Launched as the first ever cable network for kids, Nickelodeon is known as a powerhouse for children’s entertainment. But the channel characterized by an orange splat had a long journey full of experimentation, big risks, and innovation from female television executives who knew exactly how to reach kids without pandering to them in an insulting way.
The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story dives into the origins of Nickelodeon and how television executive Geraldine Laybourne turned a niche channel with little to no direction into an entertainment mainstay that would define the childhoods of millions around the world. Whether it was through live-action scripted coming-of-age comedies, creator-driven cartoons, spooky campfire ghost stories, or kid-based game shows, Nickelodeon both captured and defined what it meant to be a kid. Read More »
Have you heard of The Orange Years? Well, if you’re a child of the 1990s and you grew up on the cable network for kids known as Nickelodeon, this is a new documentary feature you’ll want to seek out.
The Nickelodeon documentary The Orange Years will have its world premiere at the DOC NYC festival next week, but before then, a teaser clip has arrived online to shine a light on one of the staple programs from Nickelodeon’s glory years, The Adventures of Pete & Pete. In the clip, you can find out how the quirky comedy series managed to land outstanding musician guest stars like Michael Stipe, Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, and more. Read More »
For many children of the ’90s, much time was spent with their eyes glued to Nickelodeon. Touted as the “first kids network,” the channel became a staple of entertainment for children with original game shows like Legends of the Hidden Temple and Double Dare, animated shows like Doug and Rugrats, and other favorites such as All That, Clarissa Explains It All, Are You Afraid of the Dark? and more.
Now the new Nickelodeon documentary The Orange Years seeks to tell the story of the famed network from its origins to their great success with the Saturday night SNICK line-up and beyond. But the producers need your help to make it happen. Check out a tease for The Orange Years after the jump, and find out how you can help the documentary get off the ground. Read More »