Before Netflix, kids in the 90s and early 2000s had Nickelodeon. Its shows were so iconic back then that Netflix even partnered with the network last year to stream some of its most popular shows. Whether you wanted to watch cartoons, a teen drama, or a wacky variety show, Nickelodeon offered it all. If you’re up from some major throwback, here are 18 classic Nickelodeon shows we all watched growing up!
Who *didn’t* watch SpongeBob SquarePants growing up? Considered the highest-rated Nickelodeon series, the show chronicles the life and adventures of SpongeBob is aquatic friends Patrick, Squidward, Pearl, Gary, Mr. Krabs, Sandy, Plankton, and Karen in Bikini Bottom. It’s hilarious, and even I still watch it as an adult.
Rugrats focuses on Tommy Pickles and his good friends Chuckie, Phil & Lil. The story revolves around their adventures and imaginative explorations during their play dates and other everyday activities. As it’s told from the perspective of 1-year old Tommy, viewers get to experience what it’s like to be a kid again.
All That was basically the teen version of SNL. It featured original short comic sketches that parodied pop culture and weekly musical guests. It had a core group of child and teen actors that included Amanda Bynes, Kenan Thompson, Gabrielle Green, and Angelique Bates. Some of its iconic sketches were Good Burger, Ask Ashley, and Sugar and Coffee.
This show revolves around Arnold, a fourth grader with a football-shaped head, and his neighborhood friends. Other characters include his eccentric grandparents and other students and faculty at P.S. 118. One memorable character is Helga, a girl who bullies Arnold in order to hide the fact the she’s in love with him.
Kenan & Kel
Who loves orange soda? If you answered “Kel loves orange soda”, you’re a certified Nickelodeon fan! Follow Kenan and Kel’s crazy high school adventures.
Conjoined cat and dog siblings who are complete opposites is a recipe for chaos. Cat is the smarter one, while Dog is the happy-go-lucky one. As dog points out in the show’s opening credits “I disagree. I think we can agree”.
Legends of the Hidden Temple
I used to imagine being a contestant in this one-of-a-kind game show, listening to Olmec, the giant talking Mayan head, and running around the temple avoiding the temple guards and finding the lost treasure. Until now, no other kids game show can compare to the mystery and excitement this one brought to the table.
The Fairly Odd Parents
Timmy Turner is lucky enough to get two fairy godparents, Cosmo and Wanda, who grant all of his wishes to improve his miserable life. However, often times his wishes backfire and Timmy ends up having to fix it. Good news for fans is that the show is getting a live-action series on Paramount+!
This teen sitcom features a young Emma Roberts who plays Addie Singer overcoming her struggles in school.
This one’s based on the sci-fi, fantasy children’s books about five kids who have the power to morph into any creature they want to protect Earth against a breed of parasitic aliens.
Drake & Josh
“Hug me brother!” Step-brothers Drake and Josh couldn’t be any more different, but they must learn how to get along now that they live under the same roof.
As Told By Ginger
Struggling with her middle school life, Ginger would do just about anything to be popular. Together with her BFFs Dodie and Marcie, they deal with typical teenage issues.
The Amanda Show
An extension of All That, Amanda Bynes got her big break when she got her own comedy sketch and variety show! Some of its iconic sketches was Judge Trudy, a parody to Judy Judy, The Girls Room (my favorite), and So You Want To Win Five Dollars, a spoof of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
The Wild Thornberrys
The Thornberrys is your average family of wildlife documentary filmmakers whose younger daughter Eliza has the secret ability to talk to animals. With her gift, she often befriends the wild animals they meet along the way.
Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide
Any teen problem you can think of, Ned Bigby has the solution for you! This show focuses on Ned and his friends as he shares his tips and tricks in surviving middle school.
The Secret World of Alex Mack
Every teen geek would probably wish they could end up like Alex Mack who suddenly gains powers after getting splashed with an experimental chemical. She can shoot electricity from her fingers, morph into a puddle of goo, and move objects telekinetically.
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
This horror anthology series features a group of teenagers called the Midnight Society sharing scary stories around a campfire. It features tales about creepy monsters and ghosts such as the Crimson Clown, The Lonely Ghost, and water demons. It was so successful, it even came out with a series of books!
Figure It Out
This popular game show made Nickelodeon popular for its slime action, even taking the idea to the Kid’s Choice Awards! The show features a panel of Nickelodeon celebrities as they try to guess the predetermined phrase describing the contestants’ special skill or achievement.