Five Nickelodeon shows that time forgot
Family Double Dare: In the '80s $425 helped pay the mortgage
Last month, Nickelodeon made a programming move designed to appeal to twentysomethings, insomniacs, and
stoners '90s television connoisseurs when it started replaying old episodes of classic shows including Clarissa Explains it All, Doug, All That, and Keenan & Kel during its late-night timeslot. The move paid off, and ratings have been huge. This can only mean one thing: It's only a matter of time before the idea gets bastardized.
There has been a plethora of original programming churned out by the folks at Nick over the years, including an ass-load (that's technical talk meaning, "a fuck-ton") of shows that people tend to forget about. That's why this week we found the top five obscure Nickelodeon shows that need to be resurrected.
Out of Control:
Did you know that Dave Coulier was once on a show that wasn't Full House? Neither did anyone else. The sketch-comedy show only made it through one season back in '84-'85, and was the first show produced specifically for the channel. There aren't many major memorable highlights from the program, with the exception of D.C. (as he's known in the hood) introducing us to his catchphrase, "Cut. It. Out!," which later became the most overused phrase/hand-signal of the '80s-'90s.
How badly would you degrade yourself for $20? If you were a contestant on Double Dare back in the '80s, the answer was "TRICK QUESTION!" Double Dare was essentially Fear Factor for kids, with child contestants jamming balloons into clown pants instead of grown men eating cow testicles.
Best of all, the prize money for Double Dare started at $20. These days, homeless guys wouldn't play half of the games on the show for that amount. But back in the '80s, all you had to do was hand some kids a pair of Reeboks and they would start launching sundaes at each other.
Back in 1987, they tried to do a spinoff called Celebrity Double Dare
hosted by Bruce Jenner. The show never got picked up, so Bruce was
relegated to a life of raising Robert Kardashian's shitty kids on the E!
Mr. Wizard's World:
You know what kids love? Science. You know what old men love? Science and children. Hence the success of Mr. Wizard's World.
Believe it or not, there was a time when Nickelodeon actually ran a program designed to educate kids about science, with weekly experiments run by Mr. Wizard and some random kiddo. These days, it's all about this Dora character, and her hateful, hateful ways. But back in the '80s, all you needed to produce a hit was an old man and a baking soda volcano.
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
No snarky intro needed as this was a hot show. Kind of like a Tales for the Crypt for kids, Are You Afraid of the Dark? featured a new story every week designed to scare the Christ out of tween viewers. It ran for nearly a decade (including an ill-fated reboot and a mini-series conclusion), with stories about killer clowns, haunted houses, and Gilbert Gottfried. Best of all? There wasn't a romantic vampire back-story in sight.
You know what teenagers love? Dude ranches. Except that they don't.
But back in the '90s, Hey Dude made the idea of spending your summer on a ranch in Arizona sound awesome. The show may have only run for two years, but they managed to cram five seasons in during that time. Format-wise, it was a pretty standard teenage weekly serial, except that inexplicably the romantic female lead was the tomboy "Brad" (for realzies), as opposed to Ben Stiller's wife. The '90s were confusing.
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