Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Spongebob Squarepants Spongebob Squarepants SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. Spongebob is currently the most popular show on Nickelodeon, as well as the longest running show, running for 18 years, and is beginning its 10th season .

SpongeBob really deserves the first place - My favorite cartoon ever!
SpongeBob rocks and I've liked this cartoon since I was a kid. Way to go SquarePants!

Can't go wrong with SpongeBob. He's the beast ever no matter how old you are

SpongeBob SquarePants is the funniest laughing show ever. Patrick is really funny and Dumb. Mr. Krab likes money. I love this show. (childhood memories)!

I Like the part where in the episode "Squid's Day Off', Squidward keeps running back and forth to the Krusty Krab and Spongebob saying "Have you finished those errands." And that's one of the reasons why I like Spongebob Squarepants.

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2 Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American animated television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic-like world in which some people are able to manipulate the classical elements by use of psychokinetic variants of Chinese ...read more.

I love this show! It's so funny that I fell of my chair. The characters are so cool especially Sokka who totally cracks me up. I love the romance starting between Aang and Katara. The action is sick as with the awesome bending. And last of all the animals are so adorable and that includes Appa which is a humungous six legged flying bison and Momo which is a flying lemur. I absolutely positively love love LOVE this show. 1000000 out of 10!

This show is a masterpiece, and is more well-rounded, balanced, and developed than most cartoons AND live-action shows I've ever seen. I simply cannot express how this show has challenged my way of thinking about our world issues today (war, violence, racial issues, vengeance, forgiveness and mercy, and many others). The messages this show displays not only serves as a teaching point for a children's cartoons, but the creators also incorporates those messages as part of the plot and part of the character. For example, for one of our heroes, who is a vegetarian and was born into a culture of peace and non-violence, he faces his own moral dilemma of whether it is right to take another's life. Unlike most other children's cartoon, which would simply use the message as a device to teach the lesson to children, the message is expressed through our characters and is also vital to the plot.

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This show was literally the best thing to ever happen to Nickelodeon. For me, at least. There are so many great things to say about the show.

For one, it's a great concept. I mean, an Asia inspired world where people can manipulate the four elements into a fighting style? Not to mention how detailed every bit of the world is. In one part of the world is a giant swamp with a tree that's wider than most houses. Another is a freezing wasteland, in which one main character has to take shelter in a cave. Not to mention there's a whole other universe where spirits dwell. Seriously, this is such a fantastic world.

The artwork is amazing. I'll admit, the animation wasn't so good that I exploded, but for a kids show, it's spot on. And it certainly gets better in the Legend of Korra, if you haven't seen that series either.

Characters are spot on. They're all relatable and each go through their own problems in the world. The main character, Aang, is forced upon a destiny ...more

It was fun for people my age to have one of those interesting shows you had to watch from the beginning when we were kids.

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3 Hey Arnold

This is one of the true classics of the '90s. A lot of cartoons from that decade still hold a very special place in my heart, but only a handful really elevate themselves above the others. Hey Arnold is one of these cartoons. In addition to being a hilarious, romantic approach to the way children perceive their childhood, it's also a very real show, with great themes ^^ moral lessons and well-written stories that allow the characters to emote and feel.

So many cartoons these days come across as junk food. They give the impression that such stories and characters are of no interest to kids, that they only want bright, loud shows with paper-thin plots and weak caricatures. This is why Hey Arnold has lasted as long as it has, and is so popular with fans to this day. It was none of those things, and left fans with something solid to grasp on to ^^ carry with them as they continued to grow older.

Hey Arnold is absolutely the best cartoon to come out of Nick, and its ...more

HA! IS PURE MAGIC... ONE OF THE BEST THINGS OF MY CHILDHOOD WAS JUST LYING IN MY COUCH AND WATCH HELGA DYING FOR ARNOLD (I MUST CONFESS.. I LOVE HIM 2! ) BUT STILL WITHOUT MISSING HER STRONG PERSONALITY AND YET... SOFT AND MUSHY SELF I JUST WANNA SAY THAT I THINK WAS UNFAIR FOR ALL US FANS YOU ENDED A GREAT SHOW LIKE THIS.. AT ITS BEST SEASON, WITHOUT GIVING IT A DECENT AND PROPER END... I WAS SO MAD AND SAD WHEN IT HAPPENS... BRING IT BACK AND YOU WON'T REGRET IT! EVEN NOWADAYS ANY KID FELL IN LOVE OF OUR SHINING FOOTBALL HEAD!

I love hey Arnold because it is like real life and you learn a lot from the show and most characters are hilarious especially Helga she is my favorite because she is so hilarious and she has a heart of gold because she is nice to everyone and she does the funniest pranks. She also had a rough childhood with terrible parents and she always apologize when she makes a mistake and I love when she express herself. I feel like I learned so much from her. That is why I admire Helga and the show so much.

90's nostalgia is big now. Nick is responding by giving us the long awaited Jungle Movie. Since they are so ignorant, they will probably show reruns to make it mainstream again. Like that needs to happen... However, it would give younger kids a chance to check out the show without having to go on youtube. And to be fair, I haven't seen the show on T.V. since like 2007, so...

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4 The Fairly OddParents The Fairly OddParents The Fairly OddParents is an American animated television series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon.

My favorite Nickelodeon show and probably my all time favorite show. This show pratically has everything: Time Travel, physically surfing the internet and T.V. channels, good moral lessons. The humor never wears off and any age group would enjoy it. The main characters (Cosmo, Wanda, and Timmy) are some of the best main characters in any story. They are extremely humorous and they help you feel better when you're feeling down because they're so emotionally moving.

Back then, this was all true, but after the trilogy specials, this became false, now it's no longer a good show, and it's now an empty, repetitive and mean spirited show, the same thing happened to SpongeBob SquarePants in 2004, which was way earlier, back then, the artwork and music was the problem with this show, but now, everything about it sucks. - nelsonerica

Besides SpongeBob this is my favorite cartoon on Nickelodeon. When I was little I used to always love to watch this show. The episodes never get old. I wish that this show was at least number 2 on the list. Great Jokes and Stories.

This show is my life and I can't believe this is not 1 I love this show What a shame there's no more fop, Nickelodeon sure could use it now that all they have is shows that stink the only time they have it on is at like 6 or 7 am

This show used to be good, until the characters suddenly became unlikable, mean-spirited, and annoying.

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5 Rugrats Rugrats Rugrats is an American animated television series created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain for Nickelodeon.

this list is stupid... rugrats was the best show on nick, it had the spinn-off all groen up... show respect o this amazing kidd show, tommy taught us how to do everything - terren65

Oh really! How the heck is Rugrats at number 4. It should be number 1. I mean,come on. At least it was perfect and didn't have any suicide jokes unlikely modern Spongebob. At least it didn't go on for too long because if it did then it would of sucked. I mean take a look at The Fairly oddparents and Spongebob. That's why it's never good to keep shows on for too long. Anyway this show deserves to be number 1 instead of Spongebob because Spongebob lost it's taste in after 2004. This show is legendary. It's way better than Spongebob.

I LOVE THE RUGRATS. I'm 13 years old and I still watch them! If your smart you'll vote for them!

I have been watching Spongebob for yours and never got tired.

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6 Invader Zim Invader Zim Invader Zim is an American animated television series created by Jhonen Vasquez for Nickelodeon. The series centers on an extraterrestrial named Zim from the planet Irk, and his mission to conquer Earth and enslave the human race along with his malfunctioning robot servant GIR.

This show had balls. It introduced many children to the evils of humanity and the question of morality, all while being funny as hell. Even so, it didn't simply rely on shock like other dark shows; instead, the comedy was led by the battles between 3 truly likable characters (Zim, Dib and GIR) and their hilarious one-liners. It was a thrill ride.

Invader Zim is still a very cool cartoon, but it does need some improvement. 1. The characters in the series should probably talk politely and not use as much trash talk as they normally should. 2. If Dib figured out if Zim was an alien and not human, then Zim would have to make his disguise have a nose, two ears, white skin, no gloves, and a different outfit. 3. Some of the grammar is spelled incorrectly. 4. The characters should be more positive role models. Gaz should be more sympathetic and supportive with her brother Dib, Zim should probably ask the tallest to go to a different planet, The tallest should of gave Zim a normal SIR and not GIR, because GIR is too hyperactive, Gaz should be happier, Zim should probably lower voice because he talks in a really loud tone. 5. Ms. Bitters should be as grouchy and mean as she always is she should probably learn to lighten up. Jhonen Vasquez remember Invader Zim can still be funny but in just a more positive way rather than a negative way.

INVADER ZIM IS BY FAR THE BEST CARTOON I HAVE EVER SEEN! SpongeBob is the most DISGUSTINGLY ANNOYING, MIND-MELTINGLY IDIOTIC WASTE OF TIME I have ever heard of. The producers of Invader Zim had a lot of freedom on what they did with the show, and they ended up using that freedom to the fullest extent. Invader Zim had the most amazing, detailed, unique animation that I have never seen on any show, and the main idea of the show is just brilliant and original. Have you heard of or seen any other show like Invader Zim? The characters are lovable, adorable, and incredible too, unlike the fools and idiots found in SpongeBob. The stories of Invader Zim are very creative, and the humor present throughout the show is hilarious and actually funny, unlike in - you guessed it- SpongeBob. Someone seriously needs to reboot Invader Zim! And SpongeBob needs to be DESTROYED WITH FIRE AND SENT INTO THE DEPTHS OF HELL TO SUFFER FOR ETERNITY. Thank you.

This show has changed my life forever. Zim, Dib, Gir, and Gaz are all relatable characters. It has great story lines,every single time I watch this show, I start laughing like crazy. It made my day everyday when I watched it at 10:30 at night for 2 years straight. Sometimes I feel like Dib at the most, and then I'll act like Gir for no reason. This show is still amazing, and in my opinon, THEY NEED TO BRING THIS SHOW BACK PRONTO!
As Zim would say, CURSE YOU PIG-SMELLIES FOR CANCELING ZIM!

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7 The Ren & Stimpy Show The Ren & Stimpy Show The Ren & Stimpy Show, often simply referred to as Ren & Stimpy, is an American animated television series created by John Kricfalusi for Nickelodeon.

What?! This deserves to be in the top five! Predictably, Spongebob is number 1. Man, some people need to watch the 90's. I know it's the past, but Nickelodeon was great back then, much better than it is now. Ren and Stimpy was AWESOME! Much better than Sanjay and Craig, or The Fairly Odd Parents. I know when John left, it went WAY downhill, but still. Give it SOME credit for the first two years. This show never failed to make me laugh.

If only the new Spongebob was as merciful...

Really good show, Should Be #2 Sponge Bob #1 Some of the best episodes were Fake Dad, The Royal Kilted Canadian Yaksmen, and my favorite, The episode where Russian Ren and Stimpy race the U.S. Pigs.

Not as good as the early SpongeBob but the late SpongeBob... - booklover1

I'm so surprised this show is not in the Top 10 section! I mean, just like Doug and Rugrats, it was one of the first Nicktoons to air on Nickelodeon! It was insane, gross, crude, but I still love it to this day!

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8 Rockos Modern Life

If you wanna know why this show is SO overrated by its fanbase, here's why:

BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY DESERVES NEARLY ALL OF THE PRAISE THAT IT GETS AND THEN SOME. There. Is that a good enough reason? Ren & Stimpy was an okay series but not as good as this.

How is this not higher? This show alone made my childhood, I don't understand why more people aren't voting for it.

This show should beat SpongeBob, that show only had good episodes in the first two seasons, after that it went rock bottom

The best cartoon of all time along with Hey Arnold! and The Angry Beavers.

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9 Danny Phantom Danny Phantom Danny Phantom is an American animated series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon. It was produced by Billionfold Studios and distributed in Canada by Nelvana, a Canadian animation company. The series follows a teenage boy who, after an accident with an unpredictable portal between the human world ...read more.

AWESOME show, my personal favorite, but in all honesty, I hope it doesn't return for a fourth season. Don't get me wrong, I would LOVE to see what happens next like, how does Danny and Sam's relationship work out? Is it possible for Vlad to return? Does Dani Phantom get adopted by Danny's family? The list goes on. But we all need to take a good look at what Nickelodeon's become. The new art styles are HORRENDOUS, the writers couldn't write a good episode if they tried, the writers DON'T try to write good episodes, and bringing shows back hasn't been a good idea for a LONG time. Look what they did to Jimmy Neutron, or the Rugrats (not All Grown Up, I mean the pre-school days thing), they turned them into terrible "shows" that barely lasted a full season. I LOVE Jimmy Neutron and the Rugrats, and when they re-made those shows, they lost so many fans. They can have a chance to bring the show back, but they are most likely going to screw it up. Personally, I LOVE this show just the way it ...more

Danny Phantom is TRULY THE BEST CARTOON IN THE ENTIRE WORLD! I love Danny Phantom so much & I really hope that Nick will bring him back for a fourth season! Every day I watch at least five episode of Danny Phantom! The show is a major part in my life as is Danny! I was so happy when Danny & Sam finally became boyfriend & girlfriend! Phantom Planet was the best finally EVER! Please, PLEASE, PLEASE SAVE Danny Phantom AND BRING HIM BACK FOR MORE SEASONS! Danny Phantom means everything to me & I really love the show!

Danny Phantom is the best cartoon in Nickelodeon. Also it has some humor, action, romance, adventures, comedy, and moral lessons. Its actually a great show once you see it. I love ghosts.

This used to be my favorite childhood show. I loved it. I really want Butch Hartman to bring it back, but I think that it's time to take a look at how Nickelodeon is now. I mean it has bad shows, except The Loud House, TMNT 2012, and Harvey beaks. I mean the writers wouldn't be able to write a good episode. We should also take a good look at how The Fairly oddparents is today. I mean Butch Hartman is already running out of ideas on that show and he doesn't want to end it. Now please don't get me wrong, I used to like The Fairly oddparents back in the day, but now that I look at it today, I feel like I don't want to watch it anymore. I feel bad for this show. The plot is repetitive, the episodes are getting weaker and weaker and so are the characters, same thing with SpongeBob today. I mean, I can't stand those two shows staying in our new generation anymore because they are gonna get even more worst. If Butch Hartman brought back Danny phantom, then he and the writers would of messed ...more

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10 CatDog CatDog CatDog is an American animated television series created by Peter Hannan for Nickelodeon. The series depicts the life of conjoined brothers, with one half being a cat and the other a dog.

Spongebob is definitely the number one Nickelodeon cartoon, fairly oddparents is a good show too but this is one of my favourite shows growing up, it should be in the top ten

I like this really cat dog are twins

Favorite cartoon of all time! I still watch it at night on teen nick laugh out loud

Because SpongeBob and Winnie the Pooh are in this.

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The Contenders

11 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron

My favorite cartoon of all time. Just watched the first in years and it was so good that I binged watched the entire series in a couple weeks and am heartbroken that it only lasted 3 seasons. One of the only shows that actually got better as the series progressed and also one of the only shows that actually have plot points that continue with the series. To many shows nowadays don't follow a storyline and just make a random episode that has nothing to do with the previous episodes. Please bring back Jimmy Neutron

One of the best Nick shows because it has science and good characters and wonderful plot lines.

This was a great cartoon and it's a classic. It should definitely be top 5 at least

It's better than stupid Planet Sheen.

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12 The Legend of Korra The Legend of Korra The Legend of Korra is an American animated television series that aired on the Nickelodeon television network from 2012 to 2014. It was created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino as a sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender, which aired from 2005 to 2008.

This show has to be at the top of the list! It has beautiful animation, a great voice cast and fun, new characters.

Appeals to all audiences, lives up to the reputation of The Last Airbender, and visually stunning in animation and storyline. I am a Korra worshiper. Laugh out loud

Awesome animation show, with just a generally good approach and understanding of human nature. Definitely one you don't want to miss

I like this show as much as I liked Avatar: The Last Airbender. Everything that made that show awesome is in here, only this show has a lot more bending action, which makes this show more fun to watch.

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13 The Angry Beavers The Angry Beavers The Angry Beavers is an American animated television series created by Mitch Schauer for the Nickelodeon Channel The series revolves around Daggett and Norbert Beaver, two young beaver brothers who have left their home to become bachelors in the forest near the fictional Wayouttatown, Oregon.

At least I can respect the fact its in the top 20

This should be 1. Why wasn't in the top 10

One of the funniest shows should be top 5 but unfortunately nick cancelled it

Should Be In Top 5. Who Can Dislike a Masterpiece Like This? Trully Underrated...

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14 Rocket Power Rocket Power Rocket Power is an American animated television series. The series debuted on Nickelodeon on August 16, 1999. The series ended on July 30, 2004 after four seasons.

Good cartoon but need more Patrice to become best. Give respond please thank very much

From all cartoons fan

Awesome cartoon but not as good as Avatar, SpongeBob, Rugrats etc.

This show is old school but it is such a good show

I remember watching it. Anyway I love the theme song

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15 The Wild Thornberrys The Wild Thornberrys The Wild Thornberrys is an American animated television series that aired on Nickelodeon. It was rerun in the United States on Nickelodeon and occasionally Nicktoons until November 1, 2007. The show returned to The '90s Are All That for one night, and aired on March 21, 2013. The show aired on Nicktoonsters ...read more.

The wild thornberrys, are cool! Based on a comedian named marvin and his son named nigel and their crew, a camerawoman named lorraine, a grunge cartoonist named deborah, a nature and myth geek named elizabeth, a strange boy named donnie, and a clever ape named darwin

Childhood right here, childhood

This show was absolutely wonderful and hilarious and great love it

Gotta pay respect to the classics. Much, much better than Avatar.

16 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)

TMNT is the best ever show and I am a giant fan. I always loved those turtles and I will always do it! It has to be the number one, because of the amazing story, animation, voice cast. I am a girl and I love it! Also I love Mikey, he is my favourite character ever and I think he is the cutest! TMNT for ever!

Why is this not #1? It's way better than SpongeBob! The new version of SpongeBob is just horrible. The show is mind blowing. And guess what? I'm a girl and I love it!

Once people watch this show, I'll estimate that 7 out of 10 people will start to love it. They should be at least at the Top 5, Why all the way down here?

This list blows. Tmnt is the best show. Just love the turtles. I don't even care whether I'm a girl or not I just love them

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17 Ahhhh...Real Monsters

I love this show so much! In my opinion it's funnier than Monsters inc.

18 Doug Doug Doug is an American animated sitcom created by Jim Jinkins. The show focuses on the early adolescent life of its title character, Douglas "Doug" Funnie, who experiences common predicaments while attending school in his new hometown of Bluffington. Doug narrates each story in his journal, and the show ...read more.

Whoever did the first comment your right half of the one up top should be down here shows in the 90's were all that and up to about 2003 maybe 2004 with shows like Ned's Declassified, Drake and Josh, Zoey 101 was straight when you think about it and shows like unfabolous

This show should be in the top 2. The problem is, the majority of the people voting on this grew up in the 2000's, and have no idea what a good cartoon is. Shows from the '90's wipe the floors with the later cartoons.

How shows like fanboy and chum chum and tuff puppy are above doug is a complete blaspheme. How doug is rated at number 33 is even worse.

How is Spongebob higher than this awesome show?

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19 Penguins of Madagascar

I love this show! This should be number 1 on the list! I wish it could have had more seasons than 3. It deserved at least 5 seasons.

Penguin of madagascar is a good cartoon

This has over 7.1 Million viewers, and accordind to T.V. experts POM is the Second Best Animated Show Behind SpongeBob. GO POM!

Good for modern nickelodeon but not classic

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20 Blue's Clues

Blue's Clues is better than Fanboy and Chum Chum!

This show is okay, but it gets freaky when Steve or Joe draws clues in their notebooks, they come to life, and start singing about themselves.

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