Top 10 Best Nickelodeon Shows of All TimeNickelodeon is an American television channel launched in 1979 as the first cable channel for children. It has produced many successful television series, including the iconic Nicktoons. What are your favorite shows on Nick, past and present?
It's the show that can't be beaten. It's the reason Nickelodeon's still making money. It was at its best during the first 4 seasons until its first movie before its creator Stephen Hillenburg resigned. Although he came back after the 2nd movie, he didn't make it much longer since he died in 2018. It's certainly one of the longest-running animated shows on television and the first show everyone thinks of when going on Nickelodeon.
I love SpongeBob SquarePants because the TV shows are funny. I especially like it in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie when SpongeBob says, "There's something I need to tell you," when Mr. Krabs tells Squidward to give SpongeBob the position of being manager for the Krusty Krab 2. Squidward says that after SpongeBob's journey, he realized what he wanted was not really what he wanted. But then SpongeBob says, "Are you kidding? I was just going to say that your zipper was undone. Manager?! This is the happiest day of my life!" Yeah, that part was funny.
Listen here, Avatar is and always will be the greatest achievement in Nickelodeon's history. Avatar has all of the key components to keeping anyone interested: romance, comedy, action, adventure, chaos, a good protagonist and antagonist, as well as a great plot and storyline. This is by far the best show Nickelodeon has ever produced. Hopefully, the new Avatar mini-series will live up to the achievement of the original series. Anyone can watch this television show - child, teen, or even adult. SpongeBob, in comparison, used to be great, but after the movie, the level of hilarity decreased and the interest went down. Now, I see SpongeBob as a child-specific show rather than a show for any audience. Good luck appealing to 5-year-olds, SpongeBob.
What can be proudly said about Avatar that cannot be said about any other show currently on Nick? That it ENDED. It was not canceled. The plot line simply came to an amazing close. I was sad to see Aang, Sokka, Katara, Toph (and so many others) go, but happy that the creators of this show stuck to one rule of great storylines: don't draw it out!
BECAUSE this show stuck around just as long as necessary to tell an amazing tale of war, love, adventure, mysticism, and a virtually unlimited number of other themes, it has cemented itself into Nickelodeon's history of truly epic achievements, rather than lingering around for 6 years like a stray cat after it stopped being funny (not pointing any fingers).
It's hard comparing this show to a bunch of cartoons, which is what Nickelodeon is really known for, but I still consider it the best. Shows like iCarly and Zoey 101 were like the first episode of this show throughout their entire run - cheesy. With Drake and Josh, it didn't start out extremely well, but it elevated VERY quickly and became an incredible show that just had "it." You could just tell that the scripts weren't written in 5 seconds. The humor was excellent with endless quotable lines. Another great thing about this show was that it practically never got all touchy and emotional. There were no lessons or anything like that. It was a pure sitcom.
Drake and Josh, in my opinion, is one of the best shows on Nickelodeon. I used to love it when I was younger and watched it regularly. Sometimes, I would watch it every day, especially on weekends with my older brother and sister. And unlike other shows, you could watch it with grown-ups, and they would love it too. And the movies are really good too. It's not as cheesy as the shows from nowadays. And the plot is great, the characters are funny, and to me, there's nothing to hate about it. Nick now is not doing so well, so bringing it back would be amazing! It would get a lot of viewers, and maybe better shows would start coming out. Those two men who played Drake and Josh are just outstanding, and they are the ones who make it great. Without them, the show would be complete garbage, and it would go downhill really fast. They are great at acting, and Dan Schneider made it all happen. He created iCarly, which is number 2 in my book. Thanks a million! And if you can, bring it back! And if Dan Schneider is reading this, it would be awesome if you could make a reboot for it. Thanks again!
Fairly OddParents, a nice play on words, by the way, is a show I love so much. It's second only to SpongeBob because we know SpongeBob isn't going anywhere anytime soon. It's an amazing show. I used to watch it every day when I came home from school, and I sometimes watch it now. I HATE that they made Timmy share his fairies with that girl. That lowkey ruined the show. Remember all the battles with the anti-fairies, the hour-long specials of Timmy and Jimmy Neutron switching worlds, and just the regular, everyday show? It's amazing. But besides that new girl taking his fairies, I love this show. It's by far one of the best Nickelodeon shows of all time!
For those of you who are Fairly OddParents fans, you probably would be upset to hear this, but... This show ended on March 28, 2015. It was a great TV show, the second most popular Nick show after SpongeBob, and had great characters. I found out that the episodes "The Fairly Beginning" and "Fairly Old Parent" would be the last episodes of the series, which means that The Fairly OddParents has ended. HOWEVER, I'm not exactly sure if it actually "ended." But I'm pretty sure that the show ended. Good thing SpongeBob is still airing. That show is awesome.
Re-watching this right now, and I never thought I would enjoy it now as much, if not more, than I did as a kid! I love the scripting of this show and hearing what the adults have to say, especially old Gramps. He can be really funny. I also like how the plot isn't so predictable. For example, in that episode where Tommy's clown lamp broke, it never crossed my mind that it was possibly Angelica (because she had entered the room pretending she had been woken up from her nap). What I think really makes this show great is the voice acting, sound effects, music, and storytelling. Also, the characters are all easily likable. Having just re-watched season 1, I never really remembered how evil Angelica actually is. I was surprised at how manipulative and cunning she can be for a 3-year-old. All in all, this show is underrated!
I need you to know that this is the highest-rated show on Nick and the show that has lasted the longest and has still not been cancelled. This is better than SpongeBob (Seasons 1-3 of SpongeBob were good). Rugrats is the reason '90s Nick is good. But why? Why was a show about toddlers the big game-changer? I honestly don't know. It shows the life of Tommy Pickles, and you, the viewer, get a glimpse of what his life is like. The only problem the show has is *sigh* Angelica Pickles, the main bully, the biggest brat, the fifth main character in Rugrats. She plays the part so well, that's why. Whenever she came on, viewers wanted to smack her right in the face. And from what I know, I do too. I think Nick wanted the viewer to have that reaction. But otherwise, this show is beautiful, a masterpiece. Ciao.
This show deserved more love during its run. It's a shame that Nickelodeon canceled it. It was better than almost any cartoon we have nowadays.
I've been a big fan of Invader Zim for about three years, and I knew about the "Bring Back Invader Zim!" petitions and the rumors that someone would announce every two months that it was "Returning in 2009! 1! 1! 23," and I was disappointed. Invader Zim has the most devoted, creative, and just downright awesome fans I've ever seen. When we get together in a community, crazy, awesome stuff happens. Last September, I started an online campaign called "Operation Head Pigeons," and now we have over 11,000 active participants. We campaign. This isn't a petition. Every few months or so, we send letters to Nickelodeon saying how much we care and are inspired by Invader Zim. Now, we're working on a massive event, code-named "Project Massive." I'm working with several impressive partners, whose identities I cannot expose until Project Massive starts in late July. I know it's a long wait, but I really can't express how close we are to having Zim again. Because of Invader Zim, I've met Nickelodeon representatives, the cast and crew of Invader Zim, and the active associates who are working with Nick to bring it back.
Invader Zim inspired me to take charge and do something. To show the world that when something you and others love is taken away, do all you can, join together, and get it back.
I don't think SpongeBob can do this.
Invader Zim has changed my life.
Danny Phantom is one of those one-of-a-kind shows. It had something for everyone: action, adventure, humor, friendship, family, a little bit of romance, and morals. Despite the cartoony animation style, it is not just a typical cartoon. The characters feel real, and you can relate to them. Danny and his sister, Jazz, don't have the typical brother-sister hate relationship in cartoons. Sure, sometimes they argue like all siblings do, but they have such a great, strong bond with each other, something you normally don't see in cartoons. You get to slowly grow up with Danny as he goes from an unsure, clumsy boy to a brave superhero, willing to do anything for the ones he loves. Even marked as "Public Enemy Number 1" for a bit, he still decides he is going to try and be the hero. This is such a creative and well-thought-out show. It may be a cartoon with plenty of humor, but it also has amazing relationships and life lessons. Hopefully, Nickelodeon will one day realize their mistake and bring back this gem of a show.
Hey Arnold is amazing! It should be ranked way higher! Both movies were amazing additions, and all five seasons were great! I loved all the episodes, and I loved the fact that the characters had interesting backstories and were relatable. This show is wonderful and doesn't get enough credit! I 100% recommend!
This show was fantastic when I was a kid and is even better now that I'm a teenager. All the lessons it taught me as a child are still applicable to my life now and really help me a lot. The characters are wonderfully developed, and you can't help but feel connected to them in some way or another. The stories aren't super crazy and ridiculous to the point where it seems like the scenarios wouldn't happen in real life, which makes you feel even more connected to the show. Don't even get me started on the art and the music. It's all brilliant. I actually got into smooth jazz because I loved the music that Jim Lang composed so much that I went out and listened to more songs from that genre and fell in love. The art is beautiful, from the color composition to the character designs and the urban and rural landscapes throughout the episodes. Even though it may not be the most popular show of all time, I think it's certainly one of the best shows because of the amazing quality of the episodes and the series in its entirety.
The best live-action sitcom in the channel's history. It was even more popular than Boy Meets World at one point (during iSaved A Life) and more popular than half of all the other sitcoms anywhere on TV. It had the most memorable finale of any show on TV. It ended because Miranda wanted to go to acting college for deeper roles but failed, making this finale somewhat of a waste. Thank goodness this show was revived on Paramount Plus. Now we can see the bright side of the original finale, given that Jennette McCurdy was treated horribly by Nickelodeon to the point of leaving, which would have killed off the original show anyway. Too bad Nick didn't let it air for 100+ episodes (although more than that were filmed).
iCarly is awesome, just plain awesome. I love how Sam and Freddie went from brutally hating each other (lol) to being together. I was so angry that they didn't stay a couple! But Carly is really sweet and funny, and Spencer... well, he's hands-down my favorite character. Spencer is SO funny, and iCarly wouldn't be as great without him. If you don't like iCarly, then there is something mentally wrong with you. It's such a classic!
A show that seemingly ran long didn't. It was the show that defined sci-fi animation on Nickelodeon and was its first CGI show, paving the way for other CGI shows there, though they weren't nearly as good. This was a spin-off of the movie of the same name. Too bad Nick canceled it for Planet Sheen, which was a total waste of time. That got canceled too, reminding us Nick made a big mistake canceling this.
This should be in the top 5. It's one of the best shows Nickelodeon has ever done. Just like SpongeBob, it eventually got a full-on movie. And it wasn't one of those movies that only airs on the TV network. Just like SpongeBob, it got put in actual movie theaters. And honestly, I think the Jimmy Neutron movie was a lot better than the SpongeBob Movie. This movie didn't have anything about it that irritated me like SpongeBob's movie did. (I didn't mention the Fairly OddParents movie because it sucked. Never make a Fairly OddParents movie with real people. Stick with cartoon movies, Nick.) This show is great because the animation never changed, even once. It's a good matchup with SpongeBob.
Because it has stories, Hollywood Arts easily fosters friendships like the one between Tori and Andre. I wish Beck Oliver and Jade West are now good couples. My favorite part of Victorious is Wok Star, because it has a lot more fun and I love Jade's play called Well Wishes more than Trina's one-woman show.
My judgment of play stages:
Well Wishes - I love it! Jade, I saw so many connections. Mrs. Lee, make sure your play is creative and beautiful. I saw wonderful stories. My favorite part of the story is when a girl falls down into a well and then there is a guardian angel. Excellent job!
Uptown, Downtown - I saw that rocking musical part. It was fantastic!
Steamboat Suzy - Do not, please, change roles.
Trina! - Too boring. People are not allowed to laugh. 235,000,000 people don't want a one-woman show, including your parents, because you might make Cat and Tori cry and Jade very angry. There were no stories, no nice voices, and no connections around your character and someone else's in Chicago.
Okay, let's start. Now, all the shows above are not ANY good. The only half-decent ones are probably Invader Zim and Drake and Josh. I don't watch Nick at all, really... If there was one real-life, non-animated sitcom I would pick for the best, this would be it. I swear television has DIED. This is the only good thing running on Nick. It's funny, smart, and helpful. The characters are really good and act like real-life tweens. Best of all, it takes me back to my Diary of a Wimpy Kid days (not the movies. They are terrible and complete rip-offs). And I loved those books at 9 and 10 years old...
How in the heck is this not in the top 10 on this list? It is simple, comical, and the tips in Ned's guide are really good but not presented in a forced way, unlike a lot of 2010s-present Nick (and Disney) shows.
Along with Drake and Josh, this show was top-tier and embodied all of the troubles of school. The issues discussed in the show were somehow made funny and enjoyable and are relatable even at the college level, let alone middle school, where the show took place. There's always going to be a special place in my heart for this show. It's why I'm re-watching it for the third time. Never a wrong time for a little nostalgia!
This show really needs to be in the Top 10 part of the list! I don't care what people say about it not being for kids and that it should never have aired on Nick due to its adult content. Who the heck cares?!?! When I was a kid, I was allowed to watch it. I mean, seriously, not everything in the show was meant only for adults.
Can't we all just talk about why this show is so great? For example, the animation is nice, the theme song is awesome, the writing is great, the characters are both memorable and hilarious, and the music is fun to listen to. Basically, I like everything about it.
In closing, I think Rocko's Modern Life was one of the best shows on Nickelodeon that came out in the '90s, and it deserves so much better.
This is one of my favorite cartoons ever! It's hilarious, has such memorable characters, and can take a simple plot like going to the mall or vacuuming or going on a plane to a completely over-the-top yet relatable episode! Some people may say they don't like it because of all the adult jokes, but I say that's one of the reasons this show is so memorable. Get this higher on the list!
This show is amazing. Quinn Misses the Mark was a great episode because it initiated all the romance in the series. This show is literally my life. I just can't describe how much I love Quinn and Logan together. I love how they can't stay away from each other even though they know how much criticism they would receive if anyone found out. My favorite episode would have to be Dinner for Two Many. It shows how they finally wanted to have a real date, and it didn't go so well. But anyways, until you get to season four, you haven't fully experienced this show. I also just can't describe how amazing this show is and how much it has changed my life. This show is truly the best show in the history of shows.
Zoey 101 is by far the best show of all time. It is my childhood. I wish I were with the characters in Malibu, at Pepperdine University, where the show is filmed. The show ended in 2009 :(. Despite being criticized as unrealistic, it remains the most expensive production and is incredible to watch, with a stunning story about Zoey and her life at PCA. Just watching the very first episode, where she arrives at PCA for the first time, and then watching the final episode, Chasing Zoey, makes me want to cry. Especially with the final scene of all the characters dancing at prom to a soft piano version of the song Follow Me. Absolutely incredible. A show I will never forget as the memories flow back into my mind.
Ren and Stimpy's creator, John Kricfalusi, wanted nothing less than perfection. Consequently, he was fired for missing deadlines and replaced with terrible people. Regardless, those first two seasons were some of the best cartoons ever made. Even if you don't like it, you must remember that Ren and Stimpy is what brought us out of the dark age of animation when all cartoons were just 30-minute toy commercials (Transformers, G.I. Joe, etc.). Without Ren and Stimpy, we wouldn't have SpongeBob or Zim. We'd still be trapped in the dark ages of animation. Thank you, R&S, for saving cartoons!
Well, I love this show, but the whole show went downhill after John left. But yes, it was an awesome show, and I can see why it got cancelled. Still, you have to give it some credit for the first two years. I was torn between old SpongeBob and this, but then I thought about the new SpongeBob and voted for Ren and Stimpy! But still, it's an awesome show, and Nick should bring it back (with John!). I've always loved this show and even bought some episodes on my iPod.
If only the new SpongeBob were as merciful...
I'm going to be completely honest here. This show had a lot of problems. I mean, books 3 and 4 were okay, but books 1 and 2 were god-awful. The characters were bad, the stories in both books were poorly executed, the entire lore that ATLA had established was completely ruined, the setting was bland, the dialogue was ridiculous, and the general flow of everything just threw me off. It was okay for the second half, but that wasn't enough to make up for how frustrating the first half was to watch.
The Legend of Korra was beautifully made. It included real-life situations and the struggles of being a hero. The antagonists are far from being two-dimensional and present important social conflicts. Avatar has always been one of my favorites, so I was excited when they released a sequel. The characters are well-developed, and the plot is amazing! Congrats to the show for making the top 20, but I'd love to see it make it to the top five!
My gosh, this show is just amazing. Heck, in my opinion, this show is good enough to beat SpongeBob as number one on this list. But as SpongeBob is pretty much the most iconic kids' cartoon out there, that's not likely. However, it deserves to be number 10 AT LEAST! Unfortunately, it's not popular on this site because of SOME people *GASP* *WHEEZE* who can't keep their mouths shut from spewing their nasty opinions of this show that they think everyone should hear. So, yeah, Loud House is unpopular here because of some certain people. But I honestly think it needs MUCH more respect.
Finally! A modern cartoon on Nickelodeon that's actually really good, has an interesting and creative premise, doesn't rely on toilet humor, and has excellent animation. Since the cancellation of Danny Phantom in 2007, I had lost a lot of faith in the channel and decided to give up on it, with the exceptions of iCarly and Legend of Korra. This show is a game-changer for Nickelodeon, just like Adventure Time was for Cartoon Network and Gravity Falls was for Disney Channel. We've finally found a cartoon that's creative and original, and it's actually been topping SpongeBob in the ratings! Way to go, Nickelodeon!
A true '90s Nickelodeon show. I don't understand why this show isn't ranked higher. It really should be at least in 12th place. The only downside to this show was that there weren't enough episodes - about 20-30 short. They also had a movie after the series, which was good: a fun and fitting way to end the show. 10/10.
Wow. So everyone has forgotten just how good the quality of this show was. There was actual, intelligent humor, unlike iCarly or Victorious. The people on this show were actually funny. They didn't just act stupid to get idiots to laugh.
People think that iCarly, Victorious, Invader Zim, and House of Anubis are better than this? I feel sorry for the generation that followed the great '90s generation. They clearly don't know quality entertainment.
House of Anubis is not only mysterious, but unlike most of the Nickelodeon shows, this show has a point to it. Instead of premiering once a week (like most shows), it premieres almost every night with a new episode. This TV show has a mix of drama, mystery, romance, comedy, and it keeps viewers at the edge of their seat. This is one of the best Nickelodeon shows of all time. It uses facts about ancient Egypt but makes them interesting. I, for one, would never, ever, ever like all that ancient Egypt facts, but they use them at moments you least expect, and then a great wave of sense comes to you, and it leaves you in awe. This show is the best show that Nickelodeon has ever made. In the first couple of episodes, I was kind of bored, but then I watched the next episode, and I could barely stop watching it and going crazy. This show has some of the best actors of all time. When you think everything is normal, it flips that thought within a minute. This show makes you expect the unexpected. It deserves to be the number one show.
Easily the best animated show, besides how nostalgic SpongeBob is. Great characters, superb voice acting, relatable and funny plots. The idea itself of having a robot in teenage social situations actually works great. The only thing this show struggles with is its pacing. It was given only ten minutes per episode. It would be absolutely perfect if it had 12-15 minutes per episode. Some parts were a little cheesy, but other than that, it's a 10/10 show. Also, Nickelodeon, I wouldn't really want a reboot, but a continuation like a 4th, 5th, or 6th season and a proper finale, without majorly changing the characters and meaning of the show, would be ideal. Only continue if the original creators work on it and the original creators want to reboot it. Also, Jenny was every kid's first crush.
I think back to all the shows I used to watch on Nickelodeon, and My Life as a Teenage Robot has a strange feel every time I see or remember it. It's one of the shows, and the only one, that makes me feel that I didn't watch enough of it, that I just HAVE to watch more, even though it's well past my age now. I can easily say, this has to be my #1. The rest of Nickelodeon's shows don't have as much of a pull as this one still has on me.
A true original comedy sketch with a variety of skits and jokes that were a hit.
It's a shame it had to end so soon, which shows us that things weren't good after that.
I like that it was a Saturday Night Live for kids only, and they cancelled it. But what about the kids who love All That? What about humor? What about Nickelodeon?
Best show ever. I love that it comes on every Saturday night. But why does it only come on Saturdays? It should come on every day.
I'm a bit disappointed in the plot of the show because it's basically just iCarly's most beloved character and Victorious's most beloved character put together, and they babysit some kids. I really love the characters and the actresses, but the storyline is a bit boring. The show is fun to watch and enjoyable, but it's not for people who have no sense of humor, like some people in these comments.
Big Time Rush is an amazing, funny, hilarious, and awesome show. Let's start. Kendall Schmidt is the guy who always fights for a girl. Logan is the funny guy who is always going to teach you something about math. Carlos is the guy who likes corndogs and falls easily in love with girls. And James is a guy who always looks after his hair and gives everything he needs to go on a date with the perfect girl.
This show is awesome. It isn't as good as iCarly and Victorious, but it has its decency and its moments. Nick was stupid to mistreat Jennette by canceling the show, since it was the only Nick show to produce ratings above 1.9 million after iCarly and Victorious ended. Love this show!
I honestly don't understand why this is all the way down here! Maybe I'm a bit partial to the show, but I do think it was one of the funniest live shows that Nickelodeon ever aired. "Stranded" was my all-time favorite skit. I could watch it again and again, even today, and still laugh like crazy. Oh, and Tony Pajamas! It may not have run for the longest time, but The Amanda Show was a small piece of comedic genius that kick-started the careers of its main actors.
What a classic comedy.
It was extremely funny and addicting, yet it never got old.
It was great until Amanda Bynes became a mentally ill, alcoholic maniac and got arrested numerous times, showing us that she'll never return to the light.
This was, without a doubt, Dan Schneider's best show ever. It had awesome skits, great characters, and some of the best comedy on Nickelodeon. I wonder why none of his new shows have these elements?
Big Time Rush was Nick's most-watched and successful show! It's not something pointless like iCarly, no harm. It teaches young teens to follow their dreams and not to give up, that sometimes things don't go the way you want them to, that you might have to give up something in order to get something else, not to let fame get to you, not to let people change you, and to always remember about friends and family, and also to ignore the hate. It should be number one. This show showed the real aspects of being famous, that it's not all about the fame and money! I love this show.
Big Time Rush is by far my favorite Nickelodeon show. Yes, I believe it is even better than SpongeBob. My favorite show of all time (next to Ninjago, of course) follows the story of four young, hilarious boys and their adventures trying to adapt to a new life as a pop group in LA, which is way different from their old life as four hockey players in Minnesota. Hilarious quips and memorable characters make this show a gem.
I love these shows, though I wish the block aired all the time and replaced a lot of these new shows, or at least until Nick comes up with not crappy shows.
I watched a couple of episodes of this show last night and let me just say that it's awesome. Big Time Rush shouldn't be above this show.
The good old days: Rugrats, Hey Arnold, Danny Phantom, El Tigre, Rocko's Modern Life, Tak and the Power of Juju, Invader Zim, My Life as a Teenage Robot, ChalkZone, etc.
Man, I miss awesome Nick.