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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!

Current lineup includes (all times EST):

  • 12:00 AM:
    • All That (July 25, 2011 - )(Sundays)
    • Hey Arnold! (September 5 - 23, 2011; November 30, 2011 - ) (Monday-Friday)
  • 12:30 AM:
  • 1:00 AM:
    • CatDog (March 23, 2013 - ) (Monday-Friday, runs from 1-2am on Saturday and Sunday)
  • 1:30 AM:
    • Hey Arnold! (September 5 - 23, 2011; November 30, 2011 - ) (Monday-Friday)

These programs are then rerun immediately afterwards—the same episodes, in the same order.

The following shows were originally part of the lineup on a regular basis:

The following shows have aired on U-Pick special event nights and/or had episodes posted on the block's website but are expected to join the lineup at some point:

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.
    • 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 Oceans Eleven style heist gang:
  • Follow the Leader: The success of the block is most likely what lead to Cartoon Network rebooting both Cartoon Planet and Toonami.
    • And Disney to launch a YouTube channel showing their old work (Not literally a block, but a channel to watch the old shows as well as new ones too.), and later, bring a similar block for Disney Channel... but on Thursdays only. (And after that, release a few blocks of classic shorts to Netflix.)
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Lampshaded. One of the bumpers show some scenes that used this trope.
  • 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".
  • Milestone Celebration: On August 17, 2013, the 21st anniversarry of the Snick block was celebrated. First off, the original lineup was recreated (albiet with Round House being replaced with Are You Afraid of the Dark?). There were also updated bumpers, and even some new ones featuring the orange couch. Surpisingly, it hasn't seemed to have aged a bit.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Sort of; the block probably sparked more demand for Shout! Factory's DVDs.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Of the '90s.
  • 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!
  • Stealth Pun: The block's watermark blatantly uses the All That logo. Appropriate, because that's actually one of the shows that airs on the block.
  • The Cameo - Stick's brother Woodknot and Nick Jr. host Face during Stick's New Year's Eve special.
  • The Nineties - They're all that.
  • Theme Tune Rap - "The '90s Are All That Anthem".

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