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June 4th, 2007

You Might Be a Redneck If You’re Not Smarter Than a 5th Grader

I have learned a couple of things from Fox’s Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? – I know, I too am stunned.

First is that Jeff Foxworthy? Is a terrible host. Just terrible. He’s clearly phoning it in here, reading cue cards and hosting with all the excitement of a dying ficus. He’s also incredibly monotonous which, as we all know, is the kiss of death for game show hosts.

The other is that this show practically requires a TiVo or DVR to view because it’s 98% commercials. In a recent episode, the first twenty minutes tackled only three questions. That’s a lousy signal to noise ratio. Just imagine: in nearly that time, Jeopardy! is into Final Jeopardy! territory.

It makes me long for simpler times, when 5th graders were concerned about alcohol-based fuel.

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

Aanen June 4, 2007, 11:32 am

I wonder if people got tired of hearing all the “you might be a redneck if…” jokes. I know I did.

Dave Walls June 4, 2007, 12:56 pm

I think Foxworthy is just as surprised as we are that this crap got renewed.

2 game show pings in 5 days: Me Like.

whatladder June 4, 2007, 9:18 pm

It’s interesting that you make the comparison to Jeopardy, because when I watched that show I was pretty sure that the contestant pool is made up of people who got like 5% on the Jeopardy entrance test.

jk June 5, 2007, 2:58 am

Can I please share my favorite redneck joke?

You might be a redneck if your house don’t have curtains, but your truck does.

Seriously, speaking of game shows, I find Deal or No Deal unwatchable. I was forced to watch 1/2 hour of it and I cannot for the life of me tell you why anyone would ever watch it again. Or renew it.

My favorite gameshow is to watch the Antiques Roadshow with my retired antique dealer mom and watch her successfully appraise the items under scrutiny.

Merle June 7, 2007, 12:57 am

Of *course* they were concerned about alcohol-based fuel. How else to get into the booze cabinet? 😉

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