Culture The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows  

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List Rules TV shows that were created by and originally aired on Nickelodeon. Vote up the best original Nickelodeon series.

Nickelodeon, also sometimes referred to as “Nick” is an American paid cable and satellite TV network which specifically caters to kids and has produced a variety of well-known original programs including animated series, reality shows, and game shows. Nickelodeon is owned by MTV Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Entertainment and currently has over 98 million viewers! It’s no wonder that this popular TV channel is producing some of the best original kids shows in history! What are the best Nickelodeon original shows of all time?

Launched in 1977 Nickelodeon has been growing by leaps and bounds, and has only increased in popularity with each new show it’s cranked out. Nickelodeon is also responsible for discovering some of Hollywood’s youngest stars who have taken their careers to the next level after leaving the channel.

This list features the best Nickelodeon original shows, ranked as the best by voters, including, iCarly, Drake and Josh, Clarissa Explains it All, Salute Your Shorts, Welcome Freshmen, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, and Zoey 101. Vote up the best Nickelodeon original shows below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.

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Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
ChloeFletcher added Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Nancy Cartwright
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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2,872 1,173
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
xandermartin98 added Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke
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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2,675 1,142
Hey Arnold! is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
ChloeFletcher added Francesca Marie Smith, Jamil Walker Smith, Dan Castellaneta
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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2,675 1,273
Drake & Josh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Drake Bell, Josh Peck, Miranda Cosgrove
Drake and Josh are two guys with different personalities. REALLY different. Going to the same school is about the only thing they have in common. But that's about to change--in a BIG way. See, ...more
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1,654 737
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutro... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Robert EL Faulk added Debi Derryberry, Jeffrey Garcia, Rob Paulsen
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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2,441 1,185
Doug is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
ChloeFletcher added Billy West, Fred Newman, Constance Shulman
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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2,494 1,240
All That is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, Kenan Thompson
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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2,306 1,167
Kenan & Kel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Vanessa Baden
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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501 118
The Fairly OddParents is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
bnicekribs2091 added Tara Strong, Susanne Blakeslee, Daran Norris
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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2,013 1,032
CatDog is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Alaina Hillman added Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny, Carlos Alazraqui
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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2,133 1,147
Rocko's Modern Life is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
xandermartin98 added Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Charles Adler
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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2,276 1,310
Are You Afraid of the Dark? is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther
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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The Wild Thornberrys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
ChloeFletcher added Lacey Chabert, Jodi Carlisle, Tim Curry
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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1,879 1,066
Rocket Power is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
ChloeFletcher added Lauren Tom, Jennifer Hale, John Kassir
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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2,040 1,201
Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone, 'Weird Al' Yankovic
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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2,090 1,238
Legends of the Hidden Temple is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Kirk Fogg, Dee Bradley Baker, Jennifer Holtz
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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2,042 1,241
iCarly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress
iCarly is an American teen sitcom that ran on Nickelodeon from September 8, 2007 until November 23, 2012. The series was created by Dan Schneider. It focuses on teenager Carly Shay, who creates ...more
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1,902 1,195
Clarissa Explains It All is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Melissa Joan Hart, Jason Zimbler, Elizabeth Hess
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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Danny Phantom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Jeremy Hodge added David Kaufman, Grey Griffin, Rickey D'Shon Collins
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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1,758 1,182
The Amanda Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell, Nancy Sullivan
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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1,652 1,105
The Ren & Stimpy Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Alaina Hillman added John Kricfalusi, Billy West, Harris Peet
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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1,678 1,156
Ned's Declassified School Surv... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Devon Werkheiser, Lindsey Shaw, Daniel Curtis Lee
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide is an American live action sitcom on Nickelodeon that debuted in the Nickelodeon Sunday night TEENick scheduling block on September 12, 2004. The series' ...more
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1,642 1,271
Zoey 101 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Jamie Lynn Spears, Paul Butcher, Christopher Massey
Zoey 101 is an American television series which originally aired on Nickelodeon from January 9, 2005 until May 2, 2008. It focuses on the lives of teenager Zoey Brooks and her friends as they ...more
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1,445 1,255
Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
zorbo67 added Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker, Mae Whitman
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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1,417 1,348
Salute Your Shorts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Hugh Dillon, David Paetkau, Amy Jo Johnson
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