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Season 36 (2019-2020)[]

Season changes:

  • The opening credits have changed to various categories names with corresponding objects surrounding them. The 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 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 last season with Harry Friedman as the executive producer. He was replaced 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 first season in which the College Championship uses the Sports Jeopardy! music package.
  • This is the third season which doesn't have 230 half-hour episodes, and the first time since Season 2. Additionally, this is the shortest season to date, with only 190 episodes.
  • The Audio Daily Double is retired.

This season:

  • 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.
  • The real 8,000th episode aired on October 4, 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 winner Larry Martin who passed away in January 2019.
  • From December 4-16, 2019, Jennifer Quail wins $228,800 in eight games, surpassing Larissa Kelly as the second highest-winning female contestant.
  • 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.
  • Starting with the January 20, 2020 episode, the closed captioning sponsor is announced right after Alex Trebek reveals the Final Jeopardy! category.
  • 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-time champion in the Alex Trebek era.
  • 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 Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time Encore Event airs from May 4-15.
  • The weeks of May 18-22 and June 8-12 are taped without an audience, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Teachers Tournament aired from May 25-June 5, 2020, making it the last Jeopardy! tournament hosted by Alex Trebek. Will Satterwhite, Meggie Kwait, and Ben Henri made it to the finals, with Ben Henri winning the $100,000 cash prize.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Season 36 of Jeopardy! concludes early on June 12, 2020.
  • 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.
    • 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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