In an interview with the New York Times earlier this week, Nickelodeon president Cyma Zarghami observed that the internet is “allowing young people to be nostalgic, probably sooner than other generations.” So this would explain why I saw some guy wearing a fanny pack yesterday, and it’s also the primary reason the network is set to air a four-hour, nightly block called “The 90s Are All That,” featuring reruns of “classic” shows from the 90s. From midnight to 4am, drunk and/or sleepless viewers will be able to watch shows like All That, Clarissa Explains It All, Kenan & Kel and Doug, with more additions to be announced later—the network is closely monitoring feedback on Facebook as they decide which shows should be added into rotation.
In preparation for Monday, and to give some indication of the shows we’d like to see added, let’s take a trip through time, a whole 20 years back, and listen to some of the best Nickelodeon theme songs from the era.
Sonic Youth, is that you?
Poor Rilo Kiley:
What a delightfully dusty, twangy, odd choice for a kids’ TV show:
Perhaps one of the smartest, most nuanced television shows for 11-year-olds ever, with a theme song to match:
This is by Gang Gang Dance, right?
She was a riot grrrl, but who really loved her parents deep down:
Is this, like, 8-bit?