‘Double Dare,’ ‘Daria’ and my DVR
The 1990s is having a renaissance. Here, in 2016, the 1990s are now considered “retro.” At 34, the decade of my teen years used to not seem that distant, until I realized that 1990 was 26 years ago. Now, the notion of using a floppy disk or cassette player is foreign to today’s youth. Luckily, for those of us who yearn for the days of slap bracelets and Ecto-Coolers, we can enjoy the ’90s resurgence going on right now in pop culture.
Last month at San Diego Comic-Con, ’90s nostalgia was front and center — Nickelodeon proved to be on of the most popular booths on the floor with recreations of the stoop from “Hey! Arnold,” the Pick-It nose from “Double Dare” and Olmec from “Legends of the Hidden Temple.”
They hosted panels on “Ren & Stimpy” and brought out the cast of “All That” for panels, signings and participation in a condensed, live version of “Double Dare” hosted by none other than Marc Summers.
The week after, Nick played “Double Dare” episodes every night, including some choice selections starring a baby-faced Wil Wheaton, pre-teen Kellie Williams from “Family Matters” and a Hawaiian-shirted, mustached Weird Al Yankovic.
If that wasn’t enough to whet our nostalgic appetites, MTV has turned VH1 Classic into MTV Classic, which debuted Aug. 1 — the original launch date of the music channel in 1981. So, for the past week, we’ve gotten to enjoy some of the programming that made me rush home to flip on the TV after school.
Although the channel hasn’t quite found its footing and ironed out the schedule, we can now enjoy nightly reruns of “Beavis & Butt-Head,” “Daria,” “Aeon Flux,” “Unplugged,” and “Headbangers Ball.”
It’s not perfect, but it’s also been a joy to come home from work and see the idiocy of my favorite metal-obsessed teens and the sarcastic wit of Daria Morgendorffer on my DVR. Many of the “Beavis & Butt-Head” episodes, however, are from the reboot in 2011. Hopefully the network will continue to fine-tune the programming and throw some more shows we loved into the mix such as “Rock n’ Jock,” “Singled Out,” “House of Style” and “Liquid Television.”
And to cap off the past couple of week of ’90s awesomeness, today, Nickelodeon announced it has greenlit a “Rocko’s Modern Life” TV movie. The film continues the life of the Australian wallaby, his dog Spunky and his bovine best friend, Heffer, in the fictional O-Town and will be produced and directed by series creator Joe Murray. The annoucement coincided with the 25th anniversary of Nicktoons.
TV movie reboots are also planned for “Legends of the Hidden Temple” and “Hey! Arnold: The Jungle Movie,” which premieres next year. No release date or casting information is available for “Rocko.”