Nickelodeon is bringing back all of their ’90s classics with a streaming service (available now!) called NickSplat, through a partnership with VRV, Deadline reports. If you’re like me, and you’re a child of the ’90s, then you’re all too familiar with the fact that all that ’90s kids talk about is how good things were in the ’90s. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Google “only ’90s kids will remember this” and prepare for way too many memes and actual memories representing my childhood.
But in all seriousness, the shows that were produced in the ’90s are absolutely iconic and remembered fondly by us kids of that time. If you want to access the shows but are already paying for Netflix and/or Hulu, have no fear. You don’t have to pay for an entire VRV subscription to access NickSplat, as that channel alone is $5.99 a month.
So what’s on NickSplat? To give you a quick list, the service includes Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, All That, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, CatDog, ChalkZone, Clarissa Explains It All, Double Dare 2000, Doug, Guts, Hey Dude, KaBlam!, Kenan & Kel, Legends of the Hidden Temple (the TV show and the movie), Nick Arcade, Rocko’s Modern Life, Salute Your Shorts, The Amanda Show, The Angry Beavers, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, and last, but certainly not least, The Wild Thornberrys.
NickSplat’s mix of classic animations and live action shows is perfect to introduce kids of today to the great shows that their older siblings or parents watched during their youth, in comparison to what’s on TV today.
This is an incredibly smart move for Nickelodeon. Not only are they making money off of the current generation indulging in the TV shows currently on the air, but now they’re going to be able to profit off of a whole other generation that wants to live in the nostalgia of their favorite childhood TV shows.
The fact that Nick isn’t revamping these shows is another reason why they should be praised for how smart a move this is. There’s nothing worse than a remake that’s worse than the original, and ’90s kids definitely would not have let that kind of thing go without a fight, or at least without some nasty tweets to the studio.
For those wondering why The Rugrats aren’t on that enormous list of shows available to stream, you may have missed the news about the return of Rugrats. Not only is Nickelodeon bringing back the show about our favorite dumb babies for 26 episodes, but they’re also making a live-action movie adaptation, as well. Nickelodeon did this with the intentions of bringing together the people who watched The Rugrats while it was on the air and the new generation.
As for the other shows that aren’t on that mass list? There’s no information on whether those will be added later or if they will be included with an additional fee as exclusive shows. I’m not saying that they’re mandatory to add on, but I would definitely like to see the likes of Hey Arnold!, The Ren & Stimpy Show, and Rocket Power thrown onto NickSplat.
Nickelodeon isn’t the only studio to pick up on bringing back shows from our childhoods, as we can see from the revamp of DuckTales on Disney XD. Cartoon Network did the same by bringing back a newer, less serious version of Teen Titans with Teen Titans Go! with the same voice cast, as well as a remake of The Powerpuff Girls. And while Double Dare 2000 will be on the streaming service, you can still catch Nick’s new revamp of Double Dare with host Liza Koshy that appeals to the YouTube-loving kids of today.
All in all, the ’90s are definitely making a comeback. Be on the lookout for everyone around you wearing shirts that have Reptar on them, or Halloween costumes of TV show icons that you haven’t seen in about 20 years.