History YMMV / Jeopardy

20th Jun '16 11:29:02 PM RobFRules
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*** Similar opinions followed the former Seniors Tournament to some viewers, as contestants over 50 years of age have never been barred from regular play, the competition could be slower-paced, and of the 10 winners of that event, ''none'' ever won a TOC quarterfinal game (though two dud advance to the finals.) Its 1995 demotion from July to ''December'' (outside of a sweeps period) seems to have been a move to ultimately kill it off.

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*** Similar opinions followed the former Seniors Tournament to some viewers, as contestants over 50 years of age have never been barred from regular play, the competition could be slower-paced, and of the 10 winners of that event, ''none'' ever won a TOC quarterfinal game (though two dud did advance to the finals.) Its 1995 demotion from July to ''December'' (outside of a sweeps period) seems to have been a move to ultimately kill it off.
29th May '16 2:27:01 PM RobFRules
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** The Teachers Tournament has been seen as this. It has supporters who like tournament play and the respect and praise shown to teachers with the event, but others see the competition as being weaker in general than regular games (even though players are picked from regular play applications), and it takes away a TOC spot from a regular contestant, especially considering that teachers are historically not dominant in regular games or in tournaments. Only Colby Burnett has ever made the semifinals of a TOC among Teachers champions, and only ''one' Teachers Tournament player (2011 semifinalist Charley Tinkham) has ever had a Coryat score of at least $25,000 in that event.

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** The Teachers Tournament has been seen as this. It has supporters who like tournament play and the respect and praise shown to teachers with the event, but others see the competition as being weaker in general than regular games (even though players are picked from regular play applications), and it takes away a TOC spot from a regular contestant, especially considering that teachers are historically not dominant in regular games or in tournaments. Only Colby Burnett has ever made the semifinals of a TOC among Teachers champions, and only ''one' ''one'' Teachers Tournament player (2011 semifinalist Charley Tinkham) has ever had a Coryat score of at least $25,000 in that event.
29th May '16 2:26:14 PM RobFRules
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** The Teachers Tournament has been seen as this. It has supporters who like tournament play and the respect and praise shown to teachers with the event, but others see the competition as being weaker in general than regular games, and takes away a TOC spot from a regular contestant, especially considering that teachers are historically not dominant in regular games or in tournaments (only Colby Burnett has ever made the semifinals of a TOC among Teachers champions.)
*** Similar opinions followed the former Seniors Tournament to some viewers, as contestants over 50 years of age have never been barred from regular play, the competition could be slower-paced, and of the 10 winners of that event, ''none'' ever won a TOC quarterfinal game (though two dud advance to the finals.) Its 1995 demotion from July to ''December'' (outside of a sweeps period) seems to have been a move to ultimately kill it off.
*** Celebrity games usually have this reputation too, due to many of the celebrities failing to take the game seriously -- stereotypically, the celeb games are constantly dragged down by the players not taking the game seriously, thus leading to constant smartass remarks, ringing in with an "Ooh, I know this, what is it?"-type quip, ego-stroking categories/clues, elongated introductions and interviews to promote the charities being played for, and general buffoonery. The 2006 episodes from Radio City Music Hall made this even worse by having singers perform during Daily Doubles, thus eating up even ''more'' time to the point that as many as '''fifteen''' clues were unplayed in each round.

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** The Teachers Tournament has been seen as this. It has supporters who like tournament play and the respect and praise shown to teachers with the event, but others see the competition as being weaker in general than regular games, games (even though players are picked from regular play applications), and it takes away a TOC spot from a regular contestant, especially considering that teachers are historically not dominant in regular games or in tournaments (only tournaments. Only Colby Burnett has ever made the semifinals of a TOC among Teachers champions.)
champions, and only ''one' Teachers Tournament player (2011 semifinalist Charley Tinkham) has ever had a Coryat score of at least $25,000 in that event.
*** Similar opinions followed the former Seniors Tournament to some viewers, as contestants over 50 years of age have never been barred from regular play, the competition could be slower-paced, and of the 10 winners of that event, ''none'' ever won a TOC quarterfinal game (though two dud advance to the finals.) Its 1995 demotion from July to ''December'' (outside of a sweeps period) seems to have been a move to ultimately kill it off.
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*** Celebrity games usually have this reputation too, due to many of the celebrities failing to take the game seriously -- stereotypically, the celeb celebrity games are constantly dragged down by the players not taking the game seriously, thus leading to constant smartass remarks, ringing in with an "Ooh, I know this, what is it?"-type quip, ego-stroking categories/clues, elongated introductions and interviews to promote the charities being played for, and general buffoonery. The 2006 episodes from Radio City Music Hall made this even worse by having singers perform during Daily Doubles, thus eating up even ''more'' time to the point that as many as '''fifteen''' clues were unplayed in each round.
29th May '16 12:20:33 PM RobFRules
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** 2015 13 day champion Matt Jackson proved to be a base breaker for many of the same reasons as Arthur Chu (ultra-serious demeanor, Forrest bouncing, cutting off Alex), and also attracted negative attention for what some perceived as a creepy smile during introductions (even being parodied on ''TheSoup''.) Conversely, many fans were impressed with his intelligence and strategy (especially given that he was only ''23 years old'' during his appearances), and noted that during interviews and when the game wasn't in progress, he was very kind and respectful.
** 2016 9 day champion Buzzy Cohen turned into this during his last 5 games. Some fans found him smug and cocky for running his hands through his hair and gesturing during introductions, and for distracting the game when referencing the SNL ''Celebrity Jeopardy!'' sketches in ''Final'' during his runaway wins (i.e. "What is See you tomorrow, Trebek!"), but others liked that he showed his personality and injected levity into the show.
18th May '16 5:23:54 PM Twentington
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*** Celebrity games usually have this approach too, due to many of the celebrities failing to take the game seriously -- stereotypically, the celeb games are constantly dragged down by the players not taking the game seriously, thus leading to constant smartass remarks, ringing in with an "Ooh, I know this, what is it?"-type quip, ego-stroking categories/clues, elongated interviews to promote the charities being played for, and general buffoonery from people who clearly have little respect for the game. The 2006 episodes from Radio City Music Hall made this even worse by having singers perform during Daily Doubles, thus eating up even ''more'' time to the point that as many as '''fifteen''' clues were unplayed in each round.

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*** Celebrity games usually have this approach reputation too, due to many of the celebrities failing to take the game seriously -- stereotypically, the celeb games are constantly dragged down by the players not taking the game seriously, thus leading to constant smartass remarks, ringing in with an "Ooh, I know this, what is it?"-type quip, ego-stroking categories/clues, elongated introductions and interviews to promote the charities being played for, and general buffoonery from people who clearly have little respect for the game.buffoonery. The 2006 episodes from Radio City Music Hall made this even worse by having singers perform during Daily Doubles, thus eating up even ''more'' time to the point that as many as '''fifteen''' clues were unplayed in each round.



** Later seasons have also seen more celebrity games, with a celebrity ''tournament'' that went on throughout the 2009-10 season. While the celebrity games in the 2000s were scenery-chewing, laid-back nightmares that led to less than half the board even being played, the 2009-10 season's celeb tournament at least had a decent roster of celebs who treated their games with respect.

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** Later seasons have also seen more celebrity games, with a celebrity ''tournament'' that went on throughout the 2009-10 season. While the celebrity games in the 2000s were scenery-chewing, laid-back nightmares farces that led to less than half the board even being played, the 2009-10 season's celeb tournament at least had a decent roster of celebs who largely treated their games with respect.
18th May '16 5:21:25 PM Twentington
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** Since the 1997-98 season, any clue or ''whole categories'' of clues read by a celebrity. Almost all of them tend to involve very long clues read '''very''' slowly which gets worse when a Daily Double is hidden there. Many contestants [[GenreSavvy have caught onto these]] which is why they almost always get picked last. Since the board usually does not get cleared whenever these categories or clues are done, they make one wish the show's staff would tell them to speed up the footage to a point where the speaker's words are still coherent, but not so fast that they are unintelligible. That way the producers could compensate for any time that could have been used for the remaining clues that got eaten up by the celebrity reader talking so slowly.

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** Since the 1997-98 season, any clue or ''whole categories'' of clues read by a celebrity. Almost all of them tend to involve very long clues read '''very''' slowly which gets worse when a Daily Double is hidden there. Many contestants [[GenreSavvy have caught onto these]] which is why they almost always get picked last. Since the board usually does not get cleared whenever these categories or clues are done, they make one wish the show's staff would tell them to speed up coach the footage celebs to a point where read faster, or make the speaker's words are still coherent, but not so fast that they are unintelligible. That way the producers could compensate for any time that could have been used for the remaining clues that got eaten up by the celebrity reader talking so slowly.a lot less verbose.


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*** Celebrity games usually have this approach too, due to many of the celebrities failing to take the game seriously -- stereotypically, the celeb games are constantly dragged down by the players not taking the game seriously, thus leading to constant smartass remarks, ringing in with an "Ooh, I know this, what is it?"-type quip, ego-stroking categories/clues, elongated interviews to promote the charities being played for, and general buffoonery from people who clearly have little respect for the game. The 2006 episodes from Radio City Music Hall made this even worse by having singers perform during Daily Doubles, thus eating up even ''more'' time to the point that as many as '''fifteen''' clues were unplayed in each round.
18th May '16 5:15:43 PM Twentington
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** J! Archive was not the first fansite to archive the clues. Before them, a prior ''Jeopardy!'' archive existed on an AOL site known as the Jeoparchive. This site archived clues for ''Jeopardy!'' for season 20, but it was taken down in 2004 when founder Ronnie O'Rourke (a former ''Jeopardy!'' champion) grew [[CreatorBacklash disillusioned]] with the show once [[BaseBreaker Ken Jennings]] started winning game after game. However, a mirror of the site has since been revived, and most of it's games are in J! Archive now anyway.

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** J! Archive was not the first fansite to archive the clues. Before them, a prior ''Jeopardy!'' archive existed on an AOL site known as the Jeoparchive. This site archived clues for ''Jeopardy!'' for season 20, but it was taken down in 2004 when founder Ronnie O'Rourke (a former ''Jeopardy!'' champion) grew [[CreatorBacklash disillusioned]] with the show once [[BaseBreaker Ken Jennings]] started winning game after game. However, a mirror of the site has since been revived, and most of it's its games are in J! Archive now anyway.



*** Similar opinions followed the former Seniors Tournament to some viewers, as contestants over 50 years of age have never been barred from regular play, the competition could be slower-paced, and of the 10 winners of that event, ''none'' ever won a TOC quarterfinal game (though two dud advance to the finals.) It's 1995 demotion from July to ''December'' (outside of a sweeps period) seems to have been a move to ultimately kill it off.

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*** Similar opinions followed the former Seniors Tournament to some viewers, as contestants over 50 years of age have never been barred from regular play, the competition could be slower-paced, and of the 10 winners of that event, ''none'' ever won a TOC quarterfinal game (though two dud advance to the finals.) It's Its 1995 demotion from July to ''December'' (outside of a sweeps period) seems to have been a move to ultimately kill it off.



*** Prior to this season, the Tournament of Champions (and Celebrity Jeopardy!), Teen Tournament, College Championship, and Seniors Tournament were respectively held in the sweeps periods of November, February, May, and July. [[note]]During season 12, tournaments began being shifted to a fluid, irregular schedule, with the Teen and College tournaments switching places, the Seniors Tournament being demoted to December for it's final installment, and the first International Tournament debuting that July. Tournaments continue to be booked on a fluid basis, though almost always during the aforementioned sweeps periods.

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*** Prior to this season, the Tournament of Champions (and Celebrity Jeopardy!), Teen Tournament, College Championship, and Seniors Tournament were respectively held in the sweeps periods of November, February, May, and July. [[note]]During season 12, tournaments began being shifted to a fluid, irregular schedule, with the Teen and College tournaments switching places, the Seniors Tournament being demoted to December for it's its final installment, and the first International Tournament debuting that July. Tournaments continue to be booked on a fluid basis, though almost always during the aforementioned sweeps periods.
12th May '16 10:25:45 PM RobFRules
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** "Kids' Week" games, which not only makes the Teen Tournament feel redundant, but include [[ItsEasySoItSucks questions that are too easy, even for that demographic]].
** The Teachers Tournament has been seen as this. It has supporters who like tournament play and the respect and praise shown to teachers with the event, but others see it as redundant (as elementary and high school teachers have never been excluded from regular games, and many have had successful runs there.) Some see the Teachers games as being weaker in general than regular games, and thereby taking away a Tournament of Champions spot away from regular contestants, especially as only Colby Burnett has ever made the semifinals (or beyond) among Teachers champions.
*** Similar opinions followed the former Seniors Tournament to some viewers, as contestants over 50 years of age have never been barred from regular play, and of the 10 winners of that event, ''none'' ever won a TOC quarterfinal game (though two dud advance to the finals.) It's 1995 demotion from July to ''December'' (outside of a sweeps period) seems to have been a move to ultimately kill it off.

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** "Kids' Week" Kids or Back to School Week games, which not only makes make the Teen Tournament feel redundant, but include [[ItsEasySoItSucks questions that are too easy, even for that demographic]].
** The Teachers Tournament has been seen as this. It has supporters who like tournament play and the respect and praise shown to teachers with the event, but others see it as redundant (as elementary and high school teachers have never been excluded from regular games, and many have had successful runs there.) Some see the Teachers games competition as being weaker in general than regular games, and thereby taking takes away a Tournament of Champions TOC spot away from a regular contestants, contestant, especially as only considering that teachers are historically not dominant in regular games or in tournaments (only Colby Burnett has ever made the semifinals (or beyond) of a TOC among Teachers champions.
champions.)
*** Similar opinions followed the former Seniors Tournament to some viewers, as contestants over 50 years of age have never been barred from regular play, the competition could be slower-paced, and of the 10 winners of that event, ''none'' ever won a TOC quarterfinal game (though two dud advance to the finals.) It's 1995 demotion from July to ''December'' (outside of a sweeps period) seems to have been a move to ultimately kill it off.



*** Prior to this season, the Tournament of Champions was always held in November and the Teen Tournament was always held in February[[note]]During season 12, the Teen and College Tournament (held in May) got switched around to accommodate the International Tournament in July.[[/note]]. During this season, the Teen Tournament and Tournament of Champions got switched around, which had the strange effect of having ''two'' Teen Tournament winners in that [=ToC=]. Since this time, the tournaments scheduling has been irregular (e.g. the 2000-01 season not having a [=ToC=] at all), although the month of February is still usually occupied entirely by tournament weeks due to Sweeps.

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*** Prior to this season, the Tournament of Champions was always held in November and the (and Celebrity Jeopardy!), Teen Tournament, College Championship, and Seniors Tournament was always were respectively held in February[[note]]During the sweeps periods of November, February, May, and July. [[note]]During season 12, tournaments began being shifted to a fluid, irregular schedule, with the Teen and College tournaments switching places, the Seniors Tournament (held in May) got switched around being demoted to accommodate December for it's final installment, and the first International Tournament in July.[[/note]]. During this season, the Teen Tournament and Tournament of Champions got switched around, which had the strange effect of having ''two'' Teen Tournament winners in debuting that [=ToC=]. Since this time, July. Tournaments continue to be booked on a fluid basis, though almost always during the tournaments scheduling has been irregular (e.g. the 2000-01 season not having a [=ToC=] at all), although the month of February is still usually occupied entirely by tournament weeks due to Sweeps.aforementioned sweeps periods.
2nd May '16 7:06:47 PM RobFRules
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** Ken Jennings (2003-04). Some see him as TheAce or a BadassNormal, who knows a lot about many things (even drinks, despite being a teetotaler). Others see him as a BoringInvincibleHero, who proved what a bad idea it was to have unlimited wins.
** Colby Burnett, winner of the 2013 Tournament of Champions. On one hand, he was quite good at the game and quite GenreSavvy with his wagering in early games. On the other hand, he got increasingly cocky with each win. By the finals of the [=ToC=], he was about on par with Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''[='s=] Celebrity Jeopardy! skits.

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** Ken Jennings (2003-04).(2004). Some see him as TheAce or a BadassNormal, who knows a lot about many things (even drinks, despite being a teetotaler). Others see him as a BoringInvincibleHero, who proved what a bad idea it was to have unlimited wins.
** Colby Burnett, winner of the November 2012 Teachers Tournament and 2013 Tournament of Champions. On one hand, he was quite good at the game and quite GenreSavvy with his wagering in early games. On the other hand, he got increasingly cocky with each win. By the finals of the [=ToC=], he was about on par with Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''[='s=] Celebrity Jeopardy! skits.



** J! Archive was not the first fansite to archive the clues. Before them, a prior ''Jeopardy!'' archive existed on an AOL site. Known as the Jeoparchive, this site archived clues for ''Jeopardy!'' in the early 2000s. It was taken down in 2004 when its lone archivist grew [[CreatorBacklash disillusioned]] with the show once [[BaseBreaker Ken Jennings]] started winning game after game.

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** J! Archive was not the first fansite to archive the clues. Before them, a prior ''Jeopardy!'' archive existed on an AOL site. Known site known as the Jeoparchive, this Jeoparchive. This site archived clues for ''Jeopardy!'' in the early 2000s. It for season 20, but it was taken down in 2004 when its lone archivist founder Ronnie O'Rourke (a former ''Jeopardy!'' champion) grew [[CreatorBacklash disillusioned]] with the show once [[BaseBreaker Ken Jennings]] started winning game after game.game. However, a mirror of the site has since been revived, and most of it's games are in J! Archive now anyway.



* {{Scrub}}: Many fans complain that Arthur Chu's strategy of fishing for Daily Doubles to deny them from his opponents is cheating, when in fact, though widely not utilized, there's no rule against it and show staff make it clear to contestants that such a strategy is perfectly legal. Hell, Chu isn't even the first contestant to do so. It's been done by several players in the Tournament of Champions and even Watson did this during the IBM challenge. The main reason why it isn't common is because it's high risk to choose the lower row questions early , the wordplay in the clues sometimes build top to bottom (which makes the lower row questions easier in context), and because most players would much rather use the Daily Double than waste it.

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** The Teachers Tournament has been seen as this. It has supporters who like tournament play and the respect and praise shown to teachers with the event, but others see it as redundant (as elementary and high school teachers have never been excluded from regular games, and many have had successful runs there.) Some see the Teachers games as being weaker in general than regular games, and thereby taking away a Tournament of Champions spot away from regular contestants, especially as only Colby Burnett has ever made the semifinals (or beyond) among Teachers champions.
*** Similar opinions followed the former Seniors Tournament to some viewers, as contestants over 50 years of age have never been barred from regular play, and of the 10 winners of that event, ''none'' ever won a TOC quarterfinal game (though two dud advance to the finals.) It's 1995 demotion from July to ''December'' (outside of a sweeps period) seems to have been a move to ultimately kill it off.
* {{Scrub}}: Many fans complain that Arthur Chu's strategy of fishing for Daily Doubles to deny them from his opponents is cheating, when in fact, though widely not utilized, there's no rule against it and show staff make it clear to contestants that such a strategy is perfectly legal. Hell, Chu isn't even the first contestant to do so. It's been done by several players in regular play and the Tournament of Champions Champions, and even Watson did this during the IBM challenge. The main reason why it isn't common is because it's high risk to choose the lower row questions early , early, the wordplay in the clues sometimes build top to bottom (which makes the lower row questions easier in context), and because most players would much rather use the Daily Double than waste it.



** Starting in the 2000-01 season, players no longer walked onstage in their introductions, and the Teen Tournament winner was no longer invited to the Tournament of Champions.

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** Starting in the 2000-01 season, players no longer walked onstage in their introductions, introductions (partly due to blind 5-day champion Eddie Timanus' run), and the Teen Tournament winner was no longer invited to the Tournament of Champions.



** The 2014-15 season removed the co-champion rule, where players tied for first place could each return the next day to play. All ties are now decided by tie-breaker questions.

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** The 2014-15 season removed the co-champion rule, where players tied for first place could each return the next day to play. All ties are now decided by tie-breaker questions.questions, though none have occurred yet.
25th Mar '16 5:58:55 PM KoopaKid17
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* MilestoneCelebration: ''Jeopardy!'' celebrated their 10th anniversary with the 10th Anniversary Tournament in December 1993 (featuring notable contestants from the first 9 seasons.) For their 20th season, the 5-day winning limit was abolished (much to Ken Jennings' benefit), while season 25 was celebrated with a rare Tournament of Champions held on the road (in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show). Most recently, season 30 saw ''Jeopardy!'' host the Battle of the Decades tournament featuring 15 contestants from each decade that the show had aired to that point.
** ''Jeopardy!'' has also celebrated milestones for the number of episodes. The 3,000th episode was celebrated during a normal game in September 1997 (with archival clips featured during it, while the 4,000th episode was marked with the Million Dollar Masters tournament in May 2002, immediately followed by a 4,000th episode clip show to mark the milestone (though that was actually episode #4,088)
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