"Brain games” is a famous English TV show with a scientific base. It focuses on the psychological aspects of the mind. The aim of the show is to eradicate the misconceptions and demonstrate the unbelievable and fascinating facts about the brain to the viewers. The show has a total of seven seasons. The first season premiered on 9th October 2011 on the National Geographic Channel. The “How I met Your Mother” star, Neil Patrick Harris, was the former narrator for the first season and was shortly replaced by Jason Silva as the host.
Apollo Robins has also contributed as a consultant and illusionist in the season one of the hit show. The show never fails to intrigue its viewers through a series of cognitive experiments and fun brain games, conducted with a bunch of live audiences. The show featured many personalities like Steve Schirripa, Alex Todorov from Princeton University and Brian Scholl from Yale University. The show got nominated twice, once in 2013 for the Primetime Emmy Award and once in 2015, for the Imagen Foundation Award. The first season comprised of only three episodes.
The Channel showcased the one hour Episode on 9th October 2011. The first episode, called “Watch this” demonstrates how the optical illusions work and how what we always see, may not be the reality. The next episode –‘Pay Attention!’ uses David Copperfield to explain how we utilize attention in our daily lives. The last episode of the season called “Remember this” depicts memory weakness in humans through a staged scene wherein a volunteer steals a man’s camera. When the host asks the audience, their views about who’s the thief, they all have different answers.
The famous show made a comeback in 2013, and also set a record for the highest premiere rating on National Geographic with 1.5 billion viewers, the highest rating ever for a National Geographic original series. The season two had twelve episodes in total. The first episode aired on 22nd April 2013. This season revolves mostly around clearing the false beliefs people have, regarding the functions of the brain. The season has a wide array of topics to cover, ranging from attention, time, fear to persuasion, illusions, etc. The episode “Don't be afraid” shows us how our performances differ when we are under the influence of fear. It demonstrates how components like sound effects and music make the situations terrifying.
The episode “Power of Persuasion” depicts how the advertisers and marketers work. Through various games and scenarios, the viewers got to know how easy it is to manipulate the mind. The episode “Focus Pocus” falsifies the belief that we can pay attention to a variety of things at the same time. Through games and scenarios, the viewers understand how attention is divided. The season 3 of the show aired on 13th January 2014. The season showcased nine episodes. The format of the show remained the same. The topics covered in this season were as follows: attraction, trust, mental differences between age groups, stress, etc. The first episode, “In Living Color” portrays how colors fool us, in our day-to-day lives.
The episode “Trust me”, tells us tricks about how to find out whether to believe one or not. The episode “Battle of Ages” deals with the mental differences between the age groups through a series of small tests and games. The season four aired on July 14 2014. This season had a total of ten episodes. The first episode helps one to figure out their nature; whether they are compassionate or aggressive through a series of cognitive experiments and fun games. The next episode depicts how and why people get addicted to a particular thing and whether it is necessary or not.
The episodes in this season focus on helping people discover their true nature through various experiments and brain games. The season five aired on 19th January, 2015. The season consisted of ten episodes. Few of the most hit episodes were “Common Sense,” “Morality” and “Memory.” The season six aired on June 28 2015. The season has a total of 6 episodes.
The first episode, “Positive Thinking” shows the viewers how to practice positive thinking and to get rid of the negative thoughts. The episode “Sleep” informs the audience how a lack of sleep affects the functioning of the brain, through fun games and experiments. The episode “Imagination” explains the importance of imagining in our daily lives.
The season seven, which is the last season of the show, aired on February 14, 2016. The season comprised of six episodes in total. The first episode “Meet the brain” shows the viewers the resemblance between the brain and the London city through a series of games and live experiments. The episode “The God Brain”, the host travels throughout the world to know how and what imbibed the concept of God in our brains.