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SNICK
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Logo used from 1992 to 1999
Genre Programming block
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Production
Running time 120 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original run August 15, 1992 (1992-08-15) – August 28, 2004 (2004-08-28)
Chronology
Followed by TEENick
(2004-2009)

SNICK (short for Saturday Night Nickelodeon) was a two-hour programming block on the American cable television network Nickelodeon, geared toward general audiences, that ran from August 15, 1992 until August 28, 2004. It was aired on Saturdays starting at 8 p.m and ending at 10 p.m. ET. In 2004, SNICK was revamped as the Saturday night edition of TEENick.

The block debuted on Saturday, August 15, 1992, with a pair of Sunday favorites (the preteen-oriented sitcom Clarissa Explains It All and the Nicktoon The Ren and Stimpy Show) and the network premieres of Roundhouse (a musical comedy variety series) and Are You Afraid of the Dark? (a horror anthology series).[1]

Contents

Ads and bumpers

Ads and bumpers for SNICK featured the programming block's "mascot," dubbed "The Big Orange Couch," in several locales, including in front of the Midnight Society's campfire, Ren and Stimpy's house, and in various locations. It was retired in 2002, when the iconic couch, stuffed with $25,000 and 6000 cookies, was given away in a contest. In 2006, one of Nickelodeon's celebrities would take over Nickelodeon from Monday to Friday, and wish that the "Big Orange Couch" return to Nickelodeon.

SNICK line-ups

The following is the shows aired during SNICK for the year listed. Although these are the standard shows aired, some days would see variation in the SNICK line-up.

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SNICK

1992-1994

1993 to mid-summer 1994

1994-1995

1995-1996

Early 96 to spring 96

Fall 96 to Early 97

Early 97 to fall 97

1997-1998

July 11, 1998

1998-1999

Snick's Live Birthday Party

Early 1999-late 1999

All these shows aired from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. with the ending having the big orange couch and above that a clock counting down until next week's broadcast.

Snick House

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In 1999, Snick was revamped and renamed Snick House. With this came a number of changes. The block was hosted by Nick Cannon, and each week, a celebrity or music group made an appearance. The format was very similar to the current TEENick, but was more of a party. Each week, kids could go online and vote for their favorite Snick House Video Picks. The winning music video was then played during Snick House.

Early 1999-late 1999

Late 1999-Mid-2000

Fall 2000-Summer 2001

March 31, 2001

Elevator Music Era

After the SNICK House was cancelled in June 1999, Nick replaced SNICK's normal slot with "Nick Flicks", 90 minute Nicktoon specials. This went on from July 7, 1999 to January 12, 2000. On January 19, 2000, the brand new SNICK began with a whole new lineup, including a brand new cast of All That, which had been on hiatus for a year and a half. Bumpers now featured still pictures of various SNICK stars with a SNICK "talk bubble" above them, with elevator music playing in the background.

Fall 2001

Jan 02 - June 02

Snick On-Air Dare

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Starting in September 2002, SNICK featured a series of On-Air Dare segments featuring members of the All That cast. All but three members of the cast would pull a lever to determine the night's "dare", which one of the three would have to do. This appears to have been based on Fear Factor.

Some of these dares included singing the National Anthem in a diaper, apple bobbing in a toilet, taking a bath in a tub of raw eggs, eating a couple gallons of blue cheese, being painted with peanut butter and licked by dogs, hanging upside down and being dipped in dog food, having buckets of worms dumped on the cast member's head, drinking a gallon of sweat, sitting in a giant bowl of chili, dressing up as a girl and competing in a beauty pageant, Eating 1000 toe nails, Put an entire Scorpion in your mouth, get pecked by Hungry Chickens or shaving their school principal's legs.

During this era of SNICK, the SNICK line-ups went through some major transitions that included the phasing out of The Nick Cannon Show and Cousin Skeeter and the addition of a new show, Romeo!

Sept 02 - Feb 03

Sept 6th 03

Sept 13th 03

Sept 20th - Sept 27th 03

Oct 4th 03

Oct 11th 03

Feb 04 - June 04

Saturday Night Nickelodeon era and the end of SNICK

During SNICK's "summer vacation", graphic design company "Beehive" created brand new bumpers for Saturdays on Nick, featuring orange SPLAT's morphing into a shows character. Instead of saying "SNICK", the announcer said "Saturday Night Nickelodeon". TEENick Saturday Night replaced SNICK and Saturday Night Nick for the 2004-2005 television season and onward.

June 04-August 04

Home Video Releases

In 1993, Nickelodeon released two VHS video tapes meant to recreate the SNICK-watching experience by including episodes from all four of the original SNICK shows: Clarissa Explains It All, Roundhouse, Ren and Stimpy, and Are You Afraid of the Dark?. The tapes also included episodes of the original The Adventures of Pete and Pete shorts in between each SNICK show as well as SNICK bumpers featuring The Big Orange Couch. The videos were released through Sony Wonder and came in orange-colored cassette tapes.

Volume 1: Nick SNICKS Friendship

  • Clarissa Explains It All: Season 3 episode "Sam's Swan Song"
  • Ren and Stimpy: Season 1 episode "The Littlest Giant"
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark: Season 1 episode "The Tale of the Lonely Ghost"
  • Roundhouse: Season 1 episode "New Kid In Town"
  • Pete and Pete shorts "Artie, the Strongest Man in the World," "X-Ray Man," and "Route 34."

Volume 2: Nick SNICKS The Family

  • Clarissa Explains It All: Season 1 episode "Cool Dad"
  • Ren and Stimpy: Season 2 episode "Fake Dad"
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark: Season 1 episode "The Tale of the Hungry Hounds"
  • Roundhouse: Season 1 episode "You Can't Fire Your Family"
  • Pete and Pete shorts "The Burping Room," "Mom's Plate," and "The Punishment."

References

  1. ^ Brown, Rich. "Nickelodeon Skews New for Fall." Broadcasting and Cable magazine. August 17, 1992. 20.

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