Double Dare (Partially Lost Nickelodeon Game Show; 1986-1993, 2000)


Double Dare
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Status Partially Lost

Game shows with missing episodes are hardly an uncommon incident -The Price is Right, Hollywood Squares, Wheel of Fortune - you name it, it probably has an episode or two unviewable by the general public. Nickelodeon's most famous game show, Double Dare, is no exception. Hosted by Marc Summers, the classic game show focused primarily on kids, who would have to go through (usually disgusting) obstacle courses in order to win prizes of trips and small amounts of money.

While it certainly has fared better than most game shows by having the privilege of years of reruns for fans to record, over 100 episodes are still unable to be seen online - or anywhere, for that matter.

Episodes Currently Missing

Of the 500 episodes of every variation (With the exception of DD2K), give or take a few, only approximately 380 are online/in the circuit (Not including the unaired "Old Timers" special unearthed by co-creator Geoffrey Darby in 2015). Every episode of Family Double Dare made is accounted for, including the [very short lived] FOX Primetime series.

Possibly the most notable chunk of the series missing is the second half of the 1987 season of Super Sloppy Double Dare. Only 23 episodes of the allegedly 40 episode run are available. One of the episodes missing is the infamous "Man in the Boat" episode, where Marc loses it over a plastic man in a boat, which was placed on all of the obstacles. This portion of the episode (as well as a few others) can be seen on the 1988 Kids' Klassics compilation tapes, The Inside Slop and The Messiest Moments.

123 of the 130 episodes (First half: 62; Second half: 61) that were taped for Syndication in 1988 exist on the trading circuit. One episode, Cosmic Sparks vs. Slimey Worms, is missing the second round for some reason.

The masters for the second half of the 1987 Super Sloppy are rumored to have been destroyed by a flood, however this hasn't been confirmed. There's no exact numbers for missing episodes from seasons 1-2, and the 1989 episodes of Super Sloppy, though allegedly, the '89 SSDD had 95 episodes (55 for Philadelphia and 40 for Orlando).

Another episode that is missing - albeit, one that wasn't fit for broadcast - is the test pilot hosted by Geoffrey Darby. It's nothing like the final product and is more of a prototype than anything else. A small portion can also be seen on The Inside Slop.

UPDATE: On January 17, 2016, A user named Adam Barcan uploaded an episode of the '87 SSDD to YouTube, featuring his team "The Schwarzeneggers", albeit in poor aspect ratio quality, making the count 23.

"The Arm Breaking Incident"

Aside from "Old Timers", there was at least one other episode of Double Dare that was filmed but never aired. The episode involved a child that had a condition that made his bones more fragile than the average contestant on the show. He lied about it on the application and made it onto the show.

During filming of the episode, the predictable happened - the kid broke his arm while doing one of the obstacles on the show. Marc said that he went down the Sewer Chute and didn't get up for a few seconds (He even thought he died). Nickelodeon, fearing a lawsuit over the incident (especially since his father was a lawyer), gave him the seventh's obstacle prize as compensation (As they only got to obstacle 6), and the case was settled. The episode has not seen the light of day, likely due to this incident.

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Vnisanian2001

9 months ago
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Here are a couple of articles from back in the day, where they state that the '89 SSDD had 95 episodes.

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"Normally, 3-4 episodes are shot a day at a capacious studio rented from WWHY Philadelphia, a PBS station. Darby says 300 are in the can, and 95 new ones will be ready by fall. They are shown first in syndication, he said, "at 150-some stations across the country" and then on Nickelodeon after a 6month window."

- Geoffrey Darby
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Anonymous user #1

5 months ago
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That episode with the breaking arm thing had to have lawsuit if THE FRIGGEN KID BROKE HIS ARM
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Flashbcaks

5 months ago
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yeah, but it was the kid's own damn fault for lying about his condition on the form :u
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Anonymous user #2

5 months ago
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Some people are real stupid, but mabye he just wanted to play so bad
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Blameitonjorge29

5 months ago
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Well mabye that prize that he got was the episode. WHO KNOWS
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Anonymous user #3

4 months ago
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dangit Blameitonjorge29! you may not be the blameitonjorge but, THATS FUNNY!
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Anonymous user #4

1 months ago
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Hey people I found double dare lost incident I didn't I was watching teen nick I Checked the guide, For airing 1:00 AM I found in no information in episode,it says the double dare show information I could not watch that I'm just a kid I can't stand up until 1:30 AM we know the ep aired
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Anonymous user #5

1 months ago
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first. that made no sense. and second. you are lying
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Anonymous user #6

1 months ago
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No For Real I swear On My Life
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Anonymous user #7

1 months ago
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your lying and I know it.
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Nodog

1 months ago
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If the "arm breaking incident" episode did air, it would of been on the internet somewhere by now.
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LostMediaReviewer

1 months ago
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You See The Ep Aired On 1:30 AM Nobody Would Be Staying Up At 1:30 AM
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Anonymous user #8

8 days ago
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Don't lie
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LostMediaReviewer

1 months ago
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Then,Unknown User Get The F*** Out,

NoDog Believes ME
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Kobochat

1 months ago
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Nodog didn't believe you either, and tons of people stay up until 1:30...
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Kobochat

1 months ago
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(...or set their DVRs to record shows that come on when they're asleep)
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