These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Awesome Music: Some of Edd Kalehoff's most recognizeable work can be found here. Taken Up to Eleven on the FOX version with countless remixes of the Theme Tune and in-game music (and not just the ones that were kept after this version ended).
Cue Irony / "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: It was revealed years after the show was over that Summers suffered from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). That's right, the host of one of the gungiest shows on TV was a massive neat freak; a documentary on the show and him showed him doing things such as lining up all the fringe on a throw rug. Fortunately, he got over it and has gone on to be a successful TV show host, producer, and author. He's one of the more prolific producers at Food Network and its affiliates.
This also made him a major Bad Ass among fans, as he still showed up for work and you'd never know. Guy's got balls.
In fact, The Nostalgia Critic, when covering the show, even gave him a made up medal he called the "Dude, You Got Balls" Award.
Growing the Beard: The show started to look and feel much more polished with the FOX Family version. Updates to the Theme Tune, a noticeable increase in the amount of messy challenges, an increase in the budget for that version only (exotic trip for Obstacle 6, cash from $2,000-$5,000 for #7, and a Car for #8), and some visual elements carried over into subsequent versions of the show.
Harsher in Hindsight: Marc Summers hosted this show and he has freakin' OCD no one knew at the time. Now everyone between 18- 32 knows. Specifically, he had a Monk-level obsession with neatness at home. He's been public about his battle with the illness in the hope of helping others, but it makes one wonder how he could've possible withstood hosting a show like this.
Hilarious in Hindsight: One of the angles for early commercials for the original Double Dare focused on the fact that the game was for kids rather than adults, and tended to show a man in a jacket and tie making a fool of himself trying to go through such obstacles as "The Sundae Slide" or "Icy Trike" to emphasize this. Then Family Double Dare came along... although the adults still looked quite ridiculous going through the obstacles, it was now part of the show's appeal.
Iron Woobie: Knowing Marc went through all he did with OCD is amazing. And that's not counting that in 2012 he broke his face in a car accident. Although repeatedly being asked about those two topics in interviews or on Twitter has turned into sort of a Berserk Button, as he insists that neither is nearly as significant or sensational as people have made it out to be.
Replacement Scrappy: Jason Harris and Tiffany Phelps, the host/announcer tandem on 2000. Jason was nothing at all like the cool Mr. Summers, and Tiffany was overbearingly shrill.
"Blue Plate Special", "Garbage Truck", "Squelch'M Waffles" - pretty much any obstacle where the team member had to find the flag hidden in gunge. At least one team lost nearly 50 seconds on such an obstacle and ended up with only two prizes; Marc gave them the third prize out of pity.
Any time a fourth tunnel was added to "Sushi" or "Dallas". An already long obstacle now became the difference between getting all eight prizes and not doing so.
Cranked right on up to Platform Hell whenever the producers deliberately made finding the flag more difficult:
In Super Sloppy Double Dare, upwards of twenty balloons were used for "Inside Out" instead of three or four. Then, for Family Double Dare, the number of balloons decreased slightly but wrong flags were hidden inside several of them. At least one family handed over a wrong flag and completed the next obstacle before their mistake was noticed and they had to go back and find the correct flag.
On one episode of the Family version, it took the whole family, Marc, and a few crew members to find the flag hidden in "The Garbage Truck". They eventually did, and just before the announcer rattled off where the show was taped, too!
Many obstacle course runs in the early years were derailed by the original version of "The Sundae Slide", which required contestants to climb up a 45 degree incline covered with grease and slime before going down the eponymous slide. If they did not make a point of only putting their feet on the padding under the rails on either side of the incline (which had no grease on it), they could waste 15 or 20 seconds just trying to get to the top of the slide. In the Super Sloppy era, even trying to climb up the padding was far from foolproof if the contestant's shoes were already covered in gunge from previous obstacles. Though arguably one of the most popular obstacles with young audiences, it proved the difference between getting all eight flags and getting only seven (or fewer) so frequently that one could be forgiven for suspecting that it was deliberately engineered to prevent the obstacle course from being won too often.note Summers often made jokes about the program's limited budget in the early years, and this included the prizes. It got to a point where in the final season, the incline was replaced by a regular ladder; the incline returned for 2000.
Even worse than "The Sundae Slide" in the first season or two was a variant entitled the "Fireman's Flag-Pull", where once you climbed up the chocolate covered ramp you then had to pull in a clothesline to retrieve the flag before sliding down a fireman's pole to pass it off. At least one contestant forgot to pull in the flag and had to repeat the obstacle. Made particularly egregious on a Halloween episode where there were Trick-or-Treat bags on the clothesline with the flag hidden in one of them (naturally, the last one). It was used on 17 episodes, and on the last four, it was changed to have the flag hung on the pole. It only made things worse, as there were people who would slide down the pole and forgot to get the flag. The course was only won twice with "Fireman's Flag-Pull". That should tell you how bad it was.
2000 brought us an updated version of "Hunt and Peck" called "Double Click", replacing a giant typewriter with a computer. Here, the contestant stomps on all the keys until the flag shows up on the screen complete with "You've got flag!" message. This didn't always work right due to the contacts on the keys being electronic rather than mechanical as in "Hunt and Peck".
They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The Family and 2000 versions, with many unnecessary rule changes. The most obvious was in 2000: The "Triple Dare Challenge". During the second round, "any one of the physical challenges could become a Triple Dare". The producers ensured that a PC happened in each episode by including at least one question that the contestants almost certainly couldn't answer. However, the challenges were so complicated that they could take several minutes to describe (longer if, as often happened, host Jason Harris stumbled through the description), and since most episodes had just one PC in the second round, it would nearly always become a Triple Dare Challenge, resulting in an even more complicated task. This is probably what killed the revival: it could take over five minutes to describe and then carry out the Triple Dare Challenge, resulting in second rounds that usually only had time for four questions at most.
What an Idiot: On two separate episodes, both from 1989, neither team could guess the answer to "How many arms did Babe Ruth have?" and "How many ankles did Michael J. Fox have?". Hilariously, the question "How many arms does the drummer from Mötley Crüe have?" was answered incorrectly with "One", the one-armed Rick Allen being a member of Def Leppard.