Answer: It debuted as a daytime half-hour series on March 30, 1964, 59 years ago this month, introducing an answer-and-question format that has survived through multiple networks and time slots, several hosts and an unexpected recent bout of controversy to remain one of America’s most beloved game shows. Perhaps most surprisingly, it’s seen as a bastion of real intelligence and erudition in a genre most often known for its sophomoric corniness.
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