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Cousin Skeeter
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TV Series
    (September 1, 1998-May 19, 2001)
    Aired on Nickelodeon
    Theme song was sung by 702
    Robert Ri'chard as Bobby Walker
    Rondell Sheridan as Andre Walker
    Meagan Good as Nina Jones
    Angela Means as Vanessa Walker
    Bill Bellamy as the voice of Skeeter
    Premise: Bobby's cousin moves from Atlanta to live with his family in New York. They get themselves into all sorts of funny situations.
    It had a pre-recorded laugh track.
    It was Nick's answer to ALF.
    Variety accused it of perpetuating black stereotypes in a negative review: '[Nickelodeon] apparently have set their sights on sending TV's view of black culture careening back to the Stone Age.'
    There are numerous theories as to why Skeeter is a puppet and no one says anything about it - the most common being that it's code for a person with dwarfism (begging the question why they didn't just center a show on that specific topic in the first place).
    An internet rumor claimed it was cancelled after Skeeter's appearance as a guest panelist on Figure It Out.
    According to the rumor, they only had one Skeeter puppet and the show's trademark 'slime' wouldn't come out, halting production (Skeeter was slimed in 1998 and his show ended in 2001. So draw your own conclusions...)
    It pulled a Smurfette principle in its made-for-TV-movie ('New Kids on the Planet'), introducing puppet Nicole (voiced by Tisha Campbell-Martin) as Skeeter's love interest going into the third season.
    It ended one episode before its series finale was to air (it is considered lost).
    It was part of Nick's multicultural lineup that included The Brothers Garcia and Taina.
    Its premise was similar to Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
    Skeeter and Bobby had a loving relationship that came off as genuine (despite being puppet-human).
    It did a fun two-part crossover with Kenan and Kel.
    Usher, Sandra Oh, and Shaquille O’Neal made guest appearances.
    The show’s theme song was set to the tune of 702's 'Steelo' with Missy Elliott (but the video itself paid homage to Will Smith's 'Getting Jiggy With It' and Diddy/Mase's 'Mo Money Mo Problems').
    Rondell Sheridan perfected his 'TV dad' craft during his time on the show, five years before his trademark role on That's So Raven.
    It was accused of perpetuating black stereotypes but Bobby and Nina were well-written and progressive for late-90's television.
    It tackled issues pertinent to the black community in humorous and kid-friendly ways (such as dealing with the police).

Credit: BoyWiththeGreenHair


 
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