A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this classic game show sometimes features clues that contain words like "hell," "bitch," and "damn," as well references to sex, alcoholic beverages, and consumer products. But all of these things are mostly presented in an academic context and aren't particularly edgy or iffy. Young kids aren't too likelty to be drawn to the show, but older tweens, teens, and adults may find themselves playing along and testing their own trivia knowledge. Younger fans may particularly enjoy special editions of the show that feature kids as contestants.
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What's the story?
JEOPARDY! is an American quiz show that tests contestants’ knowledge in subjects ranging from science and literature to sports and pop culture. Host Alex Trebek introduces the contestants to six categories per round, each of which contains five trivia clues of varying monetary value and difficulty. Players must choose the category and the clue that they'll respond to -- each clue is presented as an "answer" that the contestant must correctly respond to in the form of a question. After a Double Jeopardy! round (which gives players a chance to double their winnings) and a one-question final round, the player with the most money is declared the champion and gets to keep the winnings they've collected over the course of the game.
Is it any good?
The modern version of this classic series -- which previously aired both in the 1960s and 1970s -- has enjoyed international success thanks to its fast pace and unique answer-and-question format. The wide range of subjects it covers and the difficulty of the clues also gives the show an intellectual quality. Fast-paced and fun, viewers will find themselves playing along and testing their own trivia knowledge. And they’ll probably find themselves humming the catchy theme song, too.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how to get on a game show. Did you know that potential contestants have to take a test in order to appear on Jeopardy!? What are some of the criteria to get on other game shows? Who and/or what determines who gets to be a contestant?
Do you consider this show educational? Why or why not?
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