Children of the ’80s rejoice. Nickelodeon announced this week that it’s rebooting Double Dare, the popular kids game show that featured trivia, obstacle courses, and, of course, tons of green slime. The network says it wants to give “a new generation of kids the chance to compete in the messiest and most physically challenging competition of their lives.”
At this point, little is known about the new Double Dare other than it’s happening. The commercial that revealed the show’s triumphant return is filled with old clips so it’s unclear if the reboot will follow the original format ⏤ where two teams competed in a variety of games and challenges to win cash and other prizes ⏤ or be overhauled to appeal to today’s kids. There’s also been speculation as to who will host the show. Marc Summers, the original host, is now in his late 60s and unlikely to retake the helm.
Double Dare first premiered on Nick in the fall of 1986 and immediately became a massive hit for the network ⏤ viewership almost tripled for the timeslot. It remained a staple for Nickelodeon, airing 482 episodes, until its run ended in 1993. Double Dare briefly returned to Nick in 2000 but didn’t make it a full season. Nickelodeon is hoping the latest revival will match the success of the show’s original run when it became a cultural phenomenon beloved by kids all across the country.