Before I start this, let's get a few things straight—this is not a review of the shows themselves, of which I have many varied opinions, but rather how the block is structured.
There are plenty of things to like about the way Nick is handling this, especially how much the fans are acknowledged via weekly voting and the use of Twitter posts. The new Stick Stickly material is spot-on, but sadly Kenan Thompson seems bored most of the time and isn't given a lot to work with. (The one time I've laughed at something he's said is the Silver Monkey joke.)
My main problem with this is that two hours isn't a lot to play with, and it seems like they keep pulling out the same few shows repeatedly. All That
and Kenan And Kel
get a lot of airtime, probably because of Thompson's involvement. Doug
, Clarissa Explains It All
and Hey Arnold
are fairly reliable too. Airings of other shows are few and far between, with game shows specifically conspicuously absent. What makes these gaps glaring obvious is that clips from other shows are used in promos and yet never seem to appear in full. Adding to this problem is the reasonless scarcity of full episodes online.
Any night run by viewer voting (generally weekends) is a bit better in that respect, even though not many options are offered they're still usually different from the weekly fare, and have the added bonus of Stick's hosting rather than the usual fun but repetitive tail-ends. On these nights, it genuinely feels like you're transported back in time, or perhaps like the 90s and the 21st Century crashed together. If you're no great fan of the shows mentioned above, those nights are for you.
Overall, this block leans heavily on presentation, but needs to beef up it's programming quite a bit. Having said that, it's still a fun watch and it's nice to see Nick tossing us nostalgics a bone and embracing new media a bit.