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1991: Nickelodeon Introduces 'Rugrats'
August 11, 2017  | By TV WW
 
On this day in 1991, Nickelodeon introduced the animated series, Rugrats. Rugrats debuted on the same day as two other Nicktoon cartoons, Doug and The Ren and Stimpy Show.

The series — created by husband-wife team Gábor Csupó and Arlene Klasky, along with Paul Germain — revolved around a group of toddlers with active imaginations that frequently turned everyday events into spectacular adventures. The core characters included tots Tommy Pickles and Chuckie Finster and twin infants Phil and Lil DeVille. The group's adversary is Tommy's three-year-old cousin, Angelica.

The series, which ran nine seasons, spawned three feature films, The Rugrats Movie, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie and Rugrats Go Wild. On June 28, 2011, Rugrats received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
 
 
 
 
 
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Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for $20. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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