Tag: Nickelodeon

A Parent Reviews Children’s Television: Bubble Guppies

A Parent Reviews Children’s Television: Bubble Guppies

TV & Radio
My son likes to watch kids' shows on TV, which means I have to watch kids' shows on TV. I've had plenty of time to form opinions on these shows, and now you get to read them. Today: Bubble Guppies. (Previous entry: Thomas & Friends) Some kids' shows are tolerable. You can get through them but wouldn't ever seek them out on your own. Others are painful to watch (I'm looking at you, Dora the Explorer). You suffer through because you love your children. And some are enjoyable in their own right. You gladly watch them with your kids, and you may even tune in after they've gone to sleep for the night. I think that out of all the shows I get to (have to) watch because of my son, Nick Jr.'s Bubble Guppies is my current favorite. It's a cousin of sorts of another Nick Jr. show, Th
Interesting stuff I now know thanks to Wikipedia (Vol. 4)

Interesting stuff I now know thanks to Wikipedia (Vol. 4)

Listcruft
For those new to this series, the premise of this is simple.  I just use the Random Article link on Wikipedia (happy 10th anniversary!) and see if anything good comes up.  More often than not, nothing does.  Here we go! American actress Louan Gideon, whose most notable work was on the Nickelodeon series The Secret World of Alex Mack, has had a host of other memorable roles such as Woman, Grieving Woman, Saleswoman, and Hostess.  But I remember her best from the Seinfeld episode "The Millennium", when she played the speed-dial obsessed stepmother Mrs Hamilton. The Stock Exchange Luncheon Club was a members-only dining club situated on the seventh floor of the New York Stock Exchange in Manhattan.  It opened in 1898 and closed in 2006.  They admitted their first African-American membe
Google says “basic”, I say “accessible”

Google says “basic”, I say “accessible”

Blogstuff
Google recently introduced a new wrinkle to its advanced search capability - reading level.  It allows you, I guess, to assess the complexity of a site based on how many big words it uses.  Gawker posted a list of well-known websites and their reading levels.  Here's where I fall (it's somewhere between TMZ and Nick.com apparently): What can I say?  I'm a man of the people.  Of course I could probably game the rankings by posting excerpts from David Foster Wallace works.  That would be jocular of me, no?
Goodbye blue sky…Barthy burgers…girls…

Goodbye blue sky…Barthy burgers…girls…

People, TV & Radio
A beloved piece of my generation's childhood is no more.  Les Lye, a writer and actor known to '80s children as any number of adult characters from You Can't Do That on Television, has died at age 84.  According to what I've read Lye had a long and successful career in Canadian radio and TV, but Americans like me all remember him from Nickelodeon as Barth the cook, Nasti the German dungeon master, and of course El Capitano the vaguely Hispanic military executioner. As a last goodbye to a truly underrated performer and important part of my wasted youth, let's take a look back at some great Les Lye moments.  And by great I mean wet, slimy, and tasty.
Note to John Kricfalusi: Enough already

Note to John Kricfalusi: Enough already

People, Rants
There was a time when I saw the name John K. and knew I was about to witness high-quality entertainment. For those who don't know him (or have forgotten), John K. introduced the world to the world of The Ren & Stimpy Show in August 1991. The first season of R&S is still revered by many animation fans as one of the finest ever for any cartoon. When it debuted it was seen by fans (if not by critics) as imaginative, frenetic, and the perfect antidote to a world of bland, predictable animation. But that magic didn't last long. By the time the decent (albeit uneven) second season started there were already huge delays (as long as one month between new episodes) and reports of friction between John K. and his bosses at Nickelodeon. Prior to the start of the third season in 1993, Kricf...
Now who will teach us about potato clocks?

Now who will teach us about potato clocks?

TV & Radio
Remember that scene in Star Wars when Obi-Wan Kenobi almost faints after the Alderaan gets blown up by the Death Star? He wasn't even there, but knew on an instinctual level that something terrible had happened. That's how I felt when I learned of the death of beloved childhood icon and all-around neat guy Don Herbert, better known to you and me as Mr. Wizard. He had many shows throughout his long life, but only one matters to me. It goes without saying that for many of my generation - at least the ones with cable - Mr. Wizard's World was a genuine institution. Through it not only did I learn what a moldy orange looked like when magnified 20 times, but also how I could use everyday household items to blow stuff up. He introduced us to the wonders of the COMPUTER (which I think...