The TweenageRugrats 

(Left: Chuckie, Angelica & Tommy, as Rugrats and tweenagers; from the 7/9/2001 St. Petersburg Times; ©2001 Viacom.)

All Emmied Up -- Not

The All Growed Up pilot was nominated for "Outstanding Children's Program" in the 2002 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which were presented on Saturday, 9/14/2002. But unfortunately, they lost. For details, click here.

"To Be Continued" -- as "All Grown Up"

The All Growed Up special was not only the highest rated Rugrats episode ever, it was also the highest-rated program ever on Nickelodeon, just enough to make it cable's # 1 show for the week ending 7/22/2001. And because of these ratings, you can count on the return of the tweenage Rugrats.

A TV series about the tweenagers will go on the air in late 2003 -- 13 episodes have been ordered (production commenced in September 2002), and their first season will begin in 2003. However, the series will now have a gramatically-correct name -- "All Grown Up".

For details on the All Grown Up series, click here.

As for the special that started it all -- here are the complete details of that accomplishment, from Variety:
''Rugrats'' special lifts Nick to growed-up highs

By John Dempsey

NEW YORK, Wednesday July 25 1:57 AM ET (Variety) - Nickelodeon's Rugrats solidified its hold as the highest-rated programming franchise in cable history by scoring a huge 7.2 rating in cable homes for All Growed Up, a one-hour primetime special this past Saturday.

The rating is equivalent to more than 12 million viewers, and the special reached 70% of kids aged two to 11, the cable channel said Tuesday. Nick's previous record was a regular Rugrats episode, which reached 5.4 million viewers in 1999.

The Rugrats special delivered more households to Nickelodeon than any other program in its history, giving the network a rare first-place victory in primetime among all basic-cable networks for the full week ended July 22.

Nickelodeon averaged a 2.3 rating for the week, edging Lifetime with a 2.2. Closely bunched between third and sixth place in primetime were USA (a 1.9 rating), TNT (1.8), Cartoon (1.7) and TBS (1.6).

Lifetime had the highest-rated primetime movie of the week, Dangerous Child, with Delta Burke, chalking up a 5.2 rating in cable homes July 16.

While Nickelodeon won the primetime race among households, it ended up only in fifth place among the coveted adults 18-49 demographic and sixth place among adults 25-54. USA finished first in the adults 18-49 category, and TNT was first in adults 25-54, both in primetime.

But All Growed Up was the big story of the week. Nickelodeon said the special's 70 share among kids 2-11 represented the highest share ever recorded for a cable TV program. And the special came in as the second-highest-rated program of the year in all of cable, beaten only by TNT's Crossfire Trail, with Tom Selleck, on Jan. 21.

Nickelodeon president Herb Scannell said, ``Surprising numbers of kids held Rugrats parties on Saturday night and watched the show in groups.''

All Growed Up, which projected the Rugrats characters 10 years into the future, will serve as a pilot for either a regular spinoff series or a series of occasional one-hour specials, Scannell said.

The Adventure Continues On A Windows PC

On 10/16/2001, a PC game based on the All Growed Up special (or a "three-part episode airing this fall" according to the game's producers, THQ) will be released. The computer game, for at least Windows 98 and Me, wil have Mr. Spooky's time machine turn the Rugrats into tweenagers. For more details, see my game page.

The Tweens Visit The Great White North

After the tweenage Rugrats wowed fans throughout the US, there's nowhere else to go but up -- north, that is. About a month after the video release in the US & Canada, All Growed Up had its Canadian television debut on YTV, Rugrats' English broadcaster in Canada. YTV premiered the episode on Labour Day, Monday 9/3/2001 at 12 Noon ET.

For French-speaking viewers, "Les Razmoket, Dix Ans Après" made their French appearance in 2 parts on VRAK.TV -- 12/1/2001 & 12/8/2001.

Here's What The Pre-Teen Rugrats Look Like

At left is the box to the upcoming All Growed Up (US) video, featuring all the Rugrats as pre-teens. At right is the cover of the "All Growed Up" book, with the look at the other Rugrats, 10 years older (unfortunately, Susie, Dil & Kimi aren't on the cover, though they're featured in the story.):

(Both ©2001 Viacom. Video box from Amazon.Com; special thanks to Jessie G.)

In Britain and, later, Australia, the video will be known as "Older And Bolder"; the reason being is that there is already a Rugrats video on the market in those countries that is named "All Growed Up". The contents of "Older And Bolder" is the same as the US "All Growed Up"
video. Also, the episode itself will still be called "All Growed Up" in the British version.

Here is another "then and now" pose of the regular and tweenage Rugrats, minus Phil & Lil.

(Left: from a British Rugrats magazine, courtesy of Dean Hall; Right: from the August 2001 Nick Magazine; both ©2001 Viacom.)

Pushing The Tweenage Rugrats Around
(and unsuccessfully trying to keep them a secret)


With the Rugrats being Nick's biggest draw, there's one thing
sure about the celebration -- they'll be promoting the All Growed Up
special, and the 10th Anniversary, like they never did before.

Promos for the special started to appear on Nick in June, with a series
of teaser ads that run, sort of like this: clips of a particular Rugrat as we
know them now -- toddlers -- flash on the screen. Then, the announcer says
something like, "Wait 'till you see them ten years older"; then, the "camera"
pans up on a still picture of that same Rugrat, as a tweenager, starting from
the feet, going up, then, fading to black, just before reaching the head, fading
up to the image shown above, reminding viewers, of course,
when to catch the special.

Similar teasers are also at Nick.Com's website, where "headless" tweenage
Rugrats, plus the whole silouettes thereof, are found, where they are used in
offering the "gold" e-cards (click here).

In my opinion, when it comes to these "teaser" ads, showing the tweenage
Rugrats only from the shoulders down, I say "nice try" -- when these ads
started to appear on Nick, pictures of the video jacket are already on the
dealers' web sites (Amazon.Com in particular), and the book adaptation
was already hitting the bookstores, not to mention, that the August
Nick Magazine
, with the tweenage Rugrats on the cover, now in the
mailboxes of their subscribers. By the time the teasers were playing, many
Rugrats fans already know what they look like. If Nick wanted to keep the
fans in suspense, it, more or less, backfired.

In early July, Nick started to run promos with all of the tweenage Rugrats seen,
heads and all (see left). However, Nick is still bent on showing the
tweenage Rugrats sans heads, so they show the complete characters is a
succession of quick clips -- the screen grabs at left are some of those quick
clips, caught with an aid of a VCR.

(Left & Top Above: Screen grabs of an All Growed Up ad from Nick.
From the The Asian Rugrat; Bottom Above: from Nick.Com; all  © 2001 Viacom.)

Are the Tweenage Rugrats the Future "Rugrats"?

(Left: An interesting picture, a la Oprah & Ann-Margaret  -- toddler Rugrats' heads on the tweenage Rugrats' bodies, based on pictures in the August 2001 Nickelodeon Magazine. © 2001 Viacom.)

In Nick's press releases for the Rugrats' 10th anniversary, it mentioned that the All Growed Up special will be a "one time only" special, where the Rugrats appear as tweens for one episode only.

Or not.

According to, Nickelodeon executives at the Television Critics Association tour in July 2001 mentioned that All Growed Up is actually one of three spinoff concepts proposed by Nick to keep the successful Rugrats franchise rolling. And if ratings for the All Growed Up special are any indication, look forward not only to a new series, but also to a new merchandising line based on the show. And on 7/21/2001, the loyal Rugrats fans, and the Nielsen families, have spoken. Beacuse of the ratings, it's very likely that Nick will make the tweenage Rugrats a regular part of Nick.

So much for "one time only".

After all, the concept of seeing our popular charcaters at an older or younger age isn't original -- we shouldn't forget the teenage Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm (CBS, 1971-76) or, going the opposite direction, Muppet Babies (CBS, 1984-92), The Flintstone Kids (ABC, 1986-90) or A Pup Named Scooby Doo (ABC, 1988-93) -- Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm dealt with teenage versions of the popular babies from The Flintstones, while the others feature younger versions of the popular characters.

Also being proposed is another series where Angelica and Susie attend preschool. This special, to be entitled Pre-School Daze, will serve as the pilot for this proposed series.

And the third proposed spinoff is a series featuring Susie and the Carmichael family, who will move from Anytown, California to Atlanta, Georgia in the new series. This new series, tenatively called The Carmichaels, would've been to Rugrats as The Jeffersons was to All In The Family (no, Randy won't be opening up a dry-cleaning establishment). Of course, that proposed concept wasn't new -- it was first proposed for the 1999-2000 television season, but with Nick and Klasky-Csupo deciding to concentrate on all the original-aged Rugrats, all together, that concept was shelved. A Rugrats Kwanzaa had served as a pilot for this new series, but with Pre-School Daze likely to go to series, and the original Rugrats staying in production, it would be against logic for the family to move to Atlanta. 

As for what will happen to the original series when the spinoffs air? Nick plans to keep the original Rugrats series going, alongside the spinoffs. In the TV industry, anything can happen.

Roll The Closing Credits

For details on some of the people that have brought this special to millions of American homes, click here.

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