SNICK

SNICK

The best two-hour programming block on TV.

Remember when it was cool to sit at home with your family, make a pizza and watch Nickelodeon's SNICK on a Friday night? I don't either, but that doesn't mean that wasn't the way I spent my weekend nights when I was a kid. The Friday night block of programming had all of my favorite shows, including Clarissa Explains It All and Are You Afraid of the Dark? Everybody was doing it in the '90s; were you?

SNICK, or Saturday Night Nickelodeon, was a two-hour block of programming that began at 8 o'clock/7 central every Saturday night. SNICK was created in 1992 and ran until 2004 as part of TEENick. We won't go into that--the real SNICK ended with the end of the '90's.

The most memorable part of SNICK, besides the shows, of course, was the block's mascot. Called the Big Orange Couch, commercial spots between the programs showed the couch in various locations such as in front of the Midnight Society's campfire and in Ren and Stimpy's house. Apparently, the Big Orange Couch was retired in 1999--as it should have been--and given away to a lucky viewer filled with $25,000 and 6,000 cookies as a celebration of Nickelodeon's 20th year on the air.

But seriously, if you were a kid in the '90s, SNICK was packed full of all the shows you wanted to be watching/were watching. The first years of programming featured Clarissa Explains It All, a show about a teenage girl navigating crushes, friends, a little brother and driving followed by Roundhouse, an SNL-knockoff for kids featuring sketch comedy and a musical guest. Next, The Ren & Stimpy Show, a disgusting cartoon starring a cat and chihuahua, and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, a Twilight Zone-esque horror show for kids, followed.

Roundhouse was eventually replaced with the quirkier sketch comedy show, All That. Popular character actors from that show, Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, got their own show about two ornery teens who really liked orange soda and hamburgers in the later SNICK incarnation, Kenan & Kel. Other popular programming included The Secret World of Alex Mack, about a girl who turned into a Capri Sun-like substance after a chemical spill, and KaBlam!, a weird cartoon variety show. Rugrats also fell into the SNICK lineup at some point, but was already so overrepresented on the network, it was just annoying.

Were you watching SNICK in the '90s? What was your favorite lineup?