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It was Jeopardy! that cemented his legacy, however Alex Trebek — who died from pancreatic cancer on November eight on the age of 80 — had a a lot richer TV résumé than lots of people notice. To begin, he had been internet hosting recreation exhibits since 1962, together with The Wizard of Odds, Traditional Focus, and To Inform the Reality. But he did greater than stand behind podiums and quiz contestants: Trebek additionally appeared on quite a lot of TV exhibits — normally as some model of himself.
It didn’t take lengthy after he began internet hosting Jeopardy! in 1984 that Trebek transcended his function as a profession game-show host and have become a serious determine in American popular culture (regardless of being Canadian), showing on a number of sitcoms and iconic exhibits like Baywatch and Beverly Hills, 90210. Trebek additionally lent his voice to a number of animated kids’s packages of the ’90s, like Rugrats, The Magic College Bus, and Arthur, that means some millennials grew up acquainted with his baritone earlier than that they had ever heard of a Each day Double.
If you happen to’re lacking Trebek and are in want of additional doses of his signature wit, listed below are just a few of the our favourite Trebek forays into different, non-Jeopardy! sorts of tv.
Season four, Episode 19: “Mama on Jeopardy!” (1988)
When Jeopardy! comes to Raytown, Thelma Harper (Vicki Lawrence) winds up as a contestant on the present, up towards a school professor and thermonuclear physicist. After not performing significantly effectively through the first two rounds of the sport, Thelma manages to finish up with $1 following Closing Jeopardy, which is sufficient to put her in second place. Although she assumes the second-place prize is a set of Lee Press-On Nails, it’s truly a visit to Hawaii. Thelma reacts with a high-pitched scream, and by operating over to Trebek and kissing him on the lips. Accessible for buy on Amazon Prime Video and airing on MeTV.
Season eight, Episode 14: “What Is … Cliff Clavin?” (1990)
Know-it-all postal employee Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger) is a contestant on Jeopardy! when the present has a taping in Boston. The sport was a runaway for Cliff, however he dangers all of it on Closing Jeopardy, and as a substitute of figuring out Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, and Joan Crawford by their authentic names, he responds with, “Who’re three individuals who’ve by no means been in my kitchen?” The present ends with Cliff having an on-camera meltdown, insisting that he’s the actual winner (which is now a extra well timed twist than it ought to be). However the half the place Trebek actually shines is later within the episode when he visits Cheers to seize a beer and finally ends up making a reference to Cliff — and, in fact, will get propositioned by Carla Tortelli (Rhea Pearlman). Streaming on Hulu.
Season 7, Episode 16: “Questions and Solutions” (1992)
Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur) and Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan) each take the Jeopardy! take a look at (like Carla, Blanche would love some alone time with Trebek), and Dorothy makes it to the following spherical of auditions. Whereas prepping, Dorothy falls asleep and dreams she’s on the present competing towards Rose Nylund (Betty White) and their neighbor, Charley Dietz (David Leisure). Dorothy is forward till Closing Jeopardy, when she incorrectly responds that Ulysses S. Grant was buried in Grant’s Tomb, when the reply Trebek was in search of was “Cary Grant” (evidently a well-liked Closing Jeopardy response on sitcoms on the time). Dorothy pleads her case to Jeopardy! creator Merv Griffin, telling him that he’s essentially the most beloved man in America, including: “You’re vivid. You’re charming. You’re the anti-Trump.” She nonetheless doesn’t win — each in her dream and after she wakes up. (In 2014, Trebek appeared on one other Betty White sitcom, Hot in Cleveland, the place he performed a model of himself who works as park ranger on the weekends, and got here to the rescue when he came upon that “there have been girls in … jeopardy.”) Streaming on Hulu.
Season three, Episode 2: “Franny and the Professor” (1995)
C.C. Babcock (Lauren Lane) bets her brother Noel Babcock (Michael McKean) that he wouldn’t be capable of get Fran Nice (Fran Drescher) on Jeopardy! He succeeds, and Fran is a contestant on the present. Taking part in himself, Trebek effortlessly banters with Fran, as she over-explains her solutions, recordsdata her nails on the podium, and celebrates getting a Each day Double by making (after which blowing out) finger weapons. Her opponents get Closing Jeopardy mistaken and wager an excessive amount of, and Fran finally ends up profitable with a complete of $200. The episode additionally contains a cameo by Roger Clinton, enjoying himself. Airing on CoziTV.
Season 5, Episode 14: “Who’s Not on First” (1995)
Irritated that nobody is taking his mind severely, Joey Russo (Joey Lawrence) desires that he’s a contestant on Jeopardy! (is that this actually that widespread of a dream?!), enjoying towards his sister Blossom (Mayim Bialik) and Albert Einstein (what seems to be Ted Wass). In his dream, Joey is the returning champion, married to Cindy Crawford, and finally ends up profitable essentially the most prize cash in Jeopardy! historical past: greater than $13 million. Trebek portrays himself, asserting a spherical of Joey-centric classes together with “Hair Immediately,” “Sleeveless Shirts,” “Well-known Muscular tissues” and “Whoa” — which he delivers by way of a good however admirable Joey impression. On this model of dream Jeopardy!, Trebek says he’s impressed by this profitable contestant, ending with the road: “Joey Russo: An unbelievable human being.” Accessible for buy on Amazon Prime Video.
Season 5, Episode 25: “Double Jeopardy” (1995)
Brandon Walsh (Jason Priestly), Clare Arnold (Kathleen Robertson), and Andrea Zuckerman (Gabrielle Carteris) are competing towards one another for a spot on the Jeopardy! Faculty Championship. Brandon and Clare each have comparable desires the place they seem as contestants on the sport present, each of which function Trebek as himself. Clare’s dream entails a round where every response is “What is Brandon Walsh?” in classes together with “Minnesota Studs,” “Walshes,” and “Scorching Guys.” When she wins, Jeopardy! announcer Johnny Gilbert presents Arnold along with her very personal Brandon Walsh “with moveable limbs and pullable hair.” Present is streaming on Hulu, however episode is unavailable.
Season 2, Episode 24: “Sport Present Didi/Toys within the Attic” (1993)
Season three, Episode 6: “Reveals and Tells” (1996)
Season 5, Episode 1: “Arthur and the Large Riddle/Double Dare” (2000)
Those that grew up within the 1990s have been handled to not one, however three Trebek appearances in kids’s animated exhibits. The primary is in a 1993 episode of Rugrats, the place he performs Alan Quebec, the host of a Jeopardy!-esque game show called Super Stumpers, on which Didi Pickles (voiced by Melanie Chartoff) seems as a contestant. Three years later, Trebek lent his voice because the host of the Worldwide Present-and-Inform Competitors on an episode of The Magic School Bus. His animated character is a smooth-talking, suit-wearing, mustachioed silver fox, so between that and his distinctive voice, the reference is fairly clear. On prime of all that, Trebek voices one other animated TV game-show host primarily based on himself (Alex … Lebek!) on two episodes of Arthur. You may decide for your self which performances is the perfect out of the three. Streaming on Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video.
Season 9, Episode eight: “Swept Away” (1998)
Lifeguard Alex Ryker (Mitzi Kapture) lands a spot on Jeopardy!, however just a few days earlier than the taping, she rescues a fisherman who falls off a breakwater and is at risk of drowning. Because it seems, the fisherman is Trebek (once more, enjoying himself), which is unlucky for Alex Ryker due to a strict rule disqualifying you from the present if you understand anybody who works there. And no, exceptions aren’t made, even if you happen to save the host’s life. To make up for it, Trebek exhibits up on the lifeguard station with a bag of Jeopardy! merchandise for Alex. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Season 24, Episode 5: “Penny-Wiseguys” (2012)
With a purpose to earn some cash in a rush (don’t ask), Marge Simpson (voiced by Julie Kavner) competes on an episode of Jeopardy!, the place she finally ends up with –$5,200. This leads Trebek to ask Marge for the cash she misplaced to the present. Whereas clearly that’s not how the sport is performed in actual life, it’s positively the sort of issues that will occur in Springfield. Streaming on Disney+.
Season 10, Episode 7: “Snatch Sport” (2018)
Although Trebek didn’t make it into the Werk Room, he did make three video appearances in one of many present’s fan-favorite “Snatch Sport” episodes. The primary was through the recreation itself, when he supplied the immediate: “I’m placing collectively a model new model of the present only for drag queens. As an alternative of answering within the type of a query, the queens should now reply with a clean.” Trebek got here again through the last portion of the present with a Latrice Royale reference (“What’s, ‘chunky, but funky?’”) and to supply Ru with an “amen” per his request. Accessible for buy on Amazon Prime Video.