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The '90s were a golden age for Nickelodeon game shows, and while Nick Arcade, Legends of the Hidden Temple, and GUTS. all had their charm, one show stood above them all. To this day Double Dare remains the gold standard for game shows (that's right, all game shows), and after a few teases throughout the years, Nickelodeon is finally bringing the show back to television for real. The network has confirmed the series' revival will debut this summer with new episodes of the same old things those who loved the classic series will enjoy.
Nickelodeon has planned 40 new episodes for Double Dare, which will feature the same gameplay and format those familiar with the series will remember. Contestants will be subjected to tough trivia questions, and then have the opportunity to compete in physical challenges if they don't know the answer. The winner of that round will advance to the show's infamous obstacle course, which Nickelodeon confirmed will have the classic challenges from back in the day. The "Human Hamster Wheel," the "Giant Mouth," "The Wringer," and that big ole' nose that was always shooting slime on people will all be back, and presumably, as good as they ever were.
The obstacle course won't be the only familiar sight on Double Dare, however, as the game show will feature familiar faces from the past and stars of today in its new run. Nickelodeon did not confirm in its press release whether or not the show's iconic former host, Marc Summers, would be making his return for the new episodes, although a tweet from Summers' Twitter account, as well as footage of him in the promo, would seem to indicate he will be coming back to command the mayhem:
Double Dare was a big hit for Nickelodeon back in the day, and its run from 1986 to 1993 made it the network's longest-running game show to date. The series was one of the most popular daily programs on television not long after its release, and eventually paved the way for spinoffs Family Double Dare, Super Sloppy Double Dare, and Double Dare 2000. Since those contests ended, the game show has made sporadic appearances as a live show and was last seen at San Diego Comic Con 2016.
As mentioned, Double Dare will be back on Nickelodeon this summer. For a look at what other shows are set to arrive in 2018, head on over to our midseason and summer premiere guides. Those wanting more information about classic Double Dare should check out what Marc Summers said the old show's most disgusting challenges were or how the show ruined one woman's house.