In the '80s and '90s, kids game shows had a heyday. Did you spend most of your childhood watching Nickelodeon, clocking countless hours watching '80s kids in sweatpants and knee pads get slimed on Double Dare and getting blasted by confetti on Finders Keepers? If you grew up in that decade, then you were probably partially raised by old Nickelodeon game shows. These game shows of the 1980s were brilliantly marketed to children stuck at home after school, avoiding homework and wishing they could win some cool prizes like Pogo Balls and trips to Tampa.
Then, the 1990s came and blew '80s Nickelodeon right out of the water. The fun and mental exercise only got wackier, starting with Wild & Crazy Kids, which featured stars like JTT doing totally bananas things like sitting on balloons filled with shaving cream. Whaaat?!?!?! Man, and then came Guts (and Global Guts), with Mike O'Malley and the freaking Aggro Crag. Could you have made it to the top? Did you have the GUTS?
And, of course, there was Legends of the Hidden Temple, certainly the most frustrating '90s kids game show. Oh, to have been given a shot at constructing the Shrine of the Silver Monkey... Which old kids game shows from the 1980s and '90s were your favorites to play along at home? For which would you have traded a younger sibling just to have a chance to meet Marc Summers? What Nickelodeon t-shirts are you about to search for on eBay? Vote them up!!
- September 11, 1993
Legends of the Hidden Temple
Actors: Kirk Fogg, Dee Bradley Baker, Jennifer Holtz
Actors: Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone, 'Weird Al' Yankovic
- September 19, 1992
Actors: Felicia Day, Ryon Day
- January 4, 1990
Wild & Crazy Kids
Actors: Omar Epps, Donnie Jeffcoat, Jessica Gaynes
Actors: Jeff Sutphen, Elle Young, Lorenz Arnell
- August 31, 1991
What Would You Do?
Actors: Dee Bradley Baker, Marc Summers
Fox's Family Double Dare
Actors: Phil Moore, Andrea Lively, Michael Bower
Actors: Wesley Eure
Get the Picture
Actors: Mike O'Malley
Actors: Marty Cohen
- CosmicCastaway added1996
Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?
Actors: Lynne Thigpen, Kevin Shinick, Alaine Kashian
Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House
The Bozo Show
Actors: Herbert L. Becker, Leah Stanko Mangum, Frazier Thomas
Actors: J.D. Roth, Pat Sharp
Actors: Michael Carrington, Skip Lackey
Masters of the Maze
Pick Your Brain
Actors: Greg Berg, Marc Summers, Meredith Summers
Make the Grade
Actors: Lew Schneider
Actors: Dominic Wood, Michael Underwood
Get Your Own Back
Actors: Dave Benson-Phillips
- Gil Gani added1992