Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (I) (2007– )
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Second, this show is sufficiently predictable that, without kids around, you can watch it in ten minutes or less on TIVO. Like "Deal or No Deal," the interesting part is watching the contestant mess up by going for a question they don't know or risking $425,000 on the $1,000,000 question. Since the questions come about every 6 minutes, you just skip forward. And unlike "Deal or No Deal," there's no incentive to stop to watch the banter between the host and the regulars.
Additionally, there are enough questions on subjects that we never use that most adults have a Paul Simon moment every couple of shows (realizing just how much they learned in grade school but forgot).
Finally, although Foxworthy's not at the top of his game (and probably cannot be on a family show); he's far more entertaining than Howie and probably as good as Regis was. Likewise, even though some of the kids' comments appear strained and were likely fed to the kids (through their ear pieces), the ids are still funnier and more articulate than the "Deal Or Not Deal" supporting staff.
The questions range from 1st to 5th grade questions and contestants are college graduates that have great difficulty with these questions. It may not be scripted, but it is really hard not to think that it is. The contestants are just stupid and use all of their 'lifelines' (copy, peek, and save) in the first few questions.
What makes the show even more unbearable is the children. They have five 5th graders (the classmates) and a contestant can choose one kid every two questions. The kids always get the question right and do it quickly while the adult struggles with it.
When Jeff Foxworthy makes a joke they will laugh obnoxiously right on cue, and the camera has to zoom in on their faces to show you how faked the laughs are. If only the jokes were actually funny.
Don't watch this show. It may have sounded like a good concept of a game, but you will be pulling your hair out after sitting through commercial after commercial so you can look at pathetic adults struggle with easy questions.
This show is just formulaic crap with too many commercials, an annoying host, ridiculous contestants, and irritating questions that very few people would learn in there lifetime. I honestly can't believe it's still on the air.
You may have read in my review that I said, "Notice how I do not say '1st to 5th grade questions.'" Now, I feel that I can elaborate; these questions are definitely not matched to their grade level. I should know, I'm still in school; and not just any school, a PRIVATE school. Being in a private school, I am probably a little ahead of those who go to public schools (but only a tiny, tiny bit. Not a lot). For example (to the fact that these questions are not accurately matched to the grade level), one question on one of the shows asked the contestant something to the effect of, "What is the organ that connects the mouth to the stomach?" answer: esophagus. (Again, the question is something like that of which I have typed.) This was listed as one of the earlier grade levels; I believe it to be first grade. (I hope I'm correct.) That is definitely not FIRST grade level. There's barely a chance it is even second grade level. Maybe this is the reason why the adults can't answer the questions.
Anyways, this is a good family show. I would recommend it to younger children (between 1rd and 5th) who just want to learn a little something, something above their grade level or (if the questions are actually matched correctly) review. I enjoy it myself, when I have really nothing else to do. My only problems are the mismatched question (to grade level) and the fact that everything goes to slowly. Jeff Foxworthy, I believe, tries to hard to be funny too, and his almost random comments are just slowing the whole thing even more. What would make this show faster and more exciting is a time limit; a 30 second time limit to lock in an answer, a decision to use a cheat, or a decision to drop out would make the show slightly faster and slightly more exciting. Watch them panic as they run out of time! LOL. But seriously, put a time limit and start laughing as they panic; if they did, 1) the show will be faster, and 2) my review would be at least 5 stars.
It's really just a gag though. OK, so some adults are dumb. Point made. And? Do people really get a kick out of watching an idiot stand up on stage and not know what in month a national holiday is observed? How long could this show really go on for? I remember watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire when it first became a hit, and one of the parts of the show was the first 5 questions they ask, which were always extremely simple and almost joke quality. Contestants would breeze through them 99% of the time, and the only real point of it was to help relieve their nervousness and provide a little humor (some of the gag answer choices were funny). It was occasionally amusing as well when someone blew an early question. That part of the show went by fast though, and then they got into the real questions with all the super-drama.
Foxworthy's game however takes that drama of the latter stages of Millionaire and applies it to questions of the first bit quality. Watching a guy sweat over the area of a triangle? What is there to gain from watching this show? As a viewer you can't play along because the questions are too mind-numbingly stupid. The only thing there is to do is laugh at how dumb these adults are. But can that last? I couldn't make it past the first commercial break. My question really is how long will America tune into it? Does FOX really think this can be a series? It would have been better as a 3 night special and not have any hopes beyond that, then it might actually have had a point.
P.S. - What's with the random camera shots of the one little girl laughing hysterically?
Where should I even begin my little tirade? Let's start with the title: a misnomer. An adult *versus* one or more 5th graders played in a style closer (but certainly not identical) to that of Jeopardy would make a lot more sense and would also offer far more entertainment, accelerating the otherwise glacial pace of the program. In a Jeopardy-type format, adult contestants could truly claim that they were smarter than a 5th grader(s). Conversely, 5th graders would have the sublime pleasure in proclaiming to America that they indeed were smarter than an adult! As it stands, the current format is weak and the poor kids are background, merely serving as pawns, coming to the frequent rescue of the supremely idiotic adult contestants.
Let's move on to the host, Jeff Foxworthy. Another misnomer. Surely the viewer has asked himself: Is Foxworthy truly worthy of Fox? No! He has zero charisma, panders to the audience, displays no sense of timing or ability to create suspense, and clogs the show's flow with his distracting banter and vacuous comments. The producers need to quickly usher him through the backdoor and seek immediate backup! What about the contestants? Well, yes it's true you want to strangle them for being so conspicuously stupid, but now it's come to the point where their act has become tired, predictable, and transparent. These folks are selected not just because they've lost touch with their grade school basics, but also because they are deemed to provide the most entertainment to the audience, patronizing the kids and acting out their profound forgetfulness or sheer inability to perform even the simplest calculations. What upsets me the most is that the producers seem to have temporarily struck gold playing off of adult Americans realizing how stupid other adult Americans are - and guess what: we are playing right into their greedy pandering hands! Thankfully, I've read hundreds of other posts on the FOX website echoing my concerns: this show's machinations are most assuredly short-lived.
Suddenly I realize how long this diatribe has gotten and there's a whole host of other gripes I haven't even gotten to explore such as the awkwardly worded questions and the inability of the writers to produce bulletproof answers. Well, thankfully the FOX messageboard has a whole folder to sort that out. Of course there's also the whole cheating gimmick to the show which is altogether reprehensible and a remarkably fantastic way to propagate the message to students all across America: "Hey kids! Sammy the dolt just won $50,000 and that's the reward he gets thanks to his copying off of another student's work!" What a sad state of affairs. It's unfortunate too, because the premise isn't half bad, but they botched it up in no uncertain terms. If all goes well, this show should have a two-week half life at best, thanks be to God.
One was an answer of "Xylophone" when asked a question about which one of these items are considered a percussion instrument.
The other was "Hieroglyphics" when asked what was the ancient Egyptian language of writing on walls called.
If you have the show saved, go listen for yourself. We played it over and over and everyone in our room heard it.
We thought we've heard things before, but didn't save the episodes to verify earlier suspicions. If anyone else is hearing these same things, please post. Nothing pisses me off more than a corporate scandal, especially from Hollywood. Shame is... I like this show....
And show it was. Were these adults real or ringers? A UCLA American history grad misses a 3rd grade question on - American history? The kids are so smarmy, almost affected - they also all seemed to laugh on cue as a group. Borderline creepy. A couple of them will most definitely spend their high school days getting beat up.
The biggest disappointment was how subdued Jeff Foxworthy seemed to be. His quick wit was nowhere to be found. Won't be watching this again.
This is not as good Who Wants to be a Millionaire, though. Not even close. Jeff Foxworthy makes a good game-show host. The only complaint I have about this television show is that it seems to be scripted. I mean, a man that graduated from UCLA did not know what month Columbus Day is celebrated in. It is October! The man also did not know that penguins were not eaten by polar bears. A woman also did not know that the Mayflower was the Pilgrims' ship. The children also actually know what REM stands for. A normal fifth grader should not know that. The same being with knowing that Andrew Johnson was the first President to be impeached. Another complaint is, like a lot of people are saying, it moves way too slowly and there is only about 20 minutes of show.
Here is the basis. Adults answer questions that are elementary level questions. There are questions from school textbooks. There is grades 1-5. A fifth grader can help them. The adult can look at the child's answer and agree whether that is right or wrong. The adult can also copy the child's answer. If the adult copies the adult can not agree or disagree. The adult will be forced to agree with the answer. If an adult answers a question wrong the child can save the adult by giving the right answer. If the adult drops out he or she will be forced to say to the world that he or she is not smarter than a fifth grader.
Overall, this is not the best game-show to come out in a while, but it is fun. It is basically Who Wants To Be A Millionaire only their is children in the game. I really can not believe that some of these supposedly smart adults did not know questions that a second grader with a low report card grade can answer in a blink of an eye. Anyway, this is a good game-show that has good humor and a concept like Millionaire that any family can enjoy, but it is not the best.
Recommended Titles: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
The show is desperately dragged out. It's much worse than Deal or No Deal (which I thought should be horribly boring, but it's somehow entertaining). There are also way too few questions being answered per show. What's worse, is that they use the same cliff-hanger BS that Deal or No Deal uses to cut to commercials, but instead of wanting to continue to see the show, I find myself just changing the channel, and not really caring.
For this show to be successful, it has to move a lot faster. They need to go through way more questions. They need to add more money levels (currently, I think it just takes 10 questions to get to $1 million), and find people that aren't complete morons.
How many times can the camera focus on the fifth graders taunting the contestants and raising their hands before a question!? It makes me sick and I hope they get a taste of their own medicine.
The format is absolutely the worst part of the show. The pacing is horribly sloth-like and sometimes before they answer one question they cut to commercial. Hel-LO? They were at a commercial just before that one was asked! The worst thing is if a contestant gets a question wrong and the kid s/he called up gets it right, s/he stays in the game. It should be the reverse because THAT proves the fifth grader is smarter than the contestant. The so-called UCLA grad did not answer a single question by himself, yet because of the flawed format (using his "cheats"), he won $5,000. Every contestant so far has walked away in the middle of a question. They should make a new rule saying that the contestant MUST answer the question once he/she has seen it. If they walk with what they have, it just proves that they're absolutely retarded.
This show also seems rigged. Some of these questions I had no idea about at least until I was in tenth grade, yet all the kids answered it correctly. Anybody sense a hint of "Twenty-One"? I think the kids were given the answers.
This show should be called "Do You Know More Useless Facts Than a Fifth Grader?" I can't believe FOX still insists on keeping it.
It would be one thing if these people couldn't answer questions from something like 5th Grade math. Because math skills are concepts that you add to through education, and use throughout your entire life. But, most of the questions in this show are made up from specific historic moments and the government. Things most people aren't going to remember, unless they have their own interest in these subjects.
I also agree with the other people who said that the show was slow, they delay answers, and Foxworthy babbles too much.
This show certainly did not deserve all the hype it got.
I would love to see a series of shows where the contestants are 5th grade teachers from all over America. I think it would also be interesting to have some Canadian teachers on the show since a lot of Canadians watch the show and it would also provide an interesting comparison to American teachers. This would not only test the ability of 5th grade teachers, and may make a pointed evaluation with respect to educators, it would also provide a unique credibility to this show.
Make it easy to contact this show by email on the home page. It took me considerable time and the use of different searches as well as trying every part of the home and subsequent pages to find this possible avenue to contact this show.