Legend of the Hidden Temple (Nickelodeon TV) - (1993)
Season 1, Episodes 1-40
Legends of the Hidden Temple is an action-adventure game show for children. The show centers on a temple that is "filled with lost treasures protected by mysterious Mayan temple guards".
Kirk Fogg hosts and serves as the teams' guide, while Dee Bradley Baker announces and voices a talking Olmec Head who "knows the secrets behind each of the treasures in his Temple".
Six teams of two children (one boy and one girl) compete to retrieve one of the historical artifacts in the Temple by performing physical stunts and answering questions based on history, mythology, and geography. After three elimination rounds, only one team remains, who then earns the right to go through the Temple to retrieve the artifact within three minutes and win a grand prize.
Legends of the Hidden Temple was produced by Stone Stanley Productions in association with Nickelodeon and was taped at Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
It aired on Nickelodeon from September 11, 1993 to 1995 in its first-run and through February 28, 1999 in reruns. Reruns of the program aired on Nick GAS from 1999–2007, and occasionally on TeenNick. Legends of the Hidden Temple won a CableACE award in 1995 for Best Game Show Special or Series.
Legends of the Hidden Temple began airing on Nickelodeon on September 11, 1993. The show originally aired on weekends at 6:30. In that time slot, it increased the Nielsen rating from 1.5 to 2. Due to this success, it began airing weekdays at 5:30 starting the week of February 14, 1994. The show was renewed for a second season in February 1994.
Auditions for new episodes took place on February 26 and 27, and production occurred from March 27 through April 17. Second season episodes began airing June 6, 1994. A third season was produced and aired in 1995.
In 1996, the Orlando Business Journal reported that Nickelodeon was considering renewing Legends for a fourth season, but according to Scott Fishman, Vice-President of Production Services at Nickelodeon, renewal was "not [a] sure bet" because Nickelodeon was considering three new game show pilots filmed in Orlando. The series stopped producing new episodes by April 1996.
Legends of the Hidden Temple continued airing in reruns for three years until February 28, 1999 when the show stopped airing on Nickelodeon. However, on March 1, 1999, the show once again began airing in reruns on Nick GAS until that network ceased operations December 31, 2007. It is now occasionally on TeenNick since February 1, 2008.
In March 2009, TV Week reported that David Stanley acquired the rights to several Stone-Stanley shows, including Legends of the Hidden Temple., and this assignment was recorded in the copyright office May 2, 2008. In 1999, Nickelodeon included Legends in a block of Nickelodeon programming that aired on Zee TV. On October 7, 2011, the series aired on TeenNick as part of its The '90s Are All That block, and the show returned to The '90s Are All That again from August 3, 2012, to August 5, 2012. In May 2013, the show was made available for download on the iTunes Store. On August 3, 2013, the show returned to TeenNick and The '90s Are All That and has aired since.
1. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Blackbeard's Treasure Map (S1E01)
2. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Golden Cup of Belshazzar (S1E02)
3. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Galileo's Cannonball (S1E03)
4. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Wild Bill Hickok and the Dead Man's Hand (S1E04)
5. Legends of the Hidden Temple: John Henry's Lost Hammer (S1E05)
6. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Golden Cricket Cage of Khan (S1E06)
7. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Elizabeth I's Golden Ship (S1E07)
8. LOTHT: John Sutter and the Map to the Lost Gold Mine (S1E0
9. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Star of Sultan Saladin (S1E09)
10. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Keys to the Alhambra (S1E10)
11. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Helmet of Genghis Khan (S1E11)
12. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Trojan Horseshoe (S1E12)
13. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Pendant of Kamehameha (S1E13)
14. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Lost Logbooks of Magellan (S1E14)
15. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Moccasins of Geronimo (S1E15)
16. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Henry VIII's Great Seal (S1E16)
17. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Lucky Pig of Amelia Earhart (S1E17)
18. LOTHT: Ponce de Leon and the Lost Fountain of Youth [Water Bottle] (S1E1
19. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Treasure Map of Jean Lafitte (S1E19)
20. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Oracle Bowl of Delphi (S1E20)
21. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Paintbrush of Leonardo da Vinci (S1E21)
22. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Golden Chains of Zenobia (S1E22)
23. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Bellybutton of Buddha (S1E23)
24. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Stolen Arm of Shiva (S1E24)
25. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Stone Marker of Leif Erikson (S1E25)
26. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Helmet of Joan of Arc (S1E26)
27. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Medal of Sir Edmund Hillary (S1E27)
28. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Mask of Shaka Zulu (S1E2
29. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Golden Jaguar of Atahualpa (S1E29)
30. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Silver Saddle Horn of Hannibal (S1E30)
31. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Alexander and the Gordian Knot (S1E31)
32. Legends of the Hidden Temple: King Tut's Cobra Staff (S1E32)
33. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Dragon Lady and the Blue Pearl (S1E33)
34. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Codebook of Mata Hari (S1E34)
35. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Pecos Bill's Lost Lariat (S1E35)
36. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Robin Hood and Marian's Ladder (S1E36)
37. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Lawrence of Arabia's Headdress (S1E37)
38. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Collar of Davy Crockett (S1E3
39. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Snake Bracelet of Cleopatra (S1E39)
40. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Treasure of Anne Bonny (S1E40)
The Temple Guards were actually the stage assistants.
Temple Guards never appeared in the Jester's Court or the Pit rooms.
The first episode ever recorded was Blackbeard's Treasure Map, identifiable by the lack of footage during Olmec's steps of knowledge speech, although the temple run segment was filmed at a later date.
In the "run and jump on a crane" temple game, the statue at the middle of the boom was a Golden Idol from Season One's temple room, The Room of the Golden Idols.
The bird-looking Gargoyle from season one's The Room of Three Gargoyles was used as decor outside the temple in Season Two, in the plants in front of Olmec.
The "bull with a broken horn" decoration of the side of the Gargoyle Room in Season One was found in the plants of Season Two in front of Olmec.
In the history of the show, only thirty-two players ever successfully retrieved an artifact from the room at the center of the temple.
The quickest temple loss in the show's history was Elizabeth I's Golden Ship.
To control the motion of Olmec's mouth, 'Dee Baker' (Olmec's voice) pulled a wire that activated its movement. Olmec's eyes, on the other hand, were voice activated and grew brighter with volume.
As many as six episodes were recorded daily.
The temple runs were often taped without an audience, especially in the third season. Since tapings lasted until as late as 1AM, and the show taped multiple episodes worth of every segment, by the time the temple runs were taped, the studios had often closed for regular guests and an audience track was used to make it sound like there was an audience watching.
During the second and third seasons, Kirk Fogg's entrance was prerecorded, and the same one was played at the beginning of every episode.
The day's shows were recorded section-by-section. In other words, every moat crossing was recorded first, back to back; every Steps of Knowledge round was recorded second, and every Temple Game round was recorded third. The Temple Runs were recorded last.
The set of the show changed slightly from season to season. In the first season, the helmets were yellow, the moat was pretty much a pool of water, the teams then for the temple games would wear shorts, and they would run the temple with yellow sweat pants on. In the second season, the moat got fog over it, along with other small touch ups, the teams wore jeans for the temple games and temple run, the temple had a gate, and the helmets were a gold-like color. In the third and final season, the gongs had a deeper sound; the steps of knowledge had a small buzzer in the step for easier buzzing. The temple itself had many updates over time, as did Kirk Fogg's entrance.
Each contestant was allowed to keep the same team T-shirt that he or she wore during the course of the program. However, contestants on the Silver Snakes team were given facsimiles afterwards since the T-shirts they wore during taping were specially designed to show up better on film.
The only room to appear in the temple in every single temple run is the Shrine of the Silver Monkey.
The Green Monkeys won 33% of their Temple Runs.
The Orange Iguanas made it to the most Temple Runs.
The Red Jaguars made it to the Temple Run 17% of the time.
The Silver Snakes hold the winning percentage record.
The three passwords in the Room of the Secret Password are "Long Live Olmec", "Open Sesame", and "Klatu Barada Nikto." The first is a reference to the show's stone head co-host, the second a line said famously by Ali Baba and the third from The Day the Earth Stood Still.
In the Room of the Golden Idols, no player ever successfully "hugged an idol" to progress downward from the room. Only one player ever tried doing this and the door didn't open. Likewise, in the Treasure Room, the room that replaced the Golden Idols, only one player ever opened the treasure chest to progress downward.
The King's Storeroom is the only room to change locations in the Temple; in Season 2, it was the place of the Room of the Ancient Warriors, and in Season 3, it replaced the Observatory.
The Green Monkeys, ironically, never successfully retrieved an artifact from The Shrine of the Silver Monkey. The closest they came was in "The Broken Wing of Icarus," where the contestant was racing up the Ledges when time ran out. This is also the closest loss in the history of the show.
Run time: Approx. 1,000m
Format: DVD – (8 DVDs)
B&W / Color: Color