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Finders Keepers



Cult '80s game show: Trash rooms, find stuff, win.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

It's made pretty clear that the show isn't encouraging viewers to tear up rooms in their real house.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that one of the hosts of this series pretty clearly hated his job and was prone to having fun at the expense of his colleagues, his writers, and occasionally his kid "guests." Younger kids won't notice, but older ones may smell the sense of failure and pity the guy. The room-trashing example the show sets is a bit iffy, but it's made pretty clear that kids shouldn't try it at home.

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What's the story?

The premise of FINDERS KEEPERS gets increasingly wacky as kid contestants go from finding hidden pictures to trashing whole set rooms in search of hidden objects. What kid wouldn't like smashing vases with impunity?

Is it any good?


This series was filmed in the late '80s, when Nick was in its infancy, reality TV was just a gleam in Jeff Probst's eye, and kids weren't nearly as media savvy as they are today -- and it shows. The contestants' naivete is refreshing and might even spark a conversation with older kids -- what's changed?

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about who should win -- for example, was the red team really first in that round? They can also discuss the importance of smart strategy. Should the team figure out the clues first, so they know what they're looking for, or just trash the room and hope they find it?

TV details

Cast:Lawrence H. Toffler, Wesley Eure
Network:NICK GAS
Genre:Game Shows
TV rating:TV-Y

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Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2008

Mess it up!

Here in the UK we used to have Finders Keepers but it got taken of the air! Anyway, there was an audience and there was a house! Part of the house was cut so the audience could see what's going on! It was a bit like MXC (over here called Takeshi's Castle) but for kids! They went through levels here in the UK but then they went into a really smelly room (last level to gamble) and all the audience went "Gamble! Gamble!" and if they said gamble: "OLAY!" that was funny. It was quite good but it was a bit boring!


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