25 Nickelodeon Fan Theories That Will Ruin Your Childhood



How to Become a Fan of Nickelodeon's Double Dare TV Game Show

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Any child of the 1980s and 1990s who watched Nickelodeon would know the TV show called Double Dare. However, for those who didn't or who kept missing it, can still become fans of this show. Fans of the show who have complete episodes commonly post these episodes on YouTube illegally. If you'd like to learn a little more about becoming a fan, this article is definitely for you. Having been the sloppiest game where kids and (later families) would get messy, this was definitely a show where the fan really got their work cut out for them.

Steps

Watching the Show

  1. Understand the general make-up of what happened during the introductory scene (toss-up game).Before the opening credits flashed, the host would generally say "On your mark...get set...Go!!!!" then a game would be played. The narrator would give some directions, but would never tell the viewer what the team would win (control of answering the first question later) if they won this event. Generally, players had to fill a beaker of water that contained a large yellow line or toss a number of props across a line to another player on stage with a number of different games. Sometimes it would be a water relay where players would have to fill a beaker with water from a variety of items to sometimes players having to throw and catch props that could be any number of items into a bigger-sized mock stage-prop where their teammate would be situated. Once that toss-up challenge on stage was completed, a dinging sound would be heard and the game would end. The introductory credits would display with a loud "splash"-sound as the title pane appeared. Contestants would walk up to their contestant podium to dry off and complete the rest of the game.
  2. Recognize what happened in the Introductions.Once dried off, the host would introduce both teams (team structure and team colors will be talked about later). They'd go over the rather simplified game rules with both teams onstage. Generally, it sounded like these rules were well rehearsed and the rules never changed from episode-to-episode and never really changed. The team who won the introductory toss-up game round won control of the first question. The host would generally use these lines: "I'm going to ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer or think the other team hasn't got 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'll have to either answer that question or take the physical challenge.").
  3. Recognize what happened in the Question rounds.Much like was described in the formalized simple directions given by the host, generally, a question was asked to the team (it could be on any subject that the kids could know about have studied.) and they could answer it or pass it to the other team by saying "Dare". The opposing team could answer the question, or pass it right back by saying "Double Dare". However, this team had to answer the question or take a 30 to 45-second physical/muscular game for money/points called the . Along the way, if a question was answered correctly, possession was held by that team who'd be able to answer or challenge the next question. After a short intermission after a bunch of these questions had been asked to the teams, points/money was doubled for each question/pair and the show came back on to another introduction-like toss-up challenge. The team with the most points/money at the end of these two rounds would advance on to the Obstacle Course to play for additional prizes: the loser going home with just consolation gifts.
    • Players would win points (and later money) for answering the questions(or for completing a physical or toss-up challenge or to the full extent). Generally, it was ( for toss-up or during Family Double Dare ()/Double Dare 2000 ( with normal questions winning points upon not having a dare placed, and having won a physical challenge ( later escalating to 0 during Family Double Dare and Double Dare 2000) there'd be money involved and control of the next question.
  4. Understand what happened during a Physical Challenge.Although Physical Challenge challenges varied, physical challenge times varied not only by the type of challenge that occurred but by the year the episode was taped (and most often by the exact show that was shown in the series). Most often times, this challenge would last anywhere between 30 to 45 seconds.
    • Sometimes during the series run of both Super-Sloppy and Family Double Dare run, the host would mention that each physical challenge is tried with sample families and always tested to be easy enough to complete. But time and time again, some challenges are easier done off-stage than on and some challenges just didn't make the cut for some players to successfully complete.
    • During Double Dare 2000, the second round of questions' physical challenges most often imposed a Triple Dare Challenge. Although the physical challenge teams wouldn't know what they'd be doing to win additional money on top when they accepted or declined the challenge, they could win triple the points/money for the event - but had to do extra work to complete their Triple Dare Challenge puzzle. Although Triple Dare Challenges varied from episode-to-episode where Physical Challenges were needed in that round, one such example featured teams stacking foam pieces to form a cake. However, the Triple Dare Challenge added an extra unlit candle to the cake on top - all within the 30 second time limit which was imposed on the challenge.
  5. Be able to understand the Obstacle Course round.A set of 8 obstacles were set up on a stage for the team to complete within a 60 second time limit. If the teams passed these obstacles, they'd end up winning a grand prize (described momentarily). If teams got partially through the obstacles, after each successful completion of an obstacle, a player would win less-valuable prizes such as karaoke machines and other similar things.
    • Although games differed from season-to-season and episode-to-episode. Generally, players would have to find an orange flag and hand this flag over to their teammate who'd have to complete the next event. It was either hanging on a pole or within the obstacle (that could even have been inside the gunk of filling that could have been lining the obstacle course event. Each flag was marked with the obstacle number to prove at the end each obstacle got completed.
    • Some obstacles got messy. Famous obstacles such as the Sandwich obstacle (where players had to search for it inside a piece of foam-"bread" with different layers could have been spotted on the messy holdovers such as the fake mayonnaise/mustard onstage), or the very famous "In Da Nose" where players would reach up into a nose-looking item (who'd most often sneeze out Nickelodeon Gak that sometimes contained the flag) all to get the flag to their teammate. Sometimes, some teams would be forced to slide down a windy slide filled with edible goo-filled substances or to enter a ball-or water-filled pit and come up out of it to find a flag at the other end (or along the sides of it.)
  6. Recognize what the player would win for winning the game.Players winning the whole Obstacle Course, on top of the many other smaller prizes received along the way - would win a bigger trip to either NASA Space Camp or another trip to Universal Studios Orlando. Although this varied by show and episode, by the time this show became called Family Double Dare and later Double Dare 2000 and the All-New Double Dare (2018) (both of these you will learn about later in this article), the grand prize generally was trips to various family-fun places including Universal Studios Florida (later called Universal Orlando). If teams got partially through the obstacles, each obstacle they got through they'd win a prize for while others that weren't completely attempted they wouldn't win the prize for.
    • During the taping of Double Dare at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL, having a final prize at this park was kind of a let-off for most kids. When kids would come to try out for the game and had to enter the park, they'd expected to at least get part of a day out of taking in the theme park and if they didn't win, there'd be big problems: crying and fits and (just short of) temper-tantrums.

Other Facts

  1. Recognize what the players wore during the show.During this show, Nickelodeon supplied players with a free T-shirt with the Double Dare, Super Sloppy Double Dare, Family Double Dare or Double Dare 2000 logo (depending on which exact year this show was being filmed). Players were given either a blue shirt or red shirt along with an interesting (and sometimes even rhythmically rhyming) name. While the blue team would stand to the host's right, the red team would stand to the host's left. Players would also be given a free pair of sneakers - most often times these were Reeboks, while at sometimes later this changed to become Nike's when the promotional product placement contract changed hands.
    • During the first season of the show, all players wore red shirts, but due to a new TV game show on Nickelodeon (called Finders Keepers) in the second year, Double Dare changed their shirts so that each team wore different-colored shirts to designate the two different teams for the host to respond to so confusion didn't constantly happen.
      • The team (as seen from the viewers perspective) over to the left of the host's podium was seen wearing blue shirts, while the players over to their right were seen wearing the red shirts.
  2. Watch as many shows of each type as you can.While watching, you'll see that during both Double Dare and Super Sloppy Double Dare, teams were composed of two kid players. When this series became Family Double Dare and Double Dare 2000, these teams held four players each (Family Double Dare generally contained a mother, a father and two kids who all interacted intelligently for each team.). When the All New Double Dare came to light on June 25, 2019 on Nickelodeon, the teams were formatted back to two players - each a pair of children.
  3. Understand the parts of the stages where the events were taking place.Look for what the contestant desks looked like, along with the team's scoreboard along with what the stage looked like where the Physical Challenges and Obstacle Course were played.
    • Although the contestant desks stood on a podium that was long enough for both players from the team to stand behind, there would be a towel rack on the left side of the desk (when watching on TV, sometimes you'd see the towels on camera on this towel rack).
    • Above the player podium, would be the players scoreboard. This scoreboard would not in any way be attached to the desks. Depending on the team colors, they would designate in digital form the total points/money received by the team (should the team win at the end). During the original Double Dare show, scoreboards would look like tall triangular boards that contained a line of digital numbers for the score along with the program icon below it). During Family Double Dare and Double Dare 2000, each of these scoreboards would have rounded corners and each portion of the backdrop of each number would be set on a black background.
    • On the All New Double Dare (2018), things dropped back to the more-simpler triangular boards with black backgrounds with the team color around it. Above this (in 2019), the team name would be seen rather prominently (a very big improvement).
    • In between the two teams would be the host's desk that looked a bit like the contestant's desk but was meant to fit just the host. It had the picturesque icon of the Double Dare name (interconnected D's (DD)) on a plaque (placard) at the center-most portion of the host-desk. Above (in back of) the host of the show, there would be a revolving time clock. From the "waiting position" containing the interconnected DD insignia, the time clock would revolve counterclockwise around when a physical challenge was needed revolved back clockwise at the end of the stunt.
      • During the All New Double Dare's run in 2019, the host would stand at this desk and you'd see the time board always be displayed. The time board was large and filled the remainder of the screen in the back of the host. It was technological and everytime a team Dared or Double-Dared, the screen would display this on the board. If you looked closely, you could spot if the team was taking the physical challenge in the splash-screen like display.
    • The floor in front of the team's desks would be where the Physical challenges would be held. The floor always seemed to be spotless before a Physical Challenge was held. Depending on the wetness of the challenge before it, it was up to the stage crew's responsibility for cleaning it up while not showing themselves on camera (more on that in a moment). The floor was this blue checkerboard with crisscrossing lines of greyish yellow, that was fairly large (about a quarter of the width of a given football field). If a division line was needed for the event (that those players couldn't cross), you'd see an engrained yellow-line in the floor.
      • During the All New Double Dare (2018), off to the right side of the screen, you could spot the narrator's position onscreen.
    • In between the Physical Challenge area and Obstacle Course, the fan would sometimes see two steps where contestants could walk down (when the camera wasn't turned on them) to get to the Obstacle course. However, these steps would never be used in any Challenge but were visible in some camera shots during the Obstacle Course run. (These steps were less visible during the Double Dare 2000 and the All New Double Dare (2018) taping, but were still present!)
    • In front of the Physical Challenge area (closer to the audience) would be a large area wider than the Physical Challenge area that held the Obstacle Course. It contained eight obstacles on the floor. In back of this and to each of the sides you'd generally see the viewer seating to watch as the episodes were taped. Also, you'd see in between the Obstacle Course and the home-viewer seating all the cameras and equipment that would make for a fantastic production number.
    • Viewers who chose to take a studio tour during this time and/or go in for a taping would notice what was happening in the hallway nearby. The hallway in back of the show area contained several other obstacles that weren't being used in that day's taping, but could be used on other episodes.
  4. Recognize the hosts for this show.Marc Summers was host of this shown throughout all the years of Double Dare, Super Sloppy Double Dare and Family Double Dare (1986-1993). But by the time Double Dare 2000 came to air, that rendition was hosted by little-known Jason Harris. By the time the All-New Double Dare came to air, little was known of the host, unless you were a YouTuber watching this host's - it was Liza Koshy's turn to host.
      • While Marc Summers had a few other TV shows he was responsible for following these series' tapings/airings, he also was responsible for "What Would You Do?" and the first rendition of Unwrapped that kept his name on mainstream TV to the public.
  5. Recognize the stagehands that helped clean the stage.During a production or in the final presentation of the episode to the TV viewer, when the host mentioned the names Robin (it was rather common to hear this name on-screen), recognize that Robin Marella and Dave Shikiar (1986-1990) or even Jamie Bojanowski and Chris Mileswere all just stagehands that helped in preparation of the show and during cleanup of the production stage between the toss-up question and physical challenges, all without being seen on camera (down on their knees with off-white colored towels). Robin sometimes brought out the stage props for Physical Challenges.
    • During the All New Double Dare in 2019, these names are not yet fully known, but consist of James and a few others who help bring out Physical Challenges to the Physical Challenge floor and clean up after spilled liquids in between games.
  6. Recognize the narrator of the show.Although all fans of Double Dare recognize the narrators, fans should recognize three names. The one narrator went by the name Harvey and while others would be known as Doc Holliday (during Family Double Dare). But during Double Dare 2000, none of these names existed and it was up to Tiffany Phillips to replace them all. But when the All New Double Dare came to light - Marc Summers came back - and was the new narrator of the show.
    • Harvey was sometimes seen on camera when Super Sloppy Double Dare was being taped and aired. But this wasn't normal to see his face present. He also was seen grabbing kids out of the audience for them to demonstrate some Obstacle Course items (when Marc Summers needed help for some reason) and rarely was Harvey ever used to demonstrate these obstacles himself.
  7. Recognize the TV network that brought the viewer these games.Although the name of this article says some of it, Nickelodeon brought the viewer these games, during a programming block between 4 and 5 pm (Eastern Time). It shot and aired over 592 episodes (525 of which aired as either Double Dare (10/6/1986 - 2/19/1988), Super Sloppy Double Dare (10/6/1986 - 2/19/1988, daily) or Family Double Dare (8/13/1990 - 2/6/1993)). These aired between 1986 and 1993 as was stated before. Each of these episodes generally ran anywhere between 21 and 24 minutes (though some aired no longer than 26 minutes long, but tallying with advertisements, all episodes fit neatly into the 30 minute time block that was allotted per show. Although there were some shows (Super Sloppy Double Dare) that ran daily, each show ran only on Saturday nights on Nickelodeon. for Double Dare, Family Double Dare and Double Dare 2000. (Double Dare 2000 aired between 1/22/2000 and 11/10/2000.)
    • When Double Dare 2000 is being re-aired on TeenNick, Double Dare is 35 minutes long, taken in to account for the additional TV advertisements.
    • During the 2019 All New Double Dare, these shows were shown during the 8-8:30pm and 8:30-9pm blocks on Nickelodeon.
  8. Recognize where else this name of the show was aired.Although the concepts remained the same when the show was brought over from Nickelodeon to the FOX Family Channel in the 1990s, the hosts differed along with the sets and overall endgame and even point values/money changed in how things were set up.
    • CBS also had a game show that they called Double Dare which was hosted by a very young Alex Trebek, but it had a completely different structure and end result with almost everything else during the game being different and should never be compared to the Nickelodeon game show. (These episodes now sometimes air in syndication on BUZZR, and these don't generally make it much to YouTube either.).
  9. Get used to the main game music from the introductory credits as well as the theme music from when each obstacle course's prize was introduced after the host would introduce the obstacle).This game theme music was called "On Your Mark" and any fan of this show will remember it from memory, though Double Dare 2000 had a revised edition of this song used during it's run. This was still used during the All New Double Dare's theme music in 2019.
    • Also, recognize the short musical segue between the time the end of the host introducing the obstacle in the Obstacle Course and when the prize was shown.In 2019's All New Double Dare, this is no longer prominent but does happen from time-to-time.
  10. Recognize the special airings of this show.During the Big Help on October 3,1994, several of the Double Dare games were used in the show. Although there were essentially three episodes that the show called "games" instead of "episodes", three Double Dare games were used or were modelled after games used on Double Dare. Two of the games were modelled after the On Your Mark games such as "William Tell" which instructed players to launch toilet plungers at a special plexiglass wall/window as well as Pies in Your Pants stunt which had one team-member dressed in a pair of oversized pants and another player would catapult-toss a shaving cream/whipped cream "pie" and the team must catch these inside the pants, and last but not least the Rubber Baby Bungee Jumpers game which had players jump up and down in a pair of "diaper"-looking pants with a pin on the bottom onto a bunch of balloons from a bungee that was attached to the ceiling - (Balloons held a liquid and the first team to pop enough balloons with liquid to fill a container won.)

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  • Recognize that this show is no longer in syndication on any TV channel. Although it was once shown in syndication on Nick Gas, when that station went away, home-viewers got busy and illegally copied them all so they can now all be seen on YouTube. (You'd be losing a fighting battle if you were to report them all to YouTube for copyright restrictions. It has a strong following on YouTube if you search for it with the search term "Double Dare" or "Super Sloppy Double Dare" or "Family Double Dare" or "Double Dare 2000".) Viewers have yet to upload "All New Double Dare" (2018) episodes, but in time they will come!
  • During some episodes of Super Sloppy Double Dare, Marc Summers would pick viewers out from the audience and have them show the contestants how to run that obstacle from the Obstacle Course for the camera (so the obstacle didn't look so "plain jane" like it did when Double Dare initially aired). In turn, this audience member would grab a new Double Dare T-shirt, towel and even a new pair of Reebok sneakers (for some stunts that were rather watery).





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