Saturday, February 12, 2011

"Wild Side Show": Rare Nickelodeon TV show (dolphins episode) Parts 1 - 3

This episode is from 1992 and consists of three parts which is hosted by Jessica Duarte and Scott Tunnell. Part One starts off with Jessica and Scott at the San Diego Zoo with a bird called a Scarlet Macaw. Then they talk about all different kinds of birds and how they're related to dinosaurs. After that they play a game called "Animal Relatives" and have us guess which animals are the most closely related to each other. (Spoiler Alert! It's kinda funny how all 3 questions are the answer C and the animals are the most different from the original animal! We answered correctly, so where is our busload of 1990's tourists wearing fanny-packs, fluorescent clothing, and radical sunglasses???)

Part Two begins with Jessica at The Theater of the Sea in Islamorada, Florida talking about bottlenose dolphins. It then shows how physically handicapped people can swim with the dolphins for therapy. The next segment is Scott and Jill talking about different types of wild cats, especially Tigers and how they could soon become extinct. (It's radical how they decided to include the puking cat in this segment!)

Part Three has Jessica and Scott at the San Diego Zoo and they're talking to zookeepers and trainers about how they started their careers. Next, Jessica goes swimming and dancing with the bottlenose dolphins! After that, she goes on a boat with a Marine Biologist to look for dolphins in their natural habitat. Unfortunately, she finds a mother dolphin trying to bring her lifeless baby dolphin back to life. The poor baby drowned. It was taken to SeaWorld for an autopsy.


"Wild Side Show" was a TV show for kids on Nickelodeon that was hosted by two kids and featured various wild and zoo animals with an emphasis on education and wildlife conservation.

We used to love this show and luckily recorded a couple of episodes when they originally aired. There's barely any information about Nickelodeon's Wild Side Show anywhere online. As of writing this, there's no info on Wikipedia and barely any on IMDB. But after doing extensive research and gathering clues from around the web, here is what we found:

The show definitely premiered in 1992 but there are conflicting reports of when exactly. We personally think it was on Sunday, August 23, 1992 at 8:30pm EST and after that Sundays at 5:00pm EST (other sources have premiere dates listed as February 1, April 10, and August 22, 1992). We also believe the show lasted for two seasons (each with a different set of hosts) and that reruns were shown on Nickelodeon for at least until 1995.

SEASON ONE (13 Episodes):
Premiere: Sunday, August 23, 1992 at 8:30pm EST on Nickelodeon (?)
Host: Jessica Duarte
Host: Scott Tunnell
Locations: Mostly at the San Diego Zoo & Wild Animal Park
(plus other locations throughout the US)

SEASON TWO (13 Episodes):
Premiere: Saturday, November 6, 1993 at 5:30pm EST on Nickelodeon
Host: Jillian Hirasawa
Host: Gordon Michael Woolvett
Locations: Africa and Ontario, Canada's Chapleau Crown Game Preserve


Video Title: (1992) Wild Side Show - Nickelodeon TV show (dolphins episode, parts 1, 2 & 3)
Product: Nickelodeon's Wild Side Show
Original Air Date: 1992

1 comment:

  1. Could you reupload the Wild Side Show episodes please on Youtube on a new account?


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