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Season 25 (2008-2009)[]

Season Changes[]

  • New opening sequence: gold tiles zoom out from the left, and flipping over to reveal their blue tiles, and a Jeopardy! logo pans out. Finally, the Jeopardy! logo swings forward, revealing the 2002-2009 set (HD version).
  • To mark the show's 25th anniversary, a "25th Anniversary" byline is shown under the Jeopardy! logo in a cursive script.
  • The opening graphics were designed by Room 207.
  • Only during this season, the dollar figures don't pop in on the Jeopardy! round board; they are already present on the game board following the introductions.
  • The main theme and "Think!" music are given new arrangements by Chris Bell Music & Sound Design.
    • This version of the music package is used until the end of Season 37.
  • For both Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, this is the first full season to be distributed by CBS Television Distribution.
  • This is the last season with the 2002-2009 metallic set (HD version).
  • On early episodes of this season, Cheryl Farrell was one of the members from the Clue Crew, but resigned in 2008.
  • This is the also the last season to feature Jon Cannon as member of the Clue Crew, as he resigned at the end of the season.
  • This is both the last season to feature the Clue Crew lineup of five members, the most amount in history, consisted of Cheryl Farrell, Sarah Whitcomb (now known as Sarah Whitcomb Foss), Jimmy McGuire, Jon Cannon, and Kelly Miyahara, and the only season to feature the Clue Crew lineup of four members, consisted of Sarah Whitcomb (now known as Sarah Whitcomb Foss) and Jimmy McGuire with Jon Cannon and Kelly Miyahara.
  • The contestant intros and Final Jeopardy! winnings indicators are changed to darker blue strips with white text in Franklin Gothic font.
  • The contestant introductions background is similar to Season 24, except there are curves near the bottom.
  • Starting with this season, the Final Jeopardy! winnings indicator simply fades in. Prior to this, various animations were used.
  • Starting with this season and continuing into the present day, the contestants who finished with zero or negative at the end of Double Jeopardy! return to the studio for the post-game chats.
  • In this season, Jeopardy! did "Champion Update" segments, as well as one called "Ask Alex", where Alex answered the viewer's questions.
  • The backdrop for Daily Doubles, picture clues, and split-screen closing credits on episodes with a full credit roll is changed to a blue background with a white blob floating around. This backdrop is reused in Season 26.
  • Starting with this season, the College Championship is no longer taped on a university campus.
  • Due to the Kids Week Reunion in September 2008, Jeopardy! held Kids Week in July and continued every year until 2013.

September 2008[]

  • Season 25 of Jeopardy! kicks off on September 8, 2008.
  • During the first month of this season, the new music package uses slightly different recordings.
    • Originally, the main theme didn't use an electric guitar lead until midway through.
    • The "Think!" cue used prominent percussion and a French horn lead, with piano and flute doubling in octaves.
  • From September 15-19, 2008, the Kids Week Reunion is held, featuring former Kids Week contestants from 1999 and 2000.
  • On September 24, 2008, Brian Levinson uses a Sean Connery imitation voice when selecting the category "Starts with Feb, Trebek" during the Jeopardy! round, inspired by the Celebrity Jeopardy! skits on Saturday Night Live.

October 2008[]

  • On October 6, 2008, the Jeopardy! theme is re-recorded to include an electric guitar lead throughout the entire piece. However, the original recording is still heard during the closing credits.
  • On the October 8, 2008 episode, Erik Nelson finishes with a 4-day total of $94,404.
  • On the October 13, 2008 episode, The "Think!" music is re-recorded to reduce the prominence of the percussion.
  • Starting with the October 31, 2008 episode, Regular-play game in which Double Jeopardy! eliminated contestant returns for credits chat. Also, the 2008 V1 think music was used instead of the 2008 V2.

November 2008[]

  • On the November 3, 2008 episode, Carl Brandt finishes with a 4-day total of $70,799.
  • The 2008-B Teen Tournament airs from November 10-21, 2008.
    • The 2008 "Think" music plays during the Final Jeopardy! round.

December 2008[]

  • On the December 8, 2008 episode, Ben Bishop finishes with a 4-day total of $114,800.
  • On the December 30, 2008 episode, Jim Stevens finishes with a 6-day total of $140,600.

January 2009[]

  • On the January 15, 2009 episode, Alex delivers clues from Niagara Falls Canada. This episode also reran on December 25, 2020 and again on August 20, 2021 as part of the Around the World with Alex episodes paying tribute to Alex Trebek.
  • WARNING! Please stop adding GSN to this article, the above episode aired from December 21, 2020-January 1, 2022 as part of the Around the World with Alex tribute to prevent his last week from getting preempted.
  • Priscilla Ball was a Jeopardy! champion on the January 16, 2009 episode. She was due to return as champion on the next show that aired on the January 19, 2009 episode, but felt ill, so that game began with three new contestants, last time they had three new challengers on Jeopardy! was back on the June 20, 2003 episode, and Alex announced that she would return as a co-champion at a later date. Priscilla eventually did come back on the April 9, 2009 episode, and made her second appearance. The April 9, 2009 episode marked the first time where returning co-champions was applied to champions who were previously unable to return.
  • On the January 26, 2009 episode, Matt Kohlstedt finishes with a 5-day total of $77,803.

February 2009[]

March 2009[]

  • One Celebrity Jeopardy! match (with Aisha Tyler, Tom Bergeron and Elizabeth Perkins) and the Tournament of Champions are taped at the Consumer Electronics Show and aired March 10-24, 2009.
    • The 2009-2013 set debuts, although it doesn't get permanently put into use until Season 26.
      • The new set is designed specifically for HD and features Sony's latest technology.
      • The game board now consists of 36 HDTV LCD television monitors.
      • The contestant podiums consisted of LCD television monitors on their sides, and the scores on the contestant lecterns are changed to a different font. Additionally, the scores are now always in the blue background; positive scores continue to be in white text, but negative scores are now in red text.
      • There is also a giant monitor between Alex and the contestants that displays the Jeopardy! logo (or the logo of a particular tournament) during most of the game; it also reveals the Final Jeopardy! category just before the last commercial break, although both the category and clue continue to be revealed on the board.
      • Alex makes his entrance through sliding doors from behind his podium.
      • The contestant backdrop consists of multi-colored triangles and a framework that somewhat resembles a spider web.
      • Starting this tournament, Tournament winning prize become silver and the font is changed to Chesterfield Bold like Wheel of Fortune's The prize values and post-Bonus Round totals.
    • The Tournament of Champions is held right after the Celebrity match.
      • During the quarterfinals, Johnny says, "Here are today's contestants." instead of, "Here are three former champions."
      • Dan Pawson, Aaron Schroeder, and Larissa Kelly go head-to-head in the finals. Pawson wins the tournament and the $250,000 grand prize.

April 2009[]

  • On the April 30. 2009 episode, Liz Murphy finishes with a 5-day total of $121,302.

May 2009[]

  • The College Championship which airs from May 4-15, 2009, is once again held in Culver City.

June 2009[]

  • On the June 1, 2009 episode, Justin Bernbach finishes with a 7-day total of $155,001.

July 2009[]

  • July 13-17, 2009 is Kids Week.
  • Season 25 of Jeopardy! wraps up on July 24, 2009, which also marks the last appearance of the metallic set.


  • Summer reruns air from July 27 to September 11, 2009, with reruns later airing on weekends from September 19, 2009, to September 11, 2010.
    • The 2008-B Teen Tournament is repeated July 27-August 7, 2009
    • The 2009 College Championship is repeated August 10-21, 2009
    • The 2009 Tournament of Champions is repeated August 24-September 4, 2009
    • From September 7-11. 2009, select episodes from the show's first 25 years were reran
      • These included the very first episode from 1984 as well as some episodes of notable champions, especially Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, and Eddie Timanus.