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Juvenile Jury
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Jack Barry with guest Zsa Zsa Gabor (from the 1970-71 syndicated version)
Genre Game show
Presented by Jack Barry
Nipsey Russell
Country of origin United States
Running time 23-25 minutes
Original network NBC (1947-1953)
CBS (1954)
BET (1983-1984)
Syndicated (1970-1971, 1989-1991)
Original release April 3, 1947 (1947-04-03) – August 1, 1954 (1954-08-01)
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Juvenile Jury was an American children's game show that originally ran on NBC from April 3, 1947, to August 1, 1954. It was hosted by Jack Barry and featured a panel of children aged ten or less giving advice to solve the problems of other children. Celebrity guests appeared on the show, including Eddie Cantor, Red Skelton and Milton Berle.

The show began in 1946 as a radio program on WOR in New York, but then successfully made the transition to television. It continued to be broadcast as a radio program until 1953.


The show was revived twice in syndication, once from 1970-1971 hosted again by Barry, and again from 1989-1991 (renamed The New Juvenile Jury) hosted by Nipsey Russell. Incidentally, Russell hosted another version in 1983 under the title Nipsey Russell's Juvenile Jury created specifically for broadcast on cable network Black Entertainment Television (BET), who co-produced the show with Barry & Enright Productions. This rendition, though short-lived, was the first original game show for the fledgling network, and one of the few in game show history to feature a predominantly African-American audience. As its theme song, Nipsey Russell's Juvenile Jury utilized the theme music of another short-lived Barry & Enright game show, Play The Percentages from 1980.

Episode status

The NBC version is believed to have been destroyed, as per network practices. Two episodes (including the aforementioned 1953 episode) have been released on DVD, while two others are held by The Paley Center for Media.

Game Show Network aired most of the 1970s version (including the premiere) and 1980s Nipsey Russell version during the network's "Dark Period", from fall 1997 to spring 1998. Clips from both were also used occasionally on the late 1990s GSN original series As Seen On.

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