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Review of "Genius Junior" 3/19/18 by Eva Diaz airs Sundays 9/8c on NBC.

I enjoy watching game shows, and this one looked interesting to me. It's a show for children who have Genuis IQ's. It asks them questions to test their problem solving, spelling and math skills. The questions are written by genuises, for genuises, so the average person won't be able to answer them. I love to play along with game shows, but I can't play along with this one - the questions are too hard! However, I'm learning things I didn't know, which is good. There are two teams of three children each. The team that wins goes on to play another round, in which they earn money, which will be divided evenly among the team members, if they defeat other teams in future shows. Neil Patrick Harris is the host, and he is great with the kids; he often echoes the astonishment the audience feels when these gifted kids answer these hard questions.

I think this is a wonderful show for families to watch together because although you can't play along, unless you're brilliant, you can learn new information, but in a fun way.  It shows the kids that are watching how important it is to learn in school, and how much knowledge can improve their future. I give this show 5 out of 5 stars.


Neil Patrick Harris hosts the exciting new game show “Genius Junior,” which celebrates the brightest children in America. This one-hour competition series is the ultimate test of intelligence and endurance.

Twelve teams of the most incredible children in the country, ages 8 to 12, will take the stage to compete in a series of increasingly complex quizzes with the goal of being crowned Genius Junior.  

The average adult relies on Google maps to get them to their destination, their calculator for simple math problems and auto-correct for spelling errors.  What if they had to memorize the entire U.S. highway system, do mind-bending math equations or spell incredibly complex words — backwards — all on their own? What if they had to do this against the clock?

The talented “Genius Junior” cast members will tackle these and other challenging scenarios.

Over four rounds, with each round tougher than the last, teams of three will have to work together to beat the competition. Each episode’s winning team will then get to take on The Cortex – the toughest test of smarts on the planet – to build up their prize fund.  It’s not enough to win a spelling bee, be a mathlete or even a memory champion — to win “Genius Junior” you have to be brilliant at everything.

The winning team will take home a “Genius Junior” grant that will set the stage for a big and bright future that lies ahead.

Neil Patrick Harris, Pam Healey, John Hesling, Phil Parsons and Ed Egan executive produce. “Genius Junior” is produced by Shed Media in association with Prediction Productions.

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