Nickelodeon to bring back the '90s

Remember the TV shows of the 1990s? Who doesn’t look back and wish for the days of “Doug” and “Rocket Power”? Well, there’s good news for current Mercyhurst students, many of whom spent hours watching these shows on Nickelodeon as children.

The network is bringing back the best of the ’90s oldies.

Nickelodeon will launch a new nighttime programming block this fall on TeenNick called “The ’90s Are All That!”, featuring a rotating selection of iconic live-action and animated shows from Nickelodeon’s 1990s library including “All That!”, “Clarissa Explains it All,” “The Adventures of Pete and Pete,” “Rugrats,” “Rocket Power,” “Salute Your Shorts,” “The Amanda Show” and “Kenan & Kel.”

“There is an entire generation of young people who literally grew up on these great 1990s series, and many of them have been vocal about wanting to see and experience these shows again,” said Keith Dawkins, senior vice president and general manager of Nicktoons and TeenNick.

“TeenNick caters to the older segment of the Nick audience, so it’s the perfect place to reconnect these shows to their original fans and introduce them to younger viewers for the very first time.”

Nickelodeon has ranked as the top-rated basic cable network with kids and total viewers for the last 16 years—since 1995, the longest run of its kind. The 1990s represented Nickelodeon’s first major expansion into original programming and content spanning multiple genres—animation, live-action, preschool, game shows, awards shows, feature films, news and pro-social campaigns—across both television and the Internet.

The network’s first three animated series, “Ren & Stimpy,” “Doug” and “Rugrats,” debuted in 1991 and were instant hits, launching a new television era of original programming for kids, as well as creating a pipeline of groundbreaking Nick animation that continues through today’s hits like “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “The Fairly OddParents,” as well as preschool programming with shows like “Blue’s Clues” and “Dora the Explorer.”

“I was so excited when I heard about this. I wish I got the channel at home, because I would definitely watch all the time,” junior Nikki Zeak said. “I grew up watching these shows; they were a huge part of my childhood.”

“The ’90s Are All That!” will air Monday through Sunday from midnight to 2 a.m., starting in the fall. The block will feature a rotating lineup of ’90s Nickelodeon library content, which audiences have the opportunity to influence by requesting their favorite series and episodes via social media sites, including a dedicated Facebook fan site.

“My favorite show growing up was Rugrats. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen all the episodes,” freshman Matt Smetana said. “It would be cool to see some of those old episodes again and reconnect with my childhood a little bit.”