You Can’t Do That on Television. Double Dare. Ren and Stimpy. Rugrats. Kids who grew up in the 1980s and ’90s were lucky enough to have the ultimate cable TV network created just for them: Nickelodeon. Usually anti-authoritarian, always funny, and tons of fun, Nick’s golden years featured a slew of shows, personalities, and moments that are ingrained in the memories of millions, from Budnick on Salute Your Shorts to the song “Killer Tofu” performed by the fictional band The Beets on Doug. Mathew Klickstein’s new oral history Slimed! tracks down the likes ofMelissa Joan Hart and Keenan Thompson, who talk about everything from crazy game-show parents to the network’s diversity issues. Click through for some of the book’s craziest revelations.
1. The green slime on You Can’t Do That on Television was made out of Cream of Wheat, green food coloring, Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, and water. The shampoo was added to make cleanup easier.