I love game shows, and growing up there were a lot of great ones I enjoyed watching. Each show had an educational and or physical challenge aspect to it. They made contestants and viewers think and challenge themselves, while at the same time being fun and entertaining. Here are my top five:
5. Operation Junkyard (2002)
A spin-off of TLC's Junkyard Wars, Operation Junkyard challenged teams of teenagers to build gadgets out of junk in just six hours. I loved this show because it really made the teams think outside the box and problem-solve, in addition to being creative.
It also inspired kids who watched the show to go out and try and make their own gadgets. Unfortunately, NBC only aired one season of 12, 30 minute episodes on their Discovery Kids Saturday morning block.
4. Legends of the Hidden Temple (1993-1995)
Based on the Indiana Jones movies and described as a combination of Jeopardy and Raiders of the Lost Ark, this adventure game show was simply one of the best ever. It challenged contestants both physically and mentally with its obstacle courses (Steps of Knowledge anyone?) and the tasks and puzzles. In addition, who doesn't love Olmec, voiced by Dee Bradley Baker (a.k.a. the voice of Commander Cody, Captain Rex and the rest of the clones in Star Wars: The Clone Wars)?
3. Fun House (1988-1991)
Who didn't love this show? I would cheer loudly for the two teams competing against each other, as they answered questions and took part in messy games. My favorite part of the show was watching the winners run through the obstacle course (the Fun House )at the end of the show. This show was similar in format to my next pick, Double Dare.
2. Double Dare (1986-1993; 2000)
"Dare." "Double dare." "Physical challenge."
Those were the three common phrases that you heard every time you watched this Nickelodeon game show. The obstacle challenge was my favorite part of the show.
It was fun to watch the live studio audience cheer the teams on as they got all messy in the various concoctions the game developers cooked up as they raced against the clock to collect all of the orange flags located throughout the obstacle course.
1. Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? (1991-1995)
This show was my jam. I loved the catchy theme song performed by Rockapella. It was funny, engaging, and definitely an awesome way to learn geography. This show also produced a sequel titled Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego? which I also enjoyed. I watched this show on PBS and it ranks right up there with Mister Roger's Neighborhood, Sesame Street and Reading Rainbow.