Season 18 (2001-2002)EditSeason changes:
- This season is both the last season to feature Alex's trademark mustache, and the first season where Alex was clean shaven.
- This is also the last season where Perry Ellis is credited as Alex's wardrobe provider.
- The opening credits have changed to a black background, with pieces of a very pale lavender shooting out to form the background of the set visible within it, and the Jeopardy! logo is formed in silver, and then, it wipes away to reveal the 1996-2002 set.
- Due to the financial dispute with Sony at the beginning of this season, WebTV dropped Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.
- This was the last season to be produced by Columbia TriStar Television, and the only season to be produced by Columbia TriStar Domestic Television.
- The contestant introductions and Final Jeopardy! winnings appear in a plain font similar to Arial. This would remain in use until the Season 20 finale.
- This is also the last season to have the 1999 Jeopardy! Online logo.
- A split-screen for full credit rolls debuted, with the closing act on the left, and the credits scrolling up on the right.
- During this season, Columbia TriStar Domestic Television took over production for Jeopardy! and its sister show Wheel of Fortune. It looks just like the Columbia TriStar Television logo, expect the logo is a blue tint and the Sony Pictures Entertainment byline is smaller and the "TELEVISION" text is changed to "DOMESTIC TELEVISION".
- On early episodes of this season:
- The dollar values for the first two rounds are still the same as they were from the September 10, 1984 episode Greg/Lois/Frank, when Alex Trebek began hosting Jeopardy!.
- The 1999 Jeopardy! Online logo was still used after the closing credits.
- It is still produced by Columbia TriStar Television.
- On later episodes of this season, the 1999 Jeopardy! Online logo was removed.
- Season 18 of Jeopardy! kicks off on September 3, 2001.
- On September 10, 2001, three male contestants play for the first time this season, and also the first time for this to happen since July 13, 2001.
- Jeopardy!, and its sister show Wheel of Fortune, were both preempted on September 11, 2001, due to the news coverage of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.
- On September 17, 2001 episode, one male contestant and two female contestants play [Unless if Leigh is a female].
- On the September 21, 2001 episode, Alex shaved his mustache to give him a clean shaven look.
- There are three new contestants on the September 21, 2001 episode.
- On the September 24, 2001 episode, the Clue Crew made their debut during the video clues segment.
- On the September 24-28, 2001 episodes, Back to School Week is held.
- On September 25, 2001 episode during Back to School Week, one middle-aged girl and two middle-aged boys play.
- On September 28, 2001 episode during Back to School Week, one middle-aged boy and two middle-aged girls play.
- The whoosh sound returns in the introduction on the October 10, 2001 episode.
- The Tournament of Champions is held October 22-November 2, 2001.
- During the quarter-finals week of the Tournament of Champions, Johnny introduced, on each episode, three of last year's champions, by announcing the contestants' names and without announcing the total winnings that they earned since their last appearance on the show.
- The College Championship was held at the UCLA, and aired from November 7-20, 2001.
- There are three new contestants on the November 26, 2001 episode [one female contestant taking on two male contestants].
- On the November 26, 2001 episode, the current dollar amounts were introduced: $200 to $1,000 in $200 increments for the Jeopardy! round and $400 to $2,000 in $400 increments for the Double Jeopardy! segment.
- At the top of the episode, the old Jeopardy! round clue values of $100 to $500 are already in the monitors; as Alex mentions the new clue values the monitors make the usual transition: The old Jeopardy! round values are replaced with new Jeopardy! round values.
- With this doubling of the dollar amounts, the winnings cap (which stood at $75,000 from 1984-90, then $100,000 from 1990-97, and $200,000 from 1997-2001, with any excess being donated to charity) is abolished completely.
- On November 27, 2001, one male contestant and two female contestants play.
- On November 28, 2001, three female contestants play for the first time this season.
- On November 29, 2001, for the second game in a row, one female contestant, and two male contestants play.
- On the December 20, 2001 episode, the Los Angeles Spirit Chorale with Cheryl Farrell performed "Carol of the Bells" during the closing credits.
- On the December 21, 2001 episode, the Los Angeles Spirit Chorale with Cheryl performed "Silent Night", which is coming back from the last commercial break, and the rest of the song is heard for 30 seconds after Alex reads the Final Jeopardy! clue.
- From December 24-28 2001, Holiday Kids Week is held.
- On December 24, 2001, one middle-aged boy and two middle-aged girls play.
- On December 28, 2001, one middle-aged girl and two-middle aged boys play.
- January 11, 2002 is the real 4,000th episode.
- On the 4th quarterfinal game of the Teen Tournament on February 7, 2002, Alex announced at the beginning of the show that when the 1st 3 contestants play, the other 12 contestants are locked in a deliberation room. This is so that the contestants won't know what score to beat to be in the semifinals as one of the 4 wildcards spots of high scores among the non-winners.
- On March 5, 2002, one female contestant and two male contestants play.
- On March 14, 2002, one male contestant and two female contestants play.
- On March 28, 2002, one male contestant and two female contestants play.
- On April 1, 2002, one female contestant and two male contestants play.
- On April 10, 2002, three female contestants play for the second time this season.
- On April 22, 2002, one female contestant and two male contestants play.
- On April 24, 2002, one male contestant and two female contestants play.
- On the April 29, 2002 episode, Ben Sternberg sets a new one-day record of $38,400.
- There were three new contestants on the May 23, 2002 episode.
- On April 30, 2002, three male contestants play for the second time this season [Unless if Ronnie is a male].
- From May 1-14, 2002, the Million Dollars Masters Tournament is held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
- On the May 15, 2002 episode, the 4,000th episode aired on this date. It consisted entirely of clips with no gameplay involved.
- Starting on the May 16, 2002 episode, the second-place runner-up receives $2,000 and the third-place runner-up earns $1,000.
- On the May 22, 2002 episode, Ben Tritle becomes the first 5 time-undefeated champion to win a Jaguar X-Type which is now the new car from this point on.
- On May 24, 2002, three male contestants play for the third time this season.
- On June 5, 2002, one male contestant and two female contestants play.
- On June 12, 2002, and the June 13, 2002 episodes, a full credit roll was shown for two days in a row.
- On July 3, 2002, three male contestants play for the fourth time this season.
- On July 8, 2002, one female contestant and two male contestants play.
- On July 17, 2002, three female contestants play for the third time this season.
- Season 18 of Jeopardy! wraps up on July 19, 2002.
- Summer reruns air from July 22-August 30, 2002, with reruns later airing on weekends from 2002-2003. Eventually, reruns air on Game Show Network in the mid-2000s under that network's GSN branding.
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