Class is in session for a six-episode run of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, a new quiz show from Mark Burnett. The series commences with preview episodes over three consecutive nights following American Idol. Special half-hour episodes will air Tuesday, Feb. 27 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesday, Feb. 28 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), and full one-hour episodes will air after American Idol on Thursdays, March 1 and 8 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The show will lead off the night on Thursdays, March 15 and 22 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Unlike the typical game show that measures intelligence, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? tests adults' lack of knowledge - as revealed by how much they've forgotten since elementary school. Grownups will again find themselves in a classroom setting, revisiting their youth, as they tackle subjects they've already been taught, ranging from art to geography and math to social studies. For example, test questions, which are taken from actual textbooks from 1st grade through 5th grade, could be similar to, and as simple as, the following:
• In what state is Mount Rushmore located?
• What are the colors of a rainbow?
• What are the names of the five Great Lakes?
Have you forgotten? Are you stuck? Well, in Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, the players are not alone. There is a way for contestants to "cheat" in this classroom. The adults will have the opportunity to get some help from real grade-schoolers, who will offer what they think is the correct a-n-s-w-e-r.