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All That
ALL THAT LOGO Nickelodeon-Upfront-2019-Press-Nick.jpg
Logo used since 2019
Genre Sketch comedy
Created by
  • Mike Tollin
  • Brian Robbins
Narrated by Soup (seasons 1–6)
Brian Peck (seasons 7-8)
Kenan Thompson (season 11–present, intro only)
Jermaine Fowler (season 11–present, sketches)
Theme music composer
  • TLC
  • Arnold Hennings
  • RCA (seasons 7–10; remixed version of theme song)
Opening theme
  • "All That" performed by
  • TLC
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 11
No. of episodes 206 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Brian Robbins (seasons 1–10)
  • Mike Tollin (season 1–present)
  • Dan Schneider (seasons 4–10)
  • Joe Davola (seasons 5–10)
  • Kevin Kopelow (seasons 5–6)
  • Heath Seifert (seasons 5–6)
  • Rebecca Drysdale (season 11)
  • Kenan Thompson (season 11)
  • Kel Mitchell (season 11)
  • Kevin Kay (season 11)
  • Jermaine Fowler (season 11)
Producer(s)
  • Dan Schneider (seasons 1–2)
  • Kevin Kopelow (seasons 1–4)
  • Heath Seifert (seasons 1–4)
  • Virgil L. Fabian (seasons 5–10)
  • Joe Catania (seasons 6–10)
  • Keiren Fisher (seasons 6–8)
  • Andrew Hill Newman (seasons 7–9)
  • Steven Molaro (seasons 7–8)
  • Ken Pisani (season 9)
  • Chris Arrington (season 11)
  • Shari Tavey (season 11)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Production company(s)
Distributor ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks
Release
Original network Nickelodeon
Picture format
  • 4:3
Original release
  • Original series:
  • April 16, 1994 (1994-04-16) – November 18, 2000 (2000-11-18)
  • Relaunch series:
  • January 19, 2002 (2002-01-19) – October 22, 2005 (2005-10-22)
  • Revival series:
  • June 15, 2019 (2019-06-15) – present
Chronology
Related shows

All That is an American sketch comedy television series created by Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin. The series originally aired on Nickelodeon from April 16, 1994, to October 22, 2005, lasting ten seasons, and was produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions and by Schneider's Bakery in season ten. The pilot episode was originally shown as a special "sneak peek", with the show officially debuting as a regular series on April 16, 1994.

The series features original short comedic sketches and weekly musical guests aimed toward a young audience. Its sketches parody contemporary culture and are performed by a large and varying cast of child and teen actors. Early episodes were taped at Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Orlando Resort and then moved to Hollywood at the Nickelodeon on Sunset theatre, where other Nickelodeon shows such as The Amanda Show, Kenan & Kel, and Drake & Josh were filmed.

All That went on to become a fixture on Nickelodeon for over a decade, and has received acclaim for its diverse cast and impact on children's television. The series has spun off several members of the cast in their own Nickelodeon television series with varying levels of success. It has been marketed in other ways, including an audio recording, books, a feature film, festival tour, and numerous reunions and specials celebrating the legacy of All That.

In 2019, Robbins, the current president of Nickelodeon and co-creator of the original series, announced a revival of the series with original cast member Kenan Thompson serving as executive producer, with Kel Mitchell later confirmed in the same role. Original cast members Lori Beth Denberg and Josh Server also appeared in the premiere episode (which aired on June 15, 2019) with musical guests the Jonas Brothers.

Cast

The sketches of All That are performed by a large and varying cast of child, teen, and young adult actors. The following is a list of the current cast and featured performers (a complete cast list can be found in the link above):

  • Ryan Alessi (joined 2019)
  • Aria Brooks (joined 2020)
  • Reece Caddell (joined 2019)
  • Kate Godfrey (joined 2019)
  • Gabrielle Green (joined 2019)
  • Nathan Janak (joined 2019)
  • Lex Lumpkin (joined 2019)
  • Chinguun Sergelen (joined 2019)

Musical guests

Each episode of All That features a musical guest that closes out the show. Later seasons featured a weekly host who would appear alongside the cast in sketches (the weekly host was gradually phased out of the show later on).

Episodes

List of All That episodes

Sketches

All That features original short comedic sketches that parody contemporary culture. Although the show had a team of writers, the cast were encouraged to help contribute their own ideas for characters and other segments. Improv and ad-libbing were used to help the cast and writers find the right tone for a certain skit. The following is a short list of some notable sketches that aired during the show's tenure.

Sketch Name Major Players Description
"Ask Ashley" Amanda Bynes A little girl named Ashley, who offers advice from her bedroom on a TV series. She was sweet and friendly until she reads letters sent in by clueless viewers. After reading a letter, Ashley would go on a tirade against the letter's author.
"Detective Dan" Josh Server A hopelessly incompetent police detective who frequently stumbled into a crime scene to make matters worse. In the revival series, Kate Godfrey comes in to the sketch and goes by the name of "Detective Ann".
"Shark Cave" Reece Caddell, Gabrielle Green, and Lex Lumpkin Cave people judges decide on items its creators hope will be a success in the future. This is a mash-up parody of Shark Tank and The Flintstones.
"Everyday French with Pierre Escargot" featuring Kenan Thompson Pierre sits in a bathtub filled with suds, wearing a raincoat and matching hat and swim fins on his feet. In the sketch, he would say silly phrases in poorly-pronounced French and translate them in English.
"Know Your Stars" various A random voice that made an impersonation of an individual with embarrassing, wacky, funny and untrue facts and info about a cast member or special guest.
"Good Burger" Kel Mitchell (seasons 1–5, 11), Ryan Coleman (season 9) Ed, the cashier at a fast food restaurant, is a clueless teenager who always found a way to mess things up.

A notable quote from Good Burger, stated by Ed in every sketch, was "Welcome to Good Burger, home of the good burger, can I take your order?" Good Burger was later made into a feature film.

"The Loud Librarian" Lori Beth Denberg A librarian who would ironically yell out, "Quiet, this is a library!" along with a variety of noisemakers whenever the silence in her library was accidentally violated.
"Cancelled with Nathan" Nathan Janak Nathan (as himself) is in a hot tub on a tropical island and rants about things that bother him and should be cancelled.
"Sugar and Coffee" Lisa Foiles, Kyle Sullivan Extremely hyperactive hosts of their own talk show, the pair would eat pure sugar and drink massive amounts of coffee and then force their guests to do the same thing from giant orbs attached to the ceiling, which usually led to overactivity in the worst way.
"Thelma Stump" Jamie Lynn Spears An extremely old woman who serves as a bodyguard and security guard for the backstage of All That.
"Vital Information" Lori Beth Denberg (seasons 1–4), Danny Tamberelli (seasons 5 and 6), Lil' JJ (season 10), Reece Caddell (season 11) The host deadpans one liners, usually three in a row to the audience. This recurring sketch was the centerpiece of the show before the relaunch.
"Miss Piddlin" Kenan Thompson The only thing the lunch lady at the school offers is peas. She gets extremely angry when someone or people reject her peas.
"Getting Rid of Your Stuff" Kate Godfrey Host Marie Kiddo (a parody of Marie Kondo) visits other guests houses and schools and goes through various things that they own, she asked the guests if the item brings them joy if it does the item is kept, but if it doesn't bring them joy (even if it belongs to a family member or friend) she violently destroys the item and screams "DESTROY!"
"Life with Peter and Flem Kel Mitchell as Peter, Josh Server as Flem, Dan Schneider as Narrator Loosely based on Goofus and Gallant, the boys shows an over the top dos and don'ts in proper etiquette. Peter shows the right way to do things, while Flem shows the wrong way to do things by using his own methods.

Impact and legacy

All That is highly regarded for its large diverse cast both in terms of ethnicity and gender. The show was praised in The Atlantic for breaking the classical norms set in children's TV with its cast, irreverent and unapologetic humor, and kid characters played by actual kids.

When All That debuted in 1994, television was still primarily segregated by race as shown by popular sitcoms like Seinfeld (where the cast is completely white) or Martin (where the cast is entirely black); even Saturday Night Live was dominated by white male comedians. Robbins, Schneider and Tollin wanted the show to reflect its audience and also sought out varying musical acts (alternative, hip hop and R&B among others) to embrace the diversity

I was the first black female they had on that show...there weren't that many black shows on or black actors. When I left, it opened it up more for black female comedians. I've had people come back and tell me it felt like I passed the torch because they were all on TV watching like, "I want to do that, I want to do that," but then when they saw me, they thought, "Oh, I can actually do that." Black girls were coming up to me, parents are just like, "Thank you so much for what you've done." I was like wow. It feels surreal.

— Angelique Bates

I thought it was awesome because none of us look like each other. We were like a total melting pot of diversity...You have African-American, you have me[Hispanic], you have Caucasian... So there are kids that were able to sit home and go, I look like her, I look like him, I can relate. That was really important for me to be a part of a cast that was filled of diversity 'cause there's nothing more boring than a Brady Bunch concept. So at the end of the day, I was able to have the fans verbally tell me how they felt that All That impacted their lives and it made them come home and look forward to coming home and watching the show after school when they work on their homework, and how they loved to be able to have a little bit of music maybe their mom didn't let them necessarily listen to some of the music or whatever the case may be.

— Alisa Reyes

Awards and nominations

Awards Outcome Note
1997 Kids' Choice Awards:
Favorite TV Show Nominated
1998 Kids' Choice Awards:
Favorite TV Actor Nominated Kenan Thompson & Kel Mitchell – All That / Kenan & Kel
1999 Kids' Choice Awards:
Favorite TV Show Won
2000 Kids' Choice Awards:
Favorite TV Show Won
Favorite TV Actor Won Kenan Thompson
Favorite TV Actress Won Amanda Bynes – All That / The Amanda Show
2001 Kids' Choice Awards:
Favorite TV Actor Nominated Nick Cannon
2002 Kids' Choice Awards:
Favorite TV Show Nominated
2003 Kids' Choice Awards:
Favorite TV Show Nominated
Favorite TV Actress Won Amanda Bynes – The Amanda Show / All That
2004 Kids' Choice Awards:
Favorite TV Show Won
2019 Teen Choice Awards
Choice Throwback TV Show Nominated
2020 Kids' Choice Awards
Favorite Kids' TV Show Nominated

Reunion events

In 2011, Lisa Foiles joined forces with Comikaze Expo, planning the first ever All That reunion with Comikaze Expo CEO Regina Carpinelli. The reunion featured a roundtable discussion, where the cast reflected on their tenure on the show and received questions from the audience. Angelique Bates, Lori Beth Denberg, Foiles, Leon Frierson, Katrina Johnson, Kevin Kopelow, Kel Mitchell, Alisa Reyes, Giovonnie Samuels, Mark Saul, Josh Server all participated in the event.

Also in 2011, Bates, Johnson, and Reyes appeared together at Zooey Magazine's One Year Anniversary Special Event held in Hollywood. The anniversary launched the Love Is Louder campaign which speaks out against bullying and hate messages.

In the 2011 special "iParty with Victorious" (a crossover between iCarly and Victorious), when Carly Shay (portrayed by Miranda Cosgrove) asks Kenan Thompson for a favor, he jokingly complains that everyone wants to borrow money from him, including Andy Samberg (Thompson's Saturday Night Live co-star) and half of the original cast of All That.

In 2015, Mitchell and Thompson reunited on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where they performed a special Good Burger sketch. Dan Schneider returned to write the sketch for the show.

In 2015, Comikaze Expo held the second All That reunion. Angelique Bates, Chelsea Brummet, Ryan Coleman, Lori Beth Denberg, Jack DeSena, Lisa Foiles, Bryan Hearne, Katrina Johnson, Christina Kirkman, Christy Knowings, Kel Mitchell, Alisa Reyes, Giovonnie Samuels, Mark Saul, Josh Server, and Danny Tamberelli all participated in the event.

On April 22, 2016, Nickelodeon aired a reunion special consisting of new 3–4 minute shorts with most of the original cast, including Kenan and Kel.

In 2018, Lori Beth Denberg, Kel Mitchell, Josh Server, and Kenan Thompson appeared together on an episode of Nick Cannon's MTV series Wild 'n Out

Spin-offs

Kenan & Kel

Kenan & Kel is an American teen comedy sitcom created by Kim Bass for Nickelodeon. It starred then-All That cast members Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. Sixty-five episodes and a made-for-TV movie were produced over four seasons. The first two seasons were filmed at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida, and the remaining two were filmed at the Nick on Sunset theater in Hollywood.

The Amanda Show

The Amanda Show is an American live action sketch comedy and variety show that aired on Nickelodeon from October 16, 1999, to September 21, 2002. It starred Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell, and Nancy Sullivan, along with several performing artists who came and left at different points.

The Nick Cannon Show

The premise of the semi-scripted show was that its star, Nick Cannon, a former cast member on All That, would come across a situation he thought needed changing and then "take over" to make things better, or at least funnier.

In other media

Good Burger

All That made one effort in developing a popular sketch into a feature-length film with Good Burger. Co-creator Mike Tollin said:

You get something like Good Burger and you just ride it, and all of a sudden there's something called Nickelodeon Movies, put under the banner of Paramount. It was a big synergy. We just took a shot. ... There was an unforgettable day when we went to Paramount with a script. The Paramount execs were interested enough to come to a table read. I don't believe any money had been spent. We realized this was a huge opportunity. Kenan and Kel came and we filled in with other actors. ... It was late January 1997, and he (John Goldwyn a senior executive at Paramount [came back and said], "The good news is we're going to make this movie; the bad news is it needs to be in theaters in July." The typical gestation period for movies is five to seven years. Brian signed up to direct and we shot the film locally, built Good Burger, brought in Sinbad, brought in Jenny, brought in the whole cast of characters. Twenty years later I got a call from my niece from Chicago who said, "I just watched the best movie." That thing worked.

The movie was released into theaters on July 25, 1997, with a budget of roughly $10 million. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 32% based on reviews from 38 critics. Most praise came to Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson's performances. Although the film received mixed to negative reviews from critics, it received positive reviews from fans and it was a financial success.

All That: The Album

On November 26, 1996, Nickelodeon released an All That CD titled All That: The Album. It contains All That dialogues from the show, and songs sung by musical guests (i.e. Faith Evans, Coolio, Brandy, Naughty By Nature, etc.). All That's theme opening and outro theme were released on this CD. Music from the CD is mainly inspired by the show.

All That: Fresh out the Box

On October 1, 1998, Nickelodeon released a 112-page book of All That called All That: Fresh out the Box by Steve Holland. The book contains information of the show's sketches, cast members and notable points of the show. It also contains different character information as well.

Live tour

On June 30, 2000, Nickelodeon gave All That a promotional summer tour titled All That! Music and More Festival, which traveled all over the United States and was hosted by the cast of All That. The tour began after Season 6 and lasted until September 3, 2000. The tour mainly featured the cast members of All That and a musical guest. Many of the musical guests joined and performed during the tour. Also while the tour went on, the cast members did numerous live sketches. There was also a ticket contest the year before the festival began. On July 29, 2000, Nickelodeon broadcast the highlights and events that happened during the entire festival.

iTunes

On August 15, 2011, the iTunes Store released All That: Volume 1 with the first seven episodes from season two. On November 29, 2011, the iTunes Store released All That: Volume 2 with seven more episodes from season two. All That: Volume 3 was released in 2012 with seven episodes from season two. Just like The '90s Are All That airings, the musical guest performances are omitted and the end credits are re-done as generic white text on black. All That Volume 4, with episodes from the start of season 3, was released on iTunes August 13, 2012; however, episodes 40 and 43 are excluded for unknown reasons with episodes 45 and 46 included instead.

On June 24, 2013, the iTunes Store released All That: Retro Essentials with four episodes from season two. The episodes are 217, 220, 228, 237. Episodes 217, 220 and 228 were re-released with the musical guest performances. Episode 237 has the musical guest edited out.

Reruns/syndication

All That ran on Nickelodeon from 1994 until 2005. All That aired on Nick at Nite on Mondays to Thursdays at 8:00 pm from June 25, 2012, until July 12, 2012, alongside Kenan & Kel at 8:30 p.m. EST. The Nick at Nite airings, had the musical performances edited out. All That ran in reruns on The N (later renamed TeenNick on September 28, 2009) from March 12, 2008, to September 15, 2008.

All That once again aired on TeenNick from July 25, 2011, to December 27, 2012, as part of The '90s Are All That (a block that is named after the show before the programming block was rebranded as The Splat in 2015). The show returned to TeenNick on The '90s Are All That, from March 4, 2013, to June 1, 2014. The '90s Are All That airings, however, also have the musical guest performances edited out, along with their introduction sketches (presumably for time and the high cost of obtaining music distribution rights). It initially only aired episodes from seasons 2 and 3, later adding seasons 4 and 5 into the rotation. However, the reruns on The N in 2008 aired seasons 3 and 5 uncut and retained the musical guest performances (with the exception of the K-Ci & JoJo episode). The final rotation of these reruns included seasons 6 and 7.

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