Shenanigans debuted with little fanfare on Saturday morning September 26, 1964. Two players, a girl and a boy, traversed a studio sized gameboard in a race to the finish line. Players moved the number of spaces designated by a flashing display that was stopped by yet another child whenever the host declared, "Ready, presser press!" Along the way, the children would be subject to random event and carnival-like stunts. Success was rewarded with prizes, such as harmonicas and record players, and play money called Shenaniganzas. Shenaniganzas could be redeemed for prizes in the first season but in the second season they could be redeemed for trading stamps when S&H became a sponsor.
The show was sponsored by Milton Bradley, the makers of the home version of the game. Each time the home game was mentioned, it was noted that the home game was "an exact duplicate" of the television show. That was a lie. The home game had fewer spaces and many of the activities from the series such as "Touch & Go" were missing.
After a successful first season, the show was renewed for a second season and the gameboard changed to add "Operation" and "Where's Willie?", two games added to Milton Bradley's catalog. To make sure these games received their due, the players were stopped in their tracks to play these new games.
The novelty had worn off and Shenanigans had its last broadcast on December 18, 1965. For the last time Stubby Kaye would lip synch, "...funny how the minutes seem to fly. Until next week it's time to say goodbye."
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