|Directed by||Rich DiPirro|
|Presented by||Rob Lowe|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Production location(s)||Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank, California|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Original release||March 19, 2019 –|
Mental Samurai is an American television game show of intelligence and mental agility that premiered on March 19, 2019 on Fox. Described as an "obstacle course for the mind", the show features contestants answering knowledge-based questions while being moved around by a large robot arm in the show's specially designed capsule that can rotate 360°. Rob Lowe is the host of the show.
The game consists of two rounds, with one contestant at a time answering twelve questions from within the movable capsule. The questions are asked on four screens ("towers"), each focusing on a different skill: Knowledge, Puzzles, Sequences, and Memory.
Towers of Samurai
The contestant is turned to face one of the towers, and a question is revealed. They must state and "lock in" an answer by pulling a lever next to them; a correct response causes them to be turned to face another tower for the next question, while an incorrect answer or running out of time ends the game immediately and sends the contestant home with no winnings. The contestant has five minutes to answer the questions, three per tower; the clock begins to run as soon as the first question is revealed. Completing the round before time runs out awards $10,000 and allows the contestant to advance to the Circle of Samurai.
Circle of Samurai
The contestant must answer one more question at each tower, and is given 90 seconds plus any time remaining from the first round to do so (rounded to the nearest second). The first correct answer increases the contestant's winnings to $25,000, and each subsequent answer adds a further $25,000, for a maximum of $100,000 if the contestant answers all four questions correctly. A miss at any time ends the round, but the contestant leaves with whatever money they have won to that point.
The best-performing contestants, including some who fail to win the $100,000, will return in the final episode of the season to compete in a tournament for a grand prize of $250,000.
|1||March 19, 2019||0.7/3||2.20|||
|2||March 26, 2019||0.6/3||1.98|||
|3||April 2, 2019||0.6/3||1.85|||
|4||April 9, 2019||0.5/3||1.84|||
|5||April 16, 2019||0.5/2||1.68|||
|6||April 23, 2019||0.5/3||1.77|||
|7||April 30, 2019||0.6/3||1.75|||
|8||May 7, 2019||0.5/2||1.66|||
|9||May 14, 2019||0.4/2||1.39|||
|10||May 21, 2019||0.4/2||1.58|||
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