Wild & Crazy Kids is an American television game show in which large teams, usually consisting entirely of children, participated in head-to-head physical challenges on Nickelodeon (as well as YTV in Canada), that aired from 1990 until 1992 for a total of 65 episodes. Wild & Crazy Kids starred three teenage co-hosts: Omar Gooding and Donnie Jeffcoat appeared for the entire series; Annette Chavez (now Annette M. Lesure) appeared in the first season, and was replaced by Jessica Gaynes, who appeared from the beginning of season two through the series finale. In 2002, a revival was produced which lasted ten episodes and was hosted by Mati Moralejo of Nickelodeon Games and Sports.
Each episode consisted of three games with one host emceeing each game. The teams were identified by the color of the shirts they wore, which varied from show to show (see below). The games varied in style; many were takeoffs on playground games, sports with unusual rules added, or messy games involving pies or slime (the latter was referred to as "blap" beginning in season three). Occasionally, the show taped special episodes at a theme park such as Raging Waters, Wild Rivers, and Six Flags Magic Mountain. Games became more outlandish and gratuitously sloppy as the series progressed.
Take-Offs on SportsEdit
- The most often repeated (once per season) game 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; any ball that did not leave the field in fair territory was 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. Donnie Jeffcoat, incidentally, hosted the game all three times.
- Three-Legged Soccer, where kids were tied at the ankle like in a Three-Legged Race.
- Splash Football, where a quarterback would throw to kids jumping off a diving board.
- Bumper Boat Lacrosse, played in bumper boats.
- Donkey Basketball, played with kids on donkeys.
- A giant game of Simon Says which looked more like a comedy routine by leader, Brian Seeman.
- Red Light/Green Light, retitled Red Pie/Green Pie, where if a child was caught trying to advance after the call of "red light," they hit them self with a pie. If the reached their goal, they hit one of their parents with the pie.
- Cops and Robbers played on the set of the Miami Vice Spectacular at Universal Studios Hollywood.
- A Tug of War pitting three professional wrestlers against a team of kids. The wrestlers would face-off against a growing number of kids each round, starting at one and then going to all fifty kids.
- A massive game of Twister.
- Human Space Invaders.
- Human Battleship.
Team Colors UsedEdit
Wild & Crazy Kids had a bank of colored T-Shirts to choose from, many more than most children's game shows. Some uncommon colors were used, such as peach or aqua. The first season's shirts were more neon than the second and third season's, in part due to the show switching clothiers after season one.
|Team Color||In Use||Notes|
|Aqua||1990||Same color as Blue (1990)|
|Blue||1990||Same color as Aqua|
|Gray||1992||Also called "Grey."|
|Lavender||1991||Same color as Purple (1991-1992)|
|Purple||1991-1992||Same color as Lavender|
A pilot was shot in 1989, hosted by Matt Brown (who co-hosted Don't Just Sit There on Nickelodeon), Leslie Hibbard and Cory Tyler.
Occasionally, Wild & Crazy Kids would have celebrity appearances. The final ten episodes of the series, as a matter of fact, each had such appearances. Guests were people like Lark Voorhies from Saved by the Bell, Jonathan Taylor Thomas from Home Improvement and Michael Fishman from Roseanne. A young Tobey Maguire appeared on the show long before he was famous, promoting the short-lived Fox sitcom Great Scott!. This episode, incidentally, was the series finale. Other appearances include:
- Marc Summers from Double Dare who appeared in 1990 in a special episode titled "Double Dare vs. Wild & Crazy Kids." He also appeared the following year to pitch in "Dizzy Bat Home Run Derby: The Sequel."
- California Angels pitcher Scott Bailes pitched the first "Dizzy Bat Home Run Derby" and Bruce Hurst of the San Diego Padres pitched the third and final installment.
- Detroit Lions quarterback Rodney Peete appeared on the premiere episode throwing footballs to kids jumping into a swimming pool.
- Michael Bower, Venus De Milo and Danny Cooksey from the Nickelodeon hit Salute Your Shorts appeared on one of the final episodes. This show pitted two teams -- one headed by the Salute Your Shorts crew and the other headed by the three Wild & Crazy Kids co-hosts -- in an all day showdown.
- As a child, D'Brickashaw Ferguson rode in a BMX vs. Horses race.
- Olympic skiier Bode Miller appeared on the revival in 2002.
- Daryl Sabara and Alexa Vega of the Spy Kids movies appeared on the revival.
- Actor and co-star of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Alfonso Ribeiro appeared in a game titled "The Fresh Race of Tortoise-Hare".
Season 1 EpisodesEdit
Super Mall Madness: composed of the Root Beer Foot Race, The Video Game 300 Yd. Dash, The Pump-it-up Sneaker Grab, Speed Dressing, and the Pie-in-Your-Face Eating Contest. Dunk It: A Boys Vs. Girls Contest to See who can Dunk the Camp Counselors the most in 3 Minutes. but they must aim the Target with Basketballs. Street Hockey Games: Composed of Slapshot Practice and Slapstick against a Human Goalie.
- 48. County of Los Angeles Fire Department Training:
Three-Alarm Relay: 2 Teams of 10 Kids and Firefighters in a Relay of Pushing a Stretcher, (with a Firefighter) Wear Firefighter Suits, jump on a Waiting Firetruck, and a Race to Connect the Fire hoses, and hit the Fire. The Team that hits the Fire First Wins. Smoke Find: 2 Teams of Four Kids and a Firefigher (While wearing Blackout Masks) Simulates a Fire Emergency to Race against the Clock to Rescue a Simulation Dummy. Ragin' Waters Bucket Brigade: 2 Teams of Kids and Firefighters Pass Water-Filled Buckets to Fill Up a Cylinder and when a Ball spills out of the Cylinder, a Parent from Either Team will grab the Ball and go down the Waterslide and bounce it to the Finish Line.
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.