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Jeff Sutphen
Erin Fitzgerald (2009-2011)
John Cramer (2011)
Family brainsurge
Nickelodeon: 9/28/2009 - 11/17/2011
(Reruns until 5/9/2014)
310 Productions
Stone & Company Entertainment
Nickelodeon Productions

BrainSurge (then later as Family BrainSurge) was a show based on a Tokyo Broadcasting System game show called Brain Survivor with challenges that are designed to test the memory and comprehension skills of its contestants.



Six contestants were challenged of their minds & their comprehension skills. The game was divided into three levels of play.

Level 1Edit

In the first level, the six contestants were shown five (originally six) visual puzzles and had 10 seconds to answer each one by locking in an answer with their keypads. Each correct answer earned each player points. The first five questions increased in value by 10 points, for they were worth 10, 20, 30, (40 in earlier episodes) & 50 points respectively. The fifth/sixth & final puzzle was worth 100 points. All for a grand total of up to 210 (originally 250) points. The two players with the lowest scores were eliminated from the game. Ties were broken by the average of how fast they answered.

Level 2Edit

In level two, the four remaining contestants listened to a story read by host Jeff from his Big Book of Truth, otherwise known as "Jeff's Big Book of Super Fantastic True Chronicles of Truth That Are Absolutely True". When the story was finished, the contestants were asked questions about the story. When a player gave a response, he/she must then sit in a "hand" chair with a whoopee cushion on it. A correct answer stayed in the game, but an incorrect answer forced the player(s) who gave one to be out of the game. The eliminated players sat in their respective chair and slid out from the back through a mock-up of Jeff's mouth. As soon as two players were left standing, the level shifted into a "Knockout Round".

Knockout RoundEdit

In the Knockout round, the two remaining players were shown eight matching pairs of pictures from the story for 10 seconds. Then the pictures were recovered up by numbers 1-16. Each player in turn must pick two numbers that contain two pictures that match each other. When a player does not make a match, the round was shifted to sudden death where either player will have a chance to win the game by making a match.

Level 3 (Bonus Round)Edit

In the third & final level, the survivor of the day's game had 90 seconds (1 min 30 sec) to memorize light patterns on three disco-like floor grids; the first grid was 4x4 which required six squares, the second one was 5x5 which needed eight and the final one was 6x6 which needed 10. On each grid, the day's winner was shown the pattern twice and then the clock started when the winning player stepped to the first square. On each square, that player must press a button in the center to confirm that the contestant stepped to that square. If the player made a mistake by stepping to a wrong square, then he/she must go back and start over after seeing the required pattern again. As soon as the winning contestant stepped on the last square of the required pattern, he/she must then run over to & press a button to stop the clock. For each completed pattern/cleared floor, the winning contestant won a prize, and if he/she finished the final pattern, the winning contestant also won a grand prize and got  slimed.

On celebrity games, the winning celebrity contestant was trying to win prizes for a randomly selected audience member.

Brain DrainEdit

Eliminated players slid down a slide full of foamy earwax slime called the "Brain Drain". Contestants who didn't complete the bonus round also slid down the Brain Drain. On the Family version, The Brain Drain had seats for the eliminated players.

Family BrainsurgeEdit

For the third and final season, Brainsurge became Family Brainsurge, as families competed on the show just like Double Dare (2) & Nickelodeon GUTS did.

The game was played the same as before except that the number of kid contestants was reduced to five and that they are accompanied by a family member with two others sitting in the audience. Plus there are now names for each level. Level one is called Brain Tease, level two is called Brain Fart where during the question portion, if the family in control gets stumped they must then yell out "Brain Fart", allowing their relatives in the audience to help out, and level three, the bonus level is called Brain Trip.

Guest Co-HostsEdit

In Season 2, some celebrities were the guest co-hosts of BrainSurge for the episode with Jeff. Here is a list of those guest co-hosts:

  • Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob Squarepants)
  • Jordin Sparks
  • Misty May Treanor
  • Natalie Coughlin
  • Tony Hawk
  • Alyssa Killer
  • Jail Bail
  • Marisa Kisser
  • Selena Gomez
  • Justin Bieber

Roller CoasterEdit

There is a ride at Nickelodeon Universe in Mall of America called "BrainSurge", the title of the same show name. The ride is based on the show. The ride is a unicoaster that rotates around while the cars are being spun rotatively.


The reason why BrainSurge was cancelled is because of Figure it Out's revival on June 11, 2012. Sutphen decided to leave BrainSurge and do Figure it Out instead. The show was cancelled in 2011 and did reruns until June 2012.


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David Michael Frank


Based on a Japanese game show format and the new show Double Dare that just came out in June of 2018.


Hollywood Center Studios

International VersionsEdit

In 2011, a Spanish version airing on Discovery Kids Latin America and Brazil entitled Veloz Mente (Fast Mind) hosted by Argentine Mariano Chiesa.

Additional PagesEdit

BrainSurge Video Gallery
Brainsurge Characters


Official Site (Kids)
Official Site (Family)

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