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Jeopardy! Will Never Be Able to "Replace" Alex Trebek

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    I'm just going to come out and admit it; I love game shows. I love The Price is Right; I love Wheel of Fortune; I love Who Want's to be a Millionaire?; and I (somewhat embarrassingly admit) love Supermarket Sweep. There's just something about live action game shows in which total strangers try to win money and prizes that appeals to me. Call it my guilty pleasure.

    However, there's one game show that I never, ever missed for at least the past 10+ years and that show is Jeopardy!

    Jeopardy! and Alex Trebek are one in the same. It's hard to imagine, probably since I've never seen the show hosted by anyone else, anyone other than Trebek hosting the show, but that's what we're going to have to adapt to in the years to come.

    In honor of Alex Trebek, I figured I'd see what favorite memory of the show is or who your favorite contestant was.

    My favorite memory of the show is watching it with my dad throughout my youth and adolescence. I obviously didn't get many questions right when I was 10 years old, but as the years progressed I couldn't help but get so excited when I got an answer correct, especially when it was further down on the board or for Final Jeopardy!

    My favorite contestant was James Holzhauer. I know a lot of people would call that a layup, but the reason I like Holzhauer so much is because he, more than anyone I've ever seen before, learned to "game" Jeopardy! For years and years contestants dutifully started at the top of the board and moved down, but he blew that strategy to smithereens and nearly every show after him has had one contestant who tried to emulate his strategy, often to their detriment. That's what's so impressive about him; he fundamentally changed how the game is played. Some people say to the games detriment, but I think the jury is still out.

    What about you? Do you have a favorite moment/show/or contestant?

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    My favorite recent show(s) was "The Greatest of All Time" in early 2020. It was so much fun watching Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer go back and forth over multiple games. As much as I enjoyed that tournament, I did feel kind of bad for Brad Rutter, who was nothing more than a bystander in the tournament.
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    Always enjoyed happening upon Jeopardy! flipping through the channels after school. When I realized it came on basically right after I got home, I would try and remember to watch it as often as I could. Definitely didn't watch as much as you, but I do really like game shows. Spent lots of time watching game show network when I was younger, and like you, am embarrassed to say I really liked Supermarket Sweep. (though I do not want to see the new version)

    Jeopardy! was always my favorite. Made me feel smarter. Of course it didn't make me really any smarter (I don't think) but I did feel smart getting final jeopardy, or seeing how many of the questions I could get right.

    Going to be weird and probably not at all the same without Trebek. Its been fun watching Jeopardy reruns on Netflix. Like to play along and see how many I can get right in an episode. More satisfying than catching on network TV and having to sit through all the commercials, in the middle of the day.