There’s one network that I’ve watched since childhood, they network was great as a child because it was built as a kids channel, as time went forward there was a bit of a shift with Nickelodeon adding a night lineup of classic television shows. (wikipedia) Nickelodeon had great shows for younger people, seeing it’s heyday in the nineties with such shows as Hey Dude, Salute Your Shorts, Clarissa Explains it All, and wonderful animated programs like Rugrats, CatDog, Ren and Stimpy, and Hey Arnold, it was a wonderful time to be a kid with cable television, especially when you broke an ankle and had to spend six weeks in a cast on a couch. (whatculture) While Nickelodeon was mostly known for programs aimed at kids, teens, and young adults, they also had a segment of their daily lineup that would draw in adults if they felt the need for a little nostalgia, in 1985 they debuted the Nick at Nite lineup, bringing shows from the past to the present. (nickatnite) It may have started in the eighties, but as with the network which debuted in 1979, the Nick at Nite lineup broke out so massively in the nineties that they actually created a new network just to run the classic lineup that they featured on the night programming block. (tvland)
In the nineties I watched a lot of television, as did a lot of children during that time, and I absolutely loved Nickelodeon, there were certain shows on Nick at Nite that I hadn’t seen before that just drew me in, one of the most popular being Welcome Back Kotter. (wikipedia) Nick at Nite has had a history of adding some shows to the lineup that are outstanding and some that completely baffle me when it comes to them getting included in the lineup of “classics.” (nickatnite) With shows like Friends and George Lopez rounding out the lineup right now, with Full House as the early lead in show, as strong as the lineup is currently it’s about to get a bit more interesting later this year with a couple shows being added to mix, one newer and two older. (yahoo) I’ve become a big fan of How I Met Your Mother during it’s syndication run, so adding it to the lineup is a great idea and it should fill the same spot as Friends as the somewhat recently ended show that draws younger viewers to the network, with Everybody Loves Raymond and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as it’s classic anchors. This trio will give Nickelodeon one of their most solid Nick at Nite lineups in a very long time, and I’m looking forward to the change. While I love Full House and Friends, with the new crew there’s not really a drop off, which should be great for everyone, viewer and network alike.