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Season 36 (2019-2020)[]

Season Changes[]

  • New opening sequence: Various categories names with corresponding objects surrounding them. The White & Silver Jeopardy! logo eventually zooms out to the center of the screen, with golden beams of light appearing on both sides of it and creating a purplish sky background. Finally, the White & Silver Jeopardy! logo then zooms forward, revealing the 2013-present set.
  • The contestant introductions, Daily Double, Video Daily Double, Double Jeopardy!, Final Jeopardy! graphics, and the split-screen closing credits gained a new look to match the season's title card.
  • The Daily Double logo next to the contestant's right shoulder now has a shadow outline.
  • This is the first season to feature the Clue Crew of only two members remaining, consisting of Sarah Whitcomb Foss and Jimmy McGuire.
  • Sarah Whitcomb-Foss joined the Jeopardy! staff as the executive director beginning with this season.
  • This is the last season with Harry Friedman as the executive producer, as he retired at the end of the season. He was succeeded by Mike Richards in the next season.
  • This is the last season to be produced by Sony Pictures Television, who had produced the show since Season 19. The company was rebranded as Sony Pictures Television Studios the next season.
  • This is the last full season to be distributed by CBS Television Distribution. In the next season, the company rebranded as CBS Media Ventures.
  • This is the last full season with Alex Trebek as the host, before his death from pancreatic cancer early next season.
  • This is the only season in which the College Championship uses the Sports Jeopardy! music package.
    • It is presumably also the last season in which the College Championship is aired on the daily syndicated series. Beginning in 2022, it was spun off into a primetime special on ABC.
  • This is the last season in which the Teachers Tournament is held, it was replaced by the Professors Tournament starting in Season 38.
  • Filming was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 16, 2020 along with its sister show Wheel of Fortune.
  • This is the third season which doesn't have 230 half-hour episodes, and the first time since Season 2 to not have 230 episodes. Additionally, this is the shortest season to date, with only 190 episodes.
  • The Audio Daily Double is retired.

September 2019[]

  • Season 36 of Jeopardy! premieres on September 9, 2019.
  • Jason Zuffranieri's winning streak continues until September 26, 2019, after having won 19 games and over $500,000 in regular-play winnings which surpasses David Madden and was the third-highest regular game money winner behind James Holzhauer and Ken Jennings.

October 2019[]

  • The real 8,000th episode aired on October 4, 2019.
  • On the October 31, 2019 episode, Steve Moulds finishes with a 3-day total of $85,603.

November 2019[]

  • The 2019 Tournament of Champions airs from November 4-15, 2019 after another two years of absence.
    • James Holzhauer, Emma Boettcher, and Francois Barcomb make it to the finals, with Holzhauer winning the tournament and the $250,000 grand prize, defeating Boettcher the second time they match up, and becoming the last Tournament of Champions winner in the Alex Trebek era.
    • A tribute is also made to honor 2018 Teachers Tournament champion Larry Martin unexpected died January 25, 2019, shortly after winning the tournament.
    • James became the longest winning streak, the highest regular winnings for a ToC winner.
    • Emma is the first 3-time champ to make a ToC final since S24 player Doug Hicton. She also becomes the fourth and last finalist as a 3-time champ.

December 2019[]

  • From December 4-16, 2019, Jennifer Quail wins $228,800 in eight games, surpassing Larissa Kelly as the second highest-winning female contestant.

January 2020[]

  • From December 26, 2019-January 7, 2020, Karen Farrell becomes another 8-day female champion with $159,603.
  • The Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time tournament airs from January 7-14, 2020 on ABC, the last Jeopardy! primetime event hosted by Alex Trebek.
  • On the January 17, 2020, Veronica Vichit-Vadakan finishes with a 4-day total of $89,001.
  • Starting with the January 20, 2020 episode, the closed captioning sponsor is announced right after Alex Trebek reveals the Final Jeopardy! category.

February 2020[]

  • From February 17-27, 2020, MacKenzie Jones becomes another 8-day female champion, accumulating $204,808 in total winnings and becoming the last female 5 or more time champion in the Alex Trebek era.

March 2020[]

  • On the March 11, 2020 episode, Paul Trifiletti finishes with a 5-day total of $106,801.

April 2020[]

  • The College Championship airs from April 6-17, 2020 instead of February, due to the Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time being held in January.
    • The Sports Jeopardy! music package is used, including the Final Jeopardy! segment. Previously, the music from Rock & Roll Jeopardy! was used for the College Championship.
    • This is also the last time the College Championship is held in the syndicated version.
  • On the April 30, 2020 episode, Sarah Jett Rayburn finishes with a 4-day total of $89,300.

May 2020[]

  • The Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time Encore Event airs from May 4-15, which includes repeats of Ken Jennings' first game on June 2, 2004 at the beginning of the first week, and his last game on November 30, 2004 at the end of the second week.
  • The weeks of May 18-22 and June 8-12 are taped without an audience, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 2020[]

  • The Teachers Tournament aired from May 25-June 5, 2020, making it the last Jeopardy! tournament hosted by Alex Trebek.
    • Starting with this week, Alex Trebek announces at the top of the show that these episodes are new and hopes everyone is staying safe from COVID-19.
    • As Alex makes his entrance, a disclaimer at the top reads "Taped February 2020".
    • Will Satterwhite, Meggie Kwait, and Ben Henri made it to the finals, with Ben Henri winning the $100,000 cash prize.
    • It is also the last Teachers Tournament and is succeeded by the Professors Tournament starting in Season 38.
  • Zach Newkirk makes his Jeopardy! debut on June 9, 2020.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Season 36 of Jeopardy! concludes early on June 12, 2020.

Post-season[]

  • Summer repeats began on June 15, 2020.
  • From June 15-July 17, 2020, the 2019 Tournament of Champions Encore Event airs. During the first week, the Season 34 opening graphics were plastered with those from this season.
    • The January 12, 2018, episode, Gilbert Collins' third game, was repeated on June 15, 2020.
    • The April 20, 2018, episode, the second game of the 2018 College Championship finals with Dhruv Gaur, was repeated on June 16, 2020.
    • The January 25, 2018, episode, Rachel Lindgren's fifth game, was repeated on June 17, 2020.
    • The February 1, 2018, episode, Ryan Fenster's fourth game with the Talkin' Football category, was repeated on June 18, 2020.
    • The February 16, 2018, episode, Rob Worman's third game, was repeated on June 19, 2020.
    • The September 17, 2018, episode, Kyle Jones' third game, was repeated on June 22, 2020.
    • The May 22, 2018, episode, Josh Hill's fifth game, was repeated on June 23, 2020.
    • The March 14, 2019, episode, Lindsey Shultz's first game, was repeated on June 24, 2020.
    • The October 18, 2018, episode, Alan Dunn's fifth game, was repeated on June 25, 2020.
    • The February 12, 2019, episode, Eric R. Backes' second game, was repeated on June 26, 2020.
    • The January 14, 2019, episode, Anneke Garcia's third game, was repeated on June 29, 2020.
    • The March 28, 2019, episode, Steven Grade's second game, June 30, 2020.
    • The May 27, 2019, episode, James Holzhauer's twenty-eighth game, was repeated on July 1, 2020.
    • The June 3, 2019, episode, Emma Boettcher's first game where she defeats James Holzhauer, was repeated on July 2, 2020.
    • The May 16, 2019, episode, the first game of the 2019 Teachers Tournament finals with Francois Barcomb, was repeated on July 3, 2020.
    • The 2019 Tournament of Champions was repeated from July 6-17, 2020.
  • From July 20-August 14, 2020, Jeopardy! Vault was aired, featuring repeats of classic Jeopardy! episodes.
    • At the top of each episode, Alex provides a short summary about them before they start.
    • From July 20-24, 2020, episodes from the first nine years of Jeopardy! were repeated, including the first two episodes of Jeopardy!'s syndicated run (September 10-11, 1984), Chuck Forrest's record-breaking game (October 4, 1985) Frank Spangenberg's record-breaking game (January 15, 1990), and the second (and deciding) game of the 10th Anniversary Tournament finals from December 3, 1993 (also won by Spangenberg).
    • From July 27-31, 2020, select Celebrity Jeopardy! episodes from 1992, 2001, and 2010 were repeated.
    • From August 3-14, 2020, the 2002 Million Dollar Masters Tournament was repeated.
  • From August 17-28, 2020, the 2020 College Championship was repeated.
  • From August 31-September 4, 2020, the week of May 18 was repeated.
  • From September 7-11, 2020, the week of June 8 was repeated.
  • Weekend reruns of this season were then shown from September 19, 2020 to September 11, 2021.
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