Are you smarter than a Fox TV executive?

If you would have turned down a game show in which adults had to prove they could answer non-trivial questions that fifth graders can answer, then no, you’re not as smart as they are.
This show is charming. Asking questions taken from school textbooks, it serves on one level to remind us all of how things of genuine interest or usefulness can slip from our minds. It is done in a way that never humiliates the team of kids involved (it is never a goal to beat the kids) and faces the losses of the adults with a wry sense of humor.
I’m not saying that I want to watch this every episode forever, but I enjoyed the two episodes I’ve already seen. (But then, so far I’m proving myself consistently as smart as a fifth grader!)
And it’s a case where they don’t have to feel guilty for chosing fairly average people for a quiz program. (It does have the slow pacing of the modern prime-time game show; Jeopardy goes through more questions in 3 minutes than these guys use in 30, I estimate.)

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Published in: on March 2, 2007 at 1:48 am  Leave a Comment  

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