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Season 9 (1992-1993)[]

Season Changes[]

  • The Merv Griffin Enterprises logo had the Sony Pictures Entertainment byline.
  • The opening credits remains the same as Season 8.
  • Kevin McCarthy became the director, and introduces some new camera angles to the show.
  • While spotlights was one of three backgrounds for the logo this season (see Gallery), it was the only one to not be used for the Daily Double (all episodes using the spotlights logo would use the marble background for the Daily Double).
  • Beginning with this season, the name of the categories are broken into pieces by coming together from the top to bottom to reveal the category names, which continued until the end of this set's use.
  • The Daily Double clues appear on the left side of the contestant's right shoulder, and then, it dissolves after the clue is read.
  • On early episodes of this season, the Merv Griffin Enterprises logo had the Sony Pictures Entertainment byline in the 1984-1992 logo. Also, on early episodes of this season, Johnny's catchphrase remains the same as in early 1987.
  • On later episodes of this season, Johnny's catchphrase was changed: "This is Johnny Gilbert speaking. Jeopardy! is a production of Merv Griffin Enterprises. Distributed by KingWorld."
  • Similar to Johnny's closing catchphrase from 1987, this new closing catchphrase is pre-recorded.
  • A timpani drumroll is heard after the Merv Griffin Enterprises logo, and before the KingWorld logo.
  • To accommodate the change, the copyright card is moved from the end to between the two logos. This feature remained until Season 10.
  • A bongo track is added into the main theme, which otherwise remains the same as when it was introduced in 1984.
  • Also at the beginning of this season, Perry Ellis was credited as Alex's wardrobe provider, and it has a Greif Companies byline.
  • On later episodes of this season, the Merv Griffin Enterprises logo looks just like the Columbia Pictures Television logo.
  • The contestant interview segment is now done right after the completion of the Jeopardy! segment, and before the second commercial break it was first done this way only for the previous season's Teen Tournament; this would hold steady until early in Season 13, when the previous practice of holding the interviews after the first break was restored.
  • The contestant podium monitors changed its color from blue to red in the Double Jeopardy! round and Final Jeopardy! round segments.
    • This practice remained until the end of the grid set's run on November 8, 1996.
  • On early episodes of this season, Johnny's prerecorded catchphrase remains the same as in early 1987, and the copyright card still appears after the logos.

September 1992[]

  • Season 9 of Jeopardy! kicks off on September 7, 1992.
  • On the September 23, 1992 episode, Linda Sheppard retires with $39,700 despite losing her fifth game.

October 1992[]

  • The first Celebrity Jeopardy! is held from October 26-30, 1992. It featured celebrity contestants playing for their favorite charities.
    • Carol Burnett, Donna Mills and Regis Philbin compete on Monday. This also reran on July 27, 2020 as part of the Celebrity Jeopardy! Vault episodes.
    • Dean Stockwell, Emma Samms and Andrew Shue compete on Tuesday.
    • Cheech Marin, Steven Weber and Alan Rachins compete on Wednesday.
    • Beau Bridges, Judith Ivey and Luke Perry compete on Thursday.
    • Robert Guillaume, Ed Begley, Jr. and Rosie O'Donnell compete on Friday.

November 1992[]

  • The Tournament of Champions airs from November 9-20, 1992.
    • Leszek Pawlowicz won the Tournament of Champions.
  • On the November 23, 1992 episode, Tom Nosek retires undefeated with $65,640.

December 1992[]

  • On the December 8, 1992 episode, Dennis Donohue retires undefeated with $64,298.

January 1993[]

  • On the January 19, 1993 episode, Darryl Scott, an Air Force lieutenant colonel originally from Washington, D.C., wins the game with the lowest score possible, $1.
  • On the January 29, 1993 episode, Diane Siegel retires undefeated with $65,479.

February 1993[]

  • The Teen Tournament airs from February 15-26, 1993.

March 1993[]

  • On the March 19, 1993 episode, Debby Arnold retires with $43,103 despite losing her fifth game.

April 1993[]

  • On the April 9, 1993 episode, David Tiemann retires with $37,999 despite losing his fourth game. He becomes the first 3-time champion to compete in the Tournament of Champions.
  • On the April 23, 1993 episode, the 2,000th episode is aired on this date.

May 1993[]

  • The College Championship airs from May 3-14, 1993.
    • In this season's College Championship, they gave away a Dodge Shadow car. Phoebe Juel wore white pants.
  • On the May 20, 1993 episode, Bev Schwartzberg retires undefeated with $65,900.

June 1993[]

  • On the June 17, 1993 episode, the theme plays in its entirety during the closing, ending at the Merv Griffin Enterprises part of Johnny Gilbert's catchphrase.
  • On the June 17, 1993 and the June 18, 1993 episodes, a full credit roll is shown two days in a row.
  • On the June 18, July 5, and July 12, 1993 episodes, the Merv Griffin Enterprises logo is seen on the game board before dissolving to the card itself.

July 1993[]

  • On the July 9, 1993 episode, Ed Schiffer retires undefeated with $65,903.
  • The Seniors Tournament airs from July 12-23, 1993.
  • Season 9 of Jeopardy! wraps up on July 23, 1993, in which the real 2,000th episode aired on this date, which is the 2,065th episode.
  • Summer reruns kicks off on July 26, 1993. Reruns later air on weekends from 1993-1994 and on Game Show Network from 1997-1998, with a small number of Season 9 episodes also airing on Game Show Network between 1999 and 2001.
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