Celebrity brains get put to the test

Ted Danson and Keegan-Michael Key in 'Brain Games.' (Photo supplied: Nat Geo)
Ted Danson and Keegan-Michael Key in 'Brain Games.' (Photo supplied: Nat Geo)

Stacked with A-list celebrities, science and shocking revelations, the new season of Brain Games is the perfect television event for the whole family.

The series airs Fridays at 19:00 on National Geographic (DStv 181).

The eight-episode season adds a Hollywood twist to its classic mind-bending format by challenging the world’s biggest celebrities to realise their exceptional brainpower through fun and highly entertaining interactive games, illusions and social experiments.

In each episode, host Keegan-Michael Key along with world-famous mentalist Lior Suchard and field correspondent and science communicator Cara Santa Maria, guide celebrities, including Anthony Anderson, Kristen Bell, Jack Black, Mark Cuban, Ted Danson, Tiffany Haddish, Dax Shepard, Megan Trainor and Rebel Wilson, through fun and exciting experiments, illusions and demonstrations that will help them realise their untapped brainpower.

Filmed in front of a studio audience it merges brain power with star power as celebrities perform challenges that reveal the science behind what makes us tick. The in-studio audience, and the viewers at home, can play along as Key and master mentalist Suchard lead these A-listers through mind-bending neuroscience.

In addition to the guests featured in each episode, other celebrities will be making cameo appearances throughout the season, including Tim Allen, Colin Hanks, Tom Hanks, Kevin Hart, Gillian Jacobs, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele, Ben Schwartz and Marcus Scribner.

The new season includes a mixture of in-studio and in-the-field game components; physical and mental games; and the introduction of "The Gauntlet," a series of simple, yet challenging, brain games, faced by each celebrity guest, that delight and confound.


Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht