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When did "SNICK" on Nickelodeon start to decline?

The big orange couch is retired
4 (14.8%)
The SNICK House is born
1 (3.7%)
The "Elevator Music" era
0 (0%)
The "On Air Dare" segments
0 (0%)
Poor quality of shows
6 (22.2%)
Nick stops following the basic scheduling formula
2 (7.4%)
Celebrity guest hosts like the Spice Girls
1 (3.7%)
You grew up
8 (29.6%)
Other
5 (18.5%)

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Offline TMC1982

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What Killed Nickelodeon's "SNICK" for You?
« on: January 31, 2009, 06:29:36 PM »
SNICK for those who don't recall, was the Saturday night block on Nickelodeon spanning from 1992-2004. It was a key component in what I would otherwise consider to be the "glory days"/golden age of Nickelodeon. SNICK went hand and hand with TGIF on ABC (both were essentially, weekend appointment TV if you were a kid growing up in the '90s).

SNICK had shows such as (but not limited to) "Clarissa Explains it All", "Roundhouse", "Ren & Stimpy", "Are You Afraid of the Dark", "The Secret World of Alex Mack", "All That", "Space Cases", "The 100 Deeds of Eddie McDowd", "KaBlam!", "The Journey of Allen Strange", "Kenan & Kel", "The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo", etc.

To me, SNICK started to go downhill when they got rid of the big orange couch (which around June of 1999). Believe it or not, the orange couch was the heart and soul of SNICK (and helped create SNICK's identity in the first place).

Another thing that hurt the block in my estimation was when Nickelodeon started to drift away from the formula (besides the couch getting tossed aside). SNICK worked best when the block was made up of one live-action sitcom (e.g. "Clarissia..." and "Kenan & Kel"), one Nicktoon (e.g. "Ren & Stimpy" and "Rugrats"), one musical-comedy-variety show (e.g. "Roundhouse" and "All That"), and one wild card show (e.g. "Alex Mack", Space Cases", "Allen Strange", "Eddie McDowd", etc.).

Things were only made worst, when Nickelodeon tried to take SNICK into a completely different direction, with the "SNICK House" concept (with Nick Cannon as the host). It seemed like Nickelodeon was trying to copy what MTV was doing at the time with "Total Request Live". What people seemed to forget was that the shows themselves are what made SNICK not celebrity guests or music videos.

By the time that the SNICK House had run its course around the summer of 2001, it seemed apparent that Nickelodeon wasn't really trying anymore. There were basically, throwing shows around at random, with the SNICK name attached. At this point, they were using "elevator music" in the background with still photos and "talking bubbles" of the various SNICK stars.

By the fall of 2002, SNICK introduced a segment called "The On Air Dare", in which the cast of "All That" would perform acts that resembled does seen on "Fear Factor". Once again (as with the case with the SNICK House), Nickelodeon seemed to be throwing stuff in the air to see if they would stick (instead of simply following the tried and true formula and essence of SNICK in the past).

By the fall of 2004, Nick got rid of SNICK completely in favor of a second night of their TEENick block (which with in itself, resembles the SNICK House concept). The problem that I have with TEENick (not just because, the purist in me wishes that Nickelodeon had kept a hold of the SNICK brand) is that a lot of the shows on their schedule are already overexposed (like "iCarly" and "Drake & Josh" for example). Nickelodeon's programming has become awfully homogenized by this time (virtually every note worthy live-action show has to be a tween-oritened sitcom, like those on the Disney Channel at the moment).


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Re: What Killed Nickelodeon's "SNICK" for You?
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2009, 06:32:22 PM »
The End of Ren & Stimpy ended my days with SNICK..


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Re: What Killed Nickelodeon's "SNICK" for You?
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2009, 06:33:52 PM »
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Re: What Killed Nickelodeon's "SNICK" for You?
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2009, 06:37:52 PM »
Apparently I gave up before "Snick" even started

When I out grew

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Re: What Killed Nickelodeon's "SNICK" for You?
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2009, 06:45:15 PM »


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Re: What Killed Nickelodeon's "SNICK" for You?
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2009, 10:54:23 PM »
Never heard of it.

I'm going to have togo with "What is puberty?," Alex.


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Re: What Killed Nickelodeon's "SNICK" for You?
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2009, 10:57:48 PM »
That's a good question Bratpop have you gone through that yet? Would explain a lot about you.

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Re: What Killed Nickelodeon's "SNICK" for You?
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2009, 10:59:03 PM »
LOL! I'd slap my knees, but I don't have any yet since I'm still a tadpole.


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Re: What Killed Nickelodeon's "SNICK" for You?
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2009, 02:58:37 AM »
when the original cast of all that was changed it all came crashing down plus i grew up
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Re: What Killed Nickelodeon's "SNICK" for You?
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2009, 07:03:27 AM »
For me the entire reason to watch was Roundhouse and Ren and Stimpy.  Roundhouse didn't last forever, and there's only so many re-runs and hiatuses a kid can take before giving up on Ren.
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Re: What Killed Nickelodeon's "SNICK" for You?
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2009, 12:02:33 PM »
Nickelodeon, like Saturday morning cartoons, never got any worse.  It's just that children's programming doesn't appeal to you when you're not a kid any more.

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Re: What Killed Nickelodeon's "SNICK" for You?
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2009, 06:59:36 PM »
Not true. TV is more shit now. The only Japanese cartoon on when I was a kid was Belle & Sebastian. And that's half French.


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Re: What Killed Nickelodeon's "SNICK" for You?
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2009, 07:15:42 PM »
The End of Ren & Stimpy ended my days with SNICK..

The firing of Jon Krickfalusi ended Ren and Stimpy. That is all that matters.


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Re: What Killed Nickelodeon's "SNICK" for You?
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2009, 07:21:19 PM »
The End of Ren & Stimpy ended my days with SNICK..

The firing of Jon Krickfalusi ended Ren and Stimpy. That is all that matters.

 :clap: You got that right... after he left the episodes were garbage...  :clap:

While there were some hidden gems within the crap that was Ren and Stimpy post-Jon K., they just lost so much life that the show couldn't be redeemed and the plug had to be pulled. No one likes life as a vegetable.


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Re: What Killed Nickelodeon's "SNICK" for You?
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2009, 07:25:43 PM »
Sorry, but the John K getting fired argument when down the toilet when he brought the show back on Spike TV and made Ren & Stimpy have gay sexual intercourse without any ambiguity. It's like saying Return of the Jedi would have been better if George Lucas directed it... and then seeing Jar-Jar. John K is worse than Hitler. He literally raped beloved cartoon character. Not figuratively. Literally. He literally raped Ren & Stimpy. Way harder than whoever took over for him on Nickelodeon.