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Wild and Crazy Kids was a game show on
Nickelodeon, that aired from
1990–1992, in which large teams, usually
consisting entirely of children, participated in head-to-head
physical challenges. It was hosted by Omar Gooding, Donnie Jeffcoat, and Jessica Gaynes.
Gaynes replaced Annette Chavez in the second season. The show also
aired on YTV in Canada. In 2002, a
remake hosted by Mati Moralejo was aired for seven
Three games were played per show, with one host emceeing each
game. The teams were identified by the color of the shirts they
wore, which varied from show to show. The games varied in style;
many were takeoffs on playground games,
with unusual rules added, or messy games involving pies or slime
(the latter was referred to as "blap" on very late episodes).
Occasionally, the show taped special episodes at a theme
Waters, Wild Rivers, and Six Flags Magic Mountain, all
in California, were
featured during the show's run.) There were no prizes awarded at
all for unexplained reasons.
Examples of games used on the show:
- Contestants had to find the name of a food on a giant word
search board. The contestant who found the word first got to dump a
bucket of whatever the word was over the other contestant's head,
gunging the contestant. Buckets included chocolate sauce, raw eggs, SpaghettiO's, flour and whipped cream. One child also got a
bottle of mustard squirted in his hair.
- A large scale pie fight was intended to pit children against
their camp counselors; however, the fight quickly got out of
control and turned into a massive free-for-all, with participants
throwing pies at anyone and everyone else, no matter which team
they were on due to the fact that both Donnie and Annette wanted to
get revenge on Omar after Omar hit both of them with pies earlier
in the show.
- Kids did a long jump and landed in a pit of mud or shaving cream.
- Children and their parents jumped up and down on Moon shoes to break
shaving cream filled balloons. Whichever team broke the most
- A game of Simon Says which looked more like a comedy routine by
leader, Brian Seeman.
- Two teams ride the Colossus roller coaster
while holding cups of water; the team with the most collective
water remaining won.
- A game of polo using bumper
cars and a very large (about 1 m in diameter) rubber ball.
- The playground game "red light/green light" - each player held
a cream pie, with which they had to pie hinself if they got caught.
If the player reaches the other side without getting caught, he
gets to use his pie to hit the grownup waiting there.
- Slip 'n' Slide races
- A modified version of "Steal the Bacon"
involving three teams where the object to be retrieved was a bucket
of a mystery substance; contestants who lost a round got its
contents dumped onto their heads. To win a round, a player had to
either steal the bucket without getting tagged by both opponents or
tag a thieving player.
- The game most notably repeated was Dizzy Bat Home Run Derby.
The game consisted of two teams (one of kids and one of adults)
batting in three innings. The kids would attempt to hit home runs
off of pitched balls. Hit balls that did not leave the field in
fair territory counted as an out. Once the kids had three outs, the
adults would bat. During their half-inning, a grownup would have up
to three chances to hit home runs off a batting tee; however, the
adult was first required to hold his bat upright against his
forehead and spin around it three times; furthermore, each adult
would only get thirty seconds to hit the balls. Three adults would
bat every half-inning. At the end of the original and second
versions, the kids, who lost both times, demanded a rematch.
Donnie, who hosted these games, then declared a sequel or a part
- A game was played where kids would drive remote controlled cars
around in an arena where a construction worker was driving a steamroller. The
object, of course, was to not get one's car run over by the
steamroller. The team with the last remaining car won. Variations
on this game included a blindfolded player attempting to steer a
remote controlled car through a gauntlet consisting of opposing
team members (also blindfolded) armed with mallets, and a player attempting to steer a car
through a beach obstacle course lined with small explosives buried
in the sand. The further the contestant progressed in the gauntlet,
the higher his score; the team with the highest collective score
won the event.
- Parents sat above their kids holding buckets of slime. Kids had
to pick a number. The parent who had the bucket with the number the
kid chose got to dump the bucket of slime over the head of the kid
seated below them. Kids and parents then reversed.
- A massive maze with students
challenging their teachers. The group with the most correctly
finding the exit to the maze won. Ultimately the teachers
- Children would ride down a water slide, with a bucket attached to
their head, and would also be wearing a backpack on their front
filled with tomatoes. From the top of the slide to the bottom, the
object was to remove tomatoes and place them in the bucket.
- Also at a water park, children would ride down a high
speed slide, skim across a pool, and attempt to knock down as many
of a row of inflated 'bowling pins' that were attached to an overhead
cable with velcro, as
- A game of "Human Battleship" which is played like the classic
board game. When a player is hit, he or she would have a bucket
filled with a type of food dumped on them.
- A tug of war which pitted 50 kids against 3 giant pro
Wild and Crazy Kids was revived on Nickelodeon, premiering on
July 29, 2002 as a seven episode weekly summer series hosted by Mati Moralejo.
- Occasionally, Wild & Crazy Kids would have celebrity
appearances, such as Lark Voorhies from "Saved by the Bell",
Jonathan Taylor Thomas from
"Home Improvement", Michael Fishman from "Roseanne", Marc Summers from
"Double Dare", Chuck
Hogan, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- A young Tobey
Maguire appeared on the show long before he was famous,
promoting the short-lived Fox sitcom Great
- Olympic skiier Bode Miller appeared on the show in 2002.
- Professional baseball player Bruce Hurst appeared in one of the
"Dizzy Bat" baseball games, with another appearance made by
professional baseball pitcher Scott Bailes.
- Daryl Sabara
and Alexa Vega of the
Spy Kids movies appeared
for one episode during the Nick GaS revival of the show.
- Former Detroit Lion QB Rodney Peete was in an episode throwing
footballs to kids jumping into a swimming pool.
The show was executive produced by Woody Fraser, and aired 65
episodes between 1990 and 1992. It was produced by Woody Fraser
Productions in association with Nickelodeon and Reeves Entertainment Group.
appeared on several episodes.