It's one of the greatest TV shows of all time, and we got an exclusive backstage pass to the set. Yup, we're talking about Jeopardy!
Not only does the quiz show still deliver powerhouse ratings in Seattle, but it's won countless Emmy Awards over the years, including "Outstanding Game Show" this past April 2017.
So, what is it about the show that makes it so successful in Seattle? Well, we're smart. And don't take it from us - take it from legendary host Alex Trebek.
"It says a lot about the quality of our program and the quality of the people in Seattle," said Trebek. "And the intelligence of the people in Seattle. They appreciate us."
The show first aired in 1964, running off and on until the late 1970s. Then in 1984, a new version launched with Trebek and announcer Johnny Gilbert. The rest they say... is history!
"I started with Alex 34 years ago - this is our 34th season," said Gilbert. "We are the only two left from the original crew and it's fun! There is always new material, always new contestants and always new audiences every day."
Contestants go through rehearsals before the cameras start rolling with Trebek. That helps calm nerves, especially for one Seattle contestant.
"I was really anxious about it," said Gavin, a contest from Seattle who was filming his Jeopardy! debut the same day we visited the Los Angeles set. "[Then] we rehearsed and got behind the podium, and then it kind of melted away. It's very nice, and they do a good job of making people feel comfortable."
But after rehearsals, it's showtime! We couldn't film the actual show itself - don't want to give away the question - but during a lunch break we did sneak onto set!
"This feels huge," our mischievous host Gaard Swanson marveled. "If you are at home watching on TV, you don't get this feeling. This is a MONSTER set. The game board right here is 19 feet tall, the ceilings go to 22 - almost 80 feet across."
Of course we had to sign in to play. Why not, right? But buzzing in is a lot harder than it looks.
"Once you see the blue lights on the board that means you can click in," said Swanson. "And once you click in - hopefully with the right answer - you have 5 seconds to answer. If you don't get it right, then you lose some money."
Intrigued? This is just the TIP of the iceberg. Every day this week we're going further behind the scenes, including more interviews with Trebek, a deeper dive into the set, meeting the crew, and of course - playing a little ourselves!