ZEE TV Airs Episode 3 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 took the stage to compete for the title of “America’s Smartest Family.” The new television game show series is the first-ever English-language quiz show of its kind. Airing exclusively on ZEE TV, “America’s Smartest Family” puts some of the brightest South Asian families from across the globe on television for a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize.
After initial eliminations, 16 finalists were selected to compete for the crown. The Sreenivas family of Woodbridge, New Jersey; the Purani family of Edison, New Jersey; the Athavia family of Norwalk, Connecticut; and the Shrivastava family of North Brunswick, New Jersey, were the next set of teams to appear on “America’s Smartest Family.”
The Athavia family kicked-off round one, but missed the mark, answering their first question incorrectly. The Puranis also struggled during the first round, failing to earn points on the scoreboard, while the remaining to teams – the Shrivastava family and the Sreenivas family – took an early lead, ending round one with 100 points each.
All four teams were neck-in-neck by the end of the second round, separated by just 100 points. The Sreenivas were the only team to answer both their round one and round two questions correctly, taking a slight lead of 200 points early into the game. The Athavias had a rough start, but bounced back quickly, becoming one of three teams to tie for second place with 100 points, along with the Shrivastavas and the Puranis.
In rounds three and four – the buzzer rounds – each correct answer is worth 200 points, and an incorrect answer docks 100 points from the team score. It was the faster pace of round three that would change the tone of the game and begin to set apart the stronger teams. The Puranis struggled to keep up, ending round three in the red with -100 points. The Sreenivas lost their early lead, ending the third round with just 200 points. The Athavias established themselves as fierce competitors, easily clinching the lead with 500 points, while the Shrivastavas trailed behind in second place with a respectable 400 points.
In momentum with the previous round, round four continue to pave the way for the Athavia family, who maintained their lead. They would be tied for first place with 600 points along with the Shrivastavas, who proved they were going to be their toughest competitors. By contrast, the Puranis, who wrapped up round three with 0 points, and the Sreenivas, who finished in the red with -100 points, had fallen behind, entering the fifth and final round as the underdogs.
But if there is one thing “America’s Smartest Family” fans have learned in the first three episodes, it is that the fifth and final round – the “make or break” round – can shake anything up. During this round, the show takes a Jeopardy-like turn with the host Zaid Ali spicing things up by offering clues. If the team answers correctly without a clue, a maximum of 1,000 points is awarded. If the one hint is used, 800 points are awarded; and if two hints are used, 600 points are added to the score.
The pressure was on for the Sreenivas, who were struggling to keep up throughout the game. It was a swing and a miss for the Sreenivas team, who appeared to have the name of the scientist, Marie Curie, at the tip of their tongues. After three hints, they were still unable to come up with the right answer and were effectively eliminated from the semi-finals.
In a shocking turn of events, the Puranis, who entered into the final round as the true underdog without any points, would have an inspirational comeback. After answering their question correctly with just one hint, the Purani family would earn 800 points, securing their spot in the semi-finals.
It would all come down to the Shrivastavas family and the Athavia family – both of which could not come up with the right answers in the “make or break” round. Tied at 600 points each at the end of round five, they would make show history, becoming the first two families to face-off in a tie breaking round. In this buzzer round, only one question would decide the fate of both families, who were vying for a spot in the semi-finals.
After an incredibly close game, ultimately, the Shrivastavas family climbed their way to victory, becoming the episode’s second team to advance to the semi-finals, where they will meet with the Puranis again in episode seven, which airs on April 7.
In the meantime, tune in next week on Saturday, March 17, 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.