J is for Jeopardy!

April 12, 2016

I have very strong feelings about Jeopardy! (I am not going to use the exclamation point going forward because it makes me seem more excited/upset than I am. But I do want to acknowledge the exclamation point exists and is part of the actual title for the show. Moving on.)


Most of them are, of course, related to Alex Trebek.

He is so smug! And it is exasperating. Newsflash, Alex: you only know all of the answers because they’re RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU.


I find him the most insufferable when he is shocked the contestants actually know the answers, however. I mean, these people were chosen for knowing random stuff nobody else knows or cares about. (Except me. I care. I learn things when I watch Jeopardy.)

My friend said her grandmother wrote in to complain about Alex being condescending toward female contestants, and I have noticed that he can be particularly patronizing to young, pretty women. He’ll say things like, “That’s right, young lady!” Which…I don’t think I’ve ever heard him say that to a young, male contestant. (I’m talking about during the regular shows, not the kids, teen, or college tournaments.)

Another friend sent me the link to this vid of Alex laughing at a contestant just to make sure I knew how smug he really is/can be:


Oh, Alex.


Anyway, I also get frustrated with the contestants, especially the ones who blow a runaway with stupid wagering. Alex actually had to give a “how not to bid dumb” a couple of weeks ago.

It is really simple math, people. I mean.

Unfortunately, teachers seem to be the WORST at this since I see the most flagrant and terrible wagering during the Teachers Tournament. I mean, it is awful.

I also get 100% upset when the contestants don’t know stuff that I do. So I guess I am like Alex in that regard.

To end this on a positive note, I do really enjoy Jeopardy 99% of the time. I don’t know enough to ever be on it, but I know enough to keep up with most of the categories. I also used to have a tag on my LJ “stuff Jeopardy teaches me” because I do learn things when I watch, and that’s probably my favorite part of the show. (It is my favorite part of the show.) I am a nerd. What can I say?

A to Z 2016


For the A to Z challenge, I’m blogging about fannish pursuits (aka things I’m a fan of or have strong feelings about). Tune in tomorrow to see what I picked for K!

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  1. Carrie-Anne

    I’ve always loved Jeopardy!, since I’m such a walking encyclopedia, though I agree about how smug Alex can be! I was also really shocked and disappointed to learn about a rather sexist, archaic category, “If They Married.” It was based around the notion that all women change their surnames upon marriage, which is so deeply problematic and presumptuous.

    • Akilah

      Do they still have that category? I don’t remember seeing it lately. Watch it pop up on an upcoming episode now.

  2. Meaghan

    UGH! I too have these thoughts while watching Jeopardy. I like the idea of a game show based around knowledge (not luck or guessing) and I enjoying playing at home with my husband. But Alex totally creeps me out and I get really irritated with his “mansplaining.” To be fair, he does do it to men as well, but it feels less creepy and just lame.


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