The Biblioklept Salute to Eleven Great TV Shows, Not One of Them with Us Today–Part IV

Check out parts I, II, and III.
8. Salute Your Shorts (1991-1992, Nickelodeon)

A salute to Salute. Nickelodeon’s Salute Your Shorts only ran for two seasons–a grand total of 26 episodes–but in my impressionable young mind the show seemed to last forever. It’s weird to me now that at the same time I was trying to cultivate some kind of hipness–buying my first albums (Nevermind, Out of Time, Dirty, Doolittle, Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits) and starting to reach beyond comic books and genre sci-fi and fantasy to read “adult books” (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Kurt Vonnegut)–I was also hopelessly addicted to a show as goofy as Salute Your Shorts. But I was. I watched it every afternoon, delighting in the kids’ adventures at summer camp. I was particularly intrigued by pranksters Budnick and Donkeylips (I was thrilled when Budnick turned up in Terminator 2. Really). I also watched Nickelodeon’s Hey Dude, which I considered to be a pale imitation of Salute Your Shorts (a little research shows that Hey Dude actually began its two season run a full two years before Salute Your Shorts first aired). I’m not sure if I finally did get too old–or perceived myself too hip–to watch Nickelodeon, but it seems to me like Nickelodeon has been on a slow decline since the early nineties and the demise of shows like SYS and Ren and Stimpy.

Before you check out the episode below (which I know you’re psyched about), find out what Donkeylips (aka Michael Bower) has been up to. Apparently he’s a rapper now; unfortunately the section of his fantastic website (you really should go there now) devoted to “My Rap Music” (via “Media,” via “Audio”) only contains “One Mic” by Nas–still an awesome song, though.

4 thoughts on “The Biblioklept Salute to Eleven Great TV Shows, Not One of Them with Us Today–Part IV”

  1. There was a time last summer when my roommate and I would come home from work, pop some popcorn, and plunk ourselves down in front of the computer for a couple hours’ worth of Salute Your Shorts and Are You Afraid of the Dark on Youtube…it was quite satisfying. I wholeheartedly agree that Nickelodeon has steadily declined since our youth.


  2. I really like your website.

    I remember being traumatized when Budnick was younger. He played the little white brother named Sam on Diff’rent Strokes when the old guy got remarried. There was a two-part episode wherein Sam was kidnapped. Part of the show took place in the kidnapper’s home. The kidnapper’s wife and her child tried to make little Budnick feel at home, but the kidnapper threatened to kill the Drummond’s if Sam ever tried to contact them.

    It was sort of fucked up. I remember that episode scaring the shit out of me. Salute Your Shorts didn’t have any of that.


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