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Season 18 (2001-2002)Edit

  • Season 18 of Jeopardy! kicks off on September 3, 2001.
  • This season is both the last season to feature Alex Trebek's trademark mustache, and the first season where Alex Trebek is seen without his mustache.
  • 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.
  • Due to the financial dispute with Sony, WebTV interactive dropped Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune from Microsoft.
  • This was 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.
  • On early episodes of this season:
    • The dollar values for the first two rounds are still the same as they were on September 10, 1984, episode Greg/Lois/Frank, when Alex Trebek began hosting Jeopardy!.
    • The Jeopardy! Online logo stilled used after the closing credits.
    • Later in the season, the Jeopardy! Online logo was removed.
    • The Clue Crew is not used.
  • Jeopardy! was preempted on September 11, 2001, due to the terrorist attacks on New York City.
  • On the September 21, 2001 episode, Alex Trebek shaved his mustache.
  • On the September 24, 2001 episode, the Clue Crew was introduced.
  • The pink on the sliding doors are replaced by very pale lavender, and it would be used for the rest of the sushi bar set.
  • The whoosh sound returned to the introduction on the October 10, 2001 episode.
  • The Tournament of Champions were held on the October 22, 2001 episode.
  • A split-screen for full credit rolls debuted, with the closing act on the left, and the credits scrolling up on the right.
  • During the quarter-finals week of the Tournament of Champions, Johnny Gilbert 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.
  • 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 Trebek mentions the new clue values the monitors make the usual transition: The old Jeopardy! round values are replaced with new Jeopardy! round values.
  • 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 Trebek reads the Final Jeopardy! clue.
  • January 11, 2002, is the real 4,000th episode.
  • On the 4th quarterfinal game of the Teen Tournament, Alex Trebek 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 the April 29, 2002 episode, Ben Sternberg sets a new one-day record of $38,400.
  • On the May 2, 2002 episode, the Million Dollars Masters Tournament is held 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.
  • 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 June 12, 2002, and the June 13, 2002 episodes, a full credit roll was shown for two days in a row.
  • 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".
  • 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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