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Kids Say the Darndest Things

Kids Say the Darndest Things was an American comedy series hosted by Bill Cosby that aired on CBS as a special on February 6, 1995, then as a full series 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]

Kids Say the Darndest Things
Genre Reality
Directed by Morris Abraham
Presented by Bill Cosby
Composer(s) Bruce Miller
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 64
Executive producer(s) Eddie Kritzer
Bill Paolantonio
Art Linkletter
Producer(s) Eric Schotz
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) LMNO Productions
Linkletter/Atkins/Kritzer Productions Inc.
CBS Productions
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Original release February 6, 1995 (1995-02-06) (special)
January 9, 1998 (1998-01-09) – June 23, 2000 (2000-06-23)
Related shows Art Linkletter's House Party



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. 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. Linkletter's production company displayed Sam Berman's caricature of Linkletter (or at least his head), which was originally for NBC's promotional book, published in 1947. Berman's caricature illustrated Linkletter's People Are Funny.

In other mediaEdit

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

International versionsEdit

Country/language Local title Host Channel Date aired/premiered
  United Kingdom Kids Say the Funniest Things Michael Barrymore ITV December 27, 1998 – October 1, 2000
  Australia Kidspeak Andrew Daddo Seven Network 1999–2000
  Singapore Kids Talk Back
Gurmit's Small Talk
Andrew Lim
Gurmit Singh
Television Corporation of Singapore 1999
  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

United KingdomEdit

In the United Kingdom, British television network ITV produced their own version of the show entitled Kids Say the Funniest Things. It was presented by Michael Barrymore, and was a production of LWT. It ran from 27 December 1998 to 1 October 2000. A third series was recorded in 2001, but never aired because of the revelations surrounding Stuart Lubbock's death at Barrymore's home.

Series Start date End date Episodes
27 December 1998
1 31 October 1999 19 December 1999 8
2 3 September 2000 1 October 2000 5


There was also a version in Australia entitled Kidspeak, hosted by Andrew Daddo on the Seven Network for several seasons in the late 1999 and early 2000 (decade).


The Television Corporation of Singapore (now Mediacorp) produced a show with a similar concept called Kids Talk Back, that was first broadcast in 1999 and hosted by actor and radio host Andrew Lim. The show featured interviews with young guests, in addition to hidden-camera segments filmed in schools and kindergartens. Gurmit Singh hosted a similar show in 2003 entitled Gurmit's Small Talk.


In India, Colors TV produced their own version of the show titled Badmaash Company - Ek Sharat Hone Ko Hain hosted by Juhi Chawla.

Sun TV also produced the Tamil Language version of the show called Kutties Chutties which airs every Sunday.


In Italy, Rai 1 produced their own version of the show titled Zitti tutti! Parlano loro hosted by Carlo Conti in 2000.

In popular cultureEdit

  • In 1973, Tammy Wynette had a number one country hit with a song titled, "Kids Say the Darndest Things".
  • In the 1993 film Mrs. Doubtfire, Daniel Hillard (portrayed by Robin Williams) says "Kids Say the Darndest Things" in response to his daughter Natalie (Mara Wilson) copying him shouting at his ex-wife Miranda (Sally Field) saying "They're my Goddamn kids too!" by saying "We're his Goddamn kids too" when she arrives at his new home to collect them from their visit early.
  • 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", 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.
  • 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,"[3] 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."


  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. ^ Pinkerton, Simon (November 2015), "Rejected Titles for Kids Say the Darndest Things." McSweeney's Internet Tendency. Retrieved November 12, 2015.

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