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Season 21 (2004-2005)Edit

  • Season 21 of Jeopardy! kicks off on September 6, 2004.
  • The opening credits have changed to the golden Jeopardy! logo, which is superimposed over a colorful background in many different shades of blue, with cyan Bezier curves in the background.
  • The "DAILY DOUBLE" name and the "DOUBLE" and "FINAL" in Double and Final Jeopardy! again use Impact, as do the words "VIDEO" and "AUDIO" in Video and Audio Daily Doubles; the "DAILY DOUBLE" name now appears in silver, while all the rest remain red.
  • The contestant intros and Final Jeopardy! winnings changed its color to slate blue strips with white borders and white, italicized, shadowed text in Compacta-D.
  • For this season and the next, the category names are switched to Haettenschweiler.
  • This Jeopardy! episode, which is aired on November 24, 2004, has a full closing credit roll; resulting in a rare instance of a large majority of the 2001-2008 theme without saxophones and electric guitars from the first B-major section onward being heard.
  • The Tournament of Champions was held in September 2004.
  • Ken Jennings' winning streak continues until November 30, 2004, when he is beaten by Nancy Zerg, who loses the next day.
  • On the December 1, 2004, episode, Ken Jennings is brought out at the beginning of the show to be recognized for his place in game show history.
  • The Ultimate Tournament of Champions is held from February 2005 to May 2005. Ken Jennings, Jerome Vered, and Brad Rutter face off in the finals.
  • Rutter wins the tournament with a $2,000,000 cash prize, making him the biggest game show money winner at the time; as of today, he is still the biggest money winner on Jeopardy!
  • On the February 23, 2005 episode, this is the first episode where one Final Jeopardy! contestant is shown.
  • David Madden made Jeopardy! debut on the July 5, 2005 episode.
  • On the September 7 and 10, 2004 episodes, three males play for the first and second times this season, the September 7, 2004 episode is also the first all-male game since July 15, 2004.
  • On the October 14 and 15, 2004 episodes, three males play for the third and fourth times this season.
  • From October 18-22, 2004, Back to School Week is held where the kids from the 2004-05 school year go back to school on August 23, 2004, school closes out on June 3, 2005.
  • On the October 19 and 20, 2004 episodes during Back to School Week, two middle-aged girls and one middle-aged boy play.
  • On the October 21, 2004 episode during Back to School Week, two middle-aged boys and one middle-aged girl play.
  • On the October 27, 2004 episode, three males play for the fifth time this season.
  • On the November 2, 2004 episode [delayed to November 6, 2004, during election coverage], three males play for the sixth time this season.
  • On the November 9, 2004 episode, three males play for the seventh time this season.
  • On the December 3, 2004 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant.
  • On the December 6, 2004 episode, three males play for the eighth time this season.
  • On the December 7, 2004 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant.
  • On the December 14 and 16, 2004 episodes, three males play for the ninth and tenth times this season, this is the second time this season that three males play twice in a row.
  • On the December 20 and 22, 2004 episodes, three males play for the eleventh and twelfth times this season, this is the third time this season that three males play twice in a row.
  • On the December 27, 2004 episode, three males play for the thirteenth time this season.
  • On the December 29, 2004 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant.
  • On the January 17, 2005 episode, three males play for the fourteenth time this season.
  • On the January 21, 2005 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant.
  • On the May 27, 2005 episode, three males play for the fifteenth time this season.
  • On the May 31, 2005 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant.
  • On the June 2, 2005 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant.
  • On the June 9, 2005 episode, three males play for the sixteenth time this season.
  • On the June 13, 2005 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant.
  • On the July 4, 2005 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant.
  • On the July 5, 2005 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant.
  • On the July 11 and 14, 2005 episodes, there are two female contestants and one male contestant, this is the first time this season that a male champion plays against two female challengers twice in a row.
  • On the July 12, 2005 episode, three males play for the seventeenth time this season, this is the new record holder of most times three guys played on Jeopardy!.
  • This is the only season where three females did not play on Jeopardy!.
  • Season 21 of Jeopardy! wraps up on July 22, 2005. It also marks the last time that they never used electric guitars, as well as saxophones played during the closing credits.
  • Summer reruns air from July 25-September 9, 2005, with replacement fee plugs. The summer reruns include some of the Ultimate Tournament of Champions. Reruns later air on weekends from 2005-2006. Eventually, reruns air on Game Show Network under the GSN branding in the late 2000s, including the entire Ultimate Tournament of Champions.
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