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Subject: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Donnie Darko on 05/31/06 at 2:16 am

1979-1988: Ancient Nick
1989-1994: Classic Nick
1995-1998: Waning Nick
1999+: Spongebob Era

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Trimac20 on 05/31/06 at 2:22 am


1979-1988: Ancient Nick
1989-1994: Classic Nick
1995-1998: Waning Nick
1999+: Spongebob Era



Nick's been around since 1979??!!!!!  :o :o

When did shows like Rugrats, Hey Arnold start? I think Rugrats began around 1990, Hey Arnold about 94 or so. I remember many of the game shows they showed on Nick were probably at least 8-10 years old.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: bbigd04 on 05/31/06 at 2:23 am


Nick's been around since 1979??!!!!!  :o :o

When did shows like Rugrats, Hey Arnold start? I think Rugrats began around 1990, Hey Arnold about 94 or so. I remember many of the game shows they showed on Nick were probably at least 8-10 years old.




I think it was called pinwheel or something like that back then.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Donnie Darko on 05/31/06 at 2:23 am


Nick's been around since 1979??!!!!!  :o :o

When did shows like Rugrats, Hey Arnold start? I think Rugrats began around 1990, Hey Arnold about 94 or so. I remember many of the game shows they showed on Nick were probably at least 8-10 years old.




Rugrats began in 1991. Hey Arnold ran from 1996 to 2004, but since I watched it around 1997 religiously I've always considered it classic Nick.

Does anyone remember Figure It Out? Nick is one of the few things I'm truly nostalgic about.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: bbigd04 on 05/31/06 at 2:23 am


Nick's been around since 1979??!!!!!  :o :o

When did shows like Rugrats, Hey Arnold start? I think Rugrats began around 1990, Hey Arnold about 94 or so. I remember many of the game shows they showed on Nick were probably at least 8-10 years old.




Hey Arnold started in 1996, Rugrats in 91, Doug in 91, Rocko in 93.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: bbigd04 on 05/31/06 at 2:25 am

Doug, Rugrats, and Rocko's Modern Life were my favorites back then.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Donnie Darko on 05/31/06 at 2:25 am


Doug, Rugrats, and Rocko's Modern Life were my favorites back then.


Do you remember Kablam? For some reason I used to love that show.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: bbigd04 on 05/31/06 at 2:25 am


Do you remember Kablam? For some reason I used to love that show.


Yeah I remember that.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Trimac20 on 05/31/06 at 2:26 am

What Nick shows do you remember aired before 1998? I'd imagine there were few that I'd missed...

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Donnie Darko on 05/31/06 at 2:27 am


What Nick shows do you remember aired before 1998? I'd imagine there were few that I'd missed...


Are You Afraid of the Dark? I used to love that show, wouldn't mind seeing it again.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Trimac20 on 05/31/06 at 2:28 am


Are You Afraid of the Dark? I used to love that show, wouldn't mind seeing it again.


I think I saw that one, but not too sure. Can you briefly describe it?

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: bbigd04 on 05/31/06 at 2:28 am


What Nick shows do you remember aired before 1998? I'd imagine there were few that I'd missed...


Well a lot of the shows you named originally aired before 1998. They would repeat a lot of the old shows and mix in the new stuff, and eventually Nick evolved into the crap it is today.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: bbigd04 on 05/31/06 at 2:29 am


Are You Afraid of the Dark? I used to love that show, wouldn't mind seeing it again.


yeah another cool show.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Donnie Darko on 05/31/06 at 2:29 am


I think I saw that one, but not too sure. Can you briefly describe it?


It was these kids who sat around a campfire telling ghost stories. The show acted out these stories. It was really cheesy, but I was only 6 or 7 at the time, so I didn't notice.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Donnie Darko on 05/31/06 at 2:29 am


Well a lot of the shows you named originally aired before 1998. They would repeat a lot of the old shows and mix in the new stuff, and eventually Nick evolved into the crap it is today.


I think the first half of 1999 was the last time Nick was truly worth watching.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Trimac20 on 05/31/06 at 2:31 am


It was these kids who sat around a campfire telling ghost stories. The show acted out these stories. It was really cheesy, but I was only 6 or 7 at the time, so I didn't notice.


Oh yes, I definitely saw that one!!! I also remember the Goosebumps TV adaptation - loved the books and the series.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: bbigd04 on 05/31/06 at 2:31 am


I think the first half of 1999 was the last time Nick was truly worth watching.


Yeah around 1999. My niece has nick on when I'm over they're house, and it's like a totally foreign world to me now. All these cheesy preteen-ish shows on there now, what happened to the good old nicktoons.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Donnie Darko on 05/31/06 at 2:32 am


Oh yes, I definitely saw that one!!! I also remember the Goosebumps TV adaptation - loved the books and the series.


I remember watching an adaptation of a Goosebumps book back in 1997, right around the time Princess Di died.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Donnie Darko on 05/31/06 at 2:32 am


Yeah around 1999. My niece has nick on when I'm over they're house, and it's like a totally foreign world to me now. All these cheesy preteen-ish shows on there now, what happened to the good old nicktoons.


There's like a million shows on there too, even though Spongebob is the only one anyone cares about.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Trimac20 on 05/31/06 at 2:33 am


Yeah around 1999. My niece has nick on when I'm over they're house, and it's like a totally foreign world to me now. All these cheesy preteen-ish shows on there now, what happened to the good old nicktoons.


Ugh...it's telling of the general decline of cartoons  :(

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: bbigd04 on 05/31/06 at 2:35 am


Ugh...it's telling of the general decline of cartoons  :(


There's this one show Ned's Declassified something, it's really cheesy, lol.  :D And there's the Jamie Lynn Spears show too, lol.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Donnie Darko on 05/31/06 at 2:36 am


Ugh...it's telling of the general decline of cartoons  :(


The '90s redefined cartoons. Even the Saturday morning cartoons of the '90s were good. I miss the Animaniacs.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Trimac20 on 05/31/06 at 2:36 am


There's this one show Ned's Declassified something, it's really cheesy, lol.  :D And there's the Jamie Lynn Spears show too, lol.


Are all those corny but fun gameshows still on?

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: bbigd04 on 05/31/06 at 2:36 am


The '90s redefined cartoons. Even the Saturday morning cartoons of the '90s were good. I miss the Animaniacs.


I loved that show too.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: bbigd04 on 05/31/06 at 2:37 am


Are all those corny but fun gameshows still on?


I don't think so. There might be some new game shows I'm not sure.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Donnie Darko on 05/31/06 at 2:37 am


Are all those corny but fun gameshows still on?


I miss Figure It Out!  :\'(

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Trimac20 on 05/31/06 at 2:38 am


I miss Figure It Out!  :\'(


I liked that show where they slimed contestants...they put them in this slime dumper thing and covered them with green goo. I was so young but I thought it was awesome!

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: bbigd04 on 05/31/06 at 2:40 am

I used to watch GUTS too. Where they climb that big aggro crag or whatever it's called at the end.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Donnie Darko on 05/31/06 at 2:40 am


I liked that show where they slimed contestants...they put them in this slime dumper thing and covered them with green goo. I was so young but I thought it was awesome!


Do you think that had anything to do with the '90s obsession of grossness?

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: bbigd04 on 05/31/06 at 2:42 am


I liked that show where they slimed contestants...they put them in this slime dumper thing and covered them with green goo. I was so young but I thought it was awesome!


Slime was almost the theme of '90s nick, lol.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Trimac20 on 05/31/06 at 2:42 am


Do you think that had anything to do with the '90s obsession of grossness?


I think Nickeloden was part responsible for the 90s obsession with grossness!

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Donnie Darko on 05/31/06 at 2:42 am


I think Nickeloden was part responsible for the 90s obsession with grossness!


;D

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: bbigd04 on 05/31/06 at 2:43 am


I think Nickeloden was part responsible for the 90s obsession with grossness!


Probably.  ;D

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: velvetoneo on 05/31/06 at 6:35 am

By 1998, to answer Trimac's question, it was continuing reruns of the classics like Doug and Rocko's Modern Life mixed in with newer stuff I never really liked, though they were avoidable. Around the last half of 1999, Spongebob Squarepants-mania took over and it stopped being worth watching.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Trimac20 on 05/31/06 at 6:38 am


By 1998, to answer Trimac's question, it was continuing reruns of the classics like Doug and Rocko's Modern Life mixed in with newer stuff I never really liked, though they were avoidable. Around the last half of 1999, Spongebob Squarepants-mania took over and it stopped being worth watching.


Yeah, even today they play the same old re-runs of shows like Doug, Hey Arnold...when I was staying a hotel which had cable I managed to snatch an hour or so of Nick. I don't remember much of Spongebob - think it became big around 2001.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: JamieMcBain on 05/31/06 at 10:52 am


I liked that show where they slimed contestants...they put them in this slime dumper thing and covered them with green goo. I was so young but I thought it was awesome!


They also had slime on You Can't Do That On Television, whenever anyone said "I don't know", they would get slimed!  ;D

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: whistledog on 05/31/06 at 12:16 pm


Are You Afraid of the Dark? I used to love that show, wouldn't mind seeing it again.


That was a Canadian show, and also a launching pad for Rachel Blanchard (Clueless: The TV Series), Elisha Cuthbert (24) and Joanna Garcia (Reba)

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Roadgeek on 05/31/06 at 1:45 pm

My earliest memory of Nickelodeon dates back to I think 1993. We had had it on our cable since 1986, but that's the first time I remember seeing it. I remember turning the TV on and watching Rugrats. I immediately fell in love with that show. I then discovered Family Double Dare, GUTS, Nick Arcade, Doug, Rocko's Modern Life, etc.

Nick started to go down hill sometime around 1998. Although my favorite Nick memories are from 1993-1996, it was still tolerable until 1998 or 1999.

Today, I hardly watch Nick anymore. The only show that I watch is probably Drake & Josh.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: mach!ne_he@d on 05/31/06 at 6:11 pm


1979-1988: Ancient Nick
1989-1994: Classic Nick
1995-1998: Waning Nick
1999+: Spongebob Era




Yeah, that sounds about right. But the "classic nick" era could extend to about 1996 since most of the early nicktoons were still actually making new episodes until about then. And the "waning nick" era could continue until about 2000 because they still regularly showed re-runs of older shows up till then.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Donnie Darko on 05/31/06 at 6:23 pm



Yeah, that sounds about right. But the "classic nick" era could extend to about 1996 since most of the early nicktoons were still actually making new episodes until about then. And the "waning nick" era could continue until about 2000 because they still regularly showed re-runs of older shows up till then.


Yeah Classic Nick might go up to 1996, or even 1997. 1998-2000 is more the wane era.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Roadgeek on 05/31/06 at 6:30 pm


Yeah Classic Nick might go up to 1996, or even 1997. 1998-2000 is more the wane era.

Right. Here's my classification of Nickelodeon eras in a Roadgeek manner. A lot of this for me personally though.

1979-1989: Merging onto road. Nice, but the scenery is sort of primitave circa 1937.
1990-1996: Road becomes awesome freeway. Hits a city full of sights, cool signs, cool interchanges, and beautiful scenery. Wonderful stretch of road.
1997-1999: Reaching city limits. Scenery begins to turn on you and notice the electronic traffic board is on reporting a wreck ahead.
1999-Present: Involved in multiple by multiple car accident. Will take years to recover.

As you can tell, the city is my favorite era of Nick.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: jarjar23 on 05/31/06 at 8:10 pm

This is my little division chart....

1979-1984: Pinball Era - yup, there was a time when Nickelodeon had a cheesy 1980s logo with thick, bubbly rainbow lettering.
1984-1989: Rising Popularity Pre-Original Shows
1989-1994: Original Programming begins, Rugrats cancelled-  reran during weeknights, execs began to notice ratings of Rugrat reruns.
1994-1996: More Nicktoons added to schedule, Rugrats merchandizing, last year before Herb Scannel took office as Nick's president
1996-1999: Competition with other kids channels begins, major sponcerships/partnerships begin (Noggle-vision, etc)
1999-2003: 1999-all classics shows (gameshow and liveaction) GONE from weekend lineup, execs notice Nicktoons bring in ratings, SPONGEBOB, Snick HOUSE, Nick wanting to be "MTV Jr." with airing music vids, etc, TEEnick on Sundays begins 2002-2003 - Revamp of SNICK, NICKTOONS take up ALL of weekday block, ratings drivien Nicktoon specials/movies begin production
2003-2004: Music vids taken away, SNICK canned for good, calm era...., Nick wonders what to do next, best live-action show in years (according to many opinions of classic Nick fans) debuts, Nick begins to focas on live-action programming again after 5 years of letting Nicktoons take over, Nick lets people know that live action=TeeNick - rest being Nicktoons.
2004-Present: Improvment in on-air design, TEENICK takes over un-named Saturday night block, 6 live action programs on schedule - including to on weekday strip

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: mach!ne_he@d on 06/01/06 at 1:59 pm


Yeah Classic Nick might go up to 1996, or even 1997. 1998-2000 is more the wane era.



I think the wane era may have started in September 1998 when they changed SNICK into the SNICK house hosted by Nick Cannon. After that there was a noticible change in the quality of the channel.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Donnie Darko on 06/01/06 at 2:29 pm



I think the wane era may have started in September 1998 when they changed SNICK into the SNICK house hosted by Nick Cannon. After that there was a noticible change in the quality of the channel.


When Cousin Skeeter came on, I had enough  ;D

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: velvetoneo on 06/01/06 at 2:36 pm

Yeah, when I was in 3rd grade I remember feeling like I was starting to outgrow the network. They stopped showing most of the reruns like Are You Afraid of the Dark?, the older game shows, and some older Nicktoons like Rocko's Modern Life as much. Also, they had alot of live action shows like The Secret World of Alex Mack that stopped airing as much starting in fall 1998. There was definitely a downturn in quality starting then, but the turnaround wasn't totally complete until the middle of 2000.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Donnie Darko on 06/01/06 at 2:39 pm


Yeah, when I was in 3rd grade I remember feeling like I was starting to outgrow the network. They stopped showing most of the reruns like Are You Afraid of the Dark?, the older game shows, and some older Nicktoons like Rocko's Modern Life as much. Also, they had alot of live action shows like The Secret World of Alex Mack that stopped airing as much starting in fall 1998. There was definitely a downturn in quality starting then, but the turnaround wasn't totally complete until the middle of 2000.


I think The Angry Beavers was the last classic Nicktoon. I wasn't a big fan of CatDog; that was one of the first "'00s" Nicktoons.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Roadgeek on 06/01/06 at 2:57 pm

When they tried to revive Double Dare in 2000, they turned a once great game show into trash.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: bbigd04 on 06/01/06 at 2:59 pm


I think The Angry Beavers was the last classic Nicktoon. I wasn't a big fan of CatDog; that was one of the first "'00s" Nicktoons.


Yeah Angry Beavers was good, Cat Dog was ok I remember watching that sometimes.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 06/01/06 at 7:24 pm


I remember watching an adaptation of a Goosebumps book back in 1997, right around the time Princess Di died.


I think I saw the same one. I taped it, even, and I was 15 years old! I liked those books while in grade school, and the movie looked decent. The guy who wrote the books, R.L. Stein, was kinda creepy. I think he would come on in between commercials and say stuff like "How do you think Todd and Jane got through the forest? Stay tuned"

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 06/01/06 at 7:34 pm

I didn't watch a lot of Nick kid stuff after 1995 or so, but in the early '90s I watched a lot of Clarissa Explains it All, Hey Dude, Salute your Shorts, Welcome Freshman, etc.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Trimac20 on 06/01/06 at 8:39 pm


I think The Angry Beavers was the last classic Nicktoon. I wasn't a big fan of CatDog; that was one of the first "'00s" Nicktoons.


I never took much to CatDog for some reason...

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: yelimsexa on 03/09/09 at 11:26 am

Here is a good link covering the golden age of Nickelodeon (The "Ancient Nick" and "Classic Nick" eras as Donnie Darko described in the first post):
http://www.johnnorrisbrown.com/classic-nick/

In the nearly three years since the last post, I can't believe that Nick has gotten EVEN WORSE. Even Nick GAS, which once showed classic game shows like Double Dare, GUTS, Figure It Out, and Legends Of The Hidden Temple, was removed in 2007. The 2000s show (we're still in this decade!) George Lopez is part of and leads off the so-called Nostalgic "Nick at Nite" schedule! Home Improvement, The Fresh Prince, and Family Matters (except for the first half of season 1) are all '90s shows, with maybe the occassional Full House, Roseanne, or Cosby Show. What a shame!

Gues what show is on for the 4 out of the 7 hours every afternoon and evening between Nick Jr. and Nick at Nite? It's that dreaded yellow sponge!  8-P C'mon, 2 episodes a day is fine, but EIGHT FREGGIN' SHOWS FOR JUST ONE CHARACTER? Enough is enough! I hate to say it, but in a way, Viacom is "Dead".

Probably the only thing that is sustainable is Nick Jr.


My biggest memory of Nickelodeon will definately be the visit to Nickelodeon Studios Orlando, Florida in 1994 (The studio closed in 2006!) You see it at the end of so many '90s Nickelodeon shows with the Gak Geyser (It was fun getting slimed every 10 minutes) and the original Universal Studios globe. I also saw Sonic 3 being played for the first time there, and when I took the tour, I could see the set for Legends of The Hidden Temple, and stood just a few feet from Olmec! Another part of the tour described Ren & Stimpy and the video games!

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: woops on 03/09/09 at 1:42 pm

"Back at the Barnyard", "Mighty B!", and the "Penguins of Madesgascar" aren't bad

Though agree that it has gone downhill. Too much reruns of recent shows, mostly cartoons & tween sitcoms. Not much variety.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: yelimsexa on 03/10/09 at 9:02 am

Here is a PRIME example of Waning Nick (Summer 1998). Cousin Skeeter coming soon!  :\'(

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiMXyVRutF4&feature=PlayList&p=28BA8B990BB8C082&index=0&playnext=1

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: mach!ne_he@d on 03/12/09 at 5:30 pm


Here is a good link covering the golden age of Nickelodeon (The "Ancient Nick" and "Classic Nick" eras as Donnie Darko described in the first post):
http://www.johnnorrisbrown.com/classic-nick/

In the nearly three years since the last post, I can't believe that Nick has gotten EVEN WORSE. Even Nick GAS, which once showed classic game shows like Double Dare, GUTS, Figure It Out, and Legends Of The Hidden Temple, was removed in 2007. The 2000s show (we're still in this decade!) George Lopez is part of and leads off the so-called Nostalgic "Nick at Nite" schedule! Home Improvement, The Fresh Prince, and Family Matters (except for the first half of season 1) are all '90s shows, with maybe the occassional Full House, Roseanne, or Cosby Show. What a shame!

Gues what show is on for the 4 out of the 7 hours every afternoon and evening between Nick Jr. and Nick at Nite? It's that dreaded yellow sponge!  8-P C'mon, 2 episodes a day is fine, but EIGHT FREGGIN' SHOWS FOR JUST ONE CHARACTER? Enough is enough! I hate to say it, but in a way, Viacom is "Dead".

Probably the only thing that is sustainable is Nick Jr.


My biggest memory of Nickelodeon will definately be the visit to Nickelodeon Studios Orlando, Florida in 1994 (The studio closed in 2006!) You see it at the end of so many '90s Nickelodeon shows with the Gak Geyser (It was fun getting slimed every 10 minutes) and the original Universal Studios globe. I also saw Sonic 3 being played for the first time there, and when I took the tour, I could see the set for Legends of The Hidden Temple, and stood just a few feet from Olmec! Another part of the tour described Ren & Stimpy and the video games!



I know what you mean about "Nick At Nite". When they first started moving up into shows that started in the '90s, it didn't bother me too much because I liked most of the sitcoms that came out then, but I do wish they had stuck with the '80s a bit longer, especially because they really had just started scratching the surface. There's alot more great sitcoms from the '80s other than just "The Cosby Show" and "Cheers". Even though I actually do like The George Lopez Show, I agree that it is a bit of a stretch for a network that is supposed to show "classic" sitcoms to add a show that ended less than two years ago.

As far as the actual Nickelodeon goes, it's only gotten even worse since 2006. To make matters worse, Nickelodeon, unlike other networks that have been around for a long time and have a large backlog of older shows, still not only refuse to show any of them on TV, they also refuse to even release many of them on DVD. I haven't watched Nick regularly since around 1997, and I haven't watched it at all during the day since around 1999.

I went to Nickelodeon Studios around the same time (the mid '90s, but I don't remember which year exactly) and it was really an awesome place. It was cool getting to see the sets of shows that I actually watched on TV everyday.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Hestia2021 on 03/17/09 at 10:31 pm

Hey does anyone remember a show from the 90's about these kids who were from different planets and they went to school on a spaceship? I have been trying to remember for so long.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: popguru85 on 03/18/09 at 12:16 pm


Hey does anyone remember a show from the 90's about these kids who were from different planets and they went to school on a spaceship? I have been trying to remember for so long.

Yea i think i was called space cases or something along those lines.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: SuperDupper on 03/23/09 at 4:08 pm

i like stick sticky era

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: S on 04/01/09 at 10:56 am


Slime was almost the theme of '90s nick, lol.


I used to love slime! It was just a ridiculous concept but everyone loved it:

http://childrenofthenineties.blogspot.com/2009/03/nickelodeon-slime.html

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: yelimsexa on 01/12/10 at 1:03 pm

THIS IS FOR EXPERTS AND NICKAHOLICS!  :D


I found a Nickelodeon usenet board with posts back to February 1994 (definately Classic Nick!) For some stats on the number of posts per year, there are 344 topics from 1994, 209 from 1995, over 1500 from 1996, over 1400 from 1997, and over 1250 from 1998 (Let's not talk about 1999+, I will always resist that Spongebob era).  It's also intriguing to eventually note the progress of the decline during the "Waning Nick" era, and maybe discover some things that you missed! (Though even as early as the end of '94, some people were already longing for the good old days (for the '80s Nick people at least, mentioning You Can't Do That On Television).


Here is the link for the old posts (and reading old usenet boards is part of the '90s nostalgia in me!)

http://groups.google.com/group/alt.tv.nickelodeon/topics?hl=en&start=9960&sa=N

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Kyle 230 on 01/14/10 at 10:54 am


1979-1988: Ancient Nick
1989-1994: Classic Nick
1995-1998: Waning Nick
1999+: Spongebob Era



You forgot about the Wannabe Disney Channel Nick, like Neds Declassifield and Zoey 101, iCarly, etc.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: MrCleveland on 01/14/10 at 2:46 pm


They also had slime on You Can't Do That On Television, whenever anyone said "I don't know", they would get slimed!  ;D


That show made Nickelodeon!

Nickelodeon was a mixed-bag when I was watching it. Not only they showed Nicktoons, but they showed Japanimation with the "Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics", classic shows such as "Yogi Bear" and "Looney Tunes" (even showing the cartoons from the early and mid 30's before the Bugs Bunny Years), and some Live-Action shows like "Clarissa Explains it All".

Even "Nick at Nite" has its own eras....

1985-1995 Classic Era
1995-2002 Transitional Era
2002-2005 Not-so Classic Era
2005-2010 Crap Era

I wish that Nickelodeon would have a NickRewind Station soon...instead of selling out! >:(

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: joeman on 01/14/10 at 6:36 pm

I agree with you Cleveland.  I honestly think it is the merger of corporations that ruined both Nickelodeon and Disney.  I was still watching Disney in the early 00's and to me it still excite me.  Now, I really can't follow any cartoons on both stations, along with Cartoon Network.  I think the last cartoon I ever watched, besides Adult Swim and Fox Sunday's, was Kids Next Door.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Brian06 on 01/14/10 at 6:58 pm

It's weird how there's 2000s show on Nick at Nite now like "George Lopez" and "Malcolm in the Middle", when I was little it was like all 50s and 60s shows.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: yelimsexa on 10/21/10 at 6:52 am


Right. Here's my classification of Nickelodeon eras in a Roadgeek manner. A lot of this for me personally though.

1979-1989: Merging onto road. Nice, but the scenery is sort of primitave circa 1937.


A good way to describe Pinwheel feel. An early Pinwheel watcher called that show sort of "dark and creepy, but felt perhaps it was just the lighting. And a good point about being on sort of a "Back Road", as the Pinwheel Playhouse was located on the "back roads of your memory in the magical corner of the Imagine Nation", in a Victorian-styled house. Also, the Nickel Flicks show was a salute to the old 30's and 40's suspense serials, and is the possible reason why the network is called Nickelodeon!

Here is an ad from 1979 (the first for Nickelodeon?):

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=mBlSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jjUNAAAAIBAJ&pg=3168,3135608&dq=pinwheel+children&hl=en

It does a good job describing the "first five" of Nick. Notice at the time only in Ohio and Indiana you could watch Nickelodeon!

I'd say though in your rural/city thing, we hit the outer suburbs in 1983 with You Can't Do That On Television and the inner suburbs in 1986 with Double Dare. By 1986, Nickelodeon wasn't a small network anymore (National Geographic ran full-page ads of Nick schedules in the later part of 1985!)

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: popguru85 on 10/21/10 at 3:47 pm

The adventures of Pete and Pete was one of the best shows growing up because it appealed to kids and preteens and some of the guest stars they got (Iggy Pop, Michael Stipe of REM, Adam West, etc.). The show had a very 90's indie rock feel to it.

As for cartoons I loved Rocko, Doug and Ren and Stimpy.

I remember Nick at Nite playing some stuff like All in The Family and WKRP in the late 90's.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: bigdsketch on 01/09/11 at 11:42 pm



I know what you mean about "Nick At Nite". When they first started moving up into shows that started in the '90s, it didn't bother me too much because I liked most of the sitcoms that came out then, but I do wish they had stuck with the '80s a bit longer, especially because they really had just started scratching the surface. There's alot more great sitcoms from the '80s other than just "The Cosby Show" and "Cheers". Even though I actually do like The George Lopez Show, I agree that it is a bit of a stretch for a network that is supposed to show "classic" sitcoms to add a show that ended less than two years ago.

If i'm not mistaken, The George Lopez Show came on nick@nite the fall after it ended. They did the same thing with Everybody Hates Chris. I love nick@nite's new line up, but i do agree. I wish they had lingered in the 80s and 90s just a tad-bit longer. There were some really good sitcoms from that time period that should have been on nick@nite. The only show from the 90s that they do show (aside from family matters and/or home improvement and full house in the wee hours of the morning) is The Nanny.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Milkof1996 on 01/10/11 at 5:18 am


It's weird how there's 2000s show on Nick at Nite now like "George Lopez" and "Malcolm in the Middle", when I was little it was like all 50s and 60s shows.


Yeah! I remember watching Gilligan's Island on Nick at night back in 2000

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: 80sfan on 01/10/11 at 6:04 am

Nickelodeon in the 90's was fantastic and fun to watch, it made the 90's what it was ....and that was the last good era.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: RG1995 on 01/10/11 at 1:48 pm

I don't see how 1999 through today is bad. I say Nick started to get bad 2004/2005

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: ProfS on 02/20/11 at 1:14 pm

I would disagree:

1979-1991-Classic Nick
1991-1995-Waning Nick
1995-present-Current Nick.

I think the debut of the Nicktoons (Rugrats, Doug, and Ren and Stimpy) was the defining line.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: weareclouds on 02/20/11 at 5:58 pm

I watched up until about 2002. When they really started to get bad. And, I started to get a little too 'old' for Nick.


After they canceled U-Pick Live (Which, was basically kinda like Stick Stickly's show was back in the 90s...Only with live hosts.) I was through. I had a major crush on one of the hosts anyways. Teehee!

I loved 90s Nick more though. Hey Dude, Welcome Freshman, Salute Your Shorts, Legends of The Hidden Temple. Wild and Crazy Kids (Don Jeffcoat was eye candy. Then, he went on to be on One Life To Live.) All that stuff was freaking amazing.

I still watched episodes of Legends Of The Hidden Temple and GUTS until 2008 when they then got rid of the Nickelodeon GAS channel. What a pity.

And, I agree about Nick@Nite as well. I remember when I watched 70s and 80s sitcoms on there. Mork and Mindy, Perfect Strangers, Mary Tyler Moore, WKRP in Cincinnati, Family Ties, Murphy Brown, etc. Up until about 2005. Then, they started playing stuff that was on TV when I was a teenager. 2000's sitcoms really? Classic my butt.  8-P

I also remember years before like in 1991-1995 when it was even older stuff like Mr. Ed and Get Smart.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Shiv on 02/22/11 at 12:56 pm

Nick started to suck in 2000. There was a clean divide between 90s nick and 00s Nick. Even the remaining 90s shows started to go way downhill then.  

Also when spongebob first premiered it was actually a pretty tame, conventional cartoon. It didn't start getting really bizarre until around the time the movie came out (2004).

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: RG1995 on 02/22/11 at 3:34 pm

Poeple saying Nick started to suck in 2000 are WAY wrong. That's when Double Dare 2000 was big, and late 90's shows like Catdog, Rugrats, Rocko's Modern Life, All That, Keenen and Kel, Spongebob(before the movie), Hey Arnold!, and others were still huge. Not to mention that INVADER ZIM debuted in 2002 and was a great show. When did Nick start to suck? When they switched to CGI and cartoons based on crappy movies. When Live Action "sitcoms" became their #1 shows. So around 2006/2007.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: fredrickthe94guy on 02/26/11 at 10:24 pm

OH MY GOD i might be a late 90s and early 00s kid but i remember those games shows!! i dont remember much of the prize or anything but i remember there were kids suppose to carry flags around and play these challenges through maze or something and i remember the gooey green stuff too...and how it was poured to the kids :D

nahh i think if your talking about original nickelodeon essence... its still worth watching until around 2006....  ;)

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Kitkat1991 on 02/27/11 at 8:35 am

why are people saying it sucked in 2000? Nickelodeon in 2000 was still boss.  It started to suck in 02, that's when i stopped watching it, then i turned to MTV. I no longer watch MTV now lol.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: sonikuu on 02/27/11 at 1:35 pm


why are people saying it sucked in 2000? Nickelodeon in 2000 was still boss.  It started to suck in 02, that's when i stopped watching it, then i turned to MTV. I no longer watch MTV now lol.


You are now aware that one's definition of when Nickelodeon and kids shows went downhill is entirely dependent on one's age.  This goes for pretty much everything too.  This is on an unrelated topic, but I have a bunch of old video game magazines I collect for nostalgia and nerd value (I'm a total closet nerd).  It makes me laugh when I read letters to the editor in 1994 saying "today's video games suck, things were better in the 80s" and then read another letter in 2004 saying "today's video games suck, things were better in the 90s."

Personally, I think Nickelodeon was going downhill even before Spongebob debuted.  Late 90s shows like The Wild Thornberries and Cat Dog weren't up to par with the early/mid 90s stuff.  I say that as someone who was like 10 when those shows debuted.  Of course, those who are younger will disagree with me.  That said, Invader Zim (2001) and Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005, not that god awful movie) were pretty damn good shows.

EDIT: Spell check

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: RG1995 on 02/27/11 at 2:06 pm


You are now aware that one's definition of when Nickelodeon and kids shows went downhill is entirely dependent on one's age.  This goes for pretty much everything too.  This is on an unrelated topic, but I have a bunch of old video game magazines I collect for nostalgia and nerd value (I'm a total closet nerd).  It makes me laugh when I read letters to the editor in 1994 saying "today's video games suck, things were better in the 80s" and then read another letter in 2004 saying "today's video games suck, things were better in the 90s."

Personally, I think Nickelodeon was going downhill even before Spongebob debuted.  Late 90s shows like The Wild Thornberries and Cat Dog weren't up to par with the early/mid 90s stuff.  I say that was someone who was like 10 when those shows debuted.  Of course, those who are younger will disagree with me.  That said, Invader Zim (2001) and Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005, not that god awful movie) were pretty damn good shows.
Catdog was awesome  :o

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: fredrickthe94guy on 02/28/11 at 12:48 am

nickelodeon is at its golden years in the 90s and first half of 00s... it suxx now... same with cartoon network...

i love spongebob! avatar is nice... i like cat dog... the beavers... wild thonberry and rugrats were cool too!!

though the grown up rugrats was dry  :-\\

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: Milkof1996 on 02/28/11 at 6:31 pm


nickelodeon is at its golden years in the 90s and first half of 00s... it suxx now... same with cartoon network...

i love spongebob! avatar is nice... i like cat dog... the beavers... wild thonberry and rugrats were cool too!!

though the grown up rugrats was dry  :-\\


Adventure time, Regular Show, and Sym Bionic Titan are the only newish cartoons I watch on cartoon network.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: fredrickthe94guy on 02/28/11 at 8:23 pm

what happened to courage dog and ed ed eddie?

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: popguru85 on 03/03/11 at 11:37 pm


what happened to courage dog and ed ed eddie?

those were cartoon Network and there was also Dexter's Lab, Cow and Chicken, classic Looney Tunes, etc.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: sonikuu on 03/05/11 at 1:24 pm


those were cartoon Network and there was also Dexter's Lab, Cow and Chicken, classic Looney Tunes, etc.


Yeah Cartoon Network was awesome. Actually, of all the kids networks, I think Cartoon Network took the longest to go into decline.  It, including Adult Swim (which is technically counted as a separate network like Nick at Nite) was great all the way up to 2003 and still remained a decent network all the way up to about 2006, when Adult Swim's golden era came to an end.  I miss early/mid 00s Adult Swim - I could tune in at the start and watch it for three or four hours straight.  No other channel in the mid-00s could do that.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: nintieskid999 on 03/08/11 at 10:50 pm

I think the golden years of Nick were around 1991 to 1996. I miss shows like Clarissa Explains it All, Adventures of Pete and Pete, Salute your Shorts, Double Dare, Legends of the Hidden Temple.......

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: wildcard on 03/09/11 at 12:48 am



Personally, I think Nickelodeon was going downhill even before Spongebob debuted.  Late 90s shows like The Wild Thornberries and Cat Dog weren't up to par with the early/mid 90s stuff.  I say that as someone who was like 10 when those shows debuted.  Of course, those who are younger will disagree with me.  That said, Invader Zim (2001) and Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005, not that god awful movie) were pretty damn good shows.

EDIT: Spell check


I agree the wild Thornberries and Cat Dog weren't up to par.  Spongebob was a good comeback and was awesome for a while. 

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: silhouette on 03/11/11 at 1:23 am

It all goes in cycles, really. I think that the biggest issue came from Dan Schneider switching from producting sketch-comedy to focusing ONLY on tweeny drama/sitcoms. That's brought it to where it is now.

Subject: Re: Nickelodeon Eras

Written By: RG1995 on 03/11/11 at 3:06 pm


It all goes in cycles, really. I think that the biggest issue came from Dan Schneider switching from producting sketch-comedy to focusing ONLY on tweeny drama/sitcoms. That's brought it to where it is now.
Which is why Nickelodean today is total crap. CGI "Animation" on past cartoon movies, crappy and unrealistic tween sitcoms....it all sucks

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