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Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
« Reply #15 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

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« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2011, 12:00:14 AM »
Still no Rocket Power? I guess it might do way better than I thought. :D



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Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
« Reply #17 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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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


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



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
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Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
« Reply #18 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.
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« Reply #19 on: December 25, 2011, 09:28:44 PM »
There's Rocket Power! 26th place is pretty good. :)



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Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
« Reply #20 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, 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.

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Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
« Reply #21 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).

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« Reply #22 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.

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« Reply #23 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



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



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



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


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


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



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



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



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



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



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
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Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
« Reply #24 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:

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Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
« Reply #25 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.

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Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
« Reply #26 on: December 29, 2011, 11:00:46 PM »
Rugrats and Double Dare will almost certainly be in the top 5, IMO.


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Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
« Reply #27 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.

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Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
« Reply #28 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:



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Re: The Top 80 Greatest Nickelodeon Shows of All Time
« Reply #29 on: December 30, 2011, 11:39:28 AM »
I will be as happy as those kids in that video if Spongebob makes # 1.
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