Did you grow up on ’90s Nick? If so, and like me, I’m sure you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the retro programming block dubbed “The ’90s Are All That” to premiere on TeenNick. On Monday, July 25 at midnight classic Nick shows All That, Kenan & Kel, Clarissa Explains It All, and Doug returned to the airwaves. TeenNick allots four hours to the retro shows; from midnight-2AM four episodes air, and from 2AM-4AM the same shows repeat. The block so far has been a ratings boon; across basic cable it averaged 555,000 viewers (that’s up 114 percent from last year). Viewers have been sharing their nostalgic memories on Facebook and Twitter; all last week the Trending Topics have been buzzing about the block. In addition to the programming, the network has spruced up the commercial breaks with classic Nickelodeon signage and animations. Except that everything’s been remixed. Nick called up DJ Steve Porter to create a music video of sorts that mashes up a bunch of retro Nick shows and plays around with all the theme songs. Look after the break to watch the clip that previews all of the shows ready to make a return to television. Following the current lineup lead by All That, you can expect animated toons like Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Ren & Stimpy Show, and Rugrats and live action shows like The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Salute Your Shorts, and The Secret World of Alex Mack to make major comebacks. So far, my favorite sketch brought back to life is the scene from Kenan & Kel: “I…dropped the screw…in the tuna!”
Relive your childhood memories weeknights from midnight-2AM on TeenNick. (Click here for more…)
In honor of April Fools Day the team at Hulu has redesigned the video streaming website to show what it would have looked like if it existed way back in the dial-up days of 1996. Notice the basic text, HTML frames, the page counter (stuck at 54), a ”Sign our Guestbook” button (that brings you to the Simpsons episode “April Fools Origin”), shoutouts to Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer, and the currently under construction Geocities neighborhood notice. Shows like The X Files and Sliders take center stage at the top of the page. And I won’t tell you what happens when you go to play a video. Find out for yourself at Hulu.com.
Nickelodeon is ready to bring back the goods, finally. And when I say “goods” I am obviously referring to the kid network’s classic 90s programming. You know–Rugrats, Kenan & Kel, Pete & Pete, The Amanda Show, All That, Clarissa, and so and so forth. According to EW, all these retro shows will be airing in a new midnight-to-2 a.m. programming block appropirately branded “The ’90s Are All That” starting in the fall. The decision to add this new block came about after Nick execs caught wind of the massive amount of followers and continued support for Nickelodeon shows from that unforgettable decade. Says Keith Dawkins, senior VP and general manager of TeenNick: “At the time, we were completely devoted to that audience ages 9, 10, and 11. It was ground-breaking and for the young viewers, a powerful and pivotal time in their lives. Those kids who are now 22, 23 and 24 want to bring that back.” With open arms Mr. Dawkins, with open arms.
Fringe fans, how neat was this retro title sequence that played out at the beginning of the show’s best episode yet? In “Peter,” we were finally told about the heartbreaking story concerning Walter and his dying son and how he stole alternate universe Peter from Walternate. Clearly the producers wanted to have some fun with this flashback episode, and so they altered the title sequence and changed the font of the hovering location words when the places being shown were set in the past. Thank goodness FOX renewed Fringe. Cue sigh of relief. (Look after the break to compare this to the standard opening sequence.)
LG travelled back in time to bring us the LG Serie 1 Classic television, their latest creation that radiates a retro design. Yup, it packs good ‘ol CRT technology (that’s cathode ray tubefor you younglings) with a traditional 4:3 aspect ratio in a 14 inch diagonal screen. It even comes complete with rabbit-ear antennae, knobs for channel surfing and volume, and chrome legs! LG pulled out all the stops–you have the option to switch between full color, black & white and sepia tone modes. Due to obvious technical reasons the Serie 1 does include a modern digital tuner, composite video ports, and a wireless remote. It’s available for purchase in Korea for about $215 in black and red renditions. Additional images below.
Philco PC. Designed by Dave Schultze.
Stealing looks from the Philco Predicta (the iconic 1954 television set), this concept PC features a typewriter keyboard, an edgy mouse, and a minimalist design that I am totally craving right now. Check out more images below and after the break for a video tour of this retro masterpiece.
From a 1958 Disneyland TV Show.