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Nick At Nite: The Promos (SLYT)

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posted by griphus (25 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Man. Nick at Nite. My Three Sons. Mr. Ed. Dennis the Menace. That one with "And they're cousins" in the theme song.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 5:41 PM on July 17, 2010


Gomer Pyle
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 5:41 PM on July 17, 2010


Wanna feel incredibly old?
posted by griphus at 5:43 PM on July 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


While we're on the topic, does anyone remember in the pre-Nick at Night days when Nickelodeon would run plain '80s primitive cable TV text panels overnight? I have vague early memories of this and can't remember what they said and would really love to know what they're for. Any answers out there for me?
posted by Servo5678 at 5:44 PM on July 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Woo hoo! Get Smart is about to... Dobie Gillis? What the hell is this crap?
posted by Pope Guilty at 5:53 PM on July 17, 2010


Servo: I have vague memories of this. I also remember Nickelodeon playing concert movies late at night. (Our local cable provider aired A&E on the Nickelodeon station late at night, just before Nick at Night came into existence.)
posted by pxe2000 at 5:53 PM on July 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


In the mid eighties, our cable provider also had A&E starting at 8 pm, which is exactly the time they would air Monty Python's Flying Circus. For two years in elementary school, I fell asleep to that every night. I think that explains a lot about me today.

I loved Nick at Nite. Now that it's always Family Matters and the Nanny, not so much.
posted by Ruki at 5:59 PM on July 17, 2010


spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints: Man. Nick at Nite. My Three Sons. Mr. Ed. Dennis the Menace. That one with "And they're cousins" in the theme song.

The Patty Duke Show!!!!

Though, I never quite understood how a "hot dog makes her lose control".
posted by NoraCharles at 6:01 PM on July 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Pre-post-modern. I love it. I actually love all entertainment that had aesthetic of a faux-50's/early sixties vibe from the 80's. Pee-Wee's Playhouse, the B52s, these promos for Nick at Nite.
posted by piratebowling at 6:07 PM on July 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wow, this post has brought back more buried mental nostalgia than I ever knew existed. Thanks!

Where does the phrase "TV Land" come from? Did Nickelodeon coin the phrase, or is it much older, like the programs they shewd at nite?

In addition to the main link, there is a suggested video from Youtube that has regular daytime Nick promos. Here's a direct link to my all-time favorite of the bunch.
posted by abc123xyzinfinity at 6:15 PM on July 17, 2010


abc123xyzinfinity: "Where does the phrase "TV Land" come from? Did Nickelodeon coin the phrase, or is it much older, like the programs they shewd at nite?"

"The phrase 'TV Land' was originally coined by The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show in the 1960s, in which Bullwinkle often introduced his 'Bullwinkle's Corner' segments with the greeting, 'Hello out there in TV Land!'" [citation neeeded]
posted by griphus at 6:17 PM on July 17, 2010


The Nostalgia Critic on Nickoms.
posted by Taft at 6:45 PM on July 17, 2010


I don't have a citation for this one either, but the generic phrase "TV land" is probably as old as TV, given that before that announcers were saying "radio land" in the same sort of context to refer to their audience. It's such a generic phrase that my google-fu is failing.
posted by randomkeystrike at 6:47 PM on July 17, 2010


Whatever happened to the Camp Nick At Nite (2002) ad campaign? Judging by Google/YouTube searches it's apparently long forgotten, or there's YouTube-amnesia for the years immediately before it formed (2005). I still remember the words to all those jingles.
posted by crapmatic at 6:59 PM on July 17, 2010


I am forever indebted to Nick At Nite for introducing me to Fernwood 2Night.
posted by mintcake! at 7:03 PM on July 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Fernwood rocked! I purchased the complete set of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.. I'm watching them at about one per year... they need to last!
posted by HuronBob at 7:16 PM on July 17, 2010


I did not see the one where they made up lyrics to the My Three Sons song, like so:

It's My Three Sons
Yes My Three Sons
It's My Three Sons
On Nick at Night.

They've got a dad
His name is Steve
He's got a job
He's really tall!

And then there's Bud!
He makes them food
They've got a dog!'
It's My Three Sons
(on Nick at Night).


That was awesome.
posted by emjaybee at 7:44 PM on July 17, 2010 [7 favorites]


Just to be clear, the premise behind Nick at Nite was no reasonable parent would let their kid watch TV after like, 9, right? We no longer buy this premise, hence no Nick at Nite.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 7:52 PM on July 17, 2010


I remember getting up extremely early and seeing the change-over from Nick at Night to Nickelodeon. They liked Mr. Wizard's World in the early hours, for some reason.
posted by JHarris at 8:26 PM on July 17, 2010


Oh, lord. Nick at Nite. The central portion of the Venn Diagram, labelled "Absorption of American 20th-century popular culture", defined by the overlap of circles labelled "Youth" and "Insomnia".
posted by Greg Nog at 8:38 PM on July 17, 2010


These are really neat! Although they did manage to produce in me they vague sense of dread I had as a child watching those old black and white sitcoms. Something about the laugh track REALLY unsettled me. Like one of the characters was about to murder another one, or possibly, through some type of magic, me. Haven't thought about that in a while! Thanks?
posted by troublewithwolves at 9:19 PM on July 17, 2010


They liked Mr. Wizard's World in the early hours, for some reason.

They needed educational shows in the morning for programming requirements and, frankly, Don Herbert owned.
posted by Pope Guilty at 9:47 PM on July 17, 2010


I grew up watching Nick at Nite and I knew I was getting old when they started showing Full House. Growing up, I watched Bewitched, I Love Lucy and Get Smart just as much as (if not more than) sitcoms from the 90s. One of my earliest experiences using a computer was typing up the evening TV schedule. I must've been 7 or 8 years old. *sigh*
posted by mbg at 11:06 PM on July 17, 2010


Nick at Nite is why I became obsessed with Taxi, Mary Tyler Moore and Bob Newhart Shows in high school. I remember they had made-up lyrics to the Bob Newhart Show in the vein as those of My Three Sons, but they were just "Bob Newhart" over and over.
posted by cottoncandybeard at 6:12 AM on July 18, 2010


It's Lucy, Mary, Sam, Jeannie, and Joe!

The only episodes of MTM, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, or Dragnet that I've ever seen are the ones my mother's friend taped for me during the first two Block Party Summers (in VERTIVISION!) - and all of those I watched dozens upon dozens of times as a youth. We had a separate stash of every episode of I Love Lucy (except the "She's-a my birthday too!" travesty).......
posted by Thomas Tallis is my Homeboy at 7:03 PM on July 18, 2010


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