Brain Games returns to National Geographic this December with all-new episodes and star-studded cast of celebrity guests. The fun begins on December 1, 2019.

What’s happening:

  • Get ready for celebrities to get cerebral! National Geographic announced today its star-studded lineup of celebrity guests, for the reboot of its Emmy-nominated series, Brain Games.
  • The eight-episode season, adds a Hollywood twist to its classic mind-bending format by challenging the world’s biggest celebrities to realize their exceptional brain power 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, through fun and exciting experiments, illusions and demonstrations that will help them realize their untapped brain power.
  • The results are hilarious, surprising and interactive, and will keep you on the edge of your seat. This seasons guests include:
    • Anthony Anderson
    • Kristen Bell
    • Jack Black
    • Mark Cuban
    • Ted Danson
    • Tiffany Haddish
    • Dax Shepard
    • Megan Trainor
    • Rebel Wilson
  • In addition to the guests featured in each episode, other celebrities will be making cameo appearances throughout the season include:
    • Tim Allen
    • Colin Hanks
    • Tom Hanks
    • Kevin Hart
    • Gillian Jacobs
    • Thomas Middleditch
    • Jordan Peele
    • Ben Schwartz
    • Marcus Scribner

About Brain Games:

  • Stacked with A-list celebrities, science and shocking revelations, this new season of Brain Games is the perfect television event for the whole family.
  • Brain Games premieres December 1, 2019, on National Geographic and will air globally in 172 countries and 43 languages.
  • For more information visit our press site, www.natgeotvpressroom.com.

Episodes from this season include (episode titles are not final):

  • Battle of the Sexes: Actors and real-life spouses Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, The Good Place) and Dax Shepard (Bless This Mess) put their minds to the test in a battle of the sexes — finding out how men’s and women’s brains problem solve in contrasting ways.
  • Kids vs. Grown-Ups: Co-stars on the hit ABC sitcom Blackish­, Anthony Anderson and Marsai Martin (Little) go head-to-head to see how kids’ and grown-ups’ brains work differently.
  • Attraction: Actress Rebel Wilson (The Hustle, Pitch Perfect) explores the laws of attraction and the neuroscience behind finding the perfect partner.
  • Optical Delusions: Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor Ted Danson (The Good Place), with the help of the Blue Man Group, investigate the science behind fake news.
  • Power and Persuasion: Entrepreneur and investor Mark Cuban tackles some of the brain science behind memory and memorization and the tricks behind successfully marketing both a business and a product.
  • Music: Jack Black and Kyle Gass of comic-rock duo Tenacious D, along with Grammy Award-winning singer Meghan Trainor, test the ways in which music affects our brains.
  • Movie Magic: Actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish (The Kitchen, The Last O.G.) delves into the science of filmmaking and the magic of Hollywood, and how our favorite films get us to suspend reality and believe the unbelievable.
  • Performance: New Orleans Saints quarterback and Super Bowl champion Drew Brees tests the brain science behind athletic performance.
  • 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.
  • This August, fans will get a first look at the all-new Brain Games at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, during Power Up Your Brain With Keegan-Michael Key on Sunday, Aug. 25, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm PST. For more information, visit D23expo.com.

Fun Facts:

  • Filmed in front of a studio audience, Brain Games 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.
  • Also in each episode, Santa Maria takes cerebral challenges on the road across the U.S.
  • In addition to Key and the celebrity guests, many of the fun and shocking moments this season are provided by Suchard, whom many consider the best mentalist in the world.
  • Brain Games is produced for National Geographic by Magical Elves with Alfred Street Industries.
  • For Magical Elves, executive producers are:
    • Toby Gorman
    • Casey Kriley
    • James Rowley
    • Lauren Williams
  • Alfred Street Industries, executive producers are:
    • Dan Cutforth
    • Jane Lipsitz
  • Elisa Key and Keegan-Michael Key are also executive producers on the series.
  • For National Geographic:
    • Matt Renner is executive producer and vice president, original programming and production
    • Alan Eyres is senior vice president of production and development
    • Geoff Daniels is executive vice president of global unscripted entertainment