->''"On your mark, get set, GOOOOOO!!!"''
-->-- '''Marc Summers''' announcing the first game to start.

Children's [[GameShow quiz/stunt show]] on {{Nickelodeon}}, and is arguably considered the greatest game show for such audience, with seven years (1986-1993) and 525 episodes under its belt. Teams answered questions to earn money, trying to be the leader after the end of two rounds. The team in control could answer a question asked to them or "Dare" the other team, letting them try to answer for double the money. The other team could then "Double Dare" in return, doubling the value again (i.e., four times the original amount). Once a question had been Dared or Double Dared, an incorrect answer would award the money to the opposing team.

Once the question had been Double Dared back to the first team, they had to either answer or take the Physical Challenge, where they competed in a timed stunt in order to win the money and retain control of the round. These challenges, and the whole show in extension, were famed for being very messy and ridiculous, and of course getting people CoveredInGunge. Contestants also competed in messy stunts at the beginning of each round to see who would get the first question, as well as in the BonusRound.

There were two short-lived spin-offs: the first ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXsuxbx0TQ0 Super Sloppy Double Dare]]'', which was just like regular ''Double Dare'' except it took place in New York, and Fox's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irMlI6nl8DU Family Double Dare]]'', which expanded the scope of players to include adults.

In 1988, the show entered syndication, later reviving the ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbOvh9YMJCs Super Sloppy Double Dare]]'' name, this new version substantially increased the gak and mess of the show. While the syndicated run ended in 1989, the show returned to Nick with a new ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7S_mB7D5io Family Double Dare]]'', which was the last incarnation of the show. (By this point, they had moved to the Nickelodeon Studios complex located inside Universal Studios Florida (opened in 1990, and closed in 2006 after years of inactivity); prior to that it had taped at the studios of the PBS affiliate WHYY-12 in Philadelphia (the first 2 seasons of ''Series/FindersKeepers'' and the first season of ''Series/ThinkFast' also taped there), and at Unitel Studios while in New York.)

In 2000, a revival called ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqA8mtKb9qY Double Dare 2000]]'' lasted for one season.

A [=UK=] version of the show was made, the only major difference being the teams played for points rather than money (in the UK, there's a law that says kids can't win cash on a game show). It became famous for host Peter Simon slipping on the gunge and falling over, which happened almost OnceAnEpisode.

Not to be confused with Creator/{{CBS}}' ''[[DoubleDare1976 Double Dare]]'', which is something quite different.
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!!GameShow Tropes in use:
* BonusRound: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ks8VIopSP0 The Obstacle Course]]. On ''2000'', this was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku5e-1XKl3c the Slopstacle Course]] but essentially the same. The winning team had 60 seconds to get through 8 obstacles, finding/grabbing and passing an orange flag at the end of each. Prizes of increasing value were awarded for each completed obstacle, and completing the course typically awarded a trip (or a car on most of the ''Family'' versions).
* CarriedByTheHost: Do you think ''Double Dare'' and '''not''' think Marc Summers?
* ConfettiDrop: Subverted; used whenever someone ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyE2xH_zegg#t=16m51s went for]]'' the Triple Dare Challenge in the ''2000'' version.
* CoveredInGunge: Self-explanatory. Along with ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'', ''Double Dare'' established green slime as a trademark of Nickelodeon's original shows.
* DoubleTheDollars: TropeNamer.
* Personnel:
** TheAnnouncer: (John) Harvey. Doc Holliday announced for the 1992-93 season (as Harvey was busy with his new baby), and Tiffany Phelps for 2000.
** GameShowHost: Marc Summers; Jason Harris in 2000.
** LovelyAssistant: The assistants filled this role. Marc even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARoz45sopss#t=11m29s compared Robin]] to the ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' letter turner.
** StudioAudience: Occasionally, Marc would [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzg3IqF3ZgI#t=16m2s pull someone from the audience to demonstrate one of the obstacles.]]
* RulesSpiel: Marc Summers even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2ehN8YLhAY#t=1m52s made a ceremony out of ripping up the cue cards with the rules on them]] when he finally had them memorized.
--> '''Marc:''' I'm going to ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer, or think the other team doesn't have a clue, you can dare them to answer it for double the dollars. But be careful, because they can always [[TitleDrop double dare you back]] for 4 times the amount, and then you either have to answer the question or take the Physical Challenge.
** He would sometimes get other people ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcZtM5yXRZY#t=2m1s like the show’s new producer]]) to say all or part of the rules. One time, he even brought out a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifzf5u75sBc#t=2m3s large group of crew members]], whom he dubbed the ''Double Dare'' Rules Choir, to say it in unison.
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!!This version provides examples of:
* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: Played with in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3VD95RIn-4#t=7m41s one of the physical challenges]]. A contestant would have a slime-filled balloon put on his/her hat, and then sit down receiving a pat on the head from a giant hand. This would break the balloon leaving him/her CoveredInGunge.
* BarSlide: The basis for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBbjsfJamCc#t=4m54s one of the physical challenges,]] albeit with a "[[FrothyMugsOfWater root beer-like substance]]" and later a green slime-type liquid.
* BerserkButton: Not on the series (it was a stage show at the Philadelphia Beer Festival), but if [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4Trrhf_nc0 this video]] is any indication, Marc does '''not''' like people shouting out the answers. He's also not above dispensing a PrecisionFStrike, either. One could suspect he was waiting over 25 years to say it...
** Which was met with laughter and cheering. Probably because it took everyone by surprise, you know, coming from '''Marc Summers'''.
* ButtMonkey: Both Marc and Harvey were used for humiliating and embarrassing stunts by the producer. There were also single-episode examples like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jssnNPb5iNM the one with the wheelchair athlete]] who got slimed twice after the physical challenge was already finished.
** In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8LB0W2E9vc some episodes]], teams will seem to have a DesignatedMonkey as one person is picked to perform most of the wet and messy stunts.
* TheCameo: ''MakeTheGrade'' host Robb Edward Morris once [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwJaX4rDLsA appeared randomly sitting in the audience before a commercial]] and received a PieInTheFace. And given his hosting ability...
** Then Nickelodeon president Geraldine Laybourne was introduced on air by Marc in a 1987 episode.
* CameraAbuse: On a show as active as this one, it is not surprising that the camera is occasionally hit or splattered during physical challenges and the obstacle course. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ry4F37FFY8 One notable example]] happened in ''2000'' when a large dollop of slime landed on the main camera on the first obstacle. It remained there for the rest of the run, slowly dropping down to the bottom while the family ran the course.
* CelebrityEdition:
** A {{pilot}} was made in July 1987 for ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjPstM3i5Ts Celebrity Double Dare]]'', a spinoff with celebrity/adult contestant pairings. Bruce Jenner hosted and Bob Hilton announced. Didn't work.
** The syndicated run had occasional weeks during which young celebrities would be paired with civilian teammates.
** In 1992, they had a couple of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXnp-BjSmwY Super Special]]'' episodes. One of these episodes featured cast members from two then-running Nickelodeon sitcoms, ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll'' and ''Series/WelcomeFreshmen'', competing alongside civilian contestants in a Boys vs. Girls match, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG-PEPpdTbE the other]] featured four NBA All-Stars competing alongside civilian contestants.
** For ''2000'', Nickelodeon did the same thing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpQmjudEGts using actors from its own shows.]] In this case it was the cast of ''Series/TheAmandaShow'' vs. the cast of ''Series/OneHundredDeedsForEddieMcDowd''.
** On [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_meDbrnMwC0 one edition]] of ''Super Sloppy Double Dare'', Marc and Harvey paired off with child teammates. [[TooCloseForComfort Jim]] J. [[HollywoodSquares Bullock]] took over hosting duties and ''Double Dare'' production assistants Robin and Dave filled in as announcers. They were then made to run the Obstacle Course as a pair with any prizes won going to both civilian contestants. [[MomentOfAwesome They finished the course in 57 seconds]], albeit not without glossing over some botched flag handovers.
** ''Family Double Dare'' had a handful of episodes where a kid from a popular sitcom would join a family of three to play the game. Participants included [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGYaJoR0KMU Zachary Ty Bryan and Jonathan Taylor Thomas]] from ''Series/HomeImprovement'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75X8FTQABkE Tina Yothers]] from ''Series/FamilyTies'', and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4NyJGXTxAE Tatyana Ali]] from ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''.
** There were two "Superslopamania" specials that paired Wrestling/{{WW|E}}F stars with children. The first featured Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon and Wrestling/BobbyHeenan, and the second featured [[Wrestling/CurtHennig Mr. Perfect]] and Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan.
* ChristmasEpisode: Featured decorations on the set and a Christmas themed obstacle course; in addition, the parents of the kids on each team performed all the physical challenges and the Obstacle Course. Given that this was produced prior to the first incarnation of ''Family Double Dare'', it may have been an experiment for this very purpose.
* ClipShow: There were four Direct-To-Video specials with memorable clips from various episodes, as well as a TV Special from 1990 called ''Salute to Double Dare''. One of the weirdest clip was from 1990, and in it, Marc was seen being dragged by several people into the vat at the bottom of Sundae Slide. This clip turned out to be from a dress rehearsal, that had production crew members playing the game.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Not until the first ''Family'' version, but for the majority of the show's run it was always the red team (or family) vs. the blue team.
* ConspicuousTrenchCoat: Before the spy spoof physical challenge [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSJaF_CXol4#t=4m17s Contraband]], Robin would come out with one on. One of the contestants would put it on and break balloons on his partner's head.
* {{Crossover}}: with ''Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple'', ''Series/NickArcade'', and ''[[Series/WhatWouldYouDoNickelodeon What Would You Do?]]'' called the Nickelodeon All-Star Challenge that aired during The Big Help in 1994.
* DeadpanSnarker: Marc Summers, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JilKeruIpY8 on a question]]:
-->'''Marc:''' In ''Encino Man'', what actor plays the caveman?...Need an answer!\\
'''Contestant:''' Pauly Shore?\\
'''Marc:''' No, it's not Pauly Shore. '''[[TakeThat This person has talent!]]'''
* DownerEnding: It wasn't uncommon for the team to pace through the [[BonusRound Obstacle Course]] looking like they could win, only to run out of time on the last one, but on one occasion the contestant's gunge-covered hand ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a23VauDFiAs slipped off of the last flag]] at the last second''. The real kick in the nuts? That slip cost the family a '''Ford Mustang'''.
* EpicFail: On the first taped episode (''not'' the first one aired), the first item in the Obstacle Course (find a flag hidden inside a pillow) was missing said flag. On the second take, the flag was ''still'' missing due to miscommunication. The flag was present on the third take, but in addition to the clock freezing at 60 seconds, a cameraman fell, getting right in the contestants' way immediately afterward. A ''fourth'' take was necessitated which went into the episode as aired.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q70Bd3lsL2k#t=5m4s The first three takes]] (with slate, showing the recording date as September 18, 1986) were put into the direct-to-video release ''Double Dare: The Inside Slop''.
** And the name of that very first obstacle, which gave the show so much trouble? '''Nightmare.'''
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: There were several physical challenges where a person getting messy had to dress like a gorilla (a few episodes even featured [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzvZdjpT_AE#t=9m10s Robin dressed in the costume]]). Marc would often give the other player in such challenges a Fay Wray wig, meaning if you were told to wear that you were safe from the mess; however, he once pulled a BaitAndSwitch by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6HyYZRxcQY#t=11m38s telling a girl to put the wig on and then having her also put on the gorilla outfit and receive the messy end of the challenge.]]
** ''2000'' had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvF4K97fOT4 a chimp mascot named Brooks]] in a few episodes.
* FollowTheLeader: There were several "messy kids' show" clones, most egregiously the short-lived ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqzyGmeX4No Slime Time]]''. However, most of the other kids' games of the era had completely different stunts and/or presentation.
* FreudianSlip: Jim J. Bullock's infamous "a fag's gonna spew."
* GameBreakingBug: While all the searching obstacles were hard, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1LTLdQjwuE#t=3m55s Pick It could be this]] if the flag was put up too high for a contestant to get while on his/her back.
* GiantFood: Several physical challenges involved making a giant food item with one of the contestants as the centerpiece. This took a few forms:
** The contestant could be in a container and have the dish made around him/her with the contestant acting as a sort of bonus ingredient, for example the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW3v_P33PV8 Sushi rolls]].
*** A common variation of the above was the rolling challenges. One contestant would lie down and his/her partners would pour gak on him/her. S/he would then be rolled to the other end of the stage and have more gak poured on him/her. The best known of these is probably [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lwC7J6z2PU the Human Burrito.]]
** The contestant replaced the main food item and have the condiments put on him/her, like in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRW5Rft1pEc#t=4m39s Take Me Out To The Ballgame Hotdog]].
** The contestant would be holding a large food item. S/he would then try to catch ingredients in it. ''2000''[='=]s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRgp2uxpEHA Thanksgiving Turkey]] was a good example of this.
** The contest would be part of the base item or container, and run to different stations to add ingredients. An example of this is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMrxmQVf3yo#t=8m2s Banana Split Boat]].
** Finally, there were the physical challenges where a contestant sat in a container with the main ingredient already there, and s/he would have to catch the finishing touches. An example is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjMWzdHqS_U#t=10m14s Spaghetti Bowl.]]
* GrossoutShow
* HalloweenEpisode: Early on, with a ''brutal'' obstacle course (see [[YMMV/DoubleDare1986 YMMV entries]]).
* HoldTheLine: There was one challenge that did this. Basically, there were vats of slime with spouts shaped like giant noses. When the challenge started, those spouts would start draining the slime out of the vats, and the contestants had to stuff rags up the noses so that the slime wouldn't drain below the line (yeah, rather than fill a container past the line, the liquid's level ''started'' above the line, and the contestants had to keep it there). Depending on how generous the producers were feeling that day, either two or all three containers had to survive for 30 seconds.
* LampshadeWearing: The basis for one of the physical challenges - one partner would have to find poker chips in a bowl of dip and throw them to his partner, who was required to catch them with the lampshade serving as a blindfold.
* LevelAte: Aside from using large quantities of post-dated food in the physical challenges and obstacles, many such obstacles consisted of the contestant having to crawl through and/or find the flag in a [[GiantFood giant sandwich, slice of pizza, stack of waffles, plate of mashed potatoes, etc.]] Later in the run, some of the physical challenges required a team to create a giant replica of some food, such as a burrito or bowl of cereal, with one of the contestants naturally replacing one of the items.
* LoopholeAbuse: Some of the physical challenges had rules that allowed for less obvious but much easier game play. One of the easiest involved filling a cup on a contestant's head using a water fountain. There was no minimum distance, so the contestant could simply put their head under the fountain instead of having to arc the stream.
* LuckBasedMission: Depending on how many obstacles required the contestant to find the flag (whether in simulated food, a giant nose, or a big foam rubber shark's mouth), the Obstacle Course could easily become one of these.
* {{Mascot}}: During the early years, the obstacle course would regularly feature a Toys 'R' Us gift certificate as a prize for one of the early obstacles. The obstacle with the gift certificate as its prize would generally have a stuffed Geoffrey Giraffe, the mascot of Toys 'R' Us, sitting on the sign giving the obstacle's name.
* ObstacleExposition: Before the [[BonusRound Obstacle Course]] began, Marc would give [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZNvXOJFBpk a brief-but-thorough explanation]] of how to get through each segment of the course. Occasionally, he would have an audience member demonstrate one for a ''Double Dare'' t-shirt.
* OneWePreparedEarlier: Before ''Double Dare 2000'' debuted, a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpQmjudEGts special preview episode]] aired on SNICK. It featured the casts of ''Series/OneHundredDeedsForEddieMcDowd'' and ''TheAmandaShow''.
** A similar thing happened on during the Philly era of ''Super Sloppy Double Dare'', which featured Football players and their children playing in honor of Super Bowl XXIII, and both Fox and Nickelodeon eras of ''Family Double Dare''.
* PieInTheFace: While not as iconic as the gak or memorable as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg-Ui2dki2s#t=16m17s pies in the pants]], physical challenges that required a contestant to get their face covered in whipped cream have been a part of the show's physical challenges since day one. However, the one that takes the cake (no pun intended) was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPGPnAsYw50 the "Flying Trapeze"]] from the final season of ''Family Double Dare'', where a person was put on a platform being moved back and forth by his family and had to throw four pies at his teammate's face while she sat in front of him.
** This was not limited to the contestants. Sometimes, during the show's AdBumpers, when the camera zoomed in on the audience the operator would zero in on a particular person and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwz1d5iA27M#t=9m37s smash a pie in the fan's face.]] Marc was also the occasional target of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRbWpdRmwTw#t=4m47s pie pranks]] by Harvey, Robin, or other members of the crew.
** A subversion happened on the President's Day special when a contestant was told to make a pie by putting cherries on a plate, put a few handfuls of cream on it, and put it into his partner's face. Instead, with the clock nearing zero, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuZeomfCvno#t=9m6s he put the cherries in the big bowl of cream and smashed the whole thing in her face!]] (The judges declared this a rule violation, and the money went to the other team.)
** In the 1987 ''Super Sloppy Double Dare'' episode [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiqEDHFpPXE "The Difference vs. Punky Preppies,"]] Harvey announced that part of the grand-prize package for the Obstacle Course was the right to smash a pie into Marc's face. Marc made it into a bet saying that if the team lost, Harvey would receive the pie in the face, to which Harvey reluctantly agreed. [[spoiler: The team won literally at the last second, and Marc got the pie in the face.]]
*** Marc and Harvey made the bet again in the 1989 episode, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl7ofJSQmms "Slime Busters vs. Bodacious Blonds."]] [[spoiler: The Mirror Maze hung the team up, and Harvey got the pie in the face this time.]]
* ThePratfall: As pointed out by the Nostalgia Critic, the floor was ''very'' slippery and would cause the contestants ''and'' the host to fall on their butts on multiple occasions!
* ProductPlacement: All contestants got to take home the pair of Reebok sneakers they wore for the show (though they often needed to be cleaned before they could be worn again). Every crew member (including Marc) wore the company's shoes as well. As stated above, the Toys 'R' Us mascot was also frequently seen.
* ProjectileToast: One of the physical challenges involved launching toast out of a spring-loaded toaster to one's partner on the other side of the stage.
* RearrangeTheSong: The music cues (including the main theme) originally had a synth lead. Beginning with the Fox Primetime version of ''Family Double Dare'' in 1988, they were given a jazzy makeover, along with the addition of guitar, horn, and saxophone leads. The updated music cues would be carried over to subsequent episodes/editions of the 80's era (until 1992), though some of the original synth cues would be snuck in as well.
* ReunionShow: Marc Summers and John Harvey reunited on an episode of NBC Philadelphia's ''The 10 Show'' in late 2010, and participated in a ''Double Dare''-esque challenge. The interview portion is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqdLjFB3xLM here]], and the challenge portion [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDZBl6sKvn0 here.]]
* RunningGag: During the second half of ''Super Sloppy Double Dare'', Marc would always announce the show was originating from a different Florida city like Quincy or Niceville, only for Harvey to correct him that they were in Orlando.
** On one episode, all of the obstacles for that day's Obstacle Course were renamed to variations of "Harvey."
** On ''Family Double Dare'', there was one toss-up challenge (when played, it usually started the second round) that Marc would always introduce while doing an impression of [[ILoveLucy Desi Arnaz]], complete with Desi's laugh. Its name? "Honey, I'm Home! Haa Haa Haa Haa!"
* SelfImposedChallenge: The Triple Dare Challenge in round 2 of ''2000''. An add-on to the regular Physical Challenges, it carried a prize and $300 in score money if attempted and completed, but if failed, the money and the prize went to the other team. If declined, the team would play the Physical Challenge normally for the usual $200 either way. No ShowTheFolksAtHome or LetsJustSeeWhatWouldHaveHappened here, though: the additional challenge was only revealed if accepted.
* SeriousBusiness: Contestants (and the host) seemed to treat the events as such.
* ShoutOut:
** Various episodes were themed around ''TheHollywoodSquares'' (1988) and ''ILoveLucy'' (1989).
*** A season after the ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1Zf03XGddA I Love Lucy]]'' episode, the show introduced a new toss-up challenge called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gliGUhumkh4 "Honey I'm Home Ah Ah Ah"]]. In it a female contestent would dress like Ricky and try to catch objects in a briefcase. She would then go threw a door where her husband was waiting dressed like Lucy (in the process she would be CoveredInGunge from a BucketBoobyTrap). Marc loved it because it gave him a chance to do his Desi Arnaz impression, and would frequently try to get the women dressed as Ricky to join in.
*** There was also a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iavs2oEm0Hk#t=3m31s physical challenge]] based on ''Hollywood Squares'' that involved throwing sponges at a tic-tac-toe board. However, it was infamously hard and was never completed.
** Once during his pre-Obstacle Course rundown, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CDxutcKTVU#t=54s Marc ran into Baravelli]] (Chico Marx's character from ''Film/HorseFeathers''). He demanded a password before letting him through the drawbridge.
** During [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6qtuONOdC4 one episode]] of ''Family Double Dare'', Marc had a box on stage containing a head similar to the Pedro puppet used by Señor Wences.
** Marc is a big fan of comedians and shows from the 1950s-60s, and would do an impression of one if something reminded him of them. For example, during Stupid Hat Day, he was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ma74CVtsbDk#t=4m30s given a sombrero after a question]] and did a quick impression of the MelBlanc character Sy from ''TheJackBennyProgram''.
** One episode was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aj603rJfVwM a tribute to fellow game show host Wink Martindale]], who was the MC of shows like ''Series/TicTacDough'' and ''Series/{{Debt}}''.
** While explaining a physical challenge involving paper airplanes, Marc made a reference to [[Series/BeatTheClock Bud Collyer]].
** 1988: A young girl in the audience said her favorite show was...''Series/FindersKeepers''.
** 1990: A question asking who hosted the ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' pilot.
** In a later episode, one of the questions asked was "What is the only game show on Creator/{{PBS}}?", which was ''Series/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego''. When neither team could think of the answer, Marc gave it out and took time to acknowledge the fact that host Greg Lee was a former staffer on ''Double Dare''.
* SpiritualSuccessor: It's a more competitive ''Series/BeatTheClock'' with a quiz added.
* TheTeaser / ColdOpen: Each episode began with a physical challenge to determine initial control of the board. This was the only game show to open in such a manner. The usual RulesSpiel for the challenge plays out in voiceover, which also introduces the show.
* TimedMission: The physical challenges were usually played in 20 or 30 seconds (always 30 on ''2000'', barring a time reduction due to a "Triple Dare Challenge"), although in earlier episodes 10 and 15-second challenges were not unheard of. The Obstacle Course had a time limit of 60 seconds.
* TitleScream: Subverted; each FOX ''Family Double Dare'' episode began with the audience yelling "Take the Physical Challenge!"
* TransatlanticEquivalent: Several, as listed below. Some of these versions were also shown in a 1989 "International Day" edition of ''Super Sloppy Double Dare''.
** From Brazil: ''Passa ou Repassa (lit. Dare or Double Dare)'' (1987-2000; 2013). Aired on SBT. Hosted by Brazilian TV legend Silvio Santos (1987-1988); Gugo Liberato (1988–1994); Angélica (1995–1996); and Celso Portiolli (1996–2000; 2013-Present).
** From Great Britain: Aired from 1987-1992 on the BBC as a segment on ''Going Live''. Peter Simon was the host.
** From Australia: Aired on the Ten Network for 3 years from 1989-1992. Each season had a different host (Gerry Sont, Tom Jennings, and Simon Watt respectively). This version was the most identical to the American original, in terms of set design and music. There was also a primetime Family version, but this one was even less successful, running only 3 episodes in 1989, with Larry Emdur as host.
** From Netherlands: ''DD Show'' (1989-1990). Hosted by Norbert Netten and aired on TROS.
** From Canada French: ''Double Défi'' (1989-1991). Hosted by Gilles Payer and aired on TVA.
** From Germany: ''Drops!'' (1991-1994). Hosted by Jürgen Blaschke and aired on Sat.1.
** From India: ''Nick Dum Duma Dum'' (2004). Hosted by Vrajesh Hirjee and aired on Nickelodeon India.
* UnexpectedlyObscureAnswer: In the original run, this was most often done on the third question of the game to induce a physical challenge. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xF3c5UKpbWw It didn't always work, though.]]
** In ''2000'', this was more or less done intentionally in the second round due to the main mechanic of the second round's physical challenge, the "Triple Dare Challenge".
* VerySpecialEpisode: There have been a few episodes with differently able individuals competing. For example, an episode of ''Family Double Dare'' featured [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7Cn97hwNh4 wheelchair athletes]] competing. There was also a ''2000'' episode which featured [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61rXxzZrPF8 Special Olympians.]]
* WhoWritesThisCrap: Marc and Harvey were not shy about expressing their disdain for what they felt were some of the weaker ideas for themed episodes. For example, when the production staff bought a pink blazer while buying clothes for physical challenges, they "justified" the purchase by building a ''Super Sloppy'' episode around ''Series/MiamiVice'' and giving Marc the pink blazer to wear. Marc makes no effort to hide how silly he finds the idea each time he explains it, and Harvey closes the episode by inviting the viewer to see "whatever other dumb idea the producers come up with for a theme show."
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Marc Summers did a show that got very messy despite suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, though he didn't know he had it during the show's run.
* WombLevel: Several of the obstacles: "Pick-It" (a giant nose); "Down the Hatch" and later "Big Gulp" (huge mouths, the latter being a Sundae Slide retool); "In One Ear" (a big head filled with "earwax"). "Foot Locker"/"Toe Jam", a huge foot, may also qualify somewhat.
* WorthIt: This tended to be the reaction of kids on ''Family Double Dare'' when they got to slime their parents, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijkTi7gK_5E#t=1m32s even if they didn't get any money for it.]]
* YouLookFamiliar: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3D6adF3Df8 One of the first episodes]] of the Nickelodeon ''Family Double Dare'' had a team called the Holders; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEZlNp3bnLY an episode later that season]] had a team called the No Clue Crew made up of the same family. They even had the mother and daughter do the same physical challenge.
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