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Genius Junior

Genius Junior

Photo Credit:  NBC
  • Premiered: 
    March 18, 2018
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Game Show & Contest
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Quiz
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Plot Synopsis

Hosted and executive produced by Neil Patrick Harris, each one-hour episode of GENIUS JUNIOR features two teams of children, ages 8 to 12, who take the stage to compete in a series of increasingly complex quizzes with the goal of being crowned Genius Junior and the chance to take home a Genius Junior grant. Over four rounds, with each round tougher than the last, teams of three must work together to beat the competition. The teams compete against the clock as they answer questions by memorizing the entire U.S. highway system, doing mind-bending math equations, and spelling incredibly complex words. Each episode's winning team then gets 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, these children have to be brilliant at everything. In the series opener, "These Kids Know Something You Don't," Rodrigo, Ashley and Shivani of "The Dork Side" go up against Sebastian, Michelle and Aiden of "Team on a Roll."
On Sunday, May 13, 2018 from 7-9pm ET/PT, NBC premiered the season finale of GENIUS JUNIOR, debuting back-to-back new episodes:

"Big Problems, Bigger Brains" (7pm): In the third semi-finals show, Anna, Vivek and Summer of "27 Yards" go up against Treasure, Sebastian and Apoorva of "The Fast and The Curious." Contestants must memorize the various sections of the Titanic for the Human GPS round, before taking on Number Cruncher, Talking Dictionary and Memory Master. Apoorva is the "Super Brain" for her team on the Number Cruncher while Vivek is the "Super Brain" for Talking Dictionary.

"Hope for the Future" (8pm): After an astonishing semi-finals, three "Genius Junior" teams head for the finals. Ashley, Rodrigo and Shivani of "The Dork Side" will face Treasure, Sebastian and Apoorva of "The Fast and the Curious," along with Michi, Jackson and Ugochi of "Geeks on Fleek." In the Human GPS round, finalists memorize the constellations. One team is eliminated and two will face off for Extreme Number Cruncher and then a complex Talking Dictionary. Ultimately, the teams take on the toughest Cortex ever and the team that gets the farthest or completes "The Cortex" in the fastest time is crowned champion.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Shed Media U.S.
  • In association with Prediction Productions