By DYLAN GOWAN.
Saturday is a very important day. No I’m not getting married. No it’s not my birthday. No I’m not being sworn in as the 39th Prime Minister of Aotearoa New Zealand.
No. This is far more serious.
September 12 2015 marks 11 years to the day that Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide debuted on Nickelodeon.
This is a horrifying revelation as it means that Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide is now the same age I was when it started.
That means there are now kids who are eleven who were but new-borns when Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide came out.
Remember how we used to think 1993 was the olden days. Now kids probably think the same thing about 2004.
In order to mark this special occasion, for this week’s State of the Screen let’s take a look back at some other cultural happenings from 2004 to really let the fact that we are now adults truly sink in.
Studio 2 – Believe it or not Studio 2 started way back in 2004. I still have memories of watching the very first episode with the fresh faced Dayna Vawdrey and Matt Gibb (who of course used to be the host of Squirt) ‘sneaking in’ to the basement of TVNZ where the show was filmed, it was something like that anyway. Studio 2 finished up in 2010 but will forever live in our hearts.
Unfabulous – Remember Unfabulous? It was the show that launched the career of a young Emma Roberts who played Addie Singer, a middle schooler (I guess that’s like intermediate?) who writes songs about her life and has a pet dog.
The Incredibles – Ah, The Incredibles one of the many great Pixar films. Bring on The Incredibles 2 in 2016!
Napoleon Dynamite – The best film of all time just so happened to also come out in 2004. It was also about this time that t-shirt screen printers saw a jump in sales and everyone began saying things like “Gosh!” and “Your mom goes to college!” until like 2007.
Drake and Josh – The classic story of a mixed family where the cool kid and the nerdy kid become brothers and best friends. Remember when Josh lost all that weight and then everyone was like ‘Wow! Josh lost a lot of weight!’
The Day After Tomorrow – What is quite possibly the longest and most boring movie in the world came out in 2004. This movie was a really big deal, but now no one cares.
What Now moves to Christchurch – What Now started being made in Christchurch again and kind of went down hill. But hey, I’m sure ten years prior kids my age thought the same thing.
Shrek 2 – The only good sequel to the ever popular Shrek came out in 2004. It remains one of few movies I saw in the theatres twice – the other being The Wiggles Movie.
A Cinderella Story – The modern retelling of Cinderella starring Hilary Duff, Chad Michael Murray, and Melissa Coolidge. I don’t know how, but I am pretty sure I have seen this move multiple times.
bro’Town – Marketed as NZ’s answer to The Simpsons, bro’Town made its debut on TV3. Just like The Simpsons, I was never allowed to watch it.
NZ Idol – Remember how everyone was super hooked on American Idol and then they decided to do a New Zealand version? It was fairly crap, lets be honest, but everyone was glued to their screens that first season. The nation was divided as to whether it would be Ben Lummis or Michael Murphy who would win. Of course we all know the answer. But it didn’t stop them both from having short lived careers in the music industry.
Mean Girls – I have never actually watched Mean Girls but it is a ‘cultural touchstone’ and a ‘modern classic’ that came out in 2004. So here you go.
Spiderman 2 – I won a movie pass to go to the Regent 3 in Masterton. I went with my grandparents and saw Spiderman 2. I felt like such a grown up seeing a movie that wasn’t like Finding Nemo or something, even though Spiderman 2 was only rated PG.
Phil of the Future – ♪♪ Philll, Philll-il of the future. He’s your 22nd century man. ♪♪ That’s how I remember the theme going anyway. The story of a family stuck in 2004 funnily enough came out in 2004.
Agent Cody Banks 2 – The beginning of the end of Frankie Muniz’s career that also featured Hannah from S-Club 7. They played this movie for us after we had our meningococcal vaccination at intermediate so they could make sure no one had a seizure or something like that.
The Spongebob Sqaurepants Movie – I was so excited to see this movie. I was pumped. Then I saw it. It was so average.
The Polar Express – Now a staple of Christmas time on TV2.
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen – Lindsay Lohan’s second-to-last Disney movie behind Herbie Fully Loaded.
Shark Tale – ♪♪ Working at the car wash. Working at the car wash, yeah. ♪♪ The story of a fish who worked at a car wash and got in some trouble then got out of said trouble.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – I never read these books, but I’m sure heaps of you had. It has been eleven years since the Jim Carrey movie adaptation landed in theatres everywhere.
The Notebook – A touching romance that took the world by storm and made Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams household names.
Lost – Although it didn’t start here until 2005, Lost premiered in September 2004 and the world was never the same. I think the whole series is summed up quite nicely in this one quote from John Locke “Don’t tell me what I can’t do” cause, you know, some fairly crazy shiz went down on Lost.
Friends – Friends ended its ten season run in 2004. Not that that has stopped it from being on our screens ever since.
Joey – And with the end of Friends came Joey. I am probably one of the only people that actually like the spin-off set in LA.
Nickelodeon leaves the 90’s behind – Hey Arnold!, Rugrats, and The Wild Thornberries all ended their runs in 2004. Now Nickelodeon is looking to bring shows like these back. I don’t know how to feel about that.
Disney looses some good ones too – Fillmore!, Lizzie McGuire, and The Weekenders all finished up in 2004.
Veronica Mars – We were all probably a bit young for Veronica Mars, but one of the best shows in the history of the world blessed us all in 2004.
The Batman – If you like Batman, you’ll remember how good The Batman was.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy – One of the most gloriously quotable movies to ever exist. I hope that none of you saw it until you were a little bit older, unless you were like 15 or something already.
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