My Favorite Old School Nickelodeon Shows

All the Nickelodeon shows (from oldest to newest) I love and miss from the 80s and 90s! This is what I grew up on!
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1.
Lassie (1954 TV Series)
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The ongoing saga of the Martin family and their beloved collie, Lassie. (30 mins.)
“ While not a Nick original and way before my time, Nick used to play repeats of this gem in both before and after school in the early/mid 80s. ” - cryssilynne
 
2.
Dennis the Menace (1959 TV Series)
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Television episodes built around the same sorts of incidents found in Hank Ketcham's long-running comic strip. (30 mins.)
“ Also not a Nick original and way before my time, but they used to play repeats of this one before and after school too. ” - cryssilynne
 
3.
The Tomorrow People (1973 TV Series)
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The Tomorrow People are British teens who have special powers. They can communicate to each other using telepathy... (30 mins.)
“ Another one that is older than me, but was imported to Nick during the 80s. ” - cryssilynne
 
4.
Maya the Bee (1975 TV Series)
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The story of a young bee named Maya and her adventures. (30 mins.)
“ I never realized how old this one was either, but I remember watching it in the very early 90s. ” - cryssilynne
 
5.
What Will They Think of Next? (1976 TV Series)
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A look at the wonders of science and technology that will shape our lives in the distant future of the 1980's... (30 mins.)
“ I only have vague memories of this one that was on during the early 80s, but they were enjoyable memories from what I remember. ” - cryssilynne
 
6.
Vegetable Soup (1976 TV Series)
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An anthology series themed around multiculturalism. (30 mins.)
“ Another one I only have vague, but enjoyable memories of watching in the early 80s. ” - cryssilynne
 
7.
You Can't Do That on Television (1979 TV Series)
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Sketch TV by young amateur actors in true classic Nick-style. But whatever you do, never admit that you don't know or ask for water. (30 mins.)
“ Man, I lived for this show for pretty much 2 decades! ” - cryssilynne
 
8.
Pinwheel (1977 TV Series)
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This children's variety show from Nickelodeon's early days featured puppets interacting with live actors in "Sesame Street"-like situations... (30 mins.)
“ I remember watching this one after morning kindergarten in 84/85 at my babysitter's house. ” - cryssilynne
 
9.
Doctor Snuggles (1979 TV Series)
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The fantastic adventures of a friendly doctor and his friends. (25 mins.)
“ Another older one that was later imported to Nick in the late 80s. ” - cryssilynne
 
10.
The Littl' Bits (1990 TV Series)
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Littl' Bits lived in tiny cottages in the Foothill Forest and rode around on a flying squirrel named Help...
“ This one was also an oldie that was imported to Nick in the early 90s. ” - cryssilynne
 
11.
Danger Mouse (1981 TV Series)
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Danger Mouse, the greatest secret agent in the world, must follow Colonel K's orders (and try not to break Professor Squawkencluck's inventions) to foil Baron Greenback's and his henchman Stiletto's plans. (25 mins.)
“ Another show I pretty much lived for. It was a special 30 minutes of quality daughter & dad time in my house every night. I recently found a nice DVD set and we have been enjoying them all over again. ” - cryssilynne
 
12.
Today's Special (1981 TV Series)
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The night staff of a major department store explore topics for young viewers. (30 mins.)
“ I loved this show, despite the fact that it seemed a bit creepy at times (as a little kid anyway), considering it wasn't meant to be. ” - cryssilynne
 
13.
Meiken Jolie (1981 TV Series)
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The show is about a boy named Sebastian and his huge white dog, Belle. Over the course of the series... (24 mins.)
“ AKA - Belle and Sebastian. This is another one I have fond memories of watching after morning kindergarten at my babysitter's house. ” - cryssilynne
 
14.
The Adventures of the Little Prince (1978 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
Director: Franklin Cofod
“ I loved this adorable little gem and the classic children's book it was adapted from. ” - cryssilynne
 
15.
Mr. Wizard's World (1983 TV Series)
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With the help of his young assistants, Mr. Wizard starts each episode with a demonstration that at first glance should be impossible...
“ Nothing started the day off like a fun science lesson from Mr. Wizard! I watched this one religiously before school in the morning. ” - cryssilynne
 
16.
Inspector Gadget (1983 TV Series)
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A bumbling bionic police inspector stumbles about on his cases, while his niece and dog secretly do the real investigative work. (30 mins.)
“ I loved this goofy guy! And even though they are not held in high regard in the movie world or by most IG fans, I also loved the movies from the late 90s/early 2000s. ” - cryssilynne
 
17.
Bananaman (1983 TV Series)
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Stupid, but well-meaning and super-strong super-hero, Bananaman gets his strength from eating bananas... (5 mins.)
“ An often forgotten gem from 80s Nick land. ” - cryssilynne
 
18.
Noozles (1984 TV Series)
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The adventures of a 12-year-old girl named Sandy and her koala friends, Blinky and Pinky, who are from the extra-dimensional realm of Koalawalla Land. (24 mins.)
“ From 1989 to 1993 I spent a majority of my days home from school with ear infections and strep throat...during which time I had 3 surgeries on my ears and one to have my tonsils & adenoids taken out. This show (on at 1:00 pm during school hours) was my silver lining to being stuck home, feeling crappy, and nearly flunking out of school. ” - cryssilynne
 
19.
Adventures of the Little Koala (1984 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
“ This was another one I looked forward to seeing on days when I stayed home sick. ” - cryssilynne
 
20.
Out of Control (1984 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
“ Ahhh Dave Coulier before full house...and before he broke Alanis Morissette's heart, causing her to write some awful, yet hard-not-to-like music. And I just loved Diz's trademark laugh thingy...mostly because it drove my mom nuts! ” - cryssilynne
 
21.
PicturePages (1984 TV Series)
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PicturePages was a short (10-15 minutes, I think) program in which Bill Cosby helped kids with activities in an activity book. You could buy the activity book and play along.
Stars: Bill Cosby
“ Bill Cosby, and fun lessons with a special pen...nuff said! What's not to love? Another of my before school favorites. ” - cryssilynne
 
22.
Sharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show (1984 TV Series)
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Musical comedy with the Canadian children's musical trio. (30 mins.)
“ Another of my guilty pleasures of sick-days from school. My best friend/neighbor down the road, whose mom was my babysitter (confusing I know, but stay with me) during the summer, and I used to love to do the whole song and dance thing (the Skin-a-ma-rink one) out in the yard on boring summer days. ” - cryssilynne
 
23.
Kids' Court (1988 TV Series)
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Kids take each other to court and "The Honorable Judge O. Meter" decides their verdict. Paul Provenza is the host of this short-lived and relatively forgotten late 80s Nickelodeon show. (30 mins.)
“ I absolutely loved, and lived for, this show too! The one episode that has always stuck in my mind was the one where the kid took his mom to court for throwing out his TV Guide collection. I thought it was so cool someone else besides me collected TV Guides. It drove my mom nuts and she eventually convinced me to throw mine out...and now I wish I hadn't after seeing all the money some of them are worth now. I've wanted to take her to Kid's Court ever since! ” - cryssilynne
 
24.
David the Gnome (1985 TV Series)
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The fantastic adventures of David and his wife Lisa traveling around the world to save the animals and defeating the trolls. (30 mins.)
Director: Luis Ballester
“ This was yet another one of my sick-day silver linings. ” - cryssilynne
 
25.
Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea (1985 TV Series)
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Long ago, the mystical civilization of Arkadia was one of the most advanced places on Earth, until the...
Director: Michel Gauthier
“ AKA - Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea. I remember I had to get up really early on Saturday mornings to catch this one! ” - cryssilynne
 
26.
Double Dare (1986 TV Series)
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One in a long-running series of game shows, where two-member teams of children compete to answer questions and complete stunts. (30 mins.)
“ Who didn't love Double Dare?!? ” - cryssilynne
 
27.
Maple Town (1986 TV Series)
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This children's show tells the story of Patty Rabbit, a little rabbit-girl who has just arrived to Maple Town with her family... (24 mins.)
“ Also one I liked (and only got to watch) on sick-days. ” - cryssilynne
 
28.
Finders Keepers (1987 TV Series)
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Contestants try to find pictures in a hidden picture puzzle, then go on a scavenger hunt throughout an eight-room house. (30 mins.)
Director: Kevin Gill
“ One of the many classic Nick kid's game shows spawned by the success of Double Dare. This one was probably my favorite of them all for some reason. ” - cryssilynne
 
29.
Family Double Dare (1988 TV Series)
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Just like "Double Dare" (1986) but family members are invited to play too. (30 mins.)
Director: James Colistro
“ What's better than Double Dare?!? Family Double Dare! What's more fun than watching parents join in the shenanigans?!? ” - cryssilynne
 
30.
Hey Dude (1989 TV Series)
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A group of friends work together with their boss at a dude ranch and go through many fun moments and mishaps along the way. (30 mins.)
“ One of the many shows I looked forward to seeing after school every day and on lazy weekend afternoons. ” - cryssilynne
 
31.
Make the Grade (1989 TV Series)
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“ This was probably my second favorite of the kid's game shows (next to Finders Keepers). Being a brainiac myself, I liked the trivia aspect of the show. ” - cryssilynne
 
32.
Think Fast (1989 TV Series)
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Director: Bob Lampel, Lexi Rae
“ I only have vague memories of this one too, but good memories as with all old school Nick shows. ” - cryssilynne
 
33.
Fifteen (1990 TV Series)
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Hillside follows the students of fictional Hillside School and dealt with a variety of issues including dating... (25 mins.)
Director: Michael Berry
“ Badly written, atrociously acted teen soap that I absolutely loved! I was ADDICTED to this show! This is where Ryan Reynolds pretty much got his start. I recently bought the whole first season on Itunes and am hoping they release the last 3 seasons soon! ” - cryssilynne
 
34.
Wild & Crazy Kids (1990 TV Series)
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Sixty-five episodes of this syndicated show were produced in 1990 and 1992. The shows featured children... (30 mins.)
“ I always wanted to go on Wild & Crazy Kids!! ” - cryssilynne
 
35.
Salute Your Shorts (1991 TV Series)
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A group of kids at a summer camp, run by the heard-but-never-seen Dr. Kahn, form friendships as they spend time harassing buffoonish camp counselor Kevin "Ug" Lee. (30 mins.)
“ Camp Anawana we hold you in our hearts! ” - cryssilynne
 
36.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990 TV Series)
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A group of kids get together in the woods, and tell ghost stories. (30 mins.)
“ I loved scaring the bejesus out of myself every SNICK with these classic gems! ” - cryssilynne
 
37.
Clarissa Explains It All (1991 TV Series)
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As events unfold in her life, Clarissa explains to the viewer the motivations behind people's actions. (30 mins.)
Director: Richard Steir
“ Melissa Joan Hart explaining it all and trying to survive living with her brainiac self-cenetered little brother, Ferg-face...before she was a teenage witch! ” - cryssilynne
 
38.
Welcome Freshmen (1991 TV Series)
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52 episodes of this show for the teenage set were produced 1991-1993. The show takes place at Hawthorne High School with the bumbling vice principal... (30 mins.)
Director: Adam Weissman
“ I liked this one because it reminded me a lot of You Can't Do That On Television for some reason. It just had a very similar feel to it for me. ” - cryssilynne
 
39.
Doug (1991 TV Series)
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The life of a young boy as he meets friends, falls in love, maneuvers his way through grade 6 and writes all about it in his journal. (30 mins.)
“ Do-do-do-do-do-do. Do-do-do-do-do. ” - cryssilynne
 
40.
Rugrats (1990 TV Series)
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The cartoon misadventures of four babies and their snotty older cousin as they face the things in life they don't understand. (30 mins.)
“ What can you say about the Rugrats?!? They're classic Nicktoons! ” - cryssilynne
 
41.
Get the Picture (1991 TV Series)
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Known as "The Great Frame Game." Get the Picture was a great game show, hosted by Mike O'Malley, that aired from March 18... (30 mins.)
Director: Dana Calderwood
“ Another of Nick's funtastic game shows! ” - cryssilynne
 
42.
What Would You Do? (1991 TV Series)
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Ninety episodes of this syndicated kids show, shown on the Nickelodon network, were produced 1991 to 1993. Audience members were asked to volunteer to perform funny stunts, e.g., kissing a chimp, etc. (30 mins.)
“ Hosted by Marc Summers of Double Dare fame! Need I say more?!? ” - cryssilynne
 
43.
Roundhouse (1992 TV Series)
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Sketch Comedy show for adolescents with skits revolving around a central theme to teach a lesson. (30 mins.)
“ Before there was All That, there was Roundhouse! I looked forward to this show the most every SNICK in the early 90s! ” - cryssilynne
 
44.
Nickelodeon Arcade (1992 TV Series)
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Two teams vie for a chance to go inside a video game! (30 mins.)
“ A classic Nick game show that combined video game trivia with contestant-interactive virtual reality. ” - cryssilynne
 
45.
Guts (1992 TV Series)
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Three kids dawning the different colors blue, red, and purple compete in relatively cool-looking olympic-style games to achieve as many points as they can. At the end of every episode, they climb a big fake mountain, braving tumbling rocks made out of styrofoam, sparkling glitter, shooting steam, and loud sounds while trying to hit all the "Actuators" along their way to the summit including the final one at the very top. The first place winner gets a "piece of the rock" which is a big green glowing rock-shaped thing, that is supposed to be from the mountain they just climbed. The mountain is called the "Aggro Crag" later changed to the "Mega Crag" during the 3rd season, and finally the "Super Aggro Crag" for Global GUTS.
“ Another of my after school/before dinner pleasures! ” - cryssilynne
 
46.
Legends of the Hidden Temple (1993 TV Series)
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Six teams compete through a series of physical and mental challenges as it narrows down to only one... (30 mins.)
“ Who could ever forget the Red Jaguars, Blue Barracudas, Green Monkeys, Orange Iguanas, Purple Parrots, and Silver Snakes?!? ” - cryssilynne
 
47.
The Adventures of Pete & Pete (1992 TV Series)
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This delightfully quirky show looks at the lives and adventures of two red-headed brothers with the same name. (30 mins.)
“ I didn't love this one as much as some of the others or as much as some old school Nick fans, but it was fun and quirky, and it's classic Nick! ” - cryssilynne
 
48.
Rocko's Modern Life (1993 TV Series)
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The wacky misadventures of an Australian wallaby and his friends as he finishes his transition to American life. (30 mins.)
“ Not at the tippy top of my fave Nicktoons ever, but a classic nonetheless...and still way better than some of the crap they play now. ” - cryssilynne
 
49.
The Secret World of Alex Mack (1994 TV Series)
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She's Alex Mack. One minute she's walking home...the next there's a crash and she's drenched in some weird chemical! Then she gets powers... (30 mins.)
“ Before she was Bianca in 10 Things I Hate About You, she was Alex Mack...your average telekinetic, electric bolt throwing, liquid morhping teenage girl! This was Larisa Oleynik's first starring role! ” - cryssilynne
 
50.
All That (1994 TV Series)
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A combination sketch comedy/musical performance show in the tradition of "Saturday Night Live," this... (30 mins.)
“ A "Roundhouse Rip-off", as I used to refer to it when it first started...but I grew to love it! ” - cryssilynne
 
51.
My Brother and Me (1994 TV Series)
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Alfie and Dee-Dee experience how life affects them with different aspects each day, such as learning life lessons. (30 mins.)
“ This was a short-lived, but cute and enjoyable comedy! ” - cryssilynne
 
52.
Kenan & Kel (1996 TV Series)
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The comic misadventures of teenagers Kenan and his dimwitted buddy Kel. (30 mins.)
“ A spin-off starring the loveable Keenan and Kel of All That fame. ” - cryssilynne
 
53.
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo (1996 TV Series)
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The adventures of an aspiring detective girl who solves crime in her spare time. (30 mins.)
“ This was a great show, and one of the few good ones that came out of late 90s Nick (in my opinion anyway). ” - cryssilynne
 
54.
Figure It Out (1997 TV Series)
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A group of four different panelists popular on Nickelodeon programs try to figure out the talents of different guests. They are given clues that they can feel, see, taste, and also given to them though charades. (30 mins.)
“ One of the last good Game shows to come from Nick (in my opinion), until recently with Brain Surge and the attempt to revive GUTS...besides the 2000 revival of Double Dare. ” - cryssilynne
 
55.
The Journey of Allen Strange (1997 TV Series)
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An alien child has been left behind on Earth. He befriends two human children and it is up to them to... (25 mins.)
“ Before there was teen alien drama Roswell, there was the lighter and more comical Allen Strange. I was nearly 18 in 1997, so my days of watching kid's Nick shows were getting less and less...plus this is when Nick started to really go downhill (in my opinion)...but I did very much enjoy this lovely little gem! ” - cryssilynne