Kids Say the Darndest Things
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|Kids Say the Darndest Things|
|Directed by||Morris Abraham|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||82|
|Executive producers||Eddie Kritzer|
|Production companies||LMNO Productions (1998–2000)|
Linkletter/Atkins/Kritzer Productions Inc. (1998–2000)
CBS Productions (1998–2000)
Anvil 1893 Entertainment, Inc. (2019–present)
She Ready Productions (2019–present)
CBS Studios (2019–present)
|Original network||CBS (1998–2000, 2021–)|
|Picture format||NTSC (1998–2000)|
HDTV 720p (2019–present)
|Original release||Original series:|
January 9, 1998 – June 23, 2000
Revival series: October 6, 2019 – present
|Related shows||Art Linkletter's House Party|
Kids Say the Darndest Things is an American comedy series hosted by Bill Cosby on CBS from January 9, 1998 to June 23, 2000. A revival was hosted by Tiffany Haddish aired on ABC from October 6, 2019 to January 19, 2020. ABC cancelled the revival after one season. However, the revival moved to CBS, its original network, and premiered on May 5, 2021 with Haddish returning as the host.
In the show's first inception, it would sometimes flash back to the 1950s and 1960s show Art Linkletter's House Party, with Cosby joined onstage by Art Linkletter, that show's host, to introduce the vintage clips. It would show kids (of the time), with their same comedic reactions of whatever Linkletter would ask or say to them. Cosby also provided some of the humor in the show.
The revival continued the premise, with part of the show performed in front of a live audience, and the rest featuring taped segments.
The revival continued its CBS association via CBS Television Studios, and was also co-produced by Haddish through her production company, She Ready Productions, and Eric Schotz of Anvil 1893 Entertainment.
The show is based on a feature with the same name in Art Linkletter's radio show House Party and television series, Art Linkletter's House Party, which together aired mostly five days a week from 1945 to 1969.
In other media
The subplot of the Family Guy episode "Brian Does Hollywood" features Stewie auditioning for the show in an attempt to hypnotize the entire world using a mind control device, with Cosby later unwittingly foiling his plans.
In 2005, Robert Johnson and Albert Evans adapted the show into a full-length musical comedy.
|Australia||Kidspeak||Andrew Daddo||Seven Network||1999||2000|
|India||Badmaash Company - Ek Sharat Hone Ko Hains
Kutties Chutties (Tamil)
|Juhi Chawla||Colors TV
Sun TV (Tamil)
|Italy||Zitti tutti! Parlano loro||Carlo Conti||Rai 1||January 17, 2000||December 22, 2000|
|Singapore||Kids Talk Back||Andrew Lim||Television Corporation of Singapore||1999||1999|
|Gurmit's Small Talk||Gurmit Singh||2003||2003|
|United Kingdom||Kids Say the Funniest Things||Michael Barrymore||ITV||December 27, 1998||October 8, 2000|
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