Double Dare (partially lost Nickelodeon game show; 1986-1993)
Double Dare is a game show that ran on Nickelodeon from 1986 to 1993, had another short-lived run in 2000, and had yet another short-lived run from 2018 to 2019. Hosted by Marc Summers, the classic game show focused primarily on kids, who would have to go through obstacle courses in order to win prizes of trips and small amounts of money.
While the show 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.
Lost Episodes[edit | edit source]
Of the 482 episodes of every variation, (with the exception of Double Dare 2000, and the 2018 revival hosted by Liza Koshy), give or take a few, only 455 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 short-lived Fox primetime series which was posted to iTunes.
Almost all of the episodes from the first 65-episode season are online, with the only missing episode being "Extraordinaires vs. Challengers". The only footage that is available is a 5-minute clip, which was uploaded by YouTube user "Josh Lieberman" back in 2011. Jacin Ferrell, older brother of Dion of the Extraordinaries team, said in the comments that he has the full episode revealing that his brother lost the obstacle course.
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 tape, The Inside Scoop. In 2010, a YouTuber named "pricefan2007" said he has the full episode, but it is unknown if he still has it. In 2021, Marc revealed that he is in possession of the Man in the Boat episode.
123 of the 130 episodes (First half: 62; Second half: 61) that were taped for syndication in 1988 exist on the trading circuit.
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 are no exact numbers for missing episodes from seasons 1 and 2, and the 1989 episodes of Super Sloppy, though allegedly, the 1989 version had 95 episodes (55 at the studios of WHYY-TV Philadelphia and 40 at the then-yet-to-open Universal Studios in 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 Scoop.
In an article for The Philadelphia Inquirer on July 15, 1987, Gail Shister wrote that Harvey (the announcer; full name John Harvey) would be doing his radio show in his New York hotel room while taping 26 episodes of the show there. But in a later article written a couple of months later, Shister wrote that 170 episodes of the show had been taped at WHYY-TV in Philadelphia. Whether the original Super Sloppy version did indeed have a total of 26 episodes, or whether an extra 14 shows were taped in Philadelphia, is unclear.
In the April 5, 1989 issue of Weekly Variety Magazine, Geoffrey Darby stated "Normally, 3-4 episodes are shot a day at a capacious studio rented from WWHY Philadelphia, a PBS station. 300 are in the can, and 95 new ones will be ready by fall. They are shown first in syndication, at 150-some stations across the country, and then on Nickelodeon after a 6-month window." This quote suggests that the 95 in question was the 1989 run of Super Sloppy (again, 55 in Philly, and 40 in Orlando), and also suggests that the total number of aired shows from 1986 to 1989 was 395. But whether the number was actually 408, including the 13 Fox Primetime shows, or whether the 395 number includes the kids-only AND Fox Primetime ones, is, once again, unclear.
On January 17, 2016, A user named "Adam Barcan" uploaded an episode of the 1987 version to YouTube, featuring his team, "The Schwarzeneggers", albeit in poor aspect ratio quality.
On October 19, 2018, Chris Bryant uploaded the Columbus Cougars Vs. K-Team episode of the first season of Super Sloppy Double Dare to Dailymotion and June 18, 2020, the same user uploaded the Cosmic Sparks vs. Slimey Worms in it's entirety.
In December 2020, audio from the "Man In The Boat" episode surfaced on Dailymotion.
On June 2, 2022, the Raging Raskals Vs. Looney Barbarians episode from the Orlando Season of the show resurfaced on YouTube, courtesy of Danny Gura from the latter. It came from Fox's Orlando affiliate, making it an original Syndicated airing.
The show has been released to Paramount+, Viacom's streaming service, however the missing episodes that were previously mentioned are still not found on the service.
Incidents[edit | edit source]
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 called "brittle bone disease" 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 the filming of the episode, the predictable happened - the kid broke his arm, while doing one of the obstacles on the obstacle course. Marc said that the kid's bone went right through his skin, and Marc had to leave the set immediately, almost puking. The obstacle course was not redone, as the episode never aired on television.
Another episode that involved an incident was when a kid went down the "Sewer Chute", and Marc thought the kid died. After the show, the kid's father, who happened to be an attorney, forced the staff to give his son the prize for obstacle #7, a large screen TV, otherwise, he would sue them. The TV was given to the contestant, and the staff, from that point on, checked the applications to make sure that the kids' parents weren't attorneys.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
See Also[edit | edit source]
Anthology and Short Series[edit | edit source]
- Astrology with Squidward (found series of "SpongeBob SquarePants" Nickelodeon animated short series; early 2000s)
- Attack of the Giant Vulture (found Nickelodeon short film; 1998)
- Balinese Slapping Fish (partially lost Nickelodeon Australia animated short series; 1998)
- Bobby the Lizard Boy (found Nickelodeon animated short; 2000)
- Gordon Bleugh! (found Nickelodeon animated short series; early 2000s)
- ICarly at the 2008 Kids Choice Awards (found Nickelodeon promotional short web series; 2008)
- Leader Dog (partially lost Nickelodeon animated short series; 2004)
- Making Fiends (partially lost promotional shorts for Nickelodeon animated series based on web series; 2008)
- Meet The Moores (partially found British Nicktoons animated short series; 2002-2003)
- Nick Studio 10 (partially found Nickelodeon channel block; 2013)
- Nickelodeon Blimp (found Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards animated short; 2005-2007)
- Oh Yeah! Cartoons (found Nickelodeon animated anthology series; 1998-2001)
- Schoolyard Safari (found Nickelodeon short series; 2002-2003)
- SpongeBob: Re-Hydrated (partially lost "SpongeBob SquarePants" animated short; 2003)
- Tortellini Western (partially found Nickelodeon animated short series; 2004)
- A Very Aggressive Vegetable (partially lost Nickelodeon Australia animated short series; 1998)
Bumpers and Promos[edit | edit source]
- 101% Whizbang! with Henry & June (partially found Nickelodeon channel block; 1999)
- Blood and Guts (partially found Nickelodeon bumpers; 2000s)
- HaHa Nick (lost Chinese block of Nickelodeon shows; 2005-2007)
- Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (partially found TV promos for Nickelodeon animated film and TV series; 2001–2002)
- Nickelodeon (partially found idents and bumpers from TV channel; 1979-present)
- Nickelodeon's Historical Firsts (partially lost animated promos from TV channel; 1997)
Game Shows[edit | edit source]
- BrainSurge (partially lost Nickelodeon game show; 2009-2014)
- Figure It Out (partially found Nickelodeon game show; 1998)
- Gamefarm (partially lost Nickelodeon GAS game show; 2003)
- Legends of the Hidden Temple (lost Pit of Despair incident footage from unaired final round/episode of Nickelodeon game show; 1994)
- Legends of the Hidden Temple (partially found original consolation plugs from Nickelodeon game show; 1993-1995)
- Nick Arcade (found Nickelodeon game show; 1992)
- Nick Arcade (partially found original consolation prize plugs from Nickelodeon game show; 1992)
- Nickelodeon Splat! (partially lost Nickelodeon game show; 2004)
- SuperNick (partially found Dutch Nickelodeon game show; 2007-2011)
- SuperNick op De Stoep Bij... (partially found Dutch Nickelodeon sports show; 2007-2008)
Inaugural Series[edit | edit source]
- By The Way (partially found inaugural Nickelodeon series; 1979-1980)
- Hocus Focus (partially found inaugural Nickelodeon series; 1979-1981)
- Nickel Flicks (lost inaugural Nickelodeon series; 1979)
- Pinwheel (partially found Nickelodeon educational puppet series; 1977-1990)
- Pocket Money (non-existent inaugural Nickelodeon series; 1979)
- Video Comics (partially found inaugural Nickelodeon series; 1979-1981)
Live Action[edit | edit source]
- The Adventures of Pete & Pete (partially found original versions of episodes of Nickelodeon live-action comedy series; 1991-1993)
- All That (partially lost Nickelodeon sketch comedy series; 1994-2005)
- Bing! The Sound of Something New (partially found Nickelodeon magazine TV series; 1995)
- Cousin Skeeter (partially lost Nickelodeon live-action/puppet series; 1998-2001)
- Drake & Josh (partially found widescreen version of episodes of Nickelodeon sitcom; 2004-2007)
- Just For Kicks (found Nickelodeon live-action comedy-drama series; 2006)
- Kids' Court (partially found Nickelodeon non-traditional court series and other media; 1988-1994)
- Mcjuniorclub TV (partially found Dutch Nickelodeon/McDonald's live-action short series; 2008)
- Nick News with Linda Ellerbee (partially found Nickelodeon educational news series; 1992-2015)
- Noah Knows Best (partially found English audio of Nickelodeon sitcom; 2000-2001)
- Reggie Jackson's World of Sports (partially found Nickelodeon sports series; 1981-1982)
- U to U (partially found Nickelodeon interactive series; 1994-1996)
- Vic's Vacant Lot (partially found ESPN/Nickelodeon sports series; 1982-1985)
Pilots[edit | edit source]
- Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (partially found unaired pilot of Nickelodeon animated series; early 1990s)
- The Adventures of Johnny Quasar (found prototype "Jimmy Neutron" animated shorts; 1995-1997)
- The Angry Beavers "Cuffed Together" (non-existent pilot episode of Nickelodeon animated series; early-mid 1990s)
- Back at the Barnyard (partially found original test pitch of Nickelodeon CGI animated series; 2000)
- Bad Seeds (found pilot of "Harvey Beaks" Nickelodeon animated series; 2013)
- Big Beast Quintet (lost Nickelodeon animated pilot; 1990)
- Camp Nick (partially found Nickelodeon game show pilot; mid-1990s)
- Catscratch (found animated pitch of Nickelodeon animated series; 2004)
- The Crowville Chronicles (partially found Nickelodeon animated pilot; 1990)
- Drake & Josh (partially found unaired pilot of Nickelodeon sitcom; 2002)
- Fresh Beat Band of Spies (found unaired pilot of Nickelodeon animated spin-off of "The Fresh Beat Band" musical series; 2013)
- Generation Gap (partially found Nickelodeon game show pilot; early 1990s)
- Gibby! (partially found unaired pilot of cancelled spin-off of "iCarly" Nickelodeon teen sitcom; 2012)
- Go For It (lost Nickelodeon game show pilot; early 1990s)
- Hey Arnold! (found unaired pilot of Nickelodeon animated series; 1994)
- Humongous (lost pilot of Nickelodeon game show; early 1990s)
- I Don't Think So (partially found Nickelodeon game show pilot; 1994)
- Invader Zim (lost 3D animation test sequence from pilot of Nickelodeon animated series; 1999)
- KaBlam! "The Henry and June Show" (found spinoff pilot of Nickelodeon animated series; 2000)
- Kappa Mikey (found original MTV pitch and Nicktoons pilots of animated series; 2004)
- Morph Sports (partially found Nickelodeon game show pilot; 1995-1996)
- Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide (partially found pilots of Nickelodeon sitcom; 2003)
- Ned's Declassified High School Survival Guide (lost pilot of rejected spin-off series of Nickelodeon sitcom; 2008)
- Pudding Toast (lost Nickelodeon animated pitch pilots; 2012)
- Rocket Beach (partially found unaired pilot of "Rocket Power" Nickelodeon animated series; 1998)
- Roundhouse (partially found unaired pilot of Nickelodeon comedy series; 1991)
- Slime Survivor (partially found Nickelodeon game show pilot; 2000)
- The Thundermans (partially lost unaired pilot of Nickelodeon live action comedy series; 2012)
- Tooned In! (partially found Nickelodeon game show pilot; 1998)
- Trash (lost Nickelodeon stop-motion animated pilot; 1990)
- The Weasel Patrol (lost Nickelodeon animated pilot; 1990)
- Who Knew? (partially found Nickelodeon game show pilot; 1998)
- The Wild Thornberrys (found pilot of Nickelodeon animated series; 1998)
TV Films[edit | edit source]
- Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (non-existent Nickelodeon TV film; 1998)
- Cry Baby Lane (found Nickelodeon TV horror film; 2000)
- The Electric Piper (found Nickelodeon animated TV film; 2003)
Other[edit | edit source]
- Action League Now!: The Series "Monster Mashed" (lost episode of "Kablam!" spinoff animated series; 2002)
- Action League Now!: The Series "Thunder Girl: Tracking The Storm" (found episode of "Kablam!" spinoff animated series; 2001-2002)
- The Angry Beavers "A Tail of Two Rangers/Bye Bye Beavers" (partially found finale episode of Nickelodeon animated series; 2001)
- The Butcher (lost Nickelodeon puppet short film; existence unconfirmed; 2001)
- Crash Nebula (lost production material of cancelled spinoff of" The Fairly OddParents" Nickelodeon animated series; 2004-2006)
- Danny Phantom (partially found original opening title sequence of Nickelodeon animated series; 2003)
- Gruff's Groove Box (lost Nickelodeon music series; 2001)
- Invader Zim (partially found production material of cancelled episodes of Nickelodeon animated series; 2001-2002)
- KaBlam! "Episode 29" (non-existent episode of Nickelodeon animated series; 1998)
- KaBlam! "Just Chillin" (found episode of Nickelodeon animated series; 2000)
- KaBlam! "KaFun!" (found episode of Nickelodeon animated series; 1999)
- KaBlam! "An Off-Beats Valentine's" (found spinoff special of Nickelodeon animated series; 1998)
- The Loud House (partially lost deleted scenes of Nickelodeon animated series; 2016-present)
- Nickelodeon Japan (lost final sign-off of Japanese TV channel; 2009)
- Nickelodeon Launch Box (partially found educational series; 1991-1994)
- Nickelodeon Magazine's Big 10 Birthday Bash (found TV special; 2003)
- Nickelodeon Studios Opening Day Celebration (found live broadcast of Nickelodeon event; 1990)
- Ren and Stimpy (lost unused Kurt Cobain song for Nickelodeon animated series; existence unconfirmed; 1990)
- Robot and Monster (partially found unaired/unfinished episodes of Nickelodeon animated series; 2012-2013)
- Rugrats: A Live Adventure (partially found footage of musical adaptation of Nickelodeon animated series; 1998-2000)
- SpongeBob SquarePants (partially found deleted scenes of Nickelodeon animated series; 1999-present)
- SpongeBob SquarePants "Sailor Mouth" (lost uncensored version of Nickelodeon animated series episode; 2001)
- SpongeBob SquarePants "Shanghaied/You Wish" (lost English audio from alternate "Patchy the Pirate" segments of Nickelodeon animated series episode; 2001)
- SpongeBob SquarePants "SpaceBob InvaderPants/Krabs' Army" (lost unfinished episodes of Nickelodeon animated series; 2015)
- War Blowers (found full version of "SpongeBob SquarePants" production music; 1999)
- Weinerville (partially lost Nickelodeon variety puppet series; 1993-1997)
References[edit | edit source]
- The Philadelphia Inquirer; Gail Shister; July 15, 1987.
- The Philadelphia Inquirer; Gail Shister; October 13, 1987.
- Weekly Variety Magazine; April 5, 1989 issue; Page 68
- Brittle Bone Disease Retrieved 06 Jul '18
- Marc talking about the kid breaking his arm. 10:30 - 11:03