I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Slimed!: An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age by Mathew Klickstein
Published by Plume on September 24th 2013
SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age tells the surprisingly complex, wonderfully nostalgic, and impressively compelling story of how Nickelodeon -- the First Kids' Network -- began as a DIY startup in the late 70s, and forged ahead through the early eighties with a tiny band of young artists and filmmakers who would go on to change everything about cable television, television in general, animation, and children's entertainment, proving just what can be done if the indie spirit is kept alive in the corporate world. Get the real back story about all of your favorite Golden Age Nick shows: Everything from such classics as You Can't Do That On Television, Out of Control and Double Dare to early 90s faves like The Adventures of Pete & Pete, the original three Nicktoons, Clarissa Explains It All and more ... All from those who made it happen!
I am a child of the 90s. I grew up on Rugrats, Clarissa Explains It All and Double Dare, in other words, I watched Nickelodeon. Therefore, upon seeing Slimed, childhood nostalgia kicked in.
Slimed is told in a segment of interviews from Actors, Producers and all the dreamers behind the scenes. I found the order of said interviews to be discombobulating, it jumped around from topic to topic with no real flow. Okay we’re talking about Double Dare…but are now discussing Rugrats, how did we segue into that?
I did find it interesting to learn the making of Nickelodeon, the creative process, why Skeeter was blue and the “secret sauce” in Slime. Unfortunately, these fragments didn’t save it and think it may have been better as a documentary.
I stopped watching Nick in ’96 at age eleven. My family moved, the station was no longer channel 19, it seemed like the opt time for a clean break. Like any eleven year old who is slowly growing up, I slowly lost interest in this Oral History of Nickelodeon and became a blip on my radar.