Nickelodeon gave us alot to be thankful for in its first ten years. Classic shows like You Can't Do That On Television, Double Dare, Pinwheel, and Mr. Wizard's World provided great entertainment for children of the 80s. These ground-breaking shows paved the way for the cable network's national success throughout the 90s and through the present day. Nick proved it didn't take big budget shows to entertain kids, just shows that challenged our minds and were the definition of fun...giving us many reasons why we loved Nickelodeon in the 80s!
One of my favorite game shows on Nickelodeon was Finder Keepers. It incorporated a simple concept of finding hidden objects in one of many rooms in a two-story house. Who hasn't lost something important and spent hours or sometimes days looking for it? Finders Keepers made it fun and took the most pain-staking element out of that process after you found your lost toy or your parents' keys...the clean-up!! And not only could you trash the rooms, you could win prizes at the same time!!
Nickelodeon knew what they were doing when they setup the rules to Finders Keepers. They didn't start the show in the house, but let the suspense build before any rooms were trashed. First, the two teams won money and the right to search a room by finding objects in a hidden picture. I was a big fan of Highlights magazine as a kid and my favorite part was always the hidden picture puzzles. After initial round of circling hidden objects, both teams got to enter the house and begin the finding adventure.
Fun House would piggyback off the popularity of Finders Keepers in the early 90s, but the original was always my favorite and a reason why I loved Nickelodeon!!
Check out this episode from 1987!