Blogging live to you and yours! It’s your boy TWOTALL4UFOOL! Who remembers Saturday Night Nickelodeon? Better known as SNICK! Growing up that was one of my favorite programming blocks. And it was a very big deal back then. I’ll explain why.
Today with technology advanced as it is you can watch whatever show you want to watch whenever you want to watch it. In the early 90’s you couldn’t do that. You had to wait for the show to come on at it’s proper time and watch it then. So if you weren’t home and your favorite show was on you were missing. You really couldn’t watch it later. Well you could use a VCR, get a blank videotape and tape the show but me personally I didn’t know very many people who did that. To put it in simpler terms there was no DVR like there is today. So when SNICK came about in 1992 it was the first time that Nickelodeon was extending their programming past 8pm. Nickelodeon never had programming went past 8pm unless it was New Year’s or something. So it gave me something else to do on Saturday Night besides playing Super Mario World on my Super Nintendo 😂😂😂😂😂. And it also meant that Nick at Nite was going to be starting later. If I can understand references of a Mr. Ed joke then that means I watched a lot of Nick at Nite back in the day. My TV stayed glued to Nickelodeon everyday except on Friday Nights (TGIF). But Nickelodeon taking a big jump into primetime Saturday Nights was going to huge for the network.
Watching shows I liked at an odd time is something I always wanted to do since I was kid. Saturday Nights before SNICK came along was a bit of struggle and more than half the time I would just play a video game or watch what was on Nick at Nite. I knew no better. With SNICK arriving I knew Saturday Nights were going to be much more fun for me than they had been. And they really made it special. The orange couch. The nice purple, black and white logo. Memorable promos. It was like watching a completely different channel.
And the icing on the cake was the awesome shows that were on the block. Awesome shows I want to discuss with you guys. I’m not going to discuss all the SNICK shows but I definitely do want to discuss the ones that I liked and then other shows I feel go a little under the radar when I discuss them with people today.
My Top 5 Favorite SNICK Shows
Clarissa Explains It All: Before Melissa Joan Hart was on Sabrina The Teenage Witch she was a Nick star on this sitcom. I thought this show was very well written and just hilarious. Her friend Sam coming up the ladder into her bedroom. Her dweeb little brother Ferguson. Her parents were funny as well. It’s the first sitcom I can remember where the lead actor was a teen female. And me as a male I thought the show was extremely funny. It’s in my top 5 so there you go.
The Adventures of Pete & Pete: I remember the old skits that Nickelodeon produced before making it a full on series. I think that it would be crazy to have a sibling with the same name as you. The adventures that these two brothers got into were like no other. One memorable episode I remember is when they sold their house while their parents were out of town. Who does that? Seriously! This is a pretty memorable show and if you get a chance check out some of their old shorts. Interesting fact. Danny Tamberelli who played little Pete voiced Jimmy De Santa on GTA V.
Are You Afraid Of The Dark?: This show came on at 9:30. So it was time to unwind and get ready for a good ghost story in front of a campfire. Some of them did scare me good early on but as I got older it got a bit more cheesey. Not as cheesey as Goosebumps though. But for the time it was a very well produced show and I think that it was one of the longest running shows on SNICK. It made a comeback later on from what I could remember. I feel this show made content on Nick a bit edgier and it’s what the network needed at the time looking back on it.
All That: One of the more popular shows. All That was pretty much Saturday Night Live for kids. You had young actors such as Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Amanday Bynes, Lori Beth Denberg, and many more. The librarian, good burger, and repairman were some of my favorite segments on the show. And at the end of the show you would have a musical guest. I thought it was kind of crazy looking back how they had some of the musical guests that they had. You had the acts of TLC (who also performed the theme song), Aaliyah, Naughty By Nature, Coolio, LL Cool J, Ice Cube and many more. I think that show is one of the main reasons why I listen to the music I do now (90s hip-hop). Too bad you don’t see any of the musical performances in reruns today.
Kenan & Kel: I feel that this is the best SNICK show ever. This show was so funny. Kel was definitely the funniest on this show. Watching this show was definitely the highlight of my Saturday Night. Too bad their were no DVRs back in those days but I think I would’ve recorded every show that came on SNICK during that time. It was so memorable. Coolio did the theme song then they got right to it with what Kenan had up sleeve. The screw in tuna episode was one of my favorite episodes. Kenan could’ve been an millionaire in that episode. If you remember that episode good for you but if not try to look it up and watch it. They sure don’t make sitcoms like they used to.
Other SNICK Shows
Roundhouse: Roundhouse was one of the most remarkable shows. If you have never seen Roundhouse go to YouTube, Daily Motion or wherever and watch an episode! I highly recommend watching this show. Even though All That was one of my favorite shows I feel they took a lot of what they did from this show. This was a very creative hip hop comedy sketch show. If it is one show you select from this post to look up make it this one.
Ren & Stimpy: The first cartoon on SNICK. And it came on at 9pm. A cartoon show on Saturday Night at 9pm? Look it up but I can assure you no other channel had cartoons on a Saturday Night during that time back. With the exception of the Cartoon Network (which many people didn’t have at the time). This show was one of the three original Nicktoons and this show really pushed the limit so it’s no surprise to me that it would be on this programming block. Nickelodeon made a good choice selecting this show for SNICK.
Space Cases: This show was like Star Trek for kids. Kids up in space. Wild space adventures. It definitely was different. I feel that this show goes under radar. If you watch an episode I feel anyone would want to see what happens next. Oh and the black ranger is on this show and his flat top is back.
The Secret World of Alex Mack: Another show with a teen female lead but it was a great show to watch. More in the realm of science fiction this show delivered with great story lines, and adventures. The special affects on when she transformed into a puddle of water were pretty good for the time. Not to mention that I thought Larisa Oleynik was cute. She did look good with her many different hats. First girl I can remember who wore a hat backwards.
So those are my favorite SNICK shows growing up. I feel you should check out some of the more least popular shows if you have the time. Did you watch SNICK growing up? What were your favorite shows on the channel or on SNICK? Did I give you guys goosebumps by reading this post? Let me know if in the comments below. Blogging live to you and yours! It’s TWOTALL4UFOOL! Remember TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE! Thanks for reading folks. And what are you doing on this Saturday Night?