Nickelodeon reruns old favorites

Erin Maroon, Staff Writer

Students wanting to bring out their inner children can finally let them loose. The children’s cable network Nickelodeon will start replaying its old shows from the 1990s.

In 1985, Nickelodeon began airing Nick at Nite, a nighttime programming block that broadcasted classic sitcoms such as “Dennis the Menace,” “ALF,” “The Addams Family,” and “The Cosby Show.” This fall, Nickelodeon announced that its sister station, TeenNick, will begin airing its own version of Nick At Nite to cater to the college-aged crowd and anyone else who was able watch the shows from the 90’s.

The block will be called “The ‘90s Are All That” and will air classic Nickelodeon shows from midnight to 2 a.m. such as “Clarissa Explains It All,” “Pete & Pete,” “Kenan & Kel” and, appropriately, “All That.”

Rugrats is an animated television series that aired on Nickelodeon and was one of the first three Nicktoons, beginning in 1991. The series aired 12 seasons and the show got #29 in the 100 best cartoon list issued in 2006.

“I grew up watching the Rugrats; it brings back many memories with my brother and sister,” freshman Francesca Manso said. “I am so excited to be able to relive them.”

A show based around extreme sports, friendship, and conquering the ups and downs of life, “Rocket Power” involves the daily situations of a group of friends living in the fictitious town of Ocean Shores.

“Rocket Power has been one of my all-time favorite TV cartoon shows for about six years now, even though I don’t really watch it every day,” freshman Emma Lara said. “I’ll have my alarm on for midnight just to remind me that it will be coming on.”

Kenan & Kel was a sitcom that aired on Nickelodeon from August 17, 1996 to April 1, 2000. The show starred comedy duo Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. The show centered around a character Kenan Rockmore, a high schooler who works at Rigby’s mini grocery store. Kel Kimble was his orange soda-loving friend.

“Thank goodness Kenan & Kel will be playing on Nickelodeon again,” junior Griffin Goldman said. “I love those two guys.”

“Legends of the Hidden Temple” was a physical challenge game show hosted by Kirk Fogg that aired on Nickelodeon from 1993 to 1995. Each episode featured six teams of two children (one boy and one girl) competing for prizes. The show incorporated physical stunts, as well as questions based on topics related to history, mythology and geography.

“I would wake up every morning and tune in to ‘Legends of the Hidden Temple,’” freshman Noah Trinz said. “That show was exhilarating.”

A spin-off from “All That,” “The Amanda Show” made a superstar of Amanda Bynes, who went on to star in network TV series like “What I Like About You” and movies like “Easy A.”

“‘The Amanda Show’ was one of my favorite shows growing up,” sophomore Rachel Altfield said. “Being able to watch it again will not only bring back the memories, but also be able to relive the laughter my sister and I used to share, and everybody loved The Girls’ Room!”

Re-airing classic ‘90s shows is proving to be a hit. A Facebook group called “I want my ‘90s Nickelodeon back!” has over 1 million fans that write and reminisce about old Nickelodeon shows and the “nicktoons” children of the ‘90s enjoyed.

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