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Nickelodeon Shows That Are Better Than Anything Kids Can Watch Today

April 3, 2020 5.4k votes 738 voters 12.7k views15 items

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To this day, old Nick shows are still a fantastic form of nostalgia. Whether it's the catchy theme songs or amusing characters, the familiar fun brings you back to a time when life wasn't full of responsibility. In fact, the only responsibility you had was to enjoy being a kid.

While today's kids' programming has its audience, these shows can't really compete with old-school Nickelodeon shows. They miss that '90s and early 2000s charm. These old Nickelodeon shows can still hold their own against the current slate of kids' programming. 

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  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters gave kids a hilarious behind-the-scenes look at monsters in training. Ickis, Oblina, and Krumm must please their teacher, The Gromble, by scaring humans in New York City.

    In 1995, the show was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Animation. While the show ended in 1997, Ickis, Oblina, and Krumm guest-starred in a 1999 episode of Rugrats titled "Ghost Story."

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    Ren and Stimpy

    As one of the original Nicktoons, Ren & Stimpy brought endless laughs through reruns over the years. The show's humor had both the kids and adults chuckling.

    The show's run helped pave the way for edgier cartoons like MTV's Beavis and Butthead. While a revival was released in 2003 on Spike, it didn't match the overall appeal of the original.

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  • Comic book creator Jhonen Vasquez left his mark on cartoons with 2001's Invader Zim. The dark comedy, which follows the title character's attempts at world domination, won an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation.

    While it was canceled after two seasons, the show gained a massive cult following. "I just think that it did not jive well with Nickelodeon's image," Vasquez told SyFy Wire.

    In 2019, Netflix unveiled the animated film Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus, which picks up where the original series ended.

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  • Based on the book Salute Your Shorts: Life at Summer Camp, the Salute Your Shorts series depicts the wild adventures of camping.

    Unlike most live-action Nickelodeon shows in the '90s, Salute Your Shorts was shot at Los Angeles' Griffith Park Boys Camp and Franklin Canyon Park. A third season was nixed after the cast chose to not relocate to Nickelodeon Studios for filming.

    While the show was canceled in 1992, it remained popular on the channel through constant reruns.  

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