Nickelodeon Launches The 90’s Are All That

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Last night, the new Midnight Society began to take shape. Of course this is a reference to the hit 90’s show Are You Afraid of the Dark, which staked it’s claim as the greatest ghost story show of the era (if you grew up in the 90’s, anyway). The 90’s are back, in a big way. Nickelodeon has launched its new programming block, The 90’s Are All That, on the TeeNick network. Airing from 12am-4am on weekdays, and early evening on the weekends, the new block features everything that made your childhood television experience the greatest it could be.

Launching last night with an epic lineup of classic shows All That, Doug, Kenan and Kel, and Clarissa Explains it All, the lineup gives fans of “old school Nick” what they’ve been craving for years–a programming block full of everything that made Nickelodeon so great growing up. Other programs from Nick’s 90’s era will make their way onto the lineup as well, with Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Aahhh! Real Monsters, Rocko’s Modern Life, CatDog, Double Dare,, and many others airing in the coming weeks. And in between segments hosted by All That star and current Saturday Night Live sensation Kenan Thompson on the iconic Big Orange Couch, you might even see some of the classic bumpers, commercials, and segments that you love. Nickelodeon will also take requests to have new shows added to the lineup. In essence, The 90’s Are All That is…well, All That.

The concept behind the new block is pretty amazing, but the one complaint I have are the hours. Now, this likely could be the same situation that TeeNick was in when it first launched on the main Nickelodeon network–a block that started as an experiment, that led to a whole new network. Think of the possibility of The 90’s Are All That turning into a full blown network! Nick has enough content to warrant it, and it could be similar to how TV Land launched–everything retro with nothing new. Nick is reportedly observing the response to the new late night trip to yesteryear, in hopes of seeing whether or not people want this. My opinion: Make it the Nick at Nite of TeeNick–from 9pm – 6am. That way, they’ll get a little more viewership. If it works, then it’ll just be more evidence to launch a full network. The current hours, however–not so much, especially on weeknights when people have work and other things during the week.

If you’re truly interested in watching classic Nickelodeon make it’s grand relaunch, show support for the block. Post on the Facebook page, talk about it on Twitter, and most importantly, WATCH! The new block airs on TeeNick every night. See the commercial embedded below to see what all the fuss is about!

Netflix Now!: Saturday Morning Glory Edition

Netflix Now! is the weekly rundown of what you should be watching on Netflix. This week, we’re going to take a look at three of my personal favorite Saturday morning shows from yesteryear, which have made their way back to life on Netflix.

Ren and Stimpy
Ren and Stimpy were the nonsensical cat and dog combination that always ended up in some ridiculous situations throughout it’s two season run on Nickelodeon. The show became a cult classic due to it’s hidden innuendo and flat out stupidity. The duo returned briefly on Spike TV back in the early 2000’s as Ren and Stimpy’s Adult Party Cartoon, but the show never really took off. Watching Ren and Stimpy today will reveal the hidden innuendo that made it so popular among older crowds. It will also remind you that you truly haven’t forgotten the lyrics to “Happy Happy, Joy Joy” or The Log Song. Spend some time with this one, folks. It’s even better twenty years later.

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Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers
Being a Power Ranger was an ultimate dream of many that grew up in the 90’s. Kids went crazy over the concept–buying all of the toys, watching all of the episodes and movies, playing the video games, and playing role-playing games with their friends at the playground. The entire series of Power Rangers has made it’s way onto Netflix for your enjoyment. Watching Power Rangers today shows just how cheesy the show truly was, but also how amazing it remains. Of course, for people my age, the whole craze really died off before or during the “Turbo” series (which came right after Zeo, if I remember correctly), but who knows? It may be fun to watch beyond those points that you remember to see how the show has evolved over the years. If you’re ready to see Rita Repulsa’s shenanigans, or if you wanna see Bulk and Skull on their undying quest to figure out who the Power Rangers really are, start watching, and let the nostalgia take over.

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Rocko’s Modern Life
Rocko’s Modern Life was always my favorite. The show follows Rocko, a wallaby that always finds himself in ridiculous situations in his “modern world.”. Like Ren and Stimpy above, the show features hidden innuendo that you may not have noticed when you watched the show as a kid. The four seasons of Rocko’s Modern Life aired in the mid-90’s on Nickelodeon, and can still be found in the early morning hours on the Nicktoons Network. In the past few weeks, I have watched every single episode of this show on Netflix, taking in the innuendo and honestly, it stands as a completely different show now that I’m all grown up. Through that and the ridiculous scenarios that Rocko finds himself in, Rocko’s Modern Life stands the test of time as one of the greatest Nickelodeon shows of all time.

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Be certain that I will be covering more Saturday Morning Goodness sometime in the future. Be sure to check out Netflix Now! every week here on Digital Lust.

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