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Fox's Fun House 

Fun House (original title)
A kid's game show that pitted two teams of two players each. The contestants had to answer trivia questions and participate in challenges, such as trying to nail targets in the audience ... See full summary »






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Series cast summary:
...  Himself - Host 37 episodes, 1988-1991
Samantha Forrest ...  Sammi - Cheerleader / ... 37 episodes, 1988-1991
Jacqueline Forrest ...  Jackie - Cheerleader / ... 37 episodes, 1988-1991
John Hurley ...  Tiny - Announcer 29 episodes, 1988-1990


A kid's game show that pitted two teams of two players each. The contestants had to answer trivia questions and participate in challenges, such as trying to nail targets in the audience seats with water balloons. This was followed by a race between the two teams around a track that involved a variety of bizarre push carts. The team with the most points at the end of the game got to enter the Fun House. The two teammates took turns running through the collection of wacky rooms and obstacles to find tags that represented the prizes printed on them. The contestants won all prizes printed on the tags that they collected and took out of the Fun House before the two minute time limit was up. Written by Annonymous

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Family | Game-Show





Release Date:

3 September 1988 (USA)  »

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Fox's Fun House  »

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1.33 : 1
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After two seasons in first-run, five-a-week syndication, the show moved to Saturday mornings the FOX network. This series was kicked off on Friday, 7 September 1990 and followed with a Celebrity Week, 10-15 September. It was canceled 13 April 1991 - the first FOX Kids' show ever to be axed. See more »


Spoofed in Perfect Strangers: Games People Play (1989) See more »

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Syndicated Perfection, Network Drivel
14 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

The late 80s saw a boom in children's game shows due to the success Nickelodeon had with _"Double Dare" (1986)_ (qv) in 1986. "Fun House," contrary to popular assumption, was not an attempt to "rip-off" _"Double Dare" (1986)_ (qv), "Fun House" is based on the fun houses at state fairs and carnivals and was tested in malls before a pilot was shot.

"Fun House" took kids into a different world. The stunts they used were big and usually very messy. The Grand Prix Race around the studio was also very good, and the bonus round may be the best in the entire genre of game shows.

Host J.D. Roth was terrific. He was more like the older brother helping his younger siblings get into mischiff. The announcer, "Tiny" (John Hurley), had a bigger role than most TV announcers. He was on camera just about every show, often times helping along with stunts, etc. The cheerleaders (Jackie & Sammi) also helped out with the stunts, as well as introduced the contestants. And the theme music is FANTASTIC.

When the show moved out of syndication and onto FOX in September 1990, huge changes were put in place. Tiny was gone, replaced with rapper M.C. Mike (Michael Chambers). The set was transformed from a carnival atmosphere, to a ghetto, and the theme music was changed accordingly. Game play was virtually identical, and Roth and the cheerleaders remained intact, but the changes around them made the show BAD.

The syndicated version is FAR superior and I score it a perfect 10/10. The FOX version was dreadful and I give it 4/10.

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