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Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader TV showNetwork: FOX, first-run syndication
Episodes: Unknown (half-hour)
Seasons: Five

TV show dates: February 27, 2007 — September 18, 2009
Series status: Cancelled on FOX but moved directly into first-run syndication for two seasons
11/6/14 update: Being revived

Performers include: Jeff Foxworthy (host)

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TV show description:
Reality show executive producer Mark Burnett produces this game show and created it from a regular bit on The Howard Stern Show. It was pitched as a six-question game show with only one network president able to “win” the quiz. It was the one from FOX, the network that went on to air the show.

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy hosts, and each year a new group of five fifth-grade students joins the show. Foxworthy presents the questions to an adult contestant. All questions are taken from real elementary school textbooks. If the player is able to answer all ten questions, he/she wins the million dollar prize, yet few contestants have ever won.

The questions are presented in different levels from first through fifth grade, and through different subjects learned at that level, from spelling to math to science. The contestants get to choose a fifth grade student to help, and get different chances to use this help, such as “peeking,” “copying,” etc. If the contestant chooses to quit the show with the money they have earned so far, or if they get a question wrong, they have to face the camera and declare, “I am not smarter than a 5th grader.”


Series Finale

Episode #90
Astrophysicist, cosmologist and Nobel Prize winner George F. Smoot III competes for $1 million by testing his elementary school knowledge in subjects ranging from art to geography and math to social studies.
First aired: September 18, 2009

What do you think? Do you like the Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? TV series? Is it better than some other game shows that have aired in primetime?

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Mary September 22, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I think shows like that are worth watching. Newlyweds, baggage, some of family feud are trash and are not family oriented should not be shown. Don’t the producers and writers have children?


John R. Moore April 24, 2013 at 5:27 am

I loved that show, when my Mothers eyesight was failing and before that while in failing health it made her laugh, it was about the only thing on TV she watched with any level of enjoyment except for reruns of the Andy Griffith Show, and kept her thinking into her early 90’s. Good reality TV is so rare, I have no idea why something like this would ever go off the air.


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