I was talking about that video in another post (though I never owned it... Couldn't remember the video's title at the time). Only saw it in stores a few times, and yet all these years I thought it also had a Clarissa Explains it All episode as well. It seems both the Hey Dude and Doug episode weren't broadcast very often, at least whenever I watched the show (and I can't remember any Hey Dude episode, but I think I vaguely remember that episode... Two of the characters date, though I can't remember if they became a regular couple).Hey Dude. UGH! I think I said this before... I had a Nickelodeon VHS called "Mushfest" that had a 11 minute Rugrats cartoon, an 11 minute Doug cartoon, and a big fat full half hour of Hey Dude in the middle. Guess what cartoon I bought it for? Yeah. The one at the end of the full half hour of Hey Dude. I didn't mind watching the Rugrats episode... it was pretty fun. The one where the cool kid Angelica falls in love with that becomes a big brother mentor for the babies... the one where Chuckie confesses he's afraid of the guy on the Oatmeal box.
I don't know about now, but it seems like Nick was always determined to have one sketch comedy show on the channel. You Can't Do That on Television ended production in 1990 (continuing to be shown in reruns until 1993) and around the time it ended production Welcome Freshman began and was initially a sketch comedy show (with all the actors playing the same character in each sketch). Then the show switched formats from a sketch comedy show to a sitcom around the time Roundhouse debuted, and when Roundhouse went off the air All That premiered.
There's one promo I remember well. I can't find it on its own on youtube (only as part of a fan-made compilation of Nickelodeon promos), which promoted "Actual Reality". It begins with an announcer saying "First, there were video games", showing a kid (or teenager?) playing video games. Then it switched to that kid wearing some virtural reality device on his head, the announcer adds"Then there was virtural reality, making it feel like you were there". And after that the kids house falls apart and he's at an outdoor basketball court and starts playing basketball with friends, as the announcer promotes actual reality, which really just promotes actually being outside and doing things. Back then, I was confused. I thought "Actual Reality" was an actual product, and that it didn't really show what actual reality was. In fact that commercial was also the first time I had heard of virtural reality. Aside from the Virtural Boy (which hardly had any real virtural reality-based games anyway) was it ever common for kids to actually have virtural reality devices, because I don't ever remember having any, and nobody I ever visited had any.