With exciting news that Hey Arnold! is getting a new TV movie on Nickelodeon, kids of the '90s all over are gearing up to experience the ultimate blast from the past. Alongside this though, those behind the iconic animation are also hoping to attract a new generation of fans — not just those that were loyal to the series between 1996 and 2004.
Speaking about the epic Hey Arnold! revival, Russel Hicks, the president at Nickelodeon, recently revealed:
“Kids who grew up on these characters are now of the age that they are having kids and families themselves. Our library has come to fruition and it’s time for it to start coming back to life.”
It appears that amongst the odd classic reboot such as Hey Arnold!, the channel is incredibly eager to dive into new projects, kickstarting a new kind of generational appeal in the process. So, in consideration of this, let's take a look at some of the best shows to watch on Nickelodeon right now; ultimately, do they compare to what was on offer during the golden era of Nickelodeon during the '90s?
Best New Shows To Watch On Nickelodeon Right Now:
1. Alvin And The Chipmunks
When did it air? August 2015
For decades, audiences all over the world marveled at the adventures of Alvin and the Chipmunks and after a 25-year hiatus, the show returned with a bolder and brighter look in 2015. After airing its last episode in 1990, the French-American production is now created with CGI and takes place in modern times, showing that '90s show revivals can most definitely tackle a new array of topics and, consequently, generations of fans.
2. Pig Goat Banana Cricket
When did it air? July 2015
If you think the show Pig Goat Banana Cricket appears ridiculous upon first glance, you're not wrong. Yet, that's where the fun's at!
The Nickelodeon animation follows stories surrounding four best pals — a pig obsessed with pickles, a goat with musical dreams, a banana that bizarrely loves video games and a cricket that is super good at science (naturally!). Watch the teaser clip below to get a better understanding of what this mayhem is all about:
3. The Loud House
When did it air? May 2016
Ever wonder what it would be like to have 10 sisters? Well, this little guy actually lives that life. The Loud House brings to life 11-year old Lincoln Loud who tries to survive as the only son in his family. Naturally, chaos ensues.
4. The Other Kingdom
When did it air? April 2016
Canadian/American live-action show The Other Kingdom just premiered this past April and has already summoned a dedicated fan-base. The show follows the life of a young fairy princess who is torn between the choice of remaining a fairy or becoming a human to rightfully inherit the crown of a royal kingdom. A very difficult decision indeed.
5. Blaze And The Monster Machines
When did it air? October 2014
With an educational slant, Blaze and the Monster Machines is an animated series that became very popular after first airing in 2014. The titular character is AJ, a young boy who rides around in his racer truck, Blaze, solving all kinds of science and math problems. Although it is actually meant for preschoolers, it's pretty insightful for us older folk who want to brush up on our own analytical skills. After all, it never hurts to revisit those ol' STEM concepts, does it?
6. 100 Things To Do Before High School
When did it air? November 2014
Another new Nickelodeon show to watch these days is 100 Things to Do Before High School. As the title of the series suggests, it sees three best friends set out to make sure they achieve a bunch of stuff from their bucket list before they finish middle school.
7. Harvey Beaks
When did it air? March 2015
This new show is interesting because it took a while to get its big break on the small screen. When the creator of Harvey Beaks was in the process of trying to get it commissioned, he turned to social networking sites such as Tumblr to hire artists who had no prior experience working in animation. In this way, C.H. Greenblatt was able to create an exceptional team consisting of various talents, resulting in quite a unique visual experience.
The series focuses on a young bird and his two friends, twins Fee and Foo. Together, they embark on a wild adventure through the magical forest they call home. What more could one want, seriously?