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The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time 

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List Rules 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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Hey Arnold! is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
Francesca Marie Smith, Jamil Walker Smith, Dan Castellaneta

Premiered: 1996

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

Hey Arnold is an American animated television series created by Craig Bartlett for Nickelodeon. The show centers on a fourth grader named Arnold, who lives with his grandparents in a boarding ...more

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The Fairly OddParents is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
Tara Strong, Susanne Blakeslee, Daran Norris

Premiered: 2001

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

The Fairly OddParents is an American animated television series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon. The series revolves around the everyday adventures of Timmy Turner, a boy who is granted ...more

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According To Da Rules, These Fascinating Theories About 'The Fairly OddParents' Hold Some Salt #52 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #37 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Animation, Comedy, Family Film

SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of ...more

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Crazy Good Fan Theories About SpongeBob SquarePants #161 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running Animated Series

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Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Nancy Cartwright

Premiered: 1991

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

Rugrats is an American animated television series created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain for Nickelodeon. The show focuses on a group of toddlers, most prominently ...more

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20 Things You Didn't Know About Rugrats #240 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running Animated Series

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Doug is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
Billy West, Fred Newman, Constance Shulman

Premiered: 1991

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

Doug is an American animated sitcom created by Jim Jinkins. The show focuses on the early adolescent life of its title character, Douglas "Doug" Funnie, who experiences common ...more

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The Craziest 'Doug' Fan Theories #46 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #86 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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The Adventures of Jimmy ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
Debi Derryberry, Jeffrey Garcia, Rob Paulsen

Premiered: 2002

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

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, often shortened to just Jimmy Neutron, is an American computer animated television series created by John A. Davis. It is the first spin-off to the ...more

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#79 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #81 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #49 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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Rocko's Modern Life is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Charles Adler

Premiered: 1993

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

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 ...more

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Which Rocko's Modern Life Character Are You Based On Your Zodiac Sign #289 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #126 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

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Danny Phantom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
David Kaufman, Grey Griffin, Rickey D'Shon Collins

Premiered: 2004

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

Danny Phantom is an American animated television series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon, produced by Billionfold Studios. It was distributed by Nelvana, a Canadian animation company. ...more

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#104 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #63 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #38 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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Tiny Toon Adventures is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
Charles Adler, John Kassir, Tress MacNeille

Premiered: 1990

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

Tiny Toon Adventures is an American animated comedy television series that was broadcasting from September 14, 1990 through May 28, 1995 as the first collaborative effort of Steven Spielberg's ...more

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#10 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #34 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #36 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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CatDog is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny, Carlos Alazraqui

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

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. ...more

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#132 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #119 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #71 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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Aaahh!!! Real Monsters ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
Charles Adler, Christine Cavanaugh, David Eccles

Premiered: 1994

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

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters is an American animated television series about adolescent monsters in training, developed by Klasky Csupo for Nickelodeon. The show ran from October 30, 1994 to December ...more

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#176 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #146 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #161 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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Avatar: The Last Airbend... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker, Mae Whitman

Premiered: 2005

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

Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American 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 ...more

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29 Avatar The Last Airbender Memes For Fans Binging The Entire Series Now That It's On Netflix #122 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #89 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

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Rocket Power is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
Lauren Tom, Jennifer Hale, John Kassir

Premiered: 1999

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

Rocket Power is an American animated television series. The series debuted on Nickelodeon on August 16, 1999. The series ended on July 30, 2004 after four seasons. The show mainly revolves ...more

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Rocket Power Was Actually About Bad Parenting And Out Of Control Children #201 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #152 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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The Wild Thornberrys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
Lacey Chabert, Jodi Carlisle, Tim Curry

Premiered: 1998

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series

The Wild Thornberrys is an American animated television series that aired on Nickelodeon. It was rerun in the United States on Nickelodeon and occasionally Nicktoons until 2007. The show ...more

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Remember Donnie From 'The Wild Thornberrys'? His Backstory Is SUPER Messed Up #93 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #141 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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All That is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
PaytonCobb added Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, Kenan Thompson

Premiered: 1994

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

All That is an American sketch comedy television series created by Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin. The series originally aired on Nickelodeon from April 16, 1994 to October 22, 2005, lasting ten ...more

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The Angry Beavers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
Richard Steven Horvitz, Nick Bakay, Charlie Brissette

Premiered: 1997

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

The Angry Beavers is an American animated television series created by Mitch Schauer for the Nickelodeon channel. The series revolves around Daggett and Norbert Beaver, two young beaver brothers ...more

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#142 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #137 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #126 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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The Ren & Stimpy Sho... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
John Kricfalusi, Billy West, Harris Peet

Premiered: 1991

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

The Ren & Stimpy Show, often simply referred to as Ren & Stimpy, is an American animated television series, created by Canadian animator John Kricfalusi. The show premiered on August 11, ...more

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The Most Messed Up Things Ren Did to Stimpy #66 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #68 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Invader Zim is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
Andy Berman, Richard Steven Horvitz, Rosearik Rikki Simons

Premiered: 2001

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

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 ...more

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Invader Zim Fan Theories #199 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #96 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Kenan & Kel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
PaytonCobb added Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Vanessa Baden

Premiered: 1996

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

Kenan & Kel is an American teen comedy sitcom created by Kim Bass for Nickelodeon. It starred then-All That cast members and Saturday Night Live alumni Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. ...more

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#113 of 461 The Best Duos of All Time #61 of 163 TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans #121 of 214 The Most Important TV Sitcoms

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My Life as a Teenage Rob... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
Chad Doreck, Janice Kawaye, Candi Milo

Premiered: 2003

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

My Life as a Teenage Robot is an American animated science fantasy television series created by Rob Renzetti for Nickelodeon. The series follows the adventures of XJ-9, better known as Jenny ...more

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#173 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #145 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #191 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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ChalkZone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
ChalkZone Elizabeth Daily, Candi Milo, Hynden Walch

Premiered: 1998

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Animated series

ChalkZone is an American animated television series created by Bill Burnett and Larry Huber for Nickelodeon. The series follows Rudy Tabootie, an elementary school student whose magic chalk ...more

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#253 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #365 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #161 of 236 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time

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All Grown Up! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
Elizabeth Daily, Nancy Cartwright, Kath Soucie

Premiered: 2003

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

All Grown Up, also known as Rugrats: All Grown Up, is an animated television series created by Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó for Nickelodeon. After the success of All Growed Up, ...more

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#217 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #282 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #204 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

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The Amanda Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
PaytonCobb added Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell, Nancy Sullivan

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Variety show, Sketch

The Amanda Show is an American live action sketch comedy and variety show that aired on Nickelodeon from October 16, 1999 to September 21, 2002. It starred Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell and Nancy ...more

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Blue's Clues is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
1liangtif added Steve Burns, Traci Paige Johnson, Seth O'Hickory

Premiered: 1996

Genres (Tv): Children's television series

Blue's Clues is an American children's television series that premiered on Nickelodeon. Producers Angela Santomero, Todd Kessler and Traci Paige Johnson combined concepts from child development ...more

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Blue's Clues Fan Theories #113 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #118 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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The Legend of Korra is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Cartoons of All Time
Janet Varney, P.J. Byrne, David Faustino

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The Legend of Korra (Nickelodeon, 2012) is an American animated television series created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, and a sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender. Avatar Korra ...more

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#484 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #309 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #54 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made