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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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Hey Arnold! is listed (or ranked) 2 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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SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 3 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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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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1,220 484
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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All That is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, Kenan Thompson All That is an American live-action, sketch comedy-variety show created by Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin. All That first aired on the Nickelodeon cable television network on April 16, 1994, as a ...more

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Doug is listed (or ranked) 7 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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CatDog is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Kenan & Kel is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Rocket Power is listed (or ranked) 10 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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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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The Wild Thornberrys is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Are You Afraid of the Dark? is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Legends of the Hidden Temple is listed (or ranked) 14 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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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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iCarly is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Danny Phantom is listed (or ranked) 17 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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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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The Amanda Show is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Ned's Declassified School Surv... is listed (or ranked) 20 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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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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Zoey 101 is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Salute Your Shorts is listed (or ranked) 24 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

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Victorious is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Victoria Justice, Leon Thomas III, Matt Bennett Victorious is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider that originally aired on Nickelodeon from March 27, 2010 through February 2, 2013. The series revolves around aspiring singer Tori Vega, ...more

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Invader Zim is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
xandermartin98 added Andy Berman, Richard Steven Horvitz, Rosearik Rikki Simons Invader Zim is an American animated television series created by Jhonen Vasquez for Nickelodeon. The series centers on an extraterrestrial named Zim from the planet Irk, and his mission to ...more

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As Told by Ginger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Alaina Hillman added Melissa Disney, Jeannie Elias, Tress MacNeille As Told by Ginger is an American animated television series aimed at preteens and teenagers that was produced by Klasky-Csupo and aired on Nickelodeon. The series focuses on a middle schooler ...more

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Figure It Out is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Jeff Sutphen, Elle Young, Lorenz Arnell 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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Hey Dude is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Christine Taylor, David Lascher, David Brisbin 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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The Secret World of Alex Mack is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Larisa Oleynik, Darris Love, Michael Blakley 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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What Would You Do? is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Dee Bradley Baker, Marc Summers What Would You Do? is a 30-minute television show hosted by Marc Summers shown on Nickelodeon from 1991 to 1993. Robin Marrella acted as the on-camera stagehand for the show's first season. Both ...more

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The Adventures of Pete & Pete is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Michael C. Maronna, Danny Tamberelli, Judy Grafe The Adventures of Pete & Pete is an American children's television series produced by Wellsville Pictures and broadcast by Nickelodeon. The show featured humorous and surreal elements in its ...more

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Wild and Crazy Kids is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Wild and Crazy Kids

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You Can't Do That on Televisio... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Beth Hester added Les Lye, Abby Hagyard, Christine McGlade 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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Big Time Rush is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos PenaVega Big Time Rush is an American television series that originally aired on Nickelodeon from November 28, 2009 until July 25, 2013. It was created by Scott Fellows. and focused on the Hollywood ...more

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Sam & Cat is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Jennette McCurdy, Ariana Grande, Cameron Ocasio Sam & Cat is an American teen sitcom that originally aired from June 8, 2013 to July 17, 2014, on Nickelodeon. It is a crossover spin-off/sequel of both iCarly and Victorious. It stars ...more

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Unfabulous is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Emma Roberts, Malese Jow, Jordan Calloway Unfabulous is an American children's television series that aired on Nickelodeon. The series is about an "unfabulous" middle school student named Addie Singer, played by Emma Roberts. ...more

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True Jackson, VP is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Keke Palmer, Ashley Argota, Matt Shively True Jackson, VP is an American television sitcom that aired on Nickelodeon from November 8, 2008 to August 20, 2011. The series starred Keke Palmer, Ashley Argota, Matt Shively, Danielle ...more

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The Loud House is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Grant Palmer, Collin Dean, Catherine Taber The Loud House (Nickelodeon, 2016) is an American animated television series created by Chris Savino. As the only boy and middle child, Lincoln Loud makes creative plans to improve his life ...more

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H2O: Just Add Water is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Cariba Heine, Phoebe Tonkin, Angus McLaren H₂O: Just Add Water, also known as H₂O, is an Australian dramatic fantasy television programme for children and teenagers created by Jonathan M. Shiff. It first screened on Australia's Network ...more

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Nick Arcade is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Phil Moore, Andrea Lively, Michael Bower Nick Arcade is an American children's game show created by James Bethea and Karim Miteff and hosted by Phil Moore, with Andrea Lively announcing, that aired on Nickelodeon in 1992, airing ...more

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The Naked Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Nat Wolff, Alex Wolff, Allie DiMeco The Naked Brothers Band is an American musical comedy series created by Polly Draper. The show depicts the daily lives of Draper's sons, who lead a fictional world-renowned rock band from New ...more

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Romeo! is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Zachary Williams, Master P, Erica O'Keith Romeo! is an American/Canadian television series that aired on Nickelodeon from 2003 to 2006, totaling 53 episodes. The filming was done in Vancouver, British Columbia, while the show takes ...more

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The Thundermans is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
HarryJMedina added Jack Griffo The Thundermans is an American superhero live-action comedy television series that began airing on Nickelodeon, on October 14, 2013. The series is created by Jed Spingarn. Nickelodeon announced ...more

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Bella and the Bulldogs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
DavidLleraYT(David) added Brec Bassinger, Coy Stewart, Jackie Radinsky

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Nickelodeon Guts is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
JohnDoe4 added Felicia Day, Ryon Day 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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Avatar: Legend of Korra is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Trivia Wiz added Janet Varney, P.J. Byrne, David Faustino Book One: Air is the first season of the U.S. animated TV series The Legend of Korra created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. Consisting of twelve episodes, it was initially ...more

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BrainSurge is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Lilly Petruzzi BrainSurge is an American children's game show aired on Nickelodeon hosted by Jeff Sutphen. The show taped its first season in February 2009, and debuted on September 28, 2009. The show's format ...more

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Nick News with Linda Ellerbee is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
ChloeFletcher added Linda Ellerbee, Jennifer S. Rose, Gerald Ford 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

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The Nick Cannon Show is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Malachi McGlone, Todd Baker, Kenan Thompson The Nick Cannon Show is an American television comedy spin-off of All That. It aired on Nickelodeon's SNICK block 2002-2003 along with All That, The Amanda Show and Taina. The premise of the ...more