Every parent knows Nickelodeon, either from their kids, or from growing up themselves and tuning in each morning. Did you know that originally Nick was named after a show it carried? On December 1st, 1977 a channel called Pinwheel launched and ran only six hours a day, showing classics like Video Comic Book, Pop Clips, America Goes Bananaz, Nickel Flicks, By the Way, and its namesake Pinwheel. Two years later, the channel re-launched as Nickelodeon, but it still favored Pinwheel as a central show. This show was widely popular with kids then and it's just begging for an introduction to your kids now! I know some of you are either flipping out at my mention of Pinwheel, or you're completely clueless as to what I'm talking about. So here are some facts:
- Pinwheel ran from 1977 to 1990.
- There are over 260 one-hour episodes of the show.
- Usually the show was broadcast 3-5 hour blocks of the show, much like Sesame Street is now.
- It's the fourth longest running show on the network.
- It incorporated puppets, live action, cartoons, and stop motion.
- There was always a ton of music in each episode and much of it is still ingrained in the heads of those of us who watched it