It was recently announced that Nickelodeon is in the process of preparing a new television network, to be known as “The Splat”, which will host various classic 90s hits from its parent network. Details have yet to emerge; a rumored launch date is set for October, but still no news just yet about potential programming. I decided to go ahead and take a look at some shows they should definitely put back on the air.
Before SpongeBob came along, Rugrats was Nickelodeon’s cash cow. The show debuted in 1991 and eventually spanned 13 years, 3 movies, and a spin-off series. It is a classic Nickelodeon cartoon series, and any omission of the show from The Splat’s lineup would be quite suspicious.
This cartoon about a lovable football-headed kid living in the big city provided the definitive account of growing up as a kid in the 1990s. Hey Arnold taught us the value of being true to ourselves, that it’s okay to be a little different, and that even the worst situations can be made into positives. Despite having run well into the 2000s, Arnold and the gang certainly deserve a spot on the schedule.
Rocko’s Modern Life
Another progressive 90s cartoon, Rocko’s Modern Life taught us kids a bit about the grown-up world, through the adventures of the titular wallaby. The show was popular among both kids and adults, and also helped launch the career of SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg. This show would even make a nice candidate for the rumored upcoming round of revivals in the works over at Nickelodeon as well.
(HONORABLE MENTION: Ren & Stimpy, it was simply too controversial to imagine them bringing it back)
The Games (Legends of the Hidden Temple, Double Dare, GUTS)
Once upon a time, there was an entire cable network (Nickelodeon Games-And-Sports [GAS]) dedicated to airing re-runs of old 90s Nickelodeon game shows. Unfortunately, the channel was not popular enough and was needed to launch what is now the TEENick channel, so it was retired to little fanfare. However, this new channel gives the opportunity to start airing classics like Legends of the Hidden Temple, Double Dare, and GUTS. Nickelodeon has shown a willingness to return to game shows recently, having given Figure It Out! a brief chance at a revival a year or so ago, so adding the classic games to their classic channel’s lineup doesn’t seem like a stretch.
Kenan Thompson. Kel Mitchell. Nick Cannon. Gabriel Iglesias. Amanda Bynes (for better or worse). That’s just a sampling of the talents that got their first exposure on SNICK’s All That. The show provided a kids’ answer to Saturday Night Live, often even matching it in hilarity. Given that All That episodes have occasionally snuck into TEENick lineup slots, it seems likely that The Splat will include the popular sketch show amongst its programming.
Regardless of which shows end up being selected, The Splat promises a fantastic opportunity for nostalgic 90s kids such as myself to re-live some of the best moments from Nickelodeon back in the day.