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Jeopardy! Kids Week (also called "Back to School Week") was a one-week event that featured kids between ages 10-12. It was held almost every season from 1999 until 2014.

Season Airdate Finale
16 September 6, 1999 September 10, 1999
17-A October 2, 2000 October 6, 2000
17-B December 25, 2000 December 29, 2000
18-A September 24, 2001 September 28, 2001
18-B December 24, 2001 December 28, 2001
19-A September 16, 2002 September 20, 2002
19-B January 6, 2003 January 10, 2003
20-A September 22, 2003 September 26, 2003
20-B May 3, 2004 May 7, 2004
21 October 18, 2004 October 22, 2004
22 October 10, 2005 October 14, 2005
23 October 2, 2006 October 6, 2006
24 October 8, 2007 October 12, 2007
25* September 15, 2008 September 19, 2008
25 July 20, 2009 July 24, 2009
26 July 5, 2010 July 9, 2010
27 July 4, 2011 July 8, 2011
28 July 30, 2012 August 3, 2012
29 July 29, 2013 August 2, 2013
31 December 1, 2014 December 5, 2014

The asterisk (*) indicates the Kids Week Reunion.

Trivia[]

  • Unlike the Teen Tournament, the winning contestant keeps the amount they have scored like regular play, except they are not returning champions.
  • There was no title card used for Seasons 17 and 19 of Holiday Kids Week and Seasons 16-18 of Back to School Week.
  • Kids Week occurred twice from Seasons 17-20 and 25.
  • The asterisk indicates that there was a Kids Week reunion for the show's 25th season.
  • There was no Kids Week during Season 30, and the event was cancelled altogether after Season 31 due to Gabby Fusco's mother being upset with Alex Trebek telling her she was in the red at the end of Double Jeopardy!, which resulted in Gabby herself running backstage crying to her mother about the bad news.
  • Kids Week in Season 29 also sparked some controversy - the third match, to be more specific. In it, Thomas Hurley III wrote down for his Final Jeopardy response “What is the Emanciptation Proclamation?” Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was the correct response, Thomas’ response was declined as his adding of a “t” made the answer different, and as such, invalid. After this, Jeopardy clarified that even though spelling did not matter, pronunciation did, and as such, they were unable to accept his answer. Even so, he was already down $27,000 going into Final Jeopardy, and would’ve been down double that even had his response been accepted.
  • The Kids Week origin happens to have been inspired by Jep!, which was in the process of ending its run, which it officially did by 2000.
  • The one-day record for Kids Week is $66,600, set by Skyler Hornback on July 31, 2013, after wagering $30,000 of his already hefty $36,600 and getting the Final Jeopardy question right. Skyler took great interest in the Civil War, and it paid off when he was asked a question about the Emancipation Proclamation.
    • Skyler’s record was #5 in the one-day total leaderboards at the time, below Roger Craig ($77,000), Ken Jennings ($75,000), and Andy Richter and Jerome Vered tied at $68,000, though Jerome’s total is accounting for the fact that clue dollar values were half of what they are now when he set the record.
      • After James Holzhauer’s streak, Skyler’s total was bumped down to #27, and bumped down one more spot after Matt Amodio won $74,000 in his seventh game almost exactly eight years later on July 29, 2021. (Matt ended up surpassing Skyler three more times - winning $67,800 in his nineteenth game, $70,400 in his thirtieth, and $83,000 in his thirty-fourth. Because of this, Skyler’s record now stands at #31.)

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