'Jeopardy!' Is Re-Airing Its 20 Most Iconic Episodes, Including Its Very First Episode

Joseph Neese
Photo credit: The Washington Post - Getty Images
Photo credit: The Washington Post - Getty Images

From House Beautiful

Two exciting announcements dropped Thursday for fans of the iconic game show Jeopardy! and its beloved host Alex Trebek, who has been battling pancreatic cancer.

"I'm doing well," Trebek said in a video posted to social media. "I've been continuing my treatment, and it is paying off, though it does fatigue me a great deal. My numbers are good, and I'm feeling great."

In addition to being able to breathe a sigh of relief, fans of the game are also being gifted with a four-week journey through the show's history in a marathon called Jeopardy! The Vault. Producers narrowed down 8,000 episodes from the series' 36 seasons to 20 top episodes, which will play out over one month.

Among the episodes selected is the very first show, which dates all the way back to Sept. 10, 1984, and the very first episode of Celebrity Jeopardy!, which featured the legendary comedian Carol Burnett and former morning show host Regis Philbin. One of the five celebrity episodes also features Martha Stewart facing off against basketball star Charles Barkley.

Mark your calendars for July 20, or risk missing out on a true piece of history. The complete schedule is below.

JULY 20-24: Best of Jeopardy!’s First Decade
Monday, July 20: First Jeopardy! Episode
Tuesday, July 21: First Jeopardy! Surprise Ending
Wednesday, July 22: First Super Champion (Chuck Forrest)
Thursday, July 23: First $100,000 Champion (Frank Spangenberg)
Friday, July 24: First Big Tournament Final (10th Anniversary)




JULY 27-31: Best of Celebrity Jeopardy!
Monday, July 27: Carol Burnett, Donna Mills, and Regis Philbin
Tuesday, July 28: Harry Connick Jr., Jodie Foster, and Nathan Lane
Wednesday, July 29: Charles Barkley, Jeff Probst, and Martha Stewart
Thursday, July 30: Wayne Brady, Dana Delany, and Eric Idle
Friday, July 31: Jane Curtin, Cheech Marin, and Michael McKean




AUGUST 3-7: Million Dollar Masters Quarterfinals
AUGUST 10-12: Million Dollar Masters Semifinals
AUGUST 13-14: Million Dollar Masters Finals

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