Final Jeopardy: Sitcoms

The Final Jeopardy question (1/6/2016) in the category “Sitcoms” was:

When it premiered in 1974, this TV show used a 1955 No. 1 hit as its opening song.

New champ Steve Belding won $24,401 in yesterday’s game. Today he goes for a second win against these two players: Matt Orlovick, from Washington, DC; and Sheila Churchill, from Braselton, GA.

Round 1: Matt found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The American Bible Challenge” under the $1,000 clue. He was in second place with $3,400, $1,000 behind Steve’s lead. He bet $2,000 and thought it was Samuel. That was WRONG.

In 1 Kings 3 God tells him “I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart. show

Sheila finished in the lead with $6,800. Steve was second with $4,800 and Matt was last with $2,400.

Round 2: Sheila found the first Daily Double in “_____ in the _____” under the $2,000 clue with only one category left on the board after it. She was in second place now with $10,400, $7,200 less than Steve’s lead. She bet $5,000 and got one word WRONG in the title.

This T.S. Eliot verse drama deals with the assassination of Thomas Becket. show

Steve found the last Daily Double in “OPEC Nations” under the $1,600 clue, the penultimate because they started at the top of the category. In the lead with $19,200, he had $9,200 more than Matt in second place. He bet $3,000 and thought it was Sudan. That was WRONG.

This country that had violent regime change in 2011 has the largest oil reserves in Africa. show

Steve finished in the lead with $16,200. Matt was next with $12,000 and Sheila was in third place with $6,200.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Rock Around the Clock,” a 1955 No. 1 for Bill Haley & His Comets, was used at the beginning of “Happy Days” during its first two seasons, and the “Happy Days” song was used at the end. Beginning in Season 3, the show began and ended with just the “Happy Days” song. More at Mental Floss: 11 Shows That Changed Their Opening Theme Songs

Sheila thought it was “All in the Family.” She bet and lost it all.

Matt got it right. His $5,000 bet brought him up to $17,000.

Steve also got it. He bet $7,801 for today’s winning total of $24,001. His 2-day total is $48,402.

FJ Results: 1-6-16

That was quite a game. Steve started it off by running the “Name That Tune” category and, this time, he got that applause from the audience that he didn’t get yesterday. He also got all the clues right in “On the Stage” in the second round but made a little detour to the $400 clue in “The Super Bowl Head Coach’s Team.” Sheila answered that one, then returned to “On the Stage.”

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “2013 Obituaries”

She was called a “savior”, a heartless tyrant”, a “trailblazer”, “intimidating” & a “real toughie.” show

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7 Responses

  1. Sandy says:

    “All in the Family”? That’s snubbing one of the best theme songs of all time, sung so wonderfully by Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton!

    • VJ says:

      I don’t see how that’s snubbing it. She just probably didn’t think of rock songs at all for 1955.

      Interestingly, there are 3 different versions of The Ballad of Davy Crockett on the list of Top 30 Singles for 1955, but Sheila probably just knew that was a 50s show.

  2. aaaa says:

    46/61 here

  3. EricS says:

    There should be an applause prompter for the audience. If a player skips around, it can be tough to see a run.

    • EricS says:

      And thank you for mentioning Mental Floss!

      • VJ says:

        You’re welcome. As for the applause, that’s true that the audience might only notice the run if the player stays in that category, but yesterday, the wrong answer that got all the attention was the first clue and Steve stayed in it and ran it when he got command.

        Steve is a strong player in any event. Can he be our first 4x champ?

        Correct prediction — Congrats to TR :)

  4. jacob ska says:

    Hurray! Good for you Steve. Congrats!!! Solid.