Fun House was a British children's game show produced by Scottish Television aired on ITV between 24 February 1989 and 1999. It was hosted by Pat Sharp, who was also aided by twin cheerleaders, Melanie Grant and Martina Grant. The announcer was Gary King.
Type: Game Show
Runtime: 25 minutes
Fun House - Fun House (U.S. game show) - Netflix
Fun House is an American children's television game show that aired from September 5, 1988 to April 13, 1991. The first two seasons aired in daily syndication, with the Fox network picking it up and renaming it Fox's Fun House for its third and final season. Similar in format to Double Dare airing at the time, Fun House saw two teams competing against each other answering questions and taking part in messy games with the winners running through an obstacle course (the titular “Fun House”) at the end of the show. Fun House was hosted for its entire run by J. D. Roth. He was assisted by twin cheerleaders and sisters Jacqueline “Jackie” and Samantha “Sammi” Forrest, who each cheered on one of the teams, and the show's announcer. John “Tiny” Hurley announced for both syndicated seasons(Brian Cummings was the announcer for the pilot) and actor/breakdancer Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers, referred to on air as “MC Mike”, replaced him when the show moved to Fox in 1990. British Knights was a major sponsor of the show, and every contestant and cast/crew member (including Roth) wore a pair of the company's shoes. Fun House was created by game show producer Bob Synes, who served as executive producer of the series with his partner Scott Stone for the first two seasons. When Synes died in 1990, Stone paired with David Stanley and what was previously known as Stone Television became known as Stone Stanley Productions. Fun House remained a Stone Stanley production until its final episode in 1991. Stone's initial co-producer and distributor was Lorimar-Telepictures, which produced the series for much of the first season. Beginning in 1989, Lorimar Television assumed co-production duties and Warner Bros. Television Distribution became the distributor. A year after Fun House premiered, a spinoff series called College Mad House was created. Premiering in 1989 and running in weekly syndication for one season, it was hosted by Greg Kinnear and featured teams of college students from various universities around the United States competing against each other.
Fun House - The Fun House - Netflix
The Fun House was a structure containing a variety of rooms and obstacles as well as several large tags. Six tags were red, each marked with a different prize; the others were green and awarded cash amounts from $50 to $250. All cash tags were placed in plain sight, but the prize tags were sometimes hidden within the rooms. Every room that held a prize tag, hidden or visible, was marked with a placard indicating the prize. The team had two minutes to enter the Fun House and collect as many tags as possible. Only one teammate could be inside at a time, and he/she could take no more than three tags before having to exit so the other could enter. Both members received all prizes and cash picked up by either of them, including any carried by a player who was still inside the Fun House when time ran out. One tag was secretly designated as the “Power Prize” and awarded a bonus vacation to both teammates if either of them found it. When Fun House moved to Fox for season three, a large alarm clock called the Glop Clock was hidden in the Fun House. If found, it awarded the team an extra 15 seconds once the clock ran out. Prize totals on Fun House were usually much higher than were available on other children's game shows of the time such as Nickelodeon's Double Dare or Finders Keepers. A team on either of those two shows could usually walk away with approximately $2,000–$3,000 in cash and prizes, while a team on Fun House could often win cash and prizes that often topped $5,000. It should also be noted that while the main game of Fun House was played for points, both of the Nickelodeon shows mentioned saw their main games played for money.