In honor of the 40th season of Survivor, and Jeopardy!‘s willingness to hand over categories to pop culture brands (like we saw with Disney during the Jeopardy! GOAT championship), there was a entire Survivor category on the Monday, Feb. 17, show.
Jeopardy has long had Survivor-related clues, and of course, Jeff Probst has long had a connection to the show, as he used to host VH1’s Rock & Roll Jeopardy! for its four seasons between 1998 and 2001.
Jeopardy also has a CBS connection: While it’s produced by Sony Pictures Television, it is distributed by CBS Television Distribution.
The clues were given by Jeff Probst, and the three contestants mostly avoided the category, leaving its $400, 800, and $1000 clues as the last three on the Jeopardy game board.
I was disappointed that the answers did not require knowledge of Survivor; they weren’t even lightweight Survivor trivia, but clues that promoted the show without actually asking anything specific about it. That’s pretty standard for Jeopardy! clues, but still a bit of a letdown for anyone who wanted to challenge their Survivor knowledge.
After the final clue was ready, which also ended the first round of game play, Alex Trebek said, “And with that, we conclude that category—our thanks to Jeff Probst. I can’t believe that Survivor has been on the air four years longer than Jeopardy. And Jeff has not changed one bit in appearance—and look at me! I need a break.”
Jeopardy! is in its 36th season, having premiered in 1984, so it’s chronologically much, much older. After the commercial, before Double Jeopardy, Alex Trebek issued a correction.
“I am feeling so relieved,” he said. “I found out during the commercial break that Survivor, although it is in its 40th season, is only in its 20th year, so I’m feeling like I’m looking pretty good after all.”
Jeopardy’s Survivor category clues
Here are Jeopardy!‘s Survivor answers, as delivered by Jeff Probst, and the answers follow. (Jeopardy cut together this clip of the entire category run.)
$200: “The weather upped the stakes for Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X. The castaways had to be temporarily evacuated from their camps due to Zena, this tropical storm that can also be called a hurricane or a typhoon.”
$400: “In 1882 Germany, Austria-Hungary & Italy formed a secret pact called the triple this…on the first season of Survivor, Richard formed a quadruple one with Sue, Rudy, & Kelly, in which the 4 voted as a bloc, a wildly successful strategy that set a precedent for the series.”
$600: “I knew that Survivor needed a catchphrase for when I snuffed out a torch at Tribal Council, it was actually executive producer Mark Burnett who inadvertently came up with this iconic 4-word phrase & the rest is TV history”
$800: “A fan favorite from Survivor: The Australian Outback, she went on to co-host The View and Fox & Friends.”
$1000: “The castaways on Survivor: China visited the Great Wall & Shaolin Temple, home of Kung Fu; for help with strategy, the tribes were given that Sun Tzu wrote more than 2,500 years ago, though its tactics apply to Survivor as if it had been written today.”
- $200: What is a cyclone?
- $400: What is an alliance?
- $600: What is “The tribe has spoken”?
- $800: Who is Elisabeth Hasselbeck?
- $1000: What is The Art of War?