One in a long-running series of game shows, where two-member teams of children compete to answer questions and complete stunts.




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Series cast summary:
Marc Summers ...  Self - Host 5 episodes, 1986-1988
David Faustino ...  Self / ... 2 episodes, 1988
Staci Keanan ...  Self - Celebrity Contestant 2 episodes, 1988


Two teams of two children, ages 9 through 13, competed in this classic kiddie game show of questions and physical challenges. At the beginning of each show, the two teams (each with such names as "Wacky Wormheads" or "Slimy Superkids") competed in a physical challenge (described below). The winner of the physical challenge would gain control of the first round questions. Host Summers asked the question, to which the team could answer for $10 or "dare" (i.e., challenge) the opposing team to answer for $20. However, the opponents could "double dare" (ergo, challenge back) the original team to answer; the original team could then answer for $40 or complete a "physical challenge," an often messy stunt that had to be completed within 10, 15, 20, or 30 seconds. "Physical challenge" stunts could include one team member wrapping his/her partner in a giant "tortilla shell" and drop hot sauce on it; having to throw three balloons filled with fingerpaint at a target, while having to select from ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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The show was created when Nabisco asked Nickelodeon for a show that would be a fit for them to advertise their brands, such as Oreo and Fig Newton. They agreed that a game show would be the best fit. Nabisco dropped out of the process early on, but the network continued with the idea. See more »


[explaining the rules to the contestants]
Host: I'm going to ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer or think the other team doesn't have a clue, you can dare them to answer it for double the dollars. But be careful, because they can always double-dare you back for four times the amount, and then you either have to answer that question or take the physical challenge.
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Messy Entertainment
11 February 2017 | by hellraiser7See all my reviews

This is another one of my favorite game shows of all time, it my third favorite; this was one of my childhood gems. Double Dare was just awesome because it was one of those game shows where not just kids but the whole family to anyone can actually play which was cool, when I watched this show I wanted to be in that show to play those games.

I really love the atmosphere it is just colorful and just screams out fun which is exactly what the game is. The music is just great, I really love the theme song which is one of my favorites it just has that fun participator feel to it. And Marc Summer he is just a fantastic game show host, he just has this energy and charisma to him, what he just says just adds to the fun of the game. And there is this sense of participation, when I was watching I was always at the edge of my seat or jumping off it hoping one team or another win; sometimes I would yell out, "cmon put the petal to the metal" or "cmon get that damn flag" it was that much fun and that's a feeling I don't get often.

Of course there are sometimes those heartbreaking moments when there are those close calls when one of the contestants would grab the flag but it would slip from their hand or they clear that last obstacle just a second too late. Yeah, that sucks but it's a game after all crap happens.

The rules are simple, it's really all based on risk, hence it's name, where contestant had the option to answer as many trivia questions as they want to gain points, but it there is a question they can't answer they then have to say dare to pass the turn on to them and if they can't answer they say double dare which signals the physical challenge.

And that is mainly what were hear for to see the contestants do those challenges which are just fantastic. Each of theme are always different, I love how colorful, creative, and crazy each of them are at times I still wonder where the hell they got the ideas. From catapulting frogs into some chemical container, making and packing fake pizza from a conveyor belt moving at turbo speed, you just have to see these things for yourself. And of course each of them are always messy as hell as there is just enough colored water and slime to fill an Olympic pool.

In a way it sort of artistic expression as the mess really gives the show lots of color, but most importantly the fact that things are messy gives the show even more freedom where anyone can just have fun without restrictions.

And of the course the payoff is the obstacle course which is just awesome. It's like the eliminator from "American Gladiators" as each obstacle is one different challenge after another, and each of the members have to clear them in a limited amount of time which really doesn't give them time to take a breath or think because these challenges are all about doing. The obstacles themselves are just as crazy and colorful as well, if surrealist painter Salvador Dali ever designed a playground for a park. There is a machine with fake foam gears that contestants have the squeeze though, sliding though a giant mouth, though my favorite is the slide where contestants slide though a spiral slide and plop down in a pool of slime; once again you just have to see it all yourself to believe it.

The only bad thing is there is a challenge or two that is a bit too hard for it's own good. Mainly that damn giant pie obstacle where the contestant had to find that flag hidden inside before time runs out. That one I never felt was totally fair because that pie is just to darn big and all that gunk camouflages the flag, so anyone can miss it. Thankful in a season they did exclude that challenge.

Double Dare is messy entertainment.

Rating: 4 stars

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