“America’s Smartest Family” Airs Third Semi-Finals Round
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,” two of the most memorable teams on the show – the Purani family and the Shrivastava family – would meet again to face-off in the third round of semi-finals round. The new television game show series, airing exclusively on ZEE TV, is the first-ever English-language quiz show of its kind, putting some of the brightest South Asian families from across the globe on stage for a chance at the title and a $10,000 cash prize.
After receiving hundreds of submissions from hopeful contestants, 16 families scored high enough to surpass initial eliminations and compete on television. On the first four episodes of “America’s Smartest Family,” eight teams were eliminated, and eight teams advanced to the semi-finals, including episode 3 rivals – the Puranis and the Shrivastavas.
The Shrivastava family would kick-off round one, selecting history as their first category, and science as their second category. Eleven-year-old Isha, an aspiring botanist, earned the Shrivastavas the first 100 points of the game with his knowledge of ancient civilizations, but the team would strike out with question two. The Puranis, who had an inspirational comeback in episode 3, would mirror their opponents’ performance, also answering just one of two questions correctly.
Tied with their challengers, the Purani family glided through their math and science questions, earning the maximum of 200 points in round 2. But the Shrivastavas had no problem keeping up. Selecting the history and arts and entertainment categories, the team matched the Purani family’s performance once again, wrapping up the round in yet another tie.
In rounds 3 and 4 – the buzzer rounds – each correct answer is worth 200 points, and an incorrect answer docks 100 points from the team score. With fewer teams on stage during the semi-finals, there were more points up for grabs, making it easier for one team to break away with a sizeable lead. And that is exactly what happened. The Puranis, who struggled in the buzzer rounds on their first appearance in episode 3, were on fire. By the end of 3, the team had a whopping 1,800 points on the scoreboard. The Shrivastavas struggled to keep up, entering round 4 with 600 points.
Down by 1,200 points, the pressure was on for the Shrivastava family, who had some serious catching up to do. While they had a much better momentum in round 4, even earning more points than the Puranis, their poor performance in the first buzzer round proved to be a real setback for the team. Although they were able to slice the Purani family’s lead, they would still be down by 900 points by the end of round 4. It would now be the Shrivastavas who would go into the fifth round as the underdogs. But if there is one thing “America’s Smartest Family” fans have learned, anything can happen in the final round, dubbed the “make or break” round. And ironically, there is no better example of an inspirational comeback than the Shrivastavas’ competition – the Puranis.
Hoping for the same underdog comeback story, the Shrivastava family had their work cut out for them. In order to advance to the next round of semi-finals, the Shrivastavas would need to answer their round 5 question correctly without using a single clue, and their fierce opponents, the Puranis, would need to get their final question incorrectly. The Shrivastavas did not fold under pressure, and would give the right answer without any hints, earning the maximum of 1,000 points.
The Puranis, all-too-familiar with the importance of the “make or break” round, were put in an uncomfortable position. To avoid elimination, the team would need to answer their final question correctly. Their 900-point advantage proved useful for the Purani family, who would ultimately use two hints before giving their answer. Although they struggled in the history category in episode 3, the Puranis would once again be victorious, securing their spot in the next round of semi-finals.
After yet another incredibly close game, the Puranis are one step closer to the $10,000 cash prize. They will compete against the winners of next week’s episode on Saturday, April 28.
In the meantime, tune in next week on Saturday, April 14, to see the Agarwal family and the Dash family compete in the final semi-finals episode. “America’s Smartest Family” airs exclusively on ZEE TV at 9:00 p.m. EST; 9:30 p.m. PST; and 9:00 p.m. AST.
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