Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2011 by Angie Han
If you’re one of the people who got all nostalgic at yesterday’s news about Nickelodeon’s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, prepare to take another trip down memory lane. Nickelodeon’s TeenNick channel has announced a plan to show reruns of ’90s shows like Pete & Pete and Rugrats as part of a new programming block. Read more details after the jump.
Entertainment Weekly reports that TeenNick (formerly known as The N), has scheduled a two-hour block from midnight to 2 AM called The ’90s Are All That — sort of a retro TGIF for people who grew up with the original TGIF, I guess. The block will include old programs like Rugrats, Kenan & Kel, Pete & Pete, The Amanda Bynes Show, All That and Clarissa Explains it All. TeenNick plans to eventually use the block to show other ’90s shows and films as well.
TeenNick came up with the idea after they noticed how often ’90s Nickelodeon shows were being passed around and discussed on social media sites like Facebook:
“At the time, we were completely devoted to that audience ages 9, 10, and 11,” Keith Dawkins, senior VP and general manager of TeenNick, tells EW. “It was ground-breaking and for the young viewers, a powerful and pivotal time in their lives. Those kids who are now 22, 23 and 24 want to bring that back.”
Dawkins’ math is just a bit off for some of the shows; the kids who enjoyed Clarissa Explains It All and Pete & Pete at 10 or 11 would be in their late 20s by now. But as I’ve seen 22-year-olds waxing nostalgic about the ’80s — you know, the decade they were alive for one year of — I doubt it matters.
Discuss: What ’90s shows would you like to see Nickelodeon bring back?