Double Dare

CBS (ended 1977)


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It's hard to believe that the game show title Double Dare was first used not on Nickelodeon, but by Mark Goodson for a short-lived adult game show on CBS.

Two contestants competed (each in isolation booths). Clues were read (up to 10 clues) and the first person to buzz in (which caused the opponents booth to shut down and close the view) with the correct answer to the subject, wins $50. If the player buzzed in and was wrong, that player's booth would be closed and the opponent got a penalty clue and a free guess. If the player guessed wrong, play resumed with the opponent never seeing that previous clue (unless the opponent guessed it right and would become the "DARE" clue as well). Then that contestant could "DARE" the opponent to guess the subject on the next clue. The booth was then opened and the contestant had 5 seconds to study the clue before being asked for a guess. A correct guess paid $50 while an incorrect guess paid $100 to the player who dared him/her. Then the contestant could "DOUBLE DARE" the opponent for $200 (or $100 for the opponent), but if the contestant doesn't want to Dare or Double Dare (or if all 10 clues were used), play moved on with a new subject.

The first player to reach $500 won the game, got out of the isolation booth to face...


In this bonus round, the contestant faced three PhDs (each in an isolation booth). The subject was shown only to the contestant. There were 8 numbered clues, the contestant could decide to pass or use that clue. Up to four passes were allowed. If the clue was used, each Spoiler in turn, tried to guess what the subject was (the other Spoilers' booths are turned off while each one answers). Every time a Spoiler guessed incorrectly, the contestant won $100. If the Spoiler guesses correctly, that Spoiler won $100 and would be out of the round.

The contestant had to give four clues to the Spoilers. If all 3 Spoilers guessed the subject, the round ends, but the contestant kept all winnings to that point. If at least one Spoiler fails to guess correctly after being given the fourth clue, the contestant won $5,000.

Champions stayed on until defeated or have reached the $20,000 limit (though CBS shows had $25,000 ceilings, this show followed ABC's winning limits). This was done by a contestant named Alan Lusher. He won 8 games & $20,500 total (the Ken Jennings of Double Dare). Then you have Ray Winston, another Double Dare champ that won over $7,000, but he never beaten the Spoilers. He suffered the Agony of Defeat everytime.

Does the theme song sound familiar? It would be heard a year later on another Goodson-Todman game on another network (NBC), Card Sharks.


THE BROADCAST HISTORY of DOUBLE DARE: December 13, 1976-March 4, 1977 at 11:00-11:30am on CBS-TV March 7-April 29, 1977 at 10:00-10:30am on CBS-TV.