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A Look at SNICK

With SNICK recently turning 21 this weekend I thought it would be a good idea to talk about it. First a little background to get familiar with the block.


SNICK short for Saturday Night Nickelodeon started August 15th 1992 and ended on August 28th 2004. It was a block that broadcasted shows like Clarissa Explains it all, Ren and Stimpy, All That and many more through out the years between 8pm and 10pm (With a temporary expansion to 10:30PM in the summer of 1998). In 1999 SNICK got a revamp with a new Name SNICK House It resembled more of a MTV show with Celebrities or Musical Guests coming on the air. Each week kids would be able to pick a music video that would be shown during the block. In June 2001 SNICK house was canceled and from July 7th 2001 to January 12th 2002 as well from June 29th 2002 to September 7th 2002 there would be 90 minute specials called Nick Flicks followed by the Nickelodeon show The Brothers Garcia. On January 19th 2002 SNICK came back with a new line up. In September 2002 there was a new segment to SNICK called The On - Air Dare where One of Three cast members on the block would be doing a dare that usually involved doing something embarrassing such as being covered in peanut butter and being licked by dogs, bobbing for apples in a toilet (Not used of course) just to name a couple of them. SNICK ended in August after it's "Summer Vacation" Special through out the summer of 2004. The bumpers changed and instead of saying "SNICK" The announcer said "Saturday Night Nick" which soon was phased out for TEENick Saturday Night which lasted until 2009 when TEENick was dropped from the main channel and was used to replace The N on Premium cable.


My thoughts on it would depend on what revamp you're talking about. As it stands the original run from 1992 - 1999 is my top favorite. The reason is it knew what it was a block of shows and went with that with a few shorts called Snick Snacks. It was also self contained and kept it's bumpers to itself. In speaking of the SNICK bumpers. The bumpers varied through out the 1992- 1999 run. However one thing stayed the same. That is the Orange Couch. It is the Icon of SNICK and whenever SNICK is mentioned The Orange Couch is usually the first thing to be mentioned. In 1999 it was retired and then stuffed with $25,000 and 6,000 cookies and given away as a prize for Nickelodeon's 20th anniversary.


The quality of the block fell after each revamp which made it more like a show with the actual shows being made to sound like shorts then they were shows. The exception was in 2002 when the bumpers were just stills of actors with text bubbles. However after that it stopped being as good with the bumpers being more of a show segment then it was being a actual block for shows. That's not to say a block of shows can't have a host which SNICK has gone through a lot. However they usually were from Nickelodeon Shows most of the time. An example is Toonami on Cartoon Network. T.O.M hosts the block. However he doesn't get in the way of the shows. He's usually there to lead into Ads and the intro and the block's ending bumper with a game review and speech here and there and a story every couple years or so. The revamps of SNICK had the bumpers feel like they are trying to take away from the shows and focus more on them.


The lineup of shows varied from year to year. Though it was more geared for their live shows with an animated show or Two as mentioned before there were shorts in between shows called SNICK Snacks.


Overall is SNICK a bad block? No. However it has seen better days and it was a shame to see it end. However The 90's Are All That is doing a SNICK-iversary to celebrate SNICK's 21st Anniversary. Which will show the original line up of the Block from 1992 (With the exception of Roundhouse being replaced by All That). I highly recommend you support this block especially when it does something like this. So until next time

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retro90sboy Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 07:43 AM

yea the magic of tv is gone

Mr Magic Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 07:57 PM

Sorry to go off-topic, but I'd like to see WWE revived. If you watch Raw or Smackdown, then you know what I mean.

Vaporman87 Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 07:43 PM

@crow: Like a lot of things that die. Perhaps one day it will be revived in the same way that many things have been of late. One can hope.

Mr Magic Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 07:20 PM

The magic of Saturday nights on Nickelodeon is dead. :(

Vaporman87 Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 06:59 PM

@Ajimbo: Hopefully it's being well maintained and unused. Otherwise, that's just awful. :0

Ajimbo Posted on Sep 08, 2013 at 07:16 PM

@Vaporman87: The Big Orange Couch was given away in a contest with $20,000 dollars in the cushions. The manager of the Sony studio in LA went to grad school with me two years ago and told me that her friends won it when I mentioned I studied nostalgia. It resides in an apartment in Salinas, California.

Benjanime Posted on Sep 05, 2013 at 05:38 PM

man i missed seeing this block go, it sucks how fast time passes, but hey, what can you do. great article!

Vaporman87 Posted on Sep 05, 2013 at 04:33 PM

If the couch has been given away, I wonder how long it will take for it to appear on Ebay? :)

Mr Magic Posted on Sep 05, 2013 at 04:18 PM

Why no more orange couch? They didn't make payments on it?

blueluigi Posted on Sep 05, 2013 at 07:03 AM

I watched the SNICK-iversary last month that aired during The 90s Are All That. It was a really nice tribute to SNICK that included some of the original 1992 bumpers. It was just too bad they couldn't include Roundhouse.

Vaporman87 Posted on Sep 05, 2013 at 04:19 AM

I have to agree with your choice of the block's lineup. While many shows that aired during the 92 to 99 time frame werent realy my cup of tea, the quality of the block itself just seemed higher.

And I like some stability and repetition in the bumpers, theme, etc. It helps increase the connection with the audience. Similar to the ABC Bumpers, or the Nick Jr. Moose A Moose segments. They give a feeling of familiarity and nostalgia in some cases.

This was an great article. I really enjoyed it. Thanks TDITH!

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