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All That
All that logo 2019.png
Logo used since 2019
GenreSketch comedy
Created by
Narrated bySoup (seasons 1-9)
Kenan Thompson (season 9-present, intro only)
Jermaine Fowler (season 9-present, sketches)
Theme music composer
Opening theme
  • "All That" performed by
  • TLC
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons11
No. of episodes173 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Dan Schneider (Seasons 1-2)
  • Kevin Kopelow (Seasons 1-4); consulting producer (Season 11)
  • Heath Seifert (Seasons 1-4); consulting producer (Season 11)
  • Virgil L. Fabian (Seasons 5–9)
  • Keiren Fisher (Seasons 6-8)
  • Andrew Hill Newman (co-producer) (Season 6); producer (Seasons 7-9)
  • Robin Weiner (co-producer) (season 6); supervising producer (seasons 7-10)
  • Steven Molaro (Seasons 7–8)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Production company(s)
DistributorTrifecta Entertainment and Media
Paramount Television
Release
Original networkNickelodeon
Picture format
Original release
  • Original series:
  • April 16, 1994 (1994-04-16) – November 18, 2000 (2000-11-18)
  • Relaunch series:
  • January 19, 2002 (2002-01-19) – October 22, 2005 (2005-10-22)
  • Revival series:
  • June 15, 2019 (2019-06-15) — present
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Website

All That is an American sketch comedy television series created by Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin. The series originally aired on Nickelodeon from April 16, 1994 to October 22, 2005, lasting ten seasons, and was produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions (later Schneider's Bakery during the tenth season). The pilot episode was originally shown as a special "sneak peek", with the show officially debuting a regular series on December 24, 1994.[1]

The series features original short comedic sketches and weekly musical guests aimed toward a young audience. Its sketches parody contemporary culture and are performed by a large and varying cast of child and teen actors. Early episodes were taped at Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Orlando Resort, but then moved to Hollywood at the Nickelodeon on Sunset theatre, where other Nickelodeon shows such as The Amanda Show, Kenan & Kel, and Drake & Josh were filmed.

All That went on to become a fixture on Nickelodeon for over a decade, and has received acclaim for its diverse cast and impact on children's television.[2][3] The series has spun off several members of the cast in their own Nickelodeon television series with varying levels of success. It has been marketed in other ways, including an audio recording, books, a feature film, festival tour, and numerous reunions and specials celebrating the legacy of All That. [4]

In 2019, Robbins, the current president of Nickelodeon, announced a revival of the series with original cast member Kenan Thompson serving as executive producer,[5] with Kel Mitchell later confirmed in the same role.[6] Original cast members Lori Beth Denberg and Josh Server also appeared in the premiere episode (which aired on June 15, 2019) with musical guests, The Jonas Brothers.[7]

Series history[edit]

See also: history of All That by season: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Development[edit]

Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin created the show, and the head writer was Dan Schneider who also became the showrunner of the series in the third season. All That marked the beginning of Schneider's prolific career in creating and writing hit television series for young audiences. The New York Times, in separate articles, referred to Dan Schneider as "the Norman Lear of children's television"[8] and "the master of a television genre".[9]

In 1986, Robbins and Schneider met while working on the ABC sitcom, Head of the Class.[10] Becoming close friends, the two performers both shared a mutual interest in writing, eventually coming together to write and then pitch an episode to the show's producers just to see if they could do it.[10] To their amazement the producers liked their idea and bought it. Their episode (Will the Real Arvid Engen Please Stand Up) later aired during the show's second season.

Exterior of the former Nickelodeon Studios where All That was filmed for its first two seasons.

Following the success of Head of the Class, Robbins and Schneider were asked to co-host the second annual Kids Choice Awards in 1988 alongside Tony Danza and Debbie Gibson.[11] Although they were unaware of the fledgling Nickelodeon cable channel the two agreed to participate. The award ceremony that year was produced by Albie Hecht, with whom Robbins and Schneider quickly struck up a friendship with.[10] Their friendship continued after the awards, and Hecht suggested they develop something for Nickelodeon. Robbins and Schneider declined his offer, as they were still under contract with ABC.[10]

By 1991, Head of the Class ended its run and Robbins started a production company with producer friend Mike Tollin, aptly named Tollin/Robbins Productions.[3] The company originally produced several small budget sport documentaries.[12] Hecht, now Head of Development for Nickelodeon, contacted them and asked them to film a project for the network. The half-hour documentary they made featured the network's game show hosts Phil Moore (Nick Arcade) and Mike O'Malley (Get the Picture and Nickelodeon GUTS) as co-hosts of a comedy tour as they drove around to different cities to perform.[3] Since their schedule only permitted for two days of filming, Tollin/Robbins had to make the entire show appear as if they had toured around the country.[3]

Impressed with the final product, Hecht later met with Robbins to discuss developing something; asking Robbins if there was any type of show that he would be interested in making.[3] Robbins pitched an idea of creating a kid-version of Saturday Night Live. He brought Tollin and Schneider (as head writer) along to help develop the show. The three were influenced by classic sketch shows such as The Carol Burnett Show, You Can't Do That on Television and Laugh In,[3] and began to flesh out a rough idea of the show's format.[3][10] Schneider decided against writing the pilot episode and instead chose to compile the cast first. Usually, in television, the pilot is written first and the cast is assembled later.[10] However, the three believed it was crucial to find the right actors first and then tailor to their strengths.[3][10] A nationwide talent search for child and teen actors was launched that would last for several months.[3] Eventually Angelique Bates, Lori Beth Denberg, Katrina Johnson, Kel Mitchell, Alisa Reyes, Josh Server, and Kenan Thompson were hired.

When I first got involved, it was kind of funny. My mom had me in a talent show, I was one of the winners. [An agent] had his friend there, who was the one that got me on [All That]. ... The process itself was, oh my gosh. We did 10 auditions. I thought I didn't have it. They had us doing improv, sketches, all kinds of stuff. I went in fully dressed as Urkel. I was doing character voices. I had the glasses, I had the suspenders, everything. You name it, I had it. I got called a couple months later like, "Oh, you know you got it." It was crazy because it was a nationwide [search].[3]

— Bates

The reason I got the audition was 'cause I was in a drama competition for high school and my scene placed first in competition. So there's lots of different categories and all the first-place teams in all the categories had a showcase at Paramount Studios at like this little theater. And some of the producers for All That were there. So after that a few of us from the competition got called in to audition. So I just went on it like a total lark, not like it was some big deal. Just kind of a goof. And that was my first audition for All That. I wasn't nervous 'cause I wasn't really taking it seriously. But that, in hindsight, served me really well. I had one callback, which was a little more interesting. I mean, I had the feeling when I went back for the callback that I was gonna be cast. I can't necessarily explain it, but I just had this feeling like I'm gonna do this show. Which was really strange because I'd never done a show before. So I just went, I did the material, I met some more of the people and then I left. And I had this feeling about it.[3]

— Denberg

Mine was a casting call, but it was set up through my agent and I had to go back in like five times. And each time, I would get paired up with other random people to do sketch comedy but it was very off-the-cuff, like no script or plan or anything. It was like, you're miners, mining for gold in Sicily, and we'd have to figure it out. But that happened to be my favorite sort of thing that I'd always loved best...I had no idea what I was in for, but I knew it was going to be the ride of my life. I knew it was going to be fun. I never wanted anything as much before. This one felt like home, this one felt like me and I felt very excited. But no, I don't think we had any idea what we were in for.[3]

— Johnson
The original cast with Robbins, Schneider, Tollin, and others.

They did a nationwide search, and I remember that day, I had midterms at school, but I also had to learn my monologue because I had the audition later that day. I remember Brian Robbins was there and a few of the other producers. I came in and I totally forgot my monologue, because I had been studying for midterms and I never do that. As I was walking out, I tripped over some cords and knocked over some cameras and all this stuff. And I played it off like it was funny and they started just cracking up, laughing. I came back in, knocked the monologue out and then they were, like, hey, man, you know, you're really funny. Do you do any impersonations, as well? I just did, like, my uncles and, you know, people that I knew in Chicago, old man voices and I even did the [Good Burger] Ed voice for the first time there.[3]

— Mitchell

In my audition, I had to do a stand-up comedy act in conjunction with an audition scene and so I just remember in the monologue I wrote about, like, my sister having long hair in her underarms and we were eating breakfast. [Laughs] The hair would get into my pancake syrup. I just was being cheesy and crazy. And when I went in there, it was funny because I just felt like it was all very natural. It was all very organic. I was in the right place at the right time and they got me. I was blessed enough that Brian Robbins and Dan Schneider and Michael Tollin, they totally got me but it literally took me seven auditions to get this gig. And this is probably the most auditions that I ever had to audition for before because, I mean, who auditions for something seven times?.[3]

— Reyes

I was one of the two kids chosen from Chicago. Me and Kel got picked from the Chicago group. I remember that it was more than one audition. I think it was probably close to two to three, maybe even four. They brought us in quite a bit. They wanted us to do some of our characters and then some impressions. I remember originally meeting the casting people and then, you know, Brian and Dan and the producers of the show being in those auditions and going in and doing my sketch characters. And it was a lot of fun. Anytime you get to do those types of auditions, it's pretty cool because it's your stuff, you know, and when you're a kid, that's pretty rare.[3]

— Server

[I was introduced] to Brian and Michael Tollin. I was the last to be chosen [for the show]. [There weren't a lot of auditions.] I just did the one and they told me whether or not I had it. I went into the office and did impressions and stuff. The first Mighty Ducks, that was my first movie. Once I got into real movies, then started the commercials, [then TV].[3]

— Thompson

Original series (1994-2000)[edit]

With the cast intact, writing began. The basic concept for the series was a half-hour show that featured a cold open (which featured the cast participating in varying juvenile acts in a green room or around the studio before the show starts), several different sketches; including "runners" (short little sketches), and then a musical performance to close out the episode.[3][10] The main staple was the Vital Information sketch which would go on to be featured in every show through the end of the sixth season. [3] Cast and crew flew out to Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Orlando to shoot the pilot in front of a studio audience on January 17, 1994.[3] After filming was completed, the pilot was shelved as screenings did not test well with the focus groups,[3][10] consisting of children, both boys and girls in different age groups, that Nickelodeon used. The scores showed that Kids probably wouldn't like this new sketch comedy show for kids.[3][10] Regardless of the negative response, Geraldine Laybourne (then President of Nickelodeon) decided to pick the series up. [3]

Nickelodeon on Sunset at 6230 Sunset Boulevard as seen in May 2011. All That was filmed here until its cancellation in 2005.

During the first season, writing partners Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert were brought on as producers and continued working in that capacity through the third seaon. They continued their relationship with Thompson and Mitchell by co-executive producing and head writing the spin-off series Kenan & Kel and eventually writing the feature film Good Burger (1997) with Schneider.

After production on the second season wrapped in 1996, the show moved out of the old Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida. The network, interested in moving production of their live-action series to the West Coast began scouting sound stages in California. Production for the third season was completed at the Paramount Pictures studio before Nickelodeon obtained a lease for the 6230 Sunset Boulevard facility. During this period, Angelique Bates left the show and was replaced by a young actress named Amanda Bynes. A Nickelodeon producer discovered Amanda while she attended a children's comedy camp at LA's Laugh Factory.[13] At the end of the season Katrina Johnson and Alisa Reyes departed the show.

In 1997, the Sunset Boulevard property was acquired and branded as Nickelodeon on Sunset (formerly The Earl Carrol Theater).[14][15] Production for the series would remain here till the end of the tenth season in 2005. The fourth season began with the additions of Leon Frierson, Christy Knowings, and Danny Tamberelli to the cast. Knowings and Tamberelli were known to Nickelodeon producers having both participated in other projects for the network. Knowings was discovered while taping the pilot for Nickelodeon series called And Now This; the show wasn't picked up. Tamberelli was the star of The Adventures of Pete & Pete show, and guest starred on the Nickelodeon game show Figure It Out where he befriended Kevin Kopelow.[16] At the end of the season, Lori Beth Denberg and Dan Schneider departed the show. Schneider initially left the series to create his own sitcom, and later took over a fledgling pilot for Amanda Bynes that would become The Amanda Show.[17]

For the fifth season, Kopelow and Seifert took over Schneider's responsibilities as head writers and co-executive producers. Added to the cast were Nick Cannon and Mark Saul. Although a teenager at the time, Cannon had worked as the audience warm up and writer for the show before joining the cast. [16] On March 13, 1999, All That celebrated its star-studded "100th episode", although it was actually the 86th episode to be aired.[18] The 100th episode featured several celebrities: Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Nickelodeon's Clarissa Explains It All), Larisa Oleynik (Nickelodeon's The Secret World of Alex Mack), Robert Ri'chard (Nickelodeon's Cousin Skeeter), and Britney Spears (in a taped video appearance; Spears was originally supposed to perform in person but had to back out due to a knee injury; Lauryn Hill took her place) all made appearances; with Angelique Bates, Lori Beth Denberg, Katrina Johnson, and Alisa Reyes appearing as well[18] .

After the 100th episode, the show won the Kids' Choice Award for Favorite TV Show on May 1, 1999.[19] The fifth season ended with the departures of Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson. Stand-up comedian Gabriel Iglesias was hired to replace them the following season. [16]

Relaunch (2002-2005)[edit]

The abbreviated sixth season ended with a collection of special best of episodes and was followed by a nationwide summer tour titled All That Music and More Festival hosted by the cast and featuring a musical guest. Kevin Kopelow, Heath Seifert, and the entire cast left the series soon after. In their absence, Dan Schneider returned as showrunner.

In 2000, Nickelodeon placed the show into hiatus to be relaunched with a new cast. Production started back up a year later after an extensive nationwide talent search for child and teen actors. Ultimately hired were Chelsea Brummet, Jack DeSena, Lisa Foiles, Bryan Hearne, Shane Lyons, Giovonnie Samuels, and Kyle Sullivan. The format of the series remained roughly the same from the original seasons, but episodes now featured a host who would appear alongside the cast in sketches. Vital Information was also dropped, and replaced with a segment called Know Your Stars which would appear regularly through the end of the tenth season.[20][21] The first episode of the "new" All That featured special guests Frankie Muniz and Aaron Carter and debuted on January 19, 2002.[22]

The eighth season opened with the addition Jamie Lynn Spears to the cast and marked the beginning of All That cast members attempting dares on the SNICK program Snick On-Air Dare.[23][24] Occasionally, On Air Dares had special guests from other shows.[25] In 2003, Nickelodeon advertised a competition called R U All That?: Nickelodeon's Search for the Funniest Kid in America. After this contest ended in 2003, the finals aired on July 26, 2003. The contest picked five finalists, and all of them performed a sketch with some of the cast members. The winner was Christina Kirkman.[26]

In 2005, Nickelodeon celebrated the 10th anniversary of All That by airing episodes from the first six seasons in the week leading up to a "reunion special" on April 23 hosted by Frankie Muniz and featuring Ashanti and Bow Wow as the musical guests.[4]

Approximately 6.2 million total viewers watched the special on both its April 23 and 24 airings, making it the top cable or broadcast program for the 2–11, 6–11, and 9–14 age demographics,[27] and TV.com gave it a rating of 8.7/10.[28][4]

After a four season hiatus, All That decided to bring back the "Vital Information" segment with BET's Coming to the Stage winner Lil' JJ succeeding Lori Beth Denberg and Danny Tamberelli, respectively. Lil' JJ's very first "Vital Information" occurred during the 10th Anniversary Reunion Special.

Foiles announced the show's cancellation in September 2005 via her fan club.[29]

Revival (2019-present)[edit]

In the fall of 2018, Brian Robbins, co-creator of the series, was formally announced as the new president of Nickelodeon.[30] Now in charge of the company’s programming unit, he expressed interest in a revival of the show; saying, in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, that

I would've never, ever, ever canceled the show. It should've been [Nickelodeon's] Saturday Night Live. All That was a very sophisticated show. Young humor, but the level of comedy on that show was sophisticated.

— Robbins

The show's second revival was announced as part of Nickelodeon's 2019 content slate on February 14, 2019.[31] On May 14, 2019, it was announced that the show would premiere on June 15, 2019 with Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson serving as executive producers, and cameo appearances from original cast members Lori Beth Denberg and Josh Server.[32]

By 2017, Nickelodeon had ceased all operations at the Nickelodeon on Sunset lot and the property was later sold.[33] Production for the revival series is set to be done at The Burbank Studios (formerly known as NBC Studios) in Burbank, California. [34] The new cast was officially revealed on Today with Hoda & Jenna on May 29, 2019. They included Ryan Alessi, Reece Caddell, Kate Godfrey, Gabrielle Green, Nathan Janak, Lex Lumpkin, and Chinguun Sergelen.[35][36][5]

Cast[edit]

The sketches of All That are performed by a large and varying cast of child, teen, and young adult actors. The following is a list of the current cast and featured performers. A complete cast list can be found above.

Current Cast
Repertory players Featured players
  • Ryan Alessi (joined 2019)
  • Reece Caddell (joined 2019)
  • Kate Godfrey (joined 2019)
  • Gabrielle Green (joined 2019)
  • Nathan Janak (joined 2019)
  • Lex Lumpkin (joined 2019)
  • Chinguun Sergelen (joined 2019)
bold denotes Vital Information anchor

Guests[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
115April 16, 1994April 1, 1995
222October 7, 1995March 30, 1996
321November 16, 1996October 25, 1997
421November 15, 1997April 4, 1998
520December 12, 1998October 23, 1999
613January 15, 2000November 18, 2000
713January 19, 2002May 4, 2002
816September 21, 2002July 26, 2003
914October 11, 2003June 26, 2004
1012April 23, 2005October 22, 2005
1113[37]June 15, 2019TBA

Sketches[edit]

All That features original short comedic sketches that parody contemporary culture. Although the show had a team of writers, the cast were encouraged to help contribute their own ideas for characters and other segments. Improv and ad-libbing were used to help the cast and writers find the right tone for a certain skit.[16] The following is a short list of some notable sketches that aired during the show's tenure.

  • Ask Ashley starring Amanda Bynes as a little girl named Ashley, who offered advice from her bedroom on a TV series. She was sweet and friendly until she reads letters sent in by clueless viewers. After reading a letter, Ashley would go on a tirade against the letter's author.
  • Baggin' Saggin' Barry starring Kenan Thompson as a cool dude with baggy pants. Once pulled Abraham Lincoln from his pants.
  • Detective Dan starring Josh Server as a hopelessly incompetent private investigator who frequently stumbled into a crime scene to make matters worse.[16]
  • Everyday French with Pierre Escargot, featured Kenan Thompson, sitting in a bathtub filled with suds, wearing a raincoat and matching hat and swim fins on his feet. In the sketch, he would say silly phrases in poorly-pronounced French and translate them in English.
  • Know Your Stars is a recurring sketch that involved a random voice that made an impersonation of an individual with embarrassing, wacky, funny and untrue facts and info about a cast member or special guest.
  • Good Burger is a recurring sketch that took place at a fast food restaurant. The cashier, Ed (played by Kel Mitchell in Seasons 1–5 and Ryan Coleman in Season 9), was portrayed as a clueless teenager who always found a way to mess things up. A notable quote from Good Burger, stated by Ed in every sketch, was "Welcome to Good Burger, home of the good burger, can I take your order?" Good Burger was later made into a feature film.
  • The Loud Librarian starring Lori Beth Denberg, as a librarian who would coincidentally yell out, "Quiet, this is a library![sic]" along with a variety of noisemakers whenever the silence in her library was accidentally violated.
  • Sugar and Coffee starring Lisa Foiles and Kyle Sullivan as extremely hyperactive hosts of their own talk show. The pair would eat pure sugar and drink massive amounts of coffee and then force their guests to do the same thing from giant orbs attached to the ceiling, which usually led to overactivity in the worst way.
  • Thelma Stump starring Jamie Lynn Spears as an extremely old woman who serves as a bodyguard and security guard for the backstage of All That.
  • Vital Information is a recurring sketch that was the center piece of the show before the relaunch. Starring Denberg (for the first four seasons), Danny Tamberelli (for seasons five and six), and Lil' JJ (in the tenth season) deadpanned one liners, usually three in a row.
  • Miss Piddlin starring Kenan Thompson as the lunch lady at the school. The only thing she offers is peas. She gets extremely angry when someone or people reject her peas.

Impact and legacy[edit]

All That is highly regarded for its large diverse cast both in terms of ethnicity and gender.[2] The show was praised in The Atlantic for breaking the classical norms set in children's TV with its cast, irreverent and unapologetic humor, and kid characters played by actual kids.[2]

When All That debuted in 1994, television was still primarily segregated by race as shown by popular sitcoms like Seinfeld (where the cast is completely white) or Martin (where the cast is entirely black); even Saturday Night Live was dominated by white male comedians.[2] Robbins, Schneider and Tollin wanted the show to reflect its audience and also sought out varying musical acts (alternative, hip hop and R&B among others) to embrace the diversity[2][38]

I was the first black female they had on that show...there weren't that many black shows on or black actors. When I left, it opened it up more for black female comedians. I've had people come back and tell me it felt like I passed the torch because they were all on TV watching like, "I want to do that, I want to do that," but then when they saw me, they thought, "Oh, I can actually do that." Black girls were coming up to me, parents are just like, "Thank you so much for what you've done." I was like wow. It feels surreal.[3]

I thought it was awesome because none of us look like each other. We were like a total melting pot of diversity[2]...You have African-American, you have me[Hispanic], you have Caucasian... So there are kids that were able to sit home and go, I look like her, I look like him, I can relate. That was really important for me to be a part of a cast that was filled of diversity 'cause there's nothing more boring than a Brady Bunch concept. So at the end of the day, I was able to have the fans verbally tell me how they felt that All That impacted their lives and it made them come home and look forward to coming home and watching the show after school when they work on their homework, and how they loved to be able to have a little bit of music maybe their mom didn't let them necessarily listen to some of the music or whatever the case may be.[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards Outcome Note
1997 Kids' Choice Awards:
Favorite TV Show Nominated
1998 Kids' Choice Awards:
Favorite TV Actor Nominated Kenan Thompson & Kel Mitchell – All That / Kenan & Kel
1999 Kids' Choice Awards:
Favorite TV Show Won
2000 Kids' Choice Awards:
Favorite TV Show Won
Favorite TV Actor Won Kenan Thompson
Favorite TV Actress Won Amanda Bynes – All That / The Amanda Show
2001 Kids' Choice Awards:
Favorite TV Actor Nominated Nick Cannon
2002 Kids' Choice Awards:[39]
Favorite TV Show Nominated
2003 Kids' Choice Awards:[39]
Favorite TV Show Nominated
Favorite TV Actress Won Amanda Bynes – The Amanda Show / All That
2004 Kids' Choice Awards:[39]
Favorite TV Show Won

Reunion events[edit]

In 2011, Lisa Foiles joined forces with Comikaze Expo, planning the first ever All That reunion with Comikaze Expo CEO Regina Carpinelli. The reunion featured a roundtable discussion, where the cast reflected on their tenure on the show and received questions from the audience. Angelique Bates, Lori Beth Denberg, Foiles, Leon Frierson, Katrina Johnson, Kevin Kopelow, Kel Mitchell, Alisa Reyes, Giovonnie Samuels, Mark Saul, Josh Server all participated in the event.[40][41]

Also in 2011, Bates, Johnson, and Reyes appeared together at Zooey Magazine's One Year Anniversary Special Event held in Hollywood. The anniversary launched the Love Is Louder campaign which speaks out against bullying and hate messages.[42][43][44]

In the 2011 special "iParty with Victorious" (a crossover between iCarly and Victorious), when Carly Shay (portrayed by Miranda Cosgrove) asks Kenan Thompson for a favor, he jokingly complains that everyone wants to borrow money from him, including Andy Samberg (Thompson's Saturday Night Live co-star) and half of the original cast of All That.[45]

In 2015, Mitchell and Thompson reunited on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where they performed a special Good Burger sketch. Dan Schneider returned to write the sketch for the show.[46]

In 2015, Comikaze Expo held the second All That reunion. Angelique Bates, Chelsea Brummet, Ryan Coleman, Lori Beth Denberg, Jack DeSena, Lisa Foiles, Bryan Hearne, Katrina Johnson, Christina Kirkman, Christy Knowings, Kel Mitchell, Alisa Reyes, Giovonnie Samuels, Mark Saul, Josh Server, and Danny Tamberelli all participated in the event.[47][48]

On April 22, 2016, Nickelodeon aired a reunion special consisting of new 3-4 minute shorts with most of the original cast, including Kenan and Kel.

Spin-offs[edit]

Kenan & Kel[edit]

Kenan & Kel is an American teen comedy sitcom created by Kim Bass for Nickelodeon. It starred then-All That cast members Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell.[49] Sixty-five episodes and a made-for-TV movie were produced over four seasons. The first two seasons were filmed at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida, and the remaining two were filmed at the Nick on Sunset theater in Hollywood.

The Amanda Show[edit]

The Amanda Show is an American live action sketch comedy and variety show that aired on Nickelodeon from October 16, 1999 to September 21, 2002. It starred Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell, and Nancy Sullivan, along with several performing artists who came and left at different points.

The Nick Cannon Show[edit]

The premise of the semi-scripted show was that its star, Nick Cannon, a former cast member on All That, would come across a situation he thought needed changing and then "take over" to make things better, or at least funnier.

In other media[edit]

Good Burger[edit]

All That made one effort in developing a popular sketch into a feature-length film with Good Burger.

You get something like Good Burger and you just ride it, and all of a sudden there's something called Nickelodeon Movies, put under the banner of Paramount. It was a big synergy. We just took a shot. ... There was an unforgettable day when we went to Paramount with a script. The Paramount execs were interested enough to come to a table read. I don't believe any money had been spent. We realized this was a huge opportunity. Kenan and Kel came and we filled in with other actors. ... It was late January 1997, and he (John Goldwyn a senior executive at Paramount [came back and said], "The good news is we're going to make this movie; the bad news is it needs to be in theaters in July." The typical gestation period for movies is five to seven years. Brian signed up to direct and we shot the film locally, built Good Burger, brought in Sinbad, brought in Jenny, brought in the whole cast of characters. Twenty years later I got a call from my niece from Chicago who said, "I just watched the best movie." That thing worked.[3]

— Tollin

The movie was released into theaters on July 25, 1997 with a budget of roughly ten million dollars. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 32% based on reviews from 38 critics.[50] Most praise came to Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson's performances. Although the film received mixed to negative reviews from critics, it received positive reviews from fans and it was a financial success.[citation needed]

All That: The Album[edit]

On November 26, 1996, Nickelodeon released All That on CD, titled: All That: The Album. It contains All That dialogues from the show, and songs sung by musical guests (i.e. Faith Evans, Coolio, Brandy, Naughty By Nature, etc.). All That's theme opening and outro theme were released on this CD. Music from the CD is mainly inspired from the show.[51]

All That: Fresh out the Box[edit]

On October 1, 1998, Nickelodeon released a 112-page book of All That called All That: Fresh out the Box by Steve Holland. The book contains information of the show's sketches, cast members and notable points of the show. It also contains different character information as well.[52]

Live tour[edit]

On June 30, 2000, Nickelodeon gave All That a promotional summer tour titled All That Music and More Festival, which traveled all over the United States and was hosted by the cast of All That. The tour began after Season 6 and lasted until September 3, 2000. The tour mainly featured the cast members of All That and a musical guest. Many of the musical guests joined and performed during the tour. Also while the tour went on, the cast members did numerous live sketches.[53] There was also a ticket contest the year before the festival began.[54] On July 29, 2000, Nickelodeon broadcast the highlights and events that happened during the entire festival.[55]

iTunes[edit]

On August 15, 2011, the iTunes Store released All That: Volume 1 with the first seven episodes from season two. On November 29, 2011, the iTunes Store released All That: Volume 2 with seven more episodes from season two. All That: Volume 3 was released in 2012 with seven episodes from season two. Just like The '90s Are All That airings, the musical guest performances are omitted and the end credits are re-done as generic white text on black.[56] All That Volume 4, with episodes from the start of season 3, was released on iTunes August 13, 2012; however, episodes 40 and 43 are excluded for unknown reasons with episodes 45 and 46 included instead.

On June 24, 2013, the iTunes Store released All That: Retro Essentials with four episodes from season two. The episodes are 217, 220, 228, 237. Episodes 217, 220 and 228 were re-released with the musical guest performances. Episode 237 has the musical guest edited out.

Reruns/syndication[edit]

All That ran on Nickelodeon from 1994 until 2005. All That aired on Nick at Nite on Mondays to Thursdays at 8:00 pm from June 25, 2012, until July 12, 2012, alongside Kenan & Kel at 8:30 p.m. EST. The Nick at Nite airings, had the musical performances edited out. All That ran in reruns on The N (became TeenNick on September 28, 2009) from March 12, 2008, to September 15, 2008.

All That once again aired on TeenNick from July 25, 2011, to December 27, 2012, as part of The '90s Are All That (a block that is named after the show before the programming block was rebranded as The Splat in 2015). The show returned to TeenNick on The '90s Are All That, from March 4, 2013, to June 1, 2014. The '90s Are All That airings, however, also have the musical guest performances removed, along with their introduction sketches, presumably for time and the high cost of obtaining music distribution rights. The block initially only aired episodes from seasons 2 and 3, later adding seasons 4 and 5 into the rotation. The reruns on TeenNick in 2008 however, aired the Season 3 through 5 uncut and retained the musical guest performances, with the exception of the K-Ci & JoJo episode. The final rotation of these reruns included Seasons 6 and 7.

Crew[edit]

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