The familiar orange couch makes a long anticipated return. This week, Teen Nick made the dreams of 20 and early 30 somethings come true when they began a new block of late-night programming featuring beloved Nickelodeon programs from the ‘90s.
Starting at midnight, you can relive Saturday nights before you entered the dating scene with All That, Kenan and Kel, Clarissa Explains It All and Doug. The network has promised more shows are to follow as evidenced by a lengthy promo featuring Pete and Pete, Hey Dude, GUTS, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Ren and Stimpy and Rugrats.
My personal favorite, Salute Your Shorts, hasn’t been officially added but many other Gen-Y’ers are lobbying for it. Anyone remember being completely creeped out by Zeke the Plumber? The Camp Anawanna theme song is firmly planted in my brain even though I haven’t heard it in nearly 20 years.
Wow. 20 years! That just hit me, it’s incredible that the ‘90s were two decades ago.
In 1990, I was 8 years old. My social life consisted of the occasional sleepover, reading The Babysitter’s Club and spending my weekends in the company of SNICK and other Nick programs. And yes, sometimes, I really was Afraid of the Dark!
Watching Doug the other night immediately brought me back to being back in my childhood home in Logan County. I’d put on pajamas, get a bowl of popcorn and stake a spot on the couch for an evening of TV made just for me.
My brother and I even had the at-home version of Double Dare. I wanted my family to be on the show so much that I vowed if I ever visited the Nickelodeon studios in Universal Orlando, I’d meet Marc Summers and plead my case. Then, I’d be on my way through that incredible obstacle course. What 8-year-old wouldn’t want to dive into a gigantic sundae and pick an enormous honker in search of those elusive flags.
As with collecting toys and reading comic books, seeing these old friends on the screen again allows me to escape to a simpler, carefree time in my life. My problems then weren’t paying bills or worrying about employment, my only job was to have fun and just be a kid. Nickelodeon helped make that possible.
I feel sorry for the preteens and teens growing up today in a society so infused with sex and violence. Unlike one of Teen Nick’s current program, Degrassi, we never had to have Clarissa explain what to do in case of a teen pregnancy.
So, thank you Nickelodeon for providing a reprieve from our rapidly changing world. The ‘90s really were All That and more!
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