U to U (partially found Nickelodeon interactive series; 1994-1996)

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One complete episode exists on YouTube, along with four short clips.

Status: Partially Found

U to U (also labeled as U-2-U) was an interactive TV series that ran on Nickelodeon from 1994-1996.

Hosted by Ali Rivera and Sertrone Starks, the show solicited viewer-generated content, showcasing short films, animation, video games, music, and other media submitted by viewers through phone, mail, fax, or email, which was then a fairly new technology.[1] The show took advantage of the Prodigy Internet, where viewers could post on an online bulletin board.[2]

U to U was a magazine-style show, featuring different segments and multiple user submissions per episode. It featured segments as diverse as video letters from pen pals to asking questions with celebrities on-air, such as Ben Savage, Bronson Pinchot, Dean Cain, and Fran Drescher, among others.[2][3][4]

It appears that twenty episodes were produced in total,[5] although only one complete episode is available on YouTube,[2] along with four brief clips (one of which is a segment from the available complete episode).

In 1996, there was a short-lived spin-off called U to U: On The Road. It ran for four episodes and was hosted by Roundhouse cast member David Sidoni.[6] A commercial for U to U: On The Road can be found on YouTube.[7]

Horror Episode[edit | edit source]

A user on Reddit named misterfalc0n posted a very detailed memory of a horror-themed episode of U to U, which featured a short horror film created by a group of children. The film features the children sitting around a campfire, telling scary stories about a furry monster with pointy teeth that lived in the woods and ate children at the camp.[8]

To quote misterfalc0n's post:

"After the last child tells his story about the monster, the children began to bicker about which one of the stories they told was the “real” legend of the monster. Suddenly, a deep voice off to the side of the children interrupts them, and says, “You want to know the real story of the monster?” (or something to that effect). The camera pans, showing the shocked faces of the children briefly, before cutting to the left of the screen. There, on a log, seated next to one of the children, was a hairy, brown creature. It was very small, no bigger than a foot tall, and seemed to consist of nothing but a head with limbs attached. For some reason, the sight of that creature’s face immediately paralyzed me. It had a red, human nose and large white eyes with small black pupils. It also had a huge smile, full of large, white, human teeth. I remember its smiling face, very clearly. I honestly don’t remember if the creatures face was claymation, or puppetry, or just actual human features layered on the screen, but something about it horrified me."[8]

The horror short appears to be confirmed in an article about host Ali Rivera, but no footage of it is known to exist on-line.[3]

One complete episode exists online, along with four short clips (one of which is from the complete episode).

Gallery[edit | edit source]

The opening theme.
A child game designer.
An interview with Bronson Pinchot.
From the complete episode, featuring game designer Paul Hubans.
A complete episode of U to U.

See Also[edit | edit source]

Anthology and Short Series[edit | edit source]

Bumpers and Promos[edit | edit source]

Game Shows[edit | edit source]

Inaugural Series[edit | edit source]

Live Action[edit | edit source]

Pilots[edit | edit source]

TV Films[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

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