When I was a kid Nick shows were everything! They asked important questions about life. Like, ‘Are You Afraid Of the Dark?” They also taught me how to love a piece of wood like it was the most important toy in the world. “It’s looooog, It’s loooog, It’s big, it’s heavy it’s wood! “It’s looooog, It’s loooog, It’s better than bad, it’s good!” Yes many lessons were learned during my time in front of boob tube. That’s why I put together my top five Nick shows from when I was a kid.
5. THE ADVENTURES OF PETE AND PETE Welcome to Wellsville! If there is one show I could still watch to this day as an adult and enjoy the most it would probably be The Adventures of Pete and Pete. The series centers on the humorous and surreal adventures of two brothers both named Pete Wrigley, along with an eccentric cast of family, friends, and enemies. The brothers adventures began in 1989, as minute-long shorts that aired as interstitials. The interstitials were so popular that five half-hour specials were made, followed by a regular half-hour series that ran for three seasons from 1993 to 1996.
In late 2011 and early 2012 a series of cast and crew reunions took place in Los Angeles and New York City. But my dream would be to see the new adventures of Pete and Pete. One of them could be living a normal life in their hometown. Wife, kids, a perfect little life. While the other Pete couldn’t hack it in the big city and is force to move home back in with his older brother after a failed start-up. Netflix I just gave you your next original series. You’re welcome.
4. THE REN & STIMPY SHOW Disgusting, gross, hilarious and vile are words that all come to mind when you talk about Ren and Stimpy! Created by John Kricfalusi for Nickelodeon – the series follows the adventures of titular characters Ren, an emotionally unstable chihuahua, and Stimpy, a good-natured, dimwitted cat.It premiered on August 11, 1991 as one of the “original three” Nicktoons, along with Rugrats and Doug. Throughout its run, the show was controversial for its off-color humor, sexual innuendo, dark humor, adult jokes, and violence which were rare for children television animation of that time.
It’s the perfect show to bring back and throw into Adult Swim programming!
3. SALUTE YOUR SHORTS
‘Salute Your Shorts’ aired on Nickelodeon from 1991 to 1992 and in reruns until early 1999. It was based on the 1986 book, Salute Your Shorts: Life at Summer Camp by Steve Slavkin and Thomas Hill. With streaming services continuing to be our go to place to consume new series any of the shows I mention on this list could be candidates for Netflix or Hulu originals. I bring those up because another cult classic, Wet Hot American Summer, was recently re-created for Netflix. Why not add another camp show to the roster?
They would obviously have to re-cast but my hope would be some of the original cast members could make cameo appearances. The most important cameo of them all…ZEKE THE PLUMBER! When the campers are gathered around telling ghost stories, Budnick tells the story of Zeke the Plumber. Zeke had his nose bitten off by a parrot in the Philippines and, as such, couldn’t smell a gas leak created when he hit a gas pipe while digging a hole. He makes a big mistake and lights a match, causing an explosion. The only remnant was his toilet plunger that now bears a curse. Zeke’s ghost, it is said, wanders the camp trying to find his plunger and anyone who touches it will be haunted in their dreams. Goodnight Sweet Prince!
2. THE SECRET WORLD OF ALEX MACK When I was a kid I had a crush on Alex Mack. We were the same age but worlds apart. Sigh. Bring. It. Back!
For those of you that don’t remember Alex Mack was an ordinary teenage girl, living with her parents, George and Barbara, and older sister, Annie, in the corporate town of Paradise Valley. While walking home after her first day of junior high school, she is nearly hit by a truck from a chemical plant, and during the incident, she is drenched with a top-secret chemical called GC-161 (I’d drench her in my GC-161 if you know what I mean?) She soon discovers that it gave her strange powers. These include telekinesis, the ability to zap bolts of electricity from her fingers, and the capacity to morph into a mobile puddle of water. However, her powers prove to be unpredictable (such as when her skin starts glowing brightly while she’s nervous). She confides only in Annie and her best friend, Ray, choosing to keep her powers a secret from everyone else, including her parents, for fear of what the chemical plant CEO, Danielle Atron, will do to her if she finds out. Alex and her secrets ran on Nickelodeon from October 8, 1994 to January 15, 1998, replacing Clarissa Explains It All (also a classic) on the SNICK line-up.
1. LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE Forget Double Dare! This is where the real action was when it came to Nick game shows for kids. My runner up would probably be Wh-Whi-WILD and CRAZY KIDS! But it was Legends of the Hidden Temple that combined the danger of Indiana Jones with the comfort of a studio audience. The show featured a temple that was “filled with lost treasures protected by mysterious Mayan temple guards”. The show was hosted by Kirk Fogg. He served as the teams’ guide, while Dee Bradley Baker announced and voiced a talking Olmec Head who “knows the secrets behind each of the treasures in his temple”. Six teams of two shit head children (one boy and one girl) competed to retrieve one of the historical artifacts in the temple by performing physical stunts and answering questions based on history, mythology, and geography. The only show I dominated more than this as a kid (in my mind) was Where in the World is Carmen San Diego. They should bring the show back and add an American Gladiators element. It would be an absolute hit!
So there you have. My top 5 Nick shows they should bring back. Which ones would you bring back? Tell us in the comment section below.