(and they still are)
Back when I was young, and still in Elementary school, I grew up with the usual stuff that a kid would watch, during the 90s: Looney Tunes, Toy Story, Pokemon, Lion King, Mulan, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, A Goofy Movie, Superbook, etc. All of those were a great part of my childhood, but the best part of my childhood was when I'd watch the programming that aired on Nickelodeon.
At a time where there wasn't any Avatar: TLA (one of the few good show that has aired on Nickelodeon) or Butch Hartman, there was a variety of TV shows that kids could get into and enjoy.
Now, back in the day, I didn't have cable; and, the only place where I could get more channels was either my neighbors/friends house, or my grandma's house in Bayonne. Eventually, when I would watch cable over at either destination, Nickelodeon would be the first choice of channel that I would pick.
Of course, there was the usual decent animated programming such as Beetlejuice, Muppet Babies, Inspector Gadget, Looney Tunes, etc. Eventually, this lead to the developement of the channel's own animated series; you know them by heart as, Nicktoons. In the 1991, the first Nicktoons that aired were Doug, Rugrats, and The Ren and Stimpy show; all of which became successful shows and have reached fanbases that still retain for the past decades.
In later years, that spun off more sucessful Nicktoons such as Rocko's Modern Life, Aaaah! Real Monsters, Kablam!, Hey Arnold, Angry Beavers, CatDog, etc.
Of course, what would a kids network be without live action oriented material? At the same time the Nicktoons premeiered, we got live action shows like Clarrisa Explains it all, Double Dare, Are you Afraid of the Dark?, The Secret World of Alex Mack, Kenan and Kel, etc. Many of these shows were also recorded in front of a live audience at Nickelodeon Studios, at Universal Studios Florida.
But the most popular live action show that aired during that time was....
Fresh out of the box,
Stop! Look and watch!
Ready yet? Get set-- it's All That!
Yes, All That-- the ultimate Saturday Night Live, just for kids. A lot of notable alumni who starred on the show were Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Amanda Bynes, Lori Beth Denberg, Josh Server, Angelique Bates, Katrina Johnson, etc. and have acted in countless sketches like Good Burger, Vital Information, Superdude, The Loud Librarian, Everyday French with Pierre Escargot, and much more.
Anyway, back to the matter of Nickelodeon. Because of the success of their programming, Nickelodeon has struck a larger audience that has stayed true to this very day.
Don't believe me? Just look at these charts...
Yes, because of the mass audience and fanbase that Nickelodeon has reached, TeenNick's gonna bring back the glory days of Nickelodeon, a few shows at a time; unfortunately, these shows are going to be shown at a time where the younger generation won't be up. However, if the reruns of these old shows prove to be successful, it's guaranteed that Nickelodeon will do more to bring back the best of 90s Nickelodeon and reach out to the younger generation, which could lead to a new level of demands for creative kids shows.
Being a cartoonist/writer who grew up on the Nickelodeon Generation, I hope to make an impact for the greater good of Nick, and possibly pitch some of my ideas in the future.
So, as I conclude this blog post, I shall play this old Nickelodeon bumper theme...