First debuting in 1994 as a 'sneak peek' and then later at the tail-end of 1994 as a regular programme on Nickelodeon, All That was a show which was a very 'Saturday Night Live' style sketch comedy-variety show featuring short comedic sketches and music guests, the theme song was legendarily preformed by TLC (R.I.P Lisa Left-eye Lopez) of 1990s fame, their songs played on virtually every radio station in the 1990s, specifically their song 'waterfalls' which I heard so many times that even if I had hated the song I'd of known the damn thing by heart;
Early episodes within the first Season or so were actually taped at Nickelodeon Studio's in Universal Studio's, Florida, the same with the famous slime-geyser which no longer exists today and in spite of rumours stating contrary, no, the Nickelodeon Studio's were not shut down due to deaths or any other such foolishness, they were shut down due to storm damage. Sorry I realize that's considerably more mundane than some kid getting skewered on the Hyper Mega Kill Murder Death Aggro Crag on Nickelodeon GUTS, but that's the truth of the matter. Later the show was filmed in Hollywood at the Nickelodeon On Sunset Theater.
Like it's inspirations, Saturday Night Live and Mad TV, All That was funnier in it's first Season or so than it was as it continued through out the years, Saturday Night Live was much funnier in the 1980s and early 1990s though throughout the later 1990s it started to lose it's charm and became largely unfunny until eventually I personally couldn't watch it anymore because it was just too stupid.
There were a few characters on All That who were genuinely quite funny, I personally quite enjoyed the typically Ax Crazy characters such as REPAIR MAN MAN MAN MAN MAN MAN who was well.. Largely a terrible Repair Man who cared little about property damage and seemed to actively seek opportunities where he could be a danger to himself as well as everyone and everything around him, actively a danger to.. Well.. Goddamned everything.. You gotta know that resonated with someone like me who on more than one occasion has put her whole fucking face through the wall by tripping.. Admittedly mine were accidents but still, it's pretty hardcore that I put my face through a wall if I do say so myself and I FUCKING DO!
Now you shut the hell up or I'll put my face through YOU!
All That also featured characters who were trolls before 'trolling' was really cool, Detective Dan for instance who took things beyond their illogical extreme and completely fucked with people seemingly on purpose before ultimately wrongly arresting them. The best character on the show hands down was a character who later got his own movie, yes, that's right.. You know exactly who I'm talking about.
Wooooaaah! Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, may I take your order?
YES! Ed! Ed is fucking awesome, always has been and always will be, Ed was probably the funniest and most amusing character coming from All That and went on to gain his own Good Burger movie which was equally hilarious, featuring one of the most perfectly comedic-ally timed and played and timed lines that I've ever heard;
Customer: (motioning to Ed) Excuse me! Look, I ordered one Good Burger with nothing on it!
Ed: That's what I gave you.
Customer: No, you gave me a bun. Just a bun. Look there's no meat in here.
Ed: But you said you wanted nothing on it.
Customer: Yes, but I expected a meat patty!
Ed: Dude, a meat patty is something. You said nothing. Fizz, is a meat patty something or nothing?
Fizz: Uh, something?
Ed: (raises arm in the air) I win!
Customer: All right, that rips it! I am reporting your name to the manager!
Ed: The manager already knows my name.
Customer: Oh, I'll see you in Hell.
Ed: Okay, see ya there!
Yeah, that was amazingly hilarious, a perfectly played bit.
Another was Lori Beth Denberg, her Vital Information skit from time to time would have a diamond in the rough which was worth-while, more often than not they were generally just kind of stupid though..
This show was also notoriously known for getting shit past the radar, the censors seemed to be largely asleep when this show was being reviewed and so some things such as 'The Secret World Of Alex Sax' in which Alex Mack is made to be a sax player and the joke is made that she has quote unquote, "Real sax appeal", it's a pun but still.. On a kids show? About a kid? The censors were clearly being a wee bit lazy..
It's sad but retrospectively watching a lot of this show flat out doesn't work, was better due to nostalgia, or just flat out isn't funny, bordering and often passing straight into flat out stupid growing more true as the series goes on throughout the years and especially when the cast changed, it outright became an abyssal and unwatchable sack of shite. All That gets a retrospective rating of 3.4/10 Big Cat Paws, in spite of having a few funny moments and skits, it's largely.. Eh.. Just not funny and having to wait most of an episode for one skit or funny bit, it's just not worth it typically..
The Seasons of All That with the new cast? Those get an entirely different retrospective rating of 0.1/10 Big Cat Paws, utterly abyssal and unforgivably bad and stupid, the matters were made worse by the fact that they didn't do away with characters such as Ed of Good Burger but tried to continue on by placing newer and younger cast members playing the roles and that's utter blasphemy. Kel is Ed, end of goddamned story.