Kids Say the Darndest Things
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|Kids Say the Darndest Things|
|Directed by||Morris Abraham|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||74|
|Executive producer(s)||Eddie Kritzer |
|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)
|Original network||CBS (1998–2000)|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||CBS: |
January 9, 1998 – June 23, 2000
ABC: October 6, 2019 – present
|Related shows||Art 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.
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.
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
In 2005, Robert Johnson and Albert Evans adapted the show into a full-length musical comedy.
|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)
|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|
A revival of the show, hosted by Tiffany Haddish, was announced on May 15th, 2019 and premiered on October 6, 2019 on ABC.Part of the program is performed in front of a live audience, and other features are taped.
In popular culture
- 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," 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."
- Dunning, John. On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Oxford University Press, 1998), pp. 333. ISBN 0-19-507678-8
- 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.
- "ABC and Tiffany Haddish Reinvent the Classic Show "Kids Say the Darndest Things" for a New Generation". The Futon Critic. May 14, 2019.
- Pinkerton, Simon (November 2015), "Rejected Titles for Kids Say the Darndest Things." McSweeney's Internet Tendency. Retrieved November 12, 2015.