Brainsurge (partially found episodes of Nickelodeon game show; 2009-2014)
BrainSurge is a game show that aired on Nickelodeon from September 28th, 2009 to May 9th, 2014. The show was hosted by Jeffrey Sutphen.
The show involved 6 contestants known as the brainiacs who competed in 3 levels of brain games. The first level involved watching 6 different visual puzzles and the contestants had 10 seconds to lock in their answer on a numbered keypad. Each puzzle was worth a different point value (10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 100) with the max score being 250 points. After all 6 puzzles the 4 with the highest scores would move on to level 2 while the other 2 were eliminated and went down the Brain Drain (a slide filled with orange colored foam) but were given a consultation prize.
Level 2 involved the contestants having to answer questions from a story Jeff told from his Big Book of Truth known as "Jeff's Big Book of Super Fantastic True Chronicles of Truth That Are Absolutely True." There were two types of stories, question and list. The question stories were the usual who, what, where, when, why and how, while the list stories involved the contestants listing off up to 20 items in a specific category. When the contestants were asked a question they were asked to sit down on the orange chairs, if they heard a ding they were right, if they heard a fart they were eliminated and send backwards through the set of Jeff's mouth leading to the Brain Drain. This went on until there were only two contestants left. Contestants would also be eliminated if they ran out of time, or repeated an answer. The two remaining contestants would move to the Knockout Round where they had to match images from the story in a 4x4 grid. If a contestant made a wrong match, sudden death would happen and the person who made the next correct match would move on while the other was eliminated.
The final contestant would move to Level 3:The Final Stage, where they had to memorize and complete 3 paths on 3 grids in 90 seconds. The 3 paths were a 4x4 grid which had a path of 6 squares (5 in one episode), a 5x5 grid with 8 squares (9 in one episode, 10 in two episodes), and a 6x6 grid with 10 squares. Each time they completed a path they would win a prize, with the final prize being a vacation. If the contestant completed all 3 paths in 90 seconds, they would win all 3 prizes and get slimed. However, if they ran out of time, they were allowed to keep the prizes they won but were sent down the Brain Drain. In special Nick Stars episodes the winner would win prizes for a randomly chosen audience member.
The first season premiered on September 28th, 2009 and ended on April 9th, 2010 with the final episode airing on July 1st, 2010 during the beginning of season 2. Some differences compared to later seasons included, the stories in level 2 were still photographs instead of the animated ones shown in other seasons. In the first few episodes, if a contestant got a question wrong in Level 2, Jeff would skip the question and reveal the correct answers while in later episodes he would throw out the question but not say the answer. Another minor change is that, Jeff allowed the contestants to throw the 90 seconds on the board which was only shown a few times in Season 2.
Season 2 premiered on June 21st, 2010 with the final episode airing on May 13, 2011. A few changes were made to the show including there being no more 40 point puzzle, making the max score in Level 1, 210 points. The stories in Level 2 were now animated and the list stories had a max of 16 items instead of usual 20. The final change was that the Brain Drain ran down straight to the audience instead of the original exit sign. This season featured 4 special weeks each with 5 episodes. The 4 special weeks were; Boys vs. Girls, Stars of Nickelodeon, Co-hosts and Family week.
During the final season, the show was later changed to Family Brainsurge which premiered on July 18, 2011 to November 17, 2011. More changes were made to the show. Instead of 6 contestants competing, 5 teams of 2(a kid and an older family member) would compete. All the levels were renamed, Level 1 being called Brain Tease, Level 2 was called Brain Fart, and Level 3 was called Brain Trip. Level 1 only featured 4 puzzles (10, 25, 50 and 100) with the max score being 185 and only team would go down the Brain Drain. Level 2 introduced a new mechanic called the Brain Fart, where if the family got stumped they could yell Brain Fart and their Braintrust consisting of 2 other family members, could help them with a question, but there were two catches. One, if they were wrong the team would be eliminated and two, the family could only use them once. The list stories were changed from 16 items to 12 and if the families named all the items, other questions would be asked about the story but no Brainfarts could be used. For Level 3, the kid would complete the 4x4 and 6x6, while the parent would complete the 5x5. On celebrity episodes, the celebrity families would compete for prizes and to win money for their selected charity ($1000 for losing Level 1, $1,500 for losing the story part of Level 2, $3,000 for losing the Knockout Round and $5,000 for winning the show).
The show was canceled on late 2011 due to Sutphen hosting the revival of Figure it Out from 2012 to 2013. However, the last final 10 episodes of season 3 aired on Nicktoons from April 28th, 2014 to May 9th, 2014 with reruns airing until July 2014.
Out of all 120 episodes, only 57 episodes can be found in full. 17 from Season 1, 24 from Season 2 and 16 from Season 3 but only 3 episodes are found in good quality.
List of Lost or Incomplete Episodes
|Episode||Found footage for episode||Status||Contestants for episode|
|102||100 point puzzle||Partially Found||Alexis, Aly, Lindsey, Jessi, Justin, Drew|
|103||None||Lost||Siera, Alex, Kylie, Madison Kate, Sebastian, Bennett|
|104||30/40 point puzzles and slimming||Partially Found||Sabyr, Celine, Carson, Noah, Jourdan, Nick|
|106||Slimming||Partially Found||Jessie, Sam, Daphne, Tyler, Camille, TJ|
|107||Clip from 2009 Promo/Slimming||Partially Found||Ken, Ciana, Scotty, VJ, Remy, Cheyenne|
|109||Small clip from Level 3||Lost||Cody, Sydney, Liam, Alec, Maya, Kellie|
|112||Clip from 2009 Promo||Lost||Dalton, Ally, Pat, Jennifer, Ruby, Chase|
|113||Image from Intro||Lost||Brandon, Kendyl, Kailey, Reese, Rikki, Bronson|
|115||Clip from 2010 Promo/Slimming||Partially Found||Madison, Keagan, Lilah, Mason, Spiro, Sarah|
|119||Level 2 without intro/Level 3||Partially Lost||Epiphany, William, Madison, Ariel, Ray, Isaiah|
|120||Level 1 /Level 3 without intro||Partially Lost||Danny, Nick, Eryn, Athena, Zee, Timmy|
|121||Clip from 2009 Promo||Lost||Yuki, Sydney, Erin, Brian, JP, Kristina|
|123||40 point puzzle||Partially Lost||Ryan, Reign, Caitlin, Drew, Eric, Rebecca|
|125||Level 1 without intro||Partially Found||Zoe, Dylan, Carl, Jazzy, Adam, Kenzie|
|126||Level 1 without intro||Partially Found||Garek, Sarah, Kalen, Heather, Alec, Earl|
|127||None||Lost||Alia, Kenny, Tyler, Hyla, Ally, David|
|129||Clip from 2010 Promo]||Lost||Nathaniel, Kanoe, Claire, Matt, Allison|
|130||None||Lost||Julez, Josh, Taylor, Valerie, Gio, Tara|
|133||50 point puzzle||Partially Found||Sierra, Shawn, Hunter, Sydney, JT, Natalie|
|136||Clip from 2009 Promo||Lost||Brandon, Paige, Madison, Blake, Sal, Ebony|
|138||10 point puzzle||Partially Found||Matt, Kennedy, Nicole, Vincent, Noah, Ashley|
|140||30 point puzzle||Partially Found||Sierra, Pattriana, Fernando, Chanel, Travis, Arthur|
|141||Clip from 2010 Promo||Lost||Hannah, Coleman, Jonathan, Spencer, Taylor, Brianna|
|Episode||Found footage for episode||Status||Contestants for episode|
|204||Clip from Promo||Lost||Isaac, Da'Jah, Kathy, Aaron, PJ, Emma|
|205||None||Lost||Katie, Michael, Danyal, Kyla P, Zayd, Caitlin|
|206||Clip from Promo||Lost||Ashley, Tyler, Ada-Nicole, Karine, Isaac, Danny|
|208||Knockout Round||Partially Found||Paige, Jonathan, Madison, Justin, Josh, Zariya|
|211||Level 2 but audio is replaced with music||Partially Found||Aiden, Rhudi, Ashley, Gretchin, Jake, Shaylie|
|212||None||Lost||Justin, Ashley, Davion, Jessi, Roxy, Brenton|
|213||30 point puzzle/Level 3||Partially Found||Chesley, Justin, Josephine, Mia, Ty'd, Lorenzo|
|218||None||Lost||CJ, Summer, Emma, Ryan, Ruby, Darius|
|221(Brothers vs. Sisters)||None||Lost||Nicole, James, Madison, Mason, Amber, Zach|
|228(Siblings)||Level 2 without intro but mirrored||Partially Found||Daquan, Zakiya, Bridger, Brecken, Jenna, Nikki|
|232(Twins 1)||Clips from Nick.com Quiz||Partially Found||Cailin, Hannah, Connor, Brian, Jade, Jasmine|
|235(Jordin Sparks)||Level 3 and clips from Nick.com Quiz||Partially Lost||Caleb, Katrina, Lauryn, Alain, Hope, Ben|
|236||None||Lost||Natalie, Terry, Scott, Cyncere, Brooke, James|
|237(Family)||None||Lost||Isaiah & Mike, Charlotte & Barbara, Brooke & Ann, Crystal & Tony, Myles & Michelle, Skyler & Sean|
|238(Twins 2)||Clips from Nick.com Quiz||Partially Found||Andy, Kyle, Madison, Mallory, Max, Mason|
|Episode||Found footage of episode||Status||Families|
|301||Level 1 and Story without Intro||Partially Lost||Fenton, Munoz, Augustine, Dejoy, Kohno|
|303||Levels 1/2||Partially Lost||Bennion, Pakula, Cardena, Redfearn, Danesh|
|304||Levels 1/2||Partially Lost||Daruvala, Ayala. Gilmore, Johnson, Lancaster|
|309(Nick Talent)||Levels 1 without intro/Level 3||Partially Lost||Victorious, iCarly, House of Anubis, Bucket & Skinner, Supah Ninjas|
|310||Level 1 and Story without Intro||Partially Found||Guerreo, Jinadu, Corcoran, Houlihan, Bramson|
|311||Story but audio is replaced with music||Partially Found||Cruzata, Ardon, Kokason, Orriss, Sellers|
|312||Levels 1/2||Partially Lost||Martinez, Rowe, Gillcrist, McLurkin, Oliverio|
|314(WWE)||Level 1 without intro/Level 2||Partially Lost||John Morrison, Eve, Gail Kim, The Miz, Kofi Kingston|
|315||Levels 1/2||Partially Lost||Ocampo,Smith, Conneen, Wright, Gannuscio|
|318||Level 1||Partially Found||Sankofa, Levine, Gonzalez, Menotti, Arroyo|
|321||Levels 1/Level 2 without intro||Partially Lost||Monick, Ott, Parker, Barnes, Alvare|
|322||Levels 1/2||Partially Lost||Bradbury, Gray, Anand, Tramel, Denard|
|323||Level 1/Most of Level 2||Partially Lost||Aguilera, Nolan, Garcia, Steele, Baxter|
|324||Levels 1/2||Partially Lost||Radaker, Shou, Bowen, Palmer, Landon|
|326||Level 1 without intro/Level 2||Partially Lost||Moultrie, Muniz, Smith-Harris, Pieper, Torress|
|327||Levels 2/3||Partially Lost||Sarem, Vera, McLaurin, Butler, Holtwarren|
|328||Levels 1/3||Partially Lost||Crawford, Meza, Galdamez, Kling, Loucks|
|331(All Star)||Levels 1/3||Partially Lost||Anthony Anderson, Larry King, Candace Cameron Bure, Joey Fatone, Vanessa Williams|
|333||Story||Partially Found||Sargent, Woods, German, Vargas, Schoonover|
|337(Monkey Quest Sponorship)||Level 1 and Story without Intro||Partially Found||Pilapil, O'Neal, Edjhuryan, Hinojosa, Hilbig|
|340||None||Lost||Haltrecht, Webber, Musquiz, Crawley, Molnar|
- Several clips and full episodes of Season 1 were available from 2010 to 2012 on Nick.com that included Episodes 102, 106, 123, 125, 126, 127 and 133.
- It is rumored by fans that an unaired pilot was released due to Episode 101 not airing. The only footage that could be from the pilot the dancing puzzle which was shown in the Season 1 intro, due to the line of contestants never being seen.
- While many episodes from all 3 seasons aired on reruns, a few episodes only aired once. These includes the last 11 episodes of Season 1, the co-host and family episodes from Season 2 and the final episode of Season 3 which never aired on Nicktoons despite every other episode airing.
- The Knockout Round has never been completed, the best anyone has done is clearing 7 pairs making fans wonder what would happen if the Knockout Round was completed.
- YouTube playlist of Season 1. Retrieved 14 Sep '20
- YouTube playlist of Season 2. Retrieved 14 Sep '20
- YouTube playlist of Season 3. Retrieved 14 Sep '20
- A review article on the show's premiere. Retrieved 19 Sep '20
- Archived Nick.com webpage containing clips from the show. Retrieved 14 Sep '20