Five Things – 05.02.16 – Much As They Actually Exist In Space

Whatever Turns You On Did you know that You Can’t Do That On Television had a spinoff? Whatever Turns You On was an early attempt to take what was clearly resonating with kids and prime-time it up a bit. This was in 1979, before the show had appeared on Nickelodeon and become a hit in the U.S….

Five Things – 07.14.14

1.  Puppy Pong/Doctor Pong – Here’s an interesting effort.  In Pong’s heyday, Atari pushed to get the game into doctors offices – both pediatricians and adults.  They modified the cabinets from Pong’s arcade presence accordingly and removed the coin slots, as the doctors would buy them outright.  Behold, Puppy Pong: Apparently Snoopy was the original…

Five Things – 4.14.14

1.  Nick Arcade – In the same sweet spot as Legends of the Hidden Temple but just a shade down in quality, Nick Arcade was Nickelodeon’s 1992 attempt to integrate game shows and video games in a realtime, live action setting. Think Starcade with easier questions and less licensing and a green screen.  The show kind of played like Mario…

Five Things – 4.7.14

1.  Legends of the Hidden Temple – Imagine if Indiana Jones was a child and then imagine that he was a contestant on Supermarket Sweep and you’ve got a good idea of the premise of Legends of the Hidden Temple. Legends ran in that golden age of Nickelodeon game shows that included Double Dare, G.U.T.S., Family Double Dare,…

Five Things – 2.24.14

1. Salute Your Shorts – The ’90s saw Nickelodeon throwing a ton of programming against the wall to see what would stick. A lot of it was animated, but there were also several cheaper, faster-to-produce live action sitcom and sketch comedies filling out the lineup.  This was the breeding ground of their current live action…

Five Things – 3.26.12

1.  The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate The Wash – This book lives in an old corner of my memory as the vehicle for several first-grade classroom read-alongs.  Kid brings his boa constrictor on a field trip, and chaos ensues.  It’s funny – the author never stuck with me, I wasn’t crazy about the illustrations at…