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    Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards

    Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards

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    In 1987, Nickelodeon created the first national poll of kids' choices for their favorites in pop culture. This grew into Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards. Every year the event continues to grow with the media dubbing the event the "mini-Oscars". In 2006, more than 25 million kids cast their ballots.moreless
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    Turkey Television

    Turkey Television

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    It sounds stupid, but oh Take one look and you'll know That a turkey created TV. Welcome to the Turkey Television guide at TV.com. By 1985, the brains behind You Can't Do That on Television carried their creative energies from Ottawa to Toronto. From there emerged Nickelodeon's hodgepodge of comedy bits from all over the world: France, Italy, Australia, the United Kingdom. A lot of acquisitions took place to make Turkey Television, and some of the sources were pretty amazing. London Weekend Television loaned bits from the Pink Medicine Show, Russ Abbott's Madhouse and Pushing Up Daisies. Norwegian network NRK brought filmed pieces tapped from Nuts and their 1979 award-winning travelogue spoof To Norway Home of Giants. Cartoons first used on The Great Space Coaster, came to Turkey Television. Also brought in were bits from the New Jersey Network cult classic The Uncle Floyd Show. And there was more where that came from. From New York came Mickey Siporin's short films such as "The Ritz Newsiola" and (in the second season) "Blink-O-Rama Theater." The Other Café's Comedy Showcase and the Improv provided stand-up cuts of future comedy legends Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon and Sinbad. Even George Carlin got on the Turkey Television bandwagon, with clips from his 1984 HBO special Carlin on Campus. Turkey Television also used comedic music videos, from classics such as Fish Heads and "Weird Al" Yankovic selections, to the obscure California-based number Two Triple Cheese Side Order Of Fries. And if that wasn't enough, there were even clips from the real comedy legends Charlie Chaplin, The Three Stooges, and Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows. Despite the acquisitions, much of Turkey Television was original. Short sketches were built around such characters as Dr. Gil Tripp, Psychiatrist; Gramps & Sonny (Les Lye played Gramps); Blanche Almonds, the Career Counselor who brought out disgusting aspects of every job under the sun; high-school-aged Katie & Hillary; second-grade Wedding Pages; intelligently-challenged Kentucky Boys; "Everybody's Mother" and "Somebody Else's Mothers," who conjured ways to make life miserable for their kids; advice columnist Dr. Joyce Sisters; and Ivan Tellalie, whose "Russian Tru Fakts News" twisted the truth about North American society for then-Soviet audiences. Another original element of Turkey Television was the cartoon character Thurman T. Turkey. He was the continuation of a brilliant partnership that had already yielded the animated short It's So Nice to Have a Wolf Around the House and cartoons for 3-2-1 Contact. All told, the old hour-long Turkey Television promised 42 comedic bits, and delivered. It was the only show to run on Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite, a proud symbol of the doppelgänger network's new 24-hour schedule. Turkey Television was reduced in late 1986, airing a 30-minute version on Nickelodeon and cutting the Nick at Nite hours to only weekend telecasts.moreless
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    Hey Dude

    Hey Dude

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    Hey Dude was a show on Nickelodeon from 1989-1991. It was set at the fictional Bar None Dude Ranch in Arizona. The show focused on the always amusing predicaments that the teens and the ranch owner, Mr. Ernst, got themselves into over a summer.moreless
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    Double Dare

    Double Dare

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    Double dare is undoubtedly the phenomenon that made Nickelodeon what it is today. The rules go something like this:Each round starts off with a toss-up physical challenge. Whoever wins gets $10 and control of the game. Host Marc Summers (Jason Harris in Double Dare 2000) asks the winning team a question. If they don't know the answer or think the other team doesn't have a clue, they can dare them to answer it for double the dollars. But they have to be careful because they can double dare the first team back for 4 times the amount. Then, they either have to answer the question or take a physical challenge. In round 2, dollar values are doubled. The winner of the game moves on to the obstacle course, where they navigate through 8 obstacles and they win a prize for each obstacle. If they make it through all 8 obstacles, they win the grand prize. Double Dare history On October 6, 1986, the first episode of Double Dare was taped at WHYY studios in Philadelphia. In 1987, Nickelodeon decided to create a short-lived weekend edition called Super Sloppy Double Dare, which was cancelled after about 20 episodes. One year later, in 1988, Fox bought syndication rights from Nickelodeon, so they created another short-lived edition called Family Double Dare. Because Fox wanted more adult material on their network, Family Double Dare was canned after 13 episodes. But the good news: the original Double Dare was still in production.Later, in 1989, other kids game shows came into play, thus causing Double Dare's ratings to drop a little. So Nickelodeon reincarnated Super Sloppy Double Dare and dusted it off to incorporate the "super sloppiness". This version of Super Sloppy Double Dare lasted about one season, but it had 100 episodes, plus a bunch of special episodes. Then, in 1990, Nickelodeon reincarnated Family Double Dare, redesigning the Fox version. A year later, in 1991, because of these new spin-offs, the original Double Dare was cancelled, but its spin-offs remain. In 1992, a two-episode spin-off called Super Special Double Dare was created. In Super Special Double Dare, Nickelodeon celebrities played against each other (usually boys against girls). In the first episode of Super Special Double Dare, the cast of Clarissa Explains It All played against the cast of Welcome Freshmen. The second episode was the NBA All-star special. In 1993, the last season was shown. Harvey had to quit his job of announcer because of the birth of his son Caleb. So Doc Holiday took over. The final episode was the hour-long Family Double Dare Tournament of Cahmpions, which pitted the smartest and fastest teams against each other. After that, Double Dare was officially cancelled, but Family Double Dare played reruns until 1999. Like Marc Summers said in his autobiography, Everything In Its Place, "We had enough episodes on tape to do reruns forever".That could have been the end of Double Dare...until January 22, 2000! Double Dare was reincarnated as Double Dare 2000. Jason Harris was the new host of this short-lived revival of Double Dare. The preview Snick episode of Double Dare 2000 pitted the cast of the Amanda Show and the cast of 100 Deeds For Eddie McDowd against each other. The show was cancelled in December of 2000, but, just like the other Double Dare spin-offs, reruns are shown on Nickelodeon GASmoreless
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    Eureeka's Castle

    Eureeka's Castle

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    The day to day life of the muppet-like inhabitants of a wind-up music box castle. This Castle is named Eureeka's Castle and it's owned by a giant. Of the inhabitants there's Eureeka, a young sorceress in training, Batty an egotistical bumbling bat, Magellan a one toothed dragon that has a tail with a mind of it's own, Bog and Quagmire otherwise known as the "Moat Twins" who just swim around in the moat, and there are also singing mice! Eureeka's Castle had hand puppets,videos,books,stuffed animals and so much more! But Then something horrible happened...like MANY other Classic Nick Shows it was..um well.. it was Nicked off of Nickelodeon!moreless
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    The Adventures of Pete & Pete

    The Adventures of Pete & Pete

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    The Adventures of Pete and Pete was a surreal comedy in which a peaceful suburban neighborhood was a strange and skewed world as seen through the eyes of pre-teens. Wellsville, USA contained many different unique characters, such as: two brothers that were both named Pete, the metal plate in their mom's head, Artie the spandex-wearing super-hero, and Petunia, little Pete's tatoo. The Adventures of Pete and Pete originated as a series of one-minute vignettes in 1990, was expanded into a series of five specials, and then became a regular series in late 1993. The show was filmed in Leonia, New Jersey. Episodes (or portions of episodes) were also filmed in the New Jersey towns of South Orange and Cranford. The theme song to the show is called "Hey Sandy" and is sung by the band Polaris. The band has an album entitled Music from the Adventures of Pete & Pete that features nothing but songs from the show. The lyrics to the theme song are as follows: Hey smilin' strange, you're lookin' happily deranged Can you settle to shoot me? Or have you picked your target yet, hey Sandy ai yai yai yai... Don't you talk back, ai yai yai yai, hey Sandy Four feet away, end of speech it's the end of the day We was only funnin', but guiltily I thought you had it comin', hey Sandy, ai yai yai yai Don't ya talk back, ai yai yai yai, hey Sandy, hey... In 1995, The Adventures of Pete and Pete received a Cable Ace Award for Outstanding Children's Series. In recent years, The Adventures of Pete and Pete made its first release on DVD in 2005 under the Rewind Collection title. The Nickelodeon company apparently gave in to demands by fans of the "cult classic" and released the first season of the series along with Nick's other classic show, "Clarissa Explains it All" in May 17th 2005. Sadly, the Rewind Collection's only other release as of now is the second season of P&P, released in November 11, 2005. Although the third and final season was scheduled for a February 28, 2005 release, it has been completely removed from the release schedule without any excuse.moreless
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