Double Dare was a game show on Nickelodeon, hosted by Marc Summers. The show appears to have been based on the game show Beat the Clock. The show had originally been an average trivia show hosted by Alex Trebek in the seventies. It has been revived on-and-off since the year 2000.
Much of the game revolved around trivia rounds in a question and answer format. Both teams consisted of two kids, and were originally blue vs blue, but became blue vs red shortly thereafter. If a team did not know the answer, they could dare the other team for more money, who could double dare them back. If the first team could not take the double dare, they chose a physical challenge. If a team got the answer wrong, the money at risk was deducted from their total. Physical challenges were random and often messy.
The winning team would then move on to the Slopstacle Course, which consisted of several obstacles as messy as the physical challenges. Players would alternate between obstacles, and would attempt to grab or find flags in the obstacle. Each flag would result in a separate prize, with the final flag winning the grand prize.
- Family Double Dare- instead of randomly chosen contestants, kids and their families competed
- Super Sloppy Double Dare- a messier version of Family Double Dare
- Celebrity Double Dare- featuring celebrities playing for charity
- Super Special Double Dare- celebrity variant
- Double Dare 2000- a revival series, hosted by Jason Harris. Featured the "triple dare" challenge. It ran for just over two months.
- Double Dare Live- held at the Nickelodeon Studio Resort, created in 2012 and lasted until 2016
- Double Dare 2018- a revival which debuted in June
A video game was released onto the NES, but has been criticized for being rather difficult.
Popular internet reviewer Nostalgia Critic reviewed Double Dare as a part of his "Nickelodeon Month". He claimed that "nobody watched it", ignorant of the fact that Double Dare has been regarded as the definitive Nickelodeon game show and has an enormous legacy. He may be referring to the show's original debut on Fox before it was rebroadcast on Nickelodeon. He also noted an instance in which a person was not given a prize despite having his hand on the flag due to rules staing that the flag has to be torn off (the contestant was unable to do this due to slippery substances covering his hand), claiming that such an instance should've been enough to garner them the grand prize (he says "Just give them the Porsh" in a "whatever" tone of voice, but oftentimes the "new car" would be a Jeep Cherokee rather than a Porsche due to the show being for kids and later families).