An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age
By Mathew Klickstein
(Plume, Hardcover, 9780142196854, 320pp.)
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
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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!
Mathew Klickstein has written for numerous online and print publications and is the author of four other books. He also wrote Sony Pictures' Against the Dark for Steven Seagal, co-created National Lampoon's Collegetown USA , and directed feature rockumentary Act Your Age: The Kids of Widney High Story. He now lives and writes in New York City.
“Reading Slimed is like taking a trip back to summer camp to see your old friends. Mathew Klickstein has captured the outrageous, inventive, and crazy times of early Nickelodeon, and the stories are sweeter than a mug of bug juice. A nation of Nick fans will salute his shorts.”
—Steve Slavkin, creator of Salute Your Shorts
“Somewhere between a tribute, a belated yearbook, and an autopsy, Slimed! attempts to figure out--with the help of nearly 200 performers, writers, producers, and execs who worked at the network between 1985 and 2000--how a fledgling channel with virtually no original programming identified, captured, and entertained the hell out of its preteen demographic…. Slimed! is the best kind of blast from the past: dishy, unwholesome, and thought-provoking enough to make you question your own memories.”
—The Village Voice
Slimed! explores the behind-the-scenes drama of controversial shows like Ren & Stimpy and the family lives of its child stars, but it also reveals the network’s unconventional programming and knack for recruiting up-and-coming talent (Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins was on the writing staff for Clarissa Explains It All)—as well as the secret ingredients to the network’s famous green slime.
—The Atlantic, Fall Books Preview
“Culture isn’t all serious business—sometimes it’s just good fun.”
—Publisher’s Weekly, Top 10 Social Sciences pick