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Season 12 (1995-1996)[]

Season Changes[]

  • This is the last full season with the 1991-1996 set, and the closing animations between the host and the day's winners.
  • New opening sequence: the Jeopardy! logo slides out on the globe. The globe explodes, and the Jeopardy! logo zooms in, revealing the 1991-1996 set.
  • An Atlanta 1996 logo can be seen during the introductions on Olympics tournament episodes.
  • On Olympics tournament episodes, the Atlanta 1996 logo appeared, followed by the Jeopardy! logo.
  • The closed captioning bug was removed from the opening credits, but it was only used on Olympics tournament episodes.
  • At the beginning of this season, the sound of the studio audience chattering is no longer heard, so Johnny said: "This is Jeopardy!", But the chattering was only used on Olympics tournament episodes, as well as the Tournament of Champions.
  • This is the last season where the contestants names appear in gold Korinna font.
  • This is also the last season where Alex enters the Jeopardy! set during most of the grid set run.
  • This is also the last full season to use the 1991-1996 grid set.
  • This is also the last full season where the contestant podium monitors turn red for Double Jeopardy!.
  • This is the last season where the Jeopardy! logo appeared in the copyright card.
  • This is also the last season where the sponsor list and the closing credits appear in Korinna font.
  • Johnny did a slight variation on the Jeopardy! opening catchphrase starting on the July 15, 1996 episode: "An official sponsor of the 1996 Olympic Games, this is Jeopardy!". The sound of the audience chattering had returned at the beginning of the show.

September 1995[]

  • Season 12 of Jeopardy! kicks off on September 4, 1995.
  • On the September 4, 1995 episode, Isaac Segal retires with $56,700 despite losing his fifth game.
  • On the September 18, 1995 episode, Len Krisak retires with $43,399 despite losing his fifth game.
  • On the September 29, 1995 episode, Linda Roberts retires with $50,404 despite losing her fifth game.

October 1995[]

  • On the October 5, 1995 episode, Gordon Wean retires with $44,985 despite losing his fifth game.
  • On the October 19, 1995 episode, Paul Thompson retires undefeated with $72,199.
  • On the October 31, 1995 episode, Vanna White from Wheel of Fortune appeared in the clues for the "Halloween/Costume" category.

November 1995[]

  • Celebrity Jeopardy! is held from November 6-10, 1995.
    • Stephen King, Lynn Redgrave and David Duchovny compete on Monday.
    • LeVar Burton, Melody Thomas Scott and Dan Jansen compete on Tuesday.
    • Noah Wyle, Shawntel Smith and Charles Shaughnessy compete on Wednesday.
    • Swoosie Kurtz, Charles Kimbrough and Bill Maher compete on Thursday.
    • Jeff Foxworthy, Yasmine Bleeth and Thomas Haden Church compete on Friday.
  • The Tournament of Champions airs from November 13-24, 1995.

December 1995[]

  • On the December 6, 1995 episode, Michael Daunt retires undefeated with $64,198.
  • On the December 15, 1995 episode, Brad Plovan retires undefeated with $61,402.
  • The Senior Tournament was held for the last time from December 18-29, 1995.

January 1996[]

  • On the January 16, 1996 episode, Barbara Walker retires with $46,100 despite losing her fifth game.
  • On the January 22, 1996 episode, Bill Dickenson retires undefeated with $48,401.

February 1996[]

  • On the February 2, 1996 episode, Bill Sloan retires undefeated with $62,800.
  • The College Championship airs from February 12-23, 1996 for the first time, taking turns for the Teen Tournament in this season.

March 1996[]

April 1996[]

  • On the April 5, 1996 episode, David Sampugnaro retires undefeated with $72,101.
  • On the April 15, 1996 episode, Michael Dupee retires undefeated with $66,401.
  • On the April 26, 1996 episode, Beverly Spurs retires with $59,001 despite losing her fifth game.

May 1996[]

  • The Teen Tournament airs from May 6-17, 1996.
    • On the May 17, 1996 episode, the second final game of the tournament, all 60 clues were given correct responses in the Jeopardy! and Double Jeopardy! rounds, and all three contestants gave the correct response to Final Jeopardy!
    • This game was to determine the overall winner between Derek Bridges and Amanda Goad. Derek had a high enough score going into Final Jeopardy! to wager for the win but mistakenly wagered for the tie, rather than the win. Both of them took home $31,200. Amanda Goad responded correctly and went on to become the 1996 Teen Tournament winner.

June 1996[]

  • On the June 21, 1996 episode, Mary Hirschfield retires with $56,004 despite losing her fifth game.

July 1996[]

  • On the July 15-18, 1996 episodes, the Olympics tournament is held, followed by the last episode of the 12th season of Jeopardy!, which is the season finale that aired on July 19, 1996, the same day the Centennial Olympic Games open in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Season 12 of Jeopardy! wraps up on July 19, 1996.
  • Summer reruns air from July 22-August 30, 1996. Reruns later air on weekends from 1996-1997 and then on Game Show Network between 1999 and 2001.
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