All That

All That
All That
All That - logo.png
Genre Comedy/ Teen comedy
Format Sketch comedy, Variety
Created by Brian Robbins
Mike Tollin
Starring (See List of All That cast members)
Opening theme All That Theme Opening
(Season 1-6)
(Season 7-10)
by TLC
Ending theme All That Outro Theme
(Season 1-6)
(Season 7-10)
by TLC
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 10
No. of episodes 184 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Joe Davola
Dan Schneider
Brian Robbins
Mike Tollin
Producer(s) Dan Schneider
Kevin Kopelow
Heath Seifert
Location(s) Universal Studios
Orlando, Florida (1994-1996)
Nickelodeon On Sunset
Hollywood, California (1996-2005)
Camera setup Multi-camera setup
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Tollin/Robbins Productions
Original channel Nickelodeon
Picture format 4:3
Original run April 16, 1994 (1994-04-16) – October 8, 2005
Related shows Kablam!
Action League Now!
The Amanda Show
Kenan & Kel
The Nick Cannon Show

All That is an American live-action, sketch comedy-variety show that aired on the Nickelodeon cable television network featuring short comedic sketches and weekly musical guests. The theme song for All That was performed by TLC. Early episodes were taped at the closed Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Orlando, but then moved to Hollywood at the Nickelodeon On Sunset theater (formerly the Earl Carrol Theatre), where shows like The Amanda Show, Kenan & Kel, and Drake & Josh were also filmed.

All That first aired on April 16, 1994, as a "sneak peek" and debuted as a regular series on December 24, 1994.[1] It was also broadcast internationally, in countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Spain and Canada.

All That lasted ten seasons before it was canceled in 2005. The last episode aired on October 22, 2005 on the Nickelodeon network. The show started out in the SNICK block until 2004, when the network converted the SNICK time-slot into a second night for TEENick. In fact, the second era castmembers would host SNICK as the "On Air Dare" would be played between shows during commercial breaks.



Creative process

Although Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin are credited as creators, the main creative force behind All That was Dan Schneider who became the showrunner of the series in the third season. All That marked the beginning of Schneider's prolific career in creating and writing hit television series for young audiences. The New York Times, in separate articles, referred to Dan Schneider as "the Norman Lear of children's television"[2] and "the master of a television genre".[3]

During Season 1, Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert were brought on as producers and continued working in that capacity through Season 3. The writing team advanced to Executive Producers/Head Writers for Seasons 4-6. Kopelow and Seifert continued their relationship with Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell by co-executive producing and head writing Kenan & Kel and eventually writing the feature film Good Burger (1997) with Schneider.


A timeline of shows that originate from the parent series, "All That".
  • KaBlam! was an animated sketch comedy that carried over Action League Now! from All That. It's the only Nicktoon created exclusively for SNICK, however it also aired during the day during the week and Sunday. Show Run: 1996-2000 and was re-run on Nicktoons from 2002-2008.
  • The Amanda Show was a sketch comedy show starring Amanda Bynes. The first episode in the beginning featured Josh Server and Kenan Thompson wishing Bynes good luck with her new show. Characters from The Amanda Show appeared on All That after the episodes she hosted. Show Run: 1999–2002.
  • Action League Now! was a stop motion animation show. It became a part of KaBlam! before getting its own short lived series. Three segments of ALN appeared on the show. Show Run: 1996–2000 & 2003–2004. 2 segments were on season 1 and the last one was on season 10.
  • Kenan & Kel was a sitcom series starring All That cast members Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell that aired from 1996–2000. The show ended in the same year the first run of All That ended.
  • The Nick Cannon Show was a semi-scripted show starring Nick Cannon. Cannon would come across a situation he thought needed changing and then "take over" to make things better, or at least funnier. Nick's character, Latanya, usually appeared in show. Show Run: 2002–2003

Cast members Josh Server and Chelsea Brummet both guest starred on other running TEENick shows created by Schneider. Server and Brummet appeared in Drake & Josh, but in different episodes. Server has also guest starred in Kenan & Kel, The Amanda Show, and later in Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.

All That was also the starting point of other Nickelodeon series. Amanda Bynes acquired her own spin-off show, The Amanda Show, featured actors Drake Bell and Josh Peck. Bell and Peck later starred in their own series, Drake & Josh, which in turn created breakout star Miranda Cosgrove, currently in her own show, iCarly. Additionally, a few other cast members of All That gained their own series later on; notably Jamie Lynn Spears in Zoey 101 and Lil' JJ in Just Jordan.

Relaunch cast member Jack DeSena earned the role of voicing Sokka on Avatar: The Last Airbender (voicing from 2004–2007, and with episodes airing from 2005–2008). DeSena was still on All That for Season 10, when he and the other cast members finished filming episodes in 2004, which aired in 2005. In 2007, it was shown that fellow Relaunch cast member, Giovonnie Samuels, landed a recurring role on the Disney Channel The Suite Life of Zack & Cody during its third and final season. Where she last appeared on the show in 2008, before the show ended it's run the same year.

At around the same point in time in 2000, Relaunch cast member Kyle Sullivan was part of both casts from All That and recurring in Malcolm in the Middle (starring Frankie Muniz, who brought the Relaunch cast together in Season 7, which included Sullivan). Sullivan was still featured in both shows up till around the time they both ended their runs in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

All That alumni who achieved fame through their post-Nickelodeon careers include Nick Cannon, who became the host of America's Got Talent starting with its fourth season and the on-screen CEO of the TeenNick channel. Amanda Bynes, who has starred in numerous feature films such as: She's the Man, the 2007 version of Hairspray and in the 2010 film Easy A. Bynes also starred in the sitcom, What I Like About You, which was also co-created by Dan Schneider. Kenan Thompson, gained the role as a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live, which he is currently starring in to date. Popular standup comedian Gabriel Iglesias (Last Comic Standing)who starred on the show in the sixth season later joked about his time there during his comedy routines.


All That featured a format of cold open, sketch-comedy pieces and a musical guest in its first six seasons and the final season. The cold opens took place in the green room five minutes before the show was to start. Usually, Kevin the Stage Manager (played by Kevin Kopelow) tries to rouse the cast members to preparation for the show by announcing "Five minutes!". Some of these cold opens included playing spin the bottle and having to kiss a cactus, a squid, or a chair; Kel Mitchell reenacting a fight on Kopelow; and guest star Mark Curry tying up Kenan Thompson and wearing his Superdude costume. All other seasons featured a weekly host introducing and occasionally participating in the various sketches and a musical guest, a format pioneered by Saturday Night Live.

Many of the sketches were original material, although Bill Cosby, Roseanne, Steve Urkel, Ross Perot, and Bill Clinton, were impersonated by Kenan Thompson, Katrina Johnson, Angelique Bates, and Gabriel Iglesias, respectively. The humor was very pre-teen-oriented; Josh Server would eat his own dandruff or appear on stage wearing only his underwear, or a cereal called Lucky Germs or Fruit Poots. From Season 7 onward, the humor was geared more toward younger viewers than the first six seasons.

In the first three seasons, All That used mostly urban musical guests, but in later seasons aimed for more pop and rock acts.

Green rooms

In the beginning of each episode it would show some of the cast members in the greenroom. This has been done for every episode that they have made. Something weird would happen in the greenroom like an evil clone of Jamie-Lynn Spears that's really a monster (Season 8), a wig running away (Season 9), or an alien that comes for pudding (Season 5). In Seasons 1-6, the greenroom would have the All That logo painted on the wall and it also had a sign that said ON AIR. In Seasons 7-10, they would have a view of the logo outside and an elevator and it also had a sign that said To The Stage: The greenroom in Season 1 was located on the set, which was mainly black with set equipment and a stairway to the backstage halls. Which sometimes they were seen in, too. Season 2's greenroom was a lounging place for the cast members in which are pop culture props.

Seasons 3-6's greenroom was the same when the show moved to Hollywood. Inside was the logo painted on the left wall, and couches, tables, chairs, and other pop culture props were seen, even two arcade video game machines. It also contains an ON-AIR light board above the door, where the cast leaves to go so the show, which they walk up a short staircase and hand rails. There is also an additional door on the right, were some cast members also appear in the green room.

Seasons 7-10's greenroom was seen as a classic Now hang out room. Inside contains a couch, a kitchen section on the elevated part, which is also where the door is located. There is also an elevator in this greenroom, that cast members can also appear from. Props, pictures, and room accessories are all located throughout the room as well. A platinum inch television screen is also seen on the left hand side, that always displays: An orange background with an orb that displays the All That logo (Season 7-8), sometimes an All That logo with a 7 behind it (part of Season 7). A red background with the regular logo with many 10s appearing and disappearing numerously (10th Anniversary). A light purple background with the All That logo displayed on it (Season 10).

Title sequences

For every season, there is an All That title sequence at the beginning after the greenrooms. At first in Seasons 1-2; 3, the opening title was showing the cast and TLC on the classic '90s streets, playing handball, and going through each cast members name in alphabetical order. After Angelique's departure after Season 2, Amanda became a new member, so the title sequence was edited to include Amanda and remove Angelique.

In Seasons 4-5 title sequence, after Johnson and Reyes have left the show in Season 3, the show got a whole new title open. And now with new cast members, Danny, Christy, and Leon, the cast were seen walking down a classic red carpet, dressed in classic Hollywood outfits. After Season 4, when Lori Beth had left, the title sequence was edited to edit her out, respectively.

In Season 6 title sequence, after Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, the show had to do another title sequence. This time, cast members Cannon and Saul were credited, and Gabriel Iglesias was added to the cast. The cast were seen up front in the camera behind a multi-color room (green screen).

In Season 7 and 8's title sequences, the show had an all new cast, and they were seen in the opening titles in white clothing behind a black room, where the new looked All That logo was seen in neon colors. In Season 8, Jamie Lynn Spears was added as a new member of the show, and was also in white clothing as the others.

In the Season 9 title sequences, after the departure of Bryan Hearne, the cast of this season were seen behind the black room with the same kind of logo, but everyone is instead in red clothing, to mark the shows real color. Christina Kirkman joined the cast. Mid-way, Ryan Coleman joined the cast, and was added in. After this season, relaunch members Shane, Giovonnie, and Season 8 member Jamie left the show, and the show was caused to do another and final opening title.

For the tenth anniversary special, the producers compiled all the cast members' openings together, and placing a "10" for each of them. Each member was shown in either one of their title sequence appearances, but DeSena was the only one who was seen to have both of his appearances in the title sequence. Plus, at the end, the title quickly zooms center through each of the group endings of each season (1-2, 3, 4-5, 6, 7, 8, 9).

In the 10th season of All That's title, with new cast members Kianna Underwood and Denzel Whitaker, it showed the cast getting out of a red limousine, and walking down the red carpet, and talking to their fans and at the ending it showed the cast in front of the neon All That logo with cameras flashing.

Notable sketches

  • Good Burger is a recurring sketch that took place at a fast food restaurant. The cashier, Ed played by Kel Mitchell in Seasons 1-5 and Ryan Coleman in Season 9, was portrayed as a clueless teenager who always found a way to mess things up. A notable quote from Good Burger, stated by Kel in every episode, was "Welcome to Good Burger, home of the good burger, can I take your order?" When not dealing with a customer, he would bang on the cash register while singing "I'm a dude, she's a dude, he's a dude, 'cause were all dudes. HEY!" Good Burger was later made into a 1997 feature film starring Mitchell reprising his role as Ed and Kenan Thompson as a new character named Dexter. Frequent customers include: Bernie Kibbitz (Josh Server), Lester Oaks, Construction Worker (Kenan Thompson), and Connie Muldoon (Lori Beth Denberg). (Seasons 1-5, 9-10)
  • The Loud Librarian was played by Lori Beth Denberg, who would ironically yell out, "Quiet, this is a library!" along with various noisemakers such as foghorns or drums whenever the silence in her library was accidentally violated. (Seasons 2-4)
  • Dullmont Jr. High School is a known sketch that has many characters that carried into varying sketches, but remained the same. At the school, strange things would happen, mainly due to the eccentric staff members. (Seasons 1-6)
  • Everyday French with Pierre Escargot, in which Kenan Thompson would deliver comical French phrases while sitting in a bathtub, wearing a yellow raincoat, and playing with his rubber duck. (Seasons 1-5)
  • Vital Information is a sketch in which Lori Beth Denberg (later Danny Tamberelli and Lil' JJ during the relaunch, respectively) deadpanned ridiculous sayings, usually three in a row. (Seasons 1-6, 10)

Series history

See also: history of All That by season: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 | 7, 8, 9, 10,

The run of All That can be divided into two parts: seasons one through six and seasons seven through ten (when the original cast was replaced by an entirely new cast).

Original era

Season One - (1994–1995)

This is the very first season of All That, which began in 1994–1995 with the pilot and 14 episodes.[4][5] On April 16, 1994, Nickelodeon aired the pilot which introduced the first cast members: Angelique Bates, Lori Beth Denberg, Katrina Johnson, Kel Mitchell, Alisa Reyes, Josh Server, and Kenan Thompson. All That during this period also featured Kevin Kopelow, the Stage Manager which the cast members do something bad to him constantly, exclusively during the cold opens. The first season began airing and being broadcast from Orlando, Florida.[6]

Season Two - (1995–1996)

The second season of All That ran in 1995 to 1996 with 21 episodes aired. This season is similar to Season 1, because this season stars the same cast members and is also broadcast in Orlando, Florida. During Season 2, there have been the beginning of new skits for different cast members. After Season 2 ended, the show moved out of Florida and moved to Nickelodeon On Sunset (formerly The Aquarius Theater) in Hollywood, California. Season 2 was also the final season featuring Angelique Bates, due to her contract expiring.[6]

Season Three - (1996–1997)

In the third season of All That, Amanda Bynes joined the cast to replace the departing Angelique Bates. Bynes' characters and sketches included "Ask Ashley", "Space Sketch" (a Star Trek parody), "I Luv Lucy", and Meagen Marples, who loved to slap herself with liver.[7] Although limited to small roles for part of the season, Bynes became a breakout star; "Ask Ashley" was a favorite among fans.[6] About a year after Bynes' arrival, Katrina Johnson and Alisa Reyes left the show. Johnson left half-way because her contract expired, and Reyes left the show to pursue other acting work (Reyes would soon star in the TNBC sitcom One World in 1998). During the second half of Season 3, when Katrina Johnson left the show, only appearing in sketches taped before her departure, she was replaced by temporary cast member, Tricia Dickson.

Season Four - (1997–1998)

Season 4 saw the entrance of three new faces: Christy Knowings, Leon Frierson, and Danny Tamberelli, and featuring cast member Zack McLemore, who joined for half a season. Tamberelli was the first cast member to star in another Nickelodeon series prior to All That, co-starring as Little Pete on the hit Nick series The Adventures of Pete & Pete.

Tamberelli's characters and sketches included "Jack Campbell: Fat Cop", Hairy Spice from the Spice Boys, Cheeseburger Doyle: Private Eye, a talk show host named Francis the Caveman, and Vital Information host, succeeding Lori Beth Denberg in Season 5.[7]

Knowings's sketches and characters included "Whateverrr!!" co-host Jessica, the nurse for unlikely dentist Dr. Bynes (played by Josh Server), and Miss Klump, the teacher when Lori Beth Denberg - who played teacher Miss Fingerly — had left the series. She also played Winter Wonders in a sketch called What Do You Do? This sketch was a parody of a game show on which several All That cast members had appeared as panelists, Figure It Out.[7]

Frierson's characters and sketches included "Leroy & Fuzz", CJ of disco group CJ & the Cloudy Knights, and Billy Fuco — a boy who liked shouting "I'm Billy Foco!" He once appeared in a "Repairman" sketch in which he played Repairboy and offered Repairman a second opinion.[7]

McLemore's characters included Mr. Trevell, a teacher at Dullmont Junior High that Miss Fingerly had a crush on, and the manager of CJ & the Cloudy Knights.

The entire Season 4 cast was, in alphabetical order, Amanda Bynes, Lori Beth Denberg, Leon Frierson, Christy Knowings, Kel Mitchell, Josh Server, Danny Tamberelli, and Kenan Thompson with featuring cast member Zack McLemore appearing sporadically. Christy Knowings and Danny Tamberelli are said to also be breakout stars of the new cast. Comedian and former Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Farley made one of his last guest appearances on the show, right before his death in December 1997.

Season 4 was also Lori Beth Denberg's final season on the show. In a live chat on, she reasoned that she left All That, because she "was getting older".[8] Denberg would soon become a cast member of The Steve Harvey Show in 1998.

Season Five - (1998–1999)

As the show was entering its fifth season, Danny Tamberelli succeeded Denberg in the "Vital Information" sketch, and Tamberelli was given a new set and a new desk unlike that of Denberg's "Vital Information". This season also bought in two new faces, Nick Cannon and Mark Saul.

Cannon's sketches and characters included Sweaty Spice from the Spice Boys; Latanya, a cashier at the convenience store Quick-N-Fast; and a bank robber in a superhero sketch called "Boring Man". Saul's sketches and characters included Stuart, who would kidnap — and then pose as — a hall monitor, a cashier, a judge, a postman, and even Ashley in an "Ask Ashley" sketch; Rineheart the Dancing Monkey Boy; Nigel Forrester, a spoof of Steve Irwin and Nigel Thornberry; Ricardo, a ladies' man, and Dr. Maybe, a parody of Dr. No.

All That celebrated its star-studded "100th episode" during this season, although it was actually the 85th episode to be produced. This one-hour special was one of the only episodes (other than the 10th anniversary) in the show's history produced live.[9] The actual 100th episode occurred during a Season 6 episode.[9] The Season 5 cast included, in alphabetical order: Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, Leon Frierson, Christy Knowings, Kel Mitchell, Mark Saul, Josh Server, Danny Tamberelli, and Kenan Thompson.

The 100th episode featured several celebrities: Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Clarissa Explains It All), Larisa Oleynik (The Secret World of Alex Mack), Robert Ri'chard (Cousin Skeeter), Stephen Collins (7th Heaven) as an audience member, and Britney Spears (in a taped video appearance; Spears was originally supposed to perform in person but had to back out due to a knee injury; Lauryn Hill took her place) all made appearances. Former cast member Lori Beth Denberg, wearing her traditional "Vital Information" outfit, made her final appearance on the show to do the sketch. Former cast members Angelique Bates, Katrina Johnson, and Alisa Reyes made brief appearances on the red carpet. The show continued on winning its first KCA for Favorite TV Show in 1999.[10] Plus in 1999, Thompson became the host of Nickelodeon's Oh Yeah! Cartoons for the 2nd season.

Season Six and a temporary demise (2000)

Season 6 began with new cast member Gabriel Iglesias, along with the departure of Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, who proceeded to start production of the final season of their own series Kenan and Kel. Also on many occasions during Season 6, Kevin Kopelow would appear a few times because of co-producing other Nick shows. It is also rumored that cast member Amanda Bynes was supposed to leave All That after Season 5 to continue working on The Amanda Show, but she returned for the season.

It was rumored that Josh Server wasn't exactly happy doing this season. This is probably because he was getting older and/or all the other original cast members (namely Bates, Denberg, Johnson, Mitchell, Reyes, Thompson) had left the show, leaving him and a few others to adjust to the changes. In addition to Server, it was also said that cast members Danny Tamberelli, and Christy Knowings wished to leave and explore other avenues. Later in 2000, Server became the host on Oh Yeah! Cartoons, taking Thompson's place for the third and final season. The show went on hiatus after a 14 episode season.

To keep the show running, the producers compiled a series called, "Best of All That", which were episodes featuring the Season 4 cast members: Amanda Bynes, Lori Beth Denberg, Leon Frierson, Christy Knowings, Kel Mitchell, Josh Server, Danny Tamberelli, and Kenan Thompson. After those eight episode, following were three episode called "Peas, Cheese, Bag of Chips" (that had skits featuring food), "Dates, Goats, and Romance" (which shows clips from skits that had goats, dates, love or even all three elements), and "Best of Music" (showing several musical performances from Season 6 only).

Eventually, Nickelodeon canceled All That for a short time. Josh Server became the longest serving cast member since being an original from the first season in 1994. In the meantime, the show won another KCA in 2000,[11] and went into reruns until 2001. All That skipped the 2000–2001 television season during the lead-up to its relaunch.

New era begins (2002–2005)

After the television season hiatus, the new era of All That began in 2002. Nickelodeon has titled the second run of All That, "The Relaunch Era". This is because at the beginning when Nickelodeon ended the first run, all the old cast members from Season 6 were replaced by a new cast.

Other changes occurred before the start of the season as well. The show got rid of the long-running sketch "Vital Information". Which had been featured in every show since the first season. Instead they replaced it with a new sketch called "Know Your Stars", which was featured in almost every episode of this season and onward. The show also got rid of the traditional green room, where the cast would hang out. In this season, the cast would be featured walking around the studio instead of being in one area. Another change was the absence of Kevin Kopelow. A long-running gag in the first six seasons was Kevin The Stage Manager, who was usually hurt in some way. Instead he replaced with Pickle Boy, a random person who would usually be seen offering people pickles.

Now, the new openings are: The theme opening (with audience as sound fx), cast members in alphabetical order, Special Guest (if necessary), musical guest, and ending groups.

Season Seven - (2002)

The first episode of the "new" All That featured special guests Frankie Muniz and Aaron Carter and aired from January 19, 2002 to May 4, 2002.[12] The seventh season and ongoing season theme openings/outro themes were slightly remixed to fit the relaunch. In this particular episode, Muniz was seen running around the streets grabbing random people to be the new cast members. It also doesn't have an announcer saying "fresh out of the box, stop, look and watch, ready yet, get set, it's All That." Also on every beginning of an episode, you don't hear the All That instrumental theme.

Season 7 kicked off with cast members Chelsea Brummet, Jack DeSena, Lisa Foiles, Bryan Hearne, Shane Lyons, Giovonnie Samuels, and Kyle Sullivan. At the beginning when the cast headed off to do the show, the audience was not shown anymore and it went right to the beginning credits.

Weekly guest stars

In conjunction with the seventh season, All That brought in weekly special guest stars who helped open the show and participated in some of the sketches. All That during the era prior the relaunch some of the guest stars were Dr. Joyce Brothers in one segment of "Ask Ashley", John Leguizamo in character from the movie The Pest, and Sherman Hemsley in a cold open, and again in a "Good Burger" sketch.

Among the guest stars who appeared during this period were former cast members Kenan Thompson and Amanda Bynes. Unlike most of the other guest stars this season, Thompson appeared in almost every sketch of his guest appearance – reprising popular characters Principal Pimpell in a "Harry Bladder" sketch, lunch lady Miss Piddlin in a "Sugar & Coffee" sketch and "Superdude". Bynes appeared as her Amanda Show character, Penelope Taynt in a cold open and a "Sugar & Coffee" sketch, also appeared as herself in that same skit, appeared as herself in a "Know Your Stars" skit and reprises Ashley in a blooper "from the late-Nineties."

Other special guest stars included, in no particular order: Melissa Joan Hart, Frankie Muniz, Tony Hawk, David Arquette, Britney Spears, Aaron Carter, Will Friedle, Christina Vidal, Matthew Lillard, Ray Romano, Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara (Spy Kids),[13] Nick Carter, Justin Timberlake, Buddy Hackett, Barry Watson, Jennifer Love Hewitt, P. Diddy, Tom Green and Brittany Snow (American Dreams)[14] Some viewers did not appreciate the intensified emphasis on special guest stars since All That (unlike the 90 minute long Saturday Night Live or even the 60 minute long MADtv) was only a 30 minute program (including commercials).[15]

Season Eight - (2002–2003)

Joining the cast in Season 8 was Jamie Lynn Spears, who was previously better known for being the younger sister of pop star, Britney Spears. Bryan Hearne left the show at the end of the season to pursue a music career. Season 8 marked the beginning of All That cast members started attempting dares on the SNICK program: Snick On-Air Dare.[16][17] Occasionally, On Air Dares had special guests from other shows.[18]

Before Season 8 ended, Nickelodeon advertised a competition called R U All That?: Nickelodeon's Search for the Funniest Kid in America. After this contest ended in 2003, the finals aired on July 26, 2003. The contest picked five finalists, and all of them performed a sketch with some of the cast members. The winner was Christina Kirkman, and the runner up was Ryan Coleman. Kirkman became a regular cast member from that point.[19]

Season Nine - (2003–2004)

As previously mentioned, in Season 9, Christina Kirkman earned her spot on All That by winning the R U All That contest. Ryan Coleman, who was the runner-up, soon also got a part on the show midway into Season 9 to replace Bryan Hearne, who left at the end of Season 8 also as previously mentioned. During this season and Season 10, the cast attempted to resurrect some of the classic sketches, like "Good Burger" (with Ryan Coleman as Ed), and "Vital Information" (with Lil' JJ as the anchor). The cast of Season 9 continued to do On-Air Dares.

This was the final season for Shane Lyons, Giovonnie Samuels, and Jamie Lynn Spears. In 2004, All That won another KCA for Favorite TV Show at the 2004 Kids' Choice Awards.[20] After the last episode aired in Season 9, Nickelodeon put the show on a short hiatus for the Fall of 2004. The show then returned when the 10th Anniversary ended. Also in this season, weekly guests no longer appeared, only musical guests. This format continued until the cancellation.

10th Anniversary (2005)

In 2005, Nickelodeon celebrated the 10th anniversary of All That by airing episodes from the first six seasons in the week leading up to a "reunion special" hosted by Frankie Muniz on April 23. Ashanti and Bow Wow were the musical guests.[21][21]

Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Josh Server, and Danny Tamberelli reunited on the show.[21] In addition, Nick Cannon appeared on the special but only via satellite in a Repairman sketch. Other cast members attended but had no speaking parts (namely: Katrina Johnson, Alisa Reyes, Leon Frierson, Mark Saul, Angelique Bates, Christy Knowings, and Giovonnie Samuels). Amanda Bynes, Lori Beth Denberg, Bryan Hearne, Gabriel Iglesias, and Shane Lyons were no-shows. Iglesias was left out of the opening intro also.[21]

A more recent sketch called The Unreal World (a parody of The Real World) was voted the funniest moment in All That history, beating such 1990s sketches as Kenan Thompson's Ishboo character and an older Good Burger sketch.[22]

Approximately 6.2 million total viewers watched the special on both its April 23 and April 24 airings, making it the top cable or broadcast program for the 2-11, 6-11, and 9-14 age demographics,[23][24] and gives it a rating of 8.7/10.[25]

The last segment of this episode paid tribute to the ending soundclip of the original seasons. As the room for the 10 year anniversary party was empty, Kenan and Kel stood sleeping in the costumes of their roles as Mavis & Clavis. Kenan wakes up and says "Hey, Clavis!, wake up, the show's over," and Kel responds with his signature, "Ah yeah, kick it". They then turn and slowly walk away as the screen fades to black in a dramatic yet subtle ending to the 10 year tribute.

Return of "Vital Information"

After a four season hiatus, All That decided to bring back the "Vital Information" segment with BET's Coming to the Stage winner Lil' JJ succeeding Lori Beth Denberg and Danny Tamberelli, respectively. Lil' JJ's very first "Vital Information" occurred during the 10th Anniversary Reunion Special.

Season Ten - The Final Season (2005)

The tenth (and what turned out to be the final) season of All That began after the 10th anniversary, with Kianna Underwood and Denzel Whitaker as the two new cast members that were added after the departure of Shane Lyons, Giovonnie Samuels, and Jamie Lynn Spears (who left to work on Zoey 101). They joined the returning cast Jack DeSena, Lisa Foiles, Chelsea Brummet, Kyle Sullivan, Christina Kirkman, and Ryan Coleman. Also, Lil JJ was part of the cast this season as a featured player doing "Vital Information" (as previously mentioned).

In the somewhat same vein as Season 6, the show was losing an amount of steam due to Lyons, Samuels, and Spears leaving the show, causing some of the relaunch sketches to be discontinued. Some of these sketches include:- "Stacey Chit, Advice From the Old Lady in Shane's Mouth, The Old Lady Show, Bloopers, Harry Bladder (It had Kyle Sullivan but Shane was also starred), Connect The Zits".

The 10th season was only slated for 15 episodes (2 episodes never aired, but they aired in some countries like Australia) until the cancellation. At the start of this season, they used urban musical guests again, but there were no more special guest during this season. Cast member Jack DeSena meant to leave after Season 9 to continue to work on Avatar: The Last Airbender, but he continued to film on All That until production of the show ended in early 2005.

Season 10 ended on October 22, 2005 (featuring musical guest Lalaine) with the show reaching 181 episodes.

Cancellation (2005–2006)

According to Lisa Foiles on her Official Yahoo! Group, the rumors of the impending cancellation of All That were in fact, true. This was the message posted on Lisa's club by Lisa Foiles herself (as of September 5, 2005):[26]

I know there's been a lot of speculating on the subject of All That being canceled, and I thought I'd be the one to tell you that it's true. All That has finally come to an end. I found out a few weeks ago, but didn't know if I should tell anyone. I guess if ten years is long enough for Friends, it's long enough for us, too! I probably would have moved on anyway, even if it didn't get canceled. I was getting a little too old for the show and I believe that it should always have a cast of younger kids, no older than 18. Where I will go from here, I'm not sure, but I have a few things in the works. All I ask is that you guys keep me and the other cast members in your prayers, that we can step into bigger and better things!:)
So, I guess that's....All That!!!
—Luv Alwayz - Lisa


Season Episodes first airdate last airdate
Season 1 15 April 16, 1994 April 1, 1995
Season 2 21 October 7, 1995 October 12, 1996
Season 3 20 November 16, 1996 October 18, 1997
Season 4 21 November 15, 1997 November 28, 1998
Season 5 19 December 12, 1998 October 16, 1999
Season 6 14 January 15, 2000 November 4, 2000
Best of All That 10 2001 2001
Season 7 13 January 19, 2002 May 4, 2002
Season 8 15 September 21, 2002 April 26, 2003
Season 9 16 September 6, 2003 April 24, 2004
Season 10 12 April 30, 2005 October 22, 2005



  • Ken Ceizler
  • Rich Correll
  • Bruce Gowers
  • Steve Hoefer
  • Virgil L. Fabian
  • Linda Mendoza
  • Brian Robbins
  • Kevin Tracy
  • Keith Truesdell
  • Adam Weissman


Awards and nominations

Awards Outcome Note
1997 Kids' Choice Awards:[27]
Favorite TV Show Nominated
1998 Kids' Choice Awards:[28]
Favorite TV Actor Nominated Kenan Thompson & Kel Mitchell - All That / Kenan & Kel
1999 Kids' Choice Awards:[10]
Favorite TV Show Won
Favorite TV Actor Won Kel Mitchell - All That / Kenan & Kel
2000 Kids' Choice Awards:[11]
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:[29]
Favorite TV Actor Won Nick Cannon
2002 Kids' Choice Awards:[30]
Favorite TV Show Nominated
2003 Kids' Choice Awards:[31]
Favorite TV Actress Won Amanda Bynes - The Amanda Show / All That
2004 Kids' Choice Awards:[20]
Favorite TV Show Won

Media franchise

All That: The Album.
All That: Fresh Out The Box Cover.

All That: The Album

On November 26, 1996, Nickelodeon released All That on 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, Monica, Naughty By Nature, etc.). All That's theme opening and outro theme were finally released on this CD. Music from the CD is mainly inspired from the show.[32]

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.[33]

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 of 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.[34] There was also a ticket contest the year before the festival began.[35] On July 29, 2000, Nickelodeon broadcast the highlights and events that happened during the entire festival.[36]


On August 15, 2011, the iTunes Store released All That: Volume 1 with the first 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.[37]


All That ran on Nickelodeon from 1994 until 2005 (its entire original run). All That ran in reruns on The N from March 12 to September 15, 2008.

All That once again started airing on TeenNick on July 25, 2011 as part of The '90s Are All That. These airings, however, have the musical guest performances removed, along with their introduction sketches, presumably for time and the high cost of obtaining music distribution rights. The reruns on The N in 2008 however, aired the show uncut and retained the musical guest performances, with the exception of the K-Ci & JoJo episode.

In a rare tribute to All That, Kenan Thompson complains in the iCarly/Victorious crossover, "iParty with Victorious", that everyone wants to borrow money from him, including half of the original cast of All That. Tori Vega, portrayed by Victoria Justice, comments that she used to love that show.

See also


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  2. ^ Jacques Steinberg (September 7, 2007). "I, Little Sister, Becomes "iCarly"". Retrieved May 27, 2008. 
  3. ^ Jonathan Dee (April 8, 2007). "Tween on the Screen". Retrieved May 27, 2008. 
  4. ^ " Season One debut". 2008-05-01.;ep_title;2. 
  5. ^ "Season 1 on IMDB". 2008-08-18. 
  6. ^ a b c All That: Fresh Out The Box
  7. ^ a b c d All That: Fresh Out the Box, Steve Holland, Pocket Books, 1998
  8. ^ (1999). "Nickelodeon --- Past Chats". Retrieved 20 December 2006. 
  9. ^ a b "All That: 100th Episode -". Retrieved 20 December 2006. 
  10. ^ a b "1999 Kids Choice Awards IMDB". Archived from the original on 2008-01-23. Retrieved 2007-08-11. 
  11. ^ a b "2000 Kids Choice IMDB". 2008-08-18. 
  12. ^ "All That Season 7". 
  13. ^ "Spy Kids on All That (Season 8, ep 2)". 2008-07-01.;ep_title;1. 
  14. ^ "Nickelodeon's longest-running live action series, All That, revs up for its seventh season with an all new format, including a weekly celebrity host and an all new kid cast.". Archived from the original on 2002-02-09. Retrieved 20 December 2006. 
  15. ^ "Memo to Nickelodeon and the Writers of "All That"". Google Groups. Retrieved 20 December 2006. 
  16. ^ "MySpaceTV Kyle's On-Air Dare video". 2008-08-05. 
  17. ^ "Jamie's On Air Dare on". 2008-08-19. 
  18. ^ "Ned's Declassified on On Air Dare". 2008-08-19. 
  19. ^ "2003, R U All That?'s winner". 2004-07-27. 
  20. ^ a b "2004 Kids Choice Press Release". 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  21. ^ a b c d "All That 10th Anniversary Cast and Crew Info". 2005-08-28. Archived from the original on 2008-06-03. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  22. ^ "All That 10th Anniversary at". Retrieved 20 December 2006. 
  23. ^ "Nick's All That 10th Anniversary Reunion Special is a Hit with Kids and Tweens". PR Newswire. Nickelodeon. 26 April 2005. Retrieved 20 December 2006. 
  24. ^ "All That 10 Anniversary on IMDB". Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  25. ^ "All That 10 Anniversary Summary and Info on".;episode_title;1. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  26. ^ "Answer to your "All That" question...". 2005-09-05. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  27. ^ "1997 Kids' Choice". 1995-05-01. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  28. ^ "1998 KCA". 1998-04-05. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  29. ^ "2001 Kids Choice IMDB". 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2001-05-06. 
  30. ^ "2002 Kids' Choice Awards". 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2001-06-01. 
  31. ^ "2003 Kids Choice Awards". 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2003-04-13. 
  32. ^ "All That CD Releases". Nickelodeon. 2007-02-26. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  33. ^ "All That Book Releases". Nickelodeon. 2007-02-26. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  34. ^ "All That Tour Locations". 2008-08-17. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  35. ^ "The World's First Music Festival for Kids!". 1999-07-10. Retrieved 2008-08-20. [dead link]
  36. ^ "Music and More Highlights on Nickelodeon". Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  37. ^ All That: Volume 1, iTunes Store

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