Series / The '90s Are All That

Nostalgia can be a powerful thing. For almost as long as online social networking has been a thing, online petitions have been thrown up in order to convince Nickelodeon - considered by many a fan to have been in a Dork Age for some time - to resurrect its old shows in reruns. And it's about damn time.

As you could tell by this page, it worked in a way no one expected - Nick dusted off the Big Orange Couch, gave Kenan Thompson (now grown-up and a cast member of Saturday Night Live) a seat on it, and created the two-hour block The '90s Are All That, which airs on TeenNick from midnight to 4 am EST. The show's website is very active, encouraging viewers to log in to it via Facebook or Twitter, has noted and embraced the resulting memes (#ThingsClarissaDidntExplain, #WheresKel, #NowiGetRocko, etc.), and frequently polls on favorite shows and related topics. The block is essentially what Nick at Nite is for the regular Nickelodeon Network, only if they showed classic Nick series rather then old Network shows.

In October 2011, the block resurrected Stick Stickly of "Nick in the Afternoon" fame as part of "U-Pick with Stick", a Friday-night feature with online voting for what shows would be aired that night.

Did we mention that the block is giving TeenNick its highest late-night ratings ever, and outperformed the shows of Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, George Lopez, and Jimmy Kimmel in two demographics on its first night along with outperforming Conan in a third? It's true!
Logo as of the rebrand of the block as "The Splat"

In October of 2015, the block was rebranded as The Splat, with a new longer running time and more variety in its programs.
The many shows that have aired on the block (both as The 90s Are All That and The Splat include the following:

As Nickelodeon currently holds the airing rights to Power Rangers, the block showed reruns of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers as part of the "Mighty Morphin' Weekend" event celebrating the show's 20th anniversary, making it the first show on the block not considered 90s Nick as it aired on Fox Kids at the time.

This block contains examples of:

  • April Fools' Day: TeenNick totally trolled their audience in 2013 when the so-called "never-before seen episode of Rocko's Modern Life" turned out to be a still picture of mayonnaise (which would make sense if you've seen "Wacky Delly").
  • Ascended Meme: Plenty:
    • During the week of the 2014 Kid's Choice Awards, TeenNick held thier own little awards show. One of the nominees for "Scene That Freaked Me Out The Most" was the infamous "Not Tommy" scene. It sadly didn't win. And no, Volcano Sauce Drop did not make the list.
    • During the week of 2013's Memorial Day, TeenNick held a "Meme-orial Day Weekend", where viewers sent in 9gag-styled caption memes, which would show up during bumpers.
    • On Halloween of 2011, TeenNick aired the infamous Cry Baby Lane movie, which has not reran ever since its first airing. This is most likely taking advantage of an infamous creepypasta of the movie posted earlier that year.
    • The bumpers largely resemble YouTube Poops.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Stick Stickly describing the game face of a contestant on Global GUTS
    Stick Stickly: Mmm, ooh! Looks like he's constipated, or about to have a baby. Or maybe he's about to have a baby that's constipated.
  • Call Back:
    • When Stick Stickly was still used, viewers could write to him on Twitter with "#POBox963". P.O. Box 963 is part of the address used in the "Write to Stick" section of "Nick in the Afternoon".
    • During the 2012 New Year's Celebration, Nick's New Years song was sung after 2012 hit, which hasn't seen the light of day in years (mind you, this is the first time in years Nickelodeon held a New Year's Celebrations).
  • Content Warnings: "The following block may not be suitable for people who did not grow up on '90s Nick."
  • Five-Bad Band: One promo plays up some of the Nicktoon characters as an Ocean's Eleven style heist gang:
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Lampshaded. One of the bumpers show some scenes that used this trope.
  • I Am Not Weasel: One bumper about The Wild Thornberrys lampshades this; one of the voice actors refers to Darwin (a chimpanzee) as a monkey, and it's immediately followed by a clip of Darwin saying "I resent that!"
  • Lampshade Hanging: One of the bumpers says "You know your a 90s kid if you know that Clarissa never explained why Sam doesn't use the front door".
  • Merchandise-Driven: Sort of; the block probably sparked more demand for Shout! Factory's DVDs. Noted by the company's website, when they had a sale on the same day the block rebranded as The Splat.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Of the '90s.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The commercials often advertise shows that aren't aired on the block, such as Double Dare (1986) or All That. The block itself mostly focuses on Rugrats, CatDog, The Angry Beavers, and Hey Arnold!.
  • Periphery Demographic: Invoked. The block is explicitly geared towards the shows' original target cohort, now about 10-20 years older than the originally planned demographic. Face and Stick Stickly have upped their jokes to levels deemed inappropriate for the original targets.
  • Ratings Stunt: And it's working!
  • The Cameo: Stick's brother Woodknot and Nick Jr. host Face during Stick's New Year's Eve special.
  • The '90s: They're all that.
  • Theme Tune Rap: "The '90s Are All That Anthem".
  • Unintentional Period Piece: In-Universe, "The Splat" era of this block has a few bumpers that poke fun at parts of the shows they air that make it very apparent they were written in the 90s.

Alternative Title(s): The90s Are All That