Alright, 90skidsstuff is ready for a new innovation. In a post from a couple of months ago, I counted down the top 10 Nickelodeon Shows of the 90’s. Now, we will begin a series of naming the top 10 episodes from some of those television shows. First, is “Doug”!
10. Doug Vs. The Klotzoid Zombies
Season 2, airdate: 4/19/1992
This episode provided one of the very few nice moments for Roger Klotz. What starts out as Doug thinking that Roger was stealing all of his friends, turns out to be a surprise party for Doug. This is an episode that also featured the classic Quailman character.
9. Doug & Patti Sittin’ in a Tree
Season 4, airdate: 4/17/1994
This is the episode where Doug and Patti go on their first “date”. One of the major themes of the entire series was the development of Doug and Patti’s relationship. This episode also features one of those classic “how do you know if it’s a date” advice scenes, this time provided by Doug’s best friend, Skeeter.
8. Doug’s Sister Act
Season 4, airdate: 6/5/1994
In this episode, Doug’s sister, Judy has her new boyfriend over for dinner. Judy is embarrassed by her family, especially Doug, and judging by this clip, rightfully so. This is one of the greatest lines in “Doug” history… “there’s a bomb in the lasagna”.
7. Doug Way Out West
Season 4, airdate: 6/12/1994
In this episode, Doug tries to impress Patti (and everyone else) by saying he is a great horse back rider. Unfortunately, he only has experience riding a pony from when he was a little kid.
6. Doug Bags a Neematoad
Season 1, airdate: 8/18/1991
“Doug Bags a Neematoad” was the series premiere, and signaled the start of one of the great Nicktoons. Doug is new to Bluffington, and immediately meets his best friend, Skeeter, his secret crush, Patti, and the school bully, Roger Klotz. Roger makes sure to “introduce” him to the new town.
5. Doug Says Goodbye
Season 1, airdate: 11/3/1991
This episode showed just how awesome Douglas Funnie and Mosquito Valentine’s friendship was. Skeeter thinks that he is going to move away, and will never see Doug again, but it ends up being a misunderstanding. The scene where Doug is chasing Skeeter’s car driving away gives me chills every time.
4. Doug’s Fan Club
Season 4, airdate: 5/8/1994
In this episode, Doug gains an admirer after performing a magic trick. The kid, though eventually gets on Doug’s nerves, and he snaps at him. In the end, they reconcile, and become friends.
3. Doug Throws a Party
Season 4, airdate: 6/12/1994
Doug is throwing his first house party, and when Roger suggests they play “Truth or Dare”, things get interesting.
2. Doug’s Secret Song
Season 2, airdate: 4/12/1992
In this amazing episode, Doug writes and records a love song for Patti. This song however is meant to be kept secret. At the store in the mall, Doug accidentally receives Patti’s video, so he thinks that she got his. The episode ends with Patti and her friends watching Principal Bone’s yodeling video, and Principal Bone watching Doug’s.
1. Doug Is Hamburger Boy
Season 3, airdate: 6/20/1993
At the start of the episode, Doug learns of Mr. Dink’s secret. He used to be the Hamburger Boy. He now wants Doug to take on the job, and Doug reluctantly agrees. He is now trying to keep this secret of his own, and the scenes at the lake/picnic are definitely among the best. The ending line of “why was he carrying that pair of pants” is hilarious. Enjoy the full episode of “Doug Is Hamburger Boy” along with a bonus episode “Doug’s Shock Therapy”!
There’s my take on the best Doug episodes. Did I leave out your favorite one? Leave a comment below! Future top 10 episode posts will include: Rugrats, Hey Arnold, and Are You Afraid of the Dark, among others!
The first Where are they now Wednesday post was on baseball player Mo Vaughn. This next one is on Ross Hull. Who is Ross Hull you may ask? Well, I did not recognize the name at first, but after some brief research, I discovered that the leader of the Midnight Society in Are You Afraid of the Dark, Gary, was played by actor Ross Hull. If you remember, I chose Are You Afraid of the Dark as the number one Nickelodeon show of the 90’s, and Hull was obviously a key member of that show. Let’s review how Hull’s career began with AYAOTD, and how he has changed since then.
- Hull began his acting career in 1987 with the film, “Nowhere to Hide”
- He appeared in shows such as: Ready or Not, Student Bodies, and made one appearance on Stargate Atlantis
- Hull started with AYAOTD on its series premiere, October 31, 1991
- He played the role of Gary, the leader of the Midnight Society, from 1991-1996
- Hull graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto, with a bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television Arts in 2004
- In January 2005, Hull became a weather personality on Canada’s “The Weather Network”
- On December 15, 2008, Hull left The Weather Network and became a reporter for Citytv Calgary
- On September 8, 2010, Hull became the weather anchor for “A Channel” in London, Ontario where he forecasts the weather for London and the entire region of Southwestern Ontario
- In June 2011, Hull became a weather anch0r for CTV Southwestern Ontario based in Kitchener
I gotta say, minus the glasses, I think that Gary, I mean Ross looks exactly the same. Good to see he’s still doing television work, although I don’t think that many expected this. Oh well. It was fun to see how Hull’s life has changed, and also going back to his AYAOTD days. Don’t forget that every Wednesday there will be a Where are they now post. If there is anyone in particular that you want me to talk about, please please please tell me! The second caption contest winner will be announced tomorrow, so get your comments in ASAP!
Have a good one everybody!
This next top 10 list is on the best “nick nick nick nick nick nick nick nick” Nickelodeon television programs of the 1990’s. Just so you know, ranking the top 5 was probably the toughest decision of my entire life and I hope and pray that I made the right choices. Numbers 1-5 were all phenomenal shows and if the United States blog association (fictional) allowed it, I would have done a five way tie! On to the list!!!!
10. Rocket Power (1999 – 2004)
This show, along with a couple of others, was mainly on in the early 2000’s, but because it technically started in ’99, it is allowed on the list. Otto, Twister, Reggie, and “The Squid” were easily the coolest kids in their school. “We are riders, on a mission… something, something, something”
9. CatDog (1998 – 2004)
I think CatDog might have been an underrated show. Pretty creative idea to make one nick character in one, hence “CatDog”. “CatDog, catdog… alone in the world was a little catdog.”
8. Nickelodeon GUTS (1992 – 1996)
It was either GUTS or Double Dare for the best Nick game show (“Figure It Out” considered also). I always wanted to be a contestant on GUTS, it seriously looked like one of the most fun experiences.
7. The Amanda Show (1999 – 2002)
Possibly a controversial choice here, but I actually enjoyed this program. Some of my favorite sketches included: Totally Kyle, Judge Trudy, and the best one… “Moody’s Point”. I confess, for about a year I had a crush on Amanda Bynes.
6. All That (1994 – 2005)
Kind of a Nickelodeon version of Saturday Night Live (included future SNL member Kenan Thompson). Successful cast members after the show included: Thompson, Bynes, and Nick Cannon. “Fresh out the box, Stop, look, and watch, Ready yet, get set, It’s All That!”
5. Doug (1991 – 1999)
Although Doug ran until 1999, the ABC version (starting in 1996), had nothing on the Nick version (1991 – 1994). The music, the characters (and their unique names), and even the morals were what made this show awesome. Who didn’t want Roger Klotz as an enemy? Who didn’t like Patti Mayonaisse? Who didn’t want Skeeter Valentine as a best friend? Can’t forget Porkchop and principal Bone too.
4. Kenan and Kel (1996 – 2000)
One of the few great sitcoms in Nickelodeon history. From the opening theme song by Coolio, all the way until Kel closed each show with his catchphrase “Aw here it goes” all 30 minutes were entertaining, hilarious, and simply terrific. “Somebody’s in trouble? Ahh, here it goes! On Nick-Ni-Nick-Nick Ni-Nick-Nick-Nick”
3. Rugrats (1991 – 2004)
I hate to say it, but once Tommy’s brother “Dil Pickles” was born, the show kind of fell off. But prior to that, there were 7 solid years of Rugrats. Tommy was the brave one everybody wanted to be like. Chuckie, although known for being afraid of everything, was probably a good amount of the viewer’s favorite character. Phil and Lil Deville (haha), were just hilarious. Finally, the evil Angelica actually had some nice moments as well. Other smaller characters like Suzie, Didi and Stu, Grandpa, and even Spike provided countless great moments. Good stuff in the video starts at 1:26.
2. Hey Arnold (1996 – 2004)
Where to start with this classic? Arnold “Something” (last name never revealed) was just a great kid who could do no wrong. Grandpa and Grandma, along with all of the boarders, were almost as essential to this show’s success as Arnold and his friends were. Helga and her unibrow symbolized so many kids in elementary school who had secret crushes but for some reason were mean their crush. Gerald was pretty much as good of a best friend that Arnold could have asked for. Harold, Phoebe, Rhonda, Sid, Stinky, and Eugene… the list goes on and on. All of them had great qualities.
Drum roll please……….. the number one Nickelodeon show of the 1990’s is:
1. Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1992 – 2000)
“Goosebumps” was good. Are You Afraid of the Dark was great. Watching some of the old episodes today, the embarassingly bad acting and lack of fear stand out. But as a kid, there was no better thrill than watching an episode of “AYAOTD” on SNICK. Also, many guest stars appeared in episodes who later became very famous: Ryan Gosling, Neve Campbell, Hayden Christensen, and Tara Lipinski included. Even Elisha Cuthbert was one of the second generation midnight society members. “Submitted for the approval of the midnight society… I call this show: The Best Nickelodeon Show of the 1990’s”.
That is it for part 2! Please comment on the list, share your opinions and thoughts, and tell me why my picks were wrong or right. Part 3 will be posted within 3-5 business days, and it will be on the 10 most memorable movie lines from the 90’s!