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Trivia: Double Dare (1986)
  • Doing It for the Art: The reason Marc Summers, an OCD sufferer (though nobody knew it at the time), agreed to host one of the messiest shows ever made.
  • Dueling Shows:
    • With FunHouse, at which several Take Thats were directed. In one noteworthy example, Marc Summers had a Cable ACE award given to Double Dare prominently displayed on his podium, and he proudly declared, "FunHouse doesn't have one of these, we do!", while in an episode of Super Sloppy Double Dare in which a curse had ostensibly been placed on the show, Marc joked that perhaps FunHouse host J.D. Roth was responsible for the curse.
    • They had a somewhat more friendly rivalry with Finders Keepers, as both Nickelodeon shows were conceived and produced by Geoffrey Darby and Michael Klinghoffer, and even recorded at the studios of WHYY-12 in Philadelphia until 1988 (Finders Keepers actually drew bigger audience figures than Double Dare for much of its short run). In one memorable episode, Summers asked a young audience member named Andrea, "What's your favourite show on TV?" Andrea immediately replied, "Finders Keepers!" (In addition to the usual Double Dare T-shirt, she was also given a Finders Keepers shirt.)
    • They also had another friendly rivalry with Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego, as host Greg Lee previously worked on Double Dare as a contestant coordinator and studio audience warm-up comedian. In addition, series director and co-developer Dana Calderwood also previously worked on Double Dare in a variety of roles, including associate director, director, producer, and writer. In the first episode of the fifth season of the latter show, Summers made an appearance in one of the sketches which gave out the clues to where the crook had gone, and even began reciting the Rules Spiel to Double Dare before Greg corrected him.
  • Edited for Syndication: A few examples below:
    • Each episode from the first season in 1986 featured a plug for the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia, where the cast and crew of the show stayed at. This was edited out of most episodes, because of the phone number in the plug. However, two episodes retained it: Pop Tarts Vs. Potato Heads, and the Christmas special, Razzles Vs. Grizwalds.
    • There was also a stunt plug seen in very early 1986 episodes, letting the viewers know how they could send in an idea for a stunt in future episodes. Naturally, this was also edited out. Without any commercial breaks, each 1986 and 1987 episode of Double Dare was 23 minutes and 57 seconds long.
    • The first episode of the Fox Primetime version of Family Double Dare from 1988, featured a prologue with host Marc Summers, nestled inside The Big Cheese obstacle, reminding the viewers that this was a special sneak preview episode. Reruns dropped the prologue.
    • The Fox version of the show also originally had Marc make references to the network, and what time it was on, in every episode. They, too, were edited out.
    • Nickelodeon regularly edited some of the sponsor plugs for Family Double Dare, as well as Legends of the Hidden Temple and What Would You Do?, likely to make a quick buck. The new plugs are voiced by Doc Holliday (regardless of whether or not Harvey was the original announcer), the sponsors clearly date to after the show ended (AOL and Skechers in 1990?), and the image is often surrounded by a funky border. Nick would change the plugs roughly each year; at least one FDD episode circulates from its original airing, a later Nick airing, and a GaS rerun, and all three copies have a different set of plugs. This practice ended when reruns moved to Nick GaS.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Jocelyn Steiner was a contestant on a 1989 Super Sloppy Double Dare episode before going on to star in Welcome Freshmen, which, coincidentally, was created by Double Dare co-creator Robert Mittenthal. Her team name was the Surfing Sushis. She also came back for the Super Special episode in 1992.
    • The Australian version of "Family Double Dare" was hosted by a young Larry Emdur. While that notorious version only lasted for three episodes, Larry went on to host The Price is Right beginning in 1993.
    • Also applies behind the scenes as well. Unit manager Marjorie Cohn later served as creator and producer of fellow Nick game show Get The Picture, while co-creator Dee LaDuke would later create Hey Dude.
  • Hey, It's That Sound!: If someone won the obstacle course on the ill-fated Celebrity Double Dare pilot, a siren played. The same siren would later signify the $5,000 prize being won in Supermarket Sweep.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Marc Summers was host for seven years (1986-93) of a game show remembered as one of the messiest ever. Summers has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and he's been known to obsessively straighten out the fringe on a rug. When this news became common knowledge, he became something of a Memetic Badass since he was able to power through filming such a messy show and enduring having contestants Covered in Gunge hug him.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: 40 episodes of the first variation of Super Sloppy Double Dare, which aired on Sunday mornings and was more or less a carbon copy of the regular weekday edition, were taped in July 1987. 21 of these aired on Nick GaS, and one that didn't air there circulates, with only the main game intact. Allegedly, the reason the 19 others did not get shown on Nick GaS was due to a water leakage that severely damaged some of the Double Dare tapes in Nickelodeon's video archives.
    • Highlights from these missing 19 episodes include a general run of the obstacle course starting with The 1-Ton Human Hamster Wheel, host Marc Summers doing a Mary Tyler Moore impersonation, Marc losing it over a toy boat, Marc spitting to the camera during an obstacle course briefing (as shown in the 1988 Direct-to-Video special Double Dare: The Inside Slop), a successful attempt at the "Barber of Seville" physical challenge with a team of two girls, Marc and two kids getting drenched by white slime at the end of the show (as shown in the other 1988 Direct-to-Video special Double Dare: The Messiest Moments), and one team in particular winning the main game with a record-breaking $750 ($375 for each of the two teammates), as described in 1988's The Double Dare Game Book. While no more episodes from the 1987 era have turned up yet, one Orlando episode from 1989 has: Seattle Slug Squishers Vs. Disco Dynamos.
  • Missing Episode: An episode was not aired because a kid with fragile bones lied on the application form to get on the show. His team made it to the obstacle course where he broke his arm. It didn't help that his father was a lawyer. They wound up appeasing him with the seventh obstacle's prize to avoid being sued.
    • For whatever reason, one 1990 episode of Family Double Dare never reran on Nick GaS. It finally re-surfaced on YouTube in December 2011.
  • Real-Life Relative: On one occasion, Marc's wife, Alice, helped demonstrate one of the physical challenges.
  • Screwed by the Network: There was a brief primetime version of the show which aired on FOX during the summer of 1988. However, it only lasted 13 episodes due to disagreements between Nickelodeon and FOX, as FOX wanted to produce more specials while Nickelodeon wanted the show to remain kid-friendly. This became the first volley which led to FOX striking out on their own and creating Fox Kids.
  • The rockin' theme song, brilliantly-composed by Edd Kalehoff, was cleverly-titled "On Your Marc".

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