The animated Nickelodeon shows that many grew up loving may soon be getting a massive resurgence. Variety reports that the network is currently considering bringing back some of its 90s programs in very significant ways, with Nickelodeon president of content and development Russell Hicks saying,”We are looking at our library to bring back ideas, shows that were loved, in a fresh new way.”
Hicks declined to cite specific shows that may return, but they could re-appear as fully fledged series, movies, or specials. Nick has an extensive library to choose from—we here at Collider singled out series like Rocko’s Modern Life, Doug, Rugrats, and Aaah! Real Monsters in our countdown of the best kids cartoons of the 90s. But I’m curious to see if shows like this have crossover appeal with today’s children, or if this programming would simply be a nostalgia trip for 90s kids who are now adults.
Indeed, I predict we’re just starting to see the tip of the iceberg with regards to “The Jurassic World Effect.” That fourth Jurassic Park film made history at the box office, due in large part to the fact that those who were impressionable young ‘uns when the original Jurassic Park came out were now amped to refuel that nostalgia by witnessing a new entry in the long-dormant franchise. 90s kids are now some of our country’s biggest consumers, ranging in age from 25 to 35, and if Corporate America creates a product that feeds on the nostalgia of early millennials, they’ll likely see an uptick in revenue stream.
Which brings us back to Nick reviving its 90s programming. As corporate-driven as this may be, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t interested in seeing more Doug or Hey Arnold!, or even a new iteration of Kablam!. Heck I’d probably watch an entire channel devoted to playing old episodes of 90s cartoons and kids shows, but if creating new content based on old characters is the direction Nickelodeon wants to take, I’ll be curious to see how it pans out.
What about you, folks? Which 90s live-action series and Nicktoons would you most want to see revived? Sound off in the comments below.