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10 Best Classic Nickelodeon Shows

10. 'All That' (1992-2000 & 2002-2005)

10. 'All That' (1992-2000 & 2002-2005)

This sketch comedy show was like SNL for kids, by kids. An original episode hasn’t aired in 10 years, but who could forget a show with such a catchy theme song? The show had several recurring sketches: The Loud Librarian, Ask Ashley, Detective Dan (kids enjoy alliteration, apparently), and Good Burger (which was later made into a movie). On top of that, the show featured a surprising number of talented musical guests--Aaliyah and Usher performed during the show’s first season. Unfortunately for the show, it was canned by the network after its sixth season, briefly revived years later, and then canned again.

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9. 'Rugrats' (1991-2004)

9. 'Rugrats' (1991-2004)

No one should be surprised to see this show appearing in a list of Nickelodeon classics. In its 13 years on air, this show about an adventurous group of toddlers was able to win 6 Kids’ Choice Awards, 4 Daytime Emmys, and even had its own star put on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For five consecutive years during its run, Rugrats was Nickelodeon's highest rated show and it held the distinction of being the longest-airing Nicktoon until SpongeBob took that title in 2012.

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8. 'Hey Arnold!' (1996-2004)

8. 'Hey Arnold!' (1996-2004)

Here’s another one viewers won’t soon forget. Football-head and all his friends, including his obsessed bully/stalker, Helga, were a childhood favorite. It aired for eight years, but only had 100 episodes and five seasons (the last season was stretched out over four years). Though the show received generally positive reviews and critics praised the show’s impressive character development, it too got the boot.  Fortunately, devoted fans can still see reruns of the show, which are currently airing on TeenNick’s block The ‘90s Are All That.

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7. 'Rocket Power' (1999-2004)

7. 'Rocket Power' (1999-2004)

Who didn’t want to be friends with Otto, Reggie, and Twister when they were younger? Oh, and Squid too. These kids lived the most intense lives imaginable and dabbled in pretty much every extreme sport. It was one of the later and more short-lived Nicktoon classics, but ‘90s kids won’t forget it. The show was cancelled after only four seasons, but reruns still air on The ‘90s Are All That (even though it debuted only months before the year 2000).

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6. 'The Amanda Show' (1999-2002)

6. 'The Amanda Show' (1999-2002)

Now this was pretty much an Amanda Bynes version of All That, from which the spin-off spawned, starring the Amanda Bynes I’m sure we’d all prefer to remember. The show featured some familiar actors (Josh Peck, Drake Bell, and Taran Killam), and had a variety of hilarious segments, like Judge Trudy, Moody’s Point, and who could forget Hillbilly Moment? After only three seasons, the show was unexpectedly cancelled and all reruns have stopped airing (possibly due to Bynes’ controversies in recent years).

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5. 'Rocko's Modern Life' (1993-1996)

5. 'Rocko's Modern Life' (1993-1996)

Here’s another show that burned brightly and went out quickly. The show, starring an Australian wallaby named Rocko and his cow friend, Heffer, only had three seasons. However, it had some of the most sophisticated and subversive humor of any Nickelodeon show, which has made it into a cult classic. After the show’s cancellation, much of the show’s staff (and the voice of Rocko) regrouped to work on SpongeBob SquarePants.

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4. 'Kenan and Kel' (1996-2000)

4. 'Kenan and Kel' (1996-2000)

This show featured one of the most beloved comic duos of our time. Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but these guys were funny and there’s no denying that. Kenan and Kel were ranked 40 and 39 respectively in VH1’s 100 Greatest Kid Stars and the show won “Favorite TV Show” in the 1998 Kids’ Choice Awards. It may have only lasted 4 seasons, but reruns air during weekdays on TeenNick’s lineup.

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3. 'Doug' (1991-1994)

3. 'Doug' (1991-1994)

True Doug lovers might recall the show airing past ‘94, and they’d be right. But from 1996-1999, the show aired on Disney--not Nickelodeon--after the show was purchase by Disney in a multimillion dollar deal. The Nickelodeon seasons were the best though, by far. The show’s creator, Jim Jenkins, has even said so, remarking “I mostly agree with Doug fans who think the original 104 eleven-minute Doug stories made for Nick were the best.” It’s with those episodes in mind that we deem this one a Nickelodeon classic.

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2. 'CatDog' (1998-2005)

2. 'CatDog' (1998-2005)

This show, revolving around a conjoined cat and dog, was as strange as it was entertaining. And entertaining it was. The show didn’t have the sophistication of say Rocko’s Modern Life, but what it lacked there, it made up for in out-of-control antics and general looniness: perfect programming for children. The show was nominated for a few awards, but never won any and was cancelled after four seasons. Reruns have been on since its cancellation, however, and can still be seen on The ‘90s Are All That.

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1. 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' (1990-1996 & 1999-2000)

1. 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' (1990-1996 & 1999-2000)

Remember Nickelodeon’s horror series? How could you forget? Are You Afraid of the Dark was an anthological series in which a group of kids shared ghost stories around a fire, with the story told playing out in front of the audience. Each episode ended after the tales’ conclusions, but not before one of the kids in the group poured a bucket of water over the fire, saying “I declare this meeting of the Midnight Society closed.” Now do you remember?

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