|Northstar Syndications (1987-1988)|
Blair Murdoch Productions (1988-1992)
OPENING SPIEL: Welcome to Kidstreet! It's the kids game where teams race for those fabulous prizes! Let's meet today's contestants! (insert names)! And now a big Kidstreet welcome for your host, Kevin Frank!
Kidstreet was a children’s game show based on auto racing that aired on Global from 1986 to 1992. This game show was a combination of The Newlywed Game, Concentration, and I'm Telling!. The show was originally taped at CFAC-TV in Calgary, Alberta before moving to CKVU-TV in Vancouver, BC in 1991.
There were three teams of two kids each (most likely siblings) who sat in cars that contained microphones (in early episodes). These color teams were red, green & blue. The teams all competed in a game where they find out how much they know about each other while trying to win prizes. They would go through 3 rounds (or laps as it were) and host Frank would ask the siblings questions about their lives and the sibling would try to match the answer for points. Those points were shown on eggcrate displays behind the contestants in the back of the cars (Kidstreet was the only show in Canada to use this type of display; most other shows in Canada used a variation on the Ferranti font while most of Blair Murdoch's other shows used the Vane font in Vancouver). After the round, Frank would interview the contestants. Correct answers were always followed by overhead clapping, which became a trademark of the show.
Round 1 (Lap 1)Edit
One set of kid players dubbed the drivers were sent off stage while their sibling whom are dubbed passengers answered two or three Newlywed Game-esque questions posed by host Frank. The answers given by the passengers act as predictions because when the drivers return they were asked the same questions. Each time the team's answers match, they earn 1 point.
Round 2 (Lap 2)Edit
This lap/round was played like the first lap/round but with two differences:
- The roles are reversed meaning the drivers became the passengers and the passengers became the drivers.
- Each match was now worth 3 points.
The Final LapEdit
This works like the 25 point bonus question on The Newlywed Game, for in this round the roles were back to the way they were in round one. The passengers were asked one final question worth 5 points if the drivers can match the answers. The team with the most points at the end of this round wins the game. A perfect score (meaning all answers in each round were matched successfully) would be 17 points. The other two teams would receive parting gifts which were mostly Kidstreet goodies such as Kidstreet t-shirts, Kidstreet watches, and a home version of the game.
Kidstreet Rebus (Bonus Round)Edit
The winning team would go on to solve a bonus puzzle called the "Kidstreet Rebus". At the rebus, they faced a grid of 25 numbered squares. To start squares were randomly revealed at the outset; the number of squares revealed was determined by how many points the winning team scored during the game (if the team achieved a perfect score of 17 points, then all 25 squares would be revealed). In the first two seasons, the winning team chose the squares themselves; the additional five rule was added in the second season. For the rest of the series, the squares were randomly selected by computer. Then the team chooses five more squares to reveal (should they have less than the perfect score), and then they would be given 20 seconds to solve the puzzle (the clock was displayed in the form of a "gas gauge" that went down as the seconds passed). If the team solved the puzzle, they would win a grand prize package. If not, they would be given 10 seconds additionally and the audience would help them. If they solve it, they get prizes based on how many seconds leftover.
At the end of the show, the winners would then have a chance to gather prizes from a mass of toys assembled at the side of the stage. Typically sponsored by Toys and Wheels, the mass would feature teddy bears, cars and other toys.
Kathy & Garnet Morse
Parts of the theme music sound similar to Huey Lewis' "Hip to be Square".