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'Rock & Roll Jeopardy'


Jeff Probst, host of Survivor and Rock & Roll Jeopardy

Jeff Probst, shown here on location for 'Survivor', hosted 'Rock & Roll Jeopardy' on VH1.

Courtesy CBS

Rock & Roll Jeopardy was a spin off of Jeopardy, with similar rules and game play. The show had a more relaxed feel to it, largely because of the subject matter.

Host: Jeff Probst
Executive Producers: Harry Friedman, Jeffrey Gaspin
Announcers: Loretta Fox, Stew Herrera
Series Premiere: August 8, 1998
Network: VH1, repeated on GSN
Canceled: May 2001, after three seasons
Top Prize: $5,000 for seasons one and two, varied for season three

'Rock & Roll Jeopardy' Format:

Rock and Roll Jeopardy was a carbon copy of its parent game in many ways. Replace Alex Trebek with the more casual hosting style of Jeff Probst, base all of the questions on rock and roll music, and throw in a theme song played on the electric guitar, and you've got the basic idea. There were some differences, however.

The Jeopardy Round:

The first round was made up of six categories with five clues each, just like Jeopardy. There was only one Daily Double hidden behind one of the clues, and every episode included a large number of musical or video-based clues. Each question was assigned a point value, rather than a dollar amount.

The Double Jeopardy Round:

In the second round the points were doubled and there were two Daily Doubles.

The Final Jeopardy Round:

In final Jeopardy, anyone who finished the regular game with a negative score (or no score at all) was not permitted to play. Just like the parent version, a category was revealed before wagers were made, and points were allotted for a correct answer while they were taken away for an incorrect response.

Unlike its parent show, Rock and Roll Jeopardy did not invite winners to return for the next game. Each episode featured three new contestants.


Besides the subject matter of the questions, the main difference between Jeopardy and its musical version was the final prize. Winners of Rock & Roll Jeopardy received a cash prize of $5,000, and all participants walked away with parting gifts from Sony and game sponsors.

This changed in season three, when the game moved to dollar amounts instead of points. Winners were guaranteed a payout of $5,000 but they could earn more than that with their game play.

Celebrity Episodes:

Just like the regular Jeopardy game, Rock & Roll Jeopardy had some special celebrity episodes. Some of the famous faces that played the game included:

Jeff Probst:

The host of the show is now better known for hosting Survivor, but Jeff Probst gained many fans at the helm of Rock & Roll Jeopardy. He was both professional and fun, sometimes sarcastic, and kept the game moving at a good pace. Probst was more laid back than Alex Trebek, which worked well with the gist of the show.


Rock & Roll Jeopardy was a fun show, with thousands of people trying out to become a contestant each season. After three successful seasons, however, VH1 pulled the plug on the game. It remains one of the most fondly remembered game shows for music lovers, and can be seen occasionally on GSN during marathons and special programming dates.

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