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'Hey Dude': How would you rate the Bar None Ranch on TripAdvisor?


Now that you’ve had plenty of time to fully come to terms with which side of the Tommy/Chuckie Rugrats spectrum you fall on (don’t worry, Adam, I’m a Chuckie, too), it’s time to look in the nostalgic mirror once more and reflect: Would you still want to stay at the Bar None Ranch from Hey Dude?

Because, let’s face it, if you watched Nickelodeon as a youth, you either wanted to spend your summers at the Bar None Ranch, Camp Anawanna, or playing a warped version of Field Day with Omar Gooding (you, Wild and Crazy Kids, you!) Really, anywhere but your own actual summer camp or family vacation. So the staffers of the Bar None Ranch really had to earn their spurs (see what I did there?) to get us to start our horses and come along. Because, as the old saying goes, you can’t get a ride if you can’t hold on. READ FULL STORY

'Rugrats': Were you a Tommy or a Chuckie?

I’m a Chuckie. There. I said it. It’s taken me a long time to come to terms with this, but the character I always identified with most on Nickelodeon’s Rugrats was Chuckie Finster, the nervous, eternally put-upon baby with the bright red mop top and the thick glasses. Chuckie was the doubter, the overthinker, the kid who would sigh and say “I triiiiied” in that tonsillitis-y whine of his.  If seven of the show’s babies were going to jump over a puddle and one was going to fall in, Chuckie would be the kid who ended up with the wet shorts.

Of course, back when I was watching the show in the 90s, I told myself a different story. READ FULL STORY

'The Wonder Years': Singing out of tune rarely sounded so good

You may have noticed that we here at PopWatch Central have spent the summer on a bit of a nostalgia kick — and who can blame us, what with 1980s cartoon series becoming box office sensations and the new 1990s block on TeenNick burning up ratings charts and Twitter feeds. But one show stands equal to none when it comes to detonating a nostalgia bomb, and that, my friends, is The Wonder Years.

And that is because this Emmy-winning, groundbreaking dramedy — a chronicle of the junior high and high school years of suburban everykid Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) from 1968 to 1973 — is a double-dutch nostalgia bomb. It hits the kids (like me) for whom the show proved our first introduction into the wily wondrous years of adolescence, and the parents of those kids for whom the show is a direct portrait of their own adolescence. READ FULL STORY

Lucille Ball's 100th birthday: Blow out the candles with these classic clips

Lucille Ball would’ve turned 100 today, almost sixty years after I Love Lucy started cracking up TV viewers and never stopped. There isn’t much new to be said about Ball’s legacy: How she defined the modern sitcom, how she paved the way for every female comedy legend — from Mary Tyler Moore to Roseanne to Tina Fey — who came after her, how her show’s popularity has outlasted all its 1950s rivals (Gunsmoke, The Honeymooners) and is still a daytime TV staple around the world.

Instead, let’s let Lucy do the talking. READ FULL STORY

The sounds of '90's nostalgia: 'Doug' never made me feel 'Beeeyouuuuuu'

Like Charlie Brown, Beaver Cleaver, and even Tom Sawyer before him, the most extraordinary thing about Doug Funnie was the fact that he wasn’t extraordinary at all. During his three years on Nickelodeon (and another three on Disney), Doug never got bitten by a radioactive spider or found an all-powerful amulet. He never stopped a speeding missile or solved a grisly murder — or even managed to grow a full head of hair. He was just a gawky 11-year-old boy growing up in the city of Bluffington (the Bumper Sticker Capital of the World!), playing with his dog Porkchop, eating Honker Burgers with his best pal Skeeter, and pining after the dreamy Patti Mayonnaise. READ FULL STORY

'Are You Afraid of the Dark?': Which episodes made you answer 'Yes' to the show's title?

Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society… the Tale of the Wimpy Keith. I was always a little wary of the kids from Are You Afraid of the Dark? who would meet up in the woods in the middle of the night, presumably without homework, or Friday night plans, or parents who cared where they went. I think I may have half-expected for the series finale to reveal, in one of their trademark spooooky twists, that they were all just the Canadian ghosts of an ill-fated camping trip forced to tell each other scary stories forever, and ever, and ever. Except for Eric, who disappeared abruptly after the first season. Maybe his spirit found a way to move on.

And I will admit, some of those stories were genuinely scary. Like, ruin-any-chance-of-sleeping-scary. Alvin Schwartz-scary. Often you’d be safe with some cutesy retelling of The Monkey’s Paw or something about time travel and learning not to be mean to your parents. But every once in awhile the doomed souls of the Midnight Society would unspool a yarn so insidious and so shivery that it would stay with you for days. READ FULL STORY

'Family Matters': Did you love or hate Urkel?

If you’re anywhere between the ages of, say, 20 and 35 and reading this website, the question of whether you gleefully devoured ABC’s Friday night, family-friendly line-up TGIF is purely rhetorical. Of course you did.

There’s no doubt you loved Full House, Step By Step, Boy Meets World, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Perfect Strangers, and a variety of other ridiculously addictive shows. (Personally, I spent those Friday evenings stretched out on the floor of my living room with my three siblings and several Book It-earned personal pan pizzas from Pizza Hut. Holla! The ’90s were amazing.) But when it comes to one show in particular on that line-up, the block’s anchor for years — that’d be 8 p.m. resident Family Matters — the question isn’t whether you watched, but instead: What’s your opinion on Urkel? Because you certainly watched, and you certainly have an opinion on the polarizing character. READ FULL STORY

EW Rage Box: Dear Facebook/Netflix/others, your 'suggestions' stink

Welcome to the EW Rage Box. Disclaimer: This is not a place for problems that matter (Netflix anger < world issues), just a place to air pop culture grievances that have built up inside our souls and are threatening to burst our nerd fuse. Feel free to vent along!

I recently came to a conclusion: Despite the internet’s best efforts to prove otherwise, it doesn’t know me at all. I’m aware that for most normal people, this is a no-brainer. Of course the Interwebs don’t know me. But why, I ask, do they constantly want to act like they do? Case in point: “Suggestion” boxes. READ FULL STORY

An ode to 'Clarissa Explains It All'

The ’90s truly were all that. And so was the decade’s queen of cool, Clarissa Darling. Clarissa, played by Melissa Joan Hart, explained it all on her Nickelodeon series from 1991-94. And thanks to TeenNick’s new ’90s block, I get to relive all of my favorite moments all over again.

The revival of Clarissa Explains It All got me thinking about why I loved the show so much in the first place. READ FULL STORY

'The '90s Are All That': TeenNick tells us what's next. Which '90s shows do you want to see return to TV?


This week, TeenNick launched its “The ’90s Are All That” midnight-2 a.m. block to strong ratings. The retro roster inspired a wave of nostalgia in college-age and older viewers, who remembered growing up under the influence of the fashion sense of Clarissa Darling, the good-kid-done-wrong ethos of Doug Funnie, and the slapstick stylings of Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. But beyond Kenan, Kel, Clarissa, and Doug, who will be next to to burn the midnight oil? READ FULL STORY

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