Two years ago, some friends and I were planning a party and we decided that – since it was 2009 and almost a decade into the twenty-first century – enough time had finally passed that we could throw a 90’s-themed party. We wore MC Hammer pants, decorated the house with beanie babies, and danced the night away to boy band music. Needless to say, the party was a smashing success. The highlight of the evening, though, was when a friend brought over his DVD of the first season of “Doug,” and we paused the music so everyone could reminisce in the cartoon drama of everyone’s favorite junior high-schooler.
Every generation looks upon the television shows of their childhood with nostalgia, and the children of the 90’s are no different. As silly or juvenile as the programs might have been, there’s something strangely comforting about watching a show you haven’t seen in ten years and remembering all the characters and plotlines. It also builds a sense of camaraderie amongst you and your peers, as you realize how similar your viewing habits must have been when you were 8-year-olds.
It was therefore with great delight that I read recently that TeenNick (a subsidiary of Nickelodeon, the channel on which “Doug” originally ran) would begin airing re-runs of some of my favorite Nick shows from back in the day. Along with “Doug,” the network is going to air old episodes of “Clarissa Explains It All,” “All That,” and “Kenan & Kel” from 12 AM to 4 AM on weeknights. The program block, called “The 90’s Are All That,” began airing this week, and the results are in (click here for results) – not only did the ratings during that block of programming double compared to the same week last year, but the online activity and social media mentions of the network spiked. Never underestimate the viewing power of twenty-somethings.
Now that all my favorite classics are back on TV, my only challenge will be staying up late enough to watch them…