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The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show: Nickelodeon Historian Mathew Klickstein

This week on the Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin show, Jeff is joined by Mathew Klickstein, the author of the book Slimed!: An Oral History Of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age. They talk about how he defined Nickelodeons golden age, Shel Silverstein, what made Nickelodeon great, Spongebob, the slime itself and why the golden age ended.

"Nickelodeon is the second or third cable channel ever invented. It was a true experiment, they used it as something called narrowcasting instead of broadcasting. Suddenly they said "what about a channel just for kids?" and later "what about a channel just for music?" No one thought to do that, and Nickelodeon was an [...]

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: 'Rocko's Modern Life' The Complete Series

This week the complete series of Joe Murray's Nickelodeon cartoon Rocko's Modern Life is available on DVD for the first time ever. The show, which originally ran fifty-two episodes divided into four seasons from 1993 to 1996, developed a loyal fanbase and became a cult hit. As if being a widely celebrated and ground-breaking cartoon isn't enough, the show also has a lot of connections to cool comedies — Rocko is voiced by Reno 911's Carlos Alazraqui, and the show's crew and cast of voice actors includes a lot of people involved with other Nick cartoons like Ren and Stimpy and Spongebob Squarepants (including Spongebob himself and [...]

Kel Says Kenan Doesn't Want a 'Kenan & Kel' Reunion

"The truth is Kenan [Thompson] does not want to be seen with me in any form of media, or even have my name mentioned around him… There is no bad blood on my side, I'm not declining a reunion, I know the fans love the show and would love to see some type of appearance with us. I just don't see that ever happening because of how he really feels."

-Kel Mitchell to TMZ about Kenan Thompson's disinterest in a Kenan & Kel reunion.

Creators of 'Pete & Pete' Walk Through Pivotal Episodes

"The reason Pete And Pete succeeds, with its mixture of sentimentality and absurdity and nostalgia and adventurous comedy, is that it’s told through kids’ point of view, and if you try to do Pete And Pete through an adult’s point of view, it doesn’t work as well." - Co-creator of  Pete and Pete Will McRobb with partner Chris Viscardi, walking through the history of their show for the A.V. Club. For more Pete and Pete discussion read this feature about the show we published back in February.

Keeping Score with Nick Arcade

“The principle is: Do not fear the small number of people. Better three people fully linked together, than more but always disagreeing with each other.” – Daniil Ivanovich Kharms

Phil Moore, host of Nickelodeon Arcade (or better known to you and I as Nick Arcade), would probably agree with me that talking with show creators James Bethea and Karim (that’s Ka-Rim as in The Secret of NIMH) Miteff is absolutely entertaining… but also… extensive. Technical. Exhaustive? Maybe.

Both Bethea and Miteff, friends since high school who remain close two decades after their video game-based show originally aired in the early nineties (perhaps the first of its kind in history, [...]

It's That Episode: 'Slimed!' Author Mathew Klickstein Gets Real with 'Pete and Pete'

On "It's That Episode" Craig Rowin (Adult Swim's Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell, UCB Theatre) invites guests over to watch any episode of any TV show they want. They discuss the episode and other crap.

Mathew Klickstein (Slimed! an Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age) sits down to watch "A Hard Days Pete," one of the most beloved episodes of Pete and Pete. Matt describes why Pete and Pete isn't absurd, gets deep into the philosophy of Nickelodeon, and drops some serious Nick knowledge.

Download now (MP3), listen on iTunes here or stream the full episode below.

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It's That Episode 54: 'Are You Afraid of The Dark?' David Young Answers, "Yes"

On "It's That Episode" Craig Rowin (UCB Theatre) invites guests over to watch any episode of any TV show they want. They discuss the episode and other crap.

David Young (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) stops by to watch an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? that terrified him as a kid. David confronts his fear as Craig admits to being too scared as a kid to watch SNICK (Saturday Night Nickelodeon). Listen as David and Craig revisit their childhood TV watching while Craig subtly introduces David to the world of Scientology.

Download now (MP3), listen on iTunes here, stream the full episode below, [...]

This Week In Web Videos: Other Mothered

“Screw what’s popular. Do what you love!”

It sounds great, but isn’t always so realistic. Though we all want to be masters of our creative domains, vigilantly pursuing the arcane passions that occupy the darkest recesses of the right brain, that shit just won’t sell. So, too often, we’re forced to shelve what we believe in to pursue that which we know (or we hope) will pay the bills. We still say: “Screw what’s popular. Do what you love!” but what we really mean is: “I’d love to do graphics for that freelance commercial project advertising your ink and toner business!” Anything to keep the lights on. Add a [...]

Announcing the "Nick of Time" Book

“What if the viewer could become her/his own programming director; what if s/he could define the very entertainment-happiness it was her/his right to pursue.” – David Foster Wallace

First of all, don’t get pissed: This is the last Nick of Time piece. Even worse, it’s not a real Nick of Time piece. Sorry.

Now, yes, I still have a few more shows left to investigate, analyze, and deconstruct, but, well, this modest little hat trick actually worked. That’s right: The history of Nickelodeon’s “golden age” I’ve been developing alongside my Nick of Time series will be published by Plume, an imprint of Penguin, next year.

Getting Out of Control

Out of Control is probably one of the more obscure programs from Nick’s golden era, even though it enjoys the honor of having been the first major series to be produced on American soil by the network. Originally airing in 1984, the show gave us Dave “Cut It Out” Coulier as “himself” hosting an outrageous news program (of sorts) that took on a metacognitive approach much in the same way You Can’t Do That on Television had with a kids show.

In layman’s terms, Out of Control was more about the “news” show being made than it was about the news being presented by its quirky cast of characters. [...]

The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show: Moira "Mo" Quirk from Nickelodeon's 'Guts'

This week on the Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin, Jeff talks to Moira "Mo" Quirk from the Nickelodeon show Guts. They talk about how she got on the show, what it was like working with Mike O'Malley, her voiceover-work after the show stopped, and if she can give us a piece of the Aggro Crag.

"I was to be the referee and the voice of reason, it sort of turned out [to Mike's insanity]. I had gotten hired for being quite comedic, but I always felt that I was quite school-momish on the show and quite serious. So whenever people tell me that I was funny I am [...]

Funny Or Die Reunites Pete & Pete

Sometimes things do work out for ex-child stars… This is not one of those times.

Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon to Appear on iCarly (Spoilers!)

Needless to say, most Splitsider readers are trying to keep themselves free of spoilers before the new season of iCarly premieres on Nickelodeon this weekend, so don’t watch the above video if you fall into that category. It seems that former Weekend Update buddies Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey are playing themselves in this weekend’s new episode (SPOILERS AHEAD) in a story that involves Fallon inviting Carly and her friends to New York to perform on Late Night after being impressed by their Internet comedy sketches. Fey’s short cameo is entirely contained in the above preview clip. If you have more iCarly spoilers or additional info on any [...]

Down at the 'Roundhouse'

“Everybody wants to do something strange, and is. It remains for a few people to stand and watch them and report what it all looks like and sounds like.” — James Thurber in a letter to EB White, 1938

Running for 52 episodes from 1992 to 1996, Roundhouse was one of the shows on during Nickelodeon’s “golden era” that you may have some trouble remembering. That is until I tell you that it was part of the original wave of SNICK, airing just before The Ren & Stimpy Show.

Now you remember? The show with all the 20-year-old kids wearing bright colors and flannel, doing back flips and [...]