We all know that the Internet has a general soft spot for nineties Nickelodeon, but the only time we ever catch glimpses of it is through screen-capped pictures of its nostalgic shows and their now meme-ified characters. No one actually watches that stuff anymore, do they?
Psych! Of course they do. However, it’s kind of tough to find any hints of the shows themselves online. Sure, there may be clips on YouTube, and you can stream stuff from Netflix, but more specifically, there has never been anything free out there… until now. Nick Reboot is a site devoted to broadcasting all your favorite nineties Nick shows, and it’s pumping them out in real-time.
Regular Programming, Nineties Style
My friends, we have been spoiled with DVRs, YouTube, and Netflix. Our new media has allowed us to watch whatever we want and whenever we want it. However, isn’t there something special – if not sacred – about tuning in at a specific time to watch your favorite show on television?
It was that bit of freedom where you could let something out of your control – a chance to numb your mind and watch whatever was thrown at you. Fortunately, Nick Reboot is all about old-school television programming. Using the pre-established online broadcast service Justin.tv, Nick Reboot shoots out a steady stream of nineties (and early 2000s) Nick shows.
The line-up is fairly decent with shows such as Rugrats, Clarissa Explains It All, and even Legends of the Hidden Temple. You’ll be zapped back into a simpler time, one in which kid and teenage television was actually pretty awesome. However, with all that said, I can’t say much for the legal status of this operation, but we might as well enjoy it while it lasts.
Watch With Your Friends (Online & Off)
The best way to enjoy televised entertainment is with friends, and fortunately, Nick Reboot does just that. On the site itself, you’ll be able to chat it up with other nineties Nick fans in-browser. What makes it great, and this was based on conversations I saw, is that the conversation actually correlates with the current show! (I know it sounds silly, but it’s rare I’ll find a chat room that stays on topic. The natives seemed friendly, too. Imagine that).
Beyond this, there isn’t really much left to Nick Reboot. There is a ghost-town of a forum associated with the site, but I really did not see a buzz of activity there. Additionally, the Facebook page has faced the same issue. However, just keep in mind that Nick Reboot is still in the start-up phase, so expect add-ons and likely more social activity as it grows.
We all know that Nineties Nick was the best kind of Nick, and it’s pretty nice to see a round-up of all the shows we once loved. It’s even nice to see the 2000s thrown into the mix, because I’d have to consider the early 2000s to still be the nineties (kind of like how the early nineties were simply the late eighties). Overall, Nick Reboot a great little site with a simple purpose, and if anything, it does exactly what it is supposed to. That’s all one can ask for.
What other nostalgia sites do you know about? What were your favorite nineties Nick shows?