'Jeopardy!' Will Air Alex Trebek's Very First Episode From 1984

July 17, 2020

“Jeopardy!” is boarding the time machine!

Since the game show has officially run out of episodes during the pandemic, it announced that it would open the vault to air some of the best moments and episodes from the show’s 36-year run.

How far is the series going back? All the way to the beginning!

From July 20-24, five of the best episodes from the 1980s will air, including the premiere, which aired on September 10, 1984.

In a fun coincidence, the premiere, which marked Alex Trebek’s debut, will air the week of his 80th birthday, which is July 22.

The following week will focus on five of the best celebrity games. It’ll wrap up with a two-week special on August 3-7 and August 10-4 that re-airs the first-ever million-dollar competition featuring 15 of the best game players.

The press release noted that show producers sifted through nearly 8,000 episodes in order to narrow it down to the 20 most “compelling” ones.

"What is incredible about Jeopardy! is that it has historical importance while remaining culturally relevant," Executive Producer Mike Richards said.

"I know our fans will love the nostalgia while still enjoying the gameplay. A lot has changed over the years — the set, the pace of the game ... the mustache! — but the ability to play along is timeless," Richards added.

Trebek teased the upcoming special and addressed his facial hair in a Youtube video stating, "I hope you're all doing well during these difficult times. As many of you know, whenever there's a break in our Jeopardy! tape schedule, I often take that opportunity to grow some facial hair.”

"For the first time ever we're going to open the Jeopardy! vaults and take another look at some of our favorite episodes, including the very first Jeopardy! show I ever hosted, mustache and all," he added.

At the end, the host, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2019, gave an update on his health saying he’s been “doing well.”

“I've been continuing my treatment and it is paying off, though it does fatigue me a great deal. My numbers are good, I'm feeling great," he shared.

The next day, The New York Times posted an article in which Trebek said his prognosis has worsened and that he was willing to stop treatment. It’s unclear when the publication spoke to Trebek.

The throwback “Jeopardy!” fun begins on July 20.

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