Genius Junior

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Genius Junior
Genre Game show
Presented by Neil Patrick Harris[1]
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 5 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Neil Patrick Harris[1]
  • Pam Healey
  • John Hesling
  • Phil Parsons
  • Ed Egan
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) Shed Media[1]
Prediction Productions[2]
Original network NBC
Original release March 18, 2018 – present
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Genius Junior is an American television game show that debuted on March 18, 2018 on NBC, during the 2017–18 season.[3] In March 2017, NBC ordered ten episodes for the first season of the series, which will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. The series sees children, aged 12 and under, competing in teams of three in five increasingly difficult rounds. Each round will test the teams in various subjects including spelling, mathematics and memory. The winning team will receive the "Genius Junior Grant".[1]


Genius Junior is a tournament game show in which only the winners will advance and win the cash.

Main Game[edit]

Each show sees two teams of three kids compete in a series of brain-teasing, thought-provoking, challenges. In each round, each team will play their half of the round against the clock. Harris will read a series of questions based on the round's criteria and the team in control will take turns answering them. Each correct answer scores one point. Each player can pass their turn if they don't know the answer, but each player can only do it once each round.

In middle of the game, each team will have the option to nominate a player to be the "Super Brain". This means that, that player will play the round alone, trying to answer as many questions and racking up as many points as they can. And that player will make that nomination by hitting a buzzer in front of them. Now that option will last for up to two rounds.

At the end of the game, the team with the most points wins and go on to face "The Cortex" for up to $100,000.

The Cortex[edit]

The winning team stands at a hexagonal area to play the final round. They'll have three minutes to complete the round and win the money. This round has three levels of gameplay. Each player will have their own level and stand on a path with a brain button at the end. Like before, Harris will read a series of questions and this time, each correct answer wins money and goes one step. As soon as the player in control reaches the end, s/he will have completed the level and make that indication by hitting the brain button and pass the action to the next player. Here's how the progress works:

Levels Answers
Level 1 3 $3,000
Level 2 4 $4,000
Level 3 5 $5,000

If the winning team can answer 12 questions correctly within those three minutes (3:00), their winnings will be doubled for a grand total of $100,000.

Tournament format[edit]

For the first six weeks, the twelve teams (two teams each game) will fight for a spot in the semi-finals. The six winning teams will advance to the semi-finals for a spot in the finals for the "Genius Junior Grant".


No. Title [2] Original air date [2] Prod.
U.S. viewers
1 "These Kids Know Something You Don't Know" March 18, 2018 (2018-03-18) 101 5.03[4]
2 "Who's the Smartest?" March 25, 2018 (2018-03-25) 102 4.24[5]
3 "Pint-Sized Genius" April 8, 2018 (2018-04-08) 103 4.45[6]
4 "Big Brains, Big Surprises" April 15, 2018 (2018-04-15) 104 3.77[7]
5 "Craniums and Brainiums" April 22, 2018 (2018-04-22) 105 3.64[8]
6 "Little Big Thinkers" April 29, 2018 (2018-04-29) 106 TBD
7 "The Power Pose" May 6, 2018 (2018-05-06) 107 TBD
8 "Super Duper Brains" May 6, 2018 (2018-05-06) 108 TBD
9 "Bigger Problems, Bigger Brains" May 13, 2018 (2018-05-13) 109 TBD
10 "Hope For The Future" May 13, 2018 (2018-05-13) 110 TBD


  1. ^ a b c d Goldberg, Lesley; Stanhope, Kate (March 31, 2017). "NBC Greenlights 'Genius Junior' Game Show Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  2. ^ a b c "About This Show - GENIUS JUNIOR (NBC)". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 11, 2018. 
  3. ^ Vick, Megan (May 14, 2017). "NBC's Fall Schedule: This Is Us to Compete with ABC's TGIT". TV Guide. 
  4. ^ Porter, Rick (March 20, 2018). "'Bob's Burgers,' 'NCIS: LA' and 'AFV' adjust up, 'Deception' and '60 Minutes' down: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 20, 2018. 
  5. ^ Porter, Rick (March 27, 2018). "NCIS: LA' and 'Bob's Burgers' adjust up, 'Instinct,' 'Simpsons' and 'Deception' down: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 27, 2018. 
  6. ^ Porter, Rick (April 10, 2018). "'America's Funniest Home Videos' rerun adjusts up: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 10, 2018. 
  7. ^ Porter, Rick (April 17, 2018). "'Bob's Burgers,' 'Little Big Shots' adjust up, 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' and 'Genius Junior' down: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 17, 2018. 
  8. ^ Porter, Rick (April 24, 2018). "'Timeless,' 'Family Guy' and all others hold: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 24, 2018. 

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