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The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time

Updated November 9, 2020 262.1k votes 29.7k voters 507.3k views39 items

List RulesVote up the best cartoons and animated series that originally aired on Nickelodeon or Nick Jr.

Nickelodeon cartoons are some of the best on cable and have made Nickelodeon the go-to source of basic cable children's entertainment. While Nickelodeon was known for its live action shows in the 80s and early 90s, it started to shift its programming focus over to cartoons. They even created their own cartoon company called, "Nicktoons." So, whether you like the old Nickelodeon shows are you're into their newer hits, you'll find all the best cartoons right here.

"Nicktoons" introduced the world to such famous Nickelodeon cartoons as Rugrats, Ahhhhh Real Monsters, Doug, and much more. It wasn't until 2000 that Nickelodeon really started to pick up steam with their massive hit, Spongebob Squarepants. Spongebob was so popular it became synonymous with cartoons in general. In addition to Spongebob there are many of other memorable Nickelodeon cartoon characters from these Nick cartoons.

Since then Nickelodeon has made cartoon hits as well as some off-kilter toons like The Fairly Odd Parents, Invader Zim, and Ren and Stimpy. Nick is also the creator of some cutting edge programming like Avatar: The Last Airbender and its current follow up, Avatar: Legend of Korra.

Nickelodeon might not make the live action shows that some of us grew up loving anymore, but they certainly have made up for it by producing some of the best cartoons around. Vote for your favorite old and new Nickelodeon cartoons here on this Nickelodeon shows list! And if you loved these toons, check out our list of the best Nickelodeon movies.

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  • 1
    Hey Arnold!
    8,897
    3,057

    Hey Arnold!

    Francesca Marie Smith, Jamil Walker Smith

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Children's television series, Comedy-drama, Comedy, Animated series

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  • 2
    The Fairly OddParents
    8,883
    3,445

    The Fairly OddParents

    Tara Strong, Susanne Blakeslee

    Premiered2001

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Satire, Animated cartoon, Comedy, Fantasy television

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  • 3
    SpongeBob SquarePants
    10,555
    4,494

    SpongeBob SquarePants

    Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Comedy, Family Film

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  • 4
    Rugrats
    9,807
    4,513

    Rugrats

    Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh

    Premiered1991

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Animated series

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  • 5
    Doug
    6,902
    2,913

    Doug

    Billy West, Fred Newman

    Premiered1991

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Educational television

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  • 6
    The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
    6,968
    3,811

    The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

    Debi Derryberry, Jeffrey Garcia

    Premiered2002

    Genres (Tv)Computer Animation, Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Adventure film

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  • 7
    Rocko's Modern Life
    6,601
    3,077

    Rocko's Modern Life

    Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Animation, Sitcom, Satire, Animated cartoon

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  • 8
    Danny Phantom
    7,392
    4,276

    Danny Phantom

    David Kaufman, Grey Griffin

    Premiered2004

    Genres (Tv)Romance Film, Supernatural, Animation, Action/Adventure, Animated cartoon

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  • 9
    CatDog
    6,321
    3,734

    CatDog

    Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy

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  • 10
    Avatar: The Last Airbender
    10,996
    7,065

    Avatar: The Last Airbender

    Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Action/Adventure, Steampunk, Romance TV, Children's television series

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  • 11
    Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
    4,844
    2,684

    Aaahh!!! Real Monsters

    Charles Adler, Christine Cavanaugh

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy

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  • 12
    Rocket Power
    5,172
    2,963

    Rocket Power

    Lauren Tom, Jennifer Hale

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Adventure film, Comedy, Animated series

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  • 13
    Blue's Clues
    1,684
    718

    Blue's Clues

    Steve Burns, Traci Paige Johnson

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Children's television series

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  • 14
    The Wild Thornberrys
    4,974
    2,979

    The Wild Thornberrys

    Lacey Chabert, Jodi Carlisle

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Children's television series

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  • 15
    The Angry Beavers
    4,766
    3,043

    The Angry Beavers

    Richard Steven Horvitz, Nick Bakay

    Premiered1997

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Television comedy, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy

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  • 16
    The Ren & Stimpy Show
    4,869
    3,245

    The Ren & Stimpy Show

    John Kricfalusi, Billy West

    Premiered1991

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Children's television series

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  • 17
    Invader Zim
    5,391
    4,203

    Invader Zim

    Andy Berman, Richard Steven Horvitz

    Premiered2001

    Genres (Tv)Comic science fiction, Supernatural, Black comedy, Animation, Satire

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  • 18
    All Grown Up!
    3,007
    3,503

    All Grown Up!

    Elizabeth Daily, Nancy Cartwright

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Children's television series, Comedy, Animated series

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  • 19
    ChalkZone
    2,900
    3,172

    ChalkZone

    Elizabeth Daily, Candi Milo

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Animated series

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  • 20
    My Life as a Teenage Robot
    3,123
    3,447

    My Life as a Teenage Robot

    Chad Doreck, Janice Kawaye

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Adventure film, Comedy, Action

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  • 21
    As Told by Ginger
    2,783
    2,723

    As Told by Ginger

    Melissa Disney, Jeannie Elias

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Comedy

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  • 22
    The Penguins of Madagascar
    2,314
    3,430

    The Penguins of Madagascar

    Kevin Michael Richardson, Tara Strong

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Children's television series, Adventure film, Comedy, Family Film

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  • 23
    The Legend of Korra
    3,614
    4,535

    The Legend of Korra

    Janet Varney, P.J. Byrne

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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  • 24
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    2,115
    2,526

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Jason Biggs, Rob Paulsen

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Action, Animation, Comedy

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  • 25
    Back At The Barnyard
    1,699
    2,713

    Back At The Barnyard

    Tino Insana, Chris Hardwick

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Computer Animation, Animation, Children's television series, Comedy

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