Meagan Good Starred On This Nickelodeon Television Show
Meagan Good has been in the entertainment business since she was four-years-old, acting in some of the most classic films, including Eve’s Bayou and the cult classic dance flick, You Got Served. She transitioned from child actor to a full-fledged sex symbol of the late 90s and early 2000s, playing the role of leading lady in a string of movies and even a music video for rapper 50 Cent’s “21 Questions.”
She’s now married to pastor and film executive, Devon Franklin, and recently announced that they are hoping to start a family soon. Luckily, she’ll be able to show her future children episodes of the iconic Nickelodeon show, Cousin Skeeter, which she starred in for three years.
What was the show ‘Cousin Skeeter’ about?
Cousin Skeeter debuted on Nickelodeon on September 1, 1998. The showed shared the 8 PM – 9 PM programming block with The Wild Thornberrys.
It starred Robert Ri’chard as Bobby, a young boy whose life is interrupted when his strange cousin, Skeeter, moves in with his family. Skeeter is a puppet who is treated as a human. With Skeeter’s help, Bobby learns important life lessons.
Good played the character of Bobby’s best friend, Nina. The popular theme song was performed by the R&B group, 702.
Cousin Skeeter was one of Nickelodeon’s shows that featured a predominantly African-American cast. At the time, the network was committed to showcasing multicultural programming that children and young teenagers watched to teach the importance of inclusion. Cousin Skeeter focused primarily on issues that Black Americans dealt with and used comedy to tell the story through Skeeter’s character.
After three seasons, the show was allegedly canceled after the puppet used for Skeeter was ruined from getting slimed on the popular Nickelodeon show, Figure It Out.
Meagan Good gets emotional reflecting on her time on ‘Cousin Skeeter’
It’s been over 20 years since Cousin Skeeter went off the airwaves and Good’s career has continued to flourish. But, her role on the show is one that is most beloved with fans. At a time when young African American children didn’t have much content to relate to, Cousin Skeeter filled in the gap.
Good loved the show as much as fans did and realizes the importance it played in pop culture. It became apparent when she was reunited with the Skeeter character for the first time since the show ended. In a recent interview with NickRewind’s YouTube series, Throwback with Nickelodeon, she wiped away tears as she explained the significance that her time on the show had on her childhood. She was 17-years-old when the show started.
“Being in the business for so long… it’s not an easy business. It’s a constant faith walk to get that type of opportunity at such a crucial age and for that to really be a big part of my childhood. We didn’t really get to go to prom because I was filming…that was a choice and that was a choice that I would never change or do differently but the things that were happening in my world, that’s the world I experienced as a teenager and “Cousin Skeeter‘s” a very big part of that.”
With so many reboots of 90s sitcoms, maybe fans will finally get a Cousin Skeeter reunion.