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Kids today will never know the pleasure of lounging around in front of the Nickelodeon channel in the late nineties – Nick’s real golden age.
From The Angry Beavers to The Wild Thornberries, Nickelodeon specialised in creative and funny shows to help take our minds off school, paper rounds and the impending Millennium bug.
Here are five of the best from that golden era. Nickelodeon – we salute you.
Ah, the Rugrats. A Saturday morning staple for children, teens and – more than likely – adults.
The animated series followed a group of cheeky and daring toddlers including Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, Phil and Lil, who would use their imaginations and parents’ lack of supervision to go on some wonderfully colourful adventures.
The show enjoyed a 13 year run and several films before eventually bowing out in 2004. The characters would return again in the future series All Grown Up! but it had nothing on the original.
2. Kenan and Kel
‘Who loves Orange Soda?’ ‘Kel loves Orange Soda!’
Kenan and Kel never failed to deliver a great dose of slapstick humour in their hip hop-tinged, urban style.
The somewhat more sensible Kenan, who worked in a grocery store, would receive regular visits from his excitable and dimwitted best mate, Kel.
Together the pair managed to conjure up countless ways to make money, hook up with women and generally get into trouble (and drink copious amounts of sticky orange pop).
Loud, funny and over the top, Kenan and Kel could always brighten up your weekend.
3. Hey Arnold!
Good old ‘football head’ (which roughly translates to ‘rugby ball head’ for us British viewers).
Living with his grandparents in an inner-city boarding house, young Arnold was always on hand to help his mates solve their problems, while dealing with his own bullies, such as mono-browed Helga (who was secretly head-over-heels in love with her victim).
And no, he wasn’t wearing a kilt – it was his shirt tails sticking out from his jumper. But he did wear a tiny, pointless blue hat. And he was still cooler than any of us.
4. Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Melissa Joan Hart starred as the aptly named Sabrina Spellman, a 16-year-old witch who lived with her magical aunts, Hilda and Zelda, and her wise-guy taking black cat, Salem.
The sitcom – which ran from 1996 until 2003 – followed Sabrina as she tried to balance her life as a normal teenager with the adventures that came with being a novice witch, which involved obtaining a mandatory witches licence.
Who knew there was so much red tape in the occult?
In 1996 the world was introduced to Doug Funnie – the crudely drawn main character in another brilliant animated sitcom from Nickelodeon.
Through his private journal, Doug charted his life as an adolescent in his new home town of Bluffington, including tales of friendship with his clumsy blue (…for some reason) pal Skeeter, and his infatuation with dream girl Patti Mayonnaise.
After Disney bought the rights to his character in 1996, Doug became a big screen star thanks to his 1999 feature-length film called Doug’s 1st Movie. Of course it wasn’t as good as the series and there was no second movie.