Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Common Sense Media says

Kids know more than grown-ups in clever game show.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Normal game show greed. Contestants can choose "cheat" options in which they "peek" at or "copy" a kid's answer.

Positive role models

Foxworthy treats kids with respect. He jokingly humiliates losing contestants by making them say, "I am not smarter than a fifth grader," but it's all in good fun.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff

In one episode, Foxworthy compares girl's looks to Halle Berry, garnering some cheers and possible hoots from the audience.

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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids help adults answer questions taken from grade-school textbooks that could win the adult contestants up to $1 million. That said, the kids are mainly on the sidelines in this program. The content of the questions is completely unobjectionable, and kids are treated with respect (though in one episode host Jeff Foxworthy compared a young girl's looks to those of Halle Berry). One aspect of the game -- in which a contestant can "peek" or "copy" a child's answer -- might be seen to endorse cheating.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Family-friendly game show ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER? pits adults against standard elementary school textbooks. Each adult contestant faces a class of real fifth graders (the kids ham it up for the camera) and chooses one to be his or her \"classmate\" for up to two questions. The chosen student then stands at a podium next to the contestant and can be called on for help if needed. If contestants need help, they can use one of two \"cheats.\" A \"peek\" allows the adult to look at the student's answer and choose whether or not to use it. A \"copy\" lets the contestant use the kid's answer without viewing it first. Contestants can also use the \"save\" option -- which lets them get out of an incorrect answer if their student helper gets the answer correct -- once per game.

Is it any good?

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The show has a unique concept, though a pretty standard format. Overall Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? is pleasant and innocuous, though it may move too slowly for some teens and adults. Viewers will enjoy answering questions along with the contestants, and younger viewers might get a kick out of knowing more than their parents for a change.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why it's hard for grown-ups to answer these seemingly simple questions. Kids, how well did you do on the questions? Grown ups, how about you? What do you think this show says about adults' intelligence? Or the type of learning that occurs in grade school?

TV details

Cast:Jeff Foxworthy
Networks:CMT, Fox
Genre:Game Shows
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written byLowe's man January 8, 2014
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Both generations can learn from this show.

It's amazing how much we've forgotten since we were in elementary school. This show tells us what we've forgotten (or never learned to begin with) when we were kids. People of all ages can watch and learn from this program. And kids will feel empowered that they know some things that adults don't know. What a way to build confidence!
Parent of an infant, 6, and 8 year old Written byMomma comma July 16, 2013
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Teach your kids on every subject

Hilarious. Up to you. That episode was not bad at all. Your kids can guess the answers and so can you. The host is nice and the kids are very smart
What other families should know
Educational value
Great role models
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus July 2, 2012
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Good, but could be better.

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