It’s pretty obvious by now that I’m a Nickelodeon kid. I wasn’t a fan of Cartoon Network, One Saturday Morning, and I didn’t even get Disney Channel until I was 12. Nickelodeon had a lot to offer though. Besides their original cartoons and clever live action shows, they also had plenty of game shows to make sure their audience never lost interest.
A large amount of the game shows on Nickelodeon were “action sports” competitions. Global Guts is a great example of this. In each episode, kids from all over the world (except third world countries) would compete in three competitions to see who the best kid was. This show taught me that no matter if you win or lose, the best country is always USA. What kid wants to see other kids from Russia and Brazil competing on a game show? At that point in my life I liked to imagine that other kids around the world didn’t exist.
The best part about Global Guts was the final competition—The Aggro Crag. Each level of the competition had a cute name like “Zero G” or “Lap Attack” or something dumb like that. The Aggro Crag was the only consistent level on every episode. The Crag was this huge glowing mountain that the harnessed competitors had to race up to achieve victory. There were always boulders that would tumble down during the climb up and the kids would act surprised by them. The winner received a piece of the Crag which was basically just a hunk of green plastic. I think people sell them on eBay now. The world is a terrible place.
Legends of the Hidden Temple was another action competition game on Nick but it took place in a hidden temple so it was obviously much cooler. Instead of three dumb kids competing, Legends had 6 groups of 2 players competing for sweet prizes. The best part of the show was the team names: Red Jaguars, Blue Barracudas, Green Monkeys, Orange Iguanas, Purple Parrots, and Silver Snakes.
The host of the show was Olmec, a talking head who knew all the secrets of the temple. I never liked Olmec. He was so serious all the time. Maybe because he was just a head and living life without a body is no laughing matter. The first round was always “The Moat”. The teams would pull themselves across a pool and try not to drown. The second round was “The Steps of Knowledge” where the teams had to prove that they were smart. I never understood this part mainly because I was seven years old and could barely spell my own name.
Lastly were the “Temple Games” and the “Temple Run”. Basically anything that took place in the temple was the best part because it was like watching kids find their way through a labyrinth. People would jump out and scare them, they had to complete puzzles, and unlock secret passages. It was one of the most creative game shows ever.
The only way Nickelodeon could come back better than ever is if they introduced a game show that was like the Hunger Games. 21st century kids would love it.
I’m glad you liked to think that other kids around the world didn’t exist! LOL! I think if you’re honest you’d admit you still feel this way.
Hah yeah I was going to write about how I still felt that way, but I decided to make my post somewhat relatable. Tee hee.
Didn’t Omec laugh a lot? I hated how the host wore shorts. Men’s knees and men’s strong backs creep me out.
I’m upset you didn’t mention Mo at all on Guts. She wasn’t all too hot but she was the only adult woman still around birthing age I ever saw so I had to have a crush on her. Plus that accent was so exotic and hard to understand. How did Mike O’Malley have a career after Guts? I used to think the show Mike & Molley was another Mike O’Malley show where’s married to himself. I need to watch more TV.
Nice post. These are the two game shows I still hear referenced today. A popular Halloween costume is dressed up as contestants on either show. That’s how you spot someone with Peter Pan Syndrome.
Oh and Michael Barbera had a piece of the Aggro Crag his parents bought him. It wasn’t real and I think that’s why we stopped being friends.
What kind of parents buy you a fake piece of the Aggro Crag? That’s like flat out telling your kid that you don’t like them.
I didn’t think it was worth mentioning Mike O’Malley or Mo. They both kind of annoyed me because they were so into the show like it was the Olympics or something. Like, calm down.
I was watching an episode of Figure It Out and the people guessing were Mo, Amanda Bynes, Little Pete, and Lori Beth Denberg. Doesn’t get much better than that.
That was an All-Star lineup for Figure it Out. I think by that point in her career Lori Beth Denberg couldn’t walk or at least chose not to.
Oh me, oh my, so many thoughts. Let’s get down to them. 1, The best thing about GUTS was Mike O’Malley, who is now on Glee. The consummate performer, he is. There was also some British woman who was the announcer, which I always felt gave the show some real global authenticity. 2, I checked eBay and there currently aren’t any pieces of the Crag for sale, so there is hope for us yet. 3, Legends of the Hidden Temple always drove me insane because in all my years of watching it, I don’t think I ever saw any kid actually win the temple run. It was always so difficult!
You never saw anyone win?! I did! But yes, I agree it was rare! The British chick was Moira or “Mo” and I always thought she was too pretty to be on a show called Guts wearing a referee uniform. So glad that the Crag isn’t on eBay anymore! That was seriously a disgrace. Who wouldn’t want their piece of the Crag forever?
Mo! Her outfit was the worst. And my friend was obsessed with Guts and we watched it in college when we hung out. I looked for a piece of the Crag to give him for his birthday but it was HUNDREDS of dollars on eBay. Lame.
What?! That’s crazy! I love that you went searching for a piece of the Crag for your friend. I also love how you watched Guts in college because I would probably be doing the same thing.
I don’t this was ever shown in the UK 😦 It seems exciting. They should totally do a Hunger Games on Nick, that’d get massive ratings.
Yeah I think you would’ve liked it! It’s weird because it had kids from the UK on it. Like, they couldn’t even watch themselves on TV when they got home? Weird. But yeah I’m all for Hunger Games.