9 Things You Didn’t Know About The Secret World Of Alex Mack
The Secret World of Alex Mack was a huge hit on Nickelodeon. Running from October 8, 1994 to January 15, 1998, the show centered around Alex Mack, an otherwise ordinary kid in junior high whose life completely changes when she is drenched in a mysterious chemical that gives her the ability to morph into liquid and shoot electricity from her fingertips. It’s been almost 20 years since the show went off the air, so check out these 9 things you didn’t know about the Secret World of Alex Mack:
9. Creating the Pilot
Thomas W. Lynch co-wrote the pilot script for the show with Ken Lipman. His father had been a nuclear physicist who worked with radioactive materials that he kept in the family garage. “Today, they would’ve shut the whole block down,” Lynch told The Huffington Post. “It cracked me up — the idea that that stuff was right there. What if I ate it? What would happen to me?” While the chemical that gave Alex her powers, GC-161, was not of the chemicals he found in the family garage. Lynch thinks that he came up with the GC part of the name while doing DNA research, and the 161 came his parent’s divorce. “I was 8 years old when my parents got divorced,” he said. “That was purposeful.”
8. Selling the Idea to Nickelodeon
Selling the show to Nickelodeon was easy for Thomas W. Lynch and Ken Lipman. Lynch had television hits like Kid’s Incorporated and Night Tracks on his resume, which is why Nickelodeon came to him about doing a series. He convinced the network to let him develop six scripts, but the only one that he ended up writing was The Secret World of Alex Mack.