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Shocking Stories About Nickelodeon's Dark Side in Quiet on Set

Shocking Stories About Nickelodeon's Dark Side in Silent on Set

Shocking Stories About Nickelodeon's Dark Side in Quiet on Set

Drake Bell said he was sexually abused during his time as a Nickelodeon star, bullying allegations against prolific producer Dan Schneider and more bombshells from a new ID docuseries.

"I often look back at that time and wonder how in the world I survived."

So Drake Bell says in Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV, a new Investigation Discovery series that digs into the bittersweet experiences of a number of former child actors who got their big break as part of Nickelodeon's pop culture-dominating lineup of kid-friendly programming in the 1990s and 2000s.

Though whether shows like All ThatThe Amanda ShowiCarlyZoey 101 and more were even all that kid-friendly is one of the questions explored in the four-part series, which premiered March 17.

Bell's revelation that he was the 15-year-old victim who was never publicly identified when child sex abuse charges were filed against dialogue coach Brian Peck in 2003 has already made headlines, this marking the first time the now 37-year-old Drake & Josh alum has spoken out about what happened to him.

"I've never talked about this outside of therapy," Bell notes in the series.

But throughout Quiet on Set, actors, writers, directors and others who worked on the Nickelodeon shows run by onetime network super-producer Dan Schneider paint a disturbing picture of joy and fun radiating from the finished product juxtaposed with a frequently tense and at times allegedly abusive atmosphere behind the scenes.

When the ID series was announced in February with the network release promising a deep dive into an "insidious environment rife with allegations of abuse, sexism, racism and inappropriate dynamics with underage stars and crew," a rep for Schneider told E! News in a statement that the now-58-year-old was the "biggest champion" of all the young people he worked with at Nickelodeon.

Schneider was best known as an actor for the 1980s sitcom Head of the Class before he broke through as a writer on the sketch series All That in 1994.

Credit: E! News

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