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Season 20 (2003-2004)Edit

Season Changes:

  • The five-day championship limit is lifted, now contestants can keep appearing on the show, as long as they continue to win, known as "The Sky's The Limit" rule.
  • Thought of the Day has a unique title card in 2004 and 2014.
  • The opening credits have changed to an orange and blue background, with details of the set visible within it as the light shines, and the Jeopardy! logo gained a black color scheme. To mark the show's 20th anniversary, a "20th Anniversary" byline is seen in Futura underneath the Jeopardy! logo. Finally, the Jeopardy! logo then swings forward to reveal the 2002-2009 set.
  • The "DOUBLE" and "FINAL" in Double Jeopardy! and Final Jeopardy!, as well as the Daily Double text, are changed to Impact; the Daily Double text gained a black color scheme to match the season's title card. On later episodes of this season, the "DOUBLE" and "FINAL" in Double Jeopardy! and Final Jeopardy! were changed to red.
  • Starting with this season, the contestant introductions were changed to outer box introductions.
  • Also, the contestant intro and Final Jeopardy! winnings strips became blue, with black text in a font resembling Helvetica.

This season:

  • Season 20 of Jeopardy! kicks off on September 8, 2003.
  • On the December 18, 2003 episode, this episode featured blind contestant, Dave Oberhart.
  • On the January 13, 2004 episode, Tom Walsh became the show's first seven-day champion.
  • This is the last season where Steven Dorfman is the writer. He died of colon cancer on January 4, 2004 at the age of 48.
  • On the April 21, 2004 episode, this episode is dedicated to Steven Dorfman.
  • On the June 2, 2004 episode, Ken Jennings makes his Jeopardy! debut.
  • For at least the last 30 half-hour episodes of Season 20, the display text for video clues and the Final Jeopardy! thinking period are changed back to Korinna, which remains for the next two seasons.
  • Also, the clue cards themselves changed from smart quotes and custom apostrophes to straight quotes and plain apostrophes, and the category names temporarily changed from Swiss 911 to Helvetica Condensed.
  • On the September 17, 2003 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant [Brian, Sylvia and Marybeth].
  • On the September 19, 2003 episode, three males play for the first time this season, this is the first all-male game since July 18, 2003 [Michael, Dave and Chuck].
  • On the September 22-26, 2003 episodes, Back to School Week is held.
  • On the September 22, 2003 episode during Back to School Week, two middle-aged boys and one middle-aged girl play [Mariah, Jake and Aaron].
  • On the September 25, 2003 episode during Back to School Week, two middle-aged girls and one middle-aged boy play [Ranz, Deidre and Ashley].
  • On the October 3, 2003 episode, three males play for the second time this season [Tom, Vane and Jason].
  • On the October 17, 2003 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant [Katie, Russ and Arlen].
  • On the October 21, 2003 episode, three males play for the third time this season [Unless if Parker is a male].
  • On the November 6, 2003 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant [Chuck, Julie and Michelle].
  • On the December 4, 2003 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant [Lillie, Ben and Jeffery].
  • On the December 12, 2003 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant [Molly, Tim and Wes].
  • On the December 22, 2003 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant [Erica, James and Tom].
  • On the December 25, 2003 episode, three females play for the first time this season [Unless if Jamie is a female], this is the first all-female game since July 17, 2002.
  • On the December 29, 2003 episode, three males play for the fourth time this season [Unless if Riki is a male].
  • On the January 2, 2004 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant [Faith, Joe and Luke].
  • On the January 12 and 14, 2004 episodes, three males play for the fifth and sixth times this season [Tom, Ron, Snowden, Dave and Steve], this is the first time this season that three males play twice in a row.
  • On the January 26, 2004 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant [Margaret, Neil and Todd].
  • On the March 19, 2004 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant [Steve, Sonja and Mary].
  • On the March 22, 2004 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant [Sonja, Brian and Daniel].
  • On the March 31, 2004 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant [David, Becky and Linda].
  • On the April 16, 2004 episode, three males play for the seventh time this season [Stan, Geoff and Ed].
  • On the April 19, 2004 episode, three males play for the eighth time this season [Geoff, Wilson and David].
  • On the April 26, 2004 episode, three males play for the ninth time this season [Tom, Doug and Richard].
  • On the May 6, 2004 episode during Kids Week, two middle-aged boys and one middle-aged girl play [Robin, Guy and Marshall].
  • On the May 7, 2004 episode during Kids Week, two middle-aged girls and one middle-aged boy play [Dominic, Taylor and Amanda]. 
  • On the May 20, 2004 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant [Kristina, Paul and Robert].
  • On the May 21, 2004 episode, three males play for the tenth time this season [Paul, Jeremy and Juan-Carlos].
  • On the June 4, 2004 episode, three males play for the eleventh time this season [Ken, Neil and Dane].
  • On the June 7 and 11, 2004 episodes, three males play for the twelfth and thirteenth times this season, this is the second time this season that three males play twice in a row [Ken, Josh, Clinton, Al and Ethan].
  • On the June 10, 2004 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant [Ken, Susan and Laura].
  • On the June 23, 2004 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant [Ken, Cathy and Sarah-Jane].
  • On the June 25, 2004 episode, three males play for the fourteenth time this season [Ken, Chris and Michael].
  • On the July 2, 2004 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant [Ken, Judy and Mary-Ann].
  • On the July 8, 2004 episode, three males play for the fifteenth time this season [Ken, Oliver and Leonard].
  • On the July 9, 2004 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant [Unless if Darcy is a female].
  • On the July 15, 2004 episode, three males play for the sixteenth time this season [Ken, Lou and Tom].
  • On the July 23, 2004 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant [Ken, Sarah and Kristine].
  • On the July 27, 2004 rerun, one male college boy and two female college girls play.
  • On the July 29, 2004 rerun, one female college girl and two male college boys play.
  • On the August 2 and 4, 2004 reruns, one female college girl and two male college boys play.
  • On the August 3, 5 and 6, 2004 reruns, three male contestants play for the seventeenth, eighteenth and ninteenth times this season.
  • On the August 10 and 13, 2004 reruns, one female teenage girl and two male teenage boys play.
  • On the August 16, 2004 rerun, one female teenage girl and two male teenage boys play.
  • On the August 17, 2004 rerun, three female teenage grls play and for the second time this season, three female contestants play.
  • Season 20 of Jeopardy! wraps up on July 23, 2004, in which Ken Jennings sets a new one-day record of $75,000.
  • Summer reruns air from July 26-September 3, 2004, with reruns later airing on weekends from 2004-2005.
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