The past is an island unto itself and never was there a truer statement, especially when it comes to Nickelodeon’s past. In the beginning The First Network for Kids was primarily a learning channel with shows like Vegetable Soup, Today’s Special, Pinwheel and Science International (What will they think of next?). But the network also had an adventurous side with shows like The Tomorrow People.
We learned about the importance of family as Matt and Jenny searched for their family along with their guardians Kit and Mr. Cardston. Black Beauty also taught us about family along with being kind to animals, helping our neighbors, being honest no matter what the consequences and we also learned how to respect our elders. – Qualities I’m sorry to say are lost on today’s children and not likely to come back any time soon.
Kids, literally, laughed out loud when someone got slimed on You Can’t Do That On Television while Fred Newman helped us learn about the world around us from a kid’s perspective on Livewire.
For as much as I hear ‘90’s kids, and younger, bash ‘80’s Nickelodeon for doing so many things wrong I have to say, they must have done SOMETHING right they would have gone off the air after that first decade. Sadly, today’s Nickelodeon is not even a hollow shell of what it once was and it’s a very, very sad thing to have to witness. My Nickelodeon may have been the “green vegetable” days but as I’ve often said, you can not feed a child pure raw sugar and expect them to grow up strong and healthy and that is exactly what Nickelodeon has become, pure raw sugar which is why my Nickelodeon tribute is so very different from many of those out there making Nick at 40 videos. Sure, I could some on and give my analysis of those early years like everyone else and bash them for doing this and this and this wrong but I’m not going to do that. I REFUSE TO DO THAT! So, that being said…
Welcome to my Generation’s version of Nickelodeon! Today I have done my best to recreate “A Day In The Life Of ‘80’s Nickelodeon.” This is a sample of what we were watching in the 1980’s and a very special thank you to everyone who posted these videos to their channels on youtube. So, grab your popcorn and sit back and enjoy My Nickelodeon!
Happy 40th Anniversary Nickelodeon!
America Goes Bananaz
Pinwheel – 1977
Pinwheel – 1980’s
Today’s Special – Fun
Matt and Jenny – The Bellinis
Adventures in Rainbow Country – The Tower
Spread Your Wings – Stallions of Lipica, Yugoslavia
Studio See – Rick Baker Segment (Yes it's watchable.)
First Row Features – Mr. Horatio Knibbles
**This was the very first show I watched on the Pinwheel Channel.**
What Will They Think Of Next?
Adventures of Black Beauty – Runaway
The Tomorrow People – Worlds Away
You Can’t Do That On Television – Back to School
The Monkees – Royal Flush
Against The Odds
Standby... Lights! Camera! Action! – Revenge of the Jedi
Belle & Sebastian
Dangermouse – Custard
Bananaman – The Complete Series 1 (1 Hour)
Special Delivery – UFO Kidnapped
Out Of Control - Special Guest Fred Newman
Nick Rocks: Video To Go
Mr. Wizard's World
Nick Bumper – Silver Ball
The Third Eye – Under the Mountain – Ep. 1 – Maar
Whatever Turns You On – Pilot
Star Trek Cartoon – Beyond the Farthest Star
Adventures of the Little Prince – Somewhere in Space
Livewire – 1980
Nickelodeon sign off (1984) into Arts & Entertainment Network