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The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time

Updated October 12, 2020 277.1k votes 29.5k voters 505.4k views44 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! is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
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    3,027

    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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
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    3,416

    The Fairly OddParents

    Tara Strong, Susanne Blakeslee

    Premiered2001

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

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  • 3
    SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    10,460
    4,471

    SpongeBob SquarePants

    Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Comedy, Family Film

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  • 4
    Doug is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    6,845
    2,884

    Doug

    Billy West, Fred Newman

    Premiered1991

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

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  • 5
    Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    9,710
    4,503

    Rugrats

    Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh

    Premiered1991

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

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  • 6
    Tiny Toon Adventures is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    3,768
    1,517

    Tiny Toon Adventures

    Charles Adler, John Kassir

    Premiered1990

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

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  • 7
    The Adventures of Jimmy Neutro is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    6,908
    3,787

    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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  • 8
    Rocko's Modern Life is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    6,555
    3,054

    Rocko's Modern Life

    Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny

    Premiered1993

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

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  • 9
    All That is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    1,822
    747

    All That

    Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy, Television comedy, Adolescence, Variety show, Children's television series

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  • 10
    Danny Phantom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    7,334
    4,257

    Danny Phantom

    David Kaufman, Grey Griffin

    Premiered2004

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

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  • 11
    CatDog is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    6,275
    3,718

    CatDog

    Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny

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

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  • 12
    Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    10,920
    7,045

    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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  • 13
    Aaahh!!! Real Monsters is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    4,811
    2,662

    Aaahh!!! Real Monsters

    Charles Adler, Christine Cavanaugh

    Premiered1994

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

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  • 14
    Kenan & Kel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    1,723
    744

    Kenan & Kel

    Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Comedy

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  • 15
    Rocket Power is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    5,132
    2,944

    Rocket Power

    Lauren Tom, Jennifer Hale

    Premiered1999

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

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  • 16
    Blue's Clues is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    1,644
    701

    Blue's Clues

    Steve Burns, Traci Paige Johnson

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Children's television series

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  • 17
    The Angry Beavers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    4,739
    3,023

    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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  • 18
    The Wild Thornberrys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    4,942
    2,966

    The Wild Thornberrys

    Lacey Chabert, Jodi Carlisle

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Children's television series

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  • 19
    The Ren & Stimpy Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    4,835
    3,225

    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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  • 20
    Invader Zim is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    5,364
    4,184

    Invader Zim

    Andy Berman, Richard Steven Horvitz

    Premiered2001

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

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  • 21
    The Amanda Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    1,172
    893

    The Amanda Show

    Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy, Variety show, Sketch

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  • 22
    All Grown Up! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    2,986
    3,489

    All Grown Up!

    Elizabeth Daily, Nancy Cartwright

    Premiered2003

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

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  • 23
    ChalkZone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    2,880
    3,156

    ChalkZone

    Elizabeth Daily, Candi Milo

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Animated series

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  • 24
    My Life as a Teenage Robot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
    3,101
    3,422

    My Life as a Teenage Robot

    Chad Doreck, Janice Kawaye

    Premiered2003

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

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  • 25
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
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