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The Best 1980s Nickelodeon Shows

Updated July 1, 2021 8.2k votes 1.6k voters 33.2k views22 items

List RulesVote up the best TV series that aired new episodes between 1980 and 1989 on Nickelodeon.

These are the best '80s Nickelodeon shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Some top 1980s Nickelodeon shows were cartoons and others were game shows. A few of the most popular Nickelodeon '80s shows were funny live action comedies.

What series appear on this list of the best '80s Nickelodeon shows? Hey Dude ranks among the best. This great 1980s Nick show featured some of the top child actors of the time including Christine Taylor, who went on to star in such films as The Brady Bunch Movie and The Wedding Singer. Count Duckula is another good show on Nickelodeon in the 1980s.

Guests on You Can't Do That on Television had to be careful what they said otherwise they may have been doused in green slime. Other good series featured on this top 1980s Nickelodeon shows list include Double Dare, The Tomorrow People and Out of Control.

What are the best Nickelodeon '80s shows? Did the shows you think were the best make this list? Vote up the 1980s Nickelodeon shows you think are the best of the decade and see where the Nick shows of the '80s you loved to watch rank.

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    Double Dare

    Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone

    Premiered1986

    Double Dare is a children's game show, originally hosted by Marc Summers, that aired on Nickelodeon. The show combines trivia questions with occasionally messy "physical challenges". It originally...  more

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    You Can't Do That on Television

    Les Lye, Abby Hagyard

    Premiered1979

    You Can't Do That on Television is a Canadian television program that first aired locally in 1979 before airing internationally in 1981. It featured pre-teen and teenaged actors in a sketch comedy...  more
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    Hey Dude

    David Brisbin, Debrah Kalman

    Premiered1989

    Hey Dude is an American Western comedy series that aired from 1989 to 1991. The show was broadcast on the Nickelodeon network, and aired reruns on Nickelodeon until early 1999, and on TeenNick since...  more

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    Inspector Gadget

    Don Adams, Holly Berger

    Premiered1983

    Inspector Gadget is a French-Canadian–American animated television series that revolves around the adventures of a clumsy, dim-witted cyborg detective named lnspector Gadget—a human being with...  more

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    Mr. Wizard's World

    Don Herbert

    Premiered1983

    With the help of his young assistants, Mr. Wizard starts each episode with a demonstration that at first glance should be impossible, but is actually based firmly on basic scientific principles. Mr....  more
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    Eureeka's Castle

    Pam Arciero, Cheryl Blaylock

    Premiered1989

    Eureeka's Castle is an American children's television series created by Judy Katschke and R.L. Stine....  more

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    DangerMouse

    David Jason, Terry Scott

    Premiered1981

    Danger Mouse is a British children's animated television series which was produced by Cosgrove Hall Films for Thames Television. It features the eponymous Danger Mouse, an English mouse who works as...  more

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    Count Duckula

    David Jason, Ruby Wax

    Premiered1988

    Count Duckula is a British children's animated comedy-drama horror television series created by British studio Cosgrove Hall as a spin-off from Danger Mouse, a series in which the Count Duckula...  more

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    Pinwheel

    Jim Jinkins

    Premiered1977

    Pinwheel is a children's television show that aired on the Nickelodeon cable network from 1977 to 1990. The show originally aired on channel C-3 of Warner Cable's interactive system QUBE in Columbus,...  more
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    Today's Special

    Nikki Tilroe, Bob Stutt

    Premiered1981

    Today's Special is a 1985 Juno Award nominated artist....  more
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    Picture Pages

    Bill Cosby

    Premiered1974

    "Picture Pages" is an educational television segment aimed at preschool children, teaching lessons on basic arithmetic, geometry, and drawing through a series of interactive lessons that used a...  more
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    The Third Eye

    The Third Eye is a mini-series anthology that aired on Nickelodeon that consisted of a variety serials from the UK and New Zealand. The Third Eye premiered on Nickelodeon in January 1983. It was a...  more
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    Finders Keepers

    Wesley Eure

    Premiered1987

    Finders Keepers is a children's game show that debuted on Nickelodeon and later aired in first-run syndication. The show featured two teams of two children attempting to find hidden objects in...  more
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    Out of Control

    David Alan Coulier, David Stenstrom

    Premiered1984

    Out of Control is an American comedy television series that ran on Nickelodeon from 1984 until 1985 with reruns until 1991, and was the first series produced specifically for that channel....  more
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    Kid's Court

    Paul Provenza

    Premiered1988

    Kids Court is a children's television/nontraditional court show aired by Nickelodeon. First airing on September 10, 1988 and ending in 1989, it was hosted by actor Paul Provenza. It was created and...  more
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    Make the Grade

    Lew Schneider

    Premiered1989

    Make the Grade is a children's game show that aired from October 2, 1989 through December 29, 1991 on Nickelodeon....  more

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    Think Fast!

    Michael Carrington, Skip Lackey

    Premiered1989

    Think Fast is an American children's game show which aired on Nickelodeon from May 1, 1989 to June 29, 1991. For the first season, the show was hosted by Michael Carrington, and announced by James...  more
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    Standby: Lights, Camera, Action

    Leonard Nimoy

    Premiered1982

    Standby: Lights, Camera, Action! is an educational TV show that was aired on Nickelodeon from May 1982 to December 31, 1987. The executive producers of Standby: Lights Camera Action, Roger Yager and...  more
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    Nick Rocks

    Joe from Chicago

    Premiered1982

    Nick Rocks is a television show that aired on American cable channel Nickelodeon from 1982 to 1989, which featured pop and rock music videos for 30 minutes. The show's host was identified only as...  more
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    Hocus Focus

    Brad Williams

    Premiered1979

    Hocus Focus is the name of a children's television series in 1979 which aired on Nickelodeon....  more
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    Against the Odds

    Lindsay Wagner, Everett McGill

    Premiered1982

    Against the Odds was an early Nickelodeon show profiling inspirational stories of people throughout history. It was hosted by Bill Bixby. It ran from 1982 to 1984 on Nickelodeon and was described as...  more
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    Science International

    Joseph Campanella, Kerrie Keane

    Premiered1976

    Science International, later retitled What Will They Think Of Next?, is a Canadian television series produced by Global Television Network from 1976 to 1979. Each episode featured approximately 20...  more