King of the Nerds (season 1)

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King of the Nerds (season 1)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes8
Release
Original networkTBS
Original releaseJanuary 17 (2013-01-17) – March 7, 2013 (2013-03-07)
Season chronology
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The first season of King of the Nerds aired on TBS from January 13, 2013 to March 7, 2013. Inspired by the Revenge of the Nerds films, the season was hosted by actors and executive producers Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong, known for their roles as Lewis Skolnick and Dudley "Booger" Dawson, respectively, in Revenge of the Nerds.

Contestants[edit]

Name Hometown Age Specialty
Alana Smith-Brown[1] Corning, New York 26 Comic book nerd
Brandon Moore[2] Heath, Texas 24 Neuroscientist
Celeste Anderson[3] Orillia, Ontario 22 Pro gamer
Danielle Mackey[4] Rome, New York 23 Video game vlogger
Genevieve Pearson[5] Tacoma, Washington 27 Fantasy writer
Hеndrik Lеnfеrink[6] Little Deer Isle, Maine 26 Geophysicist
Ivan Van Norman[7] Los Angeles, California 27 Role-playing game designer
Jon Paprocki[8] Atlanta, Georgia 22 Mathematician
Joshua Ovenshire[7] Los Angeles, California 24 Comics & gaming nerd
Moogega Cooper[7] Pasadena, California 26 NASA engineer
Virgil Griffith[7] Pasadena, California 28 Master hacker

Contestant progress[edit]

Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 72 8
Celeste IN IN WIN IN WIN IN IN IN WIN WINNER
Genevieve IN IN WIN RISK WIN RISK RISK IN WIN RUNNER-UP
Danielle WIN WIN RISK WIN IN WIN WIN WIN OUT3
Ivan WIN WIN IN WIN RISK WIN IN OUT3
Moogega WIN WIN IN WIN IN WIN OUT
Virgil IN IN WIN IN WIN OUT
Joshua WIN WIN IN WIN OUT
Alana IN1 RISK WIN OUT
Brandon WIN WIN OUT
Jon RISK OUT
Hеndrik OUT

^Note 1 : Alana received individual immunity from being sent to the Nerd-Off.
^Note 2 : Teams were dissolved and Nerd Wars became individual challenges.
^Note 3 : The final Nerd War was separated into two phases; in each phase, the loser was automatically eliminated.

Key
     (WINNER) The contestant won the competition and was crowned "King of the Nerds".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant won the Nerd War and received immunity from elimination.
     (IN) The contestant lost the Nerd War, but was not selected to compete in the Nerd-Off.
     (RISK) The contestant won the Nerd-Off and escaped elimination.
     (OUT) The contestant lost the Nerd-Off and was eliminated from the competition.
Teams
     The contestant was a member of Team Blextrophy.
     The contestant was a member of Team Servants of the Forsaken Orb.

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Welcome to Nerdvana"January 17, 2013 (2013-01-17)1.99[9]

  • Nerd War: Two players are randomly selected as captains to initiate a schoolyard pick to separate the remaining players into teams, with one player left over. As "nothing is nerdier than getting picked last", this player is considered the winner, gaining immunity from the Nerd-Off, selecting the winning team, and subsequently joining the losing team.
  • Nerd-Off: Two players face off in a chess match on a life-size board, with the loser being sent home.
22"Imaginary Realms"January 24, 2013 (2013-01-24)1.65[10]

  • Nerd War: The teams are challenged to a cosplay competition, requiring them to develop a coherent mythology and appearance for the given themes (villains from a fantasy setting, and heroes from a science fiction setting). The teams are judged by actor and author George Takei, costume designer and professional cosplayer Yaya Han, and actor Adam Busch.
    • Reward: The winners train with a world-renowned swords-mistress and are given a Little Caesars pizza lunch.
  • Nerd-Off: Two contestants compete in a trivia challenge involving fictional settings. Each correct answer earns the player the chance to roll an oversized die down a hill towards a series of targets worth various point values, with points being awarded for each target knocked over. The player with the lowest score is eliminated.
33"Games without Frontiers"January 31, 2013 (2013-01-31)1.57[11]

  • Nerd War: The teams are tasked with navigating tablet-controlled quadcopters through an obstacle course, with various obstacles worth varying point values. While one team attempts to fly the quadcopter, the opposing team has the opportunity to shoot it down with Nerf guns, which counts against the controlling team. After both teams complete the timed run, the team with the highest score is declared the winner.
  • Nerd-Off: Two nerds steer remote-controlled golf carts to push exercise balls into marked goals. The player that successfully scores two goals first is declared the winner.
44"Supernerds"February 7, 2013 (2013-02-07)1.48[12]

  • Nerd War: The teams face off in a debate about superheroes judged by University of Southern California debate director Gordon Stables and actors Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes.
  • Nerd-Off: Two contestants battle in a trivia contest about superheroes. Each correct answer allows them to break through one of four walls. The first player to answer four questions correctly and subsequently break all four walls is safe from elimination.
55"High IQ's"February 14, 2013 (2013-02-14)1.23[13]

  • Nerd War: The teams assemble a giant Rubik's Cube puzzle with numbers on various faces. Once the puzzle is complete, they must transfer the numbers to specific spaces in a Sudoku puzzle. The first team to complete the Sudoku puzzle is declared the winner.
  • Nerd-Off: Two players compete in a variation of the memory game Concentration, matching pairs of objects until no more pairs are possible. The player with the most matches wins.
66"Nerdy Dancing"February 21, 2013 (2013-02-21)1.05[14]

  • Nerd War: The teams are tasked with creating "nerd anthems". The contestants work with Jingle Jarod to record their songs, and with Lauren Gottlieb and Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo of So You Think You Can Dance to learn their choreography. The teams' songs are judged by Garfunkel and Oates and MC Frontalot.
    • Reward: The winners earn an afternoon at Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park.
  • Nerd-Off: Two nerds compete in a dance battle using the video game Dance Central 3. The player with the most points is named the winner.
    • Note: Following the Nerd-Off, teams are officially dissolved and subsequent Nerd Wars become individual challenges.
77"Enginerds"February 28, 2013 (2013-02-28)1.49[15]

  • Nerd War: The players are given several examples of how many panes of glass are broken by various falling objects in a vertical array, and are told to use math and physics to estimate how many panes of glass will be broken in several other configurations given data like object weight and glass thickness. Each of these tests are then performed, and players are penalized for the difference in the actual panes broken versus their estimate. The player with the lowest overall penalty is declared the winner.
  • Nerd-Off: Two players are given a large number of nerd-related objects, such as books, video game consoles, and Rubik's Cubes, and challenged to build the tallest free-standing tower in a fixed amount of time. Each player is given a Nerf gun with limited ammo to attempt to knock over the other player's tower. In the end, the player with the tallest structure is safe from elimination.
88"The King Is Crowned"March 7, 2013 (2013-03-07)1.54[16]

  • Nerd War: In the first phase, the four remaining nerds race on Segways through a maze. The last player to finish is eliminated from the competition.
  • Nerd War: In the second phase, the final three players compete in a quiz bowl based on various nerd topics. The first two contestants to answer five questions correctly move on to the final Nerd-Off.
  • Nerd-Off: The eliminated contestants return to vote on which of the final two competitors should be crowned "King of the Nerds". The two finalists are given the opportunity, overnight, to convince the others to vote for them. The results are revealed after all votes had been placed, and the winner is named.

References[edit]

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