Nickelodeon (often shortened to Nick) is an American
channel which was first tested on December 1, 1977, until it eventually launched on April 1, 1979 as the first cable channel for
children. It is owned by
ViacomCBS through its
domestic networks division and is based in
New York City. The network's programming is primarily aimed at children aged 2–17, while some of its
program blocks target a broader family audience.
The channel was first tested in 1977 as part of
QUBE, an early
cable television system broadcast locally in
Columbus, Ohio. QUBE's Channel C-3 aired
Pinwheel, an educational show developed by Vivian Horner. Pinwheel performed well with QUBE subscribers, and Horner sought to expand her program into a full channel on national television. The channel, now named Nickelodeon, launched to a new countrywide audience on April 1, 1979, with Pinwheel as its inaugural program. The network was initially commercial-free and remained without advertising until 1984. QUBE's owner,
Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, eventually sold Nickelodeon, along with its sister networks
VH1, to Viacom in 1986. (
Reptar on Ice" is the tenth episode of the second season of the
Rugrats. It is the first segment of the twenty-third episode for the entire series. The episode was written by
Peter Gaffney and directed by Howard E. Baker. It was originally broadcast on November 8,
1992. "Reptar on Ice" followed the
infant main characters,
Phil, and Lil going to an
ice show with their parents that follows the love story of the babies' favorite cartoon character,
Reptar. There, the babies attempt to return a
lizard to the actor, assuming it is his child. "Reptar on Ice" continued Rugrats' employment of the character Reptar, a
satirical parody of
Godzilla. The episode included several other cultural references; the basic theme lampoons the commercialization of children's media products and its plethora of merchandise tie-ins. The ice show the children see is referent to real-life ice shows, such as "
Disney on Ice," and its plot centers around a
Beauty and the Beast-style love story. The episode was released on the
VHS compilation "Decade in Diapers," which included the "favorite episodes" of Rugrats in their respected category as voted on by fans on
Nick.com, and was celebratory of the show's tenth anniversary. "Reptar on Ice" in particular was categorized as the "Favorite Reptar-Rageous Episode." Gord Lacey of
TVShowsOnDVD described it as one of his favorite episodes from the compilation, tied with "Vacation Special." It was adapted into an audio story, which was featured prominently on the
cassette tape "In Search Of The Mighty Reptar".
- November 23, 2012:
iCarly concludes after seven seasons, with the final episode attracted 6.4 million viewers.