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Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fun quiz show tests adults' knowledge of elementary topics.

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It's not every quiz show that turns the tables for families and gives kids an advantage in a trivia contest, which is what makes this one so much fun. Well, that and the gregarious host, who's not above getting tips on his pageant walk from a grade-schooler and finding other ways to keep the mood light and cut the tension to take the edge off the grown-ups' sometimes lackluster performances. Cena excels in this role, and rather than turning the show into a tease fest when the adults stumble on their recall of basic geography or Earth science, he emphasizes the value of learning something new regardless of the experience that teaches it.

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? is conducive to viewers playing along at home and makes for entertaining family viewing with an educational slant. And with contestants from diverse walks of life and careers, it's easy to assume the results before the game even starts, but certainly not every grown-up gets to end the game by claiming to be smarter than a fifth grader.

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