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Salute Your '90s Nickelodeon TV Shows: 5 Classics We Can't Wait to Re-Watch

Nostalgic twentysomethings and stoners rejoice—Nickelodeon will be re-airing the shows we grew up on in the delicious 12am to 2am timeslot starting this fall. According to Entertainment Weekly, the programming block will be called The ‘90s Are All That (because, duh, they totally were). So far, the line-up includes Clarissa Explains It All, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, All That, Kenan & Kel, The Amanda Show, and Rugrats. But hey, start your letter-writing campaigns now, and maybe we can ensure that Hey Dude and The Secret World of Alex Mack get some love, too.

Here are the shows I’m most excited to see make a small-screen return, along with some tips on revisiting these childhood classics as a disillusioned college graduate.

Clarissa Explains It All (1991-1994)

Then: Who among us, regardless of gender or eventual sexual orientation, didn’t have some sort of crush on Melissa Joan Hart? Clarissa was effortlessly cool. She had a pet alligator named Elvis. She solved her problems by making her own computer games. She wore awesome overalls.
Now: Unlike most sitcoms geared toward kids, Clarissa gave us two so-hot-right-now conventions—breaking the fourth wall and unresolved sexual tension. OK, the second one’s a bit of a stretch, and Moonlighting certainly broke ground back in the ‘80s, but the platonic friendship between Clarissa and Sam will forever be my David and Maddie.

All That (1994-2000)

Then: Fresh out the box, stop, look, and watch. Back when Saturday Night Live was legitimately good but too adult for my preteen sensibilities, I got my sketch-comedy kicks with All That. This is the show that taught me to laugh at politics—insofar as Ross Perot’s giant ears can be considered political.
Now: I’m gonna be honest here—I doubt All That’s humor really holds up. Anyone who's recently tried watching the 1997 spin-off film Good Burger knows that it’s very much a product of its time. But be on the lookout for the current big-name performers who got their start here: Amanda Bynes, SNL’s Kenan Thompson, and Mr. Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon.

Roundhouse (1992-1996)

Then: Despite the fact that Roundhouse aired for a little over three years, few people seem to remember it with the joy that I do. Hell, I still hum that theme song in times of trouble: “Whenever my life gets me so down, I know I can go down to where the music and the fun never ends…” It was weird. It was hip. It made this fat kid feel pretty cool.
Now: Alas, the Roundhouse troop never made it quite as big as the All That-ers. Even sadder, Season 1 standout Dominic Lucero passed away from lymphona three years in. But Roundhouse had a funky ‘90s sensibility that I’d love to see again. The humor was also quite contemporary: hope you like jokes about Prince changing his name to an ankh!

The Secret World of Alex Mack (1994-1998)

Then: Even though Alex Mack replaced my beloved Clarissa, I was always fond of this bizarre sci-fi series. To paraphrase the opening narration, Alex was just an ordinary kid until an accident changed her life. Then she could move shit with her mind and turn into a puddle of mercury. Science!
Now: There’s something really disturbing about the entire concept, made all the more hilarious by the innocence of ‘90s youth programming. A young girl is drenched in chemicals and never sees a doctor. There are evil scientists hot on her tail—looking to dissect her, presumably. Oh, and she emerges from her puddle state naked. Awk-ward.

Salute Your Shorts (1991-1992)

Then: That’s right—the show you remember watching for years and years was only on for two short seasons. But Salute Your Shorts was magical enough to air in reruns through 1998. I never went to summer camp, so Camp Anawanna was the closest I ever came to the experience. I hold it in my heart. And when I think about it—sigh—it makes me wanna fart.
Now: I’m pretty excited for the Season 2 episodes, in which Pinsky stepped in for Michael. That’s because Pinsky was played by Blake Sennett, who’s now in my favorite band of all time, Rilo Kiley. And maybe as an adult I can finally confront my fear of Zeke the Plumber, the scariest villain to appear on any kids’ show, ever.

There are so many more ‘90s classics to choose from: Let’s not forget Cousin Skeeter, My Brother and Me, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Rocko’s Modern Life, Ren & Stimpy, Doug, The Journey of Allen Strange, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd, and Space Cases.


What shows do you want to see Nickelodeon resurrect?


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I wish they would show older Nickelodeon Shows especially

You Can't do That on Television

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The World of David the Gnome

and forget Bill Nye the science guy like I've read other people say

you want Mr Wizards World
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legends of the hidden temple, guts, double dare, rocket power, wild thornberrys. the network NIck GAS
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I definitely vote for are u afraid of the dark, hey dude, salute your shorts, alex mack, fifteen, double dare, wild and crazy kids....i was a huge nickelodean fan.
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Wow, I totally forgot that Crystal Lewis was on Roundhouse... who can forget that voice? I can't wait to see the reruns of Clarissa Explains It All, and hope they'll bring Hey Dude back too. Those were the shows that I loved more than anything on Nickelodeon.
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I want to see Hey! Arnold, Angry beavers, Doug, Kablam
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I can't believe I haven't seen it mentioned yet, but does anyone remember Welcome Freshman? I was really young and barely remember it, but my brother watched it a lot. I want to see them bring that back just to refresh my memory.
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the show what would you do? throwing pies in faces and taking the slide down to the giant pie pool. classic. i want to see ALL these shows again. I love all of them!
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I would REALLY love to see "Roundhouse" rerun anywhere - since it went off the air I have not seen any episodes in reruns, nor is it available on DVD or too many clips on YouTube. I'd also love to see "Doug" rerun, too.
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I'm a little disappointed in the show selections, except for rugrats, because that show was ridiculously awesome. I kinda wanted to see GUTS, Doug, The Angry Beavers, Are you afraid of the dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple etc. But hey, its a start
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I would like them to bring back What Would You Do? I remember obsessing about it when I was little but over the years I've forgotten nearly everything that happened on the show... maybe bringing it back would jog my memory.
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Bring back Nick Arcade and GUTS!! I would just LOVE to see Mike & Mo together again on my TV screen!!
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Are you afraid of the dark?
is the one they should bring back
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I loved those shows like Salute your shorts and All That. I liked the game shows too, those should come back. Also gotta bring back the sci - fi stuff like Alex Mack, Space Cases, and Tomorrow People.
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I could say they don't mike shows like they used to but it's just the way we remember the past. everything bad is forgotten but still... They don't make shows like they used to.
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I use to watch some of theshows on the list. But I also remember other shows like Double Dare, You Can't Do That On Televevision, Ren and Stimpy, and some other shows that were really good, but I am also 33 and remember shows from the 80's as well. I agree NoriCartwrigh that Disney and some other stations should follow Nick, because it also had some great shows. Bring back the Mickey cartoon and not this other crap they have on. Bring back shows like So Weird, Goosebumps (which may have been on some other station), Dumbo's Circus, the one music show Dtv, Mickey Mouse Club, which alot of singers now had got there start, Britney Spears/ Justin Timberlake/ Christina Aguilera. Do I need to go on?
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@racingfan1 I have all the episodes on DVD...not official DVD but you know. :)
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Space Cases! I watched it a couple of times and then could never find it again. I always wondered what happened to it.
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watching the All That intro I didnt remember Gabriel Inglacias (SP) on that show but damn its been along time. Alot of careers started on Nick. Id like to see a resurrection of Are you afraid of the Dark and Rockos Modern Life.
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Definatly need to Add The secreet world of Alex Mack and Are you afraid of the dark. I use to watch both shows all the time. My wife use to watch AYAOTD when she was little just like i did, but she's never seen Secret world of Alex Mack!!!! I want her to see that great show. I LOVED it!
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Clarissa and Alex Mack are a must. Also, a good addition would be Doug.
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yeah up yours icarly
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Alex Mack and All That were my favorite nick series to watch when i was young. i never got to watch a lot but down the road i got use to clarissa series. that was also funny.both show theme intros would get stuck in my head after. how can we send letters about adding other shows?
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The game shows. I love those. I feel no shame it that.
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I rewatched Are You Afraid of the Dark? a year or two ago and really wished I hadn't. It looks so 90s and bad (and childish), my nostalgia for it was so much better.
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As Told by Ginger, Rocko, Real Monsters, Hey Arnold, Thornberrys (awsome show) and CatDog should be on that new Nick channel. But hey, I'm happy with the show list. Kenan and Kel was the best show of my childhood (besides Rugrats)
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FINALLY!!!!! I hope other networks like Disney follow in Nickelodeon's footsteps. Disney should re-air House of Mouse, PP&J Otter, Out of the Box, Madeline, Bear in the Big Blue House, Jo Jo Circus, Recess, Lilo & Stitch, Proud Family and a few other oldies. That new girly stuff they have on now is sickening. Did I leave any shows out?
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I wish they would bring those back. I'd love to introduce those shows to my 2 year old niece. I know she would love them like I did.
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Wow...this brings back a LOT of memories for me. I think it's awesome that they're going to re-air some of these classic Nick shows. These a tons better than the shyte that currently airs on Nick. Oh, and I'd just like to point out a little gaff on the part of the editor of this article concerning big names from "All That": How could you forget Gabriel Iglesias???? The dude is one of the funniest stand-up comedians right now, and I was totally shocked to see him in the intro for that show. Hard to believe it's been that long.
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Maybe when they decide to re-air some of the shows from the 80s, I'll be more inclined to tune in. Isn't Doug a Disney property currently?
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Amazing, this will be the first time in like 10 years that I actually will find something to watch on a Viacom owned network that isn't Comedy Central.Astounding.Are You Afraid of the Dark and Salute Your Shorts would be particularly nice to watch again, and Alex Mack.I've actually watched a couple of episodes of Pete & Pete on Youtube recently, and it holds up extremely well, as you would figure an ultra quirky show like it would, and it will be nice to see more episodes.
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YAYA!!!! CANT WAIT! Nick will be watchable again!
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Space Cases! Radu was cute.
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Two more shows I want to see resurrected are Doug, and Legends of the Hidden Temple. I wouldn't mind seeing GUTS re-aired on late night either.
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You Can't Do That On Television! That show was sooo weird!!
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hell yea. old school nick is coming back. my DVR is bout 2 b full.
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ALL ABOARD THE NOSTALGIA TRAIN! :D It's not just the 20 somethings who are excited for this stuff...I'm only 16 and I grew up watching half of this stuff ( not to mention all the nicktoons) This stuff was awesome...can't wait!
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I used to love Nickelodeon! Almost all the shows mentioned should come back. All that seasons 1-5 {Before the white people took over and messed it up!}, Salute your shorts [Telly and Donkey Lips!], Hey Dude!, Clarissa, David the Gnome, Gulah Gulah Island, Roundhouse, Pete and Pete, Alex Mack! If I remember correctly All that and Roundhouse started around the same time. All that's first episode was TLC performing their 1992 hit "What About Your Friends" then they did like the second episode that came a while later, they did "Creep". So 1992 was the original year it came on, I think.
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Go even farther. You Can't Do That On Television. Bring that back. With some Danger Mouse on the side.
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@ shadowysea07 Salute Your Shorts 1991-1992. This aired approximately 19-20 years ago. It certainly wasn't watched by 2 year olds. Make the viewers 10 years of age or older and they'd be 30+ today. Ditto with the first seasons of Round House and Clarissa. Sorry, but my math holds up.
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"Clarissa" is enough! There is no other show that Nick needs to bring back!
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What? No "Space Cases?"
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Do do do do you have it GUTS!, Wild and Crazy Kids
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Alex Mack was so cute! I had a total crush on her as a kid!
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ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK!!!!
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Give me KaBlam or give me death! ... nah, you know what, I'm good with All That. Totes memorized that theme song ten years ago, and still remember it. This is by far the best decision nickelodeon has made in years.
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hell yea, i grew up on these shows, i cant wait
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Love Alex Mack and Salute your Shorts!!! This was such an aswesome idea!
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Alex Mack, love it!!!
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I loved Nickelodeon in the 90s. My favorite shows were Clarissa Explains It Al and Are You Afraid Of The Dark . I am so glad they are bringing some of the 90s show back on the N it will be a nice throwback to my childhood.
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The Ren and Stimpy Show. Nothing has ever come close to it!
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If I start a letter-writing campaign whats the address or email?
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