Generation Y has entered into its period of nostalgia.
Move over 80’s fans, the 90’s and early 2000’s are the new retro, and they’re being backed by a legion of young adults who are graduating high school, going to college, or getting their first professional jobs and yearning for simpler times when they could just curl up on their couch on a Saturday morning with their tamagotchi pet and watch Nickelodeon cartoons.
While I may not be able to revitalize your long-dead, digital creature, I can refer you to an amazing website I recently found (courtesy of @lifehacks on Twitter) that streams those shows from your childhood.
At nickreboot.com, you can catch the likes of As Told By Ginger, The Wild Thornberrys, Looney Toons, Hey Arnold!, and more right on the homepage. There’s also a handy little chat room next to the screen so you can talk to other grown adults who really shouldn’t be watching cartoons anymore. Much fun!
The quality is pretty good -classic 90’s standard, of course- and you can make an account to interact with other members through message boards. In other words, it’s your childhood meets the modern internet.
I know you can also watch most of these shows on other websites, like the convenient YouTube, where you can balance your Rugrats viewing with the more age-appropriate Miley Cyrus twerking video.
However, this isn’t just a site where you can go on, click on the show you want to watch, and there it is. With a schedule and a couple of vintage commercials between show changes (I just saw ads for moon shoes and Donkey Kong– that type of vintage), nickreboot.com not only has the shows but the experience; the nostalgia is almost overwhelming.
This may not be for everybody. In an age of immediacy, where we get what we want at the tap of a screen, it’s hard for us to remember what patience is like and how to recognize the rewards of delayed gratification. Having to wait for your favorite shows/episodes to air doesn’t seem very fun but for me, it’s more than worth it.
So if you’re bored one rainy day and find yourself reminiscing about the olden days of The Andrews Sisters, baseball cards, cherry cokes, and poodle skirts–
Wait, wrong generation.
Whatever, you know what I’m talking about. Check out the website.
Your beloved blogger,