Hard Quiz

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Hard Quiz
Hard Quiz ABC Logo.png
Presented byTom Gleeson
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of series5
No. of episodes98 (as of 30 September 2020)
Production
Running time30 mins
Release
Original networkABC
Original release19 October 2016 (2016-10-19) –
present
Chronology
Related showsThe Weekly with Charlie Pickering
The Einstein Factor
External links
Website

Hard Quiz is an Australian television comedy quiz show, which premiered on ABC on 19 October 2016.[1][2] Hosted by Tom Gleeson, the show is a spin-off of his "Hard Chat" segment on the satirical television news program The Weekly with Charlie Pickering.

Gleeson has claimed he was surprised by the success of the program, saying he had given up hope of being a star.[3]

On 24 May 2019, Gleeson announced he was stepping down as host and quitting the program via a media release.[4] On 26 May 2019, Gleeson was announced as a nominee for the Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television. He later tweeted that he would "un-axe" the show if he wins the Gold Logie.[5] Gleeson subsequently won the Gold Logie, and show was announced to be returning on 31 July 2019.

It was announced by Gleeson on 31 July 2019, in a radio interview with Triple M, that the show's return in 2020 for its fifth series would see it expand to 40 new episodes.[6]

Format[edit]

Hard Quiz features four contestants, each of which have selected a specialist subject area. The contestants in turn each receive 5 questions regarding their specialist subject areas ("The Experts' Round"), followed by questions from a subject Gleeson chooses ("Tom's Round") and then general knowledge questions ("The People's Round"). Contestants receive 5 points for answering a question correctly, and lose 5 points for answering a question incorrectly. During the Experts' Round, a contestant may attempt to answer a question from another contestant's subject area. This is known as "The Steal". If a Steal is successful, the contestant receives 10 points but will only lose 5 points for an incorrect Steal attempt (in series 1, a failed Steal resulted in the contestant losing 10 points). The contestant with the lowest score at the end of both the Experts Round and The People's Round are eliminated from the show. In the event of a tie for lowest scorer, the tie is broken with a Hard-Off, where Gleeson presents two options for a given question (often pertaining to the relative difficulty of two given tasks or physical hardness of two materials), which the first contestant to buzz in then answers. If the answering contestant chooses correctly, the other contestant is eliminated and vice versa if the answer given is incorrect. The final two contestants answer questions regarding their chosen subject area in a best of 5 penalty shootout-style format, with the winner receiving a trophy – the Hard Quiz Big Brass Mug.

Series Overview[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
11019 October 2016 (2016-10-19)21 December 2016 (2016-12-21)
2182 August 2017 (2017-08-02)29 November 2017 (2017-11-29)
32221 February 2018 (2018-02-21)30 January 2019 (2019-01-30)
420 + 1 Special6 February 2019 (2019-02-06)2 October 2019 (2019-10-02)
540[6]5 February 2020 (2020-02-05)TBA

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (2016)[edit]

Names in Bold are the winners

No.TitleOriginal air dateAustralian viewers
1"Episode 1"19 October 2016 (2016-10-19)681,000[7]

Quizzers:
Sue - Flags Expert
Liz - Brat Pack Expert
Miles - Doctor Who Expert
Mark - British Army Field Marshals Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Burke & Wills
2"Episode 2"26 October 2016 (2016-10-26)532,000[8]

Quizzers:
Lucy - Wars of the Roses Expert
James - Military Aviation Expert
Pierre - Punk Rock Expert
Renae - Richard Gasquet Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Greek Alphabet

Note: This episode features the first ever "Hard-Off" and the first ever 3-Way "Hard-Off".
3"Episode 3"2 November 2016 (2016-11-02)595,000[9]

Quizzers:
Nicolas - Seinfeld Expert
Steve - Capital Cities Expert
Alan - Michael Collins Expert
Lara - The Human Body Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Corporate Scandals
4"Episode 4"9 November 2016 (2016-11-09)634,000[10]

Quizzers:
Frances - The Simpsons Expert
Duncan - Beethoven Expert
Allan - Cold Chisel Expert
Cherie - Australian medical inventions Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - The Moon
5"Episode 5"16 November 2016 (2016-11-16)572,000[11]

Quizzers:
Jason - Nintendo Expert
Andy - World War II aircraft Expert
Michael - Summer Olympics Expert
Holly - Eurovision Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Capital Punishment
6"Episode 6"23 November 2016 (2016-11-23)593,000[12]

Quizzers:
Wes - Oscar-Winning Film Directors Expert
Joanna - The Beatles Expert
Joel - Australian Prime Ministers Expert
Michelle - Microbes Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Submarines
7"Episode 7"30 November 2016 (2016-11-30)592,000[13]

Quizzers:
Elyce - Comedy Expert
Paul - FIFA World Cup Expert
Tom - Wombat Expert
Nathan - The Chronicles of Narnia Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Fad Diets
8"Episode 8"7 December 2016 (2016-12-07)543,000[14]

Quizzers:
Angie - J. R. R. Tolkien Expert
Sebastian - Elton John Expert
Tom - Renaissance art Expert
Mac - Frasier Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Australian Stamps
9"Episode 9"14 December 2016 (2016-12-14)632,000[15]

Quizzers:
Sally - Harry Potter Expert
TK - 1980s computers Expert
Josh - Australian Reality Television Expert
Claus - Charles Darwin Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Cannabis
10"Episode 10"21 December 2016 (2016-12-21)553,000[16]

Quizzers:
Kim - Downton Abbey Expert
Kieren - Cricket Expert
Rowena - The Brady Bunch Expert
Daniel - European languages Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Paris

Series 2 (2017)[edit]

Names in Bold are the winners

No.TitleOriginal air dateAustralian viewers
11"Episode 1"2 August 2017 (2017-08-02)643,000[17]

Quizzers:
Zoe - Princess Diana Expert
Walter - Friends Expert
Peter - Apollo Expert
Andrew - Banknotes Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Extreme Sports
12"Episode 2"9 August 2017 (2017-08-09)631,000[18]

Quizzers:
Ed - South Park Expert
Simon - Titanic Expert
Sam - wives of Henry VIII Expert
Rebecca - Matthew Reilly Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Bees
13"Episode 3"16 August 2017 (2017-08-16)646,000[19]

Quizzers:
Peter - Queen Victoria Expert
Caroline - Simon & Garfunkel Expert
Jamie - Thomas the Tank Engine Expert
Nick - Rachmaninoff Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Chess
14"Episode 4"23 August 2017 (2017-08-23)683,000[20]

Quizzers:
Alex - Astronomy Expert
Andrew - Hawke & Keating Expert
Lyn - Rabbitohs Expert
Alex - The Princess Bride Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - RSPCA
15"Episode 5"30 August 2017 (2017-08-30)668,000[21]

Quizzers:
Robyn - Tom Hanks Expert
Conan - George Orwell Expert
Peter - Australian venomous animals Expert
James - Commercial Aviation Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Gambling
16"Episode 6"6 September 2017 (2017-09-06)641,000[22]

Quizzers:
Andy - Saturday Night Live Expert
Paul - Southern cassowary Expert
Paran - Sigmund Freud Expert
Margaret - The West Wing Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Potatoes
17"Episode 7"13 September 2017 (2017-09-13)667,000[23]

Quizzers:
Ilona - Pterosaur Expert
Bill - Albert Einstein Expert
Daniel - Red Bull Air Race Expert
Alyssa - Dynasty Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Hanna-Barbera
18"Episode 8"20 September 2017 (2017-09-20)630,000[24]

Quizzers:
Jen - Amelia Earhart Expert
Jim - The Rockford Files Expert
Will - Thermodynamics Expert
Carolyn - Grace Kelly Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Monkeys
19"Episode 9"27 September 2017 (2017-09-27)616,000[25]

Quizzers:
Jay - Babe Ruth Expert
Brett - Billy Joel Expert
Rowan - Cold War Expert
Megan - The Mighty Boosh Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Clouds
20"Episode 10"4 October 2017 (2017-10-04)697,000[26]

Quizzers:
Angela - Pride and Prejudice Expert
Pawel - Formula One Expert
Greg - Grammar Expert
Caitlin - Judy Garland Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Pacific Ocean
21"Episode 11"11 October 2017 (2017-10-11)653,000[27]

Quizzers:
Cheryl - Australian Explorers Expert
Paul - Happy Days Expert
Arthur - Bangladesh Cricket Team Expert
Jacob - Hunter S. Thompson Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Typography
22"Episode 12"18 October 2017 (2017-10-18)591,000[28]

Quizzers:
Emilia - ABBA Expert
Rob - Apple Inc. Expert
Cam - Board Games Expert
Rebecca - Shirley Temple Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Mathematics
23"Episode 13"25 October 2017 (2017-10-25)665,000[29]

Quizzers:
Sarah - Buffy the Vampire Slayer Expert
Matt - The Smashing Pumpkins Expert
Andrew - Julio-Claudian dynasty Expert
Peter - Oasis Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Margaret Court
24"Episode 14"1 November 2017 (2017-11-01)659,000[30]

Quizzers:
Jared - NBA Expert
Ross - Quentin Tarantino Expert
Peter - WWII Weapons Expert
Jess - Sex and the City Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - The Sound of Music
25"Episode 15"8 November 2017 (2017-11-08)678,000[31]

Quizzers:
Markos - James Bond Expert
Simon - Birds of Australia Expert
Phil - Greg Norman Expert
Robyn - KISS Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Indonesia
26"Episode 16"15 November 2017 (2017-11-15)598,000[32]

Quizzers:
Carolyn - Roger Federer Expert
Geoff - Robin Hood Expert
Greg - Caravaggio Expert
Andrew - Madonna Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Senses
27"Episode 17"22 November 2017 (2017-11-22)664,000[33]

Quizzers:
Charles - Horses Expert
Daniel - French and Saunders Expert
Sarah - Terry Pratchett Expert
Mark - John F. Kennedy Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Phobias
28"Episode 18"29 November 2017 (2017-11-29)639,000[34]

Quizzers:
Neel - Avatar: The Last Airbender Expert
Bronwyn - Phil Spector Expert
Paul - 1975 Australian Constitutional Crisis Expert
Jamie - The Oscars Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - New York City

Series 3 (2018–19)[edit]

Names in Bold are the winners

No.TitleOriginal air dateAustralian viewers
29"Episode 1"21 February 2018 (2018-02-21)550,000[35]

Quizzers:
Leon - Vintage Australian Washing Machines Expert
Mark - Premier League Expert
Tom - Winston Churchill Expert
Evelyn - Audrey Hepburn Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - French Colonies
30"Episode 2"28 February 2018 (2018-02-28)526,000[36]

Quizzers:
Dave - Benedict Cumberbatch Expert
Paul - Led Zeppelin Expert
Kelly - United States Geography Expert
Velvet - One Direction Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Magicians
31"Episode 3"7 March 2018 (2018-03-07)534,000[37]

Quizzers:
Colleen - Homer's The Odyssey Expert
Kevin - John Farnham Expert
Vivien - Australian Insects Expert
Lisa - The French Resistance Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Beer
32"Episode 4"14 March 2018 (2018-03-14)630,000[38]

Quizzers:
Georgina - Mary MacKillop Expert
John - The Rolling Stones Expert
Theja - Sachin Tendulkar Expert
Julia - Miss Marple Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - The Circus
33"Episode 5"21 March 2018 (2018-03-21)608,000[39]

Quizzers:
Greg - Tour de France Expert
Leigh - Wicked Expert
Sue - Edward III of England Expert
Ben - "Weird Al" Yankovic Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Chairs
34"Episode 6"28 March 2018 (2018-03-28)672,000[40]

Quizzers:
Peter - Jimi Hendrix Expert
Mark - Rolex Expert
Anna - Futurama Expert
Colleen - Russian Revolution Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Umpires

Note: Contestant Mark is the partner of Renae, who appeared in episode 2 of Series 1.
35"Episode 7"11 April 2018 (2018-04-11)570,000[41]

Quizzers:
Winnie - Origami Expert
Tim - Fawlty Towers Expert
Dianne - Eleanor of Aquitaine Expert
Andrew - Mountain pygmy possum Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Confectionery
36"Episode 8"18 April 2018 (2018-04-18)557,000[42]

Quizzers:
Evie - Star Trek Expert
Tim - Black Sabbath Expert
Chris - Nikola Tesla Expert
Alison - Piano Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Quiz Shows
37"Episode 9"25 April 2018 (2018-04-25)567,000[43]

Quizzers:
Michael - Abraham Lincoln Expert
Rob - WWE Expert
Gemma - The Goonies Expert
Matthew - Great white shark Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Anzac Day
38"Episode 10"19 September 2018 (2018-09-19)672,000[44]

Quizzers:
Ross - Elon Musk Expert
Kate - The Strokes Expert
Kogu - A-League Expert
David - The Human Eye Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Conspiracies
39"Episode 11"26 September 2018 (2018-09-26)649,000[45]

Quizzers:
James - Star Wars Expert
Anthony - Ned Kelly Expert
Nicole - Bon Jovi Expert
Bec - Australian Macropods Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Toilets
40"Episode 12"3 October 2018 (2018-10-03)646,000[46]

Quizzers:
Maree - Alfred Hitchcock Expert
Stuart - Ironman World Championship Expert
Maddy - Tripod Expert
Andrew - Freemasonry Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Darts
41"Episode 13"10 October 2018 (2018-10-10)686,000[47]

Quizzers:
Zara - Justin Timberlake Expert
Suzanne - Radiohead Expert
Alex - Barack Obama Expert
Paul - Classic Holden Cars Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Feminism
42"Episode 14"17 October 2018 (2018-10-17)704,000[48]

Quizzers:
Liv - Thunderbirds Expert
Matt - Sydney Swans Expert
Brad - Rubik's Cube Expert
Mark - Nuclear physics Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Play School
43"Episode 15"31 October 2018 (2018-10-31)679,000[49]

Quizzers:
Jim - Skateboarding Expert
Amanda - Maria Montessori Expert
Nicole - Duran Duran Expert
Martin - Stanley Kubrick Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Underwear
44"Episode 16"7 November 2018 (2018-11-07)776,000[50]

Quizzers:
Phil - Pearl Harbor Expert
Valerie - Peep Show Expert
Jason - Back to the Future Expert
Mark - Muhammad Ali Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - CWA
45"Episode 17"14 November 2018 (2018-11-14)710,000[51]

Quizzers:
Steve - Tropical cyclone Expert
Jacqui - Foo Fighters Expert
Darren - Knot Expert
Damien - Sherlock Holmes Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Shane Warne
46"Episode 18"21 November 2018 (2018-11-21)741,000[52]

Quizzers:
Chris - Scotch whisky Expert
Kathryn - Kath & Kim Expert
Brad - U.S. Masters Expert
Rachael - The Hunger Games Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Dictators
47"Episode 19"28 November 2018 (2018-11-28)742,000[53]

Quizzers:
John - Pinball Expert
Maddie - Round the Twist Expert
David - Bruce Lee Expert
Jessi - Alaska Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Museums
48"Episode 20"5 December 2018 (2018-12-05)646,000[55]

Quizzers:
Andrew - US Serial Killers Expert
Geoff - The Great Escape Expert
Erin - David Bowie Expert
Chris - RuPaul's Drag Race Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Delta Goodrem

Note: The final credits acknowledged that contestant Geoff Ogden-Browne died in July 2018,[54] prior to the premiere of the episode.
49"Episode 21"12 December 2018 (2018-12-12)623,000[56]

Quizzers:
Alan - Meryl Streep Expert
Liz - AFLW Expert
Michael - Khmer Empire Expert
Kim - My Little Pony Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Kidneys
50"Episode 22"30 January 2019 (2019-01-30)600,000[57]

Quizzers:
Shah - Rugby World Cup Expert
Susan - Treehouse Book Series Expert
Spencer - Vespa Expert
David - Elvis Presley Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Gold

Series 4 (2019)[edit]

Names in Bold are the winners

No.TitleOriginal air dateAustralian viewers
51"Episode 1"6 February 2019 (2019-02-06)572,000[58]

Quizzers:
Erwin - Kylie Minogue Expert
Gavin - Bathurst 1000 Expert
Cale - The Office Expert
Christine - Cremation Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Cairns
52"Episode 2"13 February 2019 (2019-02-13)607,000[59]

Quizzers:
Charles - Meccano Expert
Katie - Alcatraz Expert
Darryl - R.E.M. Expert
Kate - Indonesian Political History Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - The First Fleet
53"Episode 3"20 February 2019 (2019-02-20)610,000[60]

Quizzers:
William - Whale Expert
Grahame - World Geography Expert
Janine - Life of Pi Expert
Nick - Sir Donald Bradman Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Australian TV Presenters
54"Episode 4"27 February 2019 (2019-02-27)662,000[61]

Quizzers:
Russell - The Big Bang Theory Expert
Neil - The Adventures Of Tintin Expert
Maree - Queen Expert
Jo - Jonestown Massacre Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Predators

Note: The winner of this episode performed the final sign off in AUSLAN
55"Episode 5"6 March 2019 (2019-03-06)694,000[62]

Quizzers:
Keiara - Gilmore Girls expert
John - American Civil War expert
Jancarol - Yes expert
Thom - Banksia expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Public Holidays
56"Episode 6"13 March 2019 (2019-03-13)627,000[63]

Quizzers:
Edem - Rollercoaster expert
Paul - Manchester United expert
Eliza - The Shining expert
Carly - Watergate expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Flowers
57"Episode 7"20 March 2019 (2019-03-20)697,000[64]

Quizzers:
Charles - Horses expert
Lucy - Wars of the Roses expert
Theja - Sachin Tendulkar expert
Leon - Vintage Australian Washing Machines expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Duds

Note: The episode featured contestants who'd lost previous episodes of Hard Quiz, and was titled Battle of the Duds.
58"Episode 8"27 March 2019 (2019-03-27)657,000[65]

Quizzers:
Chris - Zimbabwe national cricket team expert
Marc - Pokémon expert
Jess - Batavia expert
Kate - Absolutely Fabulous expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - ASIO
59"Episode 9"3 April 2019 (2019-04-03)728,000[66]

Quizzers:
Paul - Wright Brothers expert
Jane - The Book of Mormon expert
Jamie - Aerosmith expert
John - Volkswagen Beetle expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Assassinations
60"Episode 10"10 April 2019 (2019-04-10)728,000[67]

Quizzers:
Drew - Bill Clinton expert
Pat - Neptune expert
Belinda - Press Gang expert
Caitlin - Taylor Swift expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Barbie
61"Episode 11"31 July 2019 (2019-07-31)667,000[68]

Quizzers:
David - Joan Crawford expert
Hollee - BTS expert
Joe - John Eales expert
Seraphya - Jewish holidays expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Deep sea creatures
62"Episode 12"7 August 2019 (2019-08-07)590,000[69]

Quizzers:
Luke - Steve Waugh expert
Nic - Luna Park Sydney expert
Hayley - David Foster Wallace expert
James - Frank Sinatra expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Gods
63"Episode 13"14 August 2019 (2019-08-14)619,000[70]

Quizzers:
Wynonah - Dolly Parton expert
Ali - Toy Story expert
Kaushik - Pete Sampras expert
Ann - Dogs expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Marriage
64"Episode 14"21 August 2019 (2019-08-21)641,000[71]

Quizzers:
Gary - The Rocky Horror Picture Show expert
Neeharika - Brooklyn Nine-Nine expert
Steve - Air traffic control expert
Joseph - Napoleonic Wars expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Australian Open
65"Episode 15"28 August 2019 (2019-08-28)616,000[72]

Quizzers:
Sonia - French cheese expert
Sam - World chess champions expert
James - The White Stripes expert
Mike - Leaders of the Soviet Union expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Vaccines
66"Episode 16"4 September 2019 (2019-09-04)517,000[73]

Quizzers:
Jeremy - Nick Riewoldt expert
Alix - Croquet expert
Julie - Barry Manilow expert
Steve - Toenail expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Easter
67"Episode 17"11 September 2019 (2019-09-11)605,000[74]

Quizzers:
Jim - Skateboarding expert
Conan - George Orwell expert
Winnie - Origami expert
Walter - Friends expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Losers

Note: The episode featured contestants who'd lost previous episodes of Hard Quiz, and was titled Battle of the Duds.
68"Episode 18"18 September 2019 (2019-09-18)570,000[75]

Quizzers:
Natali - Strictly Ballroom expert
Wayne - Australian Light Horse expert
Amy - Bee Gees expert
Harley - Breaking Bad expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Doris Day
69"Episode 19"25 September 2019 (2019-09-25)630,000[76]

Quizzers:
Lyn - David Cassidy expert
Harrison - Coffee expert
Neal - Anne Frank expert
Dan - 1868 Aboriginal Cricket Tour expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Handkerchiefs

Note: In this episode, the winner Lyn was the first ever to get all five of her questions correct in the final round.
70"Episode 20"2 October 2019 (2019-10-02)670,000[77]

Quizzers:
Fraser - Tanks in World War II expert
Tracey - Manhattan expert
Mel - Bananarama expert
Chris - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Hats

Series 5 (2020)[edit]

Names in Bold are the winners

No.TitleOriginal air dateAustralian viewers
72"Episode 1"5 February 2020 (2020-02-05)550,000[78]

Quizzers:
Vinny - Lady Gaga expert
Jess - W. B. Yeats expert
Brigid - Xanadu expert
Michael - Typewriters expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Peanuts
73"Episode 2"12 February 2020 (2020-02-12)597,000[79]

Quizzers:
Kreisha - The Young Ones expert
Abhi - Victor Chang expert
Simon - Makybe Diva expert
Frank - Volvo expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Insurance
74"Episode 3"19 February 2020 (2020-02-19)588,000[80]

Quizzers:
Tony - Louis Armstrong expert
Nick - Boston Red Sox expert
Sarah - Arnold Schwarzenegger expert
Chris - McDonald's expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - United Nations
75"Episode 4"26 February 2020 (2020-02-26)610,000[81]

Quizzers:
Rhys - The Lord of the Rings expert
Matt - Ayrton Senna expert
Michelle - Barbarella expert
Peter - Eric Abetz expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Andy Lee
76"Episode 5"4 March 2020 (2020-03-04)598,000[82]

Quizzers:
Lauren - Little House on the Prairie expert
Edward - Amedeo Modigliani expert
Glenys - Thylacine expert
Gaya - Rihanna expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Washington, D.C.

Note: In this episode, the winner Lauren holds the record high score of 115 after The People's Round.
77"Episode 6"11 March 2020 (2020-03-11)573,000[83]

Quizzers:
Daniel - U2 expert
Bethany - Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot expert
Nellie - Home Alone expert
Mim - Squid expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Ita Buttrose
78"Episode 7"18 March 2020 (2020-03-18)753,000[84]

Quizzers:
Kate - Fremantle Dockers expert

Matt - Elizabeth I expert
Shrikan - Will & Grace expert
Christian - The Tube expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Crying
79"Episode 8"25 March 2020 (2020-03-25)809,000[85]

Quizzers:
Maria - Brooklyn Bridge expert
Brittany - Kurt Cobain expert
Oliver - Badminton expert
James - 90s Disney Cartoons expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Escape
80"Episode 9"1 April 2020 (2020-04-01)821,000[86]

Quizzers:
Dennis - The Bold and the Beautiful expert
Pat - Australia's 45th Parliament expert
James - Helicopters expert
Rob - Siamese fighting fish expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Boudicca
81"Episode 10"8 April 2020 (2020-04-08)778,000[87]

Quizzers:
Laura - Game of Thrones expert
Will - Franklin D. Roosevelt expert
Jocelyn - Grand Slam Tennis expert
Warwick - Electronic Organs expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
82"Episode 11"15 April 2020 (2020-04-15)733,000[88]

Quizzers:
Kathy - Disneyland expert
Jack - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy expert
Hanan - M*A*S*H expert
Adam - Fender Guitars expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Angela Merkel
83"Episode 12"22 April 2020 (2020-04-22)723,000[89]

Quizzers:
Roj - The Blues Brothers expert
Kate - Jack Russell Terrier expert
Tina - Roald Dahl expert
Miles - Mazda MX-5 expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Gardening Australia
84"Episode 13"29 April 2020 (2020-04-29)711,000[90]

Quizzers:
Kaushik - Pete Sampras expert
Josh - Australian Reality television expert
Matt - Sydney Swans expert
Julie - Barry Manilow expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Rejects

Note: The episode featured contestants who'd lost previous episodes of Hard Quiz, and was titled Battle of the Duds.
85"Episode 14"6 May 2020 (2020-05-06)708,000[91]

Quizzers:
Carmen - Gossip Girl expert
Nelson - Tiger Woods expert
Chris - Jack the Ripper expert
Branwell - Julia Gillard expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Angels
86"Episode 15"13 May 2020 (2020-05-13)760,000[92]

Quizzers:
Ash - Clarinet expert
Darren - Australian pythons expert
Sebastian - Transformers expert
Penny - Islamic political movements expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Fake Bands
87"Episode 16"15 July 2020 (2020-07-15)707,000[93]

Quizzers:
Alyce - Rafael Nadal expert
Mitchell - SpongeBob SquarePants expert
Oslo - New Yorker Cartoons expert
Julie - Dingoes expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - A Star Is Born
88"Episode 17"22 July 2020 (2020-07-22)724,000[94]

Quizzers:
Ryan - Guinea Pigs expert
Patrick - Vintage sneakers expert
Steven - Peanuts comics expert
Katharina - Penicillin expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Avocados
89"Episode 18"29 July 2020 (2020-07-29)705,000[95]

Quizzers:
Ken - Australian Geography expert
Trent - Shakespeare's Richard III expert
Chris - Canberra Raiders expert
Sue - Dewey Decimal System expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Dance Crazes
90"Episode 19"5 August 2020 (2020-08-05)746,000[96]

Quizzers:
Marie - Barbra Streisand expert
Gus - Wolverine expert
Seamus - Halo expert
Jess - The Handmaid's Tale expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Balls/Balls
91"Episode 20"12 August 2020 (2020-08-12)733,000[97]

Quizzers:
Kristy - Arab-Israeli Conflict expert
Michelle - Savage Garden expert
Dave - Saturn expert
Leo - Chicago Bulls expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Fleas
92"Episode 21"19 August 2020 (2020-08-19)737,000[98]

Quizzers:
Rochelle - The Korean War expert
Rebecca - Red Hot Chili Peppers expert
Martin - Ducati Motorcycles expert
Crissy - The Great Plague expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Carbon dioxide
93"Episode 22"26 August 2020 (2020-08-26)698,000[99]

Quizzers:
Jim - Calculus expert
Sean - Kakapo expert
Helen - Theseus expert
Steph - Neighbours expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Crime
94"Episode 23"2 September 2020 (2020-09-02)672,000[100]

Quizzers:
Patrick - Survivor expert
Anna - James Herriot expert
David - Shane Warne expert
Peter - WWII Dam Busters Raid expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Jingles
95"Episode 24"9 September 2020 (2020-09-09)N/A

Quizzers:
Cynthia - Sylvester Stallone expert
Heather - Labyrinths expert
Aaron - Leeds United F.C. expert
Daley - Rats expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Rebrands
96"Episode 25"16 September 2020 (2020-09-16)N/A

Quizzers:
Chris - Allan Border expert
Ian - Bridge expert
Mary - Bluey expert
Iovita - Cleopatra expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Holes
97"Episode 26"23 September 2020 (2020-09-23)N/A

Quizzers:
Claus - Charles Darwin expert
Kim - My Little Pony expert
Kevin - John Farnham expert
David - The Human Eye expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Flops

Note: This episode featured contestants who'd lost previous episodes of Hard Quiz, and was titled Battle of the Duds.
98"Episode 27"30 September 2020 (2020-09-30)N/A

Quizzers:
Suzanne - Pomeranians expert
Stewart - Alien expert
Aidan - UFC expert
Mark - Recorder expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - TAFE
99"Episode 28"7 October 2020 (2020-10-07)TBD

Quizzers:
Angus - Verdi Operas expert
Rosanne - Prince Charles expert
Adam - Dungeons & Dragons expert
Jane - Kill Bill expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Euclidean Geometry
100"Episode 29"14 October 2020 (2020-10-14)TBD

Quizzers:
Stephen - Prince expert
Craig - Holden Torana expert
Tara - David Unaipon expert
Jean - Studio Ghibli Films expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Rhyming Slang
101"Episode 30"21 October 2020 (2020-10-21)TBD

Quizzers:
Naill - Australian hip hop expert
Evie - Oliver Sacks expert
Jen - The Office expert
Owen - Julius Caesar expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Revenge
102"Episode 31"28 October 2020 (2020-10-28)TBD

Quizzers:
Richard - Aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force expert
Jarrod - Seattle Seahawks expert
Jane - Forrest Gump expert
Shona - Leonardo da Vinci expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Drag Queens

Note: In the head-to-head, this episode features a post production error where Jane's second question is marked as incorrect when in fact she got it correct.
103"Episode 32"4 November 2020 (2020-11-04)TBD

Quizzers:
TBA - Siege of Tobruk expert
TBA - Shaun the Sheep expert
TBA - The Theory of Evolution expert
TBA - Ferguson TE20 expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - TBA

Specials[edit]

Names in Bold are the winners

No.TitleOriginal air dateAustralian viewers
71"Celebrity Hard Quiz"18 December 2019 (2019-12-18)613,000[101]

Quizzers:
Lucy Durack - Sleepless in Seattle Expert
Waleed Aly - Batman Expert
Celia Pacquola - Stephen King Expert
Hamish Blake - Lego Expert

Tom's Round: Tom's Subject - Christmas

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result Refs.
2017 7th AACTA Awards Best Light Entertainment Series
Hard Quiz
Nominated
[102]
2018 8th AACTA Awards Best Entertainment Program Nominated
[103]
Logie Awards of 2018 Most Popular Entertainment Program Nominated
[104]
2019 Logie Awards of 2019 Most Popular Personality on Australian Television
Tom Gleeson
Won
[105]
Most Popular Presenter Nominated
Most Popular Entertainment Program
Hard Quiz
Nominated
AACTA Awards (9th) Best Light Entertainment Television Series Nominated
[106]

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