New Kids on the Block: Then & Now


ET first met New Kids on the Block in 1989, as they were charming fans at a school in New York. Now, ET is looking back at the boy band's vintage interviews before the debut of their reality show on the soon-to-be-renamed TVGN.

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"I'm a young kid and I'm just having a good time," Joey McIntyre told ET in 1990.

From London to Japan, ET was there with Joey, Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood for all the pandemonium.

"Remember that one show where our whole stage was full of girls?" Jordan asked Donnie in 1990. "They dragged them all out and when the girls seen where they were putting the people that fainted on the back of the stage, everyone started fainting then. That was funny."

The boys were tight, but like many bands, they had their share of disagreements. Tension with the group drove them apart in 1993.

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"There were times where me and Donnie would walk down a hall and not even say hi to each other, because there was so much tension," Joey said in 1993. "It was stupid."

Fortunately for fans (a.k.a. Blockheads), the band famously got back together in 2008 and teamed with the Backstreet Boys for an epic tour from 2011-12.

Today, NKOTB has a new reality series called Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block, which premieres Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The day is a special one for TVGN as it marks its transition to Pop. ET also teamed up with TVGN for a special called ET Presents: New Kids - Then and Now, airing Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.