The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story

Movie review by Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
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Millennial-targeted docu is sweet but lacks punch.

NR 2020 102 minutes

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The brief and seemingly bitter review of this documentary is incredibly dismissive. I'm older than the millennial generation and therefore I probably remember even more of the programs they showed than someone younger would. Yes, this documentary is a love letter. Why is that a bad thing? Personally, I didn't tune in to see some negative criticism of the channel. Nostalgia absolutely drives the documentary. Again, not clear why that's a problem. Kids who didn't experience the heyday of Nick may not connect with the documentary, but those curious or who enjoy the shows today may still find it interesting. It's also a great example of a woman with a vision and a genuine respect for children building something with them in mind. I think younger kids would be bored or tune out, but it's not geared at them. Older kids with a curiosity for things like television history and production, animation, or acting may be just as engaged as someone who grew up with Nick.

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