit could be seen like this. If you don't count ''Super Jeopardy!'' as canon, 1986 TOC winner Chuck Forrest remained undefeated on ''Jeopardy!'' until his Million Dollar Masters semifinal loss to 1987 TOC winner Bob Verini, who himself was undefeated until losing to Brad Rutter in the finals.
** Only one TOC winner in the no-winning-limits era did so without a loss: 2013 champion Colby Burnett, who qualified for the event as a Teachers Tournament winner, taking no losses in either tournament. Colby kept things going with a 2000s week win in the Battle of the Decades, but Chuck Forrest finally handed him his first defeat in the quarterfinals. However, as he often came across as cocky in his games, he may be an InvincibleVillain too.
13th Apr '16 6:23:48 PM Twentington
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*** However, it should be noted that the "British Art & Artists", "Give the Order", "CIA Directors", "[=McWriters=]", and "Canadian Cities" categories each included a Daily Double, so one of the other two contestants could have given a correct response in either case. Still...

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*** April 13, 2016: "Central American Capitals". Again, ''no one even rang in'' for the entire category!
*** However, it should be noted that the "British Art & Artists", "Give the Order", "CIA Directors", "[=McWriters=]", and "Canadian Cities" Cities", and "Central American Capitals" categories each included a Daily Double, so one of the other two contestants could have given a correct response in either any case. Still...
11th Apr '16 2:26:42 PM CaptainCrawdad
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*** '''Even better''': As soon as a contestant named Arthur Chu avoided this, the media called him out despite his strategy still following the rules of the game.
6th Apr '16 2:05:17 PM VenomLancerHae
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* JustForFun: Celebrity Jeopardy! games are often treated like this, especially given that their charities are guaranteed $10,000 no matter what, and that they're more prone to mug for the camera and not take the game as seriously. This was especially true in the pre-1997 celebrity games, where the minimum guarantee for every contestant (win or lose) was $10,000, so in many games, the winners and losers all won the same prize in the end.
6th Apr '16 12:19:06 AM RobFRules
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** When tie games were allowed in regular play, a handful of contestants in the lead after ''Double Jeopardy!'' were known to play to tie games on purpose. Some would do so out of kindness, but others like Arthur Chu used it as strategy, to allow a trailing contestant (that was perceived to be weaker) to tie them, come back the next day, and be outperformed again.



** In many respects, 2005's Ultimate Tournament of Champions. With 145 contestants total, the use of byes for notable past contestants, no wild cards, game winners receiving their end-of-game scores, two-day ''semifinal'' games, the use of a ''three day'' final, and a ''$2,000,000'' top prize definitely all set this apart from other special events. It's also the only reunion tournament to date that invited Teen Tournament winners after their 2000 removal from TOC fields.
** The Battle of the Decades, held in 2014, differed from some prior tournaments by grouping contestants by which "decade" (1984-93, 1994-2003, and 2004-13) their runs on the show took place under, with decades separated for the first round, and a contestant from each in all 5 quarterfinal games.

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** In many respects, 2005's Ultimate Tournament of Champions. With 145 contestants total, the use of byes for notable past contestants, no wild cards, game winners receiving their end-of-game scores, two-day ''semifinal'' games, the use of a ''three day'' final, and a ''$2,000,000'' top prize definitely all set this apart from other special events. It's also the only reunion tournament to date that invited Teen Tournament winners after their 2000 removal from TOC fields.
fields, and the only ''Jeopardy!'' tournament of any kind to move contestants to different podiums after the first game of a 2 or 3 day (semi)final.
** The Battle of the Decades, held in 2014, differed from some prior tournaments by grouping contestants by which "decade" (1984-93, 1994-2003, and 2004-13) their runs on the show took place under, with decades separated for the first round, and a contestant from each in all 5 quarterfinal games. It also uniquely featured fan voting to select three competitors in the field as "fan favourites".
6th Apr '16 12:00:29 AM RobFRules
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** In the season 25 finale from July 2009, contestant John Munson wrote his first name on the podium in the shape of a penis, which somehow escaped producers until the episode aired. The gag attracted viral attention, but Munson was stuck in third place for the whole game, losing to eventual 2010 Tournament of Champions finalist Stefan Goodreau in his 5th & final victory.
1st Apr '16 11:59:31 PM Twentington
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** ''Rock & Roll Jeopardy!'' had a number of celebrity games as well, typically featuring popular musicians, though episodes also took place featuring recent ''Survivor'' castmates, as Jeff Probst hosted both shows. Similarly, ''Sports Jeopardy!'' featured two celebrity editions in it's second season, including one with "The Danettes" (on-air personalities from host Dan Patrick's radio show) and a Super Bowl-week episode featuring NFL Network personalities

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** ''Rock & Roll Jeopardy!'' had a number of celebrity games as well, typically featuring popular musicians, though episodes also took place featuring recent ''Survivor'' castmates, as Jeff Probst hosted both shows. Similarly, ''Sports Jeopardy!'' featured two celebrity editions in it's its second season, including one with "The Danettes" (on-air personalities from host Dan Patrick's radio show) and a Super Bowl-week episode featuring NFL Network personalities



*** As well, the Tournament of Champions ran for it's first 9 installments (1985-1993) as an annual November event with the entire previous season being the qualifying period for it. Starting in the 1993-1994 season, the qualifying periods changed to all games between tournaments.

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*** As well, the Tournament of Champions ran for it's its first 9 installments (1985-1993) as an annual November event with the entire previous season being the qualifying period for it. Starting in the 1993-1994 season, the qualifying periods changed to all games between tournaments.



** The last games of a ''Jeopardy!'' season are usually regular games, but from 1989-1995, the season always ended with the annual Seniors Tournament, before being moved to December for it's last installment. Since then, the only season-ending special events have been two Teen Tournaments (a third will come in July 2016), two Kids Weeks, and 1996's Olympic Games Tournament (though it's four episode run time meant that season 12 ended with a regular Friday episode.)

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** The last games of a ''Jeopardy!'' season are usually regular games, but from 1989-1995, the season always ended with the annual Seniors Tournament, before being moved to December for it's its last installment. Since then, the only season-ending special events have been two Teen Tournaments (a third will come in July 2016), two Kids Weeks, and 1996's Olympic Games Tournament (though it's its four episode run time meant that season 12 ended with a regular Friday episode.)
1st Apr '16 8:27:53 PM Twentington
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** On [[http://j-archive.com/showgame.php?game_id=4074 February 7, 2013]] in the second of three semifinal matches in the Teen Tournament, not only did all three contestants give ''the same'' incorrect response in Final Jeopardy!, but all three contestants bet their ''entire earnings'' as well, meaning none of the three contestants advanced to the finals. Jeopardy! actually changed the rules regarding finishes in tournaments to prevent this from happening again, as it's unfair to other contestants who wouldn't know there'd be a triple zero finish in the round.


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** On [[http://j-archive.com/showgame.php?game_id=4074 February 7, 2013]] in the second of three semifinal matches in the Teen Tournament, not only did all three contestants give ''the same'' incorrect response in Final Jeopardy!, but all three contestants bet their ''entire earnings'' as well, meaning none of the three contestants advanced to the finals. Jeopardy! actually changed the rules regarding finishes in tournaments to prevent this from happening again, as it's unfair to other contestants who wouldn't know there'd be a triple zero finish in the round.
1st Apr '16 8:27:00 PM Twentington
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** July 9-10, 2012: A contestant finishes with -$6,400 on the former episode, and another contestant briefly drops to '''-$6,600''' on the latter (but finishes with -$2,600).


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** July 9-10, 2012: A contestant finishes with -$6,400 on the former episode, and another contestant briefly drops to '''-$6,600''' on the latter (but finishes with -$2,600).
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