'Jeopardy!' celebrates its 6,000th episode
The clue: Born in 1984, this syndicated quiz show features Alex Trebek.
The answer: What is Jeopardy!?
Duh! If you didn’t know where that was going, you’ve clearly been living under a rock for the last 20 years. Every day, I try to make it home by 7 p.m. to catch the popular quiz show. And even though I’m not smart enough to give correct responses to a good portion of the clues, that doesn’t stop me from shouting out what I think is the right answer.
Anyway, season 27 (that’s more seasons than years I’ve been alive!) kicks off this Monday. This season will feature the milestone 6,000th episode, along with the new “Teacher’s Tournament.” Fifteen teachers will battle it out for $100,000 and a chance to appear in the “Jeopardy Tournament of Champions.” So for easy math purposes (I am a journalist, after all), let’s say each episode is the full 30 minutes long. So at the conclusion of the 6,000th episode, there will have been 180,000 minutes of Jeopardy! Which is the equivalent of 3,000 hours, or 125 days. That’s a lot of quizzing, people! Happy (early) birthday to Jeopardy! and here’s to many, but maybe not 6,000, more.