Kids Say the Darndest Things

Kids Say the Darndest Things is an American comedy series hosted by Bill Cosby on CBS from January 9, 1998 to June 23, 2000. A revival was hosted by Tiffany Haddish aired on ABC from October 6, 2019 to January 19, 2020. ABC cancelled the revival after one season.[1] However, the revival moved to CBS, its original network, and premiered on May 5, 2021 with Haddish returning as the host.[2][3]

Kids Say the Darndest Things
GenreComedy
Directed byMorris Abraham
Presented by
ComposerBruce Miller
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes82
Production
Executive producersEddie Kritzer
Bill Paolantonio
Art Linkletter
ProducerEric Schotz
Running time
  • 22–24 minutes
  • 60 minutes (with commercials)
Production companiesLMNO Productions (1998–2000)
Linkletter/Atkins/Kritzer Productions Inc. (1998–2000)
CBS Productions (1998–2000)
Anvil 1893 Entertainment, Inc. (2019–present)
She Ready Productions (2019–present)
CBS Studios (2019–present)
Release
Original networkCBS (1998–2000, 2021–)
ABC (2019–20)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
(1998–2000)
1080i (HDTV)
(2019–present),
Original releaseOriginal series:
January 9, 1998 – June 23, 2000
Revival series: October 6, 2019 – present
Chronology
Related showsArt Linkletter's House Party

PremiseEdit

The host will begin a conversation by posing a question about life topics to a child, who usually responds with their own innocent, often comedic perspectives on the various topics.[4][5]

In the show's first inception, it would sometimes "flashback" to the 1950's and 1960's show Art Linkletter's House Party, with Cosby joined onstage by Art Linkletter, that show's host, to introduce the vintage clips. It would show kids (of the time), with their same comedic reactions of whatever Linkletter would ask or say to them. Cosby also provided some of the humor in the show.[4]

The revival continued the premise, with part of the show performed in front of a live audience, and the rest featuring taped segments.[6]

ProductionEdit

For the series' first iteration, Kids Say the Darndest Things was produced by CBS Productions with the co-production of LMNO Productions and Linkletter's company, Linkletter Productions.[4][7]

The revival continued its CBS association via CBS Television Studios, and was also co-produced by Haddish through her production company, She Ready Productions, and Eric Schotz of Anvil 1893 Entertainment.[8]

ConceptionEdit

The show is 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.[9][10]

In other mediaEdit

The subplot of the Family Guy episode "Brian Does Hollywood" features Stewie auditioning for the show in an attempt to hypnotize the entire world using a mind control device, with Cosby later unwittingly foiling his plans.

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

International versionsEdit

Country Name Host(s) TV station Premiere Finale
  Australia Kidspeak Andrew Daddo Seven Network 1999 2000
  Hungary Gyerekszáj Sándor Friderikusz TV2 2000 2001
  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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ White, Peter; Andreeva, Nellie (May 21, 2020). "'Schooled', 'Bless This Mess', 'Single Parents', 'Emergence' & 'Kids Say The Darndest Things' Canceled By ABC". Deadline Hollywood.
  2. ^ White, Peter (December 17, 2020). "'Kids Say the Darndest Things' Moves Back To CBS After ABC Cancellation". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  3. ^ "Classic Variety Series "Kids Say the Darndest Things," Hosted by Emmy(R) and Grammy(R) Award-Winning Actress and Comedian Tiffany Haddish, to Premiere Wednesday, May 5 on CBS" (Press release). CBS. April 7, 2021 – via The Futon Critic.
  4. ^ a b c Shales, Tom (January 9, 1998). "'Darndest Things': A Fresh Old Idea". The Washington Post.
  5. ^ Pedersen, Erik (May 14, 2019). "Tiffany Haddish To Host 'Kids Say The Darndest Things' Reboot On ABC". Deadline Hollywood.
  6. ^ Harris, Beth (August 5, 2019). "Tiffany Haddish gets kids to say darndest things on new show". ABC 33/40 News.
  7. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (October 2, 2019). "Former LMNO Chief Rebounds With 'Kids Say the Darndest Things'". Variety.
  8. ^ Nakamura, Reid (May 14, 2019). "Tiffany Haddish to Host 'Kids Say the Darndest Things' Revival at ABC". TheWrap.
  9. ^ Dunning, John. On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Oxford University Press, 1998), pp. 333. ISBN 0-19-507678-8
  10. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2007-10-17). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books (9 ed.). pp. 736–737. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.

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