A preteen crowd, 9 to 11, should be prime for the show. The appeal of older stars, slightly on-the-edge music and a plentiful supply of witty one-liners and razor-sharp zingers places it as a bridge from “Sesame Street” to “Seinfeld.”
Several sequences stand out: “Good Burger” is deftly handled by a dreadlocked Kel Mitchell as a surfer dude; the very funny “Vital Information,” with Lori Beth Denberg, is precisely the stuff of SNL’s “Deep Thoughts.” Young Kenan Thompson is a standout, his facial expressions and ability to play it funny while under-acting are uncommonly strong.
Opening sequence is hipper than the actual show, with pop chart lovelies TLC providing the vocals — the influence of sister network MTV’s programming.
By parading “All That’s” wholesome nature, Nick hopes the Nick at Nite audience will keep the station tuned in on weekends with the kids. There are, after all, a bounty of more unsavory choices for kids during weekend primetime. This is a fine alternative.