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Season 20 (2003-2004)Edit

Season Changes:

  • The five-day limit is lifted, now contestants can keep appearing on the show as long as they continue to win. Hence, the term "the sky's the limit."
  • 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, 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, in which the "J" reveals the 2002-2009 set.
  • The "DOUBLE" and "FINAL" in Double 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, it was 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.
  • Lisa Finneran, Rocky Schmidt, and Gary Johnson became senior producers.

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.
  • Steven Dorfman died of colon cancer on January 4, 2004 at the age of 48. The April 21, 2004 episode is dedicated to him.
  • On the June 2, 2004 episode, Ken Jennings makes his first appearance on Jeopardy!.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • From September 22-26, 2003, Back to School Week is held where the kids from the 2003-04 school year go back to school on August 25, 2003, school closes out on June 4, 2004.
  • On the September 22, 2003 episode during Back to School Week, two middle-aged boys and one middle-aged girl play.
  • On the September 25, 2003 episode during Back to School Week, two middle-aged girls and one middle-aged boy play.
  • On the October 3, 2003 episode, three males play for the second time this season.
  • On the October 17, 2003 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant.
  • On the October 21, 2003 episode, three males play for the third time this season.
  • On the November 6, 2003 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant.
  • On the December 4, 2003 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant.
  • On the December 12, 2003 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant.
  • On the December 22, 2003 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant.
  • On the December 25, 2003 episode, three females play for the first time this season, 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.
  • On the January 2, 2004 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant.
  • On the January 12 and 14, 2004 episodes, three males play for the fifth and sixth times this season, 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.
  • On the March 19, 2004 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant.
  • On the March 22, 2004 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant.
  • On the March 31, 2004 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant.
  • On the April 16, 2004 episode, three males play for the seventh time this season.
  • On the April 19, 2004 episode, three males play for the eighth time this season.
  • On the April 26, 2004 episode, three males play for the ninth time this season.
  • On the May 6, 2004 episode during Kids Week, two middle-aged boys and one middle-aged girl play.
  • On the May 7, 2004 episode during Kids Week, two middle-aged girls and one middle-aged boy play.
  • On the May 20, 2004 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant.
  • On the May 21, 2004 episode, three males play for the tenth time this season.
  • On the June 4, 2004 episode, three males play for the eleventh time this season.
  • 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.
  • On the June 10, 2004 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant.
  • On the June 23, 2004 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant.
  • On the June 25, 2004 episode, three males play for the fourteenth time this season.
  • On the July 2, 2004 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant.
  • On the July 8, 2004 episode, three males play for the fifteenth time this season.
  • On the July 9, 2004 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant.
  • On the July 15, 2004 episode, three males play for the sixteenth time this season.
  • On the July 23, 2004 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant.
  • 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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