Top Ten Worst Mistakes that Nickelodeon has ever Made

Nickelodeon might be a huge children's TV network but it is not perfect at all. I still love it.

The Top Ten

1 Rejecting Adventure Time Rejecting Adventure Time

It still boggles my mind thinking that Adventure Time in some alternate universe could have been a Nicktoon. It's already pretty crazy looking at the Nicktoons logo in the bottom-left corner of the show's pilot. But in all seriousness, this was the worst decision that the network ever made. Passing up on Adventure Time and letting their chief rival Cartoon Network greenlight it legitimately set the studio back five years. Adventure Time was such an immediate success that brought Cartoon Network back to relevance after the infamous CN Real and export era in the late 2000s. Meanwhile, Nick had to come up with their own terrible programming and floundered as a result. Had Nickelodeon actually seen the potential in Pen Ward's short, the company would definitely be in a better position than they currently are today, even if they have been recovering in recent years. At no point in T.V. history can I name a more dramatic shift in network status than when Nickelodeon rejected one of the ...more - phillysports

As you may know, Adventure Time was submitted to Nickelodeon before Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon denied it because they thought it was too weird, that was a huge mistake because has you know Adventure Time has gained a huge following, and when they denied it they lost what could have been huge success, however if Adventure Time was on Nickelodeon things would have been very different, and I think it wouldn't have gain as big of a popularity as it did on Cartoon Network, because Nickelodeon treats there cartoons a lot more differently than Cartoon Network, and I'm not saying that in a bad way. - BreakFastBeast2005

Nickelodeon: "We thought it was too weird for children too watch."
Me: *Looks at Sanjay and Craig.*
Also me: "You make no sense Nickelodeon! " - CartoonCriticizer

They instead put out Fanboy and Chum Chum. Because that show has sure stood the test of time, right? - Zach808

Why does it have the Nickelodeon haystack

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2 Putting a huge emphasis on trashy sitcoms Putting a huge emphasis on trashy sitcoms

Let's Face it Nickelodeon is not just a cartoon channel it's full of sitcoms but it's cartoons should be getting the focus because that's what Nickelodeon is known for, but in the Last few year we got some horrible sitcoms like Henry Danger, Game Shakers and Bella and the Bulldogs, focusing on these trashy sitcoms and not giving the people what they want is leading to many people tuning out of the network and not showing up anymore. - BreakFastBeast2005

Schneider's Bakery became a synonym of disposable entertainment. Other than Drake & Josh, and MAYBE, just maybe, iCarly as well; the rest were/are formulaic sitcoms that rely mainly on the incessant use of laugh tracks even for the stupidest jokes. Good thing Dan Schneider and Nickelodeon decided to part ways.

I just want to watch Cartoons! - DS3

Nowadays it feels like there’s more trash sitcoms then actual animations. It seems lazy to me.

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3 Over saturating franchises Over saturating franchises

It mostly started with Spongebob and now there doing the same with Loud House. - egnomac

The Loud House isn't good anymore after the creator got fired, yet they KEEP RUNNING IN On Nickelodeon!

I love the Loud House and all but a network cannot rely on the sucess of just one show we need more variety. - egnomac

There's a Nick ad about watching Nick episodes on this show literally decided to conquer the others in the ad. - TeamRocket747

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4 Closing Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando Closing Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando

They closed Nickelodeon studios in Orlando in April 30, 2005. - Gregory

Who cares. I don't even live in America Lol.

what?! - music-is-the-best-thing-ever

This is because most of their shows produced there moved production to Burbank, CA. - kcianciulli

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5 Lack of Nick DVDs

Yes, It is such a pain to find Nickelodeons classic shows, outside of Ren and Stimpy most don't have a dvd release - germshep24

It is a pain that they are releasing DVD-R which is basically official bootleg

6 Mistreating Korra Mistreating Korra

The Spin-off the Avatar: the Last Airbender a great but flawed show, was mistreated by the network, it broadcasted on Saturday mornings(when people are asleep), but soon Nickelodeon decided to move it around the schedule, spread the episodes to weeks apart, and Korra was underfunded so they they had to use a cheaper animation studio to save money, Nickelodeon made Korra a chore to keep up with, and that's probably why people don't think it lived up or didn't like it compared to Avatar: the last Airbender. It could have been Amazing. - BreakFastBeast2005

This show is so overrated and bad. I'm disappointed Nick allowed it to exist in the first place. - Anti-tsundere

I can't wait for the live action Avatar: the Last Airbender series - BreakFastBeast2005

I really liked the Korra's series, and it should had received a lot more recognition! I think it's a relly underrated show, unfortunately

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7 Airing Nick Studio 10 Airing Nick Studio 10

This ha to be the worst programming block of all time, interrupting their own shows with random things, but they will cut back to what your watching, but the portion they played over, so you missed part of what your watching universally Nick Studio 10 was hated and lasted about a week disappeared and was brought back without interruptions and gone again the sad part about this is that they were trying to start a stir up a rivalry with Cartoon Network's Incredible Crew. - BreakFastBeast2005

Feed those Nick Studo 10 creators to the Titans (Attack on Titan)


Unecessary interuptions in every single show. When I first saw this, I pissed myself. - SavageLG

8 Giving Disney the rights to Doug Giving Disney the rights to Doug

Despite the show doing well Nickelodeon decided to cancel it after just 4 season, but what they big mistake they made was selling the rights to the show to Disney, Disney made huge changes to the show including most voice actors, and ran the show for 3 seasons on ABC's Saturday mornings, fans hated the Disney version of the show, and blamed Nickelodeon for ruining it. - BreakFastBeast2005

To be honest Doug wasn't really that good to begin with I actually liked Disney's version of Doug despite the changes they made. - egnomac

So? Disney Channel was one of the most expensive channels. Hey Arnold was better.

NO david

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9 Airing Non-Stop Spongebob

Spongebob used to be good. They episodes they air now are mind-numbing and pointless. Some of them are even tragic or disturbing. - shiftaltkey

Nickelodeon just doesn't have any good new shows, Spongebob is all they got, the only other choice would be to bring back their classic cartoons and do you really want them to ruin your favorite shows - germshep24

I thought spongebob stopped airing 7 years ago. I didn’t notice because I only watched Netflix. I only just noticed it still airs

Spongebob is the only good show they have left, besides the loud house, and if the show die they can say their goodbye to Nick.They are scared that if Spongebob doesn't air non-stop, they will be ruined.If you give the show some time to work on episodes maybe they won't end up like trash.If you let the creators go over what they just wrote, they could make a better episode.But now Nick is rushing Spongebob episodes every Sunday.If Nick may let the writers have a break and look over at some errors in the episode, we may get a very funny or plot driven episode(PS I think Nick canceled Avatar because they wanted to air more Spongebob.)

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10 Canceling Invader Zim too early Canceling Invader Zim too early

Invader Zim is one of those Cartoons that should have gone on much longer, and after nickelodeon cancelled it the fandom increased, a lot, but I do think Nickelodeon is learning from that mistake, with that upcoming Invader Zim movie - BreakFastBeast2005

Kids need shows like this one now. - shiftaltkey

I loved this show - The_gEEK_GamEr9

Who cares.

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The Contenders

11 Cancelling good shows too soon

Noo I liked penguins of madagascar and 00 Things To Do Before High School

What the hell dude

Nickelodeon canceled 100 Things To Do Before High School, The Penguins Of Madagascar, BTR, Icarly, Victorious..., and replaced them with Henry Danger, Game Shakers, Nicky Ricky Dicky & Dawn and The Thundermans, possibly the worst shows ever. Nickelodeon is declining.

Invader Zim, Catscratch, Taina, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius, Rugrats, Rocket Power, Danny Phantom, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, The Penguins of Madagascar, House of Anubis, The Legend of Korra, Harvey Beaks, WITS Academy, 100 Things to Do Before High School.

They’re cancelling their good shows too soon even at the most unnecessary times, which shows us they’re replacing them with garbage shows like Henry Danger, Game Shakers, Knight Squad, The Adventures of Kid Danger, which shows us they and Viacom are greedy these days, and not to forget they once hired Cyma Zarghami as president, which just ruined the whole network and it’s love.

Nickelodeon has been losing viewers since the sudden cancellations of good shows.

The Loud House was the 1st good Nickelodeon show in years, but the original creator got fired, so now it’ going downhill, so all that’s left is SpongeBob SquarePants, which has gone bad after the 1st movie but ...more - Gregory

12 Moving the Fairly OddParents to Nicktoons Moving the Fairly OddParents to Nicktoons

When Fairly OddParents was an the main channel it was getting a consist amount of viewers nothing to major, but when Nickelodeon moved it to Nicktoons, that was basically giving it a Early death, because when it happened the shows ratings plummeted, it was a bad business choice because even though modern Fairly Oddparents sucks it would still get more views with it being on the Main channel than on Nicktoons. - BreakFastBeast2005

Modern Spongebob > Modern FOP

Shame it didn't get a proper ending. - kcianciulli

They moved it to Nicktoons and the last episode aired on July 26, 2017, and now that the creator Butch Hartman’s retired from Nickelodeon, the show’s cancelled. - Gregory

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13 Changing the logo Changing the logo

Changing the logo in 2009 this is the new one although this mistake/change isn't as big as the others the new logo is pretty ugly - BreakFastBeast2005

The new logo lacks creativity

Ugly. Just ugly.

To quote Pink: "So What? " - kcianciulli

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14 Airing Fanboy and Chum Chum

After rejecting Adventure Time, they greenlit this abomination of a show.
The characters were drunk and this taught kids to be drunk.
Thank goodness it ended, but it shouldn’ have been made in the 1st place. - Gregory

15 Saying Timmy Turner is 10 when he looks 8
16 Rejecting The Modifyers Rejecting The Modifyers

The Modifyers never became a series and we never got to find out what happened after Rat and Baron Vein found Agent Xero's ring! What's worse is that now there's an absolutely cringe-worthy hentai parody that not only never fixed the cliff-hanger but also became even more popular than the pilot itself!

There's still a chance The Modifyers could get picked up by Disney! Hopefully...

This was still a good pilot! Agent Xero is my favorite character!

What's worse is that there's a hentai parody that not only fixed the cliffhanger but also became even more popular than the pilot itself!

They reject this yet they let complete utter garbage shows like Sanjay and Craig, Breadwinners, Fanboy and Chum Chum, T.U.F.F. Puppy, Back at The Barnyard, Tak and The Power of Juju and Harvey Beaks onto their channel!

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17 Firing most of the team from Spongebob Squarepants after the movie.

It was 2005 it started getting bad.

They weren't fired they decided to leave - Spongehouse

No they left - iliekpiez

It doesn’t matter anymore now that the original creator Stephen Hillenburg’s dead. He had ALS and we remember the show sucked without him after the 1st movie, and we’ve learned without the original creator, it should end.
Well goodbye SpongeBob.

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18 Canceling good shows and keep the bad ones

And creating garbage like that Angus movie.

Invader Zim, Catscratch, Taina, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius, Rugrats, Rocket Power, Danny Phantom, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, The Penguins of Madagascar, House of Anubis, The Legend of Korra, Harvey Beaks, WITS Academy, 100 Things to Do Before High School.

They’re cancelling their good shows too soon even at the most unnecessary times, which shows us they’re replacing them with garbage shows like Henry Danger, Game Shakers, Knight Squad, The Adventures of Kid Danger, which shows us they and Viacom are greedy these days, and not to forget they once hired Cyma Zarghami as president, which just ruined the whole network and it’s love.

Nickelodeon has been losing viewers since the sudden cancellations of good shows.

The Loud House was the 1st good Nickelodeon show in years, but the original creator got fired, so now it’ going downhill, so all that’s left is SpongeBob SquarePants, which has gone bad after the 1st movie but ...more - Gregory

19 Creating the Loud House
20 Too Much Jojo Siwa

You do know that she's a jerk brat and dummy because she acts like a angel and she's a demon.

Yep. Now, she has her own show, which is called " Jojo and Bow Bow's Show Show". Screw this show. - IceFoxPlayz

I hate jojo siwa

Seriously, No Timmy? Just this YouTube "Star"? - kcianciulli

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21 Airing The Thundermans

Everyone who likes The Thundermans has awful taste in sitcoms!

This show was absolute GARBAGE!

Good Show if you ask me

This show sucked so bad.

22 Airing Dora the Explorer

Dora is blind and deaf and she keeps yelling children where something is even when it’s right in front of her, yet she also stereotypes Mexicans and let’s little kids wander.
Not to mention all the innuendos.
What a stupid show, and the spin-off Dora & Friends: Into the City was stupid too.
Thank goodness both got cancelled. - Gregory

23 Cancelling Victorious and Sam and Cat

Victorious was a good show, since it had real comedy, but Sam & Cat sucked, since it was pointless, stupid yet unfunny. - Gregory

24 Adding Disgusting Toilet/Fart Humor into Power Rangers

Mom is lazy

25 Treating Rocko's Modern Life as just a "wannabe sidekick" to Ren & Stimpy and thus never actually releasing it properly uncut on DVD or Blu-Ray to anyone's knowledge

Watching "what really happened" online for the censored scenes is TECHNICALLY a viable substitute, but only barely - xandermartin98

26 Airing Harvey Beaks

This show was actually good unlike garbage like Fanboy and Chum Chum or Sanjay and Craig. - egnomac

This show was absolute garbage! And everyone who likes it has horrible taste in animation!

27 No Power Rangers especially Nicktoon characters in Kids Choice Awards

Yeah, They wanted to focus on their boring non-obsessive sitcom actors. - kcianciulli

28 Getting Rid of Acquired Shows Too Soon.

Lately in the 2010s,Nickelodeon has been finding cartoons in other countries,those being Alvin and the Chipmunks,Miraculous Ladybug,Kuu Kuu Harajuku,Regal Academy and Mysticons.While it's great to see Nick taking an interest into other shows,they literally get rid of them without telling us before they have the chance to reach their true potential.They straight up erased Miraculous Ladybug,Mysticons got moved to Nicktoons and ended after only 2 seasons and the other 2 were moved to Nick Jr of all places and never aired a single episode again.As for Alvin,he hasn't been killed yet but he might as well be.

29 Exposing a picture of a duck’s breast on Oggy & the Cockroaches

In an episode of the Nickelodeon dub of Oggy and the Cockroaches, they showed a picture of a duck’s breast in a scene, which caused major complaints about the network’s demographic.
Children watch Nickelodeon, and they saw this.

Thankfully the episode and show got banned from Nickelodeon, but they shouldn’t have showed it anyway. - Gregory

30 Trying to be hip and cool with the kids

Why they keep doing this is as mysterious as the Bermuda Triangle.

Look up the Nick trying to be cool cringe compilation on YouTube. I dare you. - Drawbox

They made Lola loud sab. DAB!

Come on! The 80’s and 90’s can do way better hip than the modern zombified robots! I say we kick the modern ones out of the studio forever!

It should be illegal

31 Getting Rid of Miraculous

At least Netflix has it now - sydisonmadney

Wait til Netflix removes it, because they keep removing good shows and filling bad shows for money. - Gregory

32 Airing Nick News Airing Nick News

I have even heard it from 90's kids they hated it, a documentary series covering issues such as the environment, politics, diseases. Nick News aired here and there Randomly on Sundays from 1992 - 2015, when your a kid is the most depressing day of the week because school is upon you and there is nothing to watch but that, and I don't know about you but as a kid I hated the news. - BreakFastBeast2005

33 World Wide Day Of Play

Now this was stupid Oh no no cartoons for 3 hours like I can't flip to another cartoon channel and continue my watching, or do something but I find anything else to before I go outside - BreakFastBeast2005

How about “World Wide Day of Power Rangers”

This should be number one! Like they disrupt regular programming to bring up some stupid message telling kids to go play outside. I have no problem with that but this usually happens on October when it’s too cold to play. Also it’s on Saturdays the day u just wanna cool down from school and just watch T.V. but nope this ruins it all!

34 Animaniacs on Nickelodeon

Disgrace to the original. - Gregory

35 Creating Breadwinners

Agreed! This show stunk!

That show, just looking at it, LITERALLY makes me feel unclean. - SailorSedna

36 Canceling Danny Phantom Too Early

That was stupid of Nick.
One of their most creative shows.
Gone in a flash. - Gregory

37 Making Sanjay and Craig

This show has to be one of the most disgusting things ever created, and when they deliberately have a stupid "interruption" thing that ACTUALLY INTERRUPTS A SHOW YOU'RE WATCHING", that says everything. - SailorSedna

I can't express how much hate I have for this show - Xalen_

I HATE THIS SHOW, alright...

One time, I was at the doctors, and this show was on, even, I didn’t watch it. I saw on this website that this show was the fourth worst Nickelodeon show. The only good cartoon on nick is The Loud House now, PLEASE MAKE BETTER CARTOONS NICK'!

38 The website redesign

In 2013 (I believe), Nickelodeon made their website into an utterly unnavigable mess. They have done NOTHING to fix this. If you want to access their site, use the Internet Wayback Machine or regret your decision.

39 Buying the rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I loved the GCI cartoon, but I saw the trailer for the reboot of the classic 80's cartoon, and I stopped watching TMNT completely.

40 Not much showing for Power Rangers but Saturdays

Fr Power Rangers need to go back to Fox Kids or Something being treated like this - 23windomt

41 The Last Airbender

Shyamalan completely took the emotion and charm of the animated series and rebooted it into an emotionless, charmless, theatrical abomination! - kcianciulli

It was an utter disgrace to Avatar: The Last Airbender. - Gregory

I haven't even seen the movie and even I hate it!

42 Taking 20 years to fully release Rocko's Modern Life on DVD

DVDs weren't invented in 1993, they had VHSs & LaserDiscs - Maddox121

43 Interrupting Shows with Random Garbage

All fingers point to Nick Studio 10. - kcianciulli

Nick Studio 10 interrupted shows on Nickelodeon with garbage, and those shows include SpongeBob SquarePants, the Fairly OddParents, and others, and they interrupted scenes from them with random garbage.

WHY would kids want that? In fact they don’t, and Nick Studio 10 deliberately did that and annoyed Nick fans.

Not to mention the fart in a jar song was atrocious and that the show encouraged animal abuse and was vulgar and messy. - Gregory

44 No dragons

Lol, more tons of dragon is necessary! - Rathernotbenamed

Um, Wallykazam has one.

45 Making Bad Singers Famous

Case in point, Ariana Grande. - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

Ariana Grande is actually an incredible singer

46 Canceling Ren & Stimpy
47 Airing an 8-Hour Spongebob Marathon in Honur Stephen Hillenburg

Why is this so special? Nick airs spongebob like 13 times a day these. It would made more sense if they played spongebob for a day with no other Nick shows on - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

48 Cancelling Harvey Beaks too soon

Which was just stupid despite the show being so-so. - Gregory

This was possibly their only good cartoon other than the Loud House, and they get rid of it.. why Nick? - Drawbox

49 Cancelling El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera

Nickelodeon’s become a bunch of @$$h0les.

50 Airing Avatar: The Last Airbender

Who ever put this has no good taste in Cartoons this was a masterpiece - BreakFastBeast2005

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