Chip and Pepper Are Probably Not Nelson

NBC’s Saturday morning lineup in 1990 was led off by Chip and Pepper’s Cartoon Madness, a cartoon show with live action segments focused on the adventures of Chip and Pepper, two identical twin Canadian hip-fashion designers and media gadflies. Despite the big media push, they did not become big pop culture sensations for several reasons. First, it was basically the end of the Saturday morning cartoon era, and secondly, any and all Chip and Pepper goodwill probably landed squarely in the camp of Nelson, whom Chip and Pepper strongly resembled. It got even more confusing when, after the Chip and Pepper show, Nelson would show up on NBC’s Saturday morning lineup for interstital hosting segments, or to perform on the morning-ending Saturday Morning Videos. In short, Chip and Pepper were not Nelson. In a strange twist of fate, Chip and Pepper are arguably more successful than Nelson today, as they run a successful eponymous designer jeans company, in Canada, where the American dream comes true.

Brian Boone

From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

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