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The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows

Updated April 14, 2021 204.2k votes 11.4k voters 125.2k views118 items

List RulesTV 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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    SpongeBob SquarePants

    Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass
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  • 2


    Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh
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  • 3

    The Fairly OddParents

    Tara Strong, Susanne Blakeslee
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  • 4

    Drake & Josh

    Nancy Sullivan, Miranda Cosgrove
    Drake & Josh (Nickelodeon, 2004) is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider. Despite...  more

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    Miranda Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor
    iCarly (Nickelodeon, 2012) is an American teen sitcom created by Dan Schneider. The series...  more

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  • 6

    Hey Arnold!

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  • 7

    The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

    Debi Derryberry, Jeffrey Garcia
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  • 8

    Kenan & Kel

    Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell
    Kenan & Kel is an American teen comedy sitcom created by Kim Bass for Nickelodeon. It starred...  more

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  • 9

    All That

    Mark Saul, Leon Frierson
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  • 10

    Avatar: The Last Airbender

    Jessie Flower, Dante Basco
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  • 11


    Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny
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  • 12


    Billy West, Fred Newman
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  • 13

    Danny Phantom

    David Kaufman, Grey Griffin
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  • 14

    Rocko's Modern Life

    Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny
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  • 15

    Are You Afraid of the Dark?

    Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull
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  • 16

    Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide

    Lindsey Shaw, Daniel Curtis Lee
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  • 17

    Rocket Power

    Lauren Tom, Jennifer Hale
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  • 18

    The Wild Thornberrys

    Lacey Chabert, Jodi Carlisle
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  • 19

    Legends of the Hidden Temple

    Kirk Fogg, Dee Bradley Baker
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  • 20

    Double Dare

    Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone
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  • 21

    Zoey 101

    Erin Sanders, Jamie Lynn Spears
    Zoey 101 (Nickelodeon, 2005) is an American teen drama comedy series created by Dan Schneider....  more

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  • 22

    Clarissa Explains It All

    Joe O'Connor, Melissa Joan Hart
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  • 23

    The Amanda Show

    Nancy Sullivan, Raquel Lee
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  • 24

    The Ren & Stimpy Show

    John Kricfalusi, Billy West
    The Ren & Stimpy Show, often simply referred to as Ren & Stimpy, is an American animated...  more

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  • 25


    Daniella Monet, Matthew Bennett
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