What We Grew Up On: All That

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“Fresh out the box, stop, look and watch, ready yet? Get set! It’s ALL THAT…”

It just so happens that #whatigrewupon was a trending topic on twitter last night.  It inspired me to bring back the What We Grew Up on posts that I used to do every Friday.  Just the other day a friend and I were talking about how good the show All That used to be, especially the “Dear Ashley” section by Amanda Bynes.  The show came on during SNICK which was for teens, so I thought I was grown when I was watching it at 9 years old.

For more information on the show read on.


All That is an American live-actionsketch comedy-variety show that aired on the Nickelodeoncable television network featuring short comedic sketches and weekly musical guests. The theme song for All That was performed by TLC. Early episodes were taped at the now-defunct Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Orlando, but then moved to Hollywood at the Nickelodeon on Sunset theater (formerly the Aquarius Theatre).

All That first aired on April 16, 1994, as a “sneak peek” and debuted as a regular series on December 24, 1994.[1] It was successfully broadcast internationally, in countries such as the United KingdomAustralia, and Canada.

All That lasted 10 seasons before it was canceled in 2005. The last episode aired on October 22, 2005 on the Nickelodeon network. The show started out in the SNICK block until 2004, when the network converted the SNICK timeslot into a second night for TEENick. (SOURCE)

Bonus: Dear Ashley

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What We Grew Up On: Dinosaurs

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You thought we took it back with Ghostwriter? You will definitely take a walk down memory lane with this show: Dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs is an American television sitcom that was originally broadcast on ABC from April 26, 1991 to July 20, 1994. The show, about a family of anthropomorphic dinosaurs, was produced by Michael Jacobs Productions and Jim Henson Productions in association with Walt Disney Television.

Dinosaurs is initially set in 60,000,003 BC with the years, months and days counting toward zero. (In the first episode, Robbie asks his father if he ever questions what they are counting down to.) The show centers on the Sinclair family (a reference to Sinclair Oil Corporation which uses a dinosaur as its logo) – the father (Earl Sinclair, a reference to Earl Holding, Sinclair Oil’s principal owner), the mother (Fran Sinclair), the son (Robbie Sinclair), the daughter (Charlene Sinclair), the baby (Baby Sinclair), and the grandmother (Ethyl Phillips, a reference to Phillips Petroleum and ethyl gasoline).

Earl’s job is to push over trees for the Wesayso (“We Say So”) Corporation (alluding to the fact that petroleum comes from compressed trees and other organic matter, keeping with the petroleum theme of the show) with his friend and coworker Roy Hess (Hess Corporation is another regional petroleum chain). Another reference to petroleum companies is Earl’s boss, named B.P. Richfield. Earl’s employer, the Wesayso Corporation’s logo also is a reference to DuPont Chemical’s traditional oval logo.

What We Grew Up On: Ghostwriter

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PBS definitely had an awesome television line up back in the day. Ghostwriter was one of the many shows I watched on the station. The show aired from 1992 through 1995.


Here’s a bit of the synopsis:


Ghostwriter was the story of a group of New York City kids, brought together by the spiritual being known as “Ghostwriter”. The kids work together, with Ghostwriter’s help, to solve the mysteries they encounter. The series featured a cast of widely different ethnic groups, and focused on the concept of “making reading fun.” The show was renewed for one year as The New Ghostwriter Mysteries” on CBS.

Turns out the show was also shot in Brooklyn, which makes it even better.

Well, it’s so funny that this show was education based and I honestly did not realize that while watching. I was telling Dominique, who actually gave me the idea to post about this, about this one episode that scared me and I still remember it to this day. It was something about a purple slime monster. I could not remember the plot but I just remember it really really scared me to the point where I no longer watched the show. I did a little digging and I found that episode. It actually was called “The Case of the Slime Monster.” And, it was their final episode. I faced my fear (lol) and watched the whole thing. If you watched this series you more than likely remember this episode also. Take a look at it by clicking the links below. The user who uploaded them disabled embeddding.

Ghostwriter episode part 1: HERE
Part2: HERE
Part 3: HERE

Or just watch the final parts here. It includes a synopsis of the parts you might have missed.

The rest can be viewed HERE.

Take a look at what else we grew up on by viewing all the past posts: click HERE.

What We Grew Up On: City Guys

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City Guys is a comedy-drama television show that ran from 1997 to December 2001. It lasted five seasons, and ended its airing time around the dissolution of TNBC. It was then aired in syndication. The show was very similar in style to Saved by the Bell, however with an urban setting and more diverse cast. The show was mainly driven by six main characters who had to stay on the ball in high school and avoid trouble, while their principal attempted to keep them in line. The characters dealt with the typical teen issues, such as cheating on tests, peer pressure and dealing with school violence.(source)

Check Out An Episode

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What We Grew Up On: Are You Afraid of the Dark

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Wow, remember SNICK?? This show used to run during the SNICK time slot on Nickelodeon and it truly used to scare me back in the day. Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a show based on a group of kids called “The Midnight Society”. The members meet in the woods and take turns telling their own spooky tales. The series aired in 1992. It lasted for 5 seasons until it was canceled in 1996. Later on, it returned to Nickelodeon’s SNICK block with a new cast for two seasons from 1999-2000.

Check out a clip from an episode that featured Tia and Tamera Mowry (from another show we grew up on: “Sister, Sister.”

What We Grew Up On: Animaniacs

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Random thought: the line in the intro that was always awkward to me was at the end when they say “those are the facts.”  Well, its Friday and time for yet another installment in the What We Grew Up On series.  A lot of you submitted some great shows, and we will definitely get to them all, week by week!  
This week is Animaniacs, which was surprisingly a semi educational show.  I completely forgot until I looked at a couple of clips online.  This series was not my absolute favorite, but I remember it always being on when I got home from school and had my snack (peanut butter and jelly sandwhich with milk) before I started my homework.
Here’s some stuff I bet you didn’t know about this show: 
The cartoon was the second animated series produced by the collaboration of Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. Animation during the animation renaissance of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The comedy of Animaniacs was a broad mix of old-fashioned wit, slapstick, pop culture references, and cartoon violence and wackiness. The show featured a number of educational segments that covered subjects such as history, mathematics, geography, science, and social studies. Animaniacs itself was a variety show, with short skits featuring a large cast of characters. While the show had no set format, episode structure varied to suit the needs of the segments included; the majority of episodes were composed of three short mini-episodes, each starring a different set of characters, and bridging segments. Animaniacs first aired on Fox Kids from 1993 until 1995 and later appeared on The WB from 1995 to 1999 as part of its Kids’ WB afternoon programming block. The series had a total of 99 episodes and one film. (source)

Check out a clip from an episode:
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