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July 5th, 2001

Double Dare

The one game show every kid wanted to be on when I was in middle school was Double Dare with Marc Summers. The questions weren’t softballs and the stunts often involved getting quite messy, so naturally it was a hit with school-age kids. The later Family Double Dare wasn’t nearly as fun, since parents were involved.

Each year a group of students from my middle school would wind up on Double Dare (or Finders Keepers), which was always something to look forward to.

Interestingly, host Marc Summers had a serious case of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. His specific problem dealt with perfectionism, or everything needing to be in its place. As you can imagine, being the host of a game show as messy as Double Dare was a serious stressor for him. Summers wrote a book about his battle with OCD titled Everything In Its Place: My Trials and Triumphs with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Here’s a great fan page about Double Dare with some great pictures and memories of the show. Take a look and relive some of the great memories, and then watch on late-night Nickelodeon for reruns of the show. -ram

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FROM: brant
DATE: Thursday July 5, 2001 -- 3:17:48PM
there was the rumour that sommers had to straighten the fringes on his rugs many many times during the day. i guess he never thought about carpet, no fringes

FROM: Paul Hansinger
DATE: Wednesday August 15, 2001 -- 3:28:02PM
Hey Marc Can you have a big cream pie at Robin Marrella hole face at Family Double Dare and what would you do. Thanks your friend your paul Hansinger

DATE: Wednesday August 15, 2001 -- 5:29:42PM
Am I high or did that not make any sense whatsoever?

FROM: Andrew Schroy
DATE: Thursday July 17, 2003 -- 10:19:23 am
Great show, even if the 2000 revival came out with Jason and Tiffany instead of Marc and Harvey. Also, you may not know this, but Marc wasn't the only host of a Nickelodeon game show to not like getting dirty. In fact, Wesley Eure of Finders Keepers fame didn't like getting dirty himself, according to Senor Wood's Finders Keepers page. Is it possible that Marc and Harvey could do Double Dare 2000? As for the DD2K theme song, it was similar to the original, but I prefer the Edd Kalehoff rock orchestra tune over Rick Witkowski's surfer-guitar remake. I could also cringe if the Finders Keepers theme song was an upbeat, disco-style remake, and not Edd's great jazzy orchestra score. Better yet, how about a synthesized techno remake of the theme song for the new Think Fast?

Back on DD topic though, does anyone know when the FDD episode when Marc is late will appear on GAS airwaves, as well as the famous blooper where a girl breaks the juice machine prop for the physical challenge, and especially the one where a little girl says she's a Finders Keepers fan more than a Double Dare fan? (You know, I can picture Joe Conklin saying "Every contestant recieves the official Double Dare home game, featuring the unique stunt helmet that lets you do over 100 outrageous physical challenges, yours from Pressman Toys.") Also, does Nick still have plans to revive classic Nick game shows? I hope so!!

PS - Marc, keep up the good work, even if you have to do a new game show on Food Network this 08/25.

FROM: Mario500 [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday February 11, 2004 -- 8:39:46 pm
Yes, I remember the "Marc is Late" and the Juice Machine incident (it's on the Messiest Moments video, look for that and other great moments). Someday DirecTV should add Nickelodeon Games and Sports to their channel line up so I can finally watch Double Dare on TV again after so many years.

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 3:27:40 pm

FROM: wtf
DATE: Monday December 12, 2005 -- 11:24:03 pm
you guys are pathetic! get a life

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