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The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s 

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List Rules Vote up your favorite Nickelodeon TV Series that aired in the '90s.

These are the best 1990s Nickelodeon shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes.  Some top '90s Nickelodeon shows were Nicktoons, and others were game shows. A few of the most popular 1990s Nickelodeon programs were funny live action comedies.

What series appear on this best 1990s Nickelodeon shows list? Rugrats entertained kids of all ages when it premiered in 1991. Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil and Angelica even had some big screen fun when a movie version of this classic cartoon, entitled The Rugrats Movie, came out in 1998. Rocko's Modern Life is another good show that aired on Nickelodeon in the 1990s.

If you were a 90s kid who liked spooky shows then Are You Afraid of the Dark? provided some fun and frightening entertainment. Other good series that appear on this top 1990s Nickelodeon shows list include All That, Aahh!!! Real Monsters and The Ren & Stimpy Show.

Which 90s Nick show is your favorite? Give the best programs a thumbs up! Then cast your vote in our list of the best 90s Nickelodeon cartoons.

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Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
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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Doug is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
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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Hey Arnold! is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
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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All That is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
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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Rocko's Modern Life is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
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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Are You Afraid of the Da... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther

Premiered: 1991

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror Film, Children's television series, Fantasy television, Science Fiction

Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a Canadian horror fantasy-themed anthology television series. The original series was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel, and was picked up by Nickelodeon in ...more

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Kenan & Kel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
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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CatDog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
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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Legends of the Hidden Te... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
SteveOEh added Kirk Fogg, Dee Bradley Baker, Jennifer Holtz

Premiered: 1993

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Game show

Legends of the Hidden Temple is an action-adventure game show for children. The show centered on a temple that was "filled with lost treasures protected by mysterious Mayan temple ...more

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The Wild Thornberrys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
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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SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Animation, Comedy, Family Film

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Aaahh!!! Real Monsters ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
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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Clarissa Explains It All... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
Melissa Joan Hart, Jason Zimbler, Elizabeth Hess

Premiered: 1991

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Children's television series, Comedy

Clarissa Explains It All is an American teen sitcom that aired on Nickelodeon. Created by Mitchell Kriegman, it aired for five seasons and a total of 65 episodes from March 23, 1991, to December ...more

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The Angry Beavers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
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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Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone, 'Weird Al' Yankovic

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Game show

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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Salute Your Shorts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
Hugh Dillon, David Paetkau, Amy Jo Johnson

Premiered: 1991

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

Salute Your Shorts is an American comedy television series that aired on Nickelodeon from 1991 to 1992 and in reruns until early 1999. It was based on the 1986 book, Salute Your Shorts: Life at ...more

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Blue's Clues is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
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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The Ren & Stimpy Sho... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
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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19
KaBlam! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
Mischa Barton, Billy West, John Walsh

Premiered: 1996

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Animation, Variety show, Children's television series

KaBlam! is an American animated sketch comedy that ran on Nickelodeon from 1996 to 2000. It features a collection of short films in several different styles of animation, bridged by the ...more

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Hey Dude is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
Christine Taylor, David Lascher, David Brisbin

Premiered: 1989

Genres (Tv): Western, Television comedy, Children's television series

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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Nickelodeon Guts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
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Premiered: 1992

Genres (Tv): Sports, Sports film, Children's television series, Game show

Nickelodeon Guts was an American television "action sports" competition series hosted by actor/comedian Mike O'Malley and officiated by British actress Moira "Mo" Quirk. The ...more

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Figure It Out is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
Jeff Sutphen, Elle Young, Lorenz Arnell

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Game show

Figure It Out is an American children's panel game show that airs on Nickelodeon. The original series, hosted by Summer Sanders, ran for four seasons from July 7, 1997 to January 12, 2000. The ...more

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The Secret World of Alex... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
Larisa Oleynik, Darris Love, Michael Blakley

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Drama, Children's television series, Comedy, Science Fiction, + more

The Secret World of Alex Mack is an American television series that ran on Nickelodeon from October 8, 1994 to January 15, 1998, replacing Clarissa Explains It All on the SNICK line-up. It also ...more

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Nick News with Linda Ell... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
Linda Ellerbee, Jennifer S. Rose, Gerald Ford

Premiered: 1992

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

Nick News with Linda Ellerbee is an educational children's and teenagers' television show on Nickelodeon that has been shown since 1992. Nick News takes the form of a highly rated and recognized ...more
25
The Adventures of Pete &... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Shows of the '90s
Michael C. Maronna, Danny Tamberelli, Judy Grafe

Premiered: 1993

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

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