The '90s Are All That

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The '90s Are All That
The '90s Are All That logo.png
Official logo
Premiered July 25, 2011 (USA)
Channel TeenNick (USA)
Origin United States
Format 1990s block, children, teens, young adults
Runtime Nightly 12am–4am ET
(October 1, 2013 – present)
(October 24, 2011 – April 29, 2013)
Nightly 11pm–3am ET
(May 28, 2013 – September 30th, 2013)
Weekends 12am–4am ET
(April 30, 2013 – May 26, 2013)
Weeknights 12am–2am ET
(May 4, 2013 – May 27, 2013)
Nightly 10pm–2am ET
(October 7, 2011 – October 23, 2011)
Weeknights 12am–4am ET
(July 25, 2011 – October 6, 2011)

The '90s Are All That is a programming block that airs nightly on TeenNick. The block shows reruns of classic 1990s children's programming, mostly shows that aired on Nickelodeon during their original runs. The block airs in a two-hour block running every night from midnight to 2am, also airing in an encore from 2-4am.[1][2] The block derives its name and logo from All That, a popular sketch comedy series that ran on Nickelodeon from 1994 to 2005.[3] Since then the Block because a children version of Nickelodeon's Nick At Nite and the staple block of Teen Nick.

The creation of the block, which debuted the night of July 25, 2011 (early July 26), was inspired by a large amount of interest in classic Nickelodeon series from the 1990s by users of social media outlets such as Facebook.[4] From October 7, 2011 through October 23, 2011, the block aired in an earlier time slot, from 10 p.m. to midnight.[5] Response to the debut was very positive; hash tags pertaining to the block became trending topics on Twitter[6] and the Nielsen Ratings for TeenNick on the debut night increased to between eight and 60 times the ratings TeenNick received in previous weeks, beating numerous higher-profile basic cable programs in the same time slot.[7]

Some of the animated programming that has been included in the block was, at the time of the block's launch, already airing in overnight marathons on sister network Nicktoons, a practice that began in spring 2010. The Nicktoons marathons existed simultaneously with The '90s Are All That through August 2011 but have since been removed from the schedule.

Programming[edit]

Current programming[edit]

Time slot Show title Original run The '90s Are All That run
12:30 am Monday-Friday only Rugrats 1991-2004 November 30, 2011 - present
12:00 am and 1:30 am Monday-Friday only Hey Arnold! 1996-2004 September 5, 2011 – September 23, 2011; November 30, 2011 – present
1:00 am Monday-Friday

1:00-2:00am Saturday & Sunday only

CatDog 1998-2005 March 23, 2013 - present
12:00 am-1:00 am Saturday and Sunday only Rocket Power 1999-2004 June 7, 2014 - present

The block repeats itself from 2 am to 4 am.

Note: These are broadcasting dates, which begin at 6am and end 24 hours later.[8]

U-Pick with Stick[edit]

U-Pick with Stick Stickly

On October 7, 2011, Stick Stickly, who hosted the Nick in the Afternoon block during the mid-'90s, returned to host the block on Friday nights. The Friday night block revived the "U-Pick" segment from Nick in the Afternoon, allowing viewers to vote online to decide which shows they want to see.

Citing Stick's New Year's Hangover, U-Pick went on hiatus for January 2012. The first U-Pick post-hiatus was a showdown between Rocko's Modern Life and The Angry Beavers on February 3. The winning show was Rocko's Modern Life and it aired on the block for the entire weekend. U-Pick returned in early March for a showdown between Salute Your Shorts and CatDog with a marathon over the weekend of March 23 at stake. Salute Your Shorts prevailed.

Following the apparent retirement of Paul Christie, the voice of Stick Stickly, in March 2012, U-Pick was moved exclusively to online content, in which the winning show would have a number of full episodes released for streaming on the block's official website; the first online U-Pick featured CatDog against Rocket Power with the latter as the victor. Later matchups included Double Dare vs. Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Clarissa Explains It All vs. The Secret World of Alex Mack (the last of which was abandoned before voting was closed).

Stick Stickly did return on August 5th, 2013 to host '90s Game Show week (see "Special events")

Special programming[edit]

The '90s Are All That has occasionally broken from its standard program format to air episodes of series that, because of either problems with securing the broadcast rights or not enough episodes to rerun the series in a regular time slot, have not had a regular spot on the block's lineup. Interruptions of the lineup were commonplace in fall 2011 but beginning January 2012 were reduced to monthly appearances until March 25, 2012, after which the schedule remained static for over four consecutive months. Additional special program lineups were sporadic until late 2012.

Programs that have aired so far only as part of a special schedule include the following series:

Show title Original run
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters 1994-1997
Are You Afraid of the Dark? 1992-2000
Legends of the Hidden Temple 1993-1995
Family Double Dare 1988; 1990-1992
Figure It Out 1997-1999; 2012-2013
GUTS 1992-1996
The Journey of Allen Strange 1997-2000
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 1993-1995[9]
My Brother and Me 1994-1995
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo 1996-1998
Salute Your Shorts 1991-1992
The Secret World of Alex Mack 1994-1998
Space Cases 1996-1997
The Wild Thornberrys 1998-2004

Special events[edit]

Labor Day (September 5, 2011) featured double episodes of Hey Arnold! and Rocko's Modern Life to mark their debut on the lineup.

The weekend of Halloween, dubbed "Stick or Treat", featured a special edition of U-Pick that accompanied episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, in which viewers chose horror-themed shows and specials. The previously lost film Cry Baby Lane, which was aired once on Nickelodeon in 2000, aired on The 90s Are All That on October 31, 2011. The network stated it was a "write-in candidate".

In addition to the U-Pick lineups, The '90s Are All That also scheduled marathons for Thanksgiving week. Salute Your Shorts, Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, All That, and Kenan and Kel all had at least one marathon night. For the first time in the block's history, all eight slots were filled by different episodes, whereas on the regular schedule, the second two hours repeat the first.

Early Christmas Eve was marked with "Merry Stickmas", featuring several Nick Christmas specials chosen by viewers via a special U-Pick ballot and original Nickelodeon IDs from the era.

The final week of 2011, dubbed "Party Like It's the '90s" featured shows originally featured in the 1995 through 1999 incarnations of SNICK. KaBlam! and Animorphs were excluded and replaced with other SNICK programs of the era. This also included '90s Nick ID's. The December 31 edition, called "Stick Clark's New Year's Sticking Eve", featured the revival of "U-Dip," another Nick in the Afternoon feature, as an homage of the large list of objects dropped on New Year's Eve across the United States. Nickelodeon's trademark slime won the vote. The block started at 10PM and end at 2AM (with a re-air from 2AM–6AM) to accommodate the occasion[10] To symbolize the end of 2011, the regular-length series finales of The Secret World of Alex Mack, Kenan and Kel, Clarissa Explains It All, and Doug aired from 10 pm to midnight, and to symbolize the beginning of 2012, their series premieres aired from 12 to 2 am. The night also featured Stickly's brother Woodknot and Face, who was the host of Nick Jr. for several years. It is, to date, the only appearance of any Nick Jr. property on the block.

To celebrate Super Bowl XLVI, a special U-Pick won by Rocko's Modern Life aired the weekend of on February 3, 2012, also chronicling Stick and Woodknot's trip to the Super Bowl in a new Stick special, "Stick Goes to the Big Game".

Salute Your Shorts won the U-Pick showdown against CatDog and aired the weekend of March 23 as a Stick Stickly special called "Stick's ShamROCKing Weekend", celebrating St. Patrick's Day at the parade in New York City.

On the week of March 26th, 2012, to celebrate the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards, the block launched KCA Back in the Day, in which during commercial breaks, they aired archived clips of past Kids' Choice Awards shows from the 1990s.

Coinciding with the 2012 Summer Olympics, the game shows Figure It Out, Family Double Dare, and Legends of the Hidden Temple occupied the entire block on the weekend of August 3. This was the first schedule change of any length in over 4 months.

For Halloween 2012, on October 30, 2012, and October 31, 2012, the block aired episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, as well as Halloween episodes of All That, Doug, Rugrats, and Kenan & Kel.

Thanksgiving 2012 was celebrated from November 22-25 by airing two nights of marathons for Hey Arnold!, followed by Rugrats marathons for the last two nights. On both's first nights, their respective Thanksgiving episodes aired.

Beginning Christmas Eve and ending on December 30th, the block aired an event titled "Holiday GIF[T] Guide", promoting their official Tumblr page by posting GIF images of Holiday-related '90s Nickelodeon scenes (the GIFs would also be aired via bumpers during this event). All week, the block also aired marathons of Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, Doug, All That, Kenan & Kel and Clarissa Explains it All. Remixed versions of classic Holiday Nick ID's were also shown.

Starting early New Year's Day 2013, the block aired Rugrats marathons for the first week of January, Hey Arnold! in the second, Doug during the third, Clarissa Explains it All during the fourth and Kenan and Kel to finish the month.

For the week of Valentine's Day starting February 11th, the block aired "Valennineties", featuring love-themed episodes of Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, Clarissa Explains It All, Salute Your Shorts, and Rocko's Modern Life. It included several valentine bumpers.

To celebrate Nickelodeon's 2013 Kids' Choice Awards, the block launched "'90s Your Choice Awards 2013". Beginning March 5th, viewers can vote on the block's website for their favorite categories involving '90s Nickelodeon. The winners were announced March 18th-22nd at midnight, and the winners were Doug for Favorite '90s Jam (The Beets), Kenan & Kel for Favorite Forbidden '90s Love (Kel and Orange Soda), Doug for Favorite Not-So Superhero (Quailman), The Wild Thornberries for Manliest Mustache (Nigel Thornberry), and Salute Your Shorts for Craziest Cameo (Zeke the Plumber), and the winning shows aired in the Midnight timeslot of the night they were announced the winner. During the week of the '90s Your Choice Awards, alongside the winning show for that night, airing at Midnight, Rugrats aired for the rest of the block. The '90s Your Choice Awards aired only Monday March 18, 2013 to Friday March 22, 2013.

Leading up to April Fool's Day 2013, the network advertised the debut of a long-lost episode of Rocko's Modern Life that would air the night of March 31. The episode turned out to be a still image of a can of mayonnaise; the incident is a reference to the Rocko two-part episode "Wacky Delly," in which the producers of the show-within-a-show "Wacky Delly" deliberately air such an episode in a failed attempt to sabotage the series.

The week before Memorial Day 2013 featured "Meme-orial Week," in which fans submitted their '90s Nick-themed memes for air during the block. The memes appeared during the shows.

The week of June 3–6, 2013 was branded "Summer Blockbusters" and features television movies based on 1990s Nickelodeon series, including Rugrats: "Runaway Reptar", Kenan & Kel: "Two Heads Are Better Than None", CatDog: "The Great Parent Mystery", and Kenan & Kel: "Awww Here it Goes to Hollywood". These would reair on Fridays and Sundays throughout the rest of June.

On August 3, 2013, the block aired a one hour marathon of Legends of the Hidden Temple, after the show won the '90s Nick Facebook Faceoff, a four-round knockout tournament to determine the best Nickelodeon series of the 1990s.

From August 5, 2013, to August 8, 2013, Stick Stickly hosted '90s Greatest Game Show Moments, which was a week that featured a game show episode every night, and special moments. The block aired Family Double Dare, Global Guts, Figure It Out, and Legends of The Hidden Temple.

On August 17, 2013 the block celebrated the 21st SNICKiversary (21st anniversary of SNICK) by airing Clarissa Explains It All, The Ren & Stimpy Show, All That and Are You Afraid of the Dark?; all but All That were aired during the inaugural SNICK lineup. New bumpers were produced as part of the celebration, and the shows' "We'll be right back" outros made for the block were used.

From September 23, 2013, to September 26, 2013, the block aired cat-related episodes, under the name "The '90s Are All Cat". Featured shows were Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, CatDog, The Ren & Stimpy Show, All That and Kenan & Kel. Special "cat-ified" episodes aired at 11pm and 1am under the names Meow Arnold!, RugCats, All Cat, and Kitten & Kel. The block also aired pictures of fans' cats that were sent in to the block's Twitter (@90sAreAllThat) using #90sAreAllCat, and the block dressed up the cats as '90s Nicktoon characters. They also had a game to correspond with the event.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the first series not to have originally aired on Nickelodeon during its original run, celebrated its 20th anniversary over "Mighty Morphin' Weekend", November 8, 2013 to November 11, 2013. The second sets of two hours were not occupied by repeats of the first, and in fact episodes had a shorter running time, which meant 9 different episodes aired each night, totaling 27.

On November 25, 2013, the block aired party-themed episodes, as part of "Mix-Tape Monday". It included CatDog, Clarissa Explains it All, Hey Arnold!, Kenan & Kel, Rugrats and Doug. Fans were invited to record a short Vine or Instagram video introducing each show in the style of Total Request Live for potential airing between shows. Mix-Tape Monday was advertised to return on December 16th, 2013 with Holiday episodes of shows, though they did not air. A Valentine version was also promoted but again, did not air.

From December 23, 2013 to January 12, 2014, the block aired The Secret World of Alex Mack, the block debut of My Brother and Me, Aaahh! Real Monsters, Rocket Power, Salute Your Shorts, and Hey Dude alongside marathons of Hey Arnold!, Kenan & Kel, and Rugrats.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of The Adventures of Pete & Pete, the block has been airing the original interstitial shorts during commercial.

From February 14, 2014 to February 16, 2014, the block aired Valentine's Day themed episodes of Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, CatDog, Doug, All That, and Kenan & Kel.

From March 24, 2014 to March 27, 2014, Rugrats aired during the entire block.

On March 28, 2014, the block aired 90s Your Choice Awards where fans could vote for their favorite 90s Nick shows. Hey Arnold! and Rocko's Modern Life won the vote and aired during the entire block that night.

On April 21, 2014, the block aired Hey Arnold!, Doug, Rocko's Modern Life, Angry Beavers and The Ren and Stimpy Show as part of Mix-Tape Monday. Songs featured in a show's episode and theme songs were seen in a karaoke style.

On June 7, 2014, Rocket Power joined the lineup, replacing Kenan and Kel and All That. This was the first major schedule change in over a year.

On June 16, 2014, the block aired the following shows for Summer Mixtape Monday: Hey Arnold!, Rugrats, CatDog, Rocko's Modern Life, and The Ren and Stimpy Show.

An anniversary marathon of Hey Dude aired on July 14, 2014, 25 years to the day of the show's debut on Nickelodeon.

Former programming[edit]

Programs that have previously had a regular part of the schedule on the block, but have since been removed, include the following series. These programs have made occasional reappearances on U-Pick ballots and in holiday special program blocks (see below).

Time slot Show title Original run The '90s Are All That run
1:00am Clarissa Explains it All 1991-1994 July 25 – September 2; September 26 – October 6, 2011
11:00pm/1:00am Hey Dude 1989-1991 October 8 – November 20, 2011; July 14, 2014
Saturdays The Ren & Stimpy Show 1991-1995 February 9 – March 2, 2013
1:00-2:00am Doug 1991-1994 July 25 – September 2, 2011; September 26, 2011 – March 18, 2013; February 14, 2014-February 16, 2014
12:30 am Monday-Friday only The Angry Beavers 1997-2001 October 7, 2011; February 10, 2013 - March 3, 2013; March 25, 2013 - April 26, 2013
1:30 am Monday-Friday only Rocko's Modern Life 1993-1996 September 5 - 23, 2011; February 8, 2013 - March 1, 2013; March 25, 2013 - April 26, 2013; April 21,2014; June 16, 2014
12:00-1:00 am Saturday only Kenan and Kel 1996-2000 July 25, 2011 - February 3, 2013; March 4, 2013 - May 31, 2014
12:00-1:00 am Sunday only All That 1994-2005 July 25, 2011 - December 27, 2012; March 4, 2013 - June 1, 2014

Potential programming[edit]

Shows that have been released exclusively on the block's website and are expected to be included in the block include:

Other shows previously mentioned or alluded to as series that would be included in the block but, to date, have not appeared include:[11][12][13][14]

In most of these cases, rights issues have proven to be an obstacle to clearing reruns. Pete & Pete, for instance, used such an extensive music library so pervasively throughout the show that neither securing the broadcast rights to all the music nor editing the music out of the show would be feasible.[citation needed] The original interstitial shorts aired on the block in December 2013. A similar factor forced the musical guests to be cut out of the block's reruns of All That. Likewise, the numerous animators who were involved in KaBlam! would each need to give their permission to air their contributions if the show were to air, and a similar situation exists for the classic cartoons that had been used in Weinerville breaks, whereas rest of that show remains in the ownership of its host and creator, Marc Weiner.

The Amanda Show was originally set to be included in the block but has instead aired separately in its own, varying time slots during TeenNick's daytime lineup.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Note all times Eastern and Pacific. Subtract one hour for Central Time Zone.
  2. ^ "'Hey Dude' returns to TeenNick, '90s block moves to primetime -- EXCLUSIVE". Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ The '90s Are All That blog post on TeenNick.com
  4. ^ TeenNick goes retro with '90s programming -- EXCLUSIVE, Entertainment Weekly, March 10, 2011.
  5. ^ "Teen Nick TV Listings, TV Shows and Schedule". Zap2It. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  6. ^ Powers, Lindsay (July 26, 2011). Teen Nick's '90s TV Revival a Big Hit With Viewers. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  7. ^ The Vulture (July 26, 2011). Nick's New '90s Nostalgia Block is a Ratings Smash. New York Magazine. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  8. ^ "TeenNick Schedule". Retrieved 2011-08-30. "6:00 AM ... 5:30 AM" 
  9. ^ Originally aired on Fox Kids.
  10. ^ NICKELODEON DECKS THE HALLS WITH NEW HOLIDAY-THEMED PREMIERES OF BUBBLE GUPPIES, T.U.F.F. PUPPY, FANBOY AND CHUM CHUM AND YO GABBA GABBA!, BEGINNING FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9. Nickelodeon press release. Retrieved December 13, 2011.
  11. ^ Davis, Bradley (July 11, 2011). "Get ready for the '90s!". [1]. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  12. ^ Davis, Alex (July 13, 2011). TeenNick Brings Back Reruns of “Guts”, “Double Dare” and “Legends” with “The ’90s are All That”. BuzzerBlog. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  13. ^ Rice, Lynnette (July 22, 2011). TeenNick teaser for '90s block: See it here! Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 23, 2011.
  14. ^ Nickelodeon brings back the 90's. The Washington Post. Retrieved July 25, 2011.

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