I remember I had a Q*bert boardgame and it was made by Parker Bros. also. I had a Pacman one too that was fun and I still have my old Dukes of Hazzard boardgame.
I watch BM reruns most nights on FETV. I don't know what it is about this show that appealed to young kids, including me, growing up in the late 70s/early 80s. Reading comments on YT I was surprised to find I was not alone.
I'd watch this show (syndicated reruns) in the evening about 6 or maybe 7 pm. Sometimes paying attention, sometimes while playing with cars. So much stuff going over my head.
Nothing about this show except for the theme song and maybe the whacky and colorful assortment of outrageous perps constantly brought in to the precinct should appeaI to kids.
As for the perps, I distinctly remember them many times exasperating whatever detective was trying to type up their info, with their animated stories and crazy behavior.
The show had no kids, no young adults, no animals and had one of the ugliest, dingiest, drabest sets ever. Dimly lit. Only 2 sets at that. The squad room and Barney's tiny office.
The detectives that stood out most to me was Wojo (kind of dumb and insecure and he seemed the most policeman-like to me back then) and of course Fish. Maybe because he was grandfatherly and even as a young child I found his sad look and deadpan delivery funny. He reminded me of Eeyore.
I still don't understand why it appealed to us kids back then other than, what I discovered EVERYONE my age took note of most and really liked: that funky intro theme with the bass and horns.
And it turns out that is the season 3 intro I associate with the show most; and so does everyone else on YouTube.
LOL, great post. I'm of the age demographic to have recalled seeing that game when it came out, but I never bought it. I was too much of a fan of the show to want to see it trivialized into a silly toy, I guess. I think it was the only piece of merchandise that was ever licensed from the show (MASH was another hugely popular series that had virtually no merchandising around it--I think there was a line of toy vehicles that were based on the ones used on the show, but other than some T-shirts and posters I don't recall much else); it shows up on Ebay every so often.
I was in my teens when the show debuted, and I've always felt it was popular among young people for several reasons, including the sort of 'in-group' feel about it, the slightly anti-establishment perspective--even though the show was about cops, they were highly cool cops--and the fact that virtually every audience member had at least one character they could really relate to. I still think it's probably the best ensemble sitcom television ever offered up, and it doesn't surprise me at all that it's still so popular today--in fact I think it gets more love now than it did back in its original days, when it was routinely bypassed for those 'ten-best tv comedies' sort of lists.