Top 10 Best Nickelodeon Shows of All Time

Nickelodeon 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?
The Top Ten
1 SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator the late Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. SpongeBob is currently the most popular show on Nickelodeon, as well as the longest running show, running for 23 years, and is beginning its 13th season... read more

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.

2 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

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.

3 Drake & Josh Drake & Josh is an American television sitcom created by Dan Schneider for Nickelodeon. The series follows the lives of two teenage boys with opposite personalities, Drake Parker (Drake Bell) and Josh Nichols (Josh Peck), who become stepbrothers. Both actors previously appeared in The Amanda Show along... read more

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.

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

The classic episodes were great, but then it went downhill. Eventually, Butch Hartman had to retire from this and have Nick cancel the show. It ran for over 17 years, but it wasn't good for anywhere near as long.

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!

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

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.

6 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.

I've been a big fan of Invader Zim for about three years. 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.

7 Hey Arnold! Hey Arnold! is an American animated television series created by Craig Bartlett that aired on Nickelodeon from October 7, 1996 to June 8, 2004. The show centers on a fourth grader named Arnold, who lives with his grandparents in an inner-city boarding house.

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.

8 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

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 seen in cartoons. Sure, sometimes they argue like all siblings do, but they have 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 show is creative, well-thought-out, and not just about humor. It also offers amazing relationships and life lessons. Hopefully, Nickelodeon will one day realize their mistake and bring back this gem of a show.

9 iCarly iCarly is an American teen sitcom that ran on Nickelodeon from September 8, 2007 until November 23, 2012. The series, created by Dan Schneider, focuses on teenager Carly Shay, who creates her own web show called iCarly with her best friends Sam Puckett and Freddie Benson.

The best live-action sitcom in the channel's history. It was even more popular than SpongeBob SquarePants at two points (during iQuit iCarly and 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 Nickelodeon. 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, but unfortunately got cancelled after the next three seasons. 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 on their channel (although more than that were filmed and 33 additional on ParamountPlus).

10 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius is an American computer animated television series created by John A. Davis. It is the first spin-off to the 2001 film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.

A show that seemingly ran long didn't. It defined sci-fi animation on Nickelodeon and was its first CGI show. This paved 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 was terrible. 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.

The Contenders
11 Victorious Victorious is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider that originally aired on Nickelodeon from March 27, 2010 through February 2, 2013 . The series revolves around aspiring singer Tori Vega, a teenager who attends a performing arts high school called Hollywood Arts High School, after taking her... read more

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 million 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.

12 Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide is an American live action sitcom on Nickelodeon that debuted in the Nickelodeon Sunday night TEENick scheduling block on September 12, 2004. The pilot episode aired on September 7, 2003, without many of the current version's main characters, and it was ordered... read more

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.

13 Rocko's Modern Life Rocko's Modern Life is an American animated television series created by Joe Murray for Nickelodeon. The series centers on the surreal life of an anthropomorphic Australian-immigrant wallaby named Rocko as well as his friends: the gluttonous steer Heffer, the neurotic turtle Filburt, and Rocko's faithful... read more

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. 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.

14 Zoey 101 Zoey 101 is an American teen drama television series which originally aired on Nickelodeon from January 9, 2005 until May 2, 2008. It focuses on the lives of teenager Zoey Brooks (Jamie Lynn Spears), her brother (Paul Butcher), and her friends as they attend Pacific Coast Academy (PCA), a fictional... read more

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 anyway, 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.

15 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.

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. Back then, 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!

16 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.

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 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!

17 The Loud House The Loud House is an American animated television series created by Chris Savino for Nickelodeon. The series revolves around the chaotic suburban everyday life of a boy named Lincoln Loud and his ten sisters, to which he survives as the middle child and only son in a large family of eleven children... read more

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. They think everyone should hear them. So, yeah, Loud House is unpopular here because of some certain people. But I honestly think it needs much more respect.

18 Kenan & Kel Kenan & Kel is an American teen sitcom created by Kim Bass for Nickelodeon. It starred the two well-liked All That cast members Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell.

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. It 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.

19 House of Anubis House of Anubis is a mystery television series developed for Nickelodeon based on the Dutch-Belgian television series Het Huis Anubis.

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.

It uses facts about ancient Egypt but makes them interesting. I, for one, would never, ever like all those 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. 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.

20 My Life as a Teenage Robot My Life as a Teenage Robot is an American animated science fantasy television series created by Rob Renzetti for Nickelodeon.

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.

21 All That All That is the American live-action, sketch comedy-variety show created by Dan Schneider, Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin, which originally aired on the Nickelodeon cable television network from April 16, 1994, to October 22, 2005, lasting ten seasons. The series was produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions... read more

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.

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 like that it was a Saturday Night Live for kids only. They cancelled it. But what about the kids who love All That? What about humor? What about Nickelodeon?

22 Sam & Cat Sam & Cat is an American teen sitcom that originally aired from June 8, 2013, to July 17, 2014, on Nickelodeon. It is a crossover spin-off/sequel of both iCarly and Victorious.

I'm a bit disappointed in the plot of the show. 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. However, 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.

23 The Amanda Show The Amanda Show is an American live action sketch comedy and variety show created by Dan Schneider that aired on Nickelodeon in April 4, 1999 as a pilot, then as a regular series from October 16, 1999 to September 21, 2002. It starred Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell and Nancy Sullivan, and featured John Kassir,... read more

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.

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?

24 Big Time Rush Big Time Rush is an American television series that originally aired on Nickelodeon from November 28, 2009 until July 25, 2013. It was created by Scott Fellows (also the creator of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide and Johnny Test and the head writer of The Fairly OddParents)

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.

Sometimes things don't go the way you want them to. You might have to give up something in order to get something else. It teaches you not to let fame get to you, not to let people change you, and to always remember about friends and family. It also teaches you to ignore the hate.

This show showed the real aspects of being famous. It's not all about the fame and money! I love this show.

25 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.

I love these shows. I wish the block aired all the time and replaced a lot of these new shows, or at least until Nick comes up with shows that aren't crappy.

I watched a couple of episodes of this show last night. 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.

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