The series revolves around the lives of the Rugrats, ten years after the events of the original series. It premiered on April 12, 2003 (just a day after Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast opened at Universal Studios Florida) as a preview before starting its regular run in late November (although in October, it began its regular run on YTV in Canada).
The show is based on "All Growed Up", the 10th anniversary special episode from Rugrats' seventh season (aired in 2001), which proved popular enough that Nickelodeon decided to commission a whole series. Production began in September 2002. The principal characters and their traits (as well as their voice performers) were carried over from the original Rugrats, with a handful of changes and additions.
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|Season||Episodes||Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||13||April 12, 2003||August 28, 2004|
|2||12||June 4, 2004||February 12, 2005|
|3||10||December 7, 2004||July 16, 2005|
|4||10||October 10, 2005||November 20, 2007|
|5||10||November 21, 2007||August 17, 2008|
Home video releases
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Paramount Home Video released seven VHS tapes and DVDs of All Grown Up! between 2003 and 2005. Each tape contained either two regular episodes or an hour-length special episode, with the adjacent DVDs also including two more episodes (with the exception of the first DVD, Growing Up Changes Everything, which instead included the above-mentioned "All Growed Up" special and another episode from Rugrats' seventh season, "My Fair Babies", both of which had been previously released on a separate VHS). The first four Nick Picks compilation DVDs also each included an episode of All Grown Up!, though they were all episodes that were already available on the show's own DVDs; however, the Nick Picks Holiday DVD includes the show's Christmas episode, "The Finster Who Stole Christmas", which was not released on any other DVD in the US.
The entire five-season run of the show was released on DVD in Australia. Currently, no word has been given on a full DVD release in the US.
- Nickelodeon (original run, April 12, 2003-August 17, 2008; reruns, August 18, 2008-January 27, 2013)
- Nicktoons Network/NickToons (February 14, 2006-October 28, 2013)
- TeenNick (2015, 2021)
All Grown Up! received mixed reviews from fans of the original series. While they were happy to see the Rugrats characters return, they felt that it was too bland and generic and lacked the charm, creativity and feel of the original series, which had a very unique premise. It was also criticized for rewriting the characters' personalities and having many continuity problems and retconning. However, the show does have a cult following.
When the series premiered its regular run, more than 3.2 million viewers, and over a third of all kids watching cable in the United States, tuned in, enough to put it into the 2nd place slot for the week, behind an NFL game on ESPN, and making it the highest-rated premiere in Nick's history (the sneak peek episode that aired in April, "Coup DeVille", didn't make the top 15 cable programs for that week, due to the ongoing war in Iraq).
- During summer 2003, teasers for the show aired. However, the scenes shown were not from actual episodes of the show. The teasers showed:
- Tommy filming Chuckie for a video he's making
- Lil telling Phil in the cafeteria that he's immature
- Kimi ordering pizza to Lil at her pizza place
- Angelica and Susie running for class president
- Kimi chatting with Chuckie at the Java Lava
- Tommy and Dil having a fight
- Dil hugging Angelica in front of everyone
- The first outfits the kids wear (from pilot to "Bad Kimi", and "Chuckie's in Love") are the same as their first outfits in "All Growed Up", but colored differently.
- Dil is by far the most developed character in the series.
- All Grown Up! has three episodes with the word "rat" in the title, those episodes are, "River Rats", "Rats Race", and "Rat Traps".
- Once season two aired, the animation and art style changed drastically to HD coloring, and The characters also changed their clothes each episode.
- Although the animation and art style changed in season two, season two and future seasons still used the same intro sequence that showed the characters in their season one designs.
- Only Tommy and Dil were shown as adults, along with Stu and Didi being extremely old, in a fantasy sequence in "Brother, Can You Spare The Time?"
- Klasky-Csupo's All Grown Up! area on cooltoons.com (Studio site)
- Nickstory Archives: All Grown Up
- NickToonstory Archives: All Grown Up