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Old Nick Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Greengables95, Sep 7, 2012.


What was your favorite show?

  1. Clarissa Explains It All

  2. Ren and Stimpy

  3. Are You Afraid of the Dark?

  4. Roundhouse

  5. All That

  6. Rugrats

  7. The Amanda Show

  8. Other

  9. Don't Care

  10. The Adventures of Pete & Pete

Multiple votes are allowed.

  1. Katzi428

    Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    Like in "You Can't Do That On Television"? Or "Out Of Control" (Before Dave Coulier was on "Full House") This was when Nickelodeon was GOOD! Am I making you feel ancient B? ;)
  2. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry, but all that stuff pales in comparison the the creation of Nicktoons. Well... maybe arguably with Danger Mouse and Count Duckula. The live action 80's shows were fun, but certainly no Doug or Rocko.
  3. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    I didn't care for too much else as the 80's progressed (maybe because I was older than the targeted age group) but Danger Mouse absolutely blew my socks off.
  4. Katzi428

    Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    :fishy: Did you say "blew your socks off??" evil laughter *Ka-BOOM!!!!!!!*

    Nice one....:rolleyes:
    I remember when that show Live Wire ended Nickelodeon for the night. Before Nick @Nite. came along the ARTS channel came on to replace Nick for the night (and this was when Arts was when ARTS wasn't when they'd show reality programming. ARTS was seriously ballet, opera , etc. ) Then early the next morning Nickelodeon was back on.
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I never understood why Nick doesn't just go 24/hr. Nick at Nite is just fodder for George Lopez reruns, so I hear. I swear... had they a Nick equivalent of Adult Swim, Invader Zim could have flourished there. All their other networks go 24/hr... even the preschool shows (in case someone gets a hankering to watch Dora or something at 3 AM). Nick at Nite doesn't even air classic programming, and the offshoot channel barely does. If there's one place they could put classic Nicktoons and Nick shows, it's then.
  6. Katzi428

    Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    You're right. I just checked. There's a channel called Sprout. I had thought Nickelodeon owned it. But it turns out PBS owns it. I just looked on the extended list of TV channels & there's a Nick Jr. (Was that what you were talking about when you said "offshoot channel") I don't think they show Dora at 3AM if/when the kidlets have nightmares & an episode would help them fall back to sleep. (Sorry for the run on sentence.) There's a channel called MeTV that shows really old programs. But I'm almost positive Nick has nothing to do with that channel.
  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    To my knowledge, Nick owns at least 4 off shoot networks. TV Land, which isn't what it should be and has original programming... Noggin which as we all know turned into Nick Jr. The N/Teen Nick which used to be GAS, and Nicktoons. Basically, splitting up what the Nick Channel has to offer.

    It would be great if Nick dropped it's Nick at Nite and turned into a 24 hr Nick network. I just see them dumping crap instead of a retro classics late night line up instead.
  8. Convincing John

    Convincing John Well-Known Member

    Ah yes, I remember Nick back in its ancient days, too. I remember there was some kind of a sign-off used at one point featuring some old school Nickelodeon characters...mostly from Pinwheel I think. (Ebenezer Squint, Coco the Mime and Plus and Minus were in there somewhere). Then the ARTS channel came on rather abruptly. I wish I had taped the time there was a glitch during the sign off. Ebenezer was (I think) yawning, then the channel blipped to ARTS and there was some opera singer in the middle of a long note. Hehehe.

    Yes, ancient Nick had shows like Pinwheel (the channel was actually called "Pinwheel" once), Today's Special and awesome shows later in the day like Mr. Wizard's World, Count Duckula and Danger Mouse. There were some neat interstitials, too. There were ones called "Sports Cartoon" that featured a cat and a hippo, Picture Pages with Bill Cosby, Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings (no not the SNL sketch) and a neat cartoon short called "Bananaman" that came on almost at the end of Nick's day.

    Those interstitials and cartoons were fun because you never knew what you were going to get...kind of like Old School Sesame Street. I always liked this one, since it gets away with cartoony stuff and mimics real cat behavior.

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  9. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    There's one ad that I remember which I had wanted to talk about for awhile recently, and I regret not posting about it yesterday, but anybody remember an ad with the announcer saying "Nick is every day", with such examples as "stay at home when you're sick day. Stay at home when you're not sick day." At the end, the announcer says "But not on April fools day. Just kidding". That's kinda funny because April fools day is about making jokes, but I wonder if that was also meant to be ironic because Nickelodeon began on April fools day in 1979.
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I was watching Nick at someone's house Eater... holy crap. Did you see the ugly new commercial bumpers? No.. not even ugly. Ugly's not the word. Eye-gougingly horrifying. Candy colored monstrosities with wide faces and the shows in their mouths.... hideous beyond all reason.
  11. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    so nick aired a special never before seen episode of Rockos Modern Life sunday. Did anyone see it? I just got the seasons on dvd.
  12. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Anybody remember a promo that would air constantly in 1996, regarding a girl named Nat or Natalie whose family was moving, and she was upset because her friends weren't moving with her, so she started some kind of website to make friends? I don't remember the full web address (I wonder if it still exists), but it ended with ".nat" (I guess a pun on the similar-sounding "net").

    I also wonder what the deal with that promo was. Was she a real person (i.e., in the promo she was being herself, instead of being an actress playing a character)? Was the whole thing staged (and the website being more entertainment)? I'm pretty sure the commercial was only shown on Nick, but why would Nick be involved with a website not connected to any shows or properties (and if she wasn't a character played by an actress, why would Nick do a commercial for one real kid?)? I would think it's staged, as the parents seemed to act like stereotypical embarrassing parents and seemed to be oblivious to her plight (the commercials showing so).

    And has anybody ever visited that site? These commercials aired around the time my household got the internet, but I can't remember if I ever visited the site. If I did I think it was only once or twice.
  13. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    I watched a lot of the old Nick shows in the '90s and early 2000s, Ren and Stimpy was always funny, but somewhat disturbing in some parts, Rocko's Modern Life was that way, too, but both are enjoyable. Apparently, according to my parents, I loved the Rugrats, I'll watch it every once in a while now, but lately, I began watching The Angry Beavers on Netflix a lot, it's slowly, but surely becoming my favorite classic Nick show. I don't know what anyone else thinks of the show, but I love it.

    I liked the game shows on there a lot, too. Legends of the Hidden Temple, Guts, Figure it Out and Double Dare.
    Honestly, in my opinion, I think Nick started to go downhill around 2004-2005 after Spongebob began to dumb down quite a bit.
  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Angry Beavers is very underrated in the grand scheme of things. Even CatDog was more popular (even got a reference on Family Guy). There was some AB merchandise (plush toys and gumball machine figures... there are others I don't know about)... but it really didn't get the respect that the other, more popular Nicktoons got.

    And the show had some clever humor to it... they referenced the Beatles saying they were Bigger than Jesus (Bigger than sliced bread, more like it)... they even referenced the 1970's DePatie Freling Cat in the Hat cartoon. They underscored a parody of a song from the first Pink Panther movie. Not to mention Luchadore movies. Heck, they even were one of the first American cartoons to reference anime. I'm always looking for shows that have more obscure references to them.
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  15. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I found a great blog about Doug. I think it covers every episode of both the Nickelodeon and Disney versions (but I haven't read every entry yet).

    But it does have some mild profanity, though.

  16. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Not sure if anybody was wondering, but I recently asked on the Shout Factory facebook page if the really early Nick shows like Pinwheel are included in the Nickelodeon license, and they're not. I wonder if Nickelodeon owns the rights to those early shows.
  17. mimitchi33

    mimitchi33 Well-Known Member

    Even though I was born in the late 90's, I did see some old Nickelodeon shows when they were on their last legs, because my brother watched them, such as Hey Arnold, Rocko's Modern Life, Animaniacs (when they had the rights to the show), CatDog, The Wild Thornberries, and my childhood favorite, Rugrats. I also remember seeing old bumpers in 1999 and 2000, like the one where a little girl has a Nickelodeon bone and throws it to her dog, kids playing with a parachute with the Nickelodeon logo on it while catchy music plays, the animated one with singing skates at a skating rink, and the one where there are singing hands and a marionette with only eyeballs, teeth and a bowtie sing the Nickelodeon theme.

    By the way here, am I the only one who hated SpongeBob as a kid? That show was so annoying as a kid, and is still annoying now! Making matters worse is that my dad sometimes accidentally puts on Nick while looking for TVLand (usually because without warning, kid shows play on the network he last watched), and all I see in those episodes are SpongeBob being rude to people! Even thinking about the show gives me a headache!

    Bad news. Nick Jr is no longer 24/7. There's a block running from 10:00PM ET to 2:00PM ET called NickMom that takes over the channel. It has gotten a LOT of complaints, because not everyone has the same timezone, and due to the raunchy programming.
  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Loud, audible UGH! I hate this new "hip" mommy culture. I thought it was bad when they pretended to like Hanna Montana music in a shallow attempt to bond. Now they have to be all judgmental Real Housewife wannabes that harp on the other mothers for not having enough "healthy snacks" for the kids and Skinny Girl vodka for the other mommies. I can only imagine what terrible, low brow programming they have.

    Again... you didn't have to suffer through the Noolzels or Little Bits so you would have to come home just before the Awesomeness of Count Duckula and Danger Mouse started. I hate those crappy preschool animes Nick used to have. They didn't even get the rights to a GOOD preschool anime like Doraemon or Anpanman. Spongebob is an acquired taste and there's no doubt it wore out its welcome years ago... but we can all breath a sigh of relief that Rocket Power no longer exists.
  19. StevieOpossum

    StevieOpossum Well-Known Member

    I heard somewhere that it was just Wacky Deli or an April Fools joke.
  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I freakin' love Bananaman. Apparently, the creator of the original British comics magazine version of Bananaman wasn't happy about the cartoon for some reason.

    But yeah, those British cartoons that Nick used to have... I think Bananaman was the only one I actually saw on Nick vs 20 years later on Youtube... but those things were great, and far superior to some of the kiddy shows Nick had back in the day.

    Sigh... I wish someone would license rescue Count Duckula and put it on a DVD set that has the whole series and not just the first season. I missed out on the full series set of Danger Mouse. At one point, it was really cheap too. But you know what happens when DVD's hit really cheap... months later they become out of print rarities.

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