Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Tuesday 8:00 PM on FOX Premiered Feb 27, 2007 In Season



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AIRED ON 9/8/2015

Season 6 : Episode 12

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Ordinary adults must try their luck at a series of questions targeted at the fifth-grade level. The adults will be asked questions from elementary school textbooks. There are five children as classmates that can help the adults through out the process. The contestants have the opportunity to answer 10 subject questions for 500,000 and one additional question to win a million dollars.

The adults have three cheats that they can use during the game Peek, Copy and Save. Peek is where the contestant looks at the child's answer and decides whether or not they want to use it. Copy is where they must use the child's answer. Save is used when the contestant guesses wrong and the child guesses right and therefore saves the contestant. All helps are only available once through out the game. The contestant is not allowed to use any helps on the million dollar question. Each child is only available for a maximum of 2 questions in a row.

Contestant can drop out at any time through out the game and leave with the money they have won. They must look into the camera and state, " I am not smarter than a fifth grader."

The program is hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy and is produced by Mark Burnett.


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    • Nice Show

      There is some things to like about the show and other things to hate about the show. In some ways, you have to wonder if they are intentionally picking dumb people to play the show to make it more interesting. I hate how the stupid promos reveal far too much about this show going into it. In a way it is too drawn out. And making them have to confess that they are not smarter than a fifth grader is pretty cruel. I might have to agree with the other reviewers on messed up questions being allowed on the show. I remember when they asked if a Supreme Court decision could be overturned or something like that. It's more of an opinion than actual fact and either answer could be considered right. Future Supreme Court justices have struck down rulings by different justices of the past when similar cases have appeared at the court again. So that question wasn't exactly fair. But, let's get to the actual good parts about this show.

      You can learn a lot from this show just by watching it. In a way, you can be wondering how people are really that dumb. "I thought Europe was a country!" was what one contestant actually said. Another thought that all countries were continents and another was convinced that the border between Mexico and America was longer than that of Canada and America. I wish that I was making all that up. But sometimes the contestants are smart at some parts even though they fail at other parts. I can't remember learning some of the stuff covered on the show and am fairly certain that nobody would know some of what is covered.

      In the end, it is sad that we won't be seeing more of it until another potential revival since it didn't return this summer. I'm slightly surprised that they haven't cancelled it again. It will probably return at some point, but I don't know why this site had it listed as likely renewal. If that were true, it would have returned again in the summer or at least had some announcement as to when new episodes might be. I don't think that I'd ever want to do this show since most people don't get the last question right, if they even make it that far in the first place. There's stuff that they could improve about this show, but I still quite enjoy all that is right about it.moreless
    • "protagonist" and "antagonist" are NOT opposites

      The prefix of "protagonist" is not pro-, the opposite of anti-. It is proto-, meaning "first". The word means "first actor", and is used to denote the main character of a story. "Antagonist" means "opponent". Actually Ichabod Crane is both protagonist and antagonist in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", because he is both the main character and an opponent of Bram Bones.
    • Unbelievable

      I've been a daily viewer of Jeopardy for probably 6 years. Occasionally, they'll have a Final Jeopardy question where I think, 'You've gotta be kidding. No normal person knows the answer to this

      When I watch this show, I think at least once an episode, 'No 5th grader knows the answer to this question. Sure, they might know it if someone explained it to them 5 minutes ago, but that's the only

      To me, that takes a lot of the fun away from watching it. Seeing a 35-year-old not know how many ounces are in a cup is funny. Seeing a 5th grader know the answer to High School level math questions just makes the show feel very fake.

      I like the host and the concept of the show. It's the execution I dislikemoreless
    • watch first two minutes and last 5 minutes

      I recorded the show and was looking forward to watching it but when they announced in first Minute that the player makes it to final question for me it took all the fun out of it for me, the fun is seeing if the kids can save the player and the tension that builds with that, that was taking away so I fast forward to last 5 minutes saw the guy lose and went on to something else maybe that's just me I don't know, a teaser is one thing that was something elsemoreless
    • trick question on show aired 5/26

      In 1896 Henri Becquerel discovered that uranium salts emitted rays that resembled X-rays in their penetrating power.

      In July 1898 Curie and her husband published a joint paper announcing the existence of an element which they named "polonium", in honor of her native Poland, which would for another twenty years remain partitioned among three 8] On 26 December 1898, the Curies announced the existence of a second element, which they named "radium", from the Latin word for 18][25][31] In the course of their research, they also coined the word 8]

      Contestant gave the answer "radium" but the show claimed the answer was uranium I would file a protest the way the question was wordedmoreless

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    goodie two shoes, bad parenting, grown up kids, children in adult situations, educational goals