Kids Say the Darndest Things

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Kids Say the Darndest Things
GenreComedy
Directed byMorris Abraham
Presented by
Composer(s)Bruce Miller
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes74
Production
Executive producer(s)Eddie Kritzer
Bill Paolantonio
Art Linkletter
Producer(s)Eric Schotz
Running time
  • 22–24 minutes
  • 60 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s)LMNO Productions (1998-2000)
Linkletter/Atkins/Kritzer Productions Inc. (1998-2000)
CBS Productions (1998-2000)
Anvil 1893 Entertainment, Inc. (2019)
She Ready Productions (2019)
CBS Television Studios (2019)
Release
Original networkCBS (1998–2000)
ABC (2019)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
(1998-2000)
1080i (HDTV)
(2019-present)
Original releaseCBS:
January 9, 1998 – June 23, 2000
ABC: October 6, 2019 – present
Chronology
Related showsArt Linkletter's House Party

Kids Say the Darndest Things is an American comedy series hosted by Bill Cosby that aired on CBS from January 9, 1998 to June 23, 2000. It was based on a feature with the same name in Art Linkletter's radio show House Party and television series, Art Linkletter's House Party, which together aired mostly five days a week from 1945 to 1969.[1][2]

Synopsis[edit]

The premise of the show is that the host would ask a question to a child (around the age of 3 to 8) who would usually respond in a "cute" way, usually humorous or embarrassing results. The show sometimes would "flashback" to Linkletter's show, Art Linkletter's House Party, with Cosby joined onstage by Linkletter to introduce the vintage clips. It would show kids (of the time), with their same "cute" reactions of whatever Linkletter would ask or say to them. Cosby also provided some of the humor in the show.

Production[edit]

Kids Say The Darndest Things was produced by CBS Productions with the co-production of LMNO Productions and Linkletter's company, Linkletter Productions.

In other media[edit]

In 2005, Robert Johnson and Albert Evans adapted the show into a full-length musical comedy.

International versions[edit]

Country Name Host(s) TV station Premiere Finale
 Australia Kidspeak Andrew Daddo Seven Network 1999 2000
 India Badmaash Company - Ek Sharat Hone Ko Hains
Kutties Chutties (Tamil)
Juhi Chawla Colors TV
Sun TV (Tamil)
2000 2000
 Italy Zitti tutti! Parlano loro Carlo Conti Rai 1 January 17, 2000 May 26, 2000
 Singapore Kids Talk Back Andrew Lim Television Corporation of Singapore 1999 1999
Gurmit's Small Talk Gurmit Singh 2003 2003
 United Kingdom Kids Say the Funniest Things Michael Barrymore ITV December 27, 1998 October 8, 2000

Revival[edit]

A revival of the show, hosted by Tiffany Haddish, was announced on May 15th, 2019 and premiered on October 6, 2019 on ABC.[3]Part of the program is performed in front of a live audience, and other features are taped.

In popular culture[edit]

  • In the Family Guy episode "Brian Does Hollywood" (2001), Stewie Griffin stars in an episode of Kids Say the Darndest Things.
  • In the PBS animated series Arthur episode "Revenge of the Chips" (1998), Arthur and his family attend a filming of "You Do the Most Embarrassing Things" which is a parody of "Kids Say the Darndest Things".
  • In The Simpsons episode "Children of a Lesser Clod" (2001), Homer Simpson, Rod Flanders and Todd Flanders watch Kids Say the Darndest Things. Bill Cosby asks a boy what he likes to play. The boy answers "Pokémon!". Cosby starts talking nonsense, in reply to his answer much to the audience's delight.
  • In the Sheep in the Big City episode "Wish You Were Shear," (2001) Gamey McGameGame hosts a similar show, "Kids Say the Most Hysterical Things". McGameGame asks a child what his favorite breakfast is. He answers "pancakes" and McGameGame laughs hysterically, frightening the child.
  • McSweeney's Internet Tendency published a satirical listicle by Simon Pinkerton, "Rejected Titles for Kids Say the Darndest Things,"[4] based on common tropes from the series, including "Kids Often Misconstrue Colloquial English," "Kids Repeat the Terrible Things Their Parents Say In the Home" and "Something My Kid Said Alarmed His Teachers Enough to Raise Suspicions About Me."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dunning, John. On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Oxford University Press, 1998), pp. 333. ISBN 0-19-507678-8
  2. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2007-10-17). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present (9 ed.). Ballantine Books. pp. 736–737. ISBN 0-345-49773-2.
  3. ^ "ABC and Tiffany Haddish Reinvent the Classic Show "Kids Say the Darndest Things" for a New Generation". The Futon Critic. May 14, 2019.
  4. ^ Pinkerton, Simon (November 2015), "Rejected Titles for Kids Say the Darndest Things." McSweeney's Internet Tendency. Retrieved November 12, 2015.

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