Welcome back for another edition of Nick of Time, our weeklong tribute to all things Nickelodeon. Yesterday we took it back to Nick Jr. programs and today we're getting our sitcom on. Oh sitcoms and your comedy of whacky situations. Without you how would we know how to switch places with our twin or wear a disguise to trick the guy into thinking we're somebody else or how to deal with having two dates at the same time OR the moral lessons that come about when all this situations go horribly awry. Life lessons in 22 minutes plus commercial breaks folks. It's doing God's work.
So sit back, relax and get ready for all the implausible scenarios, kooky hijinx and heartwarming conclusions that your brain can handle today.
Donkey Lips insists that you continue reading after the jump.
We kick off the list of some of our favorite Nickelodeon sitcoms with a sitcom that told the simple story of a New York City accountant who chucks his hectic lifestyle to move out to a little place called the Bar None Dude Ranch where he encountered all sorts of whacky shenanigans with his youthful staff of helpers along with his skateboarding son. Cowboys and girls, we present Hey Dude
Oh this show. It touched on a lot of the hallmarks of crappy yet wonderful sitcoms: Mr. Ernst, the owner, believes he's 17 year old in one episode, Christine Taylor as Melody becomes obsessed with winning a beauty contest, the staff has to take care of a baby that is accidentally left at the ranch, and of course the show had its built in angst factor with the romance between rich girl Bradley (WTF!) and Ted as they pined for each other in that TV-G way.
Below, Melody and Brad turn up their noses at the Disney Channel like the queen bitches that they are.
Next up, we take on Nickelodeon's foray into what we can only call UPN-like programming with its string of shows like Romeo!, Taina, The Brothers Garcia, and the in-retrospect-wildly-inappropriately-named Cousin Skeeter.
Our personal favorite out of that bunch was easily My Brother and Me.
Thank you television networks, we'd never know this was about a Black family without your ever helpful opening credits that used psuedo-African patterns on the names.
Lasting only a scant 13 episodes, we appreciate My Brother and Me if only for giving us that was the magic of the Goo Punch rap.
Bonus: Drunk college boys dancing to "Goo Punch"
Bonus: We loved Welcome Freshmen, especially since it seemed to have opening credits remarkably similar to The Kids in the Hall
The Kids in the Hall:
Last but certainly not least, the grand daddy of summer camp shows, Salute Your Shorts
There were almost too many awesome things about this show: the fact that they had a character named Donkey Lips, a ginger who thought it was a good idea to have an un-ironic mullet, the whole relationship between Ug and the Mona the Mail Carrier, new guy Pinsky, and of course Zeke the Plumber.
Tune back tomorrow when we take on GAME SHOWS