Child Genius US

Based on the original British series, this is the hunt to find America's brightest child

Based on the original British series, this is the hunt to find America’s brightest child. We begin with 12 very smart little cookies aged between nine and 12 – and it’s the maths round.

Standing in front of their peers and parents they do sums like 31+27+606 and 13×15. Some handle the pressure well, but most struggle, some so much that it’s hard to watch – especially when pushy parents just keep piling on the pressure, regardless of how distraught their child is.

Celebrating education and knowledge is a great thing, but the stress loaded onto these bright young things may make this uncomfortable viewing for some.