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?