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Season 35 (2018-2019)[]

Season Changes[]

  • On early episodes of this season, Alex had a full beard. In later episodes of this season, Alex was clean-shaven.
  • This is the last season to feature the Rock & Roll Jeopardy! theme music in a tournament. It would be replaced by Sports Jeopardy!'s theme starting in April 2020.
  • This is also the last season to feature the Audio Daily Double, as it was retired at the end of the season.
  • This is the last season to feature the Clue Crew lineup of only three members, consisted of Sarah Whitcomb-Foss, Jimmy McGuire, and Kelly Miyahara.
  • This is the also the last season to feature Kelly Miyahara as the founding member of the Clue Crew, as she resigned at the end of the season.
  • This is also presumably the last season in which the Teen Tournament is held.
  • New opening sequence: a blue diamond floor zooms out to show 3D animations. Then, another diamond-shaped floor shows the Jeopardy! logo with diamond outlines appearing on the magenta background. Finally, the Jeopardy! logo then zooms forward, revealing the 2013-present set. In honor of the show's 35th anniversary, the text appeared underneath the show's logo.
  • The contestant introductions and Final Jeopardy! winners changed again in this season.
  • The Final Jeopardy! commercial bumpers changed this season.
  • The Daily Double, Audio Daily Double, Video Daily Double, Double Jeopardy!, and Final Jeopardy! graphics changed again.
  • Kevin McCarthy retired, and Clay Jacobsen became the director.
  • This season, whenever the middle player gets dismissed before Final Jeopardy, after finishing in the negative, or with $0, the left player writing down his or her response fades from the left player straight to the right player, there is an extra fade of both contestants before the fade to the right player.
  • This is the first full season where the contestants stood at their podiums during the closing credits.

September 2018[]

  • Season 35 of Jeopardy! kicks off on September 10, 2018.
  • On September 20, 2018, Alex reverted to its clean-shaven look.
  • From September 12–20, 2018, Kyle Jones becomes a seven-time champion, accumulating $145,403 in eight appearances. His third game also reran on June 22, 2020.

October 2018[]

  • The October 11, 2018 episode featured the last Video Final Jeopardy! to date.
  • From October 12–19, 2018, Alan Dunn becomes a five-time champion, accumulating $120,082 in six appearances. After that, not 5 or more returning champion again until another 5-time champ Steven Grade (96 regular games). His fifth game later reran on June 25, 2020.

November 2018[]

  • The Teen Tournament airs from November 7-20, 2018.

December 2018[]

January 2019[]

  • On January 15, 2019, one of the short-lived music cues used the first month of Season 25 plays after the game.
  • On the January 16, 2019 episode, Anneke Garcia finishes with a 4-day total of $104,497. Her third game later reran on June 29, 2020.

February 2019[]

  • On the February 15, 2019 episode, Eric R. Backes finishes with a 4-day total of $105,602. His second game later reran in June 26, 2020.
  • The Jeopardy! All-Star tournament kicks off on February 20, 2019, and wraps up on March 5, 2019, where six big-time Jeopardy! champions came back, and the team captains are Buzzy Cohen, Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, Julia Collins, Colby Burnett, and Austin Rogers.
    • On the second episode of game one of the three matches before the finals, the dollar figures pop in on the Double Jeopardy! board coming out of the first commercial break and contestant interviews.
    • Team Brad wins the tournament with $1 million, splitting the prize between Brad Rutter, Larissa Kelly, and David Madden.

March 2019[]

  • On the March 20, 2019 episode, Lindsey Shultz finishes with a 4-day total of $101,002. Her first game later reran on June 24, 2020.

April 2019[]

  • From March 27–April 3, 2019, Steven Grade becomes a five-time champion, accumulating $115,501 in six appearances. His second game later reran on June 30, 2020.
  • On April 4, 2019, James Holzhauer makes his Jeopardy! debut.
    • On April 9, 2019, he sets a new one-day record of $110,914, breaking the previous record of $77,000 set by Roger Craig on September 14, 2010.
    • On the April 15, 2019 episode, he surpasses David Madden as the second-highest winner in regular-season play.
    • He breaks his own record, winning $131,127 on April 17, 2019.
    • On the April 23, 2019 episode, he becomes the second contestant to break the $1,000,000 mark in regular gameplay after Ken Jennings with his 14th win.
    • On the April 26, 2019 episode, Adam Levin’s $53,999 is currently the record for highest second place score, and James the closest margin of victory ($18). Effective after this episode, shoutouts are no longer allowed in Final Jeopardy.

May 2019[]

  • James Holzhauer's run continues through the month of May.
    • On May 2, 2019, he surpasses Julia Collins for the second-longest winning streak.
    • On May 24, 2019, he becomes the second contestant to break the $2,000,000 mark with his 27th win.
    • On May 27, 2019, he wins his 28th game. This episode reran on July 1, 2020.
  • The Teachers Tournament aired from May 6-17, 2019.
    • François Barcomb wins the tournament. This episode also reran on July 3, 2020.
  • May 24, 2019 was the 8,000th episode.

June 2019[]

  • On June 3, 2019, James Holzhauer is defeated by Emma Boettcher, who goes on to win three matches of her own. This episode reran on July 2, 2020.
    • James is a 32-time champion, accumulating $2,462,216 plus $2,000 for finishing in second place. He is the second-highest money winner in regular competition behind Ken Jennings; and he currently holds the top sixteen slots for one-day winning records. James is also the only contestant to win $100,000 or more in a single game, having accomplished the feat six times.
  • For the second time, there are two Teen Tournaments held in the same season since 2007. The second one aired from June 17-28, 2019, which was the last time the Teen Tournament was held.
    • On June 26, 2019, during the third semifinal game of the 2019 Teen Tournament, Avi Gupta and Jackson Jones both had $19,600 going into Final Jeopardy!. Both responded correctly double their money. Avi won the tie-breaker and advanced into the Finals. Beginning with this episode, Tie-breaker logo is revealed on the monitor.

July 2019[]

  • On the July 10, 2019 episode, Ryan Bilger finishes with a 4-day total of $107,049.
  • From July 10–17, 2019, Sam Kavanaugh becomes a five-time champion, accumulating $157,202 in six appearances.
  • The July 18, 2019, episode marked the second time a tie-breaker clue was played during a regular game play in Final Jeopardy!, making this the last time a Tiebreaker Round was played in the Alex Trebek era. It is also the first season with two tiebreakers in the same season.
  • Jason Zuffranieri makes his Jeopardy! debut on July 19, 2019. He won his first six games.
  • Season 35 of Jeopardy! wraps up on July 26, 2019.


  • Summer reruns air from July 29, 2019, until the Friday before the next season premieres. Reruns later aired on weekends in 2019-2020.
    • The 2018 Teen Tournament reran from July 29-August 9, 2019.
    • The 2019 Teachers Tournament reran from August 12-23, 2019.
    • The 2019 All-Star Games reran from August 26-September 6, 2019.