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1998-2000 CBS program co-hosted by Bill Cosby and Art Linkletter, based on the "Kids Say The Darndest Things" segments of Linkletter's famous 1945-1970 program, Art Linkletters House Party. Following the format that Linkletter created on the earlier show, he and Cosby would bring out a set of children between the ages of 5 and 10 and gently "interview" them to elicit innocently outrageous comments and observations. In both the original segments and the later show, typical ploys would include encouraging imaginative flights of fancy in the children's responses, and most subversively, asking them what they were told by their parents not to say.

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The original House Party segments ultimately spawned several books that gave at least two generations of parents nightmares about the unexpected truths their children might utter.

In May 2019, a revival of the show was announced, with the host being Tiffany Haddish, and premiered on October 6, 2019, exploring what kids have to say in the age of The Internet.


Kids Say the Darndest Things contains examples of:

  • Cheating with the Milkman: One interviewee said, "I don't look like my Mommy or my Daddy. I look like the mailman."
  • Children Are Innocent: Because of this, the show's humor is so enjoyable. The interviewees prove this is not the case while showing, yet at the same time are sort of innocent as they just say what they think and mean no harm from it.
  • From the Mouths of Babes: The source of much of the show's humor.
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  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Like how it uses From the Mouths of Babes, the show also highlights responses that showcase or hint at this.

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