A Blast from the Past

Break out that pack of Dunkaroos, and treat yourself to a cold jug of Little Hugs, because the 90s are back.

Teen Nick has been broadcasting popular 90s/early 2000s cartoons and television shows including Rugrats, Drake and Josh, etc. but have only broadcasted them late at night and in the wee hours of the morning. That’s about to change. In September, Nickelodeon announced they will be potentially be releasing a channel dedicated to popular 90s cartoons, which means innocent humor and nostalgia all wrapped up into one network.

Sure, I was born in late September of 2000, so I don’t exactly hold the coveted title of “90s kid,” but I’m pretty excited for this new channel. With an older sister, I’ve seen my fair share of All That, Hey Arnold, and Rugrats.

There’s just something about watching old shows that can brighten anyone’s day. Singing the theme song off key, reciting the characters’ lines because you know them better than you know your locker combination, questioning the fashion trends that you thought were adorable when you were in 2nd grade. It’s addicting.

Russell Hicks, the president of content and development at Nickelodeon, said Nickelodeon is interested in reviving old favorites and bringing them to the television.

“We are looking at our library to bring back ideas, shows that were loved, in a fresh new way,” Hicks said.

The beloved shows that Hicks mentioned are rumored to include Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, Kenan & Kel, Rocko’s Modern Life, and You Can’t Do That on Television. Nickelodeon plans on calling this new channel “The Splat,” and has created a website (thesplat.com) that informs viewers of times when their childhood favorites will be on TV. It looks as if Nickelodeon is serious with their decision to bring back 90s favorites, and they debuted The Splat at last month’s 90s fest in Brooklyn.

Enjoyment aside, I learned a lot from watching these shows. My life lessons included: girls are just as tough as guys (Powerpuff girls), dogs are SOOO much better than cats (Catdog), friends are family (Rugrats), the sight of red sticks and fire means I need to run.

Be sure to tune in, and head outside for a walk down memory lane.


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