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The Best 80s Nick Shows 

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Updated October 4, 2019 9.4k votes 1.4k voters 25.3k views 26 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite Nickelodeon TV Series that aired in the 80s

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

What series appear on this best 1980s Nickelodeon shows list? Hey Dude ranks among the best. This great 80s 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 that aired 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.

Do you have a favorite 80s Nickelodeon series? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
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Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows
Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone, 'Weird Al' Yankovic

Premiered: 2000

Number of Episodes: 65

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". ...more

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Hey Dude is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows
Christine Taylor, David Lascher, David Brisbin

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 65

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 ...more

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You Can't Do That on Tel... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows
Les Lye, Abby Hagyard, Christine McGlade

Premiered: 1979

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 143

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 ...more
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The World of David the G... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows
Matilde Conesa, Jane Woods, José María Cordero

Premiered: 1985

Number of Episodes: 26

The World of David the Gnome, originally titled David, el Gnomo, is a Spanish animated television series based on the children's book The Secret Book of Gnomes, by the Dutch author Wil Huygen ...more

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Mr. Wizard's World is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows
Mr. Wizard's World Don Herbert

Premiered: 1983

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. ...more
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Eureeka's Castle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows
Pam Arciero, Cheryl Blaylock, Johnny Grasso

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 134

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

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Inspector Gadget is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows
AMorris added Don Adams, Holly Berger, Frank Welker

Premiered: 1983

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 86

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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DangerMouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows
David Jason, Terry Scott, William Franklyn

Premiered: 1981

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 ...more

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Count Duckula is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows
David Jason, Ruby Wax, Jimmy Hibbert

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 65

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 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows
AMorris added Jim Jinkins

Premiered: 1977

Number of Episodes: 260

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 ...more
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Today's Special is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows
AMorris added Nikki Tilroe, Bob Stutt, Jeff Hyslop

Premiered: 1981

Today's Special is a 1985 Juno Award nominated artist.
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Picture Pages is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows

Premiered: 1974

"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 ...more
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Out of Control is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows
David Alan Coulier, David Stenstrom

Premiered: 1984

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.
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Finders Keepers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows
Wesley Eure

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 3

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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Adventures of the Little... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows

Premiered: 1987

Adventures of the Little Koala is an anime TV series produced by Tohokushinsha Film Corporation. It aired originally in Japan on TV Tokyo from October 4, 1984 through March 28, 1985, and then ...more
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Kid's Court is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows
Kid's Court
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Kids Court is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows

Premiered: 1988

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 ...more
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Standby: Lights, Camera,... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows
Standby: Lights, Camera, Action
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 ...more
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Think Fast! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 3

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 ...more
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Nick Rocks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows

Premiered: 1982

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 ...more
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Children of the Stones ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows
Freddie Jones, Iain Cuthbertson, Gareth Thomas

Premiered: 1977

Number of Episodes: 7

Children of the Stones is a television drama for children produced by HTV in 1976 and broadcast on the United Kingdom's ITV network in January and February 1977. A one-off serial, the story was ...more
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Hocus Focus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows
Hocus Focus Brad Williams

Number of Seasons: 1

Hocus Focus is the name of a children's television series in 1979 which aired on Nickelodeon.
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The Third Eye is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows
The Third Eye
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Make the Grade is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 3

Make the Grade is a children's game show that aired from October 2, 1989 through December 29, 1991 on Nickelodeon.
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Against the Odds is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 80s Nick Shows
Against the Odds Lindsay Wagner, Everett McGill

Premiered: 1982

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 ...more