SNICK

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SNICK
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Genre Programming block
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Running time 120 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original run August 15, 1992 (1992-08-15) – August 28, 2004 (2004-08-28)
Chronology
Followed by TEENick
(2004-2009)

SNICK (short for Saturday Night Nickelodeon) was a two-hour programming block on the American cable television network Nickelodeon, geared toward older (preteen to teen) audiences, that ran from August 15, 1992 until August 28, 2004. It was aired on Saturdays starting at 8 p.m and ending at 10 p.m. ET. In 2004, SNICK was revamped as the Saturday night edition of TEENick. Nickelodeon continues to run a Saturday night programming block today, though since the TEENick name was removed from the lineup in February 2009, the block no longer goes by any name.

The block debuted on Saturday, August 15, 1992, with a pair of Sunday favorites (the preteen-oriented sitcom Clarissa Explains It All and the Nicktoon The Ren and Stimpy Show) and the network premieres of Roundhouse (a musical comedy variety series) and Are You Afraid of the Dark? (a horror fantasy drama anthology series).[1]

Ads and bumpers[edit]

Ads and bumpers for SNICK featured the programming block's "mascot," dubbed "The Big Orange Couch," in several locales, including in front of the Midnight Society's campfire, Ren and Stimpy's house, the Roundhouse, and in various locations. It was retired in June 1999, when the iconic couch, stuffed with $25,000 and 6000 cookies, was given away in a contest celebrating Nickelodeon's 20 years on television. In 2006, one of Nickelodeon's celebrities would take over Nickelodeon from Monday to Friday, sitting on the Big Orange Couch.[citation needed]

SNICK line-ups[edit]

The following are the shows aired during SNICK for the year listed. Although these are the standard shows aired, some days would see variation in the SNICK line-up.

SNICK[edit]

All these shows aired from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. ET (though the schedule was briefly extended to 8-10:30 p.m. ET in the summer of 1994[2]) with the ending having the big orange couch and above that a clock counting down until next week's broadcast.

Snick House[edit]

In 1999, Snick was revamped and renamed Snick House. With this came a number of changes. The block was hosted by Nick Cannon, and each week, a celebrity or music group made an appearance. The format was very similar to the former TEENick block, but was more of a party. Each week, kids could go online and vote for their favorite Snick House Video Picks. The winning music video was then played during Snick House.

Elevator Music Era[edit]

After the SNICK House was cancelled in June 2001, Nick replaced SNICK's normal slot with "Nick Flicks", 90 minute Nicktoon specials followed by The Brothers Garcia. This went on from July 7, 2001 to January 12, 2002 and from June 29, 2002 to September 7, 2002. On January 19, 2002, the brand new SNICK began with a whole new lineup, including a brand new cast of All That, which had been on hiatus for a year and a half, instead of As Told by Ginger movie "Camp Caprice". Bumpers now featured still pictures of various SNICK stars with a SNICK "talk bubble" above them, with elevator music playing in the background.

Fall 2001:

January–June 2002:

July 2002 - August 2002 Same as Fall 2001 (except after Nick Flicks):

Snick On-Air Dare[edit]

Starting in September 2002, SNICK featured a series of On-Air Dare segments featuring members of the All That cast. All but three members of the cast would pull a lever to determine the night's "dare", which one of the three would have to do. The three cast members from All That in each segment would be placed in a glass cylinder and one would be randomly chosen to participate in a dare. If chosen, two security guards enter and grab the cast member (as if he or she was arrested) so they don't escape. This appears to have been based on Fear Factor.

Some of these dares included singing the National Anthem in a diaper, apple bobbing in a toilet, taking a bath in a tub of raw eggs, eating a couple gallons of blue cheese, being painted with peanut butter and licked by dogs, hanging upside down and being dipped in dog food, having buckets of worms dumped on the cast member's head, drinking a gallon of sweat, sitting in a giant bowl of chili, dressing up as a girl and competing in a beauty pageant, eating 1000 toe nails, Put an entire Scorpion in your mouth, get pecked by Hungry Chickens or shaving their school principal's legs.

During this era of SNICK, the SNICK line-ups went through some major transitions that included the phasing out of The Nick Cannon Show and Cousin Skeeter and the addition of a new show, Romeo!

September 2002-February 2003:

February–June 2004:

Saturday Night Nickelodeon era and the end of SNICK[edit]

During SNICK's "summer vacation", graphic design company "Beehive" created brand new bumpers for Saturdays on Nick, featuring orange SPLATs morphing into a show's character. Instead of saying "SNICK", the announcer said "Saturday Night Nickelodeon". TEENick Saturday Night replaced SNICK and Saturday Night Nick for the 2004-2005 television season and onward until the TEENick name was dropped in February 2009, to later be used (with its spelling changed to TeenNick) as the name for the rebranded The N cable channel.

June–August 2004

SNICK on The '90s Are All That[edit]

TeenNick airs 90's era Nick shows starting at 12:00 AM Eastern Time under the banner The '90s Are All That. All That and Kenan & Kel are the most prominent and consistent SNICK shows to get reruns. It was announced that the week of December 26, 2011 up until New Year's Eve that TeenNick will air classic SNICK lineups from each year of the 1990s, with a special marathon airing New Year's Eve, all with classic SNICK and Nickelodeon bumpers from the 1990s.

On August 17, 2013, SNICK returned to The '90s Are All That, dubbed "SNICK-iversary". The original lineup was aired (Clarissa Explains It All, The Ren & Stimpy Show and Are You Afraid of the Dark?) with the exception of Roundhouse being replaced by All That.

Home video releases[edit]

In 1993, Nickelodeon released two VHS video tapes meant to recreate the SNICK-watching experience by including episodes from all four of the original SNICK shows: Clarissa Explains It All, Roundhouse, Ren and Stimpy, and Are You Afraid of the Dark?. The tapes also included episodes of the original The Adventures of Pete and Pete shorts in between each SNICK show as well as SNICK bumpers featuring The Big Orange Couch. The videos were released through Sony Wonder and came in orange-colored cassette tapes.

Volume 1: Nick SNICKS Friendship[edit]

  • Clarissa Explains It All: Season 3 episode "Sam's Swan Song"
  • Ren and Stimpy: Season 1 episode "The Littlest Giant"
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark: Season 1 episode "The Tale of the Lonely Ghost"
  • Roundhouse: Season 1 episode "New Kid In Town"
  • Pete and Pete shorts "Artie, the Strongest Man in the World," "X-Ray Man," and "Route 34."

Volume 2: Nick SNICKS The Family[edit]

  • Clarissa Explains It All: Season 1 episode "Cool Dad"
  • Ren and Stimpy: Season 2 episode "Fake Dad"
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark: Season 1 episode "The Tale of the Hungry Hounds"
  • Roundhouse: Season 1 episode "You Can't Fire Your Family"
  • Pete and Pete shorts "The Burping Room," "Mom's Plate," and "The Punishment."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brown, Rich. "Nickelodeon Skews New for Fall." Broadcasting and Cable magazine. August 17, 1992. 20.
  2. ^ Ginny Holbert. "Children's Bedtime Stories Get Star Treatment on PBS", Chicago Sun-Times, June 10, 1994. Retrieved March 10, 2011 from HighBeam Research.