Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

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Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?
Created by Mark Burnett
Original work Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? (United States)
Owner MGM Television
Films and television
Television seriesAre You Smarter than a 5th Grader? (see international versions)
Genre Game show
First aired27 February 2007 (2007-02-27)

Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? is a game show franchise that was co-created and produced by Mark Burnett, based on the game created by Howard Stern for The Howard Stern Show . Adult contestants answer questions as if they came from an elementary grade school quiz. The original U.S. version debuted on the Fox Broadcasting network on February 27, 2007, with host Jeff Foxworthy, airing on Fox until 2009, as a syndicated TV series between 2009 and 2011, and then revived twice, on Fox in 2015, and on Nickelodeon in 2019, with new host John Cena. The Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? format has since been replicated in several other countries, some versions under the same title, and some under modified ones.


In 2013, the show appeared in TV Guide 's list of the 60 greatest game shows ever. [1]


Each game is played by a single contestant who earns money incrementally based on a payout ladder by answering simple trivia questions, with the game themed as a school quiz. The following description of the show is based primarily on the U.S. version of Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, though the general format applies to all international versions.

The game relies on the premise that an adult would not know the information generally taught in elementary grade school because it is rarely used in adult life by the type of person chosen to be a contestant. [2] Therefore, the show is essentially a test to see how much an adult has retained since graduating elementary school. The show also derives its humor by occasionally displaying the contestant's educational attainment, implying that in spite of that, they struggle to answer some questions.

The contestant is presented and chooses from a set of subjects and grade level question topics in any order they like, usually ten in most versions, with one or two subjects for each grade level. Each question is presented as either a multiple choice question of three answers, a true-or-false question, or a short-answered question, in which a contestant must answer it correctly in order to progress on to the next question. Throughout the game, the contestant can choose to "drop out of school" and leave with the current accumulated winnings won up to that point. If the contestant gets it incorrect, unless the student has the correct answer via a "Save" (see below), he or she "flunk out" and the contestant leaves the game either with nothing or the amount of money from the last threshold level they passed (in the Taiwanese version, the contestant's winnings are cut by half instead, as the version neither have a guaranteed sum not have an option to leave the game).

During the game, the contestant also chooses one of the five students from the classroom who will assist the contestant on two questions. The contestant is also presented with two "cheats" and a "save" that may only be used once throughout a game to help them on their way:

Once all three forms of assistance are used or the tenth question is answered correctly, whichever comes first, the classmates must return to the tables and take no further active role in the game.

Each correct answer moves the contestant up a payout ladder, and by completing the first set of ten questions the contestant is offered a final, bonus question worth the grand prize from the highest primary school grade level (for example, fifth-grade in the American version or sixth-grade in the 2015 revival). The subject is given to the contestant but not the question, then a decision must be made either by ending the game or risking their winnings and continue playing. Once the contestant decides to go on, the question is then presented and they must answer it. They can't "drop out" or receive any assistance from the classmates. A correct answer wins the contestant the grand prize that varies from country to country. At the end of the game, the contestant must confess to the camera whether they are "smarter than a 5th grader", based on whether they have won the grand prize.

Other formats

The American version also has two different variations of the game, each providing a different gameplay format from the original and offered a lower grand prize due to the variations' budgets.

Syndicated version

The syndicated version featured a reduced grand prize of $250,000 with a revised game format; unlike the original game format, the contestant must attempt to correctly answer up to ten questions with correct answers earning a certain cash value proportional to the difficulty (first-grade questions are worth the lowest amount, and fifth-grade being the highest). A correct answer earns the contestant the amount it's worth, while an incorrect answer takes their winnings back to zero. The contestant may not "drop out" until they get to the final question, where they choose to leave the game or risk all their winnings to answer one final fifth-grade bonus question; a correct answer multiplies their current winnings by ten while a miss forfeits all of their winnings and they leave instead with nothing or a $2,500 prepaid credit card if they took at least $2,500 to the final question. The cheats are retained from the original version and can still be used until the tenth question. A contestant must answer all eleven questions to win the $250,000.

When the syndicated version was revived for a second season, three changes were made. The main fifth-grade questions are removed, and the only one from that grade was the bonus question. Contestants must start at the first grade and cannot skip a grade. At least one question from each grade must be answered or have used a cheat on, 1 to 3, before they can roam the board freely. The "Save" has been removed.

Nickelodeon version

The 2019 Nickelodeon version also featured a different game format and a prize of up to $100,000. The format was split into two rounds: in round one, contestants answered six questions from the first four grades (one question from the first two grades, and two from the next two grades), with a possible maximum of $10,000. In round two, the contestant was given 60 seconds to correctly answer as many as five fifth-grade questions; each correct answers increase the multiplier by one; answering all five questions correctly for the round multiplies the round one winnings by ten.

The contestants are still given two cheats to use during the first round; the "Save" is instead replaced with a final cheat (usable on the second round) where the contestant may discuss with the classmate for the answer without a time limit.

International versions

The show has spawned many versions around the world:

  Currently airing   No longer airing

CountryNameHostChannelAir Date
Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Të gjithë për njëEno Popi Top Channel October 2016
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina ¿Sabés más que un chico de 5to grado? Andrea Frigerio and Pablo Granados América (Channel 2) July 9, 2007
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? [3] Rove McManus Network Ten September 26, 2007 – October 30, 2009
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria DreizehnChristian Clerici ORF1 September 27, 2007
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Slimmer Dan Een Kind Van 10?Goedele Liekens VT4 September 6, 2007
Êtes-vous plus malin qu'un enfant de primaire ?Alain SimonsRTL-TVISeptember 6, 2007
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Você é Mais Esperto Que um Aluno da Quinta Série? [4] Silvio Santos SBT September 23, 2007
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Това го знае всяко хлапе!
Tova go znae vsiako hlape! [5]
Ivan & Andrei (2007-2008)
Dimitar & Deo (2008-2009)
bTV September 15, 2007 – February 20, 2009
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada (in English) Are You Smarter than a Canadian 5th Grader? [6] Colin Mochrie Global October 25, 2007 – November 22, 2007
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
(Flag of Quebec.svg  Quebec)
La classe de 5e [7] Charles Lafortune TVA February 5, 2009 [8]
Flag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia តើអ្នកឆ្លាតជាងក្មេងថ្នាក់ទី៥ឬទេ?Doung Sokhea CTN September 14, 2012
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile [9] ¿Sabes más que un niño de 5º básico?José Miguel Viñuela MEGA April 2, 2008
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 五年级救助队
Wŭ nián jí jiù zhù duì [10]
Wang HanHNETVMay 1, 2007
幸运52 幸运课堂
Xìng yùn 52 xìng yùn kè táng
Li Yong CCTV-2 June 1, 2007
Shéi bĭ shéi cōng ming [11]
Liu Ming-ming SZTV June 1, 2007 [12]
Nĭ néng bì yè ma? [13]
Duan Lei
Jia Ning
TJTV June 2, 2007
Bù kǎo bù zhī dào [14]
Xu RuiSXTVSJune 30, 2007 [15]
Wǔ nián jí chā bān shēng
He Hao-peng Guangdong TV August 10, 2007 [16]
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia ¿Sabes más que un niño de primaria?Jose Gabriel Ortiz Caracol TV February 20, 2008
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Jsi chytřejší než páťák? Michal Suchánek & Richard Genzer TV Nova June 23, 2007
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Er Du Klogere End En 10-Årig? Jan Gintberg TV3 September 22, 2007
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Targem kui 5B Indrek Tarand TV3 September 13, 2008
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Fiksumpi kuin koululainen Nicke Lignell MTV3 November 6, 2008
Flag of France.svg  France Êtes-vous plus fort qu’un élève de 10 ans ?Roland Magdane M6 September 3, 2007 – November 30, 2007
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Das weiß doch jedes Kind! [17] Cordula Stratmann Sat.1 July 6, 2007 – 2008
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Είσαι πιο έξυπνος από ένα δεκάχρονο
Eísai pio éxypnos apó éna dekáchrono [18]
Sophia Aliberti ANT1 January 19, 2008 - June 2009
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 係咪小兒科
Hai Mai Siu Yi Fo [19] [20] [21]
Leo Ku TVB October 25, 2008 – November 16, 2009
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Okosabb vagy mint egy 5-es?Attila Till TV2 August 24, 2007
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland Ertu skarpari en skólakrakki?Gunnar Hansson Skjár 1 October 21, 2007
Flag of India.svg  India Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain? [22] Shahrukh Khan STAR Plus April 25, 2008 – July 27, 2008
Flag of India.svg  India (Malayalam)Anchinodu Inchodinchu Suresh Gopi Surya TV August 23, 2021 – Present
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? Indonesia Tantowi Yahya
Nico Siahaan
Indy Barends
Global TV April 4, 2009 – 2010
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel ?'האם אתה חכם יותר מתלמיד כיתה ו
Ha'im ata hakham metalmid kitah vav?
Eyal Kitzis Channel 2 July 2007
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Sei più bravo di un ragazzino di 5ª? Massimiliano Ossini
Riccardo Rossi
Sky Uno
October 6, 2008 – 2011
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan クイズ あなたは小学5年生より賢いの?
Kuizu anata wa shogaku 5-nensei yori kashikoi no? [23]
Takashi Suzuki NTV April 24, 2011
Gekidan Hitori November 11, 2018
May 3, 2019
August 8, 2019
Hitori Gekidan and Ryuta Sato October 18, 2019 – present
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Vai tu esi gudrāks par 5 klasnieku?Māris Olte TV3 September 8, 2007
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Penktokų iššūkisAndrius Rožickas TV3 September 2, 2007
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia Are You Smarter than a 4th Grader?Unknown TV3 October 1, 2007 – September 30, 2008
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Todo el mundo cree que sabe Marco Antonio Regil Televisa June 13, 2009
Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia Ta 5-p aнгийн хүүхдээс ухаантай юу? Edutainment TV January 5, 2013
Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar ၅တန်းနဲ့ပြိုင် ဘယ်သူနိုင်Unknown Channel 7 2013
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Ben je slimmer dan een kind?Erik van der Hoff Net 5 September 2, 2007
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Are You Smarter than a 10 Year Old? [24] Dominic Bowden TV2 September 9, 2007 – November 25, 2007
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Er du smartere enn en 5. klassing? Sturla Berg-Johansen TV2 March 9, 2012
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru Sabes más que un niño de primaria?Bruno Pinasco América Televisión April 27, 2014
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines Kakasa Ka Ba Sa Grade 5? Janno Gibbs GMA Network October 27, 2007 – May 9, 2009
March 21, 2009 – March 28, 2009
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Czy jesteś mądrzejszy od 5-klasisty? Robert Korólczyk
Marzena Rogalska
TV Puls October 29, 2007 – 2009
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Sabe Mais Do Que Um Miúdo De 10 Anos? Jorge Gabriel RTP1 September 17, 2007 – June 30, 2008
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Te crezi mai deştept decât un copil de clasa a 5-a?Virgil Ianţu Prima TV 2007–2008
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Кто умнее пятиклассника?
Kto umneye pyatiklassnika?
Alexandr Pushnoy CTC December 9, 2007 – July 20, 2008
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Da li ste pametniji od đaka petaka? Voja Nedeljković Fox September 2007
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Ste chytrejší ako piatak?Peter Marcin TV Markiza 2007
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? [25] Soli Philander M-Net January 27, 2008
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain ¿Sabes más que un niño de primaria? Ramón García Antena 3 June 28, 2007 – December 1, 2007
July 14, 2008 – August 18, 2008
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka Punchi Pahe ManVijaya Nandasiri Sirasa TV 2008
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Smartare än en femteklassare Lasse Kronér SVT1 March 19, 2011 – May 16, 2020
Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan 百萬小學堂
Bǎi wàn xiǎo xuétáng
Zhang Xiao-yan (張小燕, 1st edition)
Bowie Tsang (曾寶儀) and Xiaoxia (小蝦) (2nd edition)
TTV October 3, 2008 – May 3, 2013
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand ถ้าคุณแน่? อย่าแพ้ ป.4!
[26] [27]
Kanit Sarasin Channel 3 October 1, 2007 – October 10, 2008
ถ้าคุณแน่? อย่าแพ้ เด็ก (ประถม)!
October 13, 2008 – April 29, 2010
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 5'e Gidenden Akıllı Mısın?Tolga Gariboğlu Star TV June 2007
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Чи розумніший ти за п’ятикласника?
Chy rozumnishiy ty za p'yatyklasnyka?
Serhiy Prytula Novyi Kanal January 6, 2008 – July 13, 2008
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom Are You Smarter than a 10 Year Old? [28] Noel Edmonds (primetime)
Damian Williams (daytime)
Sky One October 7, 2007 – April 24, 2010
Flag of the United States.svg  United States Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? Jeff Foxworthy Fox February 27, 2007 – September 18, 2009
May 26 – September 8, 2015
Syndicated by 20th TelevisionSeptember 21, 2009 – March 24, 2011
John Cena Nickelodeon June 10 – November 3, 2019
Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam Ai thông minh hơn học sinh lớp 5?Tạ Minh Tâm (2009-2010) HTV2 (now Vie Channel)June 21, 2009 – June 20, 2010
Thanh Bạch (June 27, 2010 – January 10, 2013)
Trấn Thành (January 17, 2013 – January 9, 2014)
VTV3 January 19, 2012 – January 9, 2014 (2nd revived)
Bình Minh (February 16, 2014 – April 13, 2016)VTV6February 16, 2014 – April 5, 2015
HTV7April 22, 2015 – April 13, 2016 (3rd revived)

Video game

On October 20, 2008, developer THQ released the first video game, titled Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?: Make the Grade, for the PC, PS2, Nintendo DS, Wii, and Xbox Live Arcade. The Xbox Live Arcade version as of mid-2010 was delisted from the Xbox Live Game Marketplace.

A sequel Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? Game Time was released on October 26, 2009, for Nintendo DS, Wii and Xbox 360.

Capcom Mobile released a game based on the game show for iOS devices called "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader 2010" in 2009.

In 2012, Ludia released a free game based on the game show called "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? & Friends" for iOS devices.

In 2015, GameMill Entertainment released a game based on the 2015 FOX Primetime revival for the Nintendo 3DS.

A version for PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/Xbox One, developed and published by THQ Nordic subsidiaries Massive Miniteam and HandyGames, was listed on Steam and Amazon in 2022.

DVD game

Parker Brothers released a DVD game based on the show. Unlike the show, the player can only pick one classmate for the whole game and has a choice of 21 games. A 2-player mode is also available.

Video Slot Machine

In 2014, AGS (American Gaming Systems) [29] [30] released a slot machine game based on the show (along with Family Feud and Ripley's Believe It or Not! ) as part of their "It Pays to Know" series of games. The base of the game is a five-reel scatter pay video slot on a four-by-five, yielding 1,024 possible winning combinations on every spin. packed with bonus event like: "Free Spin Events", "Picking Bonuses" & "Mystery Awards". In the game, players are prompted to choose one of the four "Helpers" fall-backs like eliminating one of the four possible multiple-choice answers or its stats on how the audience would answer the question. The layer is then given a first-grade question and then tries to answer it correctly. The earlier the correct answer is picked, the higher the award. Answering a question correctly within three times advance the grade level and the game goes on. Completing the "Gold Star Bonus" in which the player picks from a field of five stars to reveal an advance award. In addition to the "Helper" picked at the beginning, the player can earn any of the three "cheats" by landing symbols on the primary game:


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