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The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows 

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Updated June 3, 2020 192.6k votes 10k voters 110.9k views 107 items

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

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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SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
xandermartin98 added Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Animation, Comedy, Family Film

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) 3 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Drake Bell, Josh Peck, Miranda Cosgrove

Premiered: 2004-2007

Genres (Tv): Teen sitcom

Drake & Josh (Nickelodeon, 2004) is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider. Despite having opposite personalities, stepbrothers Drake Parker (Drake Bell) and Josh Nichols (Josh Peck) ...more

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Hey Arnold! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
ChloeFletcher added 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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The Fairly OddParents is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
bnicekribs2091 added Tara Strong, Susanne Blakeslee, Daran Norris

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Animation, Satire, Animated cartoon, Comedy, Fantasy television, + more

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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The Adventures of Jimmy ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Robert EL Faulk added Debi Derryberry, Jeffrey Garcia, Rob Paulsen

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Computer Animation, Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Adventure film, + more

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) 7 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, Kenan Thompson

Premiered: 1994-2005

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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Kenan & Kel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Vanessa Baden

Premiered: 1996-2000

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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Doug is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
ChloeFletcher added 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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CatDog is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Alaina Hillman added 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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#132 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #118 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #71 of 731 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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iCarly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress

Premiered: 2007-2012

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Children's television series, Comedy, Family Film

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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Rocko's Modern Life is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
xandermartin98 added 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) 13 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther

Premiered: 1991-2000

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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Rocket Power is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
ChloeFletcher added Lauren Tom, Jennifer Hale, John Kassir

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Adventure film, Comedy, Animated series

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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The Wild Thornberrys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
ChloeFletcher added 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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Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone, 'Weird Al' Yankovic

Premiered: 2000-1992; 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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Legends of the Hidden Te... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Kirk Fogg, Dee Bradley Baker, Jennifer Holtz

Premiered: 1993-1995

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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Clarissa Explains It All... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Melissa Joan Hart, Jason Zimbler, Elizabeth Hess

Premiered: 1991-1994

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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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

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Supernatural, Animation, Action/Adventure, Animated cartoon, + more

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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Ned's Declassified Schoo... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Devon Werkheiser, Lindsey Shaw, Daniel Curtis Lee

Premiered: 2004-2007

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Drama, Children's television series, Comedy-drama, + more

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 Sho... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Alaina Hillman added 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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The Amanda Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell, Nancy Sullivan

Premiered: 1999-2002

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Variety show, Sketch

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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Zoey 101 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Jamie Lynn Spears, Paul Butcher, Christopher Massey

Premiered: 2005-2008

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Drama, Children's television series, + more

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 Airbend... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
zorbo67 added Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker, Mae Whitman

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Steampunk, Romance TV, Children's television series, + more

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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Victorious is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
Victoria Justice, Leon Thomas III, Matt Bennett

Premiered: 2010-2013

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Drama, Children's television series, Musical, + more

Victorious (Nickelodeon, 2010) is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider. The series revolves around aspiring singer Tori Vega, a teenager who attends a performing arts high school called ...more

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