I was born in the late 80s, but really grew up in the 90s. My life was consumed by boy bands, AOL (what up Smarterchild), Skip-Its and of course, Nickelodeon. I got style from Clarissa, humor from All That, aspiration from GUTS and terror from Are you Afraid of The Dark.
Back in 2011, TeenNick started rerunning episodes of some of the iconic 90s television series on a block called The 90s Are All That.
The block ran midnight to 2 a.m. with an encore following from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. Because I was now grown at this point and couldn’t stay up at all hours of the night to watch old television shows, I used the wonderful technology of DVR and it was a beautiful thing! I would come home after a long day at work (channeling my inner 90s kid and imagining coming home after a long day of school), started to prep dinner (instead of just grabbing a snack) and plopped on the couch and picked one of the recorded shows to watch.
I remember Rugrats and Hey Arnold! were some of the first series to rerun and I enjoyed them so much! Tommy Pickles was such a go-getter, Helga Pataki was a psycho and there I was full of nostalgia. And then the same series were rerunning and I never knew exactly when it was happening. The blocks would go away after a few months and then return again and because TeenNick wasn’t one of my regularly watched channels, I’d miss the memos. The 90s are All That continued various blocks of reruns from 2011 to 2014.
Fast Forward to 2015. Incase you missed it, the 90s are coming back, yet again! This time, it’s called The Splat. In a statement, Nickelodeon said The Splat will kick off on TeenNick on October 5, serving up a “multiscreen content destination…aggregating the most beloved Nick content from the 1990s and beyond” on televisions and computers everywhere at TheSplat.com every night from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
I’ve sat and watched some of the kids’ shows today and they will never live up to what we had as 90s kids. They’re actually pretty bad, I don’t blame kids for not being interested, they can get much more quality from anything on the Internet. What we had was pure gold. It was also a very different time. We didn’t have access to what kids have today.
I will never be against the return of these 90s sitcoms, as they will always feel like childhood to me. But TeenNick, don’t toy with us, give us ALL THE GOODS! None of this, CatDog for one month, followed by Rocko for one month; we want all the episodes of all the series! Aaaah Real Monsters!!!, The Amanda Show, Roundhouse, Hey Dude, KaBlam!, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Salute Your Shorts, Double Dare, Figure It Out, Doug, Clarissa Explains It All, Wild & Crazy Kids, Secret World of Alex Mack, Animorphs, GUTS, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Wild Thornberry’s, and even Nick News (Yes! remind us what happened in the real world during the 90s)!