Jack Barry with guest Zsa Zsa Gabor
|Presented by||Jack Barry (1947-1954, 1970-1971)
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||23-25 minutes|
|Original network||NBC (1947-1953)
Syndicated (1970-1971, 1989-1991)
|Original release||April 3, 1947– August 1, 1954|
|Related shows||Life Begins at Eighty
Wisdom of the Ages
Juvenile Jury is an American children's game show which originally ran on NBC from April 3, 1947 to August 1, 1954. It was hosted by Jack Barry and featured a panel of kids aged ten or less giving advice to solve the problems of other kids. The show began in 1946 as a radio program on WOR in New York, but then successfully made the transition to television. It continued to be broadcast as a radio program until 1953.
In a 1953 episode, four-year-old panelist Michelle Fogel claimed that she was told the questions/"problems" the night before, and further claimed that her answer to the first problem was what "my mommy told me to say"; Barry then, and again several times during the remainder of the episode, tried to assure the audience that what Fogel said was not the case.
Barry was later involved in the quiz show scandals, and in 1958 testified before a congressional committee about his involvement.
The show was revived twice in syndication, once from 1970-1971 hosted again by Barry, and again from 1989-1991 (renamed The New Juvenile Jury) hosted by Nipsey Russell. Incidentally, Russell hosted another version in 1983 under the title Nipsey Russell's Juvenile Jury created specifically for broadcast on cable network Black Entertainment Television (BET), who co-produced the show with Barry & Enright Productions. This rendition, though short-lived, was the first original game show for the fledgling network, and one of the few in game show history to feature a predominantly African-American audience. As its theme song, Nipsey Russell's Juvenile Jury utilized the theme music of another short-lived Barry & Enright game show, Play The Percentages from 1980.
The NBC version is believed to be destroyed, as per network practices. Two episodes (including the aforementioned 1953 episode) have been released on DVD, while two others are held by The Paley Center for Media.
Game Show Network aired most of the 1970s version (including the premiere) and 1980s Nipsey Russell version during the network's "Dark Period", from fall 1997 to spring 1998. Clips from both were also used occasionally on the late 1990s GSN original series As Seen On.
- "Radio: Juvenile Jury" Time magazine, June 17, 1946.
- Juvenile Jury. TV.com, retrieved Aug. 28, 2012.
- Sies, Luther F. Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960. McFarland & Co. 2000. p. 301.