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The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story (2018)

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A documentary film about the Nickelodeon Network, telling the story of its humble origins deep into the SNICK years.





Credited cast:
Jason Alisharan ... Self
Drake Bell ... Self
Michael Bower ... Self
Danny Cooksey ... Self
Coolio ... Self
Lori Beth Denberg ... Self
Kirk Fogg Kirk Fogg ... Self
Abby Hagyard
Melissa Joan Hart ... Self
Frederick King Keller Frederick King Keller ... Self
Mitchell Kriegman ... Self
Michael C. Maronna ... Self
Christine McGlade
Lisa Melamed Lisa Melamed ... Self
Kel Mitchell ... Self


For millions of children and adults, the Nickelodeon Network is synonymous with growing up. In just a few years, the channel grew from a small local channel to an international phenomenon that helped shape a generation. Led by Geraldine Laybourne, the visionary who turned the company into an $8 billion juggernaut. But what was the whole story? The Orange Years journeys behind the scenes of the "kids first" phenomenal programming to chronicle the unprecedented success of Nickelodeon, straight from the mouths of those who brought the classic shows to us as children. Filled with interviews from the actors, writers, animators, and creators from all your favorite golden age Nick shows, the film offers a new perspective on Nickelodeon, from the humble origins of the channel deep into the SNICK years. More than just a history lesson or a "where are they now?" special, the documentary explores the network's revolutionary approach to storytelling, the impact it had on a generation of youth, ...

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great walk down memory lane
18 November 2020 | by nayrb2003See all my reviews

It was nice seeing some of the old shows I used to watch and how they started, but after watching this documentary about nickelodeon it's easy to see where they lost sight of what they started out as, way before sponge bob and Dora as stated in the show. When your breakout show is about kids being kids and just having fun and making fun of everything (You can't do that on television) in fact most of what the kids did in that show would not be allowed now, which is why they will never release the series. They also a few great shows after that. But once you start to guide kids thinking you will lose them. I think it started with nick news, they kind of mention it in the show that they had this huge audience now what do we do with them? Once you start manipulating kids into seeing what YOU want them to see and care about and inject political correctness into their shows, you start to lose some of them and before they knew it they were just another corporation that lost touch with its customers. Don't get me wrong they had some good shows in the later years, Josh & Drake, I-Carly and a few others but even those were best in the early episodes because they were much rawer and a little less P.C. but I suppose that happens to every show.

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17 November 2020 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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