Family Game Night (partially lost Hub Network game show; 2010-2014)
Family Game Night was a game show that had games based on existing board game franchises of Hasbro's. The show would supersize them to real life and turn them into interactive games for the contestant. Examples include such games as Connect Four Basketball, where the Connect 4 board game was turned into a basketball competition, or Sorry! Sliders, where the game Sorry! was turned into a sort-of curling competition. The families that won minigames would collect Monopoly Crazy Cash Cards, based on the Monopoly Crazy Cash game, and would collect cash prizes at the end of the episode.
History of the Show[edit | edit source]
The Hub Network, a joint venture between toy company Hasbro, and TV channel, Discovery Kids, debuted the Family Game Night game show in 2010, based on the EA game franchise. The show was hosted by Todd Newton, and ran for 5 seasons. The show was shot in Los Angeles and ran for 4 years, with reruns airing on TV until 2016, when Discovery ended airing most content they had picked up from the Hub Network.
History of the Search[edit | edit source]
On January 6th, 2019, Lost Media Wiki Forum user, "ethanparmet," created a thread where he attempted to locate the whereabouts of two game shows from The Hub Network, The Game of Life, and Family Game Night. Replies came back with links to Tubi TV, an online streaming service. Eventually, the shows were taken down from those platforms, and a search continued on for the show.
On December 2nd, 2020, user "spongebob123" stated that they had contacted Tubi TV about adding the show back, and they said they would in the future. This has yet to happen, although another game show from the Hub, Pictureka, is still available to stream as of January 2021.
On December 3rd, 2020, Connor Beith, username on the forum "lostboombang2019," gave information that Discovery, the owner of former Hub assets, stated that they were starting their own streaming service, and that it could be possible to get the show onto there. He tweeted at them, but did not receive a response from the company. User "ethanparmet" emailed discovery, but received a response that was not clear on the company's intentions and vaguely hinted at a possible addition of the show to their streaming catalog.
He also tweeted at the host of the show, Todd Newton, asking about if he knew of any place to stream the site, Newton replied saying that he was unaware of any such platform, but did stumble upon a few YouTube videos of the show.
On January 6th, 2021, user "GrigioGuy" sent links to 6 YouTube videos that contain full episodes of the shows. These episodes were the only known episodes online at the time of the search. The episodes were then uploaded to archive.org by user Ethan M Parmet.
On January 21st, 2021, user "racelympics" entered the thread, having contacted several of the staff who worked on the show. None of them had any episodes, but he did get in touch with a gameshow trader who said he had copies, but wouldn't give any away.
A day prior, he had also uploaded a YouTube video to his second channel, "Morelympics," summarizing the search effort so far. He also left a form in the description for anyone with episodes to fill out, in order to discover other episodes that survive, but are not currently public online.
On January 26th, 2021, a post was made on the r/lostmedia subreddit by user u/ItsDaBunnyYT. Several people commented saying they had fond memories of the show, but none of them had any episodes that they had recorded.
That same day, he had contacted associate producer, Ali Dubrow about having any episodes, but turned up empty-handed.
Racelympics sent an email on the 26th to Hasbro about acquiring the show, and they sent a response telling him to ask Discovery, which was already a dead lead.
Users ethanparmet and racelympics exchanged words for a few weeks on Instagram about possible leads. Ethan had found a youtube user by the name of bloodandgorekid who had uploaded an episode or two of the show, and discovered that he did indeed have DVDs of the show. Racelympics then purchased the first season. Ethanparmet then purchased the second season. Racelympics then purchased the rest of the series. The second still in shipment.
On January 29th, 2021, Racelympics began converting the episodes that arrived for him. The episodes were then uploaded to archive.org, but then replaced by google drive uploads, as the archive.org player could not handle the large file size very well.
On February 3rd, 2021, the season 3 episodes were then released on the spreadsheet.
On February 7th, 2021, 28 of the 30 season 2 episodes were added to the spreadsheet.
On March 1st, Racelympics discovered that Todd Newton had admitted to a fan that he had an episode or two of the episode on DVD somewhere in his house, Ethan Parmet quickly replied to the thread, asking Newton if he knew what episodes were on DVD.
Current Status[edit | edit source]
There are 86 out of the 101 known episodes currently found, with other episodes having parts of it surviving. Ethanparmet created a spreadsheet showcasing the current status of each episode lost, as well as providing links to view the episodes in full on archive.org.
As of November 26th, 2021, all of Season 1 (26 episodes) and 3 (15 episodes) are available, 29 out of the 30 Season 2 episodes are available, Season 4 has ten episodes available, and Season 5 has six. As of now, five episodes of Season 4, most of Season 5, and the one episode of Season 2 seem to be lost media.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
External Link[edit | edit source]
- All currently found episodes on the Internet Archive. Retrieved 26 Nov '21