Klickstein: They were bringing as many people together as they could at that little office to ask, “What do you think?” Secretaries, receptionists, anyone they could ask. Luckily, there were people there who grew up on game shows and could say, “This should work like this, and this should work like that.”
Gerry Laybourne, president of Nickelodeon from 1980 to 1996: In the office, nobody was hierarchically more important than anyone else, but the team that did Double Dare was Dee LaDuke, Bob Mittenthal, Mike Klinghoffer, and Geoffrey, who was the only person who’d ever produced anything before.
Darby: I remember telling the group the three rules of game shows: it is 40% game, 50% jeopardy, and 10% production value. It was important that people were able to play along at home, and what I mean by “jeopardy,” is there had to be something at stake, we made money at stake, or else the audience would ask, “Why do we care?”
Bob Mittenthal, co-creator; children’s TV writer/producer: The idea to “make it messy,” came afterwards. It was just kind of a natural outgrowth of thinking, “What could we do for a dare?”