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Beauty and the Geek
Format Reality
Starring Brian McFayden
Mike Richards
Opening theme Pet Shop Boys - Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)
Composer(s) Jeff Lippencott and Mark T. Williams, Ah2 Music
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 48
Production
Executive producer(s) Ashton Kutcher
Jason Goldberg
Nick Santora
Running time 42 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel The WB (2005-2006)
The CW (2007-2008)
Original run June 1, 2005 (2005-06-01) – May 13, 2008 (2008-05-13)

Beauty and the Geek is a reality television series on The CW. It has been advertised as "The Ultimate Social Experiment" and is produced by Ashton Kutcher, Jason Goldberg and Nick Santora.

The premise of the show consists of a group of "Beauties" (young women who have relied primarily on their looks) and a group of "Geeks" (young men who have relied primarily on intellect rather than social aptitude or looks) who are paired up to compete as couples for a shared $250,000 and other prizes. (For the fourth season, the producers modified the formula to include an extra team consisting of a male "beauty" and a female "geek". For the fifth season, the beauties and geeks competed against each other at first, and teams of one beauty and one geek were not selected until the end of episode three.) Each beauty lives together in a room with her geek during the course of the competition. There are challenges shown each episode, one testing the beauties on a primarily academic subject, and another that has the geeks competing in a more popular/social realm. The winners of the challenges select two teams to compete against each other in a pure "quiz show" type question and answer session: the team with less correct answers gets eliminated.

By the end of the competition, many of the contestants say that they have learned much about interacting with people from a different social group (and positive lessons about the character of people from that group), positive things about themselves and their own character, and often something about human nature in general.

The theme song, "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" by the Pet Shop Boys (originally released in 1985), is used also on the British, Danish and Belgian-Dutch versions. Commercial promos for the show featured a different theme song, "The Geeks Get the Girls" by American Hi-Fi.

Following the second season, the American version moved to The CW Television Network, the new network formed when both The WB and UPN ceased operations in September 2006. The two-hour season premiere for the third season aired Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. EST on The CW. The fourth season premiered on September 18, making BATG the first series to premiere for the CW for the 2007-08 television season. Beauty and the Geek was renewed for a fifth season, which premiered on March 12, 2008.

The fifth season was put on indefinite hiatus in order to stoke renewed interest in the show, and perhaps the addition of innovative twists to the format.[1] In October 2008, casting began for a sixth season,[2] scheduled to air on MTV, with minor celebrities as the beauties.[3] Casting has been put on hold for an indefinite amount of time.

Contents

Season 1

Cast

The Beauties The Geeks
Cheryl
"Cocktail Waitress"
Eric
"Computer Programmer"
Erika Rumsey
"Life-Sized Barbie Doll"
Joe Hanson[4]
"Has never been on a date"
Krystal Tini
"NBA Dancer"
Brad
"Mensa Member"
Lauren Bergfeld
"Lingerie Model"
Bill
"Vice President, 'Dukes of Hazzard' Fan Club"
Scarlet
"Beer Spokesmodel"
Shawn Bakken
"Assistant Boy Scout Master"
Mindi
"Sorority Girl"
Richard Rubin
"Never Kissed a Girl"1
Caitilin
"Aspiring Fashion Expert"
Chuck
"Medical Student: Functional Neurology"


‹The template Fnb is being considered for deletion.›  Note 1: Richard's title evolved throughout the show as he kissed Krystal, Lauren and Mindi over the show's course, hence being at first "Has never kissed a girl", then "Has kissed one/two/three girl(s)"

Challenges and eliminations

Week Beauty Challenge (Winner) Geek Challenge (Winner) Eliminated Survived Elimination
1 Fifth Grade Knowledge (Mindi) Dancing Competition (Richard) Cheryl & Eric Erika & Joe
2 Car Repair (Caitilin) Massage (Chuck) Erika & Joe Krystal & Brad
3 Rocket Science (Caitilin) Women's Fashion (Shawn) Krystal & Brad Mindi & Richard
4 Math (Lauren) Get Girls' Phone Numbers (Chuck) Lauren & Bill Mindi & Richard
5
Outdoor Challenge (Caitilin & Chuck)
Scarlet & Shawn Mindi & Richard
6
How much do you know about your partner (Caitilin & Chuck)
Mindi & Richard Caitilin & Chuck
Winners
Caitilin & Chuck

Episode progress

# Contestants Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Caitilin SAFE WIN WIN SAFE WIN WINNER
Chuck SAFE WIN SAFE WIN WIN WINNER
2 Mindi WIN SAFE RISK RISK RISK OUT
Richard WIN SAFE RISK RISK RISK OUT
3 Scarlet SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Shawn SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE OUT
4 Lauren SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Bill SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
5 Krystal SAFE RISK OUT
Brad SAFE RISK OUT
6 Erika RISK OUT
Joe RISK OUT
6 Cheryl OUT
Eric OUT
     The contestants won the competition.
     The contestant won the challenge and their pair was safe from elimination.
     The contestant's partner won the challenge and they were safe from elimination.
     The contestant did not win the challenge but their pair was safe from elimination.
     The contestant and their partner survived elimination.
     The contestant and their partner was eliminated.
     The contestant or their partner won the challenge and were also eliminated.

Season 2

Cast

Beauty The Geek Notes
Amanda
"Hairstylist"
Brandon
"Assistant Neurobiologist"
Amanda's original partner: Chris
Brandon's original partner: Tristin
(changed after Week 1)
Brittany Knott
"Tanning Salon Administrator"
Joe Block
"Speed Chess Champion"
Cher Tenbush
"Beer Spokesmodel"
Josh
"Museum Critic"
Danielle Gonzalez
"Cocktail Waitress"
Karl
"Dungeon Master"
Jennipher
"Camp Counselor"
Ankur Mehta
"MIT Graduate"
Sarah
"Dental Assistant"
Wes
"Tracks Monkeys With Lasers"
Thais
"Model"
Tyson Mao
"Rubik's Cube Record Holder"
Tristin
"Cocktail Waitress/Shot Girl"
Chris
"Has Only Kissed One Girl"
Tristin's original partner: Brandon
Chris's original partner: Amanda
(changed after Week 1)

Note: Original partners Chris and Amanda won the first week's quiz challenge and were given the power to switch the partner of one team with another team or they themselves can switch partners. They choose the latter and broke up the team of Brandon and Tristin.

Challenges and eliminations

Week Beauty Challenge (Winner) Geek Challenge (Winner) Eliminated Survived Elimination
1 Quiz (Amanda & Chris) No eliminations
2 Public Speaking (Cher) Karaoke (Tyson) Amanda & Brandon Tristin & Chris
3 Assemble a computer and burn a song (Cher) Interior Decorating (Joe) Thais & Tyson Tristin & Chris
4 Makeover for the Geeks Speed dating (Wes) Tristin & Chris Cher & Josh
5 Strip poker (Brittany) Party planning (Josh) Danielle & Karl Jennipher & Ankur
6 Frumpy flirting (Jennipher) Fashion photography (Joe) Sarah & Wes Cher & Josh
7 Navigation (Cher) Shopping (Josh) Jennipher & Ankur Brittany & Joe
8 How their partners think (Cher & Josh) Brittany & Joe Cher & Josh
Winners Cher & Josh

Season 3

Cast

The Beauties The Geeks Episode Eliminated
Megan Hauserman
"Playboy Model"
Alan ("Scooter")
"Harvard Graduate"
Winners
Cecille Gahr
"Bikini Model"
Nate Dern[5]
"Singer: Star Wars Band"
Episode 7
JennyLee Berns
"U.F.C. Ring Girl"
Niels Hoven
"Had A Perfect S.A.T. Score"
Episode 6
Nadia Underwood
"Sorority Girl"
Mario
"Owns 25,000 Comics"
Episode 5
Erin Gipson
"Voice Teacher"
Drew
"Trekker"
Episode 4
Andrea Ciliberti
"Beauty Pageant Queen"
Matt
"M.I.T. Graduate"
Episode 3
Sheree Swanson
"Former Hooters Waitress"
Piao
"Has Only Kissed One Girl"
Episode 2
Tori Elmore[6]
"Model"
Sanjay
"Virgin"
Episode 1 pt. 2

Episode progress

# Contestants Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 Megan SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN WINNER
Scooter SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE WIN WINNER
2 Cecille WIN SAFE SAFE RISK WIN SAFE RISK OUT
Nate WIN WIN SAFE RISK SAFE WIN RISK OUT
3 Jenny Lee SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN RISK RISK OUT
Niels SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN RISK RISK OUT
4 Nadia SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE OUT
Mario SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE OUT
5 Erin SAFE RISK SAFE SAFE OUT
Drew SAFE RISK SAFE SAFE OUT
6 Andrea SAFE SAFE RISK OUT
Matt SAFE SAFE RISK OUT
7 Sheree SAFE WIN OUT
Piao SAFE SAFE OUT
8 Tori SAFE OUT
Sanjay SAFE OUT
     The contestants won the competition.
     The contestant won the challenge and their pair was safe from elimination.
     The contestant's partner won the challenge and they were safe from elimination.
     The contestant did not win the challenge but their pair was safe from elimination.
     The contestant and their partner survived elimination.
     The contestant and their partner was eliminated.

Challenges and eliminations

Week Beauty Challenge (Winner) Geek Challenge (Winner) Eliminated Survived Elimination
1 (Part 1) Library Search (Cecille) Social Challenge (Nate)
1 (Part 2) News Interview (Sheree) Stand-up Comedy (Nate) Tori & Sanjay Erin & Drew
2 Museum Tour Guiding (Nadia) Model Quiz (Mario) Sheree & Piao Andrea & Matt
3 Geek Makeover & Charity Auction (Jenny Lee & Niels) Andrea & Matt Cecille & Nate
4 Beach Escape Challenge (Cecille) Fitness Instructor (Scooter) Erin & Drew Jenny Lee & Niels
5 Building a Doghouse (Megan) Collecting Phone Numbers (Nate) Nadia & Mario Jenny Lee & Niels
6 Ranch Duties Challenge (Megan & Scooter) Jenny Lee & Niels Cecille & Nate
7 Who Changed the Most (decided by previously eliminated contestants) (Megan & Scooter) Cecille & Nate Megan & Scooter
Winners Megan & Scooter

Episodes

The Beauties Meet the Geeks, Part 1

First aired January 3, 2007

  • Beauty Challenge Winner: Cecille
  • Geek Challenge Winner: Nate
  • Teams at Risk: None
  • Eliminated: None

The Beauties Meet the Geeks, Part 2

First aired January 3, 2007

  • Beauty Challenge Winner: Sheree
  • Geek Challenge Winner: Nate
  • Teams at Risk: Erin & Drew, Tori & Sanjay
  • Eliminated: Tori & Sanjay

Geeks Get Naked

First aired January 10, 2007

  • Beauty Challenge Winner: Nadia
  • Geek Challenge Winner: Mario
  • Teams at Risk: Andrea & Matt, Sheree & Piao
  • Eliminated: Sheree & Piao

Beauties Pimp Their Geeks

First aired January 17, 2007

  • Challenge Winners: Jenny Lee & Niels
  • Teams at Risk: Andrea & Matt, Cecille & Nate
  • Eliminated: Andrea & Matt

Beauties and the Beach

First aired January 24, 2007

  • Beauty Challenge Winner: Cecille
  • Geek Challenge Winner: Scooter
  • Teams at Risk: Erin & Drew, Jenny Lee & Niels
  • Eliminated: Erin & Drew

Geek Love

First aired January 31, 2007

  • Beauty Challenge Winner: Megan
  • Geek Challenge Winner: Nate
  • Teams at Risk: Jenny Lee & Niels, Nadia & Mario
  • Eliminated: Nadia & Mario

Down On The Farm

First aired February 7, 2007

  • Challenge Winners: Megan & Scooter
  • Teams at Risk: Cecille & Nate, Jenny Lee & Niels
  • Eliminated: Jenny Lee & Niels

Beauty Queen and Geek King

First aired February 14, 2007

All previously eliminated contestants were brought back to spend one more night in the mansion and to assess which of the final two teams had undergone the most personal change. Their votes on this question would determine the winner of the $250,000 grand prize. The majority of the contestants were torn between wanting Nate to win, and his partner, Cecille, to lose. Nate, believing that winning would only reinforce Cecille's behavior, eventually asked contestants to vote against him. This led to Megan and Scooter winning 7 to 2, with the remaining contestants not voting once a majority had been reached.

  • Winners of Beauty and the Geek: Megan & Scooter
  • Runner-ups: Cecille & Nate

Beauties and Geeks Reunite

First aired February 21, 2007

Megan and Scooter and the other eliminated cast members reunite to talk about their experiences on the show and what is in store for them in the future.

Season 4

Season 4 featured several changes and was by far the most controversial one. One male beauty is paired with one female geek, but the rest of the pairs remained the same way (i.e. a male geek and a female beauty). The season was also extended from 8/9 episodes to 13, featuring a recap on week 7 and the cast growing from eight pairs to ten. This was also the first season to have a pair voted out (Natalie and John on week 8) instead of eliminated through a quiz, which sparked some controversy, much like Sam's previous experience in show business, despite the fact that many other beauties had some previous acting experience as well. In episode 6 the geeks have their make-overs

Cast

The Beauties The Geeks
Amanda Hanshaw[7]
"Aspiring Playboy Model"
Tony Tran[8]
"Medical student"
Erin Schneider[9]
"Beautician"
Jesse Yeary[9]
"Lives with parents"
Hollie Winnard
"Professional Betty Boop"
Josh Bishop-Moser[10]
"Rubberband Club President"
Jasmine Moore[11]
"Babysitter"
David Olsen[12]
"LARPer"
Jennifer Carter
"Cigar Model"
William McDonald[13]
"Server, Online gamer"
Katie
"Sorority Girl"
Luke Neyer[14]
"Robotics Engineer"
Natalie Reeves
"Ultimate Hooters Girl"
John Gardner
"Perfect 5.0 at MIT"
Rebecca Nichols[15]
"Cocktail Waitress"
Will Frank[15]
"Software Engineer"
Shalandra "Shay" Champ[16]
"Beauty Pageant Queen"
Joshua Green[16][17]
"Astrophysicist"
Sam Horrigan
"Club Promoter"
Nicole Morgan
"Musicologist"

Challenges & Eliminations

Week Beauty Challenge (Winner) Geek Challenge (Winner) Eliminated Survived Elimination
1 Intellectual Skills Analysis (lowest score wins) (Shay) Social Skills Analysis (lowest score wins) (Josh) No eliminations
2 Debating (Sam) Rap Off (Will) Amanda & Tony Natalie & John
3 Anatomy Body Paint (Rebecca) Romantic Picnic Basket (Will) Hollie & Josh Erin & Jesse
4 Rocket Building (Sam) Massage Skills (Jesse) Rebecca & Will Jen & William
5 Teaching 3rd Graders (Shay) Prom King or Queen (John) Katie & Luke Sam & Nicole
6 Comic-Con Superhero Challenge (Sam & Nicole) Erin & Jesse Natalie & John
8 Mayan Glyph Memorization (Sam) Salsa Dancing (David) Natalie & John 1 Shay & Joshua / Jen & William1
9 Zoology/Insect Challenge (Sam) Flair Bartending Challenge (David) Shay & Joshua Jen & William
10 Wine Challenge (Jasmine & David) Jen & William Sam & Nicole
11 America decides the winner Sam & Nicole2 David & Jasmine2
Winners David & Jasmine


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‹The template Fnb is being considered for deletion.›  Note 2: In the final episode on December 4, 2007, David and Jasmine won the $250,000. For the first time, the show's winner was decided by America's votes, four months after the taping of the first 12 episodes[18].


‹The template Fnb is being considered for deletion.›  Note 3: This season was taped during the summer, due to the prominence of Comic-Con International on one episode.

Season 5

Season 5 premiered on March 11, 2008 taking over the timeslot of Reaper.[19] For the first three episodes, the beauties competed as a group against the team of geeks. The remaining beauties and geeks then paired off to compete against the other pairs, as in previous seasons.

Cast

The Beauties The Geeks
Amber
"Runway Model"
John English[20]
"Child Genius"
Jillian Beyor
"Playboy Cyber Club Model"
Jonathan Prater[21]
"Mama’s Boy"
Tiffany Wade
"One Tough Mama"
Jim Babcock[22]
"Video Game Programmer"
Cara
"Aspiring Soap Star"
Chris Follett[23]
"MIT Oceanographer"
Tara McComas
"Daisy Dukes Hostess"
"Cowboy" Joe Cortez - aka fatty drama queen or not so smart smart-ass[24]
Assignment Desk Editor
Randi
"The Navy Diva"
"Greggy" Gregory Paul Soriano[25][26][27][28][29]
"Self-Proclaimed 'Gaysian'"
Kristina Savenok[30]
"Daddy’s Girl"
Jason Prager
"One Buff Geek"
Leticia Cline
"Extreme Sports Model"
Matt Carter
"The Poet"
Amanda Corey[31]
"Hawaiian Tropic Model"
Tommy Severo
"Sweater Vest Enthusiast"

Note: John, Amber and Jillian were all eliminated before the teams paired. Jonathan was left without a partner and was therefore eliminated.

Challenges and eliminations

Week Challenge (Winner) Eliminated Survived Elimination
Beauties Geeks
1 Getting Phone Numbers (Beauties) John Chris, Joe, Jonathan, Tommy
2 Talent Show (Geeks) Amber Amanda, Jillian, Kristina, Randi
3 Flag Football Game (Beauties) Jillian1, Jonathan2 Chris1, All Geeks except Jonathan2
4 Science Fair (Cara) Love Hotline (Tommy) Tiffany & Jim Leticia & Matt
5 Geek Makeover & Soap Opera Challenge (Leticia & Matt) No Elimination3
6 Garbage Math (Kristina) Geek Firefighter (Tommy) Randi & Greggy Tara & Joe
7 Building a Sled (Amanda & Tommy) Kristina & Jason Leticia & Matt, Cara & Chris, Tara & Joe4
8 Plumbing (Leticia) Geeky Girls' Makeovers (Chris) Tara & Joe Amanda & Tommy
9.1 How Well Do You Know Your Partner Leticia & Matt Amanda & Tommy, Cara & Chris
9.2 Former Cast Members Hunt in LA (Amanda & Tommy) Cara & Chris Amanda & Tommy
Winners Amanda & Tommy


‹The template Fnb is being considered for deletion.›  Note 1: For this challenge, one member of each team was to temporarily join the opposing team. It was then revealed that if the team lost their new member would be automatically eliminated.


‹The template Fnb is being considered for deletion.›  Note 2: The remaining beauties were asked to pair up with a geek. Tara, the last beauty, chose Joe, eliminating Jonathan since he was left with no partner.


‹The template Fnb is being considered for deletion.›  Note 3: After winning the challenge, Leticia & Matt were given the right to pick one team to go with them at the world premiere of Prom Night and chose Randi and Greg. The four remaining teams had to send one team to elimination for the next week and had chosen Tara and Joe after a geek drag fashion show contest.


‹The template Fnb is being considered for deletion.›  Note 4: Instead of elimination trivia, each losing team cast a vote for another team to be eliminated. Since the teams all had one vote, Tommy and Amanda picked Kristina and Jason as a tie breaker, sending them home.

Ratings

Seasonal rankings (based on average total estimated viewers per episode) of Beauty and the Geek on The WB and The CW:
Season Timeslot Season Premiere TV Season Rank # Viewers
(in millions)
1st Wednesday 9/8C June 1, 2005 Summer 2005 N/A N/A
2nd Thursday 9/8C January 12, 2006 Mid-Season 2006 123 4.2
3rd Wednesday 8/7C January 3, 2007 Mid-Season 2007 127 4.0
4th Tuesday 8/7C September 18, 2007 Fall 2007 133 3.3
5th Tuesday 8/7C March 11, 2008 Mid-Season 2008 N/A 1.9

International versions

  • A Finnish version of the show, Kaunotar ja nörtti (The Beauty and The Nerd) started at September 4, 2005 on MTV3. The show was filmed in Estonia.
  • A Bulgarian version of the show started at October 3, 2005 on bTV.
  • On February 7, 2006 a British version of the show debuted on E4. Although there is no host, voiceovers are provided by David Mitchell.
  • A Norwegian version will start on Norwegian TV3 in March 2006. It has been given the name Prinsessen og Professoren (The Princess and the Professor).
  • In Brazil, the original American show is aired with Brazilian Portuguese subtitles on the paid TV channel Multishow and it's called As Gostosas e os Geeks (The Hotties and The Geeks).
  • In Denmark, the show was called "Skønheden og nørden", and was filmed at the end of 2005, beginning 2006. It was aired of TV3 and TV3+.
  • In France, the original American show is aired with French dubbing on NRJ12.
  • An Italian version started on Italia 1 in September 2006, called La pupa e il secchione (The Doll and the Nerd), hitting ratings records for the channel.
  • An Estonian version also started on Estonian TV3 in September 2006 called Kaunitar ja geenius (The Beauty and the Genius)
  • A Colombian version debuted on Canal Caracol in May 2006, called La Bella y el Nerdo (The Beauty and The Nerd).
  • A Portuguese version started March 2007, called A Bela e o Mestre (The Beauty and the Master). The "master" word was used because there is no word in Portuguese that has the same meaning as geek.
  • A Russian version has aired on REN TV, called Красавицы и Умники (Beauties and Smarties)[1].
  • A new version of the show is now set to debut on TF1 in France under the title Bimbo et Intello, however recent reports claim it will not be aired anytime soon[32], and other one in Mexico under the title La Bella y el Nerd which is being transmitted by TV Azteca now.[33] The first episode of Turkish Show TV's Güzel ve Dahi (The Beauty and The Genius) was aired on July 7, 2007.[34]But after some public pressure against showing unintelligent contestant girls, the producers had to cancel the show.[citation needed]
  • In Belgium and the Netherlands, a Dutch version of the show is produced by VTM and RTL 5. The first season aired late 2006, a second season in September 2007 and the third season in early 2009. The Dutch version is called Beauty & de Nerd.
  • A Spanish version, broadcast by Telecinco, was called Nadie es Perfecto (No-one is Perfect), and it was a failure.[citation needed]
  • In Israel, a Hebrew version of the show, produced by Abott Reif Hemeiri, began airing on July 23, 2008 on Israel 10. The casting was done with the temporary title היפה והגאון ("The beauty and the genius")[35], while the final title was היפה והחנון ("The beauty and the nerd").
  • Beauty and the Geek Australia debuted on October 8, 2009 on Channel 7. [36]

References

  1. ^ Adalian, Josef. "'Geek' not very popular with CW", Variety, April 28, 2008
  2. ^ TVSeriesFinale.com: "Beauty and the Geek: Plans Underway for New Season of Reality Show" October 31, 2008
  3. ^ The Hollywood Reporter, "'Beauty and the Geek' could go to MTV: Network in negotiations for celebrity version of the series" by James Hibberd, November 19, 2008
  4. ^ BinoWhite.com
  5. ^ NateDern.com
  6. ^ ToriElmore.com
  7. ^ Reality TV World: "INTERVIEW: Amanda Hanshaw dishes about 'Beauty and the Geek 4'"
  8. ^ Reality TV World: "INTERVIEW: Tony Tran talks about leaving 'Beauty and the Geek 4'"
  9. ^ a b Reality TV World: "INTERVIEW: 'Beauty and the Geek's Jesse Yeary, Erin Schneider dish"
  10. ^ Berkley Engineering: Beauty & the Geek: ME senior lands role on TV show
  11. ^ Reality TV World: "David Olsen and Jasmine Moore win The CW's 'Beauty and the Geek'", By Christopher Rocchio, December 5, 2007
  12. ^ TV star helps Somerville kids beat the drums
  13. ^ TV Guide: BATG's Sparring Duo Calls Truce in Final Round
  14. ^ TV Guide: Made Up But Moved Out: BATG Sends Katie and Luke Home
  15. ^ a b INTERVIEW: "'Beauty and the Geek's Will Frank, Rebecca Nichols dish", By Christopher Rocchio, 10/11/2007
  16. ^ a b Last name per Reality TV World: "INTERVIEW: Joshua Green talks about 'Beauty and the Geek'" Nov. 15, 2007
  17. ^ Joshua Green (Season 4) on astro.princeton.edu
  18. ^ Beauty and the Geek, season 4, episode 13
  19. ^ Breaking News - CW Plans Midseason Makeover | TheFutonCritic.com
  20. ^ Reality TV World: "Exclusive: John English dishes on 'Beauty and the Geek' experience", by Christopher Rocchio, 03/17/2008
  21. ^ Reality TV World: "Exclusive: Jonathan Prater dishes on 'Beauty and the Geek' betrayal", by Christopher Rocchio, 04/07/2008
  22. ^ Bedford Geek is a Beaut - Bedford Minuteman
  23. ^ Follett Is Fourth MIT Student To Star in Beauty and the Geek
  24. ^ Local geek makes it to national network TV
  25. ^ GLAAD.org Cinequeer: Greggy Gets Gorgeous
  26. ^ Greggy Goes from N.E.R.D to H-A-W-T
  27. ^ Asian Week: Geek in Hot Water
  28. ^ Interview With Greggy Soriano afterelton.com
  29. ^ Exclusive Interview: Randi and Greggy of Beauty and the Geek
  30. ^ Daily Herald: Wheaton 'Beauty' takes on the geeks
  31. ^ East Valley Tribute article: "E.V. connections find their way onto reality TV show"
  32. ^ Bimbos et Intellos : dossier dans Entrevue. - Tvnews, actu de la télévision et des médias au quotidien
  33. ^ Mip Briefs: France takes 'Beauty' - Entertainment News, TV News, Media - Variety
  34. ^ Çubukçu, ''Güzel ve Dahi'' programı için RTÜK'e başvurdu / Siyaset / Milliyet İnternet
  35. ^ Casting video for the Israeli version
  36. ^ Ganska, Helen, "Two WA geeks on Beauty and the Geek Australia", The Sunday Times, 6 October, 2009

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Beauty and the Geek
Format Reality
Starring Brian McFayden
Mike Richards
Opening theme Pet Shop Boys - Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)
Composer(s) Jeff Lippencott and Mark T. Williams, Ah2 Music
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 48
Production
Executive producer(s) Ashton Kutcher
Jason Goldberg
Nick Santora
Running time 42 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel The WB (2005-2006)
The CW (2007-2008)
Original run June 1, 2005 (2005-06-01) – May 13, 2008 (2008-05-13)
Status Ended

Beauty and the Geek is a reality television series on The CW. It has been advertised as "The Ultimate Social Experiment" and is produced by Ashton Kutcher, Jason Goldberg and Nick Santora.

The premise of the show consists of a group of "Beauties" (young women who have relied primarily on their looks) and a group of "Geeks" (young men who have relied primarily on intellect rather than social aptitude or looks) who are paired up to compete as couples for a shared $250,000 and other prizes. (For the fourth season, the producers modified the formula to include an extra team consisting of a male "beauty" and a female "geek". For the fifth season, the beauties and geeks competed against each other at first, and teams of one beauty and one geek were not selected until the end of episode three.) Each beauty lives together in a room with her geek during the course of the competition. There are challenges shown each episode, one testing the beauties on a primarily academic subject, and another that has the geeks competing in a more popular/social realm. The winners of the challenges select two teams to compete against each other in a pure "quiz show" type question and answer session: the team with fewer correct answers gets eliminated.

By the end of the competition, many of the contestants say that they have learned much about interacting with people from a different social group (and positive lessons about the character of people from that group), positive things about themselves and their own character, and often something about human nature in general.

The theme song, "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" by the Pet Shop Boys (originally released in 1985), is used also on the British, Danish and Belgian-Dutch versions. Commercial promos for the show featured a different theme song, "The Geeks Get the Girls" by American Hi-Fi.

Following the second season, the American version moved to The CW Television Network, the new network formed when both The WB and UPN ceased operations in September 2006. The two-hour season premiere for the third season aired Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. EST on The CW. The fourth season premiered on September 18, making BATG the first series to premiere for the CW for the 2007-08 television season. Beauty and the Geek was renewed for a fifth season, which premiered on March 12, 2008.

The fifth season was put on indefinite hiatus in order to stoke renewed interest in the show, and perhaps the addition of innovative twists to the format.[1] In October 2008, casting began for a sixth season,[2] scheduled to air on MTV, with minor celebrities as the beauties.[3] Casting has been put on hold for an indefinite amount of time.

Contents

Season 1

Cast

The Beauties The Geeks
Cheryl Elliott
"Cocktail Waitress"
Eric Chase
"Computer Programmer"
Erika Rumsey
"Life-Sized Barbie Doll"
Joe Hanson[4]
"Has never been on a date"
Krystal Tini
"NBA Dancer"
Brad Hooker
"Mensa Member"
Lauren Bergfeld
"Lingerie Model"
Bill Lambing
"Vice President, 'Dukes of Hazzard' Fan Club"
Scarlet Garcia
"Beer Spokesmodel"
Shawn Bakken
"Assistant Boy Scout Master"
Mindi Emanuel
"Sorority Girl"
Richard Rubin[5]
"Never Kissed a Girl"[1]
Caitilin Stoller
"Aspiring Fashion Expert"
Chuck Munyon
"Medical Student: Functional Neurology"

^1 Richard's title evolved throughout the show as he kissed Krystal, Lauren and Mindi over the show's course, hence being at first "Has never kissed a girl", then "Has kissed one/two/three girl(s)"

Challenges and eliminations

Week Beauty Challenge (Winner) Geek Challenge (Winner) Eliminated Survived Elimination
1 Fifth Grade Knowledge (Mindi) Dancing Competition (Richard) Cheryl & Eric Erika & Joe
2 Car Repair (Caitilin) Massage (Chuck) Erika & Joe Krystal & Brad
3 Rocket Science (Caitilin) Women's Fashion (Shawn) Krystal & Brad Mindi & Richard
4 Math (Lauren) Get Girls' Phone Numbers (Chuck) Lauren & Bill Mindi & Richard
5
Outdoor Challenge (Caitilin & Chuck)
Scarlet & Shawn Mindi & Richard
6
How much do you know about your partner (Caitilin & Chuck)
Mindi & Richard Caitilin & Chuck
Winners
Caitilin & Chuck

Episode progress

#ContestantsEpisodes
123456
1 Caitilin SAFEWINWINSAFEWINWINNER
Chuck SAFEWINSAFEWINWINWINNER
2 Mindi WINSAFERISKRISKRISKOUT
Richard WINSAFERISKRISKRISKOUT
3 Scarlet SAFESAFESAFE SAFEOUT
Shawn SAFESAFEWIN SAFEOUT
4 Lauren SAFESAFESAFE OUT
Bill SAFESAFESAFE OUT
5 Krystal SAFERISKOUT
Brad SAFERISKOUT
6 Erika RISK OUT
Joe RISK OUT
7 Cheryl OUT
Eric OUT
     The contestants won the competition.
     The contestant won the challenge and their pair was safe from elimination.
     The contestant's partner won the challenge and they were safe from elimination.
     The contestant did not win the challenge but their pair was safe from elimination.
     The contestant and their partner survived elimination.
     The contestant and their partner was eliminated.
     The contestant or their partner won the challenge and were also eliminated.

Season 2

Cast

Beauty The Geek Notes
Amanda Horan
"Hairstylist"
Brandon Blankenship
"Assistant Neurobiologist"
Amanda's original partner: Chris
Brandon's original partner: Tristin
(changed after Week 1)
Brittany Knott
"Tanning Salon Administrator"
Joe Block
"Speed Chess Champion"
Cher Tenbush
"Beer Spokesmodel"
Josh Herman
"Museum Critic"
Danielle Gonzalez
"Cocktail Waitress"
Karl Hench
"Dungeon Master"
Jennipher Johnson
"Camp Counselor"
Ankur Mehta
"MIT Graduate"
Sarah Coleman
"Dental Assistant"
Wes Wilson
"Tracks Monkeys With Lasers"
Thais Soares
"Model"
Tyson Mao
"Rubik's Cube Record Holder"
Tristin Clow
"Cocktail Waitress/Shot Girl"
Chris Saroki
"Has Only Kissed One Girl"
Tristin's original partner: Brandon
Chris's original partner: Amanda
(changed after Week 1)

Note: Original partners Chris and Amanda won the first week's quiz challenge and were given the power to switch the partner of one team with another team or they themselves can switch partners. They choose the latter and broke up the team of Brandon and Tristin.

Episode progress

#Contestants Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Cher SAFE WIN WIN RISK SAFE RISK WIN WINNER
Josh SAFE SAFE SAFE RISK WIN RISK WIN WINNER
2 Brittany SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE RISK OUT
Joe SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE WIN RISK OUT
3 Jennipher SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE RISK WIN OUT
Ankur SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE RISK SAFE OUT
4 Sarah SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Wes SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE OUT
5 Danielle SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Karl SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
6 Tristin SAFE RISK RISK OUT
Chris WIN RISK RISK OUT
7 Thais SAFE SAFE OUT
Tyson SAFE WIN OUT
8 Amanda WIN OUT
Brandon SAFE OUT
     The contestants won the competition.
     The contestant won the challenge and their pair was safe from elimination.
     The contestant's partner won the challenge and they were safe from elimination.
     The contestant did not win the challenge but their pair was safe from elimination.
     The contestant and their partner survived elimination.
     The contestant and their partner was eliminated.

Challenges and eliminations

Week Beauty Challenge (Winner) Geek Challenge (Winner) Eliminated Survived Elimination
1 Quiz (Amanda & Chris) No eliminations
2 Public Speaking (Cher) Karaoke (Tyson) Amanda & Brandon Tristin & Chris
3 Assemble a computer and burn a song (Cher) Interior Decorating (Joe) Thais & Tyson Tristin & Chris
4 Makeover for the Geeks Speed dating (Wes) Tristin & Chris Cher & Josh
5 Strip poker (Brittany) Party planning (Josh) Danielle & Karl Jennipher & Ankur
6 Frumpy flirting (Jennipher) Fashion photography (Joe) Sarah & Wes Cher & Josh
7 Navigation (Cher) Shopping (Josh) Jennipher & Ankur Brittany & Joe
8 How their partners think (Cher & Josh) Brittany & Joe Cher & Josh
Winners Cher & Josh

Season 3

Cast

The Beauties The Geeks Episode Eliminated
Megan Hauserman
"Playboy Model"
Alan ("Scooter")Zackheim
"Harvard Graduate"
Winners
Cecille Gahr
"Bikini Model"
Nate Dern[6]
"Singer: Star Wars Band"
Episode 7
Jennylee Berns
"U.F.C. Ring Girl"
Niels Hoven
"Had A Perfect S.A.T. Score"
Episode 6
Nadia Underwood
"Sorority Girl"
Mario Muscar
"Owns 25,000 Comics"
Episode 5
Erin Gipson
"Voice Teacher"
Drew Sawa
"Trekker"
Episode 4
Andrea Ciliberti
"Beauty Pageant Queen"
Matt Herman
"M.I.T. Graduate"
Episode 3
Sheree Swanson
"Former Hooters Waitress"
Piao Sam
"Has Only Kissed One Girl"
Episode 2
Tori Elmore[7]
"Model"
Sanjay Shah
"Virgin"
Episode 1 pt. 2

Episode progress

#ContestantsEpisodes
1234567
1 Megan SAFESAFESAFE SAFESAFEWIN WINWINNER
Scooter SAFESAFESAFE SAFEWINSAFE WINWINNER
2 Cecille WINSAFESAFE RISKWINSAFE RISKOUT
Nate WINWINSAFE RISKSAFEWIN RISKOUT
3 Jennylee SAFESAFESAFE WINRISKRISKOUT
Niels SAFESAFESAFE WINRISKRISKOUT
4 Nadia SAFESAFEWIN SAFESAFEOUT
Mario SAFESAFEWIN SAFESAFEOUT
5 Erin SAFERISKSAFESAFE OUT
Drew SAFERISKSAFESAFE OUT
6 Andrea SAFESAFERISK OUT
Matt SAFESAFERISK OUT
7 Sheree SAFEWINOUT
Piao SAFESAFEOUT
8 Tori SAFEOUT
Sanjay SAFEOUT
     The contestants won the competition.
     The contestant won the challenge and their pair was safe from elimination.
     The contestant's partner won the challenge and they were safe from elimination.
     The contestant did not win the challenge but their pair was safe from elimination.
     The contestant and their partner survived elimination.
     The contestant and their partner was eliminated.

Challenges and eliminations

Week Beauty Challenge (Winner) Geek Challenge (Winner) Eliminated Survived Elimination
1 (Part 1) Library Search (Cecille) Social Challenge (Nate)
1 (Part 2) News Interview (Sheree) Stand-up Comedy (Nate) Tori & Sanjay Erin & Drew
2 Museum Tour Guiding (Nadia) Model Quiz (Mario) Sheree & Piao Andrea & Matt
3 Geek Makeover & Charity Auction (Jennylee & Niels) Andrea & Matt Cecille & Nate
4 Beach Escape Challenge (Cecille) Fitness Instructor (Scooter) Erin & Drew Jennylee & Niels
5 Building a Doghouse (Megan) Collecting Phone Numbers (Nate) Nadia & Mario Jennylee & Niels
6 Ranch Duties Challenge (Megan & Scooter) Jennylee & Niels Cecille & Nate
7 Who Changed the Most (decided by previously eliminated contestants) (Megan & Scooter) Cecille & Nate Megan & Scooter
Winners Megan & Scooter

Episodes

The Beauties Meet the Geeks, Part 1

First aired January 3, 2007

  • Beauty Challenge Winner: Cecille
  • Geek Challenge Winner: Nate
  • Teams at Risk: None
  • Eliminated: None

The Beauties Meet the Geeks, Part 2

First aired January 3, 2007

  • Beauty Challenge Winner: Sheree
  • Geek Challenge Winner: Nate
  • Teams at Risk: Erin & Drew, Tori & Sanjay
  • Eliminated: Tori & Sanjay

Geeks Get Naked

First aired January 10, 2007

  • Beauty Challenge Winner: Nadia
  • Geek Challenge Winner: Mario
  • Teams at Risk: Andrea & Matt, Sheree & Piao
  • Eliminated: Sheree & Piao

Beauties Pimp Their Geeks

First aired January 17, 2007

  • Challenge Winners: Jennylee & Niels
  • Teams at Risk: Andrea & Matt, Cecille & Nate
  • Eliminated: Andrea & Matt

Beauties and the Beach

First aired January 24, 2007

  • Beauty Challenge Winner: Cecille
  • Geek Challenge Winner: Scooter
  • Teams at Risk: Erin & Drew, Jennylee & Niels
  • Eliminated: Erin & Drew

Geek Love

First aired January 31, 2007

  • Beauty Challenge Winner: Megan
  • Geek Challenge Winner: Nate
  • Teams at Risk: Jennylee & Niels, Nadia & Mario
  • Eliminated: Nadia & Mario

Down On The Farm

First aired February 7, 2007

  • Challenge Winners: Megan & Scooter
  • Teams at Risk: Cecille & Nate, Jennylee & Niels
  • Eliminated: Jennylee & Niels

Beauty Queen and Geek King

First aired February 14, 2007

All previously eliminated contestants were brought back to spend one more night in the mansion and to assess which of the final two teams had undergone the most personal change. Their votes on this question would determine the winner of the $250,000 grand prize. The majority of the contestants were torn between wanting Nate to win, and his partner, Cecille, to lose. Nate, believing that winning would only reinforce Cecille's behavior, eventually asked contestants to vote against him. This led to Megan and Scooter winning 7 to 2, with the remaining contestants not voting once a majority had been reached.

  • Winners of Beauty and the Geek: Megan & Scooter
  • Runner-ups: Cecille & Nate

Beauties and Geeks Reunite

First aired February 21, 2007

Megan and Scooter and the other eliminated cast members reunite to talk about their experiences on the show and what is in store for them in the future.

Season 4

Season 4 featured several changes and was by far the most controversial one. One male beauty is paired with one female geek, but the rest of the pairs remained the same way (i.e. a male geek and a female beauty). The season was also extended from 8/9 episodes to 13, featuring a recap on week 7 and the cast growing from eight pairs to ten. This was also the first season to have a pair voted out (Natalie and John on week 8) instead of eliminated through a quiz, which sparked some controversy, much like Sam's previous experience in show business, despite the fact that many other beauties had some previous acting experience as well. In episode 6 the geeks have their make-overs

Cast

The Beauties The Geeks
Amanda Hanshaw[8]
"Aspiring Playboy Model"
Tony Tran[9]
"Medical student"
Erin Schneider[10]
"Beautician"
Jesse Yeary[10]
"Lives with parents"
Hollie Winnard
"Professional Betty Boop"
Josh Bishop-Moser[11]
"Rubberband Club President"
Jasmine Moore[12]
"Babysitter"
David Olsen[13]
"LARPer"
Jennifer Carter
"Cigar Model"
William McDonald[14]
"Server, Online gamer"
Katie Roberson
"Sorority Girl"
Luke Neyer[15]
"Robotics Engineer"
Natalie Reeves
"Ultimate Hooters Girl"
John Gardner
"Perfect 5.0 at MIT"
Rebecca Nichols[16]
"Cocktail Waitress"
Will Frank[16]
"Software Engineer"
Shalandra "Shay" Champ[17]
"Beauty Pageant Queen"
Joshua Green[17][18]
"Astrophysicist"
Sam Horrigan
"Club Promoter"
Nicole Morgan
"Musicologist"

Episode progress

#Contestants Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 Jasmine SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WINNER
David SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN WIN WINNER
2 Sam SAFE WIN SAFE WIN RISK WIN WIN WIN RISK OUT
Nicole SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE RISK WIN SAFE SAFE RISK OUT
3 Jen SAFE SAFE SAFE RISK SAFE SAFE RISK RISK OUT
William SAFE SAFE SAFE RISK SAFE SAFE RISK RISK OUT
4 Shay WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE RISK OUT
Joshua WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE RISK OUT
5 Natalie SAFE RISK SAFE SAFE SAFE RISK OUT
John SAFE RISK SAFE SAFE WIN RISK OUT
6 Erin SAFE SAFE RISK SAFE SAFE OUT
Jesse SAFE SAFE RISK WIN SAFE OUT
7 Katie SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Luke SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
8 Rebecca SAFE SAFE WIN OUT
Will SAFE WIN WIN OUT
9 Hollie SAFE SAFE OUT
Josh SAFE SAFE OUT
10 Amanda SAFE OUT
Tony SAFE OUT
     The contestants won the competition.
     The contestant won the challenge and their pair was safe from elimination.
     The contestant's partner won the challenge and they were safe from elimination.
     The contestant did not win the challenge but their pair was safe from elimination.
     The contestant and their partner survived elimination.
     The contestant and their partner was eliminated.

Challenges and eliminations

Week Beauty Challenge (Winner) Geek Challenge (Winner) Eliminated Survived Elimination
1 Intellectual Skills Analysis (lowest score wins) (Shay) Social Skills Analysis (lowest score wins) (Josh) No eliminations
2 Debating (Sam) Rap Off (Will) Amanda & Tony Natalie & John
3 Anatomy Body Paint (Rebecca) Romantic Picnic Basket (Will)Hollie & Josh Erin & Jesse
4 Rocket Building (Sam) Massage Skills (Jesse) Rebecca & Will Jen & William
5 Teaching 3rd Graders (Shay) Prom King or Queen (John) Katie & Luke Sam & Nicole
6 Comic-Con Superhero Challenge (Sam & Nicole) Erin & Jesse Natalie & John
8 Mayan Glyph Memorization (Sam) Salsa Dancing (David) Natalie & John [2] Shay & Joshua / Jen & William[3]
9 Zoology/Insect Challenge (Sam) Flair Bartending Challenge (David) Shay & Joshua Jen & William
10 Wine Challenge (Jasmine & David) Jen & William Sam & Nicole
11 America decides the winner Sam & Nicole[4] David & Jasmine[5]
Winners David & Jasmine

^1 There was no elimination room finale; instead, the two challenge-winning teams selected a team to eliminate directly.

^2 In the final episode on December 4, 2007, David and Jasmine won the $250,000. For the first time, the show's winner was decided by America's votes, four months after the taping of the first 12 episodes[19].

^3 This season was taped during the summer, due to the prominence of Comic-Con International on one episode.

Season 5

Season 5 premiered on March 11, 2008 taking over the timeslot of Reaper.[20] For the first three episodes, the beauties competed as a group against the team of geeks. The remaining beauties and geeks then paired off to compete against the other pairs, as in previous seasons.

Cast

The Beauties The Geeks
Amber Griffin
"Runway Model"
John English[21]
"Child Genius"
Jillian Beyor
"Playboy Cyber Club Model"
Jonathan Prater[22]
"Mama’s Boy"
Tiffany Wade
"One Tough Mama"
Jim Babcock[23]
"Video Game Programmer"
Cara
"Aspiring Soap Star"
Chris Follett[24]
"MIT Oceanographer"
Tara McComas
"Daisy Dukes Hostess"
"Cowboy" Joe Cortez
Assignment Desk Editor
Randi Ferrera
"The Navy Diva"
"Greggy" Gregory Paul Soriano[25][26][27][28][29]
"Self-Proclaimed 'Gaysian'"
Kristina Savenok[30]
"Daddy’s Girl"
Jason Prager
"One Buff Geek"
Leticia Cline
"Extreme Sports Model"
Matt Carter
"The Poet"
Amanda Corey[31]
"Hawaiian Tropic Model"
Tommy Severo
"Sweater Vest Enthusiast"

Note: John, Amber and Jillian were all eliminated before the teams paired. Jonathan was left without a partner and was therefore eliminated.

Episode progress

#Contestants Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 Amanda WIN RISK WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN RISK RISK WINNER
Tommy RISK WIN RISK WIN SAFE WIN WIN RISK RISK WINNER
2 Cara WIN SAFE WIN WIN SAFE SAFE RISK SAFE RISK OUT
Chris RISK WIN RISK SAFE SAFE SAFE RISK WIN RISK OUT
3 Leticia WIN SAFE WIN RISK WIN SAFE RISK WIN OUT
Matt SAFE WIN RISK RISK WIN SAFE RISK SAFE OUT
4 Tara WIN SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE RISK RISK OUT
Joe RISK WIN RISK SAFE SAFE RISK RISK OUT
5 Kristina WIN RISK WIN SAFE SAFE WIN OUT
Jason RISK WIN RISK SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
6 Randi WIN RISK WIN SAFE SAFE OUT
Greggy SAFE WIN RISK SAFE SAFE OUT
7 Tiffany WIN SAFE WIN OUT
Jim SAFE WIN RISK OUT
15 Jonathan RISK WIN RISK OUT
16 Jillian WIN RISK OUT
17 Amber WIN OUT
18 John OUT
     The contestants won the competition.
     The contestant won the challenge and their pair was safe from elimination.
     The contestant's partner won the challenge and they were safe from elimination.
     The contestant did not win the challenge but their pair was safe from elimination.
     The contestant and their partner survived elimination.
     The contestant and their partner was eliminated.

Challenges and eliminations

Week Challenge (Winner) Eliminated Survived Elimination
Beauties Geeks
1 Getting Phone Numbers (Beauties) John Chris, Joe, Jonathan, Tommy
2 Talent Show (Geeks) Amber Amanda, Jillian, Kristina, Randi
3 Flag Football Game (Beauties) Jillian[6], Jonathan[7] Chris[8], All Geeks except Jonathan[9]
4 Science Fair (Cara) Love Hotline (Tommy) Tiffany & Jim Leticia & Matt
5 Geek Makeover & Soap Opera Challenge (Leticia & Matt) No Elimination[10]
6 Garbage Math (Kristina) Geek Firefighter (Tommy) Randi & Greggy Tara & Joe
7 Building a Sled (Amanda & Tommy) Kristina & Jason Leticia & Matt, Cara & Chris, Tara & Joe[11]
8 Plumbing (Leticia) Geeky Girls' Makeovers (Chris) Tara & Joe Amanda & Tommy
9.1 How Well Do You Know Your Partner Leticia & Matt Amanda & Tommy, Cara & Chris
9.2 Former Cast Members Hunt in LA (Amanda & Tommy) Cara & Chris Amanda & Tommy
Winners Amanda & Tommy

^1 For this challenge, one member of each team was to temporarily join the opposing team. It was then revealed that if the team lost their new member would be automatically eliminated.

^2 The remaining beauties were asked to pair up with a geek. Tara, the last beauty, chose Joe, eliminating Jonathan since he was left with no partner.

^3 After winning the challenge, Leticia & Matt were given the right to pick one team to go with them at the world premiere of Prom Night and chose Randi and Greg. The four remaining teams had to send one team to elimination for the next week and had chosen Tara and Joe after a geek drag fashion show contest.

^4 Instead of elimination trivia, each losing team cast a vote for another team to be eliminated. Since the teams all had one vote, Tommy and Amanda picked Kristina and Jason as a tie breaker, sending them home.

Ratings

Seasonal rankings (based on average total estimated viewers per episode) of Beauty and the Geek on The WB and The CW:
Season Timeslot Season Premiere TV Season Rank # Viewers
(in millions)
1st Wednesday 9/8C June 1, 2005 Summer 2005 N/A N/A
2nd Thursday 9/8C January 12, 2006 Mid-Season 2006 123 4.2
3rd Wednesday 8/7C January 3, 2007 Mid-Season 2007 127 4.0
4th Tuesday 8/7C September 18, 2007 Fall 2007 133 3.3
5th Tuesday 8/7C March 11, 2008 Mid-Season 2008 N/A 1.9

International versions

  • A Finnish version of the show, Kaunotar ja nörtti (The Beauty and The Nerd) started at September 4, 2005 on MTV3. The show was filmed in Estonia.
  • A Bulgarian version of the show started at October 3, 2005 on bTV.
  • On February 7, 2006 a British version of the show debuted on E4. Although there is no host, voiceovers are provided by David Mitchell.
  • A Norwegian version started on Norwegian TV3 in March 2006. It has been given the name Prinsessen og Professoren (The Princess and the Professor).
  • In Brazil, the original American show is aired with Brazilian Portuguese subtitles on the paid TV channel Multishow and it's called As Gostosas e os Geeks (The Hotties and The Geeks).
  • In Denmark, the show was called "Skønheden og nørden", and was filmed at the end of 2005, beginning 2006. It was aired of TV3 and TV3+.
  • In France, the original American show is aired with French dubbing on NRJ12.
  • An Italian version started on Italia 1 in September 2006, called La pupa e il secchione (The Doll and the Nerd), hitting ratings records for the channel. The second season premiered on April 18, 2010, and its winners are Francesca Cipriani and Federico Bianco. The finale was broadcast on June 7, 2010.
  • An Estonian version also started on Estonian TV3 in September 2006 called Kaunitar ja geenius (The Beauty and the Genius)
  • A Colombian version debuted on Canal Caracol in May 2006, called La Bella y el Nerdo (The Beauty and The Nerd).
  • A Portuguese version started March 2007, called A Bela e o Mestre (The Beauty and the Master). The "master" word was used because there is no word in Portuguese that has the same meaning as geek.
  • A Russian version has aired on REN TV, called Красавицы и Умники (Beauties and Smarties)[12].
  • A new version of the show is now set to debut on TF1 in France under the title Bimbo et Intello, however recent reports claim it will not be aired anytime soon[32], and other one in Mexico under the title La Bella y el Nerd which is being transmitted by TV Azteca now.[33] The first episode of Turkish Show TV's Güzel ve Dahi (The Beauty and The Genius) was aired on July 7, 2007.[34] But after some public pressure against showing unintelligent contestant girls, the producers had to cancel the show.[citation needed]
  • In Belgium and the Netherlands, a Dutch version of the show is produced by VTM and RTL 5. The first season aired late 2006, a second season in September 2007 and the third season in early 2009. The Dutch version is called Beauty & de Nerd.
  • A Spanish version, broadcast by Telecinco, was called Nadie es Perfecto (No-one is Perfect), and it was a failure.[citation needed]
  • In Israel, a Hebrew version of the show, produced by Abott Reif Hemeiri, began airing on July 23, 2008 on Israel 10. The casting was done with the temporary title היפה והגאון ("The beauty and the genius")[35], while the final title was היפה והחנון ("The beauty and the nerd").
  • Beauty and the Geek Australia debuted on October 8, 2009 on Channel 7.[36]

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  14. ^ TV Guide: BATG's Sparring Duo Calls Truce in Final Round
  15. ^ TV Guide: Made Up But Moved Out: BATG Sends Katie and Luke Home
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  22. ^ Reality TV World: "Exclusive: Jonathan Prater dishes on 'Beauty and the Geek' betrayal", by Christopher Rocchio, 04/07/2008
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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Beauty and the Geek (2005-) is a reality television show, airing first on the WB network and then on the CW network, in which 8 "beauties" (young women who have relied primarily on their looks thus far in life) and 8 "geeks" (young men who have relied primarily on intellect and are socially awkward) are paired up to compete against the other 7 couples for $250,000 and other prizes.

Contents

Season 1

Episode 101 [1.1]

Lauren: I think I'm pretty smart. I think my IQ's probably about.... 500!

Richard: [Coming out from behind the curtain] Hello Ladies!

Joe: If I got jealous every time a girl went home with another guy, I'd be jealous all of the time.

Caitilin: My partner is the smartest guy in LA at this moment.

Mindi: [About Richard] He doesn't understand that it's okay to make mistakes.

Cheryl: [About the word "calendar"] I spelled it just like I would've typed it. But then I would've hit "spell check" when I was done.

Brian: What state is east of West Virginia?
Caitilin: Massachusetts?

Brad: I'm white to the point of being clear.

Erika: [To Joe] You guys were the ones who corrected the teacher.

Joe: Erika's not the smartest girl...but I have low self esteem when it comes to dating, and she has low self esteem when it comes to how smart she is. So we could both do well to help each other in different areas.

Lauren: Is Thailand in Korea?

Erika: Fifth graders today must be really smart, because I'm not following.

Cheryl: What's the date of D-Day? 1942? 1942 is when Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

Caitilin: Sometimes Chuck is talking, and I'm like, "What? Huh?" It doesn't even sound like he's speaking English.

Eric: Cheryl is probably not a girl I would've met at school. I probably wouldn't have met her in the library.

Brad: [To Erika] I've never played Doctor before. Is that similar to Go Fish?

Episode 102 [1.2]

Joe: And then I went into chopping, and then fisting. These terms sound a lot more vulgar than they actually are.

Caitilin: [About Chuck] If he doesn't agree, I'm going to take that electrical cord and strangle him. And then throw him off that balcony.

Erika: I realize from being here that I'm kinda shallow. I just go for guys if they're really hot. And they always end up being assholes.

Caitilin: [About Chuck] I'm gonna eliminate his ass. I'm gonna eliminate him and every other nerd in this fuckin' joint.

Bill: My fantasy has come alive - all of the girls were dressed in Daisy Duke shorts.

Richard: Not only have I never sensually touched a woman, but I've never not sensually touched a woman.

Bill: Cars are my first love, because...unlike girls...they don't talk back.

Mindi: I would love to help Richard. But I am not a miracle worker.

Brad: I'm like, 'You're making me dumber by telling me this stuff.'

Mindi: [Analyzing the game, to Lauren] That's the difference between them and us. They have no lives, and we do.

Erika: This is horrible! Why did it have to be me or Brad?

Episode 103 [1.3]

Chuck: The thing for Richard is, it's easier being laughed at for being the buffoon than being laughed at for being himself.

Todd: [About Chuck's clothing choices for Caitilin] Chuck, Caitilin is so beautiful! It made me question if you even liked her.

Mindi: [About the swimsuit that Richard picked out for her] I really felt that I was walking around with poop in my pants.

Mindi: I thought it was important that Richard knew how to spoon.

Richard: I don't know what a size zero means! A zero means you don't exist!

Richard: [About Mindi] She's like me, but she sticks out in certain areas.
Clerk: I would assume so.

Richard: It's like animal print, like leopard print or cheetah print or whatever it is. It's like Tarzan...she looks like Jane.

Caitilin: When I walk out of here, I'm gonna feel better than the day I walked in.

Krystal: When I saw the goggles, I didn't wanna wear them because they're ugly and big and not fashionable.

Richard: [About a swimsuit thong] This is floss for a giant.

Caitilin: I never, ever, in my life thought that I was smart.

Richard: I think that fashion is frivolous. I'd rather read about the Gospel according to Luke.

Chuck: We have the collective fashion IQ of a five-year-old.

Episode 104 [1.4]

Lauren: Billy Boy, I'm gonna miss you.

Lauren: I don't like numbers, but I like to calculate things...in my cell phone.

Shawn: [About Caitilin and Chuck's partnership] We all know that Caitilin kinda wears the pants in that relationship.

Caitilin: [About Chuck] He just told a girl he was gay!

Bill: I feel like I can go out into the world and conquer it.

Caitilin: I think that up until now, his mom's been buying all of his clothes for him.

Lauren: [About her date with Richard] It went from an 8 to a 4 to a 2 to a 0 to a negative 6.

Richard: My chances of getting lucky with Lauren are 110 percent.

Lauren: [To Richard, about their date] You get a D-. There would not be a second date.

Richard: I was rejected, and I was beat by Chuck!

Chuck: I resisted the temptation to point out that we were 4/7, not 1/2 of the way through, and that having a 1 in 4 chance of winning the prize was contingent upon everyone's chances of winning being equal.

Richard: You stay tuned, because things are gonna come to a head between Chuck and I.

Richard: [To a statue, after surviving elimination] Top of the morning to you! How ya doing? Cause I'm doing great.

Episode 105 [1.5]

Richard: It’s not about winning, it’s about losing to Chuck. I do not want to lose to Chuck.

Richard: [To Mindi] We’re soldiers, we’re warriors...ow, my ankle.

Richard: If there was a mountain lion that came after the six of us, I would feed it Chuck. And then I would cower.

Mindi: I don’t care if I am last by 25 minutes. I am not quitting.

Richard: I’m gonna bring a band-aid.

Richard: The closest I’ve ever come to camping is raking the leaves in the fall. And even then, it takes about ten seconds before I need ice water and a sandwich.

Richard: I do believe that Chuck hates my guts.

Chuck: Richard seems to reinforce the negative stereotypes of nerds.

Richard: [About his zaniness] It's a compulsion to perform. And it's not going away.

Shawn: [To Scarlet] You felt like I gave up because I threw up?

Scarlet: [about Chuck] Even though he's studied medicine, that doesn't give him the right to diagnose everyone.

Richard: [About his and Mindi's constant trips to the elimination room] We actually feel like a cat who has nine lives.

Richard: I'm gonna wake up tomorrow with a full beard and be a man!

Richard: I don't see why people camp at all. You go out to the field, you bring everything from your house, so why don't you just stay in your house and then everybody's happy?

Chuck: Have you ever been tested for ADD, Rich?

Caitilin: Scarlet herself hasn't won a challenge yet. And Shawn's never once been mean to her or acted disappointed. I just thought it was mean.

Scarlet: I'm definitely not looking forward to sharing a tent with Shawn. I'll sleep outside if I have to.

Episode 106 [1.6]

Mindi: [To Richard] I think I'm at a point right now, where I want to win.

Richard: I tore the massage book to shreds, I ripped it...I just ripped it apart after we lost, I was that mad.

Richard: I’m very proud of you, Mindi, that you did not jump out of a window after the first two nights.

Richard: Making out with Mindi is what’s at stake here. That’s what’s important.

Richard: To be in my shoes is like being in Dante’s Inferno.

Mindi: [About Richard during the final elimination ceremony] He got a hangover from drinking Listerine.

Richard: [To Chuck] I won’t check out those books, I’ll Chuck them out.

Richard: I’ve gotta win now because A) I want the money, B) Chuck’s gotta go down, and C) I get to make out with Mindi.

Caitilin: I already feel like a winner.

Mindi: [To Richard] If we won, I would make out with you.

Richard: [About kayaking] This is better than sunbathing because you could, theoretically, do this in the nude.

Caitilin: I’m not comfortable with fists being thrown at my face.

Caitilin: That’s a little close, Chuck.

Mindi: [About Richard and Chuck] They go from being enemies to meditating with each other?

Richard: I should probably watch my step around Chuck because I now know that, with the flick of the wrist, he can kill me.

Richard: I didn’t look Chuck in the eye because I was afraid he would karate chop me.

The Aftermath [1.7]

Mindi: [About the first day] Richard comes in, and he looks like a Hobbit! He came through the curtain and said in the nerdiest voice [imitating Richard] "Hello, Ladies!"

Chuck: I feel sometimes like my mind is larger than my head.

Brian: There's a little bit of beauty and geek in all of us.

Brian: [About Richard and Mindi's kiss] Was there tongue involved in that?
Richard: I told her not to, but I think she slipped some in there anyway.

Erika: Joe's a pimp! He's a pimp in disguise!

Chuck: [Answering what he will do with his portion of the money] I'm gonna prove that I'm as boring as I look on TV and pay off my student loans.

Lauren: I don't do math! Can you give me a shopping challenge? I won that.

Brian: I guess you'll never see eye to eye.
Richard: Chuck's much taller than I am.

Brian: [To Scarlet, who cannot find South Dakota on a map] Well, we know you'll never be a weathergirl!

Brian: Why did Chuck make you so angry during the show?
Richard: Ahhhhhh.....you know!

Jasmine: A calculator watch! Like, oh my god, I mean keep the numbers off your watch!

Cast

The Beauties

  • Cheryl Elliott
  • Erika Rumsey
  • Krystal Tini
  • Lauren Bergfeld
  • Scarlet Garcia
  • Mindi Emanuel
  • Caitilin Stoller

The Geeks

  • Eric Chase
  • Joe Hanson
  • Brad Hooker
  • Bill Lambing
  • Shawn Bakken
  • Richard Rubin
  • Chuck Munyon

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