From Buffy The Vampire Slayer to Heartbreak High, can't these shows make a comeback already?
You know how much we love a #ThrowbackThursday here at the Marie Claire office and this week’s comes courtesy of Nickelodeon who have announced that their new 90s nostalgia programming block will be launched next week. Yep, as of the 5th of October you can watch your favourite shows and reminisce about a time when life was easier – because you were a kid – and TV was, undoubtedly, cheesier.
Shows that will be included on ‘The Splat’ (a reference to Nickelodeon’s orange logo) are: All That, The Angry Beavers, Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, CatDog, Clarissa Explains It All, Hey Arnold!, Hey Dude, Kenan & Kel, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Rocko’s Modern Life, Rugrats, Salute Your Shorts and The Wild Thornberrys.
According to Nickelodeon’s Vice President, Keith Dawkins, the shows that feature in the run have been, in part, determined by the audience, basically those clever campaigning types who really pushed for their favourites. And we’re pretty sure it’s going to be a big hit. The only show we’re really disappointed that didn’t make the cut was Sabrina The Teenage Witch. (Seriously, HOW did that happen?)
Nostalgia is big news, in fact, just last week a ‘Good Burger’ sketch featuring Kenan and Kel was released and it quickly went viral. In the skit, which was filmed for a chat show, Kel has to wait 30 seconds before the audience stop applauding so he can deliver his first line and if that tells us anything it’s that the appetite for 90s shows is still pretty high.
But whilst Nickelodeon shows were a large part of our staple TV diet, there are a few other big name 90s shows that we would bring back in a heartbeat. Let us know what were your favourite 90s TV shows on Twitter @marieclaireuk.
ER (which meant Emergency Room, obvs) was one of our favourite hospital TV programmes of the 90s, along with Casualty – of course. It focused on a group of doctors in Chicago including our favourite Dr Doug Ross played by a very young and very handsome man who you may or may not recognise, called, umm, George Clooney?
Buffy The Vampire Slayer was, you’ve guessed it, about a vampire slayer named Buffy. Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar this was Twilight before Twilight had even begun – and may we just add, it still utterly rocks.
You’ll actually get to see Kenan and Kel again really soon (as long as you have Nickelodeon, that is). The TV show was set in Chicago following the high-school advertures of two best friends.
Lest we not forget that Byker Grove – which followed the lives of a group of friends at a youth club in Newcastle – was the launching board for Ant and Dec’s careers. Wahey man!
Sorry, Take Me Out but Blind Date was the original (and the best) dating show. Hosted by Cilla Black – it would have been nothing without her, FYI – each week one man or one woman would get to pick from three dates hidden behind a screen but not after extensive questioning as to whether or not they would be a good match. e.g. ‘If you were a packet of crisps, which flavour would you be and why?’ etc.
Compulsive viewing at its best.
Despite staring Claire Danes and Jared Leto My So-Called Life was culled after just one series. Luckily you can watch it all on YouTube now.
Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped right upside down… If you didn’t know every word to The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air theme tune you simply weren’t living in the Nineties.
No Nineties Saturday night would be the same without Noel’s House Party, with a cameo from Mr Blobby of course!
Weekends as a Nineties child involved sitting down to a Saturday morning of Live & Kicking. The BBC show has several presenters over the years but it was Zoe Ball and Jamie Theakston who were our favourite pairing.
Dawson, Joey, Jen, Pacey, their lives were just so entangled and teenage and just like our own (kind of).
Sister Sister was about two twins, separated at birth who eventually run in to each other in a mall. Now that we’re revisiting this, it seems a little ridiculous, doesn’t it?
After their parents die in a car accident five siblings are left to fend for themselves – when you think about what this show is about, you begin to wonder why they called it a party when the parents are dead.
There was genuinely no better gameshow in the Nineties than the Crystal Maze. In fact, so popular was it that people have tried to crowdfund to have the show restarted.
The biggest question faced by anyone watching Neil Buchanan on Art Attack was how did he come up with the ideas for his giant Art Attacks – and did he have any help?