Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV

Nickelodeon, a staple of childhood entertainment, has long been synonymous with joy and lightheartedness. However, Investigation Discovery’s forthcoming docuseries, “Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV,” peels back the cheerful facade of children’s television to reveal disturbing truths lurking beneath the surface. Delving into the shadows of exploitation, abuse, and manipulation within the industry, this gripping series sheds light on the grim realities plaguing the renowned kids’ channel.

Led by Mary Robertson and Emma Schwartz, the docuseries thrusts a central figure into the spotlight: the notorious Dan Schneider. Once celebrated for his creation of Nickelodeon’s most beloved shows, Schneider’s reputation faces scrutiny amid allegations ranging from hostile workplace behavior to inappropriate conduct with young actors. Uncompromising in its portrayal, the show presents a stark depiction of systemic failures that allowed such misconduct to persist unchecked for far too long.

Here’s what we know so far about “Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV”:

Viewers can catch the docuseries on Max starting March 17. For those without a Max subscription, options include monthly or annual plans. Monthly plans begin at $9.99, granting access to the service with ads. Opting for an ad-free experience on up to two devices raises the price to $15.99 per month. For the ultimate ad-free indulgence across four devices, the plan is available at $19.99 a month.

The trailer for “Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV” wastes no time in delving into the gritty details, exposing the less glamorous and more perilous aspects of working behind the scenes at Nickelodeon. For ’90s kids, Nickelodeon transcended being merely a TV channel—it was a cornerstone of childhood memories. With beloved shows like “All That” and “The Amanda Show,” Nickelodeon not only entertained but also shaped upbringing, bringing education and entertainment into living rooms across the nation.

At the helm of Nickelodeon’s success stood Schneider, hailed as “Nickelodeon’s Golden Boy.” With hits like “iCarly” and “Victorious,” Schneider established himself as the creative force behind the network’s most cherished programs. Pioneering kids’ sketch comedy, he not only entertained but also launched the careers of teen stars like Drake Bell and Miranda Cosgrove. However, as time progressed, his leadership and questionable decisions unveiled a darker side of Nickelodeon.

For many of Schneider’s adult colleagues, working with him felt akin to navigating an abusive relationship. Allegations of gender discrimination, a hostile work environment, and harassment tarnished his tenure. The presence of children on set heightened the gravity of the situation, exposing vulnerable young actors to toxic dynamics within Nickelodeon. As brave interviewees step forward to share their experiences, “Quiet on Set” dismantles the facade concealing the atrocities lurking behind the seemingly innocent kids’ channel.

The docuseries reunites former “All That” cast members Giovonnie Samuels, Kyle Sullivan, Bryan Hearne, Katrina Johnson, and director Virgil Fabian. Writers Jenny Kilgen and Christy Stratton, known for their work on “The Amanda Show,” provide insight into the darker workings of the channel.

Additionally, the series features contributions from cast and crew members of “iCarly,” “Sam & Cat,” and “Victorious.” Marc Summers from “Double Dare” and Alexa Nikolas from “Zoey 101” share their experiences, while former Nickelodeon star Drake Bell from “Drake & Josh” publicly recounts the abuse he endured.

Through interviews, archival footage, and social media commentary, “Quiet on Set” meticulously documents the pattern of abusive and manipulative behavior prevalent in Nickelodeon’s working environment. The show also exposes the presence of child predators on set, revealing the grim underbelly of television production.


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