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I was a kid in the 1980s and 1990s, and one of my favorite things to do was to sit on the floor with a big bowl of popcorn and watch Nickelodeon game shows. The thing I loved about the Nickelodeon game shows, was that the contestants were kids just like me. I can always see myself scooting across the stage on a tricycle, trying not to get slimed on double dare. Or tearing up the house on the show finders keepers. There was just something authentic and special about those game shows to me when I was a kid.
So let's go into our Time Machine and take a look back at some of the best game shows on Nickelodeon in the 1980s and 90s.
Finders Keepers was a half hour search and destroy scavenger hunt game show. What I loved about it, was that you could literally destroy a room in the house looking for one thing. Have you ever lost your keys and frantically tear up everything in your house, trying to find them? That's what finders keepers was. Listen to the clue, figure it out in your head then destroy the room with reckless abandon. And guess what, your parents aren't there to tell you to clean it up. How awesome is that?
Make The Grade was like middle school Jeopardy. The giant board full of topics including the cool "special elective" topic, which was usually an easy question from a school subject that I really liked. The twist of the show was the fire drill in which one contestant could steal another contestants accumulated points by switching spots with them. This was sometimes very unfair if you were the contestant kicking butt, because you would lose all of the points for the questions that you have correctly answered. Since I was a nerd back in the day, make the grade was a show that I dominated when watching with my younger brother and sister.
I know everyone loved the games and the obstacle course at the end. But my favorite part of the show were the prizes. Just like in the old days of 'Wheel of Fortune' when contestants had to spend their winning between rounds, the list of prizes on 'Double Dare' were just as cool and always had me wishing for stuff I didn't have. Who doesn't want an Armitron watch or a Uniden answering machine? How about a skateboard or a boombox?
Guts! was a hardcore, survival of the fittest game show. Like the Olympics for kids. Girls vs. boys alot of the time (girls won alot too). Climbing the Agro Crag, physical challenges and my favorite announcer/official was Mo, with her cool British accent, kept me watching every week. Basically, it was a gym class challenge. Games based on surfing, tennis, dodgeball, baseball, BMX, soccer and more.
Only Olmec "knows the secrets behind each of the treasures in his temple". It was up to the kids to figure out the clues. From the steps of knowledge to Olmec's temple to find the pendents and assemble the pieces of the statue. Probably one of the most creative kids game shows.
What was your favorite Nickelodeon game show? Were you a kid of the 80's and 90's? What are your favorite shows back in the day? Write your comments below!
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