The 90s TV Shows

Double Dare

Double Dare was a game show on Nickelodeon that was hosted by Marc Summers. As a whole, the series ran from 1987 to 2000.

Double Dare was a show that combined pop-culture quiz questions and sloppy and messy physical challenges. The teams for the game usually consisted of a team of two children, however, families were later incorporated into the structure of the show.

The game would usually begin with a toss up challenge where both teams would compete. When a team won the challenge, they would receive money and control over the questions. With a correct answer you would receive more money and maintain control. If a team answered incorrectly, the other team would take control.

But a team could dare the other team to try an answer the question, to which that team could then double dare the original team (every time the question was dared, the reward would be increased). After the double dare, the team could choose to answer or take the always awesome physical challenge.

Physical challenges were usually times stunts they were often very messy. Many challenges includes a bucket that needed to be filled to a certain point with either slime, milk, whipped cream, or water. Other challenges included catching pies from a catapult while in a pair of clown pants. Upon winning the challenge, the team would receive money and control of the game.

At the end of the game, the team with the highest point total would be sent into the 60-second obstacle course where they needed to complete 8 different challenges. Each obstacle would contain an orange flag either hidden within it or at the end of it. Once the flag was taken, the team would win a designated prize for that particular challenge. If the team complete the entire course within the time limit, they would receive a larger prize which was usually a trip of sorts.

Double Dare is often regarded as one the greatest game shows of all time, even placing in at #29 in TV Guide’s list of the 50 Greatest Game Shows of All Time. The show also provided a huge ratings lift for Nickelodeon during it’s run.

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