My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad

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My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad
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Created by Mark Burnett
Starring Dan Cortese
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Running time 60 minutes
Original network NBC
Original release February 18 – April 7, 2008
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My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad was a reality sports TV show on NBC that premiered on February 18, 2008. The show was produced by Mark Burnett, producer of other shows like Survivor, The Apprentice, and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, and was hosted by actor Dan Cortese.[1] Four teams of children and their fathers competed in each episode, with the winning team having the chance to win up to $50,000.

The series was cancelled on April 2, 2008 after NBC announced its 2008-2009 schedule.[2]


Four dads, paired up with their kids, compete in each episode, playing in stunts and answering questions, in what may have been a cross between Double Dare and American Gladiators.

Round 1 - My Dad is Faster
All four teams participate in a stunt that tests how fast Dad is. For example, on the first episode, the fathers had two minutes to destroy desks, and putting each piece of their desk into a bin to determine the weight. The team who has scored the least in that round is given a 15-second penalty carried into the next round.
Round 2 - My Dad is Stronger
This tests how strong the dads really are. For example, in most episodes, they have to swing their kids into an oversized dartboard, with their kids carrying large foam darts with sticky pads on the bottom (they only counted if the darts were simply put on the board, throwing them didn't count, and if a dart fell off, it still counted [note: As of the third episode, throwing a dart now counts, and a dart falling off doesn't count]). The team that scores the least in the round is eliminated and sent to "The Garage", but they leave with an Xbox 360 as a consolation prize.
Round 3 - My Dad is Smarter
Another test—this time to determine how smart Dad is. A question and four choices appear on a video screen to their left. The child rings in, but it's the dad who has to answer. A right answer earns 1 point, but a wrong answer causes the other teams to have the chance to answer from the remaining choices. The first two teams to score 3 points move on to the final round, while the losers get sent to the Garage with the Xbox 360.
Final Round - My Dad is Braver
For the final round, this tests how brave Dad is. An example from the first episode is when each father had two minutes to score points by shooting newspapers from an air gun through windows worth 100 and 500 points. The opponent has to dodge the windows and make sure the newspaper doesn't break them. The winning team goes to the bonus round to play for $50,000 (and it all depends on how well a dad knows his son/daughter) while the losers get the Xbox 360.
Bonus Round - My Dad Knows Me Better
Before the round begins, the winning team earns a mountain bike and the Xbox 360 no matter what happens in the game. In the bonus round, similar to another NBC game show Amne$ia, the father was asked up to six questions about his child, earning his team $10,000 for each right answer. Unlike most primetime game shows of this era (not counting another NBC show, The Singing Bee), a wrong answer does not take away money. The round ends when they hit $50,000 or two wrong answers have been given. During the show's run, no one walked away with the full $50,000. The most ever won was $40,000. Also, not one team has failed to answer any question correctly, thus winning no money.


  • Mark and Jim Fier (defeated Teams Kirby, Rutherford, and Kang)
  • Leo and Christopher Li (defeated Teams Sass, Kabat, and Stephenson)
  • Rick and Dustin Avila (defeated teams Grayston, Martin, and Basile)
  • Dave and Mickey Cortez (Philippines version at GMA 7 hosted by Paulo Contis episode 11 defeated teams Carbungco, Salas, Gonzales)


During the third episode's first-round stunt, "Uphill Battle" (in which dads had three minutes to push as many balls up a hill into giant holes), contestant Al Gaines had a very strong lead over his opponents at the start, but towards the end, he ended up struggling to get more balls down the holes, even at the urging of his son. At the end of the round, it was quite apparent that Gaines was suffering from a heart attack, as teaser trailers show him being rushed from the Sony studios to an ambulance. According to the rules, if a father or child is unable to compete, a replacement family takes their place. The replacement family was the Gavero Family.

International versions[edit]

Country Local name Host Network Date premiered
 Brazil Meu Pai é Melhor que Seu Pai Celso Portiolli SBT April 18, 2010
 China [3] 老爸拼吧
Lao ba pin ba
Lóng Fēng Xiamen Star June 1, 2013
 Croatia Moj tata je bolji od tvog tate Toni Jeričević Nova TV August 23, 2008
 Egypt الفائز أبى
El Faez abi
Mohammad El Qusi Channel 1 September, 2009
 Finland Meidän isä on parempi kuin teidän isä Ville Klinga Nelonen 2008
 Kazakhstan Мой папа круче!
Moy papa kruche!
Michail Porechenkov Channel 7 March 17, 2016
 Netherlands Mijn Vader is de Beste Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau
Monique Smit
Romy Monteiro
TROS TV 2010
 Panama Mi Papá es mejor que Tu Papá Miguel Esteban TVN September 11, 2011
 Philippines My Dad is Better Than Your Dad Paolo Contis GMA Network February 8, 2009
 Russia Мой папа круче!
Moy papa kruche!
Mikhail Porechenkov STS May 1, 2016
 Sweden Min pappa är bättre än din pappa Adam Alsing TV3 May 9, 2012


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