For those who grew up in the decade between 1985 and 1995, there was no cooler destination in TV Land than Nickelodeon. Free of the artificial constraints of edutainment, the network delivered just what kids wanted: crass, silly shows bathed in torrents of slime. Unlike the safe, sanitized territory of Disney, Nickelodeon's early days were marked by a grungy, rebellious aesthetic that thrived in the era of latchkey living. Mathew Klickstein's new book Slimed: An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age
, which he'll read and sign Wednesday, October 16
at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe
in Boulder, takes you behind the scenes of those early days. And that prompted us to look back at our own childhood memories of the network, and profile five of its greatest hits.
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