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Sonny Fox
Mark Maxwell-Smith
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CBS Saturday Mornings: 9/11/1976 – 3/5/1977 (reruns aired until 9/3/1977)
Barry & Enright Productions

Way Out Games was a crazy, short-lived, and far out game show featuring 51 teams, each composed of six children (ranging in age from 12 to 15) and each representing one of the fifty states and Puerto Rico, competed in a series of athletic games with the emphasis on humor and the unexpected.


This game was a weekly athletic competition game show where a total of 51 teams, representing the United States and Puerto Rico, competed in a series of athletic events, with emphasis based on humor and the unexpected. Every week, three different teams would compete in various athletic events and would earn points for winning an event. There were three events per show, with point values as follows:

  • Event #1 – 1 point
  • Event #2 – 2 points
  • Event #3 – 3 points

All events were played against the clock and included obstacle courses and physical stunts.

The team with the most points at the end of that day's show would come back on a later show to compete against other winning teams. Prizes and trophies would also be given to the winners.

There would be 17 weeks of regular competition, 6 weeks of Quarterfinals (with one Quarterfinal having only two teams), 2 weeks of Semi-Finals, and a Championship Final, with one match each week.


The participants were selected with the aid of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (AAHPER).

The show was taped at Magic Mountain Amusement Park in Valencia, CA.

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Intro to the show