17 Classic Nickelodeon Shows You'd Totally Still Watch
Nickelodeon was a fixture in the childhood of many kids that grew up in the 1990s. From zany cartoons to captivating live-action shows, kids were hooked on the network's original content. We bet that for whatever reason — be it an undying love or just nostalgia — you'd still watch these classics today.
“Hey Arnold!” was packed with unique characters that every kid growing up in the late 1990s grew to love. The show followed the trials and tribulations of a fourth grader living in the big city. Iconic side characters like “Stoop Kid” and “Pigeon Man” were just as engaging as the main group.
The Amanda Show
Amanda Bynes may be a tabloid fixture nowadays, but back in the day she was the sweet-faced host of the one of the best sketch comedy and variety shows on TV. Amanda’s characters are still memorable to this day among her fans, such has the obsessed Amanda fan, the dancing-lobster-loving Judge Trudy, and the “Dawson’s Creek”-parodying Moody.
Like “The Amanda Show,” “All That” was a sketch comedy show for kids, notable for launching several famous careers. Lasting an incredible 10 season, the Nickelodeon fixture was a vehicle for Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Amanda Bynes, and Nick Cannon, and introduced fan-favorite Lori Beth Denberg. The show also had various famous guest stars such as Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and many more.
Kenan & Kel
In the late ‘90s, “Kenan & Kel” was the epitome of comedy for Nickelodeon viewers. The show was so popular that it launched the comedy pair into their own hit film “Good Burger,” which was based on their famous “All That” sketch. Kenan continues his funnyman ways to this day as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.”
Rocko's Modern Life
“Rocko’s Modern Life” was the peak of Nickelodeon’s surrealist cartoons. The show depicted a wallaby that immigrated to the city of O-Town from Australia. While Rocko obviously appealed to kids, the show was also laden with adult humor such as satirical social commentary and innuendo, which made it popular for older teens as well.
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
A completely unique show for Nickelodeon, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” dramatized a different scary campfire story each week. Kids and teens with a love for the spooky adored the show.
As Told By Ginger
A classic depiction of the haves and the have nots set in junior high, mild and kind Ginger becomes friends with the rich and popular Courtney. The show offered a thoughtful look into the common struggles of pre-teen life. Plus, the theme song rocked.
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
Before “Monsters, Inc.” there was “Aaahh!!! Real Monsters,” the Nickelodeon show about young monsters learning to scare humans. The show was different from the other Nick shows at the time for its leanings to gross or sometimes frightening situations. However, the “Aaahh!! Real Monsters” was beloved for its wit and inventiveness by both kids and adults alike.
Everyone tuned into the premiere of “Zoey 101” to see the acting debut of Britney Spears’ kid sister, Jamie Lynn. Fans fell in love with the dramedy about the life of a girl at a newly co-ed boarding school. The fictional school, Pacific Coast Academy, seemed to have it all — luxurious rooms, oceanside views, and an expansive and beautiful campus.