Nostalgia is a super-powerful force, especially when it comes to TV shows from yesteryear. Some say today is the Golden Age of TV, but people are still wistfully looking back at their favorite shows and characters from their childhood! In some cases, said TV characters have delighted fans with triumphant returns to the small screen.
Some networks have gone the revival route, bringing back full series years later. “Boy Meets World” spawned “Girl Meets World,” Netflix revived “Full(er) House” and “Gilmore Girls,” and “Will & Grace” will return to NBC this fall.
The Dan Schneider universe (also known as the Schneiderverse) has been on top of this trend for a long time, though in ways you might not have expected. Instead of bringing back entire shows, Nickelodeon has strategically given fans a peek into their favorite characters’ futures with crossovers, video clips, guest appearances and more!
Here are a few of the best:
Surprise Guests on “Sam & Cat”
Chase and Michael aren’t the only character from “Zoey 101” to emerge from the woodwork years later. More than one made an appearance on “Sam & Cat,” starting with Stacey Dillsen, the lovable nerd known for her lisp, her bad luck, and her manic obsession with cotton swabs.
In the “Sam & Cat” episode #MadAboutShoe, Stacey gets hit by a car, leaving behind a beautiful pink shoe that Cat fawns over. When the gang tracks the shoe to Stacey, we learn that she’s now a sophomore at San Francisco University, has regained her lisp, and (unfortunately) has no friends.
“Zoey 101”’s Coco Wexler also makes an appearance on “Sam & Cat.” After meeting the girls by chance in an airport, it’s revealed that Coco had married and divorced Carl since the end of “Zoey 101,” who went on to get engaged to her mother. Coco is on their way to the happy couple’s wedding in #FirstClassProblems. One thing that hasn’t changed? Coco still loves ravioli.
Herb from “Sam & Cat” on “Henry Danger”
Paying it forward, a character from “Sam & Cat” recently appeared on one of Dan Schneider’s newer shows, “Henry Danger.” Herb, a loveable guy who’s either homeless or a billionaire (yet to be determined), popped up in Swellview to buy a condo in the episode “Secret Beef.”
Herb’s appearance marks the first time another Dan Schneider character showed up on “Henry Danger,” but he certainly won’t be the last!
“Zoey 101,” 10 years later
When the series wrapped up, even some of the most satisfied fans of “Zoey 101” had a few lingering questions. One being, what on earth did Zoey say about Chase in her time capsule in season 2?!
Lo and Behold, Dan Schneider gave fans answers in 2015 with an exclusive video clip showing Chase’s whereabouts, ten years after the time capsule and seven after the series’ end. The mini-episode shows Chase about to propose to another girl, when he’s interrupted by his best friend Michael, also a “Zoey 101” alum. The clip was covered by Variety, among other news outlets.
SPOILER ALERT: Zoey says “All I know for sure is, Chase is really special to me, and who knows, maybe he’s even my soulmate.” Cue Chase running out the door to get the girl!
Freddie Benson on “Game Shakers”
Dan Schneider’s other new show, “Game Shakers” is poised to bring back at least one of the greats. One fans can look forward to is the return of Freddie Benson from “iCarly,” played by Nathan Kress. The Game Shakers, obsessing over the Sam-Carly-Freddie love triangle, track Nathan down when he’s in NYC to find out what he’s up to, and which girl he prefers.
Will we find out about the love triangle? Only time will tell. What we do know for sure is that Freddie has a career in film, and is still (at least!) friends with both Sam and Carly.
When “Good Burger” returned!
Last but not least, the 2015 reunion of Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell for another “Good Burger” sketch may be the most iconic reunion ever for Dan Schneider fans. Staged by Jimmy Fallon, the seven minute skit revisits “Good Burger” and ends with an epic musical number.
It turns out Ed (Kel) is finally superviser — Jimmy’s, to be exact — and Lester (Kenan) is still an irritated construction worker with no time for Ed’s shenanigans! And though it may be “biologically improbable” he’s their real dad, we think Lester should just go ahead and adopt Jimmy and Ed anyway. They would be the best family ever, and the fries would runneth over for all.
Dan Schneider is an American actor, TV and film actor, and producer. Dan Schneider has devoted his life to behind-the-scenes production of hit shows on Nickelodeon including “All That,” “The Amanda Show,” “Kenan & Kel,” “Drake & Josh,” “Zoey 101,” “iCarly,” “Victorious,” “Sam & Cat,” “Henry Danger,” and “Game Shakers.”