WATCH | A few weeks after "Double Dare" celebrated the 30th anniversary of its Oct. 6, 1986 premiere, Nickelodeon will air a Nov. 23 prime-time special in honor of the spectacularly sloppy game show. Scroll down to learn five ways it was like nothing else on television.
1. Making a mess wasn't just OK. It was encouraged.
From its Pie-in-the-Pants physical challenge to its delightfully disgusting obstacle course, "Double Dare" showcased art in a morass of whipped-cream and competition.
2. Marc Summers was a trouper.
The energetic host dealt with it all while living with and de-stigmatizing OCD. He later told Dateline: "I remember [thinking], 'I know this is great television, but I hate this. I hate this. I want to go and take a shower now.'"
3. Kids preyed on intellectual weakness via the 'dare' and 'double dare.' Machiavellian!
4. Debuting in 1990, the spinoff 'Family Double Dare' got Mom and Dad in the game.
When our parents grounded us as kids, we probably wanted to toss a pie in their direction. So why not do that in the form of a physical challenge and win $100 in the process?
5. That obstacle course was, is, and forever shall be totally lit.
Eight crazy obstacles. Eight elusive red flags. Don't feel bad if you hopped around your living room while rooting a random family to achieve goopy glory. You weren't alone.
WATCH | "Double Dare" isn't the only kids' game show celebrating a milestone this year. Check out Circa's 25th-anniversary tribute to TV's "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?"
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