BEAT THE CLOCK, a new kids game show on Universal Kids

BEAT THE CLOCK — Season:1 — Pictured: Paul Costabile — (Photo by: Chris Haston/Universal Kids)

There’s a new-old game show coming to Universal Kids where kids compete for money and charity. Today’s BEAT THE CLOCK is a remake of the television game show of the same name, popular in the 1950s. Contestants play games of skill, and have to complete the task in a predetermined allotted amount of time. We, along with other bloggers and media invites, watched an episode of “Beat the Clock” before it aired. In the episode we saw, teams of two (related kids) competed against the clock and each other for monetary prizes. The games seemed simple, but as we learned later by playing them during the press event, they are harder then they seem! I loved watching the kids work together on the various tasks. They all seemed to have a good attitude and positive outlook, regardless if they won or not. That, in my opinion, is the most important lesson of all.

Westside Mommy contributors Jonna, Shelby, and Lucy joined us for the event. Here are their comments:

By Shelby, age 11

Hey guys, Shelby here.

Yesterday, I had the time of my life at an event for the upcoming new show, “Beat the Clock”. For those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s a game show that was popular in the 1950’s and now it’s back.

How do you play? Glad you asked. Someone times you (usually about 60 seconds/one minute) and you do a bunch of fun challenges within the time they give you. If you “beat the clock” you win money. However, there are people playing against you. What I like most about Beat the Clock is that even if you lose to the other team, the losing team still gets to keep the money.

At this event, we sat and watched an episode of the show and then played some of the games actually played on the show.

There were a lot of games such as a hat game. The hat game was where you and a partner had to be on different sides of a wall. On each side, there were about 10 to 15 hats that were the same on each side. You and your partner had to come out wearing the same hat as many times as you could.

Another game involved lots of rubber fish. That’s right, I said rubber fish. You had to throw as many fish as you could into a fishbowl in 1 minute. That one was really fun!

There was even one where you wore giant pants and your partner threw balls in the pants. You had to shake them out in a bucket in one minute. That one was really hard!

The last game was one that you had to blow plastic cups in a bowl with a straw. My mom tried like, 12 times and got a few in, but it’s not as easy as it sounds!

The bottom line is that it was really fun! You should totally watch this show on Universal Kids when it comes out! Also, my mom says my sister and I can audition to be on the real show. Yay!!!

Follow Shelby at @shelbycolemaninla

By Lucy, age 7

I had the best time watching a sneak preview of the new show, Beat the Clock.

The games were so fun and we even got to play some of the ones we saw on the show. Like this fish game where you throw a rubber fish (my mom says it was a rainbow trout!) into a fish tank – I got four in one minute, but someone else got six.

Then my sister (Shelby) and I played this great hat game together. We were hidden from each other behind a curtain and had to decide which hats to put on. There were like 15 different ones. After we chose a hat we ran out to see eachother, and if we chose the same one we got a point.

There were two other games too – one where you had to shake a fuzzy ball through these funny big pants and try to get it into a bucket. The other one my mom was pretty good at – you tried to get a little plastic blue cup in a bowl by blowing it from the end of a straw. Fun!

As you can see this Beat the Clock event was totally fun! My mom even said it made my sister and I closer because we didn’t fight the whole time 🙂

Beat the Clock

The classic game show is back, but this time with kids, their relatives, and host Paul Costabile. Premieres Tuesday, February 6th 7:30/6:30pm C!

Audition information at: Mystic Art Pictures

Universal Kids

Universal Kids is the network for kids 2-12 that aims to widen eyes and open minds, reflecting what is universal about being a kid! Featuring a fresh mix of unscripted originals, DreamWorks animation, live-action series and preschool programming.

Disclaimer: We were invited to this special event as a member of the media. No monetary compensation was exchanged for this post. All opinions are honest belong to each author in this post.

My transportation to the event was sponsored by Kango.


I am a new mom to a baby girl. I live in West Los Angeles. This blog is about my experiences as a new mom and navigating my way through kid-friendly L.A.

2 thoughts on “BEAT THE CLOCK, a new kids game show on Universal Kids

  1. I watch the show. I think that each game should be same level of difficulty. If first couple does something that requires being blind folded, other team should too, seems unfair that team 8 has to fill a cup that’s in top of ones head blind folded vs tossing a ball to someone who is in a chair that spins slowly then he has to make basket, seems little unfair

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.