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Title: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Bandit King on December 11, 2011, 08:36:46 PM
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The 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time

As some of you may have seen from my previous posts, I've been working on a little project to determine which shows that debuted or famously aired on Nickelodeon are the best of the best.  After some research, ranking and writing, I feel I have come up with a halfway decent list of 80 shows which I think are the best Nick ever had.  I considered about 90 shows for this list (the ten that didn't make the cut will be my "honorable mentions"), and I devised a ranking system of five separate categories, in which I gave each show a value from 1 to 100.  Each show's five values were added up, and the total is the final score I used to rank each show on this countdown.

My five categories I rated each show in are:

Popularity: How popular was the show during its initial run on Nick?  Shows that didn't do well in the ratings won't get high scores here.
Originality: Was the show the first/foremost of its kind?  Shows that are reworkings of previously done programs will not score high here.
Longevity: How long did the show run initially?  Longer-running shows will rank higher here.
Nostalgia: How well-remembered is the show in question?  More recent shows will not get a very high score here.
Impact: Did the show have a sizable impact on future Nick shows or television in general?  Again, current shows will not rank high here.

Anyhow, I invite you to sit back and count down along with me, as we take a trip through the annals of time to discover some of the greatest shows Nick has ever broadcast, as well as a few shows you may not have ever heard of.  Remember, I'm ranking these shows by influence, so it's not necessarily which show is better-liked than others (though entertainment value does play a big part), but which shows define Nickelodeon the most.  I'll be providing brief histories of each show I rank, as well as what each show's total value is that it managed to rack up.  Feel free to comment on my choices or offer your insights at any time on this thread.  That being said, let's get started!

NOTE: For anyone who wants to learn more about Nickelodeon's early history, I invite you to go to THIS WEBSITE (http://theretronickelodeon.webs.com/thehistoryofnick.htm).  It gives a very detailed and interesting account of how Nickelodeon came to be, as well as cool inside information about lots of early Nickelodeon shows.
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Bandit King on December 11, 2011, 10:03:06 PM
The Honorable Mentions: #90-#81

Let’s start off by taking a look at ten shows that didn’t quite make the cut:




#90: The Penguins of Madagascar
Aired: November 29, 2008-present
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Following the success of the animated film Madagascar, creators Tom McGrath and Eric Darnell created a spin-off cartoon series starring perhaps the most-remembered characters from the movie: the penguins.  Taking place after the second Madagascar film and debuting on Thanksgiving weekend 2008, the show chronicled the (mis)adventures of the four titular birds in the Central Park Zoo. After becoming the highest-watched premiere of any Nicktoon, the show continues to air on Nick to this day, continuing to draw high ratings.

Scores:  High popularity; Low originality; Very low longevity, nostalgia and impact
Total: 169 points







#89: The Brothers Garcia
Aired: July 23, 2000-August 8, 2004
(http://sharetv.org/images/the_brothers_garcia-show.jpg)

One of the first projects of the eventual founders of Latino channel NuvoTV, this sharp-witted sitcom centered around a middle-class Latin-American family known as the Garcias.  In the same veil as The Wonder Years, the adult version of the main character, Ray (the voice of John Leguizamo) narrates each episode in a sarcastic manner.  The show won a Young Artist Award for Best Family TV Comedy Series and lasted for a whopping four seasons, but was cancelled in 2004 due to low ratings.

Scores: Above-average popularity; Low longevity, nostalgia and impact; Very low originality
Total: 172 points







#88:  iCarly
Aired: September 8, 2007-present
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Currently one of the highest-rated shows on Nick, this eccentric sitcom follows the exploits of middle-school girl Carly Shay (played by Miranda Cosgrove) and her web-based show.  The show has exploded in popularity in the “tween” fanbase since debuting, and it’s currently one of the most-watched shows on Nickelodeon.  The show won a Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Kids TV Show in 2009, and Cosgrove also won a Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actress in a TV Series the same year, despite the show receiving mixed to bad reviews from critics.

Scores: High popularity; Moderate originality, Very low nostalgia, longevity and impact
Total:  182 points







#87: 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd
Aired: October 16, 1999-April 21, 2002
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Co-created by veteran TV producer Nat Bernstein, this interesting show followed the exploits of school bully Eddie McDowd, who is punished for his bad behavior by a man known simply as “The Drifter”. After turning Eddie into a dog, the Drifter informs Eddie he must do 100 good deeds if he wants to become human again.  The show followed Eddie’s (voiced by Seth Green) exploits to become human again by performing good deeds alongside Justin, the last kid he bullied (who is the only person who can hear Eddie talk). The show was cancelled after two seasons due to bad ratings, leaving Eddie with 57 deeds left to go, but the show was a huge hit in Europe, and was released on DVD there.

Scores:  High originality; Low popularity; Very low longevity, nostalgia and impact
Total: 184 points







#86: Big Time Rush
Aired: November 28, 2009-present
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The youngest show in the Honorable Mentions, this popular sitcom debuted in late 2009, following the exploits of four ex-hockey players from Minnesota that are inexplicably selected to become a boy band.  Its debut was watched by 7.1 million people, making it Nick’s highest-rated debut of a live-action series and third-highest rated for a debut ever.  The show has been panned, with some critics calling it Nick’s attempt to create a Jonas Brothers-style pop group, but nonetheless, it remains popular, and has been renewed for a third season in 2012.

Scores: High popularity; Moderate originality; Very low longevity, nostalgia and impact
Total: 191 points







#85: The Troop
Aired: September 18, 2009-present
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Described as “Men in Black at a suburban high school”, The Troop is the second-youngest show in the top 90.  Revolving around a group of teens who fight and capture monsters, ghosts, and other supernatural phenomena in the town of Lakewood, the show garnered 3.5 million viewers in its premiere, and continues to finish strong in the ratings, having been renewed for a third season in 2012.

Scores: High popularity; Above average originality; Very low longevity, nostalgia and impact
Total: 198 points







#84: Scaredy Camp
Aired: October 27, 2002-August 16, 2003
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=st7csA6vty0

Considered Nick’s first “reality show”, this short-lived program is nonetheless a pivotal moment in Nick history.  Hosted by Emma Wilson (the daughter of Anne Robinson from The Weakest Link), the show revolved around kids trying to find clues about an urban legend surrounding the summer camp they were attending.  After two seasons, the show was cancelled, but reruns were seen on Nick GaS until 2005.

Scores: Above average popularity and originality; Low longevity and impact; Very low nostalgia
Total: 201 points







#83: Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
Aired: August 28, 2006-February 21, 2010
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Considered one of the more popular shows to ever air on the Nick Jr. block, this show also holds the distinction of being the first cartoon ever animated by Adobe Flash to air on Nickelodeon.  Each episode follows the exploits of Wubbzy the cat (voiced by Grey DeLisle, who also provided the voice of Sam on Danny Phantom) and his friends.  The show was among the highest-rated in Nick Jr. history, only surpassed in viewers at one point in time by Dora the Explorer.  The series finale aired in 2010, after just under four years on Nick.

Scores: High popularity; Moderate longevity; Low impact; Very low originality and nostalgia
Total: 209 points







#82: BrainSurge
Aired: September 28, 2009-present
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Due to the success of the short-lived My Family’s Got GUTS, the first game show to air on Nickelodeon in over five years, Scott Stone from Stone Stanley productions decided to take a Japanese game show called Brain Survivor and modify it into a new kid’s game show.  Hosted by Jeff Sutphen (formerly known as PickBoy from UPick Live), the show tests children’s memories while employing the oh-so-familiar concept of messiness in the form of Slime, Gak, and other disgusting semi-liquid substances Nickelodeon audiences have come to know and love.  Currently the only game show airing on any Nickelodeon subsidiary, many fans cling to the hope that it will spark new interest in the waning kid’s game show genre.

Scores: High popularity; Low originality and impact; Very low longevity and nostalgia
Total: 218 points







#81: Kids Court
Aired: September 3, 1988-September 5, 1993
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNHPGJBjR2c

The only show in the Honorable Mentions to debut in the 80’s, this interesting show took letters mailed by kids to Nickelodeon studios involving their grievances, such as low allowance or unfair punishment for doing something wrong.  The host (actor/comedian Paul Provenza) would present the “case” to the in-studio audience, and the two children would argue their particular side of the case.  The audience then voted on which side they chose using applause, and the loudest (measured by the “Judge-O-Meter”) won.  It is still unknown what (if anything) the children who sent in the complaints via mail got.

Scores: Very high originality and longevity; High popularity; Very low nostalgia and impact
Total: 224 points
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: Green Monkey Warrior on December 12, 2011, 05:48:14 PM
Yay, iCarly and BTR made it on the honorable mentions! Wonder where Victorious will be... :roll:
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on December 12, 2011, 06:12:24 PM
It should be coming up soon. What with how recent the show is and how TBK may score it.
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Bandit King on December 12, 2011, 08:41:58 PM
Congratulations to all my Honorable Mentions. YOU LOST! :lol:

Now, let’s get on with the actual countdown:

#80: Back At the Barnyard
Aired: September 29, 2007-November 12, 2011
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A spin-off of the 2006 animated film Barnyard, this CGI show was the second project for its creator, Steve Oedekerk (he was an executive producer for Jimmy Neutron).  This semi-popular NickToon picks up essentially where the film leaves off, following the exploits of Otis the bull and his farmyard friends as they concoct harebrained schemes to move up in the world, all while hiding their shenanigans from the human characters on the show.  Though several main characters from the movie did not appear in the show, it was quite popular, despite the controversy of the show giving udders to Otis and other male cattle characters.  After a run of over four years, the show sadly concluded one month ago, with 52 full episodes aired.

Scores: High popularity; Moderate longevity; Low originality; Very low nostalgia and impact
Total: 231 points






#79: Pelswick
Aired: October 2, 2000-November 15, 2002
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Created by Canadian animation studio Nelvana (which also gave us Care Bears and 6Teen), Pelswick debuted on Nick in 2000 to much fanfare.  The show revolved around Pelswick Eggert, a wheelchair-bound teenage boy struggling to live a normal life in his hometown.  Pelswick’s paraplegia meant that this was the first time the main protagonist of a cartoon had a serious physical disability.  Despite its groundbreaking concept, the show only aired 26 episodes over two seasons, and was finally pulled in 2002 due to waning interest.

Scores: Very high originality; Above average popularity; Moderate impact; Low longevity and nostalgia
Total: 238 points






#78: Animorphs
Aired: September 15, 1998-October 8, 1999
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Based on the highly-popular book series by K.A. Applegate, Animorphs premiered as part of the NickelOZone block in late 1998.  Like the book series, the show dealt with the adventures of a group of teenagers who were given the power to transform into animals by a dying alien in order to fight a group of mind-controlling parasites.  Each episode was based on a particular book in the series, and was notably darker than most shows on Nick at the time.  Sadly, waning popularity and budget cuts brought about the cancellation of the series a little over a year after its debut.

Scores: Moderate popularity, nostalgia and impact; Low originality; Very low longevity
Total: 242 points






#77: Fifteen
Aired: February 3, 1991-April 25, 1993
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNqB5il35lc&feature=related

Another Canadian production, this series is considered to be Nick’s first and only “soap opera”.  First conceived for the Disney Channel, the show was picked up by Nickelodeon in early 1991, and followed the lives of high school students in the fictional Hillside High School (the show was originally called Hillside when it first aired in Canada).  While initially popular, the show drew criticism for playing very heavily into stereotypes.  Nevertheless, the show helped jump-start the careers of many young actors, such as Ryan Reynolds and Lisa Ortiz (who went on to voice many characters in English anime dubs).

Scores: High popularity; Above average longevity; Low impact; Very low originality and nostalgia
Total: 247 points






#76: Drake & Josh
Aired: January 11, 2004-September 16, 2007
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After their stints on The Amanda Show, Drake Bell and Josh Peck were cast by actor/producer Dan Schneider (who had previously produced All That and Kenan & Kel) in a new teen sitcom that was very hyped.  The titular characters starred as stepbrothers, along with Drake’s sister Megan, played by Miranda Cosgrove.  The show consistently scored very high in the ratings, and the series’ Christmas special was among the highest-watched programs in Nickelodeon history.  The show ended its run in 2011, but reruns continue to be shown on Nick, and Cosgrove continues to entertain young viewers on iCarly.

Scores: Very high popularity; Moderate longevity and impact; Low originality and nostalgia
Total: 252 points






#75: Out of Control
Aired: October 7, 1984-May 1, 1985
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V67AOKKgzk

This show was the first series produced specifically for Nickelodeon (You Can’t Do That on Television had been around longer, but wasn’t a Nick original).  Hosted by comedian Dave Coulier (later known as Joey on Full House), the show was an early kid’s sketch comedy series that featured many kooky characters.  Various segments on the show brought a semi-educational flair to it as well, including “Let’s Eat”, a segment in which Dave travels to popular restaurants across America, and “How Not to Do Things”, a humorous segment that showed viewers the improper way to do a certain task.  Despite being among the first shows shown on Nick, it was canceled after about seven months, and that’s why it ranks so low.

Scores: High popularity; Moderate longevity and impact; Low longevity and nostalgia
Total: 262 points






#74: PopClips
Aired: Late 1980-March 31, 1981
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Before there was MTV, there was PopClips.  First conceived by former Monkee Mike Nesmith, the show was produced in 1979 and picked up by Nickelodeon as one of the first shows on their program block.  Watering down the comedy and spoken dialogue from veejays Jeff Michalski and Howie Mandel (yes, that Howie Mandel), the show aired music videos from popular artists of the day, such as The Police, The Pretenders, Kim Carnes, and Toto.  The show wasn’t around for long, and due to budget cuts by the fledgling Nickelodeon network, was cancelled mere months after its debut.

Scores: Very high originality; High popularity; Low impact; Very low longevity and nostalgia
Total: 268 points






#73: Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide
Aired: September 7, 2004-June 9, 2007
(http://images.wikia.com/nickelodeon/images/3/39/Neds_Declassifed.jpg)

Created by Scott Fellows (the main writer for The Fairly OddParents), this show actually began as a pilot episode in September 2003, but did not become an actual series until one year later.  This teen sitcom followed the exploits of students Ned, Cookie and Moze as they dealt with dilemmas and difficult situations in their middle school.  Ned would offer tips to the viewers in the form of a “survival guide”, which would then usually be illustrated by an example by the students.  The show won the Global Entertainment Award for best children’s program of the millennium in 2009, and most episodes have been released on DVD.

Scores: High popularity and longevity; Moderate nostalgia; Low originality and impact
Total: 273 points






#72: Kids’ Writes
Aired: December 5, 1982-November 29, 1987
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Another early example of originality, this unique show was hosted by veteran kids’ guitarist Jim Mairs, and featured four comedic performers.  Basically, the show functioned similarly to Whose Line Is It Anyway?, with one difference: suggestions were mailed in by kids in the form of short stories they had written.  The cast of the show were read the story or song by Mairs, and then acted it all out from beginning to end.  Props, aside from the highly unique set, were never used.  The show ceased production in 1983, but reruns were shown on Nick up until 1987, when the show was pulled to make room for more original programming.

Scores: Very high originality and longevity; Moderate popularity; Very low nostalgia and impact
Total: 279 points






#71: All Grown Up!
Aired: April 12, 2003-August 17, 2008
(http://epguides.com/AllGrownUp/cast.jpg)

Capitalizing on the success of their awesome Nicktoon, Rugrats, creators Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo decided to create a special involving their little tykes for their 10th anniversary, speculating what the babies might be like when they were teenagers.  When that became a smash, this long-running spin-off series was made.  Following the adventures of Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica and the rest of the former Rugrats, the show’s premiere garnered 3.2 million viewers, making it the highest-rated premiere on Nick at the time (it has since fallen to fourth place).  The show was cancelled in 2008, four years after the plug was pulled on Rugrats itself, and reruns continue to be seen on Nickelodeon and the Nicktoons network.

Scores: High popularity and longevity; Moderate nostalgia; Low impact; Very low originality
Total: 281 points
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on December 12, 2011, 08:54:08 PM
I used to LOVE Pelswick! I thought it was such a funny show, and it's a shame it got canned too soon. I have never heard of PopClips or Kids' Writes, but granted that was way before my time. I can't believe Howie Mandel was on the former show I mentioned. The more you know I guess. :lol:
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Red Jaguars on December 13, 2011, 01:15:05 AM
Nice list! I am excited to see some lost Nickelodeon shows that are overshadowed by popular Nick shows on your list.
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Bandit King on December 14, 2011, 09:35:22 PM
#70: Kappa Mikey
Aired: February 25, 2006-September 20, 2008
(http://images.wikia.com/kappamikey/images/a/a6/KappaMikey.png)

Branded as “the first anime to be produced in the United States”, this ‘toon was essentially a parody of any and all things anime.  The show (whose title is a parody of kappamaki, a type of sushi) revolved around the titular character of Mikey, who wins a contest to star in a passé “anime” show in Japan, where he meets several characters that personify many stereotypes of anime characters, such as flaming eyes or heads becoming larger when a character is angry.  The show ran for a total of 52 episodes over two seasons, and the full first season has been released on DVD.

Scores: High popularity; Moderate originality; Low longevity; Very low nostalgia and impact
Total: 283 points






#69: Standby: Lights, Camera, Action!
Aired: May 1982-December 31, 1987
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr8s-CDOSMI&feature=related

At one point in 1983, this was Nickelodeon’s highest-rated show.  Hosted by Leonard Nimoy (best known for playing Mr. Spock on Star Trek), Standby was designed to inform children about various aspects of the film industry, dealing with innumerable topics from Star Wars and Monty Python (the former episode of which the clip above is from) to Fred Astaire and Jackie Gleason.  Nimoy was often quoted as saying that Standby was his favorite show to do after Star Trek, and veteran British actor John Cleese called it “an excellent show for kids of all ages”.  One day shy of 1988, Standby was cancelled by Nickelodeon in an attempt to bring more “edgy” programming to their network.

Scores: Very high popularity; High originality and longevity; Very low nostalgia and impact
Total: 285 points






#68: The Backyardigans
Aired: November 22, 2004-present
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One of the longest-running programs in Nickelodeon history, The Backyardigans, like Pelswick, was originally produced by Nelvana.  In each episode, the five main characters (each one voiced by an actual child) play in their backyard, using their imaginations to take them various places, such as the jungle or outer space.  Another interesting aspect of the show is its choreographic nature: each dance on the show was first performed by actual live dancers, and then translated into the CGI animation.  After a lengthy run of about seven years, new episodes stopped airing, but reruns continue to be broadcast on the Nick Jr. programming block.

Scores: High popularity and longevity; Low originality, nostalgia and impact
Total: 290 points






#67: Caitlin’s Way
Aired: March 11, 2000-April 8, 2002
(http://sharetv.org/images/caitlins_way-show.jpg)

This live-action teen drama was co-created by Thomas W. Lynch, who also produced The Secret World of Alex Mack.  Debuting in early 2000, the show revolved around Caitlin Seeger (played by fledgling actress Lindsay Felton), who was sent to live on her aunt’s horse ranch in Montana after being arrested in her hometown of Philadelphia.  The show became a moderate success due to the down-to-earth nature of several episodes.  The show was initially fairly popular, but ratings soon began to slip when the show started to take on a darker personage.  After being cancelled, the show was moved to The N for several years before disappearing completely.

Scores: High popularity; Moderate originality and longevity; Low nostalgia and impact
Total: 299 points






#66: Make the Grade
Aired: October 2, 1989-December 29, 1991
(http://images.wikia.com/gameshows/images/0/03/Mtg2.jpg)

Finally, we come to the first game show on this countdown!  One of the first game shows to be produced by Nickelodeon, Make the Grade premiered at the tail end of the ‘80s, and was originally hosted by comedian Lew Schneider.  Three kids competed to answer trivia questions, one from each of seven categories and difficulty settings.  The show also included “Fire Drills”, which acted as bonus rounds similar to Double Dare’s “Physical Challenges”.  Make the Grade helped Nick establish itself as the go-to place for children’s game shows in the early ‘90s, but it’s not that well-remembered by even hardcore Nick fans, which is why it ranks so low.

Scores: High popularity, longevity and impact; Moderate originality; Low nostalgia
Total: 304 points






#65: Roundhouse
Aired: August 15, 1992-January 27, 1996
(http://images.tvrage.com/shows/3/2012.png)

When SNICK first debuted on Nick in 1992, this show debuted as well as part of the original lineup.  Buddy Sheffield, a former writer for the sketch comedy series In Living Color, co-created this variety/comedy series.  The series revolved around the problems of the Anyfamily, and also included numerous comedy sketches and dance routines.  The show ran for four seasons, and was quite popular with viewers.  The show is also memorable for another sad reason: actor/dancer Dominic Lucero, who was prevalent throughout the first two seasons, was diagnosed with cancer before the third season aired, and sadly passed away at the age of 26 before the show ended its run.  The final show, “Endings”, was fittingly dedicated to his memory.

Scores: Very high originality; High popularity; Moderate longevity and impact; Low nostalgia
Total: 308 points






#64: The Third Eye
Aired: January 4, 1983-May 31, 1985
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJTXC9-4lN0

“Somewhere in the crowd…sometimes you find someone very special.  Someone who hears the unheard…someone who understands the mystery.  Sometimes…there’s someone who sees with a THIRD EYE!”  These ominous words signaled the beginning of Nickelodeon’s first horror/science fiction program, an anthology series that was actually four programs in one.  All four series in the anthology dealt with children with psychic or supernatural powers, hence the program’s title.  It is still unknown who developed the anthology of The Third Eye, though all the serials that aired were either from the U.K. or New Zealand.  A fifth series titled “The Witches and the Grinnygog” was added in early 1985, but the show was sadly cancelled a few months later.  Even so, The Third Eye can be seen as a predecessor to another popular Nickelodeon horror series: Are You Afraid of the Dark?.

Scores: High popularity and impact; Moderate longevity; Low originality and nostalgia
Total: 312 points






#63: Nick Rocks
Aired: June 3, 1982-March 26, 1989
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDM-1RqCQaE

Picking up essentially where PopClips left off, Nick Rocks was a 30-minute program which aired popular music artists of the day.  The host, “Joe from Chicago”, was actually Joseph R. Piasek, who wrote and produced the show, and has since done similar work for VH1 and TNN.  Unlike PopClips, several guest hosts were also brought in from time to time, including The Monkees, Huey Lewis, and They Might Be Giants.  A spin-off was made for the Nick Jr. programming block in 1988, but was short-lived, and the show was cancelled a year later.  Nickelodeon has not produced any music video block programs since.

Scores: High popularity and longevity; Moderate originality; Low nostalgia and impact
Total: 315 points






#62: LazyTown
Aired: August 16, 2004-April 5, 2007
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e0/Wtl34.png)

A little kid’s show that emphasizes exercise and playing outside?  Strange as it may sound in this day and age, LazyTown was just that, and became a smash hit after debuting on the Nick Jr. block in mid-2004.  Originally filmed in Iceland, the show revolved around the misadventures of pink-haired girl Stephanie and her friends, who, along with their superhero friend Sportacus, teach young children the virtues of physical activity and play.  The show ran for 52 episodes over two seasons, aired in over 100 countries in more than a dozen languages, and inspired several spin-off projects, including a live theatrical show that has toured Europe and Australia.  The show continues to air today on PBS Kids Sprout.

Scores: High popularity and originality; Moderate longevity; Low impact; Very low nostalgia
Total: 320 points






#61: Get the Picture
Aired: March 18, 1991-March 13, 1993
(http://cdn1.iofferphoto.com/img/item/127/930/825/get-the-picture-nickelodeon-season-1-dvd-mike-o-malley-dc5d4.jpg)

One of the earliest game shows to be broadcast on Nick, Get the Picture was also one of the first shows taped at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida.  Hosted by Mike O’Malley, the game consisted of two teams playing to win cash and prizes by uncovering squares on a giant board that revealed a picture (a la Concentration).  Various trivia questions were asked, and for every question and/or picture answered correctly, cash money was given.  The show also featured “Power Surges”, which acted as bonus rounds that also allowed kids to earn money or prizes.  In the final round, “Mega Memory”, the winning team was shown the pictures behind a 9x9 grid, and were asked to remember where each picture was.  Even though the show only ran for two seasons, Get the Picture holds the distinction of having more episodes per season than any other Nick game show, as well as the fourth-most of any game show period—only Double Dare, GUTS, and Legends surpass it.

Scores: High popularity; Moderate originality, longevity, nostalgia and impact
Total: 329 points
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on December 14, 2011, 10:22:35 PM
Caitlin's Way.... I used to love that show. Another show that got cancelled too soon, definitely should have lasted longer. I never really watched Roundhouse, did they ever air it that much? That's a shame what happened to one of the actors though. :(

I've seen random promos/clips of Nick Rocks on YouTube, looked like a neat show. I thought it started in 1982 though, instead of 1984? And of course Get the Picture.... the show that had some Legends contestants on there. :P
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Bandit King on December 14, 2011, 10:38:04 PM
Good eye on Nick Rocks...just a simple typo on my part. It's fixed now. ;)
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Bandit King on December 16, 2011, 11:56:55 PM
Another day, another ten shows!

#60: The Journey of Allen Strange
Aired: November 8, 1997-April 23, 2000
(http://epguides.com/JourneyofAllenStrange/cast.jpg)

Late in 1997, cryptic messages began airing on Nick about “something strange…coming to SNICK”.  That “something strange” turned out to be a new comedy/drama series, which revolved around a young alien stranded on Earth.  The alien (nicknamed “Allen Strange”) meets up with a young girl and boy, and takes refuge at their California home.  The series finished strong in the ratings throughout its three-season, 57-episode run, but was inexplicably canceled in early 2000, with Allen still stranded on Earth with no sign of him ever getting home.

Scores: High popularity; Above average longevity; Moderate originality and nostalgia; Low impact
Total: 334 points






#59: Little Bear
Aired: April 3, 1995-October 20, 2003
(http://images.wikia.com/littlebear/images/0/03/Littlebear.jpg)

One of the most long-running little kid’s shows Nick ever aired, Little Bear was produced by our old friends at Nelvana.  Based on the popular book series by Else Minarik and Maurice Sendak (who were also on the production team of the show), the show follows the exploits of grizzly bear cub Little Bear and his anthropomorphic animal friends in the woods.  The show ran for a whopping five seasons, spawned a direct-to-video film after ending, and reruns of the show are still broadcast on Nick Jr.

Scores: Very high popularity and longevity; Moderate impact; Low nostalgia; Very low originality
Total: 338 points






#58: My Brother and Me
Aired: October 15, 1994-February 2, 1995
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1b/My_Brother_and_Me_TV_Show_Title_Card.JPG)

My Brother and Me was a very popular family sitcom which debuted on Nick in late 1994.  The show revolved around the exploits of Alfie Parker and his younger brother Derek, nicknamed “Dee Dee”.  My Brother and Me made history on Nickelodeon as the first show on the network with an all-black cast, and was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Youth or Children’s Special.  Unfortunately, the show lasted only 13 episodes before being cancelled due to disagreements between the producers and the creators of the show—each one had their own idea of the direction of the show.

Scores: High popularity and nostalgia; Moderate originality; Low impact; Very low longevity
Total: 339 points






#57: Space Cases
Aired: March 2, 1996-January 27, 1997
(http://images.tvrage.com/shows/6/5273.jpg)

Another popular drama/comedy, Space Cases is a product of creators Billy Mumy and Peter David.  Set in the far future (the year is never specified), the show revolves around a group of students (as well as two adults) who are stranded on a spaceship orbiting Pluto after a field trip, following their journey to get back home.  Budget constraints forced the show to use props from other Nick shows, such as Are You Afraid of the Dark?.  The show ran for 27 episodes over two seasons, and featured a variety of guest stars, including Danny Tamberelli, Michelle Trachtenberg, and even Robin Leach.

Scores: High popularity and nostalgia; Above average originality; Moderate impact; Low longevity
Total: 341 points






#56: Oh Yeah! Cartoons
Aired: July 17, 1998-May 26, 2001
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a2/The_Oh_Yeah_Cartoon_Logo.png/250px-The_Oh_Yeah_Cartoon_Logo.png)

An animation project guided by Fred Seibert (the former president of Hanna-Barbera studios), this show is so high on the countdown because it spawned more shows than any other series in Nick history.  Although the show ran for only 37 episodes (as well as five unaired episodes), there were several individual cartoons on each episode, giving over a dozen animators the chance to create over 100 new cartoons!  Several of the animators who got their start on the show went on to become much more famous, such as Butch Hartman and Seth MacFarlane.  And of course, as previously mentioned, numerous NickToons that were shown as regulars on Oh Yeah! Cartoons became series in their own right, including ChalkZone, The Fairly OddParents, and My Life as a Teenage Robot.

Scores: Very high originality and impact; Moderate popularity and longevity; Very low nostalgia
Total: 347 points






#55: The Amanda Show
Aired: November 6, 1999-September 21, 2002
(http://blog.thephoenix.com/blogs/blogs/phlog/amanda.jpg)

Aaaahhh…Amanda Bynes.  Give me a second…*dreamy sigh*…okay, I’m good.  Anyway, this show was a spin-off of All That, on which Amanda had been a regular cast member for several years before landing this gig.  The show basically worked in the same way as All That, involving several comedy skits and humorous antics, some of the more memorable ones involving dancing lobsters and a Judge Judy parody.  The show ran for three seasons before being cancelled unexpectedly in 2002, but Amanda would go on to become a huge star in movies and television, and Drake Bell and Josh Peck, who also appeared on the show, received their own spin-off from it as well.  Sadly, no matter how much I adore Ms. Bynes, I can’t let my little crush on her affect this countdown too much.  (If and when we get married, however, that’s out the window. :lol: )

Scores: High popularity, longevity and impact; Moderate nostalgia; Low originality
Total: 348 points






#54: ChalkZone
Aired: March 22, 2002-November 21, 2009
(http://images.wikia.com/nickelodeon/images/7/7c/Chalkzone_%3D_Logo.png)

Originally featured on Oh Yeah! Cartoons, ChalkZone premiered in 2002, and up to that point, was the most-watched new show premiere in Nick history (it has since fallen to seventh place).  The NickToon revolved around grade-school boy Rudy, who discovers a magical world inhabited by beings that have been created by chalk drawings.  The show itself is a nod to a 1974 cartoon called Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings, but its creators Bill Burnett and Larry Huber insist they came up with the show without knowledge of this.  The show lasted for 42 episodes over four seasons, stretched out over several years due to numerous hiatuses, and reruns can still be seen on NickToons.

Scores: High popularity, longevity and nostalgia; Moderate originality; Low impact
Total: 353 points






#53: Think Fast!
Aired: May 1, 1989-June 29, 1991
(http://i45.tinypic.com/2v3h5qc.jpg)

One of the first game shows ever produced by Nickelodeon, Think Fast! premiered in the spring of 1989.  The gameplay involved two teams of two kids, who competed in various physical stunts to win cash prizes.  After each stunt, the winning team would have a chance to solve a visual puzzle called “The Brain Bender” (often a picture of a celebrity or a rebus puzzle).  If the team solved it correctly, they won $200 more, and at the end of the game, the ones with the most money went on to the bonus round, “The Locker Room”, where they found pairs of objects or characters inside various lockers, all while trying to avoid the infamous “Red Herring”.  Think Fast! was the second Nick game show to be taped at Nickelodeon Studios (Double Dare was first), and ran for a whopping 106 episodes over three seasons.

Scores: High originality and impact; Moderate popularity and longevity; Low nostalgia
Total: 354 points






#52: Franklin
Aired: January 4, 1999-Late 2004
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_K3TV01Tpz0Y/SjapU3oDEkI/AAAAAAAAAWM/bo6LX3DNYPo/s400/1317.jpg)

Another children’s show based on a book series, Franklin debuted in early 1999 to much fanfare, and soon became as popular on Nick Jr. as the longer-running Little Bear.  Revolving around the titular character, a young turtle who could “count by twos and tie his shoes”, each episode dealt with Franklin and his friends’ exploits in the woods where they lived.  Though it ended its new episodes in 2004, reruns of Franklin are still shown on Nick Jr., and several live stage shows have toured in the U.S. and France.

Scores: High popularity and longevity; Above average nostalgia and impact; Low originality
Total: 358 points






#51: Nick Arcade
Aired: January 4, 1992-March 12, 1993
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c5/Nick-Arcade-GS-Play.jpg)

It’s been panned by the website Game Show Garbage as tacky and cheesy, but Nick Arcade remains one of the most high-energy, flamboyant game shows of all time.  Hosted by the always-energetic Phil Moore, the show pitted two teams of kids against one another in a series of video game-inspired challenges.  Along the way, the teams tackled what Phil called the “four P’s”: points, puzzles, pop quizzes and prizes.  The winner had a chance to enter the Video Zone, where they played a live-action game on a blue screen for a chance to win the grand prize.  Contestants from other Nick game shows appeared on the show, as well as a young Joey Fatone, who would go on to be a member of the boy band N*SYNC.

Scores: High popularity and longevity; Moderate nostalgia and originality; Low impact
Total: 361 points
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on December 17, 2011, 02:28:01 AM
Wow, so many memorable shows. Where to start.... :o

I remember Allen Strange quite well, especially those "Something strange" commercials they used to air. They used to interrupt Nick's jingles/commercials just to promote the show. I can't believe I even remember that. XD

God Little Bear.... that was my favorite show when I was 5 years old. I always found it hilarious that an animal could actually talk. Yet his best friend was a human who could understand him perfectly.

My Brother and Me was a great show. I didn't even care that the cast was all black, I just found the show hilarious. I can't believe the show got cancelled after one season. And just because the producers had creative differences. Why can't they all just get along? :roll:

Space Cases.... I'm one of the few members of this forum that actually remembers this show. It's a weird show, but it was still funny. I remembered the rainbow haired chick (Suzie?) the most.

And my god, Oh Yeah! Cartoons. I LOVED that show, it was the birth of so many Nicktoons it's not even funny. My favorite spin off was The Fairly Odd Parents. And to this day, I STILL love watching the shorts/pilot episodes from the aforementioned show. I could watch all the shorts a million times and not get sick of it. It's much better than most of the episodes they play today, but that's just me.

The Amanda Show was great too. Some of the sketches were annoying, but some were just great. My personal favorite was Moody's Point. It's a shame it got cancelled, it could have lasted at least one more season. And LOL at your Amanda Bynes bias! :lol:

Chalkzone was okay, never really got into it. I can't believe it lasted that long though. But like you said, they must have taken A LOT of hiatuses.

Never got into Think Fast, so no real opinion on that.

Franklin was okay, my cousin used to be a huge fan of it. She even used to sing the theme song to it too. XD

And finally, Nick Arcade. I watched some episodes on YouTube, but like Think Fast, never got into that either. I do remember Nadine, that REALLY awful player. I'm pretty sure she got a mention on that "Game Show Garbage" site. As far as celebrities appearing on that show, I'm pretty sure the whole cast of Clarissa Explains it All appeared on an episode once. This was definitely one of the more memorable game shows.

Wow, that was a lot to type up. :lol: Overall, another great list and I look forward to your next installment. :D
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Bandit King on December 19, 2011, 10:10:55 PM
We’ve reached the top 50! Let’s get started…




#50: As Told by Ginger
Aired: October 25, 2000-November 21, 2009
(http://sharetv.org/images/as_told_by_ginger-show.jpg)

Another product of Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo, this popular NickToon debuted in late 2000.  The show focused on teenager Ginger Foutley (voiced by Melissa Disney, a distant relative of Walt himself) and her friends and family, as they solved problems and conflicts in their lives, many of which many children could relate to.  As Told by Ginger was very unusual for its time due to the fact that time was actually allowed to pass throughout the series: characters grew in and out of love, aged, and some even died.  The show ran for a total of sixty episodes throughout three seasons, and most episodes were released on DVD.

Scores: Very high longevity; High popularity; Moderate originality and nostalgia; Low impact
Total: 366 points






#49: Figure It Out
Aired: July 7, 1997-December 12, 1999
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ5AL6oejw8

Although the glory days of Nick game shows had nearly run their course in the late ‘90s, this show could be considered the “last of a dying breed”.  After running casting calls for children with unique talents or hobbies, Figure It Out premiered in the summer of 1997, hosted by former Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders.  In the same veil as To Tell the Truth and I’ve Got a Secret, the show featured a panel of four celebrities (usually from other Nick shows, but several non-Nick celebrities also appeared), who asked the kid yes-or-no questions in hopes of solving their quirk or ability.  There were three rounds, and if the panel was stumped during a round, the contestant won a prize.  After over 150 episodes and four seasons, the show ended its run just days before the 2000 rolled around.

Scores: High longevity and popularity; Above average nostalgia; Moderate originality; Low impact
Total: 374 points






#48: Little Bill
Aired: November 28, 1999-February 4, 2004
(http://images.zap2it.com/images/tv-EP00340751/little-bill-2.jpg)

Created by the legendary Bill Cosby, this children’s show was the veteran comedian’s second venture into animation (the first, of course, was Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids in the 1970’s).  The show premiered on Nick Jr. in the fall of 1999, and focused on the titular character, an inquisitive five-year-old boy who was partially based on Cosby himself, and his family and friends.  The show ran for 48 episodes over eight seasons, and reruns are still seen on Nick Jr. from time to time.

Scores: Very high popularity; High longevity; Above average originality and impact; Moderate nostalgia
Total: 378 points






#47: Wild and Crazy Kids
Aired: July 4, 1990-Mid 1992
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq1Hpxrfq_k

Another popular early ‘90s show, Wild and Crazy Kids may be the messiest game show Nick ever produced.  In this show hosted by Omar Gooding, Donnie Jeffcoat, and Jessica Gaynes, three teams of at least six people (usually all kids) competed in some of the messiest physical stunts ever shown on Nick.  Shenanigans on the show ranged from finding letters painted on Frisbees in a giant pool of pudding to playing polo with giant rubber balls in place of horses.  Occasionally, celebrities would appear on the show, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris and Hulk Hogan.  The show was cancelled in 1992, but it helped spawned other Nick game shows, especially the similar What Would You Do?.  Reruns aired on Nick GaS for some time, and the show was also even briefly revived in 2002; however, it only lasted for seven episodes.

Scores: High originality; Above average popularity, nostalgia and impact; Moderate longevity
Total: 379 points






#46: Bob the Builder
Aired: February 1, 2001-Mid 2005
(http://images.wikia.com/btb/images/5/5c/Showimage.jpg)

Can it make the list?  Yes it can!  Originally created in England in 1999, this stop-motion clay animated series was picked up by Nickelodeon and aired on its Nick Jr. block, with American actors dubbing over the original dialogue.  The show revolves around Bob, a construction worker (voiced by Greg Proops of Victorious and Whose Line Is It Anyway? fame), and his friends, both human and machine, who tackle various construction and repair projects while dealing with a moral of the day.  The show proved to be insanely popular, and soon became the highest-rated show on Nick Jr. and the second-highest rated on Nickelodeon period, only surpassed by SpongeBob.  In 2005, however, the show moved to PBS Kids, where it continues to air new episodes.

Scores: Very high popularity; High originality and impact; Above average longevity; Moderate nostalgia
Total: 383 points






#45: Hey Dude
Aired: July 14, 1989-August 30, 1991
(http://andyshawcomedy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/heydudelogo.jpg)

The second original live-action series to air on Nickelodeon (the first was Out of Control), Hey Dude was a popular comedy series that ran for 65 episodes over five seasons.  The show was set on the fictional “Bar None Dude Ranch” in Arizona, where proprietor Mr. Ernst and the numerous teenage hired hands there interacted on a daily basis.  Most of the show was shot on location on an actual dude ranch near Tucson’s property, although most of the set was built from scratch to keep the real ranch’s guests from being bothered by the production.  The show wrapped up production in mid-1991, and the set’s buildings were virtually abandoned—some still stand to this day, as a matter of fact!

Scores: Very high popularity; High originality and impact; Above average longevity and nostalgia
Total: 386 points






#44: Weinerville
Aired: July 11, 1993-June 30, 1997
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PUHuscADBE

This show probably wins the award for Nick show with the weirdest title in history.  Puppeteer Mark Weiner (whose last name is really pronounced “whiner”) teamed up with Nick to create this long-running variety show, which combined human characters and puppets to create a distinct live-action show for the live studio audience.  Weiner would also bring up kids from the studio audience and “Weinerize” them, transforming the kids into puppets by having them stick their heads through holes over the bodies of small puppets.  Weinerville was praised by such high-profile shows as Entertainment Tonight and Good Morning America for being the first half-man, half-puppet variety series.

Scores: Very high originality; High popularity and longevity; Above average impact; Moderate nostalgia
Total: 389 points






#43: Cousin Skeeter
Aired: September 1, 1998-May 19, 2003
(http://97.mgl.skyrock.net/art/GRA1.291197.2.2.jpg)

Another show that combined humans and puppets, this sitcom debuted on Nick as part of the NickelOzone block in late 1998.  The show revolved around the adventures of teenager Bobby Walker and his family, whose lives are changed forever when Bobby’s cousin Skeeter (a puppet voiced by Bill Bellamy) moves in with them.  Throughout most episodes, Skeeter becomes involved in an improbably hilarious situation, and somehow manages to drag Bobby—and usually his family and friends—into the fray.  Only Nick’s second show to feature an all-black cast (Skeeter included), Cousin Skeeter was nominated for Outstanding Youth or Children’s Series in 2000 and 2001, but was inexplicably cancelled in 2003.

Scores: High popularity, originality and longevity; Moderate nostalgia and impact
Total: 390 points






#42: The Angry Beavers
Aired: April 19, 1997-November 11, 2003
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VZdS6l9ZPOU/Teow9xHKQhI/AAAAAAAAKpQ/qubflv5iWcI/s1600/angry+beavers.jpg)

Highly publicized up to its debut, The Angry Beavers was a brainchild of animator Mitch Schauer, who was the producer of another well-known cartoon, Freakazoid.  The show debuted in the spring of ’97, and followed the adventures of laid-back Norbert and hyperactive Daggett, two beaver brothers forced to live life on their own after being kicked out of their childhood home.  The show soon became part of the “Big five” NickToons of the late ‘90s, along with Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, and Rocko.  The show ran for four seasons and 63 episodes, and the first episode was recently shown as part of the UPick block of The 90’s Are All That.

Scores: High popularity, longevity and impact; Above average originality and nostalgia
Total: 393 points






#41: My Life as a Teenage Robot
Aired: August 11, 2003-March 30, 2007
(http://nick.mtvnimages.com/nicktoons-assets/video/images/my-life-as-a-teenage-robot/return-of-raggedy-android-clip.jpg?format=jpeg&matteColor=white)

After a pilot called My Neighbor Was a Teenage Robot aired on Oh Yeah! Cartoons in 1999, animator Rob Renzetti began creating a spin-off series for Nickelodeon.  Despite Nick rejecting the show at first, after minor tweaking by Renzetti, the show began airing in 2003.  The NickToon focused on the adventures of teenage android Jenny “XJ9” Wakeman in her quest to battle powerful villains and her ongoing struggle to fit in with the humans around her.  The show instantly proved popular with fans, and even after being prematurely canceled in 2006, reruns continued to air on Nick for about a year.  The show can currently been seen on the NickToons network.

Scores: High popularity, originality and nostalgia; Above average longevity; Moderate impact
Total: 396 points
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on December 19, 2011, 11:21:24 PM
More great shows! Now where to start....

I LOVED As Told by Ginger! I related to this show on so many levels it's not even funny. I'm surprised it lasted until 2009 though, I thought for sure it was cancelled in 2004.

We all know about Figure it Out. Is it any wonder why we used to post all about it in the old Spam Topic in 2009? :lol:

Never liked Little Bill, and not just because I was growing out of those shows by the time it premiered.

My god.... Wild and Crazy Kids premiered literally ON MY BIRTH DATE. I kid you not, July 4, 1990 was the day both this show AND I was born. Man, you really do learn something new everyday. :D

Bob the Builder = never liked. Next.

Ah, Hey Dude.... one of those shows Teenick is beating the dead horse with. It was a forgettable show then, and it's a forgettable show now. Not a bad show, just not great.

Weinerville was sort of forgettable too. Though I always remember the half human, half puppet aspect of the show. When I was a kid, I honestly thought the show was named "Wal Mart." I guess I wasn't a very bright kid. :lol:

Cousin Skeeter was awesome. I think I even taped an episode of it once. Just like with As Told by Ginger, I'm surprised it even lasted THAT long.

Angry Beavers was also awesome. Very underrated cartoon, Dagget and Norbert never failed to crack me up.

And finally, My Life as a Teenage Robot. I watched this show a lot when it premiered in 2003. It was a good show, but it got old pretty fast.

I hope this post/review wasn't too long this time. :P Great review as always!
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Bandit King on December 21, 2011, 10:58:35 PM
We’ve officially reached the halfway point of the countdown!  Let’s kick it off!


#40: Dora the Explorer
Aired: August 14, 2000-present
(http://www.observer.com/files/2011/09/dora-the-explorer-and-boots.jpg)

Not since Blue’s Clues had the Nick Jr. block seen such a smash hit.  First conceived by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh, and Eric Weiner (no relation to Marc), Dora the Explorer followed the adventures of a young Latina girl and her pet monkey Boots as they journey on various treks.  The show soon became a smash hit, becoming the highest-rated program on Nick Jr. a mere two months after its debut.  The show came into some controversy in 2009 when a “tween” version of Dora was introduced, but the show continues to finish in the top 10 ratings-wise week after week.  It may also be argued that Dora is among the best-selling series in Nick history, with possibly only SpongeBob surpassing it in merchandise sales nowadays, which is why the show received a perfect 100 in popularity from me.

Scores: Perfect popularity; Very high longevity; High impact; Above average originality; Low nostalgia
Total: 400 points






#39: What Would You Do?
Aired: August 31, 1991-June 27, 1999
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8_PKMX40vQ&feature=related

One of Nick’s longest-aired game shows, What Would You Do? premiered in the summer of 1991, when game shows were in full swing on the network.  Hosted by Marc Summers, the show featured kids (and sometimes adults) competing in strange stunts, such as handling disgusting animals or eating strange combinations of foods.  The winner got no money for completing the challenge, but he/she usually did get to smash a whipped cream pie into the loser’s face, occasionally with numerous infamous contraptions, such as the infamous “Pie Slide”.  The show ran for two seasons, though reruns continued to air on Nick through 1999, and it also ran on Nick GaS.

Scores: Very high impact; High popularity and longevity; Above average nostalgia; Moderate originality
Total: 402 points






#38: Dusty’s Treehouse
Aired: Mid 1980-June 29, 1984
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUQDWVT67Q8

After the Pinwheel network changed its name to “Nickelodeon” in 1979, one of the first shows it picked up was this program.  Originally produced at the local CBS flagship in Los Angeles, Dusty’s Treehouse starred veteran voice actor and show creator Stu Rosen, who starred as the titular character.  The show was quite similar to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in its delivery, usually involving Dusty interacting with the puppet characters that lived in his treehouse with him, including Maxine the crow, Scooter the squirrel, and Stanley the spider.  The show also featured “field trips” to various places, including factories and zoos.  Dusty’s Treehouse ran on Nickelodeon for four seasons, and is credited by many for introducing small children to Nickelodeon.

Scores: High popularity and impact; Above average longevity and nostalgia; Moderate originality
Total: 404 points






#37: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Aired: February 21, 2005-July 19, 2008
(http://multiply.com/mu/amaliafajri/image/9/photos/7/400x400/4/avatar-the-last-airbender.jpg?et=F3XWGH1s8Go5XOqNWiXdew&nmid=138577655)

Considered one of the most popular Nicktoons of all time, this anime-inspired cartoon debuted in early 2005 and instantly became a massive hit.  The show, which took place in a mystical nation much like ancient China, revolved around a young boy named Aang and his friends, who were destined to save the world from an evil Lord.  Along the way, they met many unique characters and utilize their abilities to manipulate the classical elements of earth, fire, air and water in a process called “bending”.  The show consistently scored very high in the ratings, even outside its children’s demographic.  Avatar officially ended in 2008, but a live action film was made in 2011 based off the series, and a sequel called The Legend of Korra is set to premier in 2012.

Scores: Very high popularity and impact; High originality; Above average longevity; Moderate nostalgia
Total: 405 points






#36: Invader Zim
Aired: March 30, 2001-December 10, 2002
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sBf5UdRTvjQ/Ter_dWbZoAI/AAAAAAAAACs/oYK4TTlfBWc/s1600/zim.jpg)

In 2000, veteran comic book animator Jhonen Vasquez created a highly unusual cartoon series that appealed to teenagers with its dark humor.  One year later, the show was picked up by Nickelodeon, and Invader Zim was born.  The plot revolved around alien Zim and his irreverent robot GIR, hell-bent on taking over the Earth but thwarted by their own incompetence at every turn.  The show was highly praised, and the pilot episode alone won two awards and nominations.  Before the second season aired, however, the show’s ratings began to suffer, so Nickelodeon cancelled the series.  However, Invader Zim built up a massive cult following after its cancellation.  Between June and August of 2006, the 17 episodes that were in production when the show was cancelled were aired on NickToons.  The show is rumored to be returning before the year is out.

Scores: Very high nostalgia; High originality; Moderate popularity and impact; Low longevity
Total: 406 points






#35: Livewire
Aired: Early 1980-April 26, 1986
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZMIhphyu9Q

One of the first true kid’s “talk shows”, Livewire debuted on Nickelodeon not long after it changed its name from the Pinwheel Network.  Hosted by comedian Fred Newman (who would later go on to voice Skeeter Valentine on Doug), the show dealt with current-event topics of the day.  Livewire also featured guest musicians on most shows, and is famous for giving relatively unknown bands like Twisted Sister and R.E.M. their first television appearances.  Livewire was the #1 rated show on Nick in 1982, and throughout its five-year run, never went below #7 in the ratings.  The show ended production in 1985, but reruns were shown on Nick for about a year until it was finally pulled altogether.

Scores: Very high popularity and longevity; High impact; Above average originality; Moderate nostalgia
Total: 407 points






#34: Welcome Freshmen
Aired: February 1, 1991-October 28, 1996
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pH50ZF9QPmQ

Called School Students when it aired in Canada, Welcome Freshmen was a very popular sketch comedy series that debuted on Nick in early 1991.  The show played on earlier shows such as Fifteen and Saved by the Bell in that it focused on a group of high school students and their bumbling school vice principal.  However, there was one difference: Welcome Freshmen was a comedy sketch program, featuring several humorous skits involving the children and principal.  In season 3, however, the show moved away from the sketch comedy format, and became a standard sitcom.  This is generally considered to be the reason the show’s ratings began slipping, and it was cancelled soon afterward because of that.

Scores: Very high originality; High longevity; Above average popularity; Moderate nostalgia and impact
Total: 408 points






#33: The Wild Thornberrys
Aired: September 1, 1998-March 11, 2004
(http://www.shoutfactory.com/productlines/WildThornberrysHeader.jpg)

Another product of Klasky/Csupo, this Nicktoon debuted, oddly, on the NickelOZone block.  The series followed the exploits of Eliza Thornberry (voiced by Lacey Chabert), the daughter of a wildlife show host, as she and her family travel around the world to film animals.  Eliza is given the power to speak to animals by an African shaman (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson), and most episodes revolve around Eliza and her pet chimp Darwin as they struggle to help animals with their problems.  The Wild Thornberrys was the first Nicktoon to use one half-hour long story in each episode (every other Nicktoon before it had usually used two fifteen-minute episodes per show).  Two feature-length films were made of the series—one as a crossover with Rugrats—before the show’s cancellation in 2004.

Scores: High popularity and longevity; Above average nostalgia; Moderate originality and impact
Total: 410 points






#32: The Adventures of Pete & Pete
Aired: November 28, 1993-December 28, 1996
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e9/PeteandPete.gif)

This surrealistic live-action show was created by Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi, who would also go on to write for Kablam! and the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies.  Set in the town of Wellsville, New York, the show revolved around two brothers, both named Pete (played by Mike Marrona and Danny Tamberelli), and their families as they dealt with the bizarre happenings in their hometown.  Other notable characters included Little Pete’s friend Nona (played by Michelle Trachtenberg) and her father (played by rock legend Iggy Pop).  Pete & Pete was cancelled in 1996, but reruns were aired until 1999 on Nick, and Tamberelli went on to appear on All That and Figure It Out, and has since formed his own rock band, Jounce.

Scores: Very high popularity; High longevity; Above average nostalgia and impact; Moderate originality
Total: 412 points






#31: CatDog
Aired: April 4, 1998-September 22, 2004
(http://www.nicknz.co.nz/content/3555/Catdog.png)

If you had told anyone prior to 1998 that a cartoon about a cat and a dog joined together at the butt would become a runaway hit, they would have thought you were outside your mind.  But that’s just what happened when CatDog debuted that very year.  Created by Peter Hannan, CatDog followed the adventures of the titular characters, brothers Cat (Jim Cummings) and Dog (Tom Kenny), as they struggled to fit in amongst society.  The show was constantly ridiculed by critics for its nonsensical nature and improbability, but against all odds, it maintained its moderate-yet-loyal fanbase.  CatDog was cancelled in 2004, but reruns continue to be seen on NickToons, and the entire series has been released on DVD.

Scores: Very high originality; High longevity; Above average popularity and nostalgia; Low impact
Total: 414 points
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on December 21, 2011, 11:23:47 PM
Oh Dora.... how can we forget Dora? Well, we all knew that was gonna end up on the list eventually. :lol:

I think I watched What Would You Do once in a while. I can't believe it ran for as long as it did. :shock:

Never heard of Dusty's Treehouse. Looks like a pretty neat show though.

And Avatar.... man that show sure raked in a lot of fans. I never really watched it, but it looks like a cool show.

OMG INVADER ZIM!!!! I used to love that show so much, and I still do today. I can't believe they cancelled it so soon. That was one of the biggest mistakes Nickelodeon ever made. :roll:

Livewire, sounds a lot like "Limewire." Those names so sound similar to me. As far as the show itself, never watched it. Good to know that the voice of Skeeter Valentine was the host. :D

I watched Welcome Freshmen once in a while. The show obviously didn't last long though, so my memories of it are pretty vague.

Wild Thornberries. <3 I loved that show, even if it was so different from all the other Nicktoons. Pretty awesome that Gretchen Weiners from Mean Girls voiced Eliza Thornberry. And Tim Curry voiced Nigel Thornberry too. ;)

Pete and Pete was a pretty awesome show as well. Yet my memories of the show were a tad vague. They better put this on Teenick soon.

And finally CatDog.... I loved that show. I don't care how dumb or lame it was, I still found the show hilarious. The main question was: A cat and a dog fused together. How did that happen?

Great list like always. I can't believe you're already halfway through the list. :o
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: PurpleParrot319 on December 22, 2011, 12:00:14 AM
Still no Rocket Power? I guess it might do way better than I thought. :D
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Bandit King on December 25, 2011, 08:58:59 PM
The shows just keep getting better and better…


#30: The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Aired: July 20, 2002-November 25, 2006
(http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lw594b7oxh1qiz59x.jpg)

This show was the first fully computer-animated Nicktoon in history.  Based on the Academy Award-nominated movie Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, the show follows the adventures of the titular character, an 11-year-old child prodigy, his robot dog Goddard, and his friends.  The theme song was sung by punk-rock band Bowling for Soup, and the show finished very strongly in the ratings throughout its run on Nick.  Numerous made-for-TV movies and specials were made of Jimmy Neutron, including at least two crossovers with The Fairly OddParents.  Sadly, DNA Productions, the company that produced the show, went under in 2006, and the show was cancelled.  One of the characters, Sheen, has since resurfaced in his own Nicktoon, Planet Sheen.

Scores: Very high popularity; High originality, longevity and impact; Moderate nostalgia
Total: 416 points






#29: Danny Phantom
Aired: April 3, 2004-August 24, 2007
(http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lh29s29Rh01qa6c0y.jpg)

After the smash success of his first cartoon, The Fairly OddParents, animator Butch Hartman scored another hit with this popular series.  Debuting in the spring of 2004, the show revolved around the titular character, a teenage boy who becomes half-ghost in a lab accident in which he also releases numerous ghosts into his hometown, and as such must send them back to the dimension from which they came.  The show proved incredibly popular with viewers, and lasted for three seasons.  A Christmas special was also made, when in 2007, the show was abruptly cancelled by Nick for reasons that are still unknown.  The cancellation reportedly came as a surprise to Hartman, who has said himself that he would like to create more episodes should the show ever get renewed.

Scores: Very high popularity; High nostalgia and impact; Above average originality and longevity
Total: 419 points






#28: The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
Aired: March 16, 1996-October 25, 1998
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51E9owQObSL._SX320_SY240_.jpg)

Drawing off the format of the old Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo debuted on Nick in 1996.  The show revolved around the titular character, a teenage girl (played by Irene Ng, who despite playing a teen, was 24 years old when the show ended) who lived with her grandfather and worked as a teenage intern at the police office where she lived.  Each episode dealt with Shelby solving some sort of mystery, and always kept the audience guessing until the very end, when the perpetrator was almost always captured.  Due to low ratings, the show was cancelled in 1998.  Pat Morita, the actor who played Shelby’s grandfather, died in 2005 at the age of 73.

Scores: Very high popularity and nostalgia; High originality; Above average longevity and impact
Total: 420 points






#27: Finders Keepers
Aired: November 2, 1987-September 11, 1988
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/96/FindersKeepers_titlecard.PNG)

Another popular early game show produced by Nick, Finders Keepers was the second game show ever aired by Nick—the first, of course, was Double Dare.  Hosted by Wesley Eure, the show involved two teams of two kids competing in challenges where the object was to find hidden pictures or objects.  The winning team then got a chance to enter a large “house” with eight rooms in it, with an item in six particular rooms that had to be found within 90 seconds.  If the team completed the bonus round in the allotted time, they won the grand prize, usually a trip to somewhere in Florida or U.S. Space Camp.  The show ended its run on Nick in 1988, but a syndicated version hosted by Larry Toffler aired for another year, and reruns aired on Nick until 1990, and then on Nick GaS from 1999 until 2006.

Scores: Very high popularity and impact; High longevity; Above average originality; Moderate nostalgia
Total: 422 points






#26: Rocket Power
Aired: August 16, 1999-August 2, 2004
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/03/Rocket_Power.jpg)

Riding on the popularity of extreme sports in the late ‘90s, Rocket Power debuted on Nick toward the tail end of the decade.  With a theme song sung by pioneering new wave band Devo, the show revolved around Otto, Twister, Reggie and Sam, four young kids from southern California who shared a passion for skateboarding, surfing, street hockey, and various other sports.  Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk even voiced himself in one episode.  The show was cancelled in 2004 due to lack of interest, but reruns aired on Nickelodeon and Nick GaS for several years, and one episode has since aired on The ‘90s Are All That (despite the fact that the show technically only ran for about five months in the ‘90s).

Scores: Very high popularity; High longevity and nostalgia; Above average originality and impact
Total: 425 points






#25: Gullah Gullah Island
Aired: July 6, 1994-January 9, 1998
(http://www.thegrio.com/uploads/gullah-gullah-island-slide.jpg)

One of the most popular kid’s shows on the Nick Jr. block at its time, Gullah Gullah Island debuted in the mid-'90s—the first television series to feature a Gullah family.  (Gullah is a term referring to black people from the Southern United States whose ancestry lies in the African nation of Sierra Leone.)  The show revolved around the Daise family and their giant frog friend Binyah-Binyah Pollywog (actually a life-size puppet), and was taped on the same set as Clarissa Explains It All and various segments of All That.  In addition to promoting values like problem solving and telling the truth, numerous episodes also dealt with the wildlife of the real-life Fripp Island, South Carolina.  Three seasons were filmed, with puppeteer Justin Campbell taking over the role of Binyah-Binyah in the final season—original puppeteer Philip Garcia was tragically killed in a car crash in 1996.

Scores: Very high longevity; High popularity and originality; Above average impact and nostalgia
Total: 427 points






#24: Salute Your Shorts
Aired: June 1, 1991-June 29, 1992
(http://topcultured.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/camp.jpg)

Inspired by a book by Steve Slavkin called Salute Your Shorts: Life at Summer Camp, this show’s title comes from the age-old prank of running someone’s underwear up a flagpole.  First aired in the summer of '91, the show revolved around a group of children at a summer camp called Camp Anawanna.  While the camp itself is purely fictional, Salute Your Shorts was actually filmed at a real summer camp—the Griffith Park Boys Camp in Los Angeles.  The show proved to be quite popular with viewers, and finished strong in the ratings throughout its span.  But after two seasons and only 26 episodes, the show was inexplicably cancelled for reasons still unknown.  However, reruns continued to play on Nick up until early 1999.  It then moved to Nick GaS, where it aired for several months in 2003.

Scores: Very high popularity; High originality, nostalgia and impact; Moderate longevity
Total: 430 points






#23: KaBlam!
Aired: October 7, 1996-January 22, 2000
(http://dibujos-animados.org/wp-content/gallery/tarjetas/l.jpg)

While Nickelodeon’s late-night SNICK block is no stranger to airing Nicktoons like Rugrats and Ren & Stimpy, this was the first Nicktoon created specifically for SNICK.  The series was actually a spin-off of All That, and was pitched to Nick in 1994, debuting two years later.  The show revolved around two wacky hosts named Henry and June, who introduced various cartoon shorts in a comic book.  Some of the shorts went on to become relatively well-known, including “The Off-Beats”, “Action League Now!”, and “Angela Anaconda”, the latter two of which became their own spin-off series.  KaBlam! aired for four seasons and 48 episodes before being cancelled in 2000, but reruns were shown on Nick until 2002, when the show was moved to the NickToons network.  In 2005, however, NickToons dropped the show, and it hasn’t been aired since.

Scores: Very high popularity and longevity; High originality, nostalgia and impact
Total: 434 points






#22: Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Aired: October 31, 1991-June 11, 2000
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1eliqs5K0c

When The Third Eye ended in 1985, Nickelodeon went through a dry period without anything overly spooky or macabre.  That all changed on Halloween night in 1991, when this classic Canadian-American anthology series premiered.  The series revolved around a group of teens and preteens who called themselves “The Midnight Society”, and in each episode, the Society met around a campfire in the woods.  Similar to The Twilight Zone, each episode revolved around a particular spooky story told by one of the Midnight Society members.  Most episodes’ stories had happy endings, but a few ended with a cliffhanger or even a character’s death.  The show ran for six seasons with a regular cast of characters, but for the seventh and final season, new characters were brought in for a “new-age”, refurbished cast who told notably “happier” stories.  Possibly due to this, ratings slipped, and the show was cancelled soon after the new cast was introduced.

Scores: Very high popularity and nostalgia; High longevity and originality; Above average impact
Total: 437 points






#21: The Fairly OddParents
Aired: March 31, 2001-present
(http://www.nickutopia.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Fairly-Odd-Parents.png)

The third longest-running Nicktoon in history—beaten only by Rugrats and SpongeBobThe Fairly OddParents debuted as a cartoon segment on Oh Yeah! Cartoons in September of 1998.  Each seven-minute short focused on Timmy Turner (originally voiced by Mary Kay Bergman, later Tara Strong after Bergman’s suicide), who despite his miserable home and school life, finds happiness and solace in his fairy godparents, Cosmo and Wanda (who was originally going to be named “Venus”).  After several years on Oh Yeah! Cartoons, it gained its own series, and soon became one of the most popular shows on Nick—for a time, it even surpassed SpongeBob in the ratings, becoming Nick’s highest-rated Nicktoon!  The show spawned several made-for-TV specials, including two crossovers with Jimmy Neutron and a somewhat-maligned recent live-action special starring Drake Bell.  The Fairly OddParents continues to air new episodes on Nick, and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.

Scores: Perfect popularity; Very high longevity and originality; High impact; Above average nostalgia
Total: 441 points
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Viper on December 25, 2011, 09:08:20 PM
I remember watching almost all of these shows.  I was terrified of the frog on Gullah Gullah Island.
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: PurpleParrot319 on December 25, 2011, 09:28:44 PM
There's Rocket Power! 26th place is pretty good. :)
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on December 25, 2011, 10:42:23 PM
Wow, so many noteworthy shows. Now, where to start....

Jimmy Neutron was awesome. This was one of the last good shows before Nickelodeon completely turned to crap. Shame it got cancelled so soon though.

Never liked Danny Phantom. I don't care if it was from the same creator of the Fairly Odd Parents. Next.

SHELBY WOO!!!!!!!! I loved this show, such a pity Teenick hasn't played this yet. I feel bad for what happened to the actor who played Shelby's grandfather. :(

Never cared for Finders Keepers, or either of its hosts. I watched some episodes on YouTube before, but never got into it.

Rocket Power was a cool show. I watched it a lot back in the day. Some of the characters were sort of annoying, and the show did get old after a while. Can't say I miss it too much.

I used to love Gullah Gullah Island! That was my favorite show when I was about 4 years old. It's funny how one of the kids is Vanessa Badden, who would later star in Kenan and Kel. I knew the set looked familiar. That's Clarissa Explains It All's old set to a T. Only it's much more decorative. Also, such a shame what happened to the first Binnyah Binnyah puppeteer. :(

Salute Your Shorts <3 I looooved this show back then, and I love it now. It really should have lasted longer than one season. But Nickelodeon is famous for canceling shows too soon. :roll:

Kablam was awesome. My personal favorite shorts were Prometheus and Bob, The Off Beats, and Sniz and Fondue. I'm surprised you didn't mention Sniz and Fondue, that short was pretty awesome too. Also, I'm not sure if you knew this, but it was rumored that Henry and June were named after an adult movie. If that is really true, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_%26_June) then Nickelodeon lets a few too many things fly under the radar. :lol:

Are You Afraid of the Dark was a great show too, but that new cast was terrible. That was probably why the show got cancelled. Other than that, I have no complaints.

And we all know about the Fairly Odd Parents. I still like Seasons 1-3 and the Oh Yeah! shorts the best. Anything Season 4 and up isn't very watchable to me. But, I guess I don't really know where it stands in terms of quality.

Great reviews like always. I think I might know who is gonna be #1, but I don't want to spoil it for you.
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Dark Enforcer on December 27, 2011, 08:01:04 PM
A couple corrections that I have to give:

1. PPF, the Rainbow-haired girl from Space Cases is named Catalina. Suzee is her Telepathic interdimensional best friend.

2. TBK, you forgot 1 of the hosts of Wild and Crazy Kids. The later seasons featured Jessica Gaynes, but her predecessor was Annette Chavez (Born Annette Michelle Lesure).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehX8aZbcET8
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Red Jaguars on December 29, 2011, 10:02:58 PM
Oh man, looking at your lists of cartoons brings back so many memories!  :mryellow:

Are You Afraid of the Dark? was one of the scariest shows that I remember when I was little. There are so many great episodes that I remember and need to go back and watch. The one with Zippy the Cloud, the Legend of Quicksilver, and the one with the haunted pool in school. I am glad that show ranked high.

Another show I have not heard in forever is Shelby Woo. Another great blast from the past that I should watch again.

Rocket Power was cool too, but it kind of stuck to stereotypes when it came to skateboarding kids. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the show.

I was never really a fan of Finders Keepers, but it must've been fun destroying those rooms in the house.

And I will admit that I like Fairly Odd Parents despite it being one of the newer shows.
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Bandit King on December 29, 2011, 10:38:08 PM
Top 20 Alert!  We have officially reached the critical masses on this countdown…and the hits just keep on coming!



#20: Nick News
Aired: May 1, 1992-present
(http://images.zap2it.com/images/tv-EP00074339/nick-news-6.jpg)

If I were to ask you to name the longest-running program in Nickelodeon’s history, you’d probably say something like Rugrats or You Can’t Do That on Television.  Well, those two shows certainly had long runs, but they both pale in comparison to the show that actually holds the title of longest-running Nick series, which is still airing to this very day.  Nick News first debuted all the way back in 1992, hosted by Linda Ellerbee, who still hosts the show today.  In much the same way as real news programs, Nick News often deals with current event topics of the day, such as presidential elections or global warming.  Other topics dealt with include issues and conflicts that children might not know much about, such as gay-and-lesbian rights or sexual harassment.  Various notable people have also been interviewed on the show, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Magic Johnson, and Bill Cosby.  Despite a few hiatuses and schedule changes, Nick News continues to air today—Ellerbee, coincidentally, has not missed a single episode since the show’s debut due to illness, personal problems, or any such thing.

Scores: Perfect longevity; Very high popularity and originality; High nostalgia; Above average impact
Total: 444 points






#19: Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
Aired: October 29, 1994-November 16, 1997
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One of the most popular Nicktoons in history, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters was the second show created by Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo.  The ‘toon revolved around three young monsters—Ickis (voiced by Charlie Adler), Oblina (voiced by Christine Cavanaugh), and Krumm (voiced by David Eccles), who live in a city dump and attend an institute where they learn how to frighten humans.  The monsters’ teacher, the Gromble, was inspired by the Blue Meanie Chief from the classic Beatles movie Yellow Submarine.  The Nicktoon proved to be very popular throughout its run, and was considered one of the “big five” at its heyday (along with Rugrats, Rocko, Hey Arnold and Angry Beavers), but the show ended production in 1997.  However, the show aired on Nick until 2002, and the characters even appeared in an episode of Rugrats in 1999.  The show moved to the NickToons network in 2002, but was pulled from the channel four years later and hasn’t been seen since.

Scores: Very high popularity and originality; High longevity, nostalgia and impact
Total: 447 points






#18: Kenan & Kel
Aired: July 15, 1996-July 15, 2000
(http://www.watchkenanandkelonline.com/images/kenanandkel.jpg)

Perhaps no show has produced the two biggest faces on Nickelodeon than this one.  Starring then-All That cast members and real-life best friends Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, the show debuted on SNICK in 1996, with a theme song sung by rap legend Coolio.  The show revolved around the titular characters, who starred as two mischievous teenagers.  Kenan was the level-headed but hyperactive mastermind behind the duo’s plans, while Kel played his accident-prone, dimwitted, orange soda-loving best bud.  The show finished very strongly in the ratings, never leaving the top 10 for its first three seasons.  However, ratings began to slip in the fourth season (though the show still finished in the top 20), and Nick decided to pull the show, ending with a highly-watched made-for-television movie as a finale.  Kenan went on to star in various movies such as Fat Albert, and can currently be seen as a cast member on Saturday Night Live.  While Kel hasn’t had nearly the post-show success as Kenan, he went on to voice cartoons like Clifford the Big Red Dog, and can currently be seen on G4’s Attack of the Show.  As for Kenan & Kel itself, the show continues to be seen in reruns on TeenNick’s The 90s Are All That block.

Scores: Perfect popularity; Very high originality; High nostalgia, longevity and impact
Total: 449 points






#17: Eureeka’s Castle
Aired: September 4, 1989-June 30, 1995
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpnZPM99JSM

In the early ‘90s, this was the most popular children’s show on Nickelodeon.  Eureeka’s Castle was first conceived in the mid-‘80s by puppeteer Judy Katsche and, oddly enough, aspiring writer R.L. Stine (who would go on to write the well-known Goosebumps children’s book series).  Similar to Sesame Street, the show revolved around puppets who lived in a castle-shaped music box owned by a friendly giant.  The titular character was a young witch, and some of the show’s many other characters included Magellan, a friendly green dragon, Batley, a very nearsighted bat who always crashed into things while flying, and the Moat Twins, who spent most of their time under the castle eating sandwiches.  The show was a daytime success, mostly watched by the 2-8 age demographic, and ran for a whopping 134 episodes over six seasons.  After new episodes stopped, reruns were shown on Nickelodeon until 1999, when the show was pulled to make room for more “edgy” original programming on the Nick Jr. block.

Scores: Perfect longevity; Very high popularity, nostalgia and impact; High originality
Total: 452 points






#16: Mr. Wizard’s World
Aired: October 3, 1983-Late 1990
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ur47k7DMrkY

If you were a kid in the mid- to late-‘80s who had Nickelodeon, you probably had no idea who Don Herbert was.  However, you certainly knew who Mr. Wizard was.  Donald Jeffrey Herbert was born back in 1917 in Waconia, Minnesota, and was a former middle-school science teacher and Air Force bomber pilot.  In 1951, he conceived the idea of “Mr. Wizard”, and by using the new medium of television, his newly broadcast Watch Mr. Wizard was a huge success.  In 1965, the show was cancelled, but almost twenty years later, the 66-year-old Herbert produced Mr. Wizard’s World for Nickelodeon.  The show functioned in much the same way as Watch Mr. Wizard, featuring young children who helped Herbert with various science experiments throughout the show.  The show was the #3 rated show in 1983 (only Livewire and You Can’t Do That on Television outranked it).  Mr. Wizard’s World ceased production in 1990, but reruns were shown on Nick at Nite until 1997, and the show was said to have spawned other science-related kid’s shows like Beakman’s World and Bill Nye the Science Guy.  Don Herbert passed away in 2007, just four weeks before his 90th birthday.

Scores: Perfect longevity; Very high popularity and originality; High nostalgia and impact
Total: 454 points






#15: The Secret World of Alex Mack
Aired: October 8, 1994-January 15, 1998
(http://nanuse.webcindario.com/alexmack_archivos/alex.jpg)

After Clarissa Explains It All was cancelled in the fall of 1994, the SNICK block needed something to fill that show’s timeslot.  It found a replacement in this show, which was filmed in Valencia, California.  The series revolved around the title character, a teenage girl from Paradise Valley (the state is never given) who is accidentally doused with a high amount of chemicals from an oncoming truck.  Afterwards, she discovers that the chemical has given her strange powers, such as telekinesis and the ability to liquefy herself.  Only Alex’s sister Annie and her best friend Ray know of her powers, and most episodes revolve around Alex keeping her powers secret from those around her, including the woman who wants to find and expose the chemical-drenched child, Danielle Atron.  Unlike most Nick shows, Alex Mack ended with a decisive finale, in which Alex sacrifices her powers to save her friends and expose Danielle Atron as a criminal.  The show spawned a short-lived book series, and the first and second season are available on iTunes.

Scores: Very high popularity, originality and nostalgia; High longevity and impact
Total: 455 points






#14: GUTS and Global GUTS
Aired: September 19, 1992-January 14, 1996
(http://nickelodeongutscentral.webs.com/vlcsnap-1584952.png)

One of the most popular game shows ever made by Nickelodeon, GUTS emerged as part of a massive wave of game shows in the early ‘90s.  Hosted by the incomparable Mike O’Malley and announced by the lovely Moira Quirk (who went on to appear on Figure It Out and My Life as a Teenage Robot), the show was filmed in a part of Nickelodeon Studios known as the Extreme Arena, which is now used by TNA Wrestling for their televised matches.  Each show featured three contestants, who competed in various feats of strength, speed, and endurance.  The three kids would then have a chance to tackle a massive fabricated mountain called the “Aggro Crag” (later known as the “Mega Crag” or the “Super Aggro Crag”) in the final round.  Whoever received the most points in all the events won a gold medal and a “piece” of the Aggro Crag.  A spin-off, Global GUTS, premiered in 1995, featuring contestants from all around the world, and a video game for the Super Nintendo was even made featuring real-life (but still crappy) footage of the show.  After cancellation, reruns aired on Nick GaS until the channel’s closure, and a short-lived revival called My Family’s Got GUTS was made in 2008.

Scores: Very high popularity, originality and impact; High longevity and nostalgia
Total: 457 points






#13: Clarissa Explains It All
Aired: March 23, 1991-December 3, 1994
(http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_loy9ecJteN1qkjbfa.bmp)

Quite possibly one of the most groundbreaking programs in Nickelodeon history, Clarissa Explains It All was the first series on the network to feature a female lead character.  The series revolved around teenage girl Clarissa Darling (played by Melissa Joan Hart), who lived in a suburban area in Ohio with her family.  Clarissa’s best friend Sam (played by Sean O’Neal) was also a prominent character on the show—his and Clarissa’s relationship was interesting at the time, because it never blossomed into romance like so many boy-girl relationships on TV at the time.  Each show focused on a particular aspect of Clarissa’s life, and always featured her talking directly to the audience, a term known in television as “breaking the fourth wall”.  Clarissa ran for 65 episodes over five seasons, and headlined the first few months of the SNICK block on Nickelodeon.  The show was cancelled in 1994, but reruns showed on Nick until 1999, and the show can sporadically be seen on The '90s Are All That block on TeenNick.  Hart herself went on to star on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and numerous made-for-television movies, but has unfortunately stated that she is not at all interested in a Clarissa reunion.

Scores: Very high popularity, nostalgia and impact; High originality and longevity
Total: 460 points






#12: Legends of the Hidden Temple
Aired: September 11, 1993-August 30, 1998; May 14, 2007-June 7, 2007
(http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/olmec-legends-hidden-temple.jpg)

Surprised?  Yeah, I know what you’re thinking…why isn’t Legends of the Hidden Temple, one of the most successful game shows Nickelodeon ever had and the focus of this whole website, in the Top 10, let alone #1 on the list?  Well, hear me out…while Legends is probably the best game show Nick ever produced, it’s far from the most famous, didn’t have very much impact on future game shows, and is generally overshadowed by the likes of Double Dare and GUTS—case in point, these shows were revived while Legends was not.  The show’s workings should be second nature to everyone around here, so I won’t bore you with the details of how the show worked.  Just know that I gave Legends a LOT of leeway with the points I gave it, but unfortunately, our favorite ancient history-based game show still fell short.  Still, Legends did finish strong in my rankings, making it all the way up to #12, and it does outrank some of the most well-liked and remembered Nickelodeon shows in history.  However, even this may not be enough to appease some of the hardcore fanatics around here.  You may start throwing stones whenever you like now…

Scores: Very high popularity, originality and longevity; High nostalgia and impact
Total: 463 points






#11: Pinwheel
Aired: December 1, 1977-July 6, 1990
(http://images.wikia.com/nickelodeon/images/d/d0/Pinwheellogo.jpg)

Fun fact: when Nickelodeon first hit the airwaves on December 1, 1977, it was called the Pinwheel Network.  So naturally, this show was created as its flagship program, sharing its name with the fledgling channel it debuted on.  The show was notable for featuring numerous puppet characters interacting with human characters, and also featured animated shorts from around the globe.  Bill Cosby even appeared as himself on several episodes, and hosted an educational segment called "Picture Pages" on most episodes.  The show was Nickelodeon’s highest-rated program for four years, until You Can’t Do That on Television knocked it down to #2.  A whopping 260 episodes were produced over the show’s run, and the show still ranks as the #5 longest-running show ever on Nick.  To this day, Pinwheel is still the longest-running show Nick ever aired in terms of episodes (if SpongeBob airs into 2012, it will definitely surpass it in this category, though…).

Scores: Perfect originality and longevity; Very high popularity and impact; High nostalgia
Total: 467 points
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Red Jaguars on December 29, 2011, 10:55:47 PM
I honestly had no idea that Nick News ran for that long on Nickelodeon, and I didn't even know that it is still airing too.  :o I remember watching a few episodes a few years back, and I agree that it touches on certain topics very well. One of the topics I remember being covered was racism towards Muslims and how they get treated in school dressing in certain ways.

AAAHHH! Real Monsters is a classic and I loved that show to death, so no need to describe much here.  :mrred:

Kenan and Kel was great too, no explanation here either.  :mrred:

I love Guts and it was definitely one of the best game shows on Nickelodeon. Mike O'Malley and Moira Quirk were great and it must've been fun trying to conquer the Aggro Crag. Is it true that some Legends contestants were on Guts like Joel?

Clarissa Explains It All is another one of my all time favorite shows, and is one of the reasons why Melissa Joan Hart is my favorite actresses. I definitely remember the whole breaking the fourth wall element on the show, :P

And finally, I am not disappointed to see Legends at 12 either. As much as I love the show to death, its not even close to the best show on Nick. But still, such few games shows have been memorable as Legends, so I agree with the high ranking.

A solid list and I can't wait until the top 10.  :mrpurple:
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Bandit King on December 29, 2011, 10:58:30 PM
Well, we've seen 70 shows (80, if you count the honorable mentions) that I feel are among Nickelodeon's best.  I hope you're all ready for the Top 10, which will be what I feel are the best of the best.

Shows #10-#1 will be posted on New Year's Eve, probably sometime late into the night.  Until then, feel free to debate on which show/shows you feel will top my list.

See you on New Year's Eve!!!
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Silver Monkey on December 29, 2011, 11:00:46 PM
Rugrats and Double Dare will almost certainly be in the top 5, IMO.
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on December 29, 2011, 11:02:39 PM
I can definitely see Rugrats, Double Dare, or SpongeBob taking the #1 spot. Those shows are like THE most popular that Nickelodeon has ever seen.
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: PurpleParrot319 on December 29, 2011, 11:43:02 PM
*Throws stones at TBK*

Just kidding! I had a feeling it wouldn't be #1 anyway. Thought it would be top 10, but not a bad placement I guess. Agreed that Double Dare was more popular and successful.

Also, Spongebob better not get #1 or I might actually throw rocks at you TBK. :P :lol:
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Viper on December 30, 2011, 11:39:28 AM
I will be as happy as those kids in that video if Spongebob makes # 1.
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: Green Monkey Warrior on December 30, 2011, 07:00:33 PM
I hope Spongebob and Victorious get in the Top 10.
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on December 30, 2011, 07:11:11 PM
I hope Spongebob and Victorious get in the Top 10.
Wasn't Victorious already mentioned? =/
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Bandit King on December 30, 2011, 07:12:26 PM
I hope Spongebob and Victorious get in the Top 10.
Wasn't Victorious already mentioned? =/
Nope...iCarly and Big Time Rush got Honorable Mentions, though.
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: PurpleParrot319 on December 30, 2011, 07:14:11 PM
Has Doug and Hey Arnold already been ranked yet? If not, then those two might have something to say about being #1.
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Bandit King on December 30, 2011, 07:22:31 PM
Has Doug and Hey Arnold already been ranked yet? If not, then those two might have something to say about being #1.
For all intensive purposes, I may post a list of all the shows that have already been. Does that sound good to you?
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: PurpleParrot319 on December 30, 2011, 07:22:54 PM
Has Doug and Hey Arnold already been ranked yet? If not, then those two might have something to say about being #1.
For all intensive purposes, I may post a list of all the shows that have already been. Does that sound good to you?

Sure. ;)
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Bandit King on December 30, 2011, 07:48:32 PM
Okay, at the risk of people finding out what ten shows are left, here goes: :lol:

#90 (HM): The Penguins of Madagascar
#89 (HM): The Brothers Garcia
#88 (HM): iCarly
#87 (HM): 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd
#86 (HM): Big Time Rush
#85 (HM): The Troop
#84 (HM): Scaredy Camp
#83 (HM): Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
#82 (HM): BrainSurge
#81 (HM): Kids' Court
#80: Back At the Barnyard
#79: Pelswick
#78: Animorphs
#77: Fifteen
#76: Drake & Josh
#75: Out of Control
#74: PopClips
#73: Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide
#72: Kids' Writes
#71: All Grown Up!
#70: Kappa Mikey
#69: Standby: Lights, Camera, Action!
#68: The Backyardigans
#67: Caitlin's Way
#66: Make the Grade
#65: Roundhouse
#64: The Third Eye
#63: Nick Rocks
#62: LazyTown
#61: Get the Picture
#60: The Journey of Allen Strange
#59: Little Bear
#58: My Brother and Me
#57: Space Cases
#56: Oh Yeah! Cartoons
#55: The Amanda Show
#54: ChalkZone
#53: Think Fast!
#52: Franklin
#51: Nick Arcade
#50: As Told by Ginger
#49: Figure It Out
#48: Little Bill
#47: Wild and Crazy Kids
#46: Bob the Builder
#45: Hey Dude
#44: Weinerville
#43: Cousin Skeeter
#42: The Angry Beavers
#41: My Life as a Teenage Robot
#40: Dora the Explorer
#39: What Would You Do?
#38: Dusty's Treehouse
#37: Avatar: The Last Airbender
#36: Invader Zim
#35: Livewire
#34: Welcome Freshmen
#33: The Wild Thornberrys
#32: The Adventures of Pete & Pete
#31: CatDog
#30: The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
#29: Danny Phantom
#28: The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
#27: Finders Keepers
#26: Rocket Power
#25: Gullah Gullah Island
#24: Salute Your Shorts
#23: KaBlam!
#22: Are You Afraid of the Dark?
#21: The Fairly OddParents
#20: Nick News
#19: Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
#18: Kenan & Kel
#17: Eureeka's Castle
#16: Mr. Wizard's World
#15: The Secret World of Alex Mack
#14: GUTS (including Global GUTS)
#13: Clarissa Explains It All
#12: Legends of the Hidden Temple
#11: Pinwheel

Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: PurpleParrot319 on December 30, 2011, 07:51:28 PM
I forgot to mention Invader Zim being included in this. I thought it was an awesome show. Gotta love Gir! :lol:
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Silver Monkey on December 30, 2011, 07:56:25 PM
Seems to me that this is the top ten (in no particular order):

Rugrats
Doug
Hey Arnold
Rocko's Modern Life
You Can't Do That on Televison
Double Dare
Victorious (*pukes*)
Blue's Clues
Allegra's Window
Spongebob
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: PurpleParrot319 on December 30, 2011, 08:02:53 PM
I forgot all about Blue's Clues! Oh my God, I loved that show as a kid! So many fond memories of me trying to doodle in my very own "handy dandy notebook" and trying to imitate some of the things the group did. So much fun! =)
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on December 30, 2011, 08:03:44 PM
Yeah, I used to love Blue's Clues when I was a kid. I think I used to play it around the house too. And I made everyone else in my family play along. :lol:
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: PurpleParrot319 on December 30, 2011, 08:07:00 PM
I'm now hoping Blue's Clues gets #1. Either that or Double Dare. I wouldn't mind seeing Doug, Hey Arnold, or Rugrats getting #1 either.
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Ancient Warrior on December 30, 2011, 08:31:14 PM
My money's on either Rugrats or Spongebob... although I'm hoping it's the former, I'm expecting the latter.

And I highly doubt Victorious will be in the Top 10.  I admit I can at least watch it because of the adult humor in it— in that regard, I think it's an edgy show by Nickelodeon/Dan Schneider standards— but that's not what this countdown is about.  Anyone can make a list of their personal favorites, but TBK is trying to look at things more objectively here and rank the shows based not on his own opinion, but each show's legacy and overall reception by everyone.  And looking at Victorious from that angle, it doesn't seem to meet a lot of the criteria TBK is taking into account here— it's not a long runner by any stretch of the word, I believe the concept is rather tried and there really isn't a lot of nostalgia value for a show that just came out last year.

I suppose these criteria can be hard to judge, though.  I admit, TBK, that there are points where I've been wondering how you judged originality, which may be the most subjective criterion (or second only to nostalgia).  I'd kind of like a little more detail on how originality was rate, if possible.  As for the others, there's difficulty with comparing completed shows to ongoing ones, seeing as the future and legacy of new and continuing shows is hard to predict... But the way I see it, that just leaves the door open to modify the countdown a few years down the road. :P
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: PurpleParrot319 on December 31, 2011, 08:11:19 PM
I remember watching the Beetlejuice cartoon. I wonder if that will make it to the top 10. It wasn't listed by TSM, so maybe it might make it.
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Bandit King on January 01, 2012, 12:15:15 AM
At long last, it is time for the Top 10 to be revealed!  Get ready for the best of the best, everybody!!




#10: All That
Aired: April 16, 1994-October 8, 2005
(http://images.wikia.com/nickelodeon/images/1/1b/417.gif)

Dan Schneider has been called “The Norman Lear of children’s television”, having produced at least nine highly successful children’s series.  This, however, was his first—and boy, was it a good way to begin.  Beginning in the spring of 1994 with a “sneak peek”, All That debuted for real on Christmas Eve of ’94 on the SNICK block with a theme song by ‘90s group TLC.  At its core, the show was a sketch comedy series that functioned in much the same way as Saturday Night Live.  Sketch-comedy pieces were performed throughout the show in front of a live studio audience, and at the end of the show, a musical guest often performed.  Several All That skits became mainstays and are still very well-remembered, such as Repairman, Vital Information, and of course, Good Burger (which spawned a full-length motion picture in 1997).  The cast members of All That were a virtual who’s who of future Nickelodeon and Hollywood stars, including Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Amanda Bynes, Lori Beth Denberg, Danny Tamberelli, Nick Cannon, Gabriel Iglesias, and many more.  Nickelodeon cancelled All That in 2000, but a special series called “The Best of All That” aired in 2001, and respawned popularity for the show.  As such, the show was revived, but none of the original cast returned, and the show struggled to gain much popularity.  Still, the classic All That remains a fond memory for kids of the ‘90s, and reruns continue to air on The '90s Are All That block on TeenNick.

Scores: Perfect longevity; Very high popularity, originality and nostalgia; High impact
Total: 470 points






#9: Rocko’s Modern Life
Aired: September 18, 1993-November 24, 1996
(http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111203001604/logopedia/images/2/29/Rockos_modern_life_logo.jpg)

Quite possibly one of the most innovative shows ever made for Nickelodeon, Rocko’s Modern Life was the first major project for both animator Joe Murray and creative director Steve Hillenburg.  Murray first conceived of the character Rocko as a comic book character, but eventually decided to create an animated series around the character.  Nickelodeon picked up the show in late 1993, and the show became part of the regular lineup a few months later.  The series revolved around the title character, a wallaby from Australia who moves to a suburban area in the United States, and has numerous crazy or improbable misadventures with his dog Spunky and his best friends Heffer the steer and Philbert the turtle.  The show was often full of adult humor, including the likes of double entendres, watered-down sexual innuendos, and satirical social commentary, making Rocko’s Modern Life one of the first true “adult cartoons” ever to air on Nick.  The show also marked the professional debut of voice actors Carlos Alazraqui and Tom Kenny (the voices of Rocko and Heffer, respectively), who have since gone on to voice many other animated characters.  Rocko was considered one of the biggest Nicktoons of all time, and even after production ended in 1996, reruns on Nick still garnered high ratings.  The show’s creators went on to do other big-profile things, especially Hillenburg, who created SpongeBob SquarePants in 1999.

Scores: Perfect popularity; Very high originality, nostalgia and impact; High longevity
Total: 473 points






#8: Blue’s Clues
Aired: September 8, 1996-May 10, 2004
(http://www.freewebs.com/alsbluesclues/invblue.gif)

When you surpass Sesame Street to become the highest-rated show for preschoolers on commercial TV, you know you’re doing something right.  In 1993, fledgling television writers Todd Kessler, Angela Santomero and Traci Paige Johnson were assigned by Nick to create a new show for their upcoming Nick Jr. block, which would cater to preschool-aged Nickelodeon viewers.  Drawing inspiration from Sesame Street, Mister Rogers and several other children’s shows, the three writers researched and labored for three years before coming up with this groundbreaking series.  The show revolved around the title character, a blue dog, and her owner, Steve (played by actor Steven Burns).  Over the course of the show, the viewers are invited to solve a puzzle by finding three objects marked with Blue’s blue pawprints.  At the end of the show, Steve and the viewers work together to decipher the puzzle and always come up with the answer.  The show proved a smash success on Nick, and within a year and a half, almost 100% of preschool-aged kids were said to have at least some knowledge of the show or its premise.  By 2002, more than 13 million viewers were watching the show each week.  However, later that year, Steve left the show to pursue a music career, and new host Donovan Patton, AKA “Joe”, took over for him.  The show didn’t last very long after that, and was cancelled in 2004.  A short-lived spin-off called Blue’s Room was introduced, but wasn’t nearly as popular, and was cancelled after only 17 episodes.  Even so, Blue’s Clues’ legacy remains, and the show is still considered one of the greatest preschool-age shows of all time, as evidenced by the fact that it’s the only such one in my top 10.

Scores: Perfect originality; Very high popularity, longevity and nostalgia; High impact
Total: 475 points






#7: Hey Arnold!
Aired: October 7, 1996-June 8, 2004
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a0/Hey_Arnold_Characters.jpg)

Here’s yet another Nicktoon that enjoyed incredible popularity in its heyday.  The character of Arnold was originally conceived way back in 1988 by veteran animator Craig Bartlett, who had previously worked as an animator on Pee-wee’s Playhouse.  A clay version of Arnold even appeared on a Sesame Street segment titled Arnold Rides a Chair (it can still be seen on YouTube).  Bartlett was working as a writer for Rugrats when he pitched the idea to include Arnold in his own show, and Hey Arnold! made its debut in the fall of 1996, following the exploits of the title character and his grade-school friends in their fictional hometown of Hillwood.  In addition to the level-headed Arnold, some of the more memorable characters included Arnold’s eccentric grandparents, his best friend Gerald, and perennial tormented soul Helga Pataki, who bullied Arnold to cover up the fact that she secretly had a crush on him.  Unlike most cartoons at the time, the voices of Arnold and the other kids were provided by actual children instead of adults.  The show received positive reviews from critics, who praised the show for its high-quality animation and good character development.  One hundred episodes were made over five seasons, and a full-length film was made in 2002.  Sadly, the show ended its run in 2004, on the same day Rugrats ended its run.  Craig Bartlett went on to create the show Dinosaur Train on PBS.  Oh, how the mighty have fallen…

Scores: Perfect popularity; Very high longevity, nostalgia and impact; High originality
Total: 477 points






#6: SpongeBob SquarePants
Aired: May 1, 1999-present
(http://www.gamechannel.hu/kep.php?kep=pictures/hirblock/spongyabobszerepjatekerkezik2011ben_1.jpg&normalx=613)

Love it or hate it, you can’t deny the impact SpongeBob has had on Nickelodeon.  First conceived by former marine biology major Steve Hillenburg in 1998, SpongeBob was originally going to be called “SpongeBoy”, but believe it or not, this name was already taken.  The series premiered in 1999, and revolved around the title character, a sea sponge, and his fellow undersea creature friends as they live out their daily lives in the subterranean city of Bikini Bottom.  The show has become probably the most successful show in the history of Nickelodeon, often scoring exponentially higher ratings than almost every other show on the network.  Still, the show has received its fair share of criticism, including a famous accusation by Christian activists that he was homosexual.  Despite this (or perhaps because of it), the show has remained popular, and has been renewed for an unprecedented ninth season in 2012.  Currently, SpongeBob is the only Nicktoon from the ‘90s that hasn’t ended yet, and unless it’s cancelled by February 2012, is scheduled to become the longest-running Nicktoon in history, beating Rugrats’ run of 172 episodes.

Scores: Perfect popularity, longevity and impact; Very high originality; High nostalgia
Total: 481 points






#5: Double Dare
Aired: October 6, 1986-February 6, 1993; January 24, 2000-November 10, 2000
(http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Double-Dare-old-school-nickelodeon-516341_480_349.jpg)

Without this show, there would be no great Nickelodeon game shows that we’ve all come to know and love.  Double Dare premiered in 1986, and during its first two months on the air, Nickelodeon’s ratings nearly tripled!  Hosted by the incomparable Marc Summers and announced by the man known simply as Harvey (his real name is John Harvey), the show was considered one of the sloppiest and most entertaining thirty minutes on television.  Gameplay revolved around two teams of two kids each who competed for cash and prizes.  Summers asked each team questions, and if they didn’t know the answer, they could “dare” the other team to answer it—each “dare” increased the dollar value of the question.  In the end, if the answer wasn’t known, the team could take a “physical challenge”, a messy, semi-athletic stunt that usually involved at least one teammate getting drenched in slime, sludge, Gak, chocolate, ketchup, or some other sloppy liquid substance.  In the end, the winning team got a chance to tackle the Obstacle Course, in which eight tasks had to be completed in 60 seconds to win the grand prize (consolation prizes were given for each task completed).  Double Dare lasted for seven years, and spawned numerous spin-offs, including Family Double Dare, Super Sloppy Double Dare, and the always-controversial revival, Double Dare 2000.  Reruns of all forms of the show aired on Nick GaS up until the channel went bust, and Summers and Harvey have been buzzing of a Double Dare revival in the works.

Scores: Perfect impact; Very high popularity, originality, longevity and nostalgia
Total: 484 points






#4: The Ren & Stimpy Show
Aired: August 11, 1991-November 14, 1996
(http://cdn.stereogum.com/files/2011/01/Ren-And-Stimpy-Title-Card.jpg)

On August 11, 1991, Nickelodeon officially debuted its first three Nicktoons to a national audience.  With Doug and Rugrats immediately preceding it, this particular show had two tough acts to follow, but follow it did by establishing itself as an “older kids’” cartoon.  The Ren & Stimpy Show revolved around the titular characters of Ren the chihuahua and Stimpy the cat as they made their way through an off-beat world of crazy characters and situations.  The show was unique in its use of off-color humor, dark comedy, sexual innuendos, and violence, and is often credited for spawning other satirical, “older kids’” cartoons like Beavis and Butt-Head and South Park.  The producers of the show often clashed with Nickelodeon’s Standards and Practices Department for some of the content aired on the show, but nonetheless, Ren & Stimpy continued to bring in high ratings, and five seasons were made.  The show was cancelled in 1996, ending with a Christmas episode called “A Scooter for Yaksmas”, but reruns aired for several years on both Nick and the NickToons network until the show disappeared from the radar.  A spin-off series called Ren & Stimpy’s Adult Party Cartoon premiered on Spike TV in 2003, but was cancelled due to low ratings.

Scores: Perfect originality and nostalgia; Very high popularity and impact; High longevity
Total: 486 points






#3: Doug
Aired: August 11, 1991-December 16, 1994
(http://dailyhighfive.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/doug.jpg)

As mentioned above, this was the very first cartoon to air on Nickelodeon, setting the trend for all other future “Nicktoons”.  Created by veteran animator Jim Jinkins (who claims he got inspiration for Doug from both Peanuts and Saved by the Bell), Doug first appeared in a book called Doug’s Got a New Pair of Shoes.  Though the book was never published, Nickelodeon took interest in Jinkins’ character, and soon hired him to create their first animated series, or Nicktoon, as they would later be called.  Doug centered on its title character, Douglas “Doug” Funnie (voiced by Billy West, who also provided the voices for both Ren and Stimpy), who moves with his family to a new city after his dad receives a promotion.  The series is told from Doug’s point of view as he writes in his journal, telling all about his new life in his new hometown.  During its run, Doug won two Kid’s Choice Awards in 1992 and 1995.  Nickelodeon was reportedly banking on Doug to become its biggest hit; however, compared to the two Nicktoons that debuted along with it, it had the shortest lifespan, and was cancelled after about three years on the air.  Still, Doug proved to be a big hit for Nick, and spawned a spin-off series made by Disney that drew mixed reactions from fans of the show.  Doug can still be seen in reruns on TeenNick’s The ‘90s Are All That.

Scores: Perfect popularity, originality and impact; Very high nostalgia; High longevity
Total: 488 points






#2: You Can’t Do That on Television
Aired: January 1, 1982-January 23, 1994
(http://www.joenanashe.com/images/youcantdothat.jpg)

Without this show, Nickelodeon probably wouldn’t have exploded in popularity the way it did.  Even though it’s well-known and remembered as a Nickelodeon Show, You Can’t Do That on Television actually started out on CJOH-TV in Ottawa, Canada in 1979 as a low-budget variety program.  Some segments were taped live, but for the most part, the segments were pre-taped.  In late 1981, the fledgling Nickelodeon network picked up the show as one of their flagship shows.  The show originally consisted of comedy skits, music videos, and live call-in contestants who could win various prizes.  When the show was moved to Nick, however, the comedy skits usually had a particular theme, and veteran comedian Les Lye performed the skits alongside Abby Hagyard.  The show was also famous for their slime-related pranks, and was insanely popular with audiences.  For four years running, YCDTOT was Nick’s highest-rated show, and never fell below the top 10 in the ratings.  Sadly, producer Roger Price moved to France in 1988, and the show was on its last legs for the next six years; however, it still finished very strongly in the ratings.  The show finally ended in 1994, but reruns continued to run for many years on Nick, and a special reunion project called Project 131 was aired in Canada in 2004 featuring the original cast members.  Les Lye passed away in 2009 at the age of 89.

Scores: Perfect popularity and longevity; Very high originality, nostalgia and impact
Total: 491 points





And the #1 greatest Nickelodeon show of all time:

#1: Victorious

(http://images.sodahead.com/polls/000943478/victoria_justice_victorious_xlarge.jpeg)



I kid, I kid...the REAL #1 is...







#1: Rugrats
Aired: August 11, 1991-June 8, 2004
(http://db3.stb.s-msn.com/i/C4/70CB7EF6537D2BFDCC457A90D9B9C4.jpg)

Doug may have been the first Nicktoon to ever air, but the Rugrats made Nicktoons what they are today.  Created by veteran animators Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo, Rugrats premiered immediately after Doug in 1991, with Ren & Stimpy premiering immediately thereafter, and the middle show quickly began eclipsing its fellow Nicktoons in the ratings, breaking into the top five in ratings within a few weeks.  The show followed the adventures of Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, and Angelica, a group of babies who had numerous escapades while their parents weren’t looking.  Later in the series, other characters were added, including Susie, Kimi, and Baby Dil.  Rugrats celebrated its tenth season in 2001 with the critically acclaimed All Growed Up special that spawned the similarly titled sequel, and also became the first (and so far, only) Nickelodeon show to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  The show sadly ended its run in 2004, the same year as Hey Arnold!.  But the show had already established itself as perhaps the greatest Nicktoon of all time.  Reruns continued to be shown on both Nickelodeon and the NickToons network, and they can still be seen on the latter to this very day.  Without Rugrats, there would be no Hey Arnold!, Rocko, SpongeBob, Fairly OddParents, or any other Nicktoon, period.  The Rugrats have truly transcended the Nickelodeon audience and carved a niche for themselves in American pop culture.  Rugrats will surely go down as one of the greatest cartoons of all time.  It’s easily my winner.

Scores: Perfect popularity, longevity and nostalgia; Very high originality and impact
Total: 493 points
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: PurpleParrot319 on January 01, 2012, 12:25:20 AM
I love the prank you did for #1! :lol:

Awesome job with this list TBK. This is amazing what you did. Rugrats is a worthy winner indeed. ;)
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: Red Jaguars Fan on January 01, 2012, 12:25:40 AM
What's with the picture change? It was My Dad is a Rock Star. Now it's Victorious. :?

Anyway, congrats to Rugrats. I didn't expect Spongebob to get that low compared to Rugrats, though.
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Red Jaguars on January 01, 2012, 12:29:56 AM
I figured it was Rugrats, and I was not disappointed at all. I how Victorious is listed at number one to trip the reader while scrolling down the page.  :lol:

I must say, 8/10 of those cartoons in the top 10 are some of my all time favorites show. Doug, Rugrats, Hey Arnold, Rocko's Modern Life, and Ren and Stimpy were all solid shows. I am kind of surprised to see SPongebob that low too, but those other five shows are deserving.  :mrblue:
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on January 01, 2012, 12:30:26 AM
BRAVO BRAVO!!!! :D Great final list there, and I love the "fake out" #1 there. :lol: Rugrats was most certainly the best choice, hands down. I'm also surprised Spongebob ranked as low as it did. What a coincidence that the first three ever Nicktoons, all made the Top 10. Awesome list once again!
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Ancient Warrior on January 01, 2012, 02:02:22 AM
Well, I'm glad my hopes were right.  I'd say Rugrats really earned it. :D Something else about it worth mentioning is that it and Ren and Stimpy seemed to really pave the way for adult bonuses in so many Nickelodeon shows that followed— seriously, look back at Rugrats and see how many mature jokes they slipped in there. "Saddam Husseini" was just the beginning. :P

Honestly, the entire Top 10 was great, and I admit the fake-out was so rich I nearly lol'd. :lol: Great way to finish off the list!
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: Kirk Fogg's Angel on January 17, 2012, 04:04:26 AM
My favorite Nick shows of all time are:

21: Caitlin's Way
20: Gullah Gullah Island
19: Eureeka's Castle
18: The Amanda Show
17: Double Dare
16: What Would You Do?
15: Wild and Crazy Kids
14: The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
13: The Adventures of Pete & Pete
12: The Secret World of Alex Mack
11: Clarissa Explains It All
10: Finders Keepers
09: Figue It Out
08: Are You Afraid of the Dark?
07: Blue's Clues
06: LazyTown
05: All That
04: Hey Dude
03: Kenan & Kel
02: Salute Your Shorts
01: Legends of the Hidden Temple
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: TempleFan322 on January 19, 2012, 09:14:50 AM
Great list! I wouldn't of put Spongebob anywhere near the top 10, let alone in the list in general. The only reason I think it's still popular is because Nickelodeon shoves it down our throats with it being on more times everyday then any other show (I counted it 1 day at 8 episodes on a weekday and at 10 on a weekend.). But hey, you can't  argue with it's "success". Anyway, a great list none the less. With the exception of Spongebob, I agree with the list 100%. Great job!
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: Radman on March 19, 2012, 08:12:24 PM
I was gonna find out where you lived and feed you to the spider in the Spiders Lair if you were serious about Victorious, but yeah Rugrats was the best show ever! :mryellow: Of course we gotta stick to pre Dill era, thats when it shined brightest.
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: Silver Snake Lord on April 15, 2012, 11:09:48 PM
Great list and retrospective, though for me AYAOTD will always be my number one favorite Nick show ever. I remember watching Nick in 1992 and seeing the promos for it and as a long-time Horror fan at the young age of 5, I knew I had to watch it. The rest is history and my childhood 8)
Title: Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
Post by: The Red Jaguars on April 16, 2012, 12:31:31 AM
Great list and retrospective, though for me AYAOTD will always be my number one favorite Nick show ever. I remember watching Nick in 1992 and seeing the promos for it and as a long-time Horror fan at the young age of 5, I knew I had to watch it. The rest is history and my childhood 8)

That is one of my all time favorite Nick shows too. Some of those episodes were really well done and creepy on top of that. At the top of my head, some of my favorite episodes included:

The phantom that lived in a girl's room, who would later die in a fire.
The clown "Zippo" (sp?) that chased a kid in a Fun House
The episode where the girl enters a doll house and notices her friend is becoming a doll
The abandoned building that contained abducted children
The episode with the Deaf girl and the punk kid going into some outer space environment.

There is probably more, but I have to go back and rewatch the series again.