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    The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows

    Updated August 5, 2020 209.6k votes 10.5k voters 115.3k views110 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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    • 1
      SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
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      SpongeBob SquarePants

      Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass

      Premiered:?1999

      Genres (Tv):?Animation, Comedy, Family Film

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    • 2
      Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
      4,420
      1,639

      Rugrats

      Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh

      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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    • 3
      The Fairly OddParents is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
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      The Fairly OddParents

      Tara Strong, Susanne Blakeslee

      Premiered:?2001

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

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    • 4
      Drake & Josh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
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      Drake & Josh

      Drake Bell, Josh Peck

      Premiered:?2004-2007

      Genres (Tv):?Teen sitcom

      Drake & Josh (Nickelodeon, 2004) is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider. Despite... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    • 5
      Hey Arnold! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
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      Hey Arnold!

      Francesca Marie Smith, Jamil Walker Smith

      Premiered:?1996

      Genres (Tv):?Animation, Children's television series, Comedy-drama, Comedy, Animated series

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      The Adventures of Jimmy Neutro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
      2,703
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      The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

      Debi Derryberry, Jeffrey Garcia

      Premiered:?2002

      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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
    • 7
      iCarly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
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      iCarly

      Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy

      Premiered:?2007-2012

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

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    • 8
      Kenan & Kel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
      2,945
      1,638

      Kenan & Kel

      Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell

      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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
    • 9
      All That is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
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      All That

      Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon

      Premiered:?1994-2005

      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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    • 10
      Doug is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
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      Doug

      Billy West, Fred Newman

      Premiered:?1991

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

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      CatDog is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
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      CatDog

      Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny

      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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
    • 12
      Rocko's Modern Life is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
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      Rocko's Modern Life

      Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny

      Premiered:?1993

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

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      Are You Afraid of the Dark? is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
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      Are You Afraid of the Dark?

      Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull

      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.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    • 14
      The Wild Thornberrys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
      2,401
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      The Wild Thornberrys

      Lacey Chabert, Jodi Carlisle

      Premiered:?1998

      Genres (Tv):?Animation, Children's television series

      The Wild Thornberrys is an American animated television series that aired on Nickelodeon. It... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
    • 15
      Danny Phantom is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
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      Danny Phantom

      David Kaufman, Grey Griffin

      Premiered:?2004

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

      Danny Phantom is an American animated television series created by Butch Hartman for... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
    • 16
      Rocket Power is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
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      Rocket Power

      Lauren Tom, Jennifer Hale

      Premiered:?1999

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

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      Legends of the Hidden Temple is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
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      Legends of the Hidden Temple

      Kirk Fogg, Dee Bradley Baker

      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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    • 18
      Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
      2,456
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      Double Dare

      Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone

      Premiered:?2000-1992; 2000

      Genres (Tv):?Game show

      Double Dare is a children's game show, originally hosted by Marc Summers, that aired on... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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      Ned's Declassified School Surv is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
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      1,524

      Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide

      Devon Werkheiser, Lindsey Shaw

      Premiered:?2004-2007

      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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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      Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
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      Avatar: The Last Airbender

      Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker

      Premiered:?2005

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

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      Clarissa Explains It All is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
      2,280
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      Clarissa Explains It All

      Melissa Joan Hart, Jason Zimbler

      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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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      The Ren & Stimpy Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
      2,156
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      The Ren & Stimpy Show

      John Kricfalusi, Billy West

      Premiered:?1991

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

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      Zoey 101 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
      2,252
      1,650

      Zoey 101

      Jamie Lynn Spears, Paul Butcher

      Premiered:?2005-2008

      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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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      The Amanda Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
      2,123
      1,573

      The Amanda Show

      Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell

      Premiered:?1999-2002

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

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    • 25
      Victorious is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows
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      Victorious

      Victoria Justice, Leon Thomas III

      Premiered:?2010-2013

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

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