BrainRush

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BrainRu$h
Brain rush-logo.jpg
Created by Michael Krupat
Starring Lamorne Morris
Sarah Karges
Opening theme BrainRush Theme
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Krupat
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network
Original airing June 20, 2009 - July 22, 2009
External links
Website

BrainRush (spelled BrainRu$h) is a live-action game show on Cartoon Network, hosted by Lamorne Morris and, to a lesser extent, Sarah Karges. It first aired on June 20, 2009. The show was canceled due to low ratings.

Format[edit]

Unwitting contestants are asked to answer trivia questions on roller coasters. The show takes place at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California.

Round 1: Quick Quiz (Boomerang)[edit]

The host sits on the Boomerang. Anyone who sits next to the host becomes a contestant. Each contestant is asked a series of questions over the course of the ride. (As noted in episode 4, the total ride time is one minute and 45 seconds.) Each correct answer is worth $25. The 2 contestants with the most money advance to the second round.

In the event of a tie, a tiebreaker question with a numerical answer is asked (generally, the question is about the Boomerang coaster). The contestant whose guess is the closest to the correct answer without going over moves on. The eliminated contestant is paid his/her winnings immediately.

Round 2 (Silver Bullet)[edit]

Each of the remaining two players picks one of two games, hidden in two colored envelopes. The player with the least earnings from level 1 goes first. Generally, each part of the game is worth $50 and both games have the same amount of money available ($300). The money from both rounds are combined, and the person with the most money at the end of this round wins the game. The losing contestant is paid his or her winnings immediately. If there is a tie at the end of round 2, a numerical question is asked in a similar manner to round one.

Games in Round 2[edit]

Street Wise: The host tells the player five letters of the alphabet during the ride. At the end of the ride, the player must remember those five letters. Each letter correctly recalled is worth $50. In addition, regardless of the player's performance, the player is given the five correct letters, and must unscramble them into a slang word based on a clue given by the host. If the player unscrambles the word within 30 seconds, he or she wins another $50.

Regurgitator: The player is read a short story (typically an article from USA Today) as the coaster moves up the lift hill. He or she is then asked six questions about the story over the course of the ride. Each correct answer is worth $50.

Represent: During the ride, the host tells the player three random words, and there are three random pictures shown around the park. After the ride, the player can list any of the words or pictures for $50 each.

Hurling Hangman: The player looks for three letters while on the ride. At the end of the ride, they can recall the letters for $50 each. Afterward, they use the letters to complete three words within a time limit of 10 seconds; each word correctly completed is worth a further $50.

Round 3: Motor Mouth (Xcelerator)[edit]

The contestant selects one of four categories for the round. Prior to the start of the final level, he/she is given the chance to eat a food item for a $100 bonus. The contestant must eat the entire dish to earn the bonus.

Categories

  • Zap-Pow - Superheroes & comic books
  • Penalty Box - Sports
  • Watch-Out - Television & movies
  • Know It All - General knowledge

The contestant is asked a question with multiple answers, and must give as many correct answers as possible over the course of the ride (a total of 24 seconds in length). The first correct answer is worth $50; each additional correct answer is worth $50 more than the previous one (for example, giving 5 correct answers wins $750, or $50+$100+$150+$200+$250).

Afterwards, he/she is given the option of keeping all their winnings or risking half of it on one final question. The contestant sits on the coaster in the station to answer the question. If the contestant gives the correct answer (the light turns green), he or she doubles his/her winnings and the coaster takes off immediately, however, if the answer is incorrect (light turns red), the contestant loses half of their total (the total is rounded down in the event of halving an odd amount). In the later event, the host offers the player a final ride anyway. Regardless of the result, the $100 bonus for eating the food is not doubled or halved.

Development[edit]

The show premiered on June 20, 2009.[1] This was part of a Cartoon Network programming block named CN Real. Other shows included Survive This; The Othersiders; Destroy Build Destroy; Bobb'e Says; and Dude, What Would Happen.

Critical reception[edit]

Since its release, BrainRush was left with mostly negative reviews. TV.com gave the show 4.5/10 based on 10 reviews. IMDb gave the show a 1.8/10 based on 1 review. Yahoo! TV gave the show 1/5 stars. But Common Sense Media was on the positive side, giving the show 4/5 stars based on 15 reviews.

Episodes[edit]

Episode # Title Original air date
1 "Episode 1-1" June 20, 2009 (2009-06-20)
Antwone, Hope, and Jake compete. Antwone won $100, Hope won $225, and Jake won $1,200.
2 "Episode 1-2" June 27, 2009 (2009-06-27)
Kaitlin, Trevor, and Darnell compete. Darnell won $50, Trevor won $225, and Kaitlin won $550.
3 "Episode 1-3" July 4, 2009 (2009-07-04)
Vin, Chris, and Blake compete. Chris won $50, Blake won $325, and Vin won $1,850.
4 "Episode 1-4" July 11, 2009 (2009-07-11)
Eddie, Matt, and Shanavea compete. Matt won $100, Shanavea won $400, and Eddie won $4,450.
5 "Episode 1-5" July 15, 2009 (2009-07-15)
Nick, Austin, and Larenz compete. Austin won $50, Nick won $300, and Larenz won $1,362.
6 "Episode 1-6" July 22, 2009 (2009-07-22)

Devon, Walter, and Paloma compete. Devon won $50, Paloma won $300, and Walter won $5,250.

Note: This is the series finale. When this episode aired on July 29, 2009, it was either purposely or accidentally targeted as a new episode when it aired on July 22, 2009 which was actually considered a rerun.

Winnings[edit]

Episode Contestants Games Played Eliminated Contestants Winner's Total
Episode 1 Antwone
Hope
Jake
Antwone: Round 1- $100
Hope: Round 1- $125; Regurgigtator- $100
Jake: Round 1- $100; Streetwise- $200;
Watch Out- $300 (plus cheeseburger bonus of $100)
Antwone: $100*
Hope: $225
Jake: $1,300 ($600 was doubled, plus $100 cheeseburger bonus)
Episode 2 Darnell
Trevor
Kaitlin
Darnell: Round 1- $50
Trevor: Round 1- $175; Regurgitator: $50
Kaitlin: Round 1- $100; Represent- $250;
Watch Out- $750
Darnell: $50
Trevor: $225
Kaitlin: $550 (halved from $1,100)
Episode 3 Chris
Blake
Vin
Chris: Round 1- $50
Blake: Round 1- $75; Regurgitator- $250
Vin: Round 1- $125; Streetwise- $250; Zap-pow: $500
(plus chili cheese fries bonus of $100)
Chris: $50
Blake: $325
Vin: $1,850 ($875 was doubled, plus $100 chili cheese fries bonus)
Episode 4 Matt
Shanavea
Eddie
Matt: Round 1- $100
Shanavea: Round 1- $100; Hurling Hangman- $300
Eddie: Round 1- $150; Regurgitator- $300;
Penalty Box- $1,800
Matt: $100*
Shanavea: $400
Eddie: $4,450 (doubled from $2,225)
Episode 5 Austin
Nick
Larenz
Nick: Round 1-$100; Regurgitator- $200
Austin: Round 1- $50
Larenz: Round 1- $175; Represent- $300;
Know It All- $800
Austin: $50
Nick: $300
Larenz: $1,362 (halved from $2,725)
Episode 6 Devon
Paloma
Walter
Devon: Round 1-$50
Paloma: Round 1- $100; Regurgitator- $200
Walter: Round 1- $75; Represent- $375; Penalty Box- $2,625 (cheeseburger bonus: $100)
Devon: $50
Paloma: $300
Walter: $5,350 ($2,625 was doubled, plus $100 cheeseburger bonus)
Biggest Winner- Walter from Episode 6 ($5,350)
  1.      Contestant answered bonus question correctly and passed.
  2.      Contestant answered bonus question incorrectly and was eliminated.

* These contestants lost on the tiebreaker question in round 1.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turner Newsroom: Home