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    Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards

    Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards

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    Nickelodeon
    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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    Belle and Sebastian

    Belle and Sebastian

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    Nickelodeon (ended 1982)
    Belle and Sebastian ran 52 22-minute episodes in the early eighties. It highlighted the adventures of a young boy named Sebastian, his Pyrenean mountain dog, Belle, and the little puppy he carried in his pocket, Poochie. Sebastian was searching desperately for his mother, Isobelle, and his journeys took him throughout Spain, Andorra, and France. It was an animated version of an earlier series, Belle et Sébastien, based on a book by author Cécile Aubry.moreless
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    Turkey Television

    Turkey Television

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    Nickelodeon (ended 1987)
    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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    Nickelodeon (ended 1991)
    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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    Noozles

    Noozles

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    Nickelodeon (ended 1993)
    Welcome to the Noozles guide at TV.com. "Noozles" or as known in Japan as "Fushigi na Koala Blinky" was an Anime made in 1984 & that came to the US in 1989 dubbed by Nickelodeon along with Haim Saban. It aired on Nickelodeon, part of the daily Nick Jr. afternoon line-up. Renowned archaeologist Alex Brown was on a dig in Australia when he sent a package across the sea, meant for his daughter, Sandy, who was living back home with her mother and grandmother. Sandy was surprised to find that it was a cute little stuffed koala, but the real surprise came when Sandy rubbed noses with it. After Sandy noozled the koala, it came to life and introduced himself as Blinky. Blinky's equipped with a watch that can stop time. His sister Pinky shows up. Pinky had a magical make-up compact with a mirror that could show glimpses of the future. Pinky also had a lipstick pencil that can draw portals to other worlds, such as where they came from - a parallel universe called Koala-Wala Land. KWL had recently been overrun by a dictator known only as the High Dingy Doo. The entire place was crawling with KangarooCops who would fly around and shout "STOP IN THE NAME OF THE HIGH DINGY DOO!". Dr. Brown - Sandy's father - had somehow wandered into Koala-Wala Land during his dig in Australia, and was on the run from the Kangaroo Cops when he sent Blinky to find Sandy, his last hope for freedom. But all Blinky wanted to do was stay in Sandy's tree and eat all day. The girl frequently pointed out that the leaves on the tree were not eucalyptus leaves and that the bears shouldn't eat them, but they didn't seem to mind. Pinky often used her magic pencil to draw a portal back to Koala-Wala Land. She spent each episode trying to convince Blinky to go back to Koala-Wala Land with her. Sandy, of course, was always excited to go, even though humans weren't really allowed there. She would wear a disguise to look like a koala; at least in Koala-Wala Land, everybody can fly. While Pinky wanted Blinky back home, Sandy spent every episode trying to hide the fact that her teddy bear was alive and liked to eat the tree in her front yard. This was especially hard, since her mom was constantly checking up on her, and her "friend" Mark was always popping in to say hi. The only person who knew about Blinky and Pinky was Sandy's grandmother, who later went on adventures with them. Also, two poachers named Franky and Spike had found out, and they kept trying to nab the koalas for profit. And along on each adventure, was Osgood, a lizard from Koala-Wala Land. He mostly ran about, screaming in a tiny voice. He panicked a lot, but usually lived in Blinky's watch. MAIN CHARACTERS: Sandy Brown - Annoying red-haired girl. Grandma Brown - Sandy's Lively grandmother Mark – Sandy's best friend Franky and Spike – Two thugs Blinky – Grey, gets hungry and tired easily. His watch could stop time. Pinky (Pink, perky koala bear. Wants to get Blinky back home. Can travel through space and time.)moreless
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    David the Gnome

    David the Gnome

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    Nickelodeon (ended 1988)
    The World of David the Gnome was based on the world famous children's books The Gnomes and The Secret of the Gnomes by Dutch authors Rien Poortvliet and Wil Huygen. David the Gnome, and his wife Lisa, were peace loving Gnomes who lived in a tree. They probably reminded more than a few children of their grandparents. David would travel around on the back of his trusty fox, Swift, who he would summon by whistling. Overall it was a very interesting show which taught children to enjoy and respect nature and the world around them. This 26 episode series came to the U.S. airwaves in 1988, running weekdays on Nickelodeon, and was later rebroadcast from 1996 to 1998 on The Learning Channel. It was narrated by Christopher Plummer, of The Sound of Music and The Insider fame.moreless
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    Grimm's Fairy Tales

    Grimm's Fairy Tales

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    Nickelodeon (ended 1990)
    Known as "Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics" in the United States, "Gurimu Meisaku Gekijou" and "Shin Gurimu Meisaku Gekijou" in Japan (for the first and second seasons respectively), and "Grimm Masterpiece Theatre" elsewhere; this series consisted of Japanese interpretations of old fairy tales, from the Brothers Grimm and from others. It premiered in Japan in 1987, but was introduced to U.S. audiences in 1989 on Nickelodeon's Storytime Hour, lasting for a total run of 47 episodes.moreless
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    Double Dare

    Double Dare

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    Nickelodeon (ended 2000)
    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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    Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea

    Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea

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    Nickelodeon (ended 1987)
    In the future, a race of people called Arcadians lived in the center of the Earth after a catastrophe hit the surface. At the center of the Earth, the Arcadians had an artificial sun called Tehra. Over time, Tehra started to degenerate and die. A messenger named Arkana was sent to the surface to find help, where she encountered a warrior by the name of Spartakus. Spartakus vowed to help Arkana to find a cure for the dying sun Tehra and save the Arcadian people.moreless
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    The Adventures of the Little Prince

    The Adventures of the Little Prince

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    Nickelodeon (ended 1988)
    Based on Antoine De Saint-Exupery's 1942 novel "Le Petit Prince", "The Adventures of the Little Prince" followed the title character as he journeyed across the galaxy in search of knowledge and companionship. Major characters included the little prince -the protagonist; his rose - part flower, part little girl; and a bird who used to help the little prince travel through space. Most of the episodes took place on Earth or on the prince's home asteroid, B6-12. The show reflected the original novel's focus on sweetness, goodness and love, though it did not include the book's bittersweet ending. The character design was very loosely based on Saint-Exupery's original illustrations. Co-produced in France and Japanmoreless
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    Standby ... Lights! Camera! Action!

    Standby ... Lights! Camera! Action!

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    Nickelodeon (ended 1986)
    Standby: Lights, Camera, Action! is a children's documentary series from Nickelodeon that goes behind the scenes of movie sets to show kids how studios make their favorite films. Actor Leonard Nimoy hosts the show, bringing his cameras to the sets of his friends in the film industry. Leonard starts the season with a trip to Lucasfilm studios in San Francisco, CA, to get an inside look at the making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. At a time before computer graphics existed, director George Lucas shows audiences how to get great special effects from miniature-sized objects. Next up, Leonard takes on script writing when he stops by a Monty Python pre-production meeting. Actor John Cleese shows Leonard how he incorporates humor into a dull script. Nickelodeon covers executive producing and lighting in other episodes by going on location of a James Bond film and inside the studio built NORAD room that John Badham made for his film, WarGames. The show comes full circle at the end of the season when Leonard takes his crew to see his old friends on the set of the next Stark Trek motion picture, The Search For Spock. moreless
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    Eureeka's Castle

    Eureeka's Castle

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    Nickelodeon (ended 1995)
    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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    Mr.Wizard's World

    Mr.Wizard's World

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    Nickelodeon (ended 1991)
    not to be confused with "Mr. Wizard"
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    Super Sloppy Double Dare

    Super Sloppy Double Dare

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    Nickelodeon (ended 1989)
    On Super Sloppy Double Dare, two kids (Usually one boy and one girl) per team would compete aganist two kids on another team. They would answer questions asked by the host, Marc Summers. If they couldn't answer a question, they dared the opposing team to answer for double the dollars (For example: the price was $20, after a dare it was $40). They had to be careful because they could be double dared for four times the amount where they had to answer the question or take a physical challenge where contestants had to do a variety of things that usually included the trademark Nickelodeon gak, goo, and slime. In the end, the winning team would go on to the obstacle course to try to win prizes for each completed obstacle. The course would consist of eight obstacles and if you completed all within 60 seconds, you would usually win a trip. The show ran from 1987 to 1990.moreless
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    Make the Grade

    Make the Grade

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    Nickelodeon (ended 1991)
    This was the only Nick kids game where there was no slime involved. Three contestants competed in a cross between Jeopardy! & Trivial Pursuit (1993). There were 7 subjects, 6 regular & an elective (IE: English, Math, Science, PE, History, Geography & Music) & 7 grade levels (Elem., 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th & 12) on a 49 square grid board. The contestant chooses a category & grade (IE; Math-7th grade). The first one that buzzed in & correctly answered won that box, placing their desk color (red/blue/green). However, some boxes had surprises which includes... FREE: Get the category &/or grade free. TAKE: Take an opponent's claim & making it your own. LOSE: Must forfeit a box you have already claimed. Then there were the... FIRE DRILLS! In the Fire Drills, the contestants had to perform stunts. The first player to succeed had first choice of desk & so forth for the second & third players. The game's played in two rounds & the first person to have all 7 subjects & grades won the game! Only once, a kid did it so early that they had a 2nd game with 3 new contestants. The winner got $500 while the losers got $50 along with consolation prizes. The bonus round was called the Honors Round. The player had 45 seconds to answer 7 questions in various subjects to win the grand prize (usually a trip + $1,100). However, each correct answer paid $100 so a player can win up to $600 ending up with $1,100 total.moreless
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    Maple Town Story

    Maple Town Story

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    Nickelodeon
    Maple Town Story was an anime produced by Toei Animation and Asatsu during the wonderful age of the 80's. Often you can find more information on it if you search "Maple town Monogatari" since that was its Japanese name. In the US, the series was broadcast on Nickelodeon starting in 1987 and ending in 1993. Maple Town featured a cast of animal characters, mainly young Patty Rabbit (who in the first episode, moves to Maple Town with the rest of her family) and her friend Bobby Bear, and the antics of the hapless criminal Wild Wolf. The show also spawned a line of toys featuring the various animal families, as well as accessories such as houses and cars. In some markets, these toys were called the Sylvanian Families, and are still available in Japan today.moreless
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    Out of Control

    Out of Control

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    Nickelodeon (ended 1988)
    By October 1984, Nickelodeon was ready to make itself over. Their personality change included introducing the orange logo that still exists today. And as for new television series, Nickelodeon went way out with Out of Control.

    From the 10- and 30-second spots promoting the show, one could sense Out of Control was a crazy series indeed. Watching an entire show, one saw a few easy, quiet moments, but those were outnumbered.

    Comedian Dave Coulier was host of Out of Control (and its announcer). His job was to talk to guests and introduce segments such as "Let's Eat!," Adult Education" and "How Not to Do Things," but that wasn't easy. His two field re-porters, Hern Burford and Angela (Scoop) Quickly, were stark opposites, involv-ing Dave in their competition. Angela got some important stories under her belt, while Hern made up ridiculous storylines if for no other reason than to get air time for himself. Together or separately, Angela and Hern fronted regular fea-tures such as "Are We There Yet?" and "It's Probably True."

    Further adding to the chaos were Dave's studio technician Waldo and stage manager Diz. Waldo "invented" two machines specifically for the show: the Hurry-Up Machine (with which Dave sped up films of children doing tedious chores) and Ha-Ha 3200, the comedy computer that wrote Dave's material.

    And oh yes, Diz. She patterned her wardrobe and make-up after Cyndi Lauper, kept in step with the trends of '84 (one of which she called "Indianapolis Jones") and helped make the show, at times, "Diz-astrous." One can still hear her high-pitched whistle, made from the back of her throat, in the recess of the brain. All that chaos would lead, inevitably, to Dave's sign language gesture: "Cut it out!"

    What a way to bring Nickelodeon into their new era. Or, as the cartoon critic on the series would say, "That's not a new era. That's stupid!"moreless
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    Think Fast

    Think Fast

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    Nickelodeon (ended 1991)
    Welcome to the Think Fast guide at TV.com.
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    Tattertown

    Tattertown

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    Nickelodeon (Holiday Event 1988)
    Christmas in Tattertown was the first half-hour TV special for Nickelodeon. It was written, produced, and directed by Ralph Bakshi (the director of Fritz the Cat, and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings).moreless
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    On The Television

    On The Television

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    Nickelodeon (ended 1991)
    A program which aired on "Nick at Nite" where two critics introduce new shows (all parodies).

    Introduced as "a fake Siskel and Ebert reviewing fake TV shows"
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