Blog | 90s are all that

  • '90s Are All That: Throwback T-Shirt Challenge!

    Posted on 05/06/2014 by Rachel1016

    Are you a die-hard '90s Nick fan? Do you want to blazon your love for classic shows like Hey Arnold!, Ren & Stimpy, Rugrats and Rocko's Modern Life on your sleeve? Literally?!

    Well, The '90s Are All That and Threadless.com are teaming up to give you fresh (but also totally throwback) '90s Nick T-shirts! All you have to do is go to The '90s Are All That Facebook page and vote for your favorite fan-made T-shirt design for your chance to win a free tee! Just 'like' your fave on Facebook, and you'll be automatically entered to win (but make sure to check out official rules here! Then, tune in on Monday, May 19 for a special Threadless Mixtape Monday to see which design wins!

    Check out these killer, limited-edition designs:

    THROUGH STINK AND THIN
    '90s Threadless

    Did someone break wind? You know you want the gruesome twosome Ren & Stimpy immortalized on your shirt!

    BIG RED CAT
    '90s Threadless

    Stimpy's serving major face in this design.

    REPTAR ANATOMY
    '90s Threadless

    The science of Reptar! A lesson we'd all do well to learn.

    YOU FOOTBALL HEAD!!!
    '90s Threadless

    Epic and self-explanatory.

    BEST FRIENDS
    '90s Threadless

    Aw, puh puh puh. Look at those best buds: Rocko, Filburt, Heffer and Spunky holding each other up.

    ROCKO'S MODERN TEE
    '90s Threadless

    Subtle and cool. The way Rocko desperately wished his life could be.

    LOVE these designs? Want to score one for yourself? Go to The '90s Are All That Facebook page 'like' your fave to vote!



  • Celebrating 20 Years of 'All That!' With Our Favorite Moments!

    Posted on 04/16/2014 by Rachel1016

    All That!

    Happy 20th Anniversary, All That! On this day twenty years ago, the first episode of Nickelodeon's legendary sketch comedy show premiered. To celebrate all the breathless laughter induced by Pierre Escargot, Ishboo, Ask Ashley, Good Burger and more, we gathered some of our favorite moments from the bona-fide hilarity machine. What more is there say, except: Fresh out the box. Stop, look, and watch. Ready at, get set. It's All That!


    A definite All That! classic. Pierre Escargot was our resident raincoat-wearing, foul-mouthed, bubble bath connoisseur. Check out Pierre's first ever appearance on All That! (where Kenan may or may not laugh at his own jokes).


    Sweet on the outside, but quite a temper on the inside, All That! favorite Ashley ("Thaaat's me!") answers fan mail from her devoted followers. In this clip, she's tasked to answer questions from a few fans who she thinks are pretty much the dim-wittiest kids on the planet. (And I mean, we've gotta admit, she has a point.)


    What can we say about Lori Beth Denberg? Well, how much time do you have?! Lori's sketch 'Vital Information For Your Everyday Life' stands at the very forefront of legendary All That! sketches. Sure, the information was arguably vital at best (let's be real, you knew that putting peanut butter on your arm and telling a rabid dog to 'eat your arm to the bone' was probably a bad idea), but Lori was there. She was there to confirm your hunches and squelch your doubts.


    Okra was something of a dvine entity. She was the queen of daytime talk shows, and invited guests who were beautiful, hysterical trainwrecks. And as a bonus, Rose Perrot, Earboy and even Sinbad make a cameo in this clip.


    Where is Ishboo from? Do we really want to know?


    We just have three things to say: 1) I'm a dude, he's a dude, she's a dude, we're all dudes! 2) 'Sister, Sister' stars Tia and Tamera Mowry make a guest appearance dressed in something amazing, and 3) Can I take your order?

    What are some of your favorite memories from All That!? Share them with us in the comments!

  • '90s Are All That: Our Favorite Moments from 'Hey Dude!'

    Posted on 03/13/2014 by Rachel1016 and Laura Mac

    Hey Dude

    Yippy-ta-ya-yea! Better watch out for those man-eating jack rabbits, and that killer cacti! Cowboys and the wild western frontier were all the rage back in the '90s -- Walker, Texas Ranger, City Slickers, Wild, Wild West, you name it. It's no surprise that Nick hopped right onto the saddle to take part in that cowboy craze with Hey Dude. Check out our favorite moments from the Bar None Dude Ranch!


    Ah, battle of the sexes: the age-old question of who's more awesome! When Ted and Danny challenge Brad and Melody to a series of competitions around the ranch, there's more than pride at stake! With the threat of a week's worth of extra chores if they lose, the two teams prepare for a one-on-one horse race. "Guys! Guys! Guys! Guys! Go!" "Girls! Girls! Girls! Girls! *air kiss* Girls!"


    It's a dark and stormy night (wait, is this an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark?), and the Bar None gang decide to pass the time by telling ghost stories. After Ted scares the bajeezus out of Brad, she plans to get him back with the help of Melody, Buddy and Danny. They concoct an elaborate scheme to scare Ted, but, too bad, it looks like he knows every trick in the book!


    This is it! The episode we were all waiting for! It was a long time coming for Ted and Brad to finally put their petty arguing aside and realize that, yeah, they like each other. Really like each other. But after their first date, cool-guy Ted gets a little discouraged when he makes a few slip-ups. Can he muster the courage to kiss her goodnight?


    Ted might be away at summer school, but the mischief and shenangians at Bar None didn't leave with him! The new kid on the block, Jake, swipes a secret comic strip drawn by Danny called "The Dud Ranch" -- it's based on everyone who works at the ranch! Jake thinks it's hilariously snarky and offers to sell it to the local newspaper, but when he realizes no one is safe from embarrassment, he second guesses himself.


    Everybody's favorite goofball is back! When the Bar None gang all get the sneaking suspicion that somebody is watching them, they embark on a hunt for the so-called "Bar None Stalker." Turns out, it's just our guy Ted trying to mess with everyone, as usual. The gang is thrilled to see him…but Ted's not so thrilled to see Kyle (the new new kid) flirting it up with Brad. Looks like Ted's still got a little soft spot for her.

    What are some of your favorite memories from Hey Dude? Share them with us in the comments!

  • '90s Are All That: Our Favorite Moments from 'Kenan & Kel'

    Posted on 02/27/2014 by Rachel1016

    Kenan & Kel

    Awww, here it goes! Kenan and Kel were the original hi-jinx masters, always getting themselves into hilarious trouble. It's time to take a look back at all of their daffy shenanigans and remember that the very best of friends are the ones who will love you no matter how crazy you are. (Plus, who else was rad enough to have '90s superstar Coolio sing their theme song? Oh right, nobody.)


    If you can't trust a clown, who can you trust? Just as Kenan and Kel decide it's time to grown up and act responsible, a clown makes a total fool out of them. The irony is just… so sweet.


    Inspired by Ernest Hemingway, Kenan and Kel make a list of goals to accomplish before they die. The two decide to climb the stairs of the Sears Tower (now called the The Willis Tower -- so vintage) and, of course, few things actually go right.


    Kenan mistakenly gets a job as the Executive Vice President of a big company, and he hires Kel as his personal assistant. But when he's called upon to make a big presentation on his plans for the company, it becomes clear that both of the guys aren't cut out for the big leagues.


    It's April Fool's Day and the boys' pranking game is, unsurprisingly, on point. But when Kenan has a run-in with a real cop, it seems as though the spirit of the holiday has gone straight to his head.


    In a rare, serious Kenan & Kel moment, the boys take a trip down memory lane after Kenan learns his family is moving to Montana. No one wanted to see this gruesome twosome break up, but *spoiler alert* we thankfully didn't have to.

    What are some of your favorite memories from Kenan & Kel? Share them with us in the comments!

  • '90s Are All That: Our Favorite Moments from 'CatDog!'

    Posted on 02/20/2014 by LauraMac

    CatDog


    We all know cats have taken over the Internet without really trying, and dogs are...well, foolish. It's nice to see not much has changed since CatDog first aired on Nick. Check out our top five episodes with our favorite odd couple.


    Cat loves his brother, Dog...but, yeesh, can't a guy get some time alone? When the conjoined bros decide to take some time apart, Cat learns to be careful what you wish for.


    One of the best things about animation is ANYTHING can happen. This episode magically makes everyone in the world of CatDog lose their voices and suffer sudden colorblindness. Get ready for the ultimate #tbt -- the silent era of film and cartoons!


    Dog is smart in this episode. No, really. He's actually smart.


    We love Winslow. How can you not admire such a big, wiseguy personality in such a tiny mouse? Cat won't invite the little guy to his house party, though, so Winslow sets out to exact his revenge. Don't mess with the mouse.


    For the obsessive Star Wars fan in all of us, this episode is a must-see. When CatDog literally get sucked into Dog's favorite sci-fi movie, Dog is hard-pressed to become an intergalactic hero. Fuddy-duddy Cat couldn't care less...until he falls in love with a space princess, which is kinda magnificent.

    What are some of your favorite memories from CatDog? Share them with us in the comments!

  • '90s Are All That: Our Favorite Clips From 'Are You Afraid Of The Dark?'

    Posted on 02/14/2014 by Rachel1016

    Are You Afraid Of The Dark


    Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, we call this story "Our Favorite Clips From 'Are You Afraid Of The Dark?'"


    A spoiled rich kid and his babysitter set off to his aunt's house. Melissa Joan Hart guest stars in this spooky tale that begins the way all great ghost stories do: with mysterious footprints in the mud.


    When Melissa's friend Susan mysteriously disappears, she finds out that she's been turned into a porcelain doll. They're both trapped in the dollhouse and unsure whether or not the curse can be reversed. Excuse us while we put our childhood toys back in their boxes…


    As if we need to explain why clowns are actually the scariest things on earth, when Josh bets he can steal the nose of Zeebo the Clown, the creepy jester goes after him. A-DUH!


    Honestly, is there anything less appealing than an old hospital at night? After volunteering for the night shift, Amanda learns there's a vampire on the loose, and proceeds to confirm our fear that never needed to be confirmed in the first place.


    Ghost children, pleading messages, and blood-curdling screams are standard AYAOTD fare. The writing's on the wall. Literally!

    What are some of your favorite memories from AYAOTD? Share them with us in the comments!

  • '90s Are All That: Our Favorite Clips From 'Rugrats!'

    Posted on 02/07/2014 by Rachel1016
    Rocko's Modern Life

    Never underestimate what lies inside a child's mind! Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica and the gang might may have barely had their baby teeth, but they taught us that the simplest of things can become the greatest of journeys. Check out some of our favorite Rugrats memories below, then share yours in the comments!


    Aw man, Grandpa Boris and the babies are trapped in the attic on Passover. To pass the time, Boris tells the story of the story of Moses, in which Angelica fittingly imagines herself as the Pharaoh who oppressed the Hebrews. Pharaoh Angelica sits pretty on her throne, but it's not too long after she's showered with cupcakes and Rockstar Cynthia dolls that Moses demands, "LET MY BABIES GO!" And that's why Passover is so important.


    Chuckie finds an old photo of his mom, who passed away sometime ago. Despite his pop's hesitation to share memories with Chuckie, he opens up about the mom his son never got to know. He shares a moving poem that Chuckie's mom wrote for little Chuckie, and we share a good cry with our computer screen.


    How 'Reptar On Ice' never became a real, beloved, skating spectacular, we will never know. I mean, is there anything more touching than the love between a woman and a dinosaur?


    There's no business like show business! Phil and Lil are off to become big baby diaper stars, but it appears the twins are having trouble really sharpening their craft. That, or they're just babies.


    Tommy decides to illustrate his life in a home movie, and even though some some might consider a magnificently squiggly mess, it's really bonafide artistic masterpiece.


    Holy horse feathers, the play ground is turning into the Wild Wild West! Tommy and Chuckie are the new cowboys in town, and Junk Food Kid is a total scalawag (who actually makes Angelica look like a saint). When Tommy decides that someone needs to teach this Junk Food Kid a lesson, he stands up for kid-kind, saves the school playground, and restores all that shines!


    When Rugrats see a giant pool of water, they don't think pool, they think giant toilet. And since nothing is more fun than flushing toilets, the baby sinkers mount the diving board (which they mistake for the handle flusher) and launch all the parents into MAJOR panic mode.


    It was only a matter of time before Stu's crazy inventions got him in trouble... When he falls and hits his head, mild amnesia leads Stu to believe he's a baby! And Tommy and the gang realize that Stu has "growed down" into the biggest baby "they ever sawed."


    Everyone knows that Angelica is a big bully and a liar, but after believing her own fib about the sky falling, the group prepares for the End of the World. And we don't know about you, but if regular Angelica sounds bad, post-apocalyptic Angelica sounds pretttty miserable.


    Meet Susie Carmichael! She just moved in next door, and she's really excited to show Tommy her new room. Only problem is, she can't quite find it in the house�

    What are some of your favorite memories from Rugrats? Share them with us in the comments!

  • '90s Are All That: Valentine's Mixtape Weekend

    Posted on 01/31/2014 by Rachel1016



    The birds are warbling, love is in the air, and this Valentine's Day, the 90's Are All That is giving you a head-over-heels, love-filled weekend! From Rugrats, to Hey Arnold!, and even Kenan & Kel, join us for your very own '90s Valentine's Day Mixtape as we air a mix of some of our best episodes about that pitter-patter kind of feeling.

    And it doesn't stop there! We're asking you to dedicate a very special Valentine's Day gram to your favorite 90's Are All That character. Tweet us @TeenNick your Vine or InstaVid with #90sNickLove and show Helga some of that love she so desperately needed from Arnold. Or convince Kel you're worth loving as much as Orange Soda! But whatever you do, make sure it's heartfelt, because some of the best videos will be featured on air!

    It's time to channel your inner Shakespeare, get to dedicating, and tune in this Valentine's Day Weekend, February 14th -16th at 12am ET! After all, if mixtapes be the food of love, mix on!

  • '90s Are All That: Our Favorite Clips From 'Rocko's Modern Life!'

    Posted on 01/30/2014 by Rachel1016
    Rocko's Modern Life

    In the fictional city of O-Town, an Australian wallaby by the name of Rocko spent his days weaving in and out of rollicking conundrums. With a little help from his hypochondriac pal, Filburt, and the lovable orphan, Heffer Steer-Wolf, it made for one of the greatest cartoons of the '90s. It was weird, it was wacky, it was even a little risqu�. Check out some of the most memorable clips below!


    So THAT'S how a cartoon is made! Ralph Bighead has to make a new pilot for the network, but he wants to get out of his contract and make shows he actually cares about. He calls on Rocko Heff, and Filburt to help him make a pilot that is sure to totally bomb. And when Rocko and boys decide that that deli meats are the stuff of animated genius, Ralph Bighead is excited to share the utter disaster that will end his contract. Only thing is, Sammy Salami, Betty Baloney, and Mr. Cheese turn out to be more successful than he thought.



    When Heff invites Rocko over for dinner, Rocko discovers that Heff was adopted by his parents who are, incidentally, not wolves. Rocko let's it slip during dinner that he wasn't aware of Heff's situation and, as obvious as it was to everyone else, it comes as a complete shock to Heffer. He proceeds to have a cow (*ba dum tsh*), runs away, and becomes hell bent on finding his birth parents. Before long, however, he realizes that his adopted family are the ones who really care about him.


    The devil's not happy. He has not been delivered a mortal in over 600 years, and he calls on his minion to bring them to tarnation! The little Beelzebub takes over a game show, and rigs it so that the winner "wins" a trip to the underworld. Muahahaha. Heff, whos's been dying to get on a game show, gets the opportunity to compete on Triple 6 (the title of the show). Uh oh, let's hope the odds are (or aren't?) in his favor?!


    Rocko's unrequited love, Melba, has a new boyfriend, so it's time for Rock to try his hand at dating. He appears as a contestant on the Love Seat Show and, after going all googly cartoon eyes (literally) over two beautiful eligible bachelorettes, he's a little, well, deflated when they reveal his match.


    Words can't quite explain what is going on here. Black cats? Nipples of the future? We might be hallucinating.


    All Rocko wanted was a sensible TV, but he somehow ends up with the Wibachi Big Screen. And, well, let's just say that this TV offers some unusually special features.



    It's April Fool's Day for Rocko and the gang! After playing a few pranks on the townspeople, Rocko finds himself in a bit of a pickle and needs to secure some help to pick up his grandmother from the airport. Heff ends up having to pick up the slack, and after a miserable day of entertaining and transporting Granny Rocko, Heff starts to believe that Granny Rocko is just in fact Rocko, in costume, pulling another April Fool's Day prank on him. Heff isn't about to be out-pranked, so he decides to rocket "Granny" Rocko out to space. But right as he lights the fuse, he realizes he's got it all wrong.


    Who knew Filburt was such a crooner?! Well� apparently nobody, because Filb's a bit of stage-fright. After calling upon the help of Rocko and Buddy Gecko's motivational tapes, Filburt begins to make his secret dream of becoming a lounge singer a reality! And ooh, just listen to that smooth, buttery tone.


    After learning about the horrible treatment of dogs in the pound, Rocko decides to run for the Office of Dog Catcher to make a positive change. Stubborn Mr. Bighead, however, doesn't like Rocko's free thinking and decides to run against him. He launches a dirty smear campaign against Rocko filled with slandering campaign videos, lies, and one unforgiving slogan: "Ed: Good. Rocko: Bad!"


    Rocko and the citizens of O-Town are out to fight City Hall when they realize the town's industrial eye soar is polluting their city. With their hearts, minds, and vocal chops in the right place, the only way to fight corporate America is to break out in song.

    What are some of your favorite memories from Rocko's Modern Life? Share them with us in the comments!

  • 90s Are All That: Our Favorite 'Hey Arnold' Moments!

    Posted on 01/23/2014 by Rachel1016

    What is it about a show that keeps tugging at our heartstrings almost twenty years after it premiered? A show that can make us laugh, cry, and want to better ourselves as humans all at the same time? Hey Arnold ! was just that and so much more. It was a touching show meant for kids, but one with messages that totally transcend age. And two decades later, we've still never met a Football Head we didn't like. Walk with us as we take a look back at our favorite moments from this classic '90s Nick cartoon!


    We've all been there, forced to do something we don't want to do and just fantasize about NOT doing it… Well, when Gerald and Arnold are forced to dressed as fruits for Helga's play, they decide to skip to the city in protest. Only thing is, they get stuck downtown… dressed as fruits. But by some stroke of luck, a random car drives by and and drops a ton of cash at their feet! But when Arnold and Gerald decide what to do with the unexpected cash, they totally surprise us by being, well, really practical! That's right, teachin' kids the value of money.



    Stoop Kid is your typical bully, except for one thing: he's terrified to leave the comfort of his stoop! Arnold, thinking Stoop Kid will stop being such a bully if he just conquered his fear, vows help him brave the unknown. Through motivational sayings and a book of the greatest stoops of the world (including the Spanish Steps and Pyramid of the Sun), Stoop kid gets enough courage to get up and go! Sadly, Arnold's plan backfires, and the only lesson Stoop Kid learns is that now he can terrorize people on and off the stoop. Oh, brother.


    Helga is having one hell of a day. She's not accepted by the girls, and can't seem to fit in with the boys. But when she tries to make herself over, she realizes it's just not worth it. Helga keeps a tight grip on her childhood and stands up for herself: "You're right, I'm not like the rest of you. I'm not wearing a mask." You go, girl.


    Meet Pigeon Man: he speaks in pigeon, prescribes medication for sick birds, lives in a creepy abandoned building, and is feared by all kids. For Arnold, however, it takes more than some silly prejudices to scare him away. After Pigeon Man saves Arnold's sick bird, Arnold takes him to get pizza. After spending a little time with Pigeon Man (whose real name, hear learns, is Vincent), Arnold realizes he's not so scary, after all.


    When Arnold learns that Mr. Hyunh's only Christmas wish is to be reunited with his long-lost daughter (whom he GAVE to an American soldier during the Vietnam War to help give her a better life… *SOBS*), Arnold makes it his mission to deliver on an almost impossible quest. Spoiler Alert: He succeeds, and you will cry.


    For most kids like Arnold and Gerald, Veteran's Day is just a day off from school, a free day to sit at home or head to the movies. But Grandpa Phil and Gerald's dad, Martin, (both veterans) decide to take the kids on a field trip to D.C. and teach them the importance of honoring those that have served. Perhaps most notably, we find out that Grandpa Phil single-handedly won World War II.



    Helga is not just Arnold's biggest bully, she's also his unrequited lover. In this episode we learn a lot about Helga, including her parents' neglectful behavior, her troubled childhood, and her biggest secret: her true feelings for Arnold. There aint nothin' wrong with a little obsessive crush. but we all thought that used bubble gum statue of Arnold was creepy amazing.


    For most 9-year-old kids, life is pretty easy. But if you read between the lines, this clip isn't about carefree adolescence. It teaches us a valuable lesson about addiction and how to recognize if you've hit rock bottom. Watching 10+ years later, we can still learn a thing or two about the dangers of excess and how to overcome those demons inside (even if those demons are just chocolate).


    It's Halloween and Arnold and Gerald want to prank Arnold's grandparents and the boarders by making them think aliens have invaded the city. Of course, the aliens are only Arnold's friends in costume, but the entire town reacts to the "invasion" and it is HIGH-larious. The city falls into complete chaos, as no one realizes that the spaceship is a water tower and that the aliens are mischievous children. Talk about trick or treat! *ba dum tsh*


    Arnold has been putting off a sleepover with Gerald at his place for a long time now, but Gerald isn't waiting any more. Arnold is nervous for Gerald to meet the eclectic group tenants in his boarding house, but, like a good friend, Gerald is just happy to hang with his friend. He, Arnold, Granma Gertie, Grandpa Phil, and the rest of the boarders all sit down to eat dinner together. In the end, Arnold realizes his is as much of a home as anyone else's.

    What are some of your favorite Hey Arnold! memories? Share them with us in the comments!