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All-ThatAll That was an American live-action, sketch comedy-variety show that aired on the Nickelodeon cable television network featuring short comedic sketches and weekly musical guests. The theme song for All That was performed by TLC, who performed as the musical guest in two of the first three episodes. Early episodes were taped at the now-defunct Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Orlando, but then moved to Hollywood (California) at the Nickelodeon on Sunset theater (formerly the Aquarius Theatre).

All That first aired on April 16, 1994 as a special preview and debuted as a regular series on December 24, 1994. It was successfully broadcast internationally in countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, 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. In fact, the second era cast members would host SNICK as the “On Air Dare” would be played between shows during commercial breaks.

Reruns returned as part of “The ’90s Are All That” block on Nick in July 2011.

Memorable cast mates have included Kenan Thompson, Amanda Bynes, Kel Mitchell, Jamie Lynn Spears, Josh Server, Angelique Bates, Nick Cannon, Lori Beth Denberg, and Alisa Reyes.

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Kenan & Kel was a spin-off of All That.  The show starred two friends and former All That cast members Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. Sixty-two episodes and a made-for-TV movie were produced over four seasons. The first two seasons were filmed at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida and the following seasons were filmed at the Nick On Sunset theater in Hollywood.

The show featured Kenan Rockmore, a high schooler who works at Rigby’s mini grocery store. Kel Kimble is his orange soda-loving best friend. Chris Potter is Kenan’s boss at Rigby’s. In Kenan’s home life there is his mother Sheryl, his father Roger, and his Kel-loving sister Kyra.

Episodes of the series always opened and closed with Kenan and Kel breaking the fourth wall (while still in character) and interacting with the studio audience and each other while standing in front of a red curtain that is placed in front of the main set. A frequent running gag of the openings would be Kel never knowing what the night’s episode would be about and Kenan refusing to tell him. This is not always the case, as in the episode Car Trouble when Kel asks Kenan for a hint about the episode, prompting Kenan to give him the word “the” from which Kel is able to figure it out. The closings would frequently feature Kenan coming up with a new scheme – often asking Kel to get assorted, various items and meet him somewhere. Frazzled, Kel would exclaim, “Aw, here it goes!

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dan-schneider-goodburgerGood Burger was a 1997 American comedy film directed by Brian Robbins and starred Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. It evolved from the comedy sketch “Good Burger” featured on the Nickelodeon series All That. It was produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions and Nickelodeon Movies and released on July 25, 1997 by Paramount Pictures.

On the first day of summer, dim-witted but charming Ed (Kel Mitchell) experiences a nightmare featuring talking burgers. Troubled by it, he shows up late to work at Good Burger. On the same morning, Dexter (Kenan Thompson), a high school student, steals his mother’s car after she leaves for a business trip. He accidentally crashes into that of his teacher, Mr. Wheat (Sinbad). With no driver’s license or insurance, he is in danger of going to jail. Mr. Wheat agrees to allow him to pay for a total of $1,900 in car damage, which later becomes $2,500, instead of calling the police. He must find a summer job to pay for the expenses. He first finds employment at Mondo Burger, but after a clash with the strict manager, Kurt Bozwell (Jan Schweiterman), he is fired and has to find employment at another place, and manages to do so at Good Burger. There, he meets and reluctantly befriends Ed (who helps him find a job position) and a slew of colorful employees. Little does he know Ed inadvertently caused the car accident; he was rushing to make a delivery on rollerblades, and skated in front of Dexter, causing him to swerve and hit Mr. Wheat’s car.

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dan-schneider-amandashowThe Amanda Show was an American live action sketch comedy and variety show created by Dan Schneider that aired on Nickelodeon in April 4, 1999 as a pilot, then as a regular series from October 16, 1999 to September 21, 2002. It starred Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell and Nancy Sullivan, and featured John Kassir, Raquel Lee and Josh Peck. The show was a spin-off from All That, in which Bynes had co-starred for several years. The show was cancelled at the end of 2002. Writers for the show included Schneider, John Hoberg, Steven Molaro, and Andrew Hill Newman.

In spite of being designed as a sketch comedy television program, the series is set in a fictional universe in which it is broadcast as a popular television comedy, as evidenced through staged mishaps involving members of the studio audience, as well as comedic sub-plots involving Amanda’s unhealthily obsessed, nerdy, self-proclaimed “Number One Fan” Penelope Taynt, who constantly devises schemes to achieve her lifelong goal of meeting Amanda (as a gag, Bynes herself portrays Penelope and the pair therefore could never be shown onscreen together). These failed schemes include Penelope’s attempts at outsmarting the fictional security guard of the studio where The Amanda Show is filmed and at manipulating Amanda’s castmates into helping her carry out her plans.

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MoodysPointAn over-the-top parody of teen dramas and soap operas from the late 90s to early 2000s like Dawson’s Creek and Caitlin’s Way. The segment was presented as a show-within-a-show, and focuses on Moody Fallon (played by Amanda Bynes), an emotionally exaggerated teen whose mother (played by Maureen McCormick) was lost in a “tragic hot air balloon accident” and whose odd father (played by Carey Eidel) struggled with losing a toe near the end of the series.

It featured her friends such as her best friend Brie, the easily offended Misty, Spalding (Taran Killam), a boy who has a huge crush on Moody but is criticized by her in a ridiculous way and constantly has objects flung at him from beyond the screen; and Sternum (played by Matthew Botuchis), a brooding “bad boy” who responds to every question by asking the opposite question. Each episode had its own plot, and ends with a cliffhanger. An episode ends with Moody finding out that her real parents are circus trapeze artists named “The Flying Worthsbergs“. The episode was left on a cliffhanger, but the show was canceled shortly thereafter. Dan Schneider had pitched an full-fledged series based on the skit to Nickelodeon, but the show was never green-lit.

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