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Figure It Out
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Genre: Children's game show
# of episodes: 162
Running time: 22 minutes
Original run: July 7, 1997 - December 12,1999

Figure It Out is an American children's game show hosted by Summer Sanders that aired on Nickelodeon for four seasons from July 7, 1997 to December 12, 1999.

Kids with special skills or unique achievements competed as contestants on the show while a panel of four Nick celebrities tried to guess the predetermined phrase that described the contestant's talent.

Shortly after the series aired its last first-run episode, Figure It Out began airing repeats on Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids until the network ceased at the end of 2007. The series was recorded at Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

Gameplay

1996-1999 Version

Each episode had two sets of three one-minute rounds, in which the panel took turns asking yes-or-no questions to try and guess the contestant's talent. Each time a panelist mentioned a word that was part of the phrase that described the secret talent, the word was turned over on Billy the Answer Head, a game board that displayed a puzzle (the solution being the contestant's secret).

2012-2013 Version

This version was the same as the previous, except that the last two rounds last for 45 seconds. There was a new game board called The "It" Board. And futhermore, one of the words in certain games is dubbed "The Word of Honor", indicated by the color green. If at anytime that was said, not only that word was revealed, but the contestant got slimed.

Secret Slime Action

Starting in round two and continuing through the end of the game, a special action called "The Secret Slime Action" was activated. If at anytime any panel member performed that action, those panelists got slimed, and a randomly selected audience member won a prize. Some of the actions including touching your hair, touching a clue, looking to the left (this was a reflex, as the charade brigade ran to the exit stage left), saying a certain word, or even being a panelist would cause someone to get slimed. In the Sanders era, a contraption called the "Slime Spewer" dumped the slime, in the Sutphen era, the slime either comes out from the panel desk or from another "Slime Spewer" (the holes to which the slime comes out of are shaped like plus signs and that "Slime Spewer" doubled as a clue drop), or both. There were some bogus ones as well (such as thinking about coconuts or mushroom soup). Contrary to popular belief, the action was "not" always preformed. Sometimes, the host would trick the panelists to perform the action (for example, with actions involving touching hair, host Sanders would touch hers and ask the panel "Have you done something to your hair?" then the panel would touch their hair in succession). On three shows of the original, the host, contestant or judges would make a choice as to which panelist would get slimed.

Panelists

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All panelists for the show were celebrities. Either three or all four panelists were taken from Nickelodeon shows airing at the time. Regulars included All That cast members Amanda Bynes, Lori Beth Denberg, and Danny Tamberelli, who also had starred in Nickelodeon's The Adventures of Pete & Pete. At one point, Cat, Dog and Cousin Skeeter were panelists. Even Coolio, who sang the Kenan & Kel theme song and appeared in its opening sequence, was a panelist.

List of panelists

Sanders Version

Sutphen Version

Trivia

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  • For a brief period in Season 1, the show experimented with pouring chocolate syrup on the panelists instead of the usual green slime.

Videos

Nickelodeon Figure It Out 2012 Promo00:46

Nickelodeon Figure It Out 2012 Promo

Promo for the 2012 revival

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