Showing posts with label Nickelodeon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nickelodeon. Show all posts

A Look at 35 Years of Nick At Nite

Monday, June 22, 2020

This coming week Nick at Nite will celebrate it's 35th Anniversary as family-friendly programming during the evening hours on Nickelodeon.  On July 1, 1985, it launched with only a handful of shows and a small collection of movies.  Its library may have been small when it started, but since then, the network has added a vast array of properties and has gone through many different changes.

On the 10th Anniversary in 1995, they aired one episode of every series that had ever aired on the network over the past 10 years.  In 2005, they aired a 48-hour marathon on TV Land, the spin-off sister network, to celebrate the 20-year milestone.  Other than a few on-screen graphics, the network did not honor its 30th Anniversary in 2015.

It does not appear they plan on doing anything for the 35th this year.  So since Nick at Nite won't, I intend to mark the 35th Anniversary with a week-long retrospective of the first network for retro television here on YesterYear Retro Memories!

Many viewers have since grown disenfranchised with Nick at Nite, myself included, but there was a time for many of us that it was the only home for nostalgic television classics.

Nick at Nite 35th Anniversary coming Up Next Week

Friday, June 19, 2020

July 1st will mark the 35th Anniversary of Nick-At-Nite!

Be on the lookout for Nick-At-Nite themed content next week leading up to the big day!  It seems Nick-At-Nite won't be doing anything to commemorate the day (so far), so hopefully, you can get your fix of the retro television institution here.

This week I aim to cover an overview of the entire 35 years, as well as the transition out of retro television and into more syndicated family-friendly shows from recent years.

Something I've wanted to write about for a long time, The Nick-At-Nite Block Party Summer, will get the retrospective it deserves this week as well!

We'll also cover the transition to spinoff channel TV-Land to wrap up the week.

Stay tuned, fellow nostalgia lovers.  We're gonna take a road trip down memory lane.  Next stop, Nick-At-Nite!

Retro Card Pack: Nick Toons - Doug, Rugrats, and Ren & Stimpy

Monday, April 6, 2020

Next up on our Retro Scan list is a 1993 wax pack featuring Nickelodeon's three original Nick-Toons, Doug, Ren and Stimpy, and RugRats.  This is a mixed pack featuring trading cards, stickers, tattoos, and an activity card.

"Nick-Toons" is the name given to in-house animated creations of Nickelodeon kids channel.  They began in 1991 with these three original shows.  Ren and Stimpy have all but disappeared from television after ending its run in 1995.  Spike TV aired 3 episodes in 2003 before pulling it from its network.  Ren and Stimpy is available on DVD, and for a short time, was available on iTunes.

Nickelodeon's Super Toy Run

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Like a lot of children before the creation of the internet, I spent a lot of my free time daydreaming.  One of my recurring daydreams involved myself, a shopping cart, and 5 minutes in a toy store without having to pay for whatever I could get my hands on.  For two lucky kids each year during the '80s and '90s Nickelodeon awarded just that opportunity.  Children could enter the contest by sending in a postcard requesting to be entered into the drawing.  I never did, though, because my Mom considered it a "waste of a good postage stamp" and she was probably right.  In later years, you could sign up at the local Toys 'R Us but I was too old by then to compete.

The "Nickelodeon Super Toy Run" allowed two contest grand prize winners a 5-minute shopping spree in a Kay-Bee Toys (prior to 1994) or a Toys 'R Us each year.  When the race started they were given an unlimited number of shopping carts and free reign of the entire store to collect as many toys as they could before time expired.  As each shopping cart filled up, the contestant would have to return to the start line and pick up a new cart before heading back out into every other child's dream.  Think of it as Supermarket Sweep for kids!