Sunday, July 01, 2018

Nick Knacks: Someone is Assembling a Critical History of Every Nickelodeon Show Ever on YouTube

Most people’s relationship with Nickelodeon is a little different than with other cable channels. You watch an insane amount of it whilst growing up, you become intimately familiar with the programming during that time, and then, one day, they leave it all behind. This can lead to feelings of intense nostalgia—a sense that things were better when you were a kid—and also the conviction that the programming Nickelodeon aired during your childhood is somehow the best they ever did it. One YouTube channel is doing that in a big way.

Inspired by the idea that each generation has a sense of loyalty to the shows they grew up watching, YouTuber poparena has unveiled a new series of shorts titled Nick Knacks, an epic 40-year journey into the history of Nickelodeon, the first cable channel for kids! The series aims to take a look at how Nickelodeon programming has it changed over the years - from reruns of 1950s serials to Double Dare to Fairly OddParents and beyond - to find out: exactly was its golden age? And is it really as bad today as some people seem to think?

To do this, Nick Knacks has gone all the way back to the beginning and assess the quality of everything Nickelodeon ever put on air, starting with the network’s premiere seasons in the late-’70s, the episodes go chronologically and range from ten to thirty minutes, depending on how impactful the show was or how much surviving footage there is. Occasionally, he’ll sneak in a “Nick Knacks Special” that throws the chronological convention out the window and takes a deep dive into one of the network’s many holiday programs, like Marc Summers’ Mystery Magical Special or The Weinerville Hanukkah Special.

Due to his thoroughness, poparena is still quite a ways off from covering any shows that “only ‘90s kids will remember.” The most recent episode covers Matt And Jenny, a live action show from the early-’80s that follows the adventures of kids in the wilds of Canada. But, even if you have no recollection of these shows, it’s still fascinating to see how the burgeoning cable network tried and tried again to find its footing. From puppet shows (Pinwheel) to video comics to music video shows hosted by Mike Nesmith (PopClips), Nickelodeon has tried nearly everything once, and a lot of kids out there loved it all.

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Original source: The A.V. Club.
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