ZEE TV Airs Episode 2 of “America’s Smartest Family”
The New Game Show Series is the First-Ever English-Language Quiz Show of its Kind
On this week’s episode of “America’s Smartest Family,” four new teams vied for the title of “America’s Smartest Family.” The brand new television game show series, airing exclusively on ZEE TV, is the first-ever English-language quiz show of its kind, placing some of the globe’s brightest South Asian families on stage for a chance at a $10,000 cash prize.
After initial eliminations, 16 families were selected to compete for the crown. The Kumar family of Sayreville, New Jersey; the Brahma family of Edison, New Jersey; the Jaffery family of North Babylon, New York; and the Parikh family of Jersey City, New Jersey; were the second set of contestants to compete on the show. Unlike the series premiere, where all four teams remained neck-in-neck until the very end, episode two was a complete roller coaster. Just when viewers thought they could spot the strongest team, things would get flipped upside down.
Round one proved to be challenging for some teams. Both the Kumar and Jaffery families were off to a rough start, answering their first questions incorrectly. By contrast, the Bramha and Parikh families rose to the occasion, tying for the lead with 100 points early in the game. The Jaffery family would bounce back in round two, answering their second question correctly. But the Kumar family struggled to keep up with the pace of their opponents, providing yet another wrong answer.
At the end of round two, the Parikh and Brahma families remained tied at first with 200 points each, the Jaffery family trailed behind with 100 points, and the Kumar family finished last with a score of 0. Ishaan Brahma, just 10-years-old, was the real MVP of rounds one and two, carrying his teammates with his impressive knowledge in the “Arts & Entertainment” category. In two different instances, Ishaan was able to answer host Zaid Ali’s questions without being given multiple choice options.
In rounds three and four – the buzzer rounds – things really began to heat up. During these rounds, each correct answer is worth 200 points, and an incorrect answer docks 100 points from the team score. The faster pace of round three was a tough component for all teams, oftentimes leading families to hit the buzzer before Ali could finish the question.
The Kumar family clinched round three with 600 points, the Jaffery family made a come back and came in second with 500 points, and both the Parikh and Brahma families, who were tied for first place just the round before, lost their leads. The Parikh family finished in third place with 400 points, and the Brahma family ended round three with 300 points.
Having adjusted to the new speed of the game, round four went a lot more smoothly for all four teams. Though his family entered round four as the underdog, 10-year-old Ishaan Brahma continued to shine throughout, answering their question correctly with ease. Even still, it was not enough to thrust the Brahmas to the lead. At the end of round four, the Jaffery family surpassed the Kumars with 1,000 points, the Kumars trailed behind with 900 points, the Brahma family came in third with a respectable 700 points, and the Parikh family came in last with 500 points.
The game was still too close to call at the end of round four. It would be the fifth and final round, dubbed the the “make or break” round, that determined which two teams would advance to the semi-finals. During this round, “America’s Smartest Family” takes a turn with the host spicing things up by offering clues. If the team answers correctly without a clue, a maximum of 300 points is awarded. If the one hint is used, 200 points are awarded; and if two hints are used, 100 points are added to the score.
The pressure was on for the Parikhs, the underdogs, who would kick-off round one. It was “all or nothing” for father Dipen Parikh, who answered a history question about Genghis Khan without any hints, earning 1,000 points. The Brahmas, who were in third at the end of round four, followed the Parikhs. Father Harihar Brahma would sadly crack under pressure, answering his family’s history question incorrectly and eliminating the team from the semi-finals.
The fate of the Parikhs all came down to the Kumar and the Jaffrey families – both of whom held their leads in the previous round. Father Sashi Kumar nearly jumped the gun and cost his family the question, but with the encouragement of his teammates, they waited to give their final answer until they were given a clue. This would be the right move for the Kumars, who were awarded 200 points after confidently getting their question right, securing their spot in the semi-finals.
The Jaffrey family would be the last team to go. Recognizing that they had some wiggle room for clues, the Jafferys, who led the scoreboard by the end of round four, made use of their hints. After two clues, the Jafferys waited to hear from Zaid Ali, who playfully made them second guess their answer. But the Jafferys were victorious, finishing second place with 1,600 points – enough to advance to the semi-finals,
After an incredibly close game, ultimately, only the Kumar and the Jaffery families have the chance to square-off in the semi-finals. They will meet again in episode six, which will air on Saturday, March 31.
In the meantime, tune in next week on Saturday, March 10, to see the next four teams compete for the title of “America’s Smartest Family.” The series airs exclusively on ZEE TV at 9:00 p.m. EST; 9:30 p.m. PST; and 9:00 p.m. AST.