Fun House was this crazy game show that was the talk of the playground for a short period in the late 80s. Much like every other Double Dare wannabe at that time, Fun House had two teams compete against each other in a series of events and races that would permit the winning team to enter the Fun House for the chance to win some top notch prizes!
Oh, and it had cheerleaders.
What stuck out most with me (other than the Fun House itself) was the notion that the teams were always a boy and a girl, and they were always introduced as friends. This to me was completely strange as I was still too young to think of girls as anything other than “yucky”. But there it was, right in front of me. Boys and Girls, teaming up for the greater good of getting enough points to earn the right to go into that Fun House.
The games were your typical run of the mill kid’s game shows type fare that were fairly common in the 80’s and 90’s, so I’ll just gloss over them by just saying most of these things were merely an obstacle you had to sit through to get to the Fun House.
But before you reached the Fun House you had one last event to sit through: The Grand Prix. The premise was simple, get your ass around the track, collect colored tokens that had a certain point value, switch, then have the second team member go back around for a second lap! As a kid, this was an absolute thrill to watch, because anything could happen. The tides could change at the drop of a token (quite literally) and propel the losing team into the winning position!
At the end of the race, the points would be tallied up and the winners would get their chance to enter THE FUN HOUSE.
Just look at this thing. Seriously. LOOK AT IT!!!!
That right there was a kids’ paradise all wrapped up under one roof. Hell, who am I kidding? I would still love to run around through that house.