15 Years Later, These ‘Smarter Than a 5th Grader’ Kids Still Shine on TV

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? classmates
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Some unlucky game show contestants started getting the humiliation of a lifetime 15 years ago, when Fox introduced the trivia-fest Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? on February 27, 2007.

In the show, which aired on Fox and in syndication from 2007-15 before getting a Nickelodeon reboot in 2019, contestants had to answer some deceptively tough elementary school-level questions. And unless they won the million-dollar prize, host Jeff Foxworthy would have them face the camera and confess, “I am not smarter than a fifth-grader.”

Luckily, contestants had help from their “classmates,” who were actual fifth graders, as an old Fox casting call reminds. And some of those students are still gracing our TV sets. Here’s a look at the class of 5th Grade child stars who have graduated to these bigger roles.

Annalise Basso
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Annalise Basso

Basso currently plays sadistic teen LJ Folger in the TNT dystopian thriller Snowpiercer, and she previously starred in the Lifetime miniseries V.C. Andrews’ Heaven.

Bryce Cass 13 Reasons Why
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Bryce Cass

After playing Cyrus on 13 Reasons Why (above), Cass recurred as Adam Lyons in last year’s Prime Video YA drama, Panic.

Zach Callison
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Zach Callison

Callison is a recurring player on The Goldbergs, on which he portrays Brian Corbett. He also had a seven-year stint as the voice of the title character in the coming-of-age series Steven Universe.

Mason Davis
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Mason Davis

Davis has appeared in a number of TV series and most recently played Sean Jr., Dennis Quaid’s onscreen grandson, in the 2019 Netflix series Merry Happy Whatever (above).

Taylar Hender
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Taylar Hender

Hender had a role in the 2019 OWN holiday film One Fine Christmas, alongside Rick Fox — who was a contestant in a 2008 episode of 5th Grader!

Sierra McCormick
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Sierra McCormick

McCormick had a breakout role as Scarlett in three installments of American Horror Stories last year and won acclaim for the scifi film The Vast of Night.

Laura Marano
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Laura Marano

Marano co-headlined last month’s The Royal Treatment, playing lovestruck hairdresser Izzy in the Netflix romance film.

Madison Pettis
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Madison Pettis

In last year’s Netflix romcom He’s All That, Pettis played Alden Pierce, the BFF-turned-enemy of Addison Rae’s character.