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In September 2009, the hour-long show ended and a half-hour syndicated version replaced it, with a top prize of $250,000. The syndicated version featured a slightly different format; each category was worth a dollar amount based off its level, winnings went to a bank (which got erased if a player answered incorrectly), and the player could opt to play a bonus question to increase their winnings by 10. This version was canned in March 2011.
Game Show Tropes in use:
- Bonus Round: The Million-Dollar Question on FOX, the 10× (5th Grade) Bonus Question in the syndicated run.
- Celebrity Edition: There were two runs of celebrity weeks, where celebs from Ken Jennings to Larry the Cable Guy (talk about Obfuscating Stupidity!) played for money.
- This would eventually become a recurring feature on the half-hour syndicated version.
- Let's Just See What Would Have Happened: Even if the contestant chose to quit before seeing the final question, they made him answer it anyway just to fill up the time slot.
- Seemingly averted in the half-hour edition, or if the person didn't want to even see the question.
- Lifelines: "Peek", "Copy", and "Save". The first two showed your classmate's answer (and with "Copy", locked it in), the third allowed you to continue even if you gave a wrong answer, as long as the student had it right.
- The syndicated version only had "Peek" and "Copy" -- any incorrect answer by the contestant emptied their bank.
- Unexpectedly Obscure Answer: While most questions fit the theme, a few might better suit the show "Do You Remember All the Footnotes In Your 5th-Grade Textbooks?" Yet others were, while still solvable by any clear-minded adult, clearly higher than 5th-Grade level; algebra appeared on the show, for instance, even though algebra is traditionally taught to high-schoolers and occasionally middle-school upperclassmen.
- Who Wants to Be Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?: Mainly with the lifelines.
- Catch Phrase / (partial) Title Drop: The theme song.
- At the end of each game, if the top prize wasn't won, the contestant (at Foxworthy's insistence) turned to the camera and said "My name is [name], and I am not smarter than a fifth-grader." If the contestant won, they declaring themselves Smarter Than a 5th Grader.
- Also used in the Couch Gag.
- Commercial Break Cliffhanger: Played hard. Foxworthy talked so slowly, you could see a commercial coming a mile away and easily look up the answer online before it happens.
- Couch Gag: Jeff Foxworthy usually tossed off a one-liner in the show's closing seconds, which replicates his famous "You Might Be A Redneck If..." comedy routine.
- Sometimes this was also heard in the middle of commercial breaks.
- Did Not Do the Research: One commercial-break question asked about the world's tallest man, Robert Wadlow. The show misspelled his name as "Ladlow", and Foxworthy pronounced it as spelled.
- Grand Finale: The last FOX episode had the night's contestant, a Nobel Prize winner and actual rocket scientist, win the million.
- Spiritual Sequel: Don't Forget the Lyrics, a sister show, had a very similar format. It's almost a carbon copy of it, too.
- Trailers Always Spoil: Cathy Cox's million-dollar win aired as the second hour of a night (the first had Kathy Ireland). The trailers hinted that at least one of them would win the money — then, after Ireland's game aired, that Kathy would win the million. Many viewers went somewhere else for 50 minutes, then came back to see her answer the Million-Dollar Question.
- Trans Atlantic Equivalent: The UK's Are You Smarter Than A Ten-Year-Old?