The 90s are All That… Again!
This one’s for anyone who grew up during the 1990s, when the television channel Nickelodeon was a daily staple of your kid diet and cartoons such as Doug, Rugrats and Ren & Stimpy and live action shows such as Clarissa Explains It All and Hey Dude were in heavy rotation. Like on any network, new shows came in to replace and phase out the old ones. By the 2000s the live action shows were a distant memory and the cartoons saw rare re-runs, yet these early Nick shows remained in the minds of today’s young adults. I fondly remember these shows and Meghan and I found an early bond discussing our love for Doug during college.
Old shows find new life through DVD releases and chatter on the internet. Sometimes this surge of demand revives a cancelled show, with Family Guy and Futurama being prime examples of the phenonmenon. Amazon.com worked out a deal to provide official DVD releases for classic Nickelodeon shows and Netflix provided instant streaming access to select cartoons, much to the delight of many a Generation Y’er. Numerous Facebook pages popped up, urging Nickelodeon to re-run these shows. A wave of nostalgia hit our generation and the internet provided a forum to voice it.
And Nickelodeon listened. Starting tomorrow at midnight E.T., a 2 hour block titled “The 90s are All That” dedicated to the classic 90s lineup begins on TeenNick. The sketch comedy All That, a sort of Saturday Night Live for young teens, starts things off and is followed by Kenan & Kel, Clarissa Explains It All and Doug. An official Facebook page and word of mouth provide the primary promotion for the block, so get the word out to your friends and fans of classic Nickelodean. If this proves to be popular, we can expect more shows to be rotated into the block, which viewer demand will determine. I hope that a high level of popularity would move the block to a better time, such as 10 PM E.T., so that constant DVR’ing isn’t the only way that I can catch these shows.
So remember, midnight on July 25th, set your DVRs. It’s time to be a kid again.