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Season 6 (1989-1990)[]

Season Changes[]

  • The category cards have a more rectangular shaped appearance (but still with rounded edges), as opposed to previous seasons.
  • This is the last season to have the 1984-1990 KingWorld "Stars and Stripes" logo at the end of each episode; the early episodes of the next season have this logo, before changing over to the 1990-1998 KingWorld "Spotlights" logo.
  • Alex started wearing glasses in this season.
  • On the early episodes of this season, the copyright card has a red Jeopardy! logo on it.

September 1989[]

  • Season 6 of Jeopardy! premiered on September 4, 1989.
  • On the September 12, 1989, episode, Bob Blake sets a new five-day winnings record of $82,501; however, due to a winnings limit of $75,000 in place at the time, Blake was forced to give $7,501 to OxFam.

October 1989[]

  • On the October 30, 1989 episode, Steve Berman retires undefeated with $48,800.

November 1989[]

  • The Tournament of Champions airs from November 6-17, 1989.
    • On the November 17, 1989 episode, Tom Cubbage was the only college winner to win the Tournament Of Champions.
  • On the November 27, 1989 episode, Lisa Guay retires undefeated with $42,600.

December 1989[]

  • On the December 25, 1989 episode, Jeff Bandman retires undefeated with $44,501.

January 1990[]

  • On the January 15, 1990 episode, Frank Spangenberg sets a new one-day record of $30,600 and a new 5-day winnings record of $102,597; like Bob Blake before him, he had to surrender part of his winnings due to the aforementioned winnings limit; Spangenberg had to give over $27,597 to Missionaries of Charity in New York City, an order of nuns that runs a hospice in Manhattan.
    • This reran on July 23, 2020 as part of the Jeopardy! Vault episode from the first decade.

February 1990[]

  • The Teen Tournament airs from February 5-16, 1990.
  • On the February 27, 1990 episode, Erik Larsen retires undefeated with $54,400.

March 1990[]

  • On the March 8, 1990 episode, Elaine Zollner retires undefeated with $52,800.
  • Footage from the March 16, 1990 episode was featured in the 1992 film Breaking the Rules and the 2003 biographic film Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story.
  • On the March 29, 1990 episode, Andrew Bernknopf retires undefeated with $34,200.

April 1990[]

May 1990[]

  • For some reason, on the May 4, 1990 episode, the contestants are seen standing next to their lecterns.
  • The College Championship airs from May 7-18, 1990.
  • On the May 28, 1990 episode, Richard Neale retires with $56,000 despite losing his fifth game.

June 1990[]

  • The short-lived Super Jeopardy! debuted on June 16, 1990, consisted of 4 contestant podiums instead of 3, only in the quarterfinal games.
  • On the June 21, 1990 episode, Eric Terzuolo retires undefeated with $64,302.

July 1990[]

  • On the July 2, 1990 episode, Dan Katz retires undefeated with $48,803.
  • The Seniors Tournament airs from July 9-20, 1990.
  • Season 6 of Jeopardy! wraps up on July 20, 1990.
  • Summer repeats air from July 23 to August 31, 1990, with repeats later airing on weekends from September 8, 1990 to August 31, 1991.
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