|Donna Wilson & Richard MacGregor|
|Stone Productions/Lorimar Television|
|Warner Bros. Television|
These are students from some of America's finest colleges and universities! Showing exactly what they learn every week! On the game called..."College Mad House"! This week's challengers (insert college or university) and (insert college or university). And now, here's the dean of "College Mad House", Greg Kinnear!
College Mad House was a short-lived Fun House spinoff for college students which aired in weekly syndication. This show was hosted by future Academy Award-nominated actor and television personality Greg Kinnear, and pitted two teams of four students each from rival colleges against each other (for example, one episode had the University of Texas and the University of Arkansas). Instead of cheerleaders, a male and a female "referee" assisted with the gameplay. Veteran V/O Beau Weaver (currently an infomercial host) was the announcer.
The two teams played messy stunts and answered questions to win a chance to run through an obstacle-strewn Mad House at the end of the show.
This show featured much more risqué content and stunts than the children's version, often involving crude college gross-out humor and games that required lewd bodily movements among the participants. The format was basically the same, but with some notable differences, which will be explained as this article goes on.
Round 1: Stunt RoundEdit
Like in Fun House, three stunts were played in this round. Unlike Fun House however, these stunts were created to accommodate the four-person teams; the two men from each team faced each other, then the two women, with all four players on each team participating in the third stunt. While most stunts were matches of skill, others relied on luck. Still, each stunt was worth 25 points with a bonus question associated with the stunt also worth 25 points to follow.
Round 2: FinalsEdit
Instead of a Grand Prix Race, the "Finals Round" decided the game. The teams lined up face-to-face at the podiums. The buzzer light boxes were moved to the top for that round. Jump-in questions from a specific category were asked; getting a question right earned 25 points and the right to hit the opposing player in the face with a pie (or on occasion, spray whipped cream in the opponent's face). These two players then rotated to the back of the line, with the next two players answering the following question. The team in the lead after a minute and a half won the game. If the game ended in a tie, one final question was asked but without pies, with the team to answer first winning the game. The winning team advanced to the Mad House. However, if the team got the question wrong, the opponents automatically advanced to the Mad House.
- The pie-in-the-face element would carry over to FOX's Fun House: a correct answer to the question following a stunt allowed the player getting it right to pie his or her opponent.
- The question lightning round element, would later be used in Shop 'Til You Drop plus a few other Stone-Stanley game shows.
Bonus Round: Mad HouseEdit
The format of the Mad House was slightly different from the Fun House. For one thing, instead of the Power Prize attached to a randomly selected tag, the object of the game was to "clean house" by grabbing and collecting 13 tags. And for another, there were only three prize tags, each having two prizes on them, mostly related to each other in some way (usually, the relation was very obvious, providing extra humor).
Just like in Fun House, the winning team had two minutes; however, each player had exactly 30 seconds to collect as many of the 13 tags as possible. Instead of having the clock be set for two minutes, the clock was always set at 30 seconds with the clock resetting for each new turn. After one player's 30 seconds ended, s/he had to stop collecting tags wherever they were at, and the next contestant was let in immediately (although a contestant could stay in the house after 30 seconds). If the team "cleaned house" by collecting all 13 tags before everybody had a turn, they won a trip.
Score Productions - Most of the music found its way to another Stone-Stanley game show, Shop 'Til You Drop.
(Fox's) Fun House - the original series that featured kids only.