Retro-tastic! Nick at Nite First Launched 30 Years Ago This Week

Did you grow up in the age of color TV but still learned to love Dick Van Dyke and I Love Lucy?

If so, there’s a good chance you have Nick at Nite to thank. Classic television reruns were plentiful in the ’80s and ’90s, but Nick at Nite – which launched on July 1, 1985 – consolidated decades of American TV into one place.

Karolyn Grimes, Actress Who Played Zuzu Bailey: 'No One Has a Wonderful Life'

It was a cruel irony of It’s a Wonderful Life: The actress who played Zuzu, the 6-year-old girl whose flower petals symbolized the triumph of love over despair, ended up living a real life of heartbreak – enduring more pain and loss than most.

But Karolyn Grimes, now 74, looks back and sees meaning in her journey, which in many ways started on the set of Frank Capra’s beloved 1946 holiday movie (which NBC is airing again Christmas Eve).