Thread: Nickelodeon's "Don't Say Dead" Rule

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    Somebody told me that Nickelodeon has this rule where they can't say the word, "Dead" in it's Nicktoons. I think that's a stupid rule, what do they think it is, a cussword?
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    Patrick from Spongebob said "Dead" once.
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    They had that rule for Nicktoons at some point in the 90s and early 00s. In Rocko's Modern Life, they renamed the Chokey Chicken to the Chewy Chicken, and most references to dead was removed from Nicktoons in the 90s. In the early 2000s that rule was starting to die off and they started using that word again. I don't know why they used that rule in the first place, it was kind of dumb.
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    I guess it's sort of like the dubs of some of these Japanese animated shows. If I recall correctly, death or kill couldn't be mentioned for those either.
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    Yeah Nickelodeon's a kids network so they've always been a bit sensitive towards the kind of subversive, adult humor that other cartoonists found amusing. In Jhonen Vasquez's case there was an episode of Invader ZIM called "Game Slave 2" where this annoying kid named Iggins was supposed to die at the end but Nick told him not to do it so he came up with this bizarre ending where he flies away and Nick's reaction was "Are they making fun of us?!".

    I like Nick, but I think Cartoon Network is a lot less strict.
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    I've heard that word on some shows on Disney Channel, and they're no better than Nickeldeon. I think the FCC has their panties on too tight.
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    Nick's rules kind of started because of John K. and the hard time he gave them on Ren & Stimpy. After that they wanted to have more control and were more instructing on shows like Angry Beavers and ZIM until they finally had more kid-friendly quality cartoons like Spongebob, Jimmy Neutron, and Fairly Oddparents. And that's the reason they have them on all the time.
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    Yeah, that is kinda a dumb rule...freakin' FCC.
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    Did the FCC get on them about this, or are the Nick producers just trying to censor every little thing.
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    Its kinda funny if you think about it. Back in the 90's you could get away with saying HELL and you wouldn't get in trouble, Now they're getting stricter.
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    Rocko's used the word, Ren and Stimpy used the word, and I think at one ep in the Rugrats, CHuckie's pet pillbug "died".
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    Hmmm...kid shows has dumb rules like Disney's "67 Rule".
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    They have gotten stricter. Yesterday, I saw the Rocko's Modern Life episode where Heffer sells his soul to the devil and later winds up in hell. No way a kid show gets away with that these days.
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    its just the US Nature to be all prudeish, people.
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    eh, its just a dark topic they dont want kids exposed to

    remember helga's mom on hey arnold? she was obviosly an alchohaulic but u kno they wouldnt let them mention that
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    Quote by blueluigi
    they renamed the Chokey Chicken to the Chewy Chicken


    I'm pretty sure that's not because it had to do with death. "Choking the Chicken" is a eupheism for masturbation.
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    IT's the FCC people. I think they're cracking down harder than ever.
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    Quote by RetroRickster923
    Hmmm...kid shows has dumb rules like Disney's "67 Rule".


    please enlighten me for i do not know what that means
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    Quote by knuclear200x
    Quote by RetroRickster923
    Hmmm...kid shows has dumb rules like Disney's "67 Rule".
    please enlighten me for i do not know what that means
    I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the number of episodes a series can have, although, I thought it was 65 episodes.
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    why does the number mean bad luck or something?
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