Change In Channels
“I feel like you could spend days on days watching those shows and you’d never tire of them,” Sarah Ressler ’12 said. “All the shows followed the same formula of some conflict, great one-liners, and some sappy conflict resolution, and it never got old.”
Even though seniors stopped watching “The Proud Family” and instead watch “Family Guy,” they also still remember their favorite childhood shows.
Ressler, who was a huge “Rocket Power” fan, admits to having all the toys from McDonald’s. “I would wake up early to watch it every morning before school.”
“Rocket Power” first aired on Nickelodeon on Aug. 16, 1999, lasting three seasons, before ending on July 30, 2004.
David Haswell ’12, also a fan, who last watched the show in 2009, said he enjoyed it because “when you’re a little kid it’s very easy to be entertained by callow humor and vibrant colors.”
While “Rocket Power” only lasted three seasons, “Rugrats,” one of the first three Nicktoons, had nine seasons, starting in 1991 and ending in 2004, with 172 episodes.
“The theme song was great. The opening montage is classic. I love when they go to Paris,” said Ressler. “I remember Reptar, Chuckie’s first words – “ Ressler’s favorite episode showed the toddlers exploring an ice cream obstacle at a mini golf course.
“Rugrats” became so popular that it is the only series by Nickelodeon to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
However, in April 2012, “SpongeBob SquarePants” passed “Rugrats,” becoming the longest running show on Nickelodeon by airing its 173rd episode .
“The Krusty Krab Pizza is the pizza for you and me,” recalls Emerson Lovell ’12.
Lucy DeFlavio ’12 was also a fan of the show. “Patrick was always my favorite character,” DeFlavio said. “It was funny to laugh at his stupidity.”
“SpongeBob SquarePants” is still going strong today, as new episodes continue to be aired.
While Lovell remembers the Krusty Krab Pizza, he also cannot forget the orange soda from “Kenan and Kel,” starring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell.
“Who loves orange soda? Kel loves orange soda. Is it true? Is it true? I do, I do, I do, I do, I do,” Mitchell would say on the popular sitcom.
Lovell recalls how “Kenan and Kel” got viewers through Kel’s mishaps. “And you would be like no, but then Kenan would right the wrong,” Lovell said.
Thompson and Mitchell were cast members on another popular ’90s cartoon, “All That,” before starring on “Kenan and Kel” which lasted four seasons.
“Nineties television was the greatest era of television ever and will never be surpassed,” Ressler said.