KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: 90’s Nickelodean Nostalgia

I feel sorry for kids growing up in this generation…Mostly because of the lack of great kids shows that have nearly been erased from the consciousness of many.

When I was a kid, I was lucky enough to have Nickelodean. Back in the day, there were some really great TV shows. Remember, Double Dare, a show hosted by Mark Summers which was basically families completing for ridiculous luxury items by going through obstacles ridden with goo? Or the American-Gladiators for kids extreme competition, Guts? Tell me, does anyone out there remember Hey Dude?

As I watched Clarissa Explains It All circa 3rd grade, I thought it must be sooooo cool to be a teenager. Talk about 90’s fashion taken a bit too far!

I was also quite fond of Salute Your Shorts, a show about kids at Camp Anawana and all the crazy shit they try to pull to escape the boredom of summer camp.

However, my favorite show by far was definitely the late night (ahem, 9:30pm) suspense/horror show, Are You Afraid Of The Dark? For those who didn’t have cable back then, this show starts off with young teenagers congregating around a campfire in the woods to tell a spooky story. To this day, I get chills about some of the stories that were told. Some that stick out in my mind are the paranormal Super Specs that allow you to see into another dimension (and its faceless inhabitants which are creepy people dressed all in black), or one about a family that stays in an old vintage house that is covered in mirrors that steal their youth so that it’s creepy owner can stay young forever.

Surprisingly, many of the early 90’s Are You Afraid Of The Dark? (don’t even mess with these new generation shit) can be watched on YouTube. One of my favorites is “The Tale Of Apartment 214”, which is about a girl named Stacy who moves into an apartment with her mother, and befriends an older woman who lives down the hall named Madeline. Every day after school, Stacy visits Madeline for a friendly chat and a cup of tea and cookies. One day, Madeline asks Stacy to be sure to join her on a specific day, as this day is very special to her and she doesn’t want to spend it alone. Stacy promises her friend she will show up. That day, Stacy makes a new friend who invites her to the Battle Of The Bands. Excited about finally meeting someone her own age, she flakes on Madeline…the ending of this episode is very surprising and creepy…



2 Responses to “KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: 90’s Nickelodean Nostalgia”

  1. July 19, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Dont forget ALL THAT, for representing healthy body images and also for providing the springboard for Kenan Thompson to join the cast of SNL.

  2. 2 The Bearded Traveler
    July 20, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    I was pretty into Clarissa EIA.

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