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The Best Kids Game Shows of the '80s and '90s

Updated June 10, 2021 39.5k votes 6.5k voters 177.7k views33 items

List RulesVote up your favorite kids game shows that originally aired in the 1980s and 1990s.

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!!

 

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    ActorsKirk Fogg, Dee Bradley Baker, Jennifer Holtz

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    ActorsLou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone, 'Weird Al' Yankovic

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    Nickelodeon Guts

    September 19, 1992

    ActorsFelicia Day, Ryon Day

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    Wild & Crazy Kids

    1990

    ActorsOmar Epps, Donnie Jeffcoat, Jessica Gaynes

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    Figure It Out

    June 11, 2012

    ActorsJeff Sutphen, Elle Young, Lorenz Arnell

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    ActorsDee Bradley Baker, Marc Summers

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    ActorsPhil Moore, Andrea Lively, Michael Bower

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    ActorsWesley Eure

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    ActorsMike O'Malley

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    ActorsMarty Cohen

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    ActorsLynne Thigpen, Kevin Shinick, Alaine Kashian

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    ActorsJohn Kassir, Steven Saunders

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    ActorsJ.D. Roth, Pat Sharp

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    ActorsClea Montville, Mark Maxwell-Smith, Mario Lopez

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    ActorsGreg Berg, Marc Summers, Meredith Summers

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    ActorsDominic Wood, Michael Underwood

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    ActorsLew Schneider

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    Get Your Own Back

    1991

    ActorsDave Benson-Phillips

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    ActorsHugo Myatt, David Learner, John Woodnutt

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