NickelodeonGame Show that aired in the late 1990s. Hosted by former Olympic swimmer Summer Sanders, four panelists guessed the contestant's secret talent, ranging from collecting items to performing cool and unique stunts.The panel was given three one-minute rounds to guess that talent in the form of asking yes-or-no questions; hints were given through props, charades, a giant game board called "Billy the Answer Head" (which listed the player's talent, with words revealed if the panel said them), and a "clue monitor" that would be read off before Rounds 2 and 3. The contestant received a nice prize for each round the panel was stumped, and a grand prize for stumping through Round 3.But unlike I've Got A Secret and most other panel shows, Figure added the Secret Slime Action, in which any panelists that performed it would be Covered in Gunge in true Nickelodeon fashion... although very rarely, there was no Secret Slime Action.The show went Family Style in 1998, with families as the contestants and for the final season (1999), the show was altered again to Wild Style, with the abilities being limited to animal themes. Reruns then started airing on Nick GAS until its disestablishment in 2007.A revival was premiered in June 2012, now hosted by Jeff Sutphen. It counts with 2 seasons, and following the original formula, the panelists are guests and stars of some of their current Nick shows (like iCarly and Victorious). However, two major changes done were the replacement of "Billy the Answer Head" with "The IT Board", which serves the same purpose (and makes the show's title quite literal in the present), and the added potential for the contestant to get slimed (see Covered in Gunge below), too.
Bonus Space: The Secret Slime Action, which awarded a prize to a member of the audience if at least one panelist was slimed by performing said action. Such actions included...
"Looking to your left", which is where some clues appeared (through a tunnel on a set of tracks); invariably, one clue in that round would be given in that method.
"Looking behind you", where part of the audience sat (and occasionally gave clues); again, one clue would invariably be presented that way.
"Being [name]", who would be slimed at some point during the round.
In at least one episode, "Being a panelist".note Amusingly, in the second half of said episode, the Secret Slime Action was "Elbows on the table", which caught out all four panelists again.
Having a certain color hair, or clothes.
"Thinking about [bizarre thing]", which was of course impossible to validate.
Saying certain words. Asking silly questions. Or even receiving a No or a Yes answer.
One episode had the action be "sitting in front of The Dog Pound" (the name for the area behind the panel where the audience sat), ensuring that all the members of the panel were slimed.
Sometimes the action would be activated by who the panelists themselves were or what they do like, "Being on All That", "Being on iCarly", "Being on Victorious", etc.
Meanwhile Summer Sanders liked to tease the panelists to do a certain Secret Slime Action (with Danny Tamberelli or any of the adult guests usually falling over it), Jeff Sutphen will ensure that at least one panelist will perform the secret slime action. In one episode when the secret slime action was "do a high five," he ran to the panel and gave Lulu Antariska a high-five. And yes, she actually was aware it was the secret slime action (the entire panel actually figured it out long before).
Covered in Gunge: The Nickelodeon staple, used in the Secret Slime Action. Also, some of the clues that were thrown at the panel.
In the original version, there were moments that, if one of the panelists were slimed, well... one of the others would get slimed too out of pure revenge and/or annoyance.
Another element that would surface if they had the time to perform it in the show was that, if the talent was guessed, the participant would have the pleasure to gunge the panelist who guessed it, after guessing one of many things that the panelists have done before.
Taken Up to Eleven in the 2012 revival version, where most of the clues leave the panelists this way, either being dropped on their head or squirted out of the box in front of them.
Also in the 2012 version, the word on the IT Board deemed most critical to guessing the contestant's secret is designated as the "Word of Honor"; if guessed during normal gameplay, the contestant is slimed.
Occasionally the slimings get so intense Jeff Sutphen himself can be collaterally slimed (in the case of the contestant being slimed) or even the studio audience (most typically, the panelists tossing slime into the crowd).
In the original version, though the audience wouldn't get slimed, it was Danny (and sometimes, even Lori Beth) that slimed the audience thanks to flipping his hair.
The Announcer: Jeffrey "J" Dumas, who was only known by his initial; his mother also became part-time announcer in the 3rd season, making relevant the "Family Style" subtitle. Elle Young in the 2012 version.
Game Show Host: Summer Sanders in the original, Jeff Sutphen in the revival.
Undesirable Prize: Inverted in Season 1, in that prizes for Round 1 involved sets from other (no longer in production) Nickelodeon shows that were based and filmed in Nickelodeon Studios. Played straight with the other prizes that weren't the Grand Prize, though. Averted completely in the 2012 revival.
This show provides examples of the following:
Butt Monkey / The Chew Toy: Danny, natch. To the point that every time he felt he was on the verge of being covered in the stuff, he hammed it up or went along with Summer's urging to get slimed.
A Day in the Limelight: As mentioned in the YMMV page, Summer and Lori Beth swapped roles for part of an episode.
Early-Installment Weirdness: On one of the first taped episodes, a contestant's secret was "Burps a Christmas Song." With the final word unrevealed, Lori Beth Denberg asked, "Do you burp a Christmas carol?" which was accepted.
Flanderization: The show got slightly wackier as time went on. Originally, the secret slime actions were a little more complicated, and the panelists were given somewhat-helpful pith helmets to use. However, once they remembered they were on Nickelodeon, the Slime Actions got much easier (hence, the "Being a panelist" type events) and the slime helmets were replaced with borderline useless plastic party hats.
The same can be applied once the revival was done. It got severely wacky compared to what the original show once was 13 years ago.
They did it again in the 2012 revival with the Secret Slime Action "being on the panel." It was just as funny.
Gender Flip: The announcer and the host between both versions. In the revival, the host is a guy, and the announcer is a girl.
Genre Savvy: Pretty notorious in the revival. Though, there were times that the panelists of the original show also suspected at times what were the Slime Actions, and simply went with it (depending in varying degrees). If not, it was simply Tempting Fate.
Jeff told the panel to give a round of applause. Everyone except James Maslow did it because he suspected it was the Secret Slime Action. He was right.
In one episode, Jeff asked the panel what the contestant's name was, Ciara said that she didn't know, but Leon took the bait.
In another episode, Jeff reminded everyone that it might be a good idea to wear their helmets and goggles. Rachel (who was the only one slimed in the previous round) was hesitant, thinking it was the Secret Slime Action. She was right.
In one episode, Jeff's constant goading for the panelists to do a high-five clued them in early on as to what the secret slime action was, resulting in four very high-five hesitant panelists. Lulu finally stepped up and did a high-five (with Jeff) because she remembered someone in the audience actually gets a prize every time a panelist gets slimed (plus she had been slimed already in the previous round anyway, consequently being the only panelist that whole show to be slimed).
Large Ham: In the original, Danny, no doubt. Matt Bennett from the revival definitely counts too.
As one fo the cycling panelists, oh boy, how well Josh Server was one of them.
Oh Crap: An impending sliming was indicated by a loud alarm, which lead to panelists scrambling to put on their slime helmets before the slime came down. Way too often, the panelists were too late.
As stated above, some clues in the revival would leave the panel Covered in Gunge. When Jeff would subtly tell the panel to put on their safety goggles before a round, this is the usual reaction.
One revival contestant's secret was that he'd created a monster-catching machine. The monster he caught during the demonstration? Krumm.
A contestant's secret was "Double Crowned Karate Champion." With the word "Crowned" concealed, Danny guessed "Double Dare Karate Champion."
Also, some of the shout-outs f the original show were relevant to what the panelists were doing (in the past and at the time), since it wasn't constantly reminded of, such as several mentions to Danny's Little Pete role in The Adventures of Pete & Pete, or the several personifications of some of the other All That cast members that were often regular or cycling panelists.
Spiritual Successor: As explained above, it's I've Got A Secret for kids. So close, it's probably why the Oxygen version didn't begin until after Nickelodeon had canned Figure it Out.
Straight Woman: Often, Lori Beth was the only panelist who took it seriously. Nine times out of ten, she would be the one to guess the secret correctly.
Tempting Fate: In one episode with Ciara, Chris, Lulu, and Carlos, one of the slime actions was "being a boy". Almost instantly, Chris and Carlos got slimed. When the action was revealed, Lulu asked why this was. Well, needless to say Jeff didn't want to disappoint her...