JEOPARDY! holds the Guinness World Records® title for the most Emmy® Awards won by a TV
game show (32 Emmys), including the 2015 Emmy® for Outstanding Game Show.
Executive Producer Harry Friedman’s work on Wheel of Fortune and JEOPARDY! has earned him
two Guinness World Records® titles: He is the Guinness World Record holder for both most
Emmy® Award nominations for a game show producer with 41 and most Emmy® Award wins by a
game show producer with 13. In 2011, both shows tied for the Outstanding Game Show award, and Friedman became the first producer ever to win two Emmys in the same category in a tie with himself.
In 2014, JEOPARDY! won the inaugural Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding Writing for Quiz and Audience Participation.
JEOPARDY! is the recipient of a 2011 Peabody Award. The awards panel credited the show for its role in “encouraging, celebrating, and rewarding knowledge.”
TV Guide ranked JEOPARDY! #1 in its 2013 list of the 60 Greatest Game Shows of all time.
The highest cumulative amount won by a single JEOPARDY! player is $4,455,102 in cash, won by Brad Rutter of Lancaster, Penn. The total amount is a combination of his original appearances in 2002, the “Million Dollar Masters Tournament” in 2002, the “Ultimate Tournament of Champions” in 2005, the “Jeopardy! IBM Challenge” in February 2011, and the “Battle of the Decades Tournament" in May 2014.
The most consecutive games won by a single contestant is 74. Ken Jennings set the record during the 2004-2005 season, resulting in winnings of more than $2.5 million.
In 2014, Julia Collins won 20 consecutive games, placing her 2nd on the all-time consecutive win list. During her run, she amassed $428,100 in prize money.
In 2010, Roger Craig set the record for most money won in a single day: $77,000. The previous record was $75,000, set in 2004 by Ken Jennings.
In 2012, Colby Burnett became the first player to win the Teachers Tournament and the
Tournament of Champions in the same year.
The JEOPARDY! Clue Crew has traveled to all 50 United States and approximately 50 countries around the world to record clues for the show.
Prominent personalities who have presented special clues, categories, or greetings for
JEOPARDY! have included President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady
Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Oz, Katie Couric, Glenn Close, Chevy Chase, Kyra Sedgwick, Hannah Storm, Al Franken, Danica Patrick, Cesar Millan and a host of Nobel laureates.
Celebrities who have who’ve demonstrated their smarts as contestants on “Celebrity JEOPARDY!” and the Washington “Power Players Tournament” include Aaron Rodgers, Anderson Cooper, Chris Wallace, Jodie Foster, Ashton Kutcher, Nathan Lane, Chris Matthews, Harry Connick, Jr., Neil Patrick Harris, Andy Richter, David Duchovny, Wayne Brady, Star Jones, Jane Seymour, Jason Alexander, Tom Bergeron, Regis Philbin, Mike Piazza, Larry King, Captain Mark Kelly, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tom Clancy, Kirsten Dunst, Naomi Judd, Kelsey Grammer, Debra Messing, Stephen King and Carol Burnett. Since the celebrity tournaments debuted in 1992, more than $7 million has been donated to over 200 stars’ charities.
The JEOPARDY! production staff has six researchers and eight writers whose jobs are to create and assemble categories and questions for the series.
Approximately 1 million people have taken the online contestant test since JEOPARDY! began offering it in 2006. The online test has expanded JEOPARDY!’s contestant pool to include more women, minorities, and students. The online test is offered to adults, teachers, kids, teens, and college students at various times of the year on the show’s website at www.jeopardy.com