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  • '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!

  • The Best Super Bowl Party Ever!

    Posted on 01/30/2014 by Rachel1016
    Best Super Bowl Party Ever

    Where will you be on February 2nd when the Seattle Seahawks face off against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII? The pinnacle of sporting events is upon us, and we've made it our personal mission to give you everything you need for the best Super Bowl party ever!

    Whether you're a devoted fan, or are just looking for an excuse to throw a fiesta in the dead of winter, check out all of the fun things we have lined up for football's biggest night. After all, this Sunday is considered to be a cherished American holiday! (No, we're not referring to Groundhog Day.)

    This Friday, January 31st at 10pm ET, we're getting the party started with a very special, totally amped-up, Super Bowl-themed episode of TeenNick Top 10!

    Best Super Bowl Party Ever

    New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will join Nick Cannon for an exclusive countdown of all of the tunes to get you straight revved for The Big Game! That's right, we're talking anthems about teamwork, courage, and determination. Will Gaga make the cut? Is Eminem going to kick up the intensity? Will One Direction keep us motivated? Find out this Friday!

    TeenNick Top 10 Super Bowl

    Is your competitive spirit desperate to be unleashed? Print out these custom Super Bowl Bingo cards here and keep an eye on things that happen on and off the field! Get in the game because, who knows, you might go home a double winner!

    Best Super Bowl Party Ever

    You don't have to be a football expert to impress your friends this Sunday. Quickly study these ten fun facts about the game and whip them out when you wanna show off your knowledge!

    1. The Green Bay Packers were the first team to win the Super Bowl in 1967.

    2. The Vince Lombardi trophy, which is awarded to the winning team every year, is named after the legendary coach who lead the Packers to that first Super Bowl Victory.

    3. The longest field goal in Super Bowl history was scored by Steve Christie of the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVIII against the Dallas Cowboys. The field goal was a whopping 54 yards long.

    4. The Super Bowl is the only major sporting event to be measured in Roman numerals.

    5. Holy guacamole! The Hass Avocado Board predicts that Super Bowl fans will consume a whopping 208 million avocados on Sunday.

    6. This year is the first year the Super Bowl will take place outdoors in a cold weather city. Brrrr!

    7. Opera singer Renee Fleming will sing the National Anthem at this year's game. She is the first opera singer to be awarded the honor!

    8. No Super Bowl game has ever gone into overtime.

    9. Super Bowl XLV in 2011 was the most viewed show in U.S. television history.

    10. The Pittsburgh Steelers hold the record for the most Super Bowl victories, having won six times.

    So, what will you be doing in preparation for Sunday? Let us know in the comments, and don't forget to catch TeenNick Top 10 this Friday, January 31st at 10pm ET!

  • Degrassi Recap: 'The World I Know'

    Posted on 01/29/2014 by Rachel1016

    Last night, we kicked off Degrassi's winter chapter with an unforgettable premiere episode. If you haven't seen "The World I Know" yet, catch up on the full episode online, then check out recap where we break down everything that happened.

    Degrassi: The World I Know

    At the end of last chapter, Clare and Drew briefly shared a kiss (or, as Drew put it, something in between a make-out and a kiss) that may or may not have signaled a few "OH NO THEY DIDN'T!"s around the world. After the smooch, Drew quickly assumed that Clare was deeply in love with him, obviously.

    Degrassi: The World I Know

    But as Drew approached Clare to "let her down easy," she didn't quite pick up what he was puttin' down. In fact, she made it clear that the kiss was a terrible mistake, that she's still very much in love with Eli, and that Drew is straight up deluded (no really, she used that word). A little surprised to find Clare not head over-heels-in-love after their lip lock, Drew consulted Dallas, who, in typical Dallas fashion, encouraged Drew to find a rebound girl. Oh, brother. Wonder who that will be? Anyone care to place some bets?

    Anyway, while Drew was nursing his bruised ego, he was simultaneously trying to impress Mr. Hollingsworth (Miles' father), who visited Degrassi to deliver a speech about his campaign for mayor. Luckily, Drew was able to charm Mr. Hollingsworth, and scored an interview for the youth advisor of his campaign. Aw, look at that, Drew might slowly be getting his mojo back.

    Degrassi: The World I Know

    After being suspended from school for threatening Zoe's life (in a song), Maya had to complete her punishment in the Remedial Room, aka the infamous "Rubber Room." Maya wasn't too excited about it to begin with, but things went downhill when newcomer punk girl, Grace, made it clear she thought Maya was a total "princess" with a chip on her shoulder. Ouch! Yeah, Maya might have some trouble fitting in.

    The students in the Remedial Room got assigned a character interview project, in which they were paired up and instructed to interview each other, as each other. By some stroke of luck, Maya got paired with her former almost-flame (and total bad-boy) Zig, and *PAUSE* things are about to get interesting.

    Degrassi: The World I Know

    For the new or rusty Degrassians out there, here's a quick background on Maya and Zig's complicated relationship: In Season 11, Maya had a crush on Zig, but didn't realize her feelings until Zig got back with his then-girlfriend, Tori. Maya eventually moved on with Cam when Zig started to have feelings for Maya again. But when Cam devastatingly took his own life, Zig blamed himself for telling Cam to get out of Maya's life and Maya had serious trouble coping with the loss. When she was finally being able to express her grief, Maya started to have feelings for Zig again, but said she wasn't ready to be in a relationship. Zig told her he would wait for her, and it seemed like they would eventually find their way back to each other. But over the summer, Maya met Miles Hollingsworth III and, you know, #Matlingsworth happened. When Zig came back, though, he made it clear he didn't forget their promise.

    When the two sat down to work on their assignment, Zig started to talk about the Roman legend, Brutus, who famously betrayed his friend Caesar, and who, in this case, we're pretty sure represents Maya's forgotten promise. So, Zig is a little hostile! That much we know! But he took it to the next level when it came time to present their assignment: While impersonating Maya, he made fun of her and pretty much laid out their baggage for everyone in the class to see. Maya quickly fired back, and Zig walked out. Oof.

    So�does this mean a Zaya comeback is in the works? Should we prepare for one of the most epic love triangles of all Degrassi time?!

    Degrassi: The World I Know

    Alli was getting ready to celebrate her birthday when she received some bad news from Leo. His transfer credits from France didn't come through, preventing him from obtaining a student visa and ultimately forcing him to the leave the country. Leo, wary of the stress that long distance relationships inevitably cause, insisted that it would be best if they broke up. But Alli, not ready to give up on the man she loves, had a crazy idea: marriage.

    Degrassi: The World I Know

    Despite Jenna and Clare's caution against making such a hasty decision, Alli and Leo booked it to City Hall to tie the knot. Moments after they became husband and wife, however, Alli and Leo got into an argument about her not telling her parents. Leo became convinced that Alli was ashamed of him and his temper escalated to new, devastating heights.

    Degrassi: The World I Know

    As they argued in the car, Leo struck Alli multiple times in the head to the point where she fell out of the passenger seat and was left bruised and bleeding on the side of the road.

    Alli returned home to a surprise birthday party that Jenna, Clare and her parents threw for her. As she walked in the door, severely injured, they rushed to her with utter shock and concern, and when they asked what happened, Alli lied and claimed she was mugged.

    Over the past two chapters, we've watched Alli continue to go back to Leo despite his previous outbursts. Now, the consequences of her choices have reached a truly devastating conclusion. Alli has a long road ahead of her, for sure, but her story is a powerful reminder that relationship abuse is a very serious issue. Abuse is never justified, and it's important to remember that we do have the power to make our own choices. If you or anyone you know is in an abusive relationship, know that you are not alone -- go to for help, or call 1.866.331.9474 at any time.

  • 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!

  • Catch Up On Season 13 Of Degrassi!

    Posted on 01/22/2014 by Rachel1016

    We're gearing up for all-new episodes of Degrassi on Tuesday, January 28th at 9pm ET, and if there's one thing we know about this show, a lot can happen in a short period of time. As much as we wish our real lives didn't get in the way of Degrassi, it can be difficult to, y'know, keep up with everything!

    So, before we sit down for a fresh batch of drama, let's take a look at all of the major events that precede this brand new chapter. And while you're catching up on episodes from the summer and fall (check them out right HERE!), here's a breakdown of everything you need to know about Degrassi Season 13 so far!

    Degrassi: Mid-Season Recap

    At the end of last summer, we said goodbye to Degrassi favorite, Adam Torres. Adam passed away from injuries sustained in a fatal car crash, which happened because he was texting and driving.

    Degrassi: Mid-Season Recap

    Not long before the accident, Adam kissed Imogen and felt guilty because he (technically) cheated on his girlfriend, Becky Baker. It was a heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, unforgettable episode, but we cherish those memories of Adam's infectious spirit and take away one valuable lesson: No matter what, it can wait.

    Degrassi: Mid-Season Recap

    After getting engaged in Season 12, Bianca returned from University with a change of heart toward Drew. Right before Thanksgiving, she called off both the engagement and the relationship in a breakup that Winston affectionately (or not-so-affectionately) termed a "Turkey Dump."

    Since committing to Bianca, it seemed as though Drew had mended his previously questionable ways with women, but we have to wonder if his new single status will find him returning to bad-boy behavior.

    Degrassi: Mid-Season Recap

    While away at New York University, Eli cheated on Clare with Leonor, a girl he met in one of this film classes. *Yes, cue the collective weeping of every Degrassi fan EVER* Clare was unsurprisingly heartbroken, and essentially (but unofficially) broke up with Eli when he returned home for Thanksgiving.

    Degrassi: Mid-Season Recap

    Even though the future of their relationship was unclear, it didn't take long for Clare to ignore her own judgment and kiss Drew (yes, that Drew). And of course, almost immediately after her moment of weakness, Eli gave Clare a heartfelt apology. The good news: Eli and Clare made up. But the bad news: Clare might have to face being the unfaithful one now.

    Degrassi: Mid-Season Recap

    Ah, the hookup we waited for since the first minute of the season premiere. Literally! As Maya walked into Degrassi and got caught off-guard by Miles' dreamy stare, she downright pummeled that trifold. And in that moment, we knew #Mayales was imminent.

    They had quite the journey to ship-dom, though, having gone through periods of time when they were either involved with someone else (Miles and Zoe dated for a hot sec), had to honor allegiances to friends (Maya's BFF Tristan had a thing for Miles for a hot sec), remembered old flames (Maya and Zig have history), or just generally butting heads (sexual tension).

    But these two finally got together. After Maya got suspended for singing a kiss-off song about her nemesis Zoe, Miles sneaked over to her window and… they kissed! Now we want to see them continue strong through the upcoming winter chapter!

    Degrassi: Mid-Season Recap

    Even though Zoe Rivas was a Degrassi newcomer at the beginning this season, the TV-star-turned-mean-girl wasted no time making quite the first impression among her peers. From laying claim over Miles and being caught in an EPIC feud with Maya, to blackmailing Drew into being her date to the dance, Zoe is pretty much the nucleus of Degrassi drama. She's relentless, she's bold, and she's only just getting started! But will she be able to find her place at Degrassi this season? Or will she just continue to leave a trail of embers in her wake…

    Degrassi: Mid-Season Recap

    Alli met her Parisian boyfriend, Leo during Degrassi's summer trip to France. Their love story was the stuff of fairy tales until… well, it wasn't. Despite being a total smooth operator and making Alli fall for him deeply, Leo's jealousy had a tendency to turn violent.

    Degrassi: Mid-Season Recap

    During a heated conversation about some texts from Dallas, Leo grabbed Alli's arm with enough force to bruise her. After the altercation, Alli left Paris and Leo behind, but he traveled to Degrassi to try to apologize and win her back. He somehow proved to be the charmer she remembered from France, and Alli forgave him for getting physical with her.

    Degrassi: Mid-Season Recap

    But before long, it happened again. And this time he slapped her. In a move that surprised everyone, she forgave him again under the condition that he would go to therapy. It remains to be seen whether or not Leo has really changed this time. Will Alli finally see his true colors? Will there be any chance of Dallas coming into the picture? Or will her story play out tragically like many before her?

    We have so many predictions for this upcoming action-packed chapter, but we want to hear from you! What do you all think will happen? Sound off in the comments! And don't forget, all new episodes return Tuesday, January 28th at 9pm ET

  • I Have a Crush: Big Time Rush Marathon!

    Posted on 01/18/2014 by Dixie Laite

    Big Time Crush

    Monday – no school! Can we get a woohoo?

    Days off are precious and few, and we should probably use the time wisely. You know, get to all those things we've been meaning to do, get going on some of those New Year's Resolutions. Maybe go for a long run, organize the closet, start that ginormous novel.

    Aw, who are we kidding? We're not going to do any of those things. Let's just go to the kitchen, make some popcorn, maybe some hot cocoa, and then plop down on the couch and settle in for the all-day I Have a Crush: Big Time Rush Marathon!

    All those best-laid plans and New Year's rezzies…we'll get around to all that. Really. But for now, let's just wallow in the dreamy boyness that is Big Time Rush with back to back to back episodes ALL. DAY. LONG.

    Face it, life can be stressful, and we work hard. So, this Monday, January 20th, let's stand up for our right to sit down and stay in and chill out with the boys (you know, our future husbands, Logan, James, Kendall and Carlos.)

  • Get Ready For An iCarly & Victorious Reunion!

    Posted on 01/16/2014 by ChrisMcPherson

    They're Back

    Did you hear the good news? Your favorite Victorious and iCarly stars are coming back for a one-hour Sam & Cat episode, 'The Great Tuna Jump #ReunionSpecial!' It's always a HUGE deal when Jade, Robbie and Freddie cross paths, but guess what? This actually isn't the first time these characters from iCarly and Victorious have had a run-in.

    In the iCarly special, 'iParty with VICTORiOUS,' Carly and Tori expose their two-timing boyfriend at a sick party. But more importantly, Tori and the gang joined Carly and friends for a spectacular mashup of 'Leave it All to Me' and 'Make It Shine!' (FYI, these tunes are the respective THEME SONGS for iCarly and Victorious!) Here at TeenNick, we thought it only appropriate to take a look back at this awesome moment in preparation for their reunion on Nickelodeon this weekend! Get ready for your daily dose of *mind blown*

    Don't forget to tune in to the Sam & Cat special, 'The Great Tuna Jump #ReunionSpecial,' this Saturday at 8pm on Nickelodeon!

    And just in case you're thirsty for some more throwback goodness, we compiled a few of Robbie's, Jade's and Freddie's wackiest looks!

    VICTORiOUS April Fool's Blank Season 3, Episode 8

    Looks like these two were having a wild time on the set of a 1970s game show.

    Victorious April Fool's Blank Season 3, Episode 8

    We always knew Jade had a temper, but she really scared us as this evil witch.

    iCarly Season 5, Episode 5 iHalfoween

    It was supposed to be a fun Halloween for Freddie. But then Nevel got involved. Cool costume, though!

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

    Posted on 01/16/2014 by Rachel1016


    Do we have any Doug fans in the house?!

    It's been more than two decades since our favorite ten-haired cartoon boy moved to Bluffington, began dutifully writing about adventures with his multicolored friends, and won the hearts of many kids who, like him, were just trying to make it through the day.

    In honor of this classic Nick show, we gathered a few of our favorite moments (in no particular order) to share with all of you, the '90s-loving inter webbery. But whether you're reliving childhood memz or hearing the name "Quailman" for the first time, we're pretty sure you're gonna love taking a look back at the sometimes shy, always caring, and awesomely normal Doug Funnie.

    You remember it well, because it was so obnoxious. Roger tortured Doug every day at school, and that maniacal cackle will haunt our dreams. Forever.

    All together now: AWWWW!!!! Remember Doug and Patti's almost kind of first date? Well, Patti never really made it clear whether it was a real date. She asked Doug out, paid for her own movie ticket (even though Doug tried to buy it for her), and then came so close to kissing Doug, only to shut the door in his face!

    Of COURSE the first episode makes our list! We learned a lot from this episode, including just how imaginative Doug is, how mean Roger can be, and how Skeeter is actually short for Mosquito (a "family name")! But perhaps most importantly, we see the budding relationship between Doug and Patti begin.

    Doing what siblings do best, Doug ignores Judy's request to have him dress up and pretend to be a butler. Instead, he plays out a weird super agent fantasy game where he receives emergency calls on a sponge, dons a creepy thin mustache, and entices us all to leap onto (possibly explosive) lasagna!

    Although Doug might pretend he's brave and heroic, � la Quailman, his superhero agent alter ego, here he does something awesome and courageous in real (well, cartoon) life. After being dared by Roger to humiliate Connie's new haircut, Doug refuses to do it and stands up to him. Patti kisses him for being so sweet and Roger gets punched in the gut by Connie! Note to boys: don't ever mess with a girl's bad haircut!

    We pick this moment for a few reasons: 1) Because of the sweet song Doug writes for Patti 2) Because nobody in the town of Bluffington knows how to carry a tune (but we won't hold it against them) and 3) Because Doug's imagined music video just screams quintessential '90s style!

    Roger teased Doug about his old basketball sneakers and convinced him that they were throwing off his game. But when a famous basketball player from one of Doug's daydreams gave him a little encouragement, he realized that his old sneakers have a lot of character.

    It's the end of an era as Doug graduates from the 6th grade, and we're suckers for bittersweet endings. Goodbye, elementary school, and goodbye, freaky boiler room guy! Sidenote: Why is the boiler room guy's shirt off? What happened to his eye? Also, what kind of school is heated by manually fueled coal furnaces?

    Almost twenty years ago, Doug wrote a song about bangin' on a trashcan and thinking big. We haven't been able to get the diddy out of our heads ever since, and we're all about spreading the earworm!

    Doug was once a magician for a hot second, but his handcuffing trick completely failed with Patti (...or did he fail?! You sly dog, Doug). After dropping the key into a vent, Doug had the brilliant idea of unlocking the handcuffs with suntan lotion. It didn't prove to be the most effective method, but, hey, at least he moisturized!

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

  • Happy 10th Anniversary, Drake & Josh!

    Posted on 01/10/2014 by Rachel1016

    Drake & Josh 10th Anniversary

    It's hard to believe that exactly ten years ago Drake Parker and Josh Nichols became the hi-jinxing step-brothers whose sticky situations brought us (and their scheming sister, Megan) a whole lot of joy. And to celebrate ten years of breathless laughter, we gathered a few memorable clips from the show. Get ready to relive all of the unforgettable buffoonery! We hope you enjoy!

    In the pilot episode, Drake and Josh find out, for the first time, that they'll become live-in step brothers. Josh is thrilled, Drake is…not.

    After being approached by two snazzy salesmen, the boys get a job selling "Gary Coleman Grills" (RIP, good sir). Looking back, the dual-action MP3 player / grilling devices sounded so high-tech…

    Speaking of obsolete electronics, Josh uses the money from his movie theater job to buy the latest and greatest in portable music players: the original iBot!

    When Drake and Josh get their hands on Megan's rare Peruvian peppers, she comes in water-guns blazing.

    The boys have to help Helen administer her eye drops after she gets surgery. And it's all fun and dancing until things, well… go down the drain.

    Drake and Josh house sit for Mrs. Hayfer, which seems like a pretty sweet gig! …Until they meet her ferocious Rottweiler, Tiberius.

    Cupid hits Mindy with an arrow, so Drake hits Josh with a slingshot.

    My friends, the day that will live in infamy.

    Drake and Josh get a job at a sushi factory, and they think it'll be easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.

    And finally, the best way to procrastinate for a test? Challenge your brother to an epic game of table tennis. Live long and ping pong, you guys!

    What are some of your favorite Drake & Josh memories? Let us know in the comments!

  • Q&A With January HALO Effect Honoree: Brette Machiorlette

    Posted on 01/09/2014 by Rachel1016

    HALO Effect: Brette Machiorlette

    Get ready to feel the power of the HALO Effect!

    In November, we asked you to help us spread the HALO do-gooding spirit by nominating inspiring teens whose service Help And Lead Others. As our promise to keep the HALO Effect going all year long, we're highlighting the amazing work of one of these nominees each month. And with the new year, we congratulate our first outstanding honoree. Meet Brette Machiorlette, the founder of Reading Aces!

    We caught up with Brette to learn more about her organization and how she's making literacy an achievable goal for at-risk youth. Not only are her words inspiring, but her story reminds us of the exceptional power of reading, teamwork, and compassion. Read her full bio here, and check out our exclusive Q&A below!

    Congratulations on your HALO Effect honors! Tell us about your organization, Reading Aces. How did you come up with the idea? And how did you choose the name for it?
    I initially began Reading Aces as an IB [International Baccalaureate Program] high school requirement in Houston. As sophomores, we are required to complete a "Personal Project" which can basically be about anything you want to learn or achieve. For my project, I created Reading Aces. An ace describes a master, or champion. In tennis, an "ace" is a winning serve that is untouched by the opponent. It signifies hard work and success — entities we hoped to instill in our elementary participants.

    Early education is fundamental to children's success, and unfortunately, many do not grow up in supportive environments or have access to early literacy tools. Whether young or old, seeing children deprived of the access to learning and reading was deeply unsettling. These collective experiences motivated me to grow and expand Reading Aces.

    How do the after-school reading sessions work? Do volunteers work with kids in groups? Or is it more of a one-on-one program?
    Every week, our volunteers bring giant bags of children's books to our partner sites. Volunteers are paired with 1-3 children and after agreeing upon a book, the small groups settle down and read orally. Volunteers and participants take turns reading aloud, while groups with younger readers are asked to sound out simple, "sight words."

    We encourage our volunteers to frequently ask questions to ensure attentiveness and engagement. Ideally, each site hopes to achieve a one-to-one reader-to-volunteer ratio. The beauty of Reading Aces is in its simplicity. Limited training is needed and the magic of an engaging picture book takes both the volunteers and children to far away places.

    What do you find most rewarding about mentoring young students?
    There is nothing more rewarding than working with children. Their smiles are infectious and their stories are priceless. Our volunteers foster positive relationships that inspire and motivate these children to always do their best. What most do not realize is the lasting impact these children make on the volunteers.

    As a HALO Effect honoree, your organization will receive $5,000. How will you use this reward to benefit your efforts?
    Through t-shirt sales and generous donations, we have been able to finance books and snacks; however, the $5,000 donation would dramatically impact our potential expansion channels. Without marketing dollars, it is very hard to solicit new sites and expand our reach. I would also love more money for books, so that we can more frequently give our participants books to enhance their home libraries. In addition, with take-home books to read, we can help prevent the infamous "summer-slide."

    What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a charitable organization of his or her own?
    The key to any successful organization is teamwork. Reading Aces would be nothing without the support of volunteers, sponsors, and friends. Do not be afraid to ask for help. With collaboration, camaraderie, and a common purpose driving a group's efforts, the impossible can be achieved. Take advantage of any opportunity to promote your organization, whether that be through social media, school announcements, or conversations among peers and adults. The more people that know your goal means that more people are likely to support it and help it thrive. An African adage perfectly sums it up: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

    Do you know any truly inspiring teens who are making an impact like Brette? Nominate them here!