Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? is a quiz show, it used to be on Fox. It is produced by Mark Burnett and is hosted by Jeff Foxworthy. The show premiered as a three-day special which began on February 27, 2007 with the first two shows each a half-hour in length. Regular one-hour episodes began airing Thursdays from March 1 through May 10, and the first season continued with new episodes beginning May 31. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? was picked up for the first season, which began on September 6, 2007, and aired in the same timeslot. Following the end of the original run of the primetime version on September 18, 2009, a first-run syndicated version of the show ran from September 2009 to May 2011, with Foxworthy returning as host. On May 26, 2015, the program returned to Fox for a new, 4th season, with Foxworthy, again, returning as host. The show also airs internationally, and the format has been picked up for local versions in a number of other countries.
On February 14, 2019, it was announced that the program would be revived on Nickelodeon with new host John Cena. On May 1, 2019, it was announced that the revival would be premiering on June 10, 2019.
"Are You Smarter than A 5th Grader" was originally created as a recurring bit on The Howard Stern Show, although Howard was given no credit or mention for the TV series. In November 2006 it was pitched as "Do You Remember Grade School?" by Burnett and Zoo Productions to network executives in the form of a six-question quiz; the only network president who was able to win on the quiz was Fox's Peter Liguori. On January 31, 2007, Fox announced that they had picked up the show for an initial six-episode run, and on February 9 Foxworthy was announced as host. Less than eight weeks after being pitched, the first episode aired.
On November 6, 2014, Fox announced it would revive the series, with a new generation of fifth-graders, to its lineup as part of the summer season of the 2014–15 season. The new season features several changes, including a new panel of six regular fifth-grade students (whose usage & seating positions will rotate per episode), a new "Grade School Giveaway" feature on the $10,000 question, in which a school will win $10,000 towards improvements if the contestant answers their $10,000 question correctly, and the million dollar question is now from the sixth grade. Foxworthy explained that the revival was the result of a conversation he had over dinner with Mark Burnett the previous year, in which he considered 5th Grader to be his favorite television role. When Fox approached him later in 2014 about reviving the series, he accepted the role with little hesitation.
- Nickelodeon Brings Back "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" - John Cena to Host All-New Version of the Hit Family Game Show. The Futon Critic (February 14, 2019). Retrieved on May 29, 2019.
- Nickelodeon's "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader," Hosted by John Cena, Sets Premiere Date - Monday, June 10, at 7:00 P.M. (ET/PT). The Futon Critic (May 20, 2019). Retrieved on May 29, 2019.
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