BrainSurge on a DVD Logo in 2011.


Children's game show

Directed by

Steve Grant

Presented by

Craig Charles
Claudia Winkleman

Narrated by

Chris Goldwell




30 (as of June 25, 2011)

Executive producer(s)

Scott A. Stone
Clay Newbill
David A. Hurwitz
Aaron Solomon (co-executive producer)
Noah Bonnett (co-executive producer)


Janice Minsburg


Nick Jr.


November 15, 2010 - present

BrainSurge is a Computer Cable children's game show aired on Nick Jr. and hosted by Claudia Winkleman. The show was debuted on November 15, 2010. The show's format was adapted from the Tokyo Broadcasting System game show Brain Survivor

Format Edit

BrainSurge's challenges are designed to test the memory and comprehension skills of its contestants.

Level OneEdit

The six contestants (known as the "Brainiacs") begin by playing five (six) visual puzzles, worth 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 100 points each (for a potential maximum of 250, and 210). Each solution is a number that the players need to enter using their keypads. The contestants have 10 seconds to lock in their answers. The two lowest scoring contestants are eliminated from the game (with ties broken by average time to answer or number of questions answered correctly if necessary ex. a contestant who correctly answered the 10 and 20 point questions would advance over a contestant who only got the 30 point question correct), and they (along with all other eliminated contestants hereafter) are sent down the "Brain Drain", a slide formed as a human ear containing "ear wax" slime.

Level TwoEdit

During the second round, the four remaining contestants are told a story from a book read by the host and are asked questions in turn about the story. The contestant who gets a question wrong is eliminated, pulled away on a chair covered in whoopee cushions through a paper "tooth" of a large face that is made to resemble Winkleman. This continues until two contestants are eliminated.

Knockout RoundEdit

This is followed by the Knockout round, where the two remaining contestants have ten seconds to memorize a 4x4 grid containing 8 pairs of images from the story. Once either contestant makes a mistake, the player who makes the next match wins the game in a sudden-death match. The three eliminated are then sent down the Brain Drain.

Level Three: The Final StageEdit

For the bonus round, the contestant must memorize and correctly recall patterns on 4x4, 5x5, and 6x6 sized illuminated floors. Six squares must be stepped on for the 4x4, eight squares are required for the 5x5 and ten squares are necessary for the 6x6. Each square has an actuator in the middle that must be stepped on to activate the square. Before the contestant starts, he or she is allowed to see the sequence twice. After completing each path successfully, the contestant must step on an actuator outside of the board to stop the clock and view the next path. The contestant is given a time limit of 90 seconds with decimal timing, and must return to the start and view the pattern again if they make a mistake. Each path cleared earns the contestant a prize, with each prize increasing in value across each floor, including the grand prize for completing the round, and the honor of being slimed in network tradition. If time runs out, she/he also must go down the Brain Drain, but still gets to keep the prize(s) earned up to that point.



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