Adored by the Network: Although not aired regularly, Ginger does see some love on TeenNick programming block The Splat, which has praised the show as "revolutionary in its realism and storytelling. It deserves to be on The Splat." While the block primarily focuses on 90's Nickelodeon programming, Ginger is one of only two 2000's shows to have aired (All Grown Up! is the other).
The previous month, they also aired one episode as part of a "#UPickTheSplat" week where Twitter users would vote for what shows they wanted to see. The episode "Come Back Little Seal Girl" was also a contender as part of an online poll earlier in the week, but unsurprisingly lost to Hey Arnold!
They also aired the pilot episode for the first time ever on TV in any country, something they did not do with any of the other unaired Nicktoon pilots known to exist. Previously, it was only available as a DVD bonus feature.
In October 2016, they aired the first four of the eight unaired-in-the-US episodes of Season 3.
The Cameo: Several minor characters can be seen in attendance at Lois and Dr. Dave's wedding in the series finale, including Crazy Floyd from "Lunatic Lake", Dr. Fondfeelings, and Mr. Gardner from "Next Question". Ms. Zorksi (not the evil one) can also be seen as the organist.
The Character Died with Him: When actress Kathleen Freeman passed away, They killed off Mrs. Gordon. The episode, "No Hope for Courtney" is dedicated to Kathleen Freenman.
A Slice of Life show concerning a red-haired girl named after a spice being raised by a single mother and her melodramatic adventures at middle school with her two best friends as well as an eccentric younger sibling? There is some speculation that this show was Nickelodeon's attempt to compete with Pepper Ann (although said series ended its run at the time Ginger began its own). However, Pepper Ann was more focused on comedy, while Ginger was more serious.
In a way it dueled with All Grown Up! as well. Both are slice of life series with middle school protagonists, though AGU is also a Klasky-Csupo series. However, in an inverse to the example above, Ginger was almost ending production at the time All Grown Up premiered.
Hey, It's That Sound!: In "Piece of My Heart", the Patterson's doorbell sound is the familiar "buzzer" one of the Pickles' residence in Rugrats.
Only two DVD's were released. One contains the special "Far From Home", the unaired pilot episode "The Party", and the series premiere "Ginger the Juvey". The other contains the finale "The Wedding Frame" and the episodes "Stealing First" and "Dare I, Darren?".
In 2013, the entire series was released on iTunes, including the unaired "high school" episodes. The series was also released on Amazon Instant Video the following year. Unfortunately, the episodes were removed from both services in January 2015 for unknown reasons. Two episodes which were once available in separate Nick-themed iTunes packs before the complete series release ("Ginger the Juvey" and "An Even-Steven Holiday Special") have been removed as well.
Most episodes can easily be found on YouTube, albeit mostly in the form of low-quality VHS recordings from Nick Australia in the mid-2000s. As a result, the episodes have a slightly shorter run time due to PAL speedup, although the audio's original pitch is retained except for the episodes "Fair to Cloudy" and "Detention". For some reason, Viacom was less harsh about this particular series being on YouTube compared to other Nicktoons, although they have been cracking down on Ginger uploads more often in the mid-2010's.
If one looks hard, some bootleg sites have a set of much higher-quality recordings; some of the episodes are from Nicktoons Network (known simply as Nicktoons since 2009 and from 2002-05) while others are from the short-lived UK channel Nicktoonsters.
There is another circulating set of episodes recorded off of Nickelodeon US around 2006, except for the high school episodes, of course...
Torrents now exist of the master-quality iTunes copies of the complete series. However, the episodes "Sibling Revile-ry" and "Detention" each contain a few seconds of blatant "glitching" in the image and audio due to what appears to be a transfer error that somehow slipped past Viacom.
As of October 2016, the episode "Battle of the Bands" and the series finale movie "The Wedding Frame" still have yet to air in the United States. Until recently, the four episodes preceding the former ("Detention" through "Dodie's Big Break") had been unaired as well, finally airing on The Splat for the first time nearly ten years after the last "new" episode ("Stuff'll Kill Ya"). More detail on this below under Screwed by the Network.
The Thanksgiving episode "Ten Chairs" (also the last regular episode) has not been seen in the US since its sole airing on Nicktoons in 2004. In other countries, the episode was part of the normal rotation.
Nicktoons' rerun rotation did not include "Sleep On It" nor "Ginger's Solo". The former was also pulled from reruns from the regular Nickelodeon after a few years. It is unknown why they were pulled, although it may have been due to petty parental complaints (in the case of "Sleep On It", possibly over Hoodsey visibly wetting himself or the girls' comments on bedwetting being "disgusting"; in the case of "Ginger's Solo", possibly over Clover appearing very underdressed).
"Sleep On It" finally aired for the first time in over a decade on The Splat in March 2016.
Nicktoons' regular rotation also did not include "Stealing First" nor "Piece of My Heart". The former was treated as a holiday episode and the llatter was believed to have been treated as a Valentine's Day special, even though it didn't always air on that occasion.
For a brief period in early 2007, several episodes were also pulled from the rerun rotation (specifically, "Cry Wolf", "The Right Stuff", "Gym Class Confidential", "Fast Reputation", "Losing Nana Bishop" and "Next Question"). Unlike the two episodes mentioned above, these episodes returned a few months later.
A recording of "The Right Stuff" from Nick Australia, however, cuts out a girl saying "I see a strap that's waiting to be snapped" right before unhooking Courtney's bikini. It is unknown if this was a deliberate network edit or simply a problem with the video encode.
Subverted in Canada. From September 2014-February 2015, Nick Canada aired the show on weekdays, its rotation containing all episodes in chronological order (with the exception of "An Even Steven Holiday Special", "April's Fools", "The Easter Ham", and "Foutley's on Ice" AKA "Far From Home", which only aired on special occasions on or around holidays). Nickelodeon US and Nicktoons reran episodes in a random order and premiered many episodes Out of Order.
Playing Against Type: The usually dull and slow speaking Ben Stein as fast-talking realtor Buddy Baker.
In June 2004, after constant scheduling changes, Nickelodeon stopped airing new episodes after "Fair to Cloudy" ("Heat Lightning" was the last new episode to air in terms of actual air dates, but it comes before "Fair to Cloudy" chronologically). The show remained on the network for a few more months before being removed in January 2005. Aside from a few sporadic or special airings, the show didn't even have a permanent timeslot for most of the calendar year. It finally returned in 2006, but it was almost entirely relegated to early-morning timeslots, and to add salt to the wound, Nick never aired the five remaining episodes (plus a three-part movie) despite Ginger remaining on the network until December 2008 (its final timeslot being Saturday mornings at 6:00 AM).
The series finale "The Wedding Frame" was released straight to DVD in late 2004, leaving all of the "high school" episodes unaired for over a decade and resulting in a huge continuity gap for fans who had never seen said episodes; the movie includes three new characters who were introduced during this gap (Orion, Simone, and Buddy Baker), plus Ginger and Darren had already broken up for reasons that can only be explained through the unaired episodes.
The show did not fare much better treatment on sister channel Nicktoons (known as Nicktoons Network from 2005-09). The network aired the then-unaired episode "Ten Chairs" once in November 2004 as part of a Thanksgiving marathon and finally aired the first high school episode "Stuff'll Kill Ya" (a Very Special Episode centered on caffeine addiction) at 7:30 AM in November 2006 with no fanfare. The rest of the episodes were initially lined up to air over the following days but were pulled at the last minute (Some sources claim that the last episodes aired through November 2009, but this is not true). Similarly to Nick, the show was relegated mostly to early-morning timeslots until its last airing on the network at 4:00 AM on January 3, 2009.
Although Ginger does air occasionally on The Splat, a programming block on TeenNick succeeding The '90s Are All That (which never aired the show likely because it premiered after 1999), it generally only airs every couple of months.
The show's 15th anniversary on October 25, 2015 was not acknowledged in any way on TV nor on social media, despite TeenNick airing a marathon of Rocket Power for its 15th anniversary the previous year. They made up for this by finally airing half of the unaired high school episodes in time for its 16th anniversary the following year.
Despite having a Thanksgiving episode, Ginger was the only Nicktoon with such an episode that was not included during the week of Thanksgiving 2015, which was dedicated to Nicktoons and their Thanksgiving specials.
Unintentional Period Piece: After about 15 years, the fact that the show's run was in the early to mid 2000s becomes more evident with mentions of video tape players, scrunchies, pagers, Carl and Hoodseys' few attempts to achieve pre-YouTube fame along with the hairstyles and clothing worn by many of the characters, especially Courtney's hair and wardrobe along with Ginger wearing boho girly clothing, cargo pants, and baggy jeans (pre-skinny jean and jegging). The episode "The Right Stuff" featured a banner for a science fair proclaiming its then-current year: 2000. There is also the Gripling's ostentatious lifestyle (pre Great Recession) and Mipsy's 13th birthday bash (again pre-recession and more or less similar to My Super Sweet Sixteen) and the rich, popular girls having cell phones (as a sign of their parents' affluence and of being spoiled).
YMMV on Ginger's clothes, though. Given her financial status compared to characters like Courtney and Miranda, she doesn't dress to be stylish. The more boho pieces could be some of her mother's old clothing.
The unaired pilot was quite different from the show we know of today. The main difference were the designs and art style. The hair styles were different, Miranda and Darren were white, and the style was similar to the Rugrats (Deranged Animation and all). Perhaps the biggest difference is Courtney being much much more of an Alpha Bitch, and Blake being an Annoying Younger Sibling and radically out of character compared to how he is in the show. (He crashed the party in his underpants!)
The pilot's since been uploaded here (though Darren looks more grey than white....).
Apparently, Nickelodeon had wanted "The Wedding Frame" to have a less conclusive ending just in the case the show's producers decided to reverse their decision to end it. The proposed "less conclusive" ending supposedly involved Lois discovering she's pregnant.