shoppers viewers! The most ’90s game show of all time (aside from Where in the World Is Carmen San Diego?, of course) will be making its triumphant return to television. Supermarket Sweep, which originally debuted in 1965, has been officially acquired by FremantleMedia (the same folks who brought you American Idol and America’s Got Talent) and while there’s no announcement of a premiere date, we can’t help but to clip our coupons and oil up our shopping cart wheels in excitement.
“The time is ripe to bring back this all-time favorite game show which has traveled with such success over the years,” said EVP of Global Acquisitions and Development, Sasha Wallace, in a statement. “Now, modern technology allows us the opportunity to update the show, making it relevant for a 21st century audience.”
While that last part has us a bit skeptical (are contestants going to digitally peruse Amazon Fresh or run through the aisles of a well-stocked Trader Joe’s?), we’re optimistic they’ll stay true to a handful of classic Sweep staples. Here are seven absolute musts for the reboot.
1 The Primary Color Sweatshirts
Red, yellow, and blue. It’s the holy trinity of colors. Keep them oversized, keep them bright, and keep them with a polyester blend. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
2 The Giant Inflatables
…if only to watch the immense disappointment of a giant banana being worth only $50.
3 The Sound Effects
Literally nothing in life is more satisfying than the “ding” after a correct answer. And don’t even get us started on the $5,000-winning fire alarm, as if someone just set a sample tray of cocktail weiners on fire in aisle seven.
4. The Title Treatment
Frankly, we’re shocked the wild and reckless shopping cart didn’t inspire a vehicle on MarioKart.
5. The Excessive Clapping
Everything deserved a clap. “Peggy is a bookkeeper at a fashion house that specializes in coats made with possum fur.” Clap. “Gerald is part of an underground cult that worships Quaker Oats.” Clap. “Candice is a human being.” Clap.
6. The Shopping Spree Voiceover
Who knew that picking up and tossing expensive slabs of meat, whole turkeys, and diapers could be so exciting?
7. David Ruprecht
Be still, our game show host-loving hearts. Those are some patterned sweaters we’d love to cozy up to.
Images courtesy of YouTube and Lifetime.