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The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows

Updated February 3, 2021 207.4k votes 11.0k voters 120.5k views114 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 SquarePants1
    4,634
    1,694

    SpongeBob SquarePants

    Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Comedy, Family Film

    SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon, 1999) is an American animated television series created by...  more
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  • The Fairly OddParents2
    1,904
    702

    The Fairly OddParents

    Tara Strong, Susanne Blakeslee

    Premiered2001

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

    The Fairly OddParents is an American animated television series created by Butch Hartman for...  more
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  • Rugrats3
    4,330
    1,689

    Rugrats

    Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh

    Premiered1991

    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...  more
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  • Drake & Josh4
    3,994
    1,796

    Drake & Josh

    Drake Bell, Josh Peck

    Premiered2004-2007

    Genres (Tv)Teen sitcom

    Drake & Josh (Nickelodeon, 2004) is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider. Despite...  more
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  • Hey Arnold!5
    3,537
    1,822

    Hey Arnold!

    Francesca Marie Smith, Jamil Walker Smith

    Premiered1996

    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...  more
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  • iCarly6
    3,227
    1,663

    iCarly

    Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy

    Premiered2007-2012

    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...  more
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  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius7
    2,716
    1,414

    The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

    Debi Derryberry, Jeffrey Garcia

    Premiered2002

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

    The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, often shortened to just Jimmy Neutron, is an...  more
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  • Kenan & Kel8
    2,891
    1,647

    Kenan & Kel

    Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell

    Premiered1996-2000

    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...  more
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    #131 of 297 The Best Duos of All Time#207 of 448 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

  • All That9
    3,049
    1,782

    All That

    Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon

    Premiered1994-2005

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy, Television comedy, Adolescence, Variety show, Children's television series

    All That is an American sketch comedy television series created by Brian Robbins and Mike...  more
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  • CatDog10
    2,710
    1,620

    CatDog

    Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy

    CatDog is an American animated television series created by Peter Hannan for Nickelodeon. The...  more
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  • Doug11
    3,025
    1,823

    Doug

    Billy West, Fred Newman

    Premiered1991

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Educational television

    Doug is an American animated sitcom created by Jim Jinkins. The show focuses on the early...  more
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  • Danny Phantom12
    2,152
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    Danny Phantom

    David Kaufman, Grey Griffin

    Premiered2004

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

    Danny Phantom is an American animated television series created by Butch Hartman for...  more
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  • Rocko's Modern Life13
    2,703
    1,710

    Rocko's Modern Life

    Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Animation, Sitcom, Satire, Animated cartoon

    Rocko's Modern Life is an American animated television series created by Joe Murray for...  more
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  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?14
    2,743
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    Are You Afraid of the Dark?

    Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull

    Premiered1991-2000

    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....  more
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  • Rocket Power15
    2,435
    1,577

    Rocket Power

    Lauren Tom, Jennifer Hale

    Premiered1999

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

    Rocket Power is an American animated television series. The series debuted on Nickelodeon on...  more
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  • Avatar: The Last Airbender16
    2,479
    1,609

    Avatar: The Last Airbender

    Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker

    Premiered2005

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

    Avatar: The Last Airbender (Nickelodeon, 2005) is an American television series created by...  more
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  • The Wild Thornberrys17
    2,337
    1,522

    The Wild Thornberrys

    Lacey Chabert, Jodi Carlisle

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Children's television series

    The Wild Thornberrys is an American animated television series that aired on Nickelodeon. It...  more
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  • Double Dare18
    2,389
    1,591

    Double Dare

    Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone

    Premiered2000-1992; 2000

    Genres (Tv)Game show

    Double Dare is a children's game show, originally hosted by Marc Summers, that aired on...  more
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  • Legends of the Hidden Temple19
    2,470
    1,651

    Legends of the Hidden Temple

    Kirk Fogg, Dee Bradley Baker

    Premiered1993-1995

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

    Legends of the Hidden Temple is an action-adventure game show for children. The show centered...  more
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    #44 of 96 The Greatest Game Shows of All Time#2 of 28 The Best Nickelodeon Game Shows Ever Made

  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide20
    2,246
    1,500

    Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide

    Devon Werkheiser, Lindsey Shaw

    Premiered2004-2007

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

    Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide is an American live action sitcom on Nickelodeon that...  more
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  • Clarissa Explains It All21
    2,197
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    Clarissa Explains It All

    Melissa Joan Hart, Jason Zimbler

    Premiered1991-1994

    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...  more
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  • Zoey 10122
    2,248
    1,603

    Zoey 101

    Jamie Lynn Spears, Paul Butcher

    Premiered2005-2008

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

    Zoey 101 is an American television series which originally aired on Nickelodeon from January...  more
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  • The Amanda Show23
    2,079
    1,535

    The Amanda Show

    Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell

    Premiered1999-2002

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy, Variety show, Sketch

    The Amanda Show is an American live action sketch comedy and variety show that aired on...  more
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  • The Ren & Stimpy Show24
    2,090
    1,558

    The Ren & Stimpy Show

    John Kricfalusi, Billy West

    Premiered1991

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Children's television series

    The Ren & Stimpy Show, often simply referred to as Ren & Stimpy, is an American animated...  more
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  • Victorious25
    1,985
    1,592

    Victorious

    Victoria Justice, Leon Thomas III

    Premiered2010-2013

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

    Victorious (Nickelodeon, 2010) is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider. The series...  more
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