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The Big Brain Theory 

THE BIG BRAIN THEORY: PURE GENIUS searches for America's brightest, boldest, out-of-the-box thinkers and pits them against one another in seemingly impossible engineering challenges. Host ... See full summary »
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Kal Penn ...  Himself - Host 8 episodes, 2013
Joe Caravella Joe Caravella ...  Himself - Contestant & Rocket Scientist 8 episodes, 2013
Gui Cavalcanti Gui Cavalcanti ...  Himself - Contestant & Robotics Engineer 8 episodes, 2013
Amy Elliott Amy Elliott ...  Herself - Contestant & Engineering Grad Student 8 episodes, 2013
Cory Fleischer Cory Fleischer ...  Himself - Contestant & Mechanical Engineer 8 episodes, 2013
Mark Fuller Mark Fuller ...  Himself - Judge & CEO, W.E.T. 8 episodes, 2013
Joel Ifill Joel Ifill ...  Himself - Contestant & Welding Engineer 8 episodes, 2013
Tom Johnson Tom Johnson ...  Himself - Contestant & Mechanical Engineer 8 episodes, 2013
Dan Moyers Dan Moyers ...  Himself - Contestant & Space Systems Engineer 8 episodes, 2013
Andrew Stroup Andrew Stroup ...  Himself - Contestant & Defense Systems Engineer 8 episodes, 2013
Eric Whitman Eric Whitman ...  Himself - Contestant & Robotics Grad Student 8 episodes, 2013
Alison Wong Alison Wong ...  Herself - Contestant & Product Designer 8 episodes, 2013
Christine Gulbranson ...  Herself - Judge & Founder & CEO of Christalis 7 episodes, 2013
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THE BIG BRAIN THEORY: PURE GENIUS searches for America's brightest, boldest, out-of-the-box thinkers and pits them against one another in seemingly impossible engineering challenges. Host Kal Penn tasks competitors with building secure yet portable bunkers, triathlon-competing robots, and more. The winner will receive $50,000 and a one-year job contract.

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USA

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English

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April 2013 (USA) See more »

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The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius See more »

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Too much backbiting, not enough science
10 May 2013 | by Mike_WigginsSee all my reviews

After watching two shows I'm ready to call it quits. While there is interesting science and unique thinking going on, I am tired of the angst, the backbiting and the deplorable "who do you think should be fired?" programming formulae. Eecch!! To me it totally ruins the show to the point I don't care about ANY of the contestants.

And as for leadership, I haven't heard where leadership is one of the criteria for failure, but it's what caused the first person to be sacked. And what's with this bringing back a person who's been sacked. Where's the basis in reality for THAT?

There have been similar shows in the past, like "Junkyard Wars" and "Mythbusters" that make the science fun, interesting, and even educational. "The Big Brain Theory" needs to be "re-architectured" to show true innovation and scientific analysis at work. In other words, concentrate on the science and not on the interpersonal squabbling.

6 out of 10.


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