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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

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 100

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

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 126

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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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

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 204

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

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 172

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

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 117

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 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

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 64

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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#55 of 717 The Best Cartoons of All Time #77 of 385 The Best Kids 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

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 52

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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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

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 53

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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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

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 100

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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#40 of 477 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #10 of 385 The Best Kids 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

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 68

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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#78 of 717 The Best Cartoons of All Time #101 of 236 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs 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

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 52

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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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

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 61

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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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

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 64

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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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

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 92

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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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

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 171

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

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 63

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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#132 of 717 The Best Cartoons of All Time #228 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their 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

Number of Seasons: 5

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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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

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 27

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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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

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 65

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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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

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 40

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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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

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 42

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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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

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 55

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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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

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 40

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

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 145

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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Avatar: 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

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 26

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

Book One: Air is the first season of the U.S. animated TV series The Legend of Korra created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. Consisting of twelve episodes, it was initially ...more

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