Are you smarter than a 5th grader?

This is the new brilliant game show on TV. Why is it brilliant? Not because of its contents or the rules or even the questions on the show. It is brilliant purely because its the perfect money making formula FOX has concocted. It has everything that people today are addicted to : A bit of humor, cute kids, mindless & stupid trivia questions and of course the biggest seller these days – people undergoing humiliation and embarrassment on TV. That’s what this show is about.

It’s definitely easier and more fun to watch and participate in this than “Who wants to be a millionaire”, but prepare to see some humiliation, embarrassment and adults who admit they are not smarter than a 5th grader. And yes, following the current trend of game shows, it also involves giving away a million dollars if you answer 10 questions , in this case, extremely stupid and irrelevant questions.

I caught a glimpse of this one episode where the participant was asked this Q : How many sides does a right-angled triangle have? This was the $300,000 question! Imagine how pointless and stupid the $1000 and $5000 questions would’ve been ! The worst part? This participant didn’t know the answer and he chose one of the lifelines of “copying” from the 2nd grader (Yeah, there are kids from 1st – 5th grade there to help out stuck participants) The even funnier thing is the 2nd grader got it wrong too ! This participant lost his 300k , went home with 25k (I think!) .

Ofcourse the child got it wrong!! He may have learnt it in school the previous week, but guess what children do? They forget ! What more was he expecting from the 8 year old? The Pythagoras Theorem?

Jeff Foxworthy, the host, is a funny guy. I like him from “Blue Collar TV”. He brings some life to this otherwise bad TV show! But it’s apparently a big hit, and I’m not surprised at all. How could a show where adults try to answer dumb questions , make a fool of themselves because sometimes they don’t have the general knowledge of a 8-12 year old, go wrong ?

Hmmm, maybe the people at home get the answer that the participant doesn’t and it makes them feel smarter and superior to the guy on TV? It makes the people happy and satisfied that there are others dumber than them?


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