10 Nickelodeon Shows That’ll Throw You Back


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If you’re in need for some nostalgia after a surreal year, these Nickelodeon TV shows will teleport you to an easier time, when you weren’t stressing over college or trying to keep your grades up.

Drake and Josh

In its 57 episodes, Drake (Drake Bell) and Josh (Josh Peck) had a special place in the childhoods of millions of kids growing up in the 2000s. With a smashing and memorable theme song, “Found a Way,” featuring Bell’s vocals and guitar skills, Drake and Josh became one of Nickelodeon’s most popular shows of the decade.

Dora the Explorer

The little girl with the talking pet monkey travelled to all sorts of places, guided by her talking map and her talking backpack which seemed to carry everything from snow boots to medical equipment, all while teaching you basic Spanish. She and Boots, her monkey sidekick who wore bright red boots, overcame obstacles by solving riddles, using Spanish to solve problems, and figuring out puzzles. Definitely one of the most popular educational shows of the time and a winner of the 2003 Peabody Award, Dora the Explorer is a show to remember.

 All That

 All That hit TV screens on April 16, 1994 and ran until October 22, 2005. Noted for its diversity, the show, as it grew, began to feature more children of color and girls, which impacted the way children’s television is presented today. Sort of like the Saturday Night Live for kids, it featured original sketches acted by children and teenagers, based on the culture of the time. The show features a killer theme song written and performed by TLC.


From 1991 to 2004, the babies of Rugrats crawled around very similarly to the way we were doing when we watched it, but their parents were oblivious to everything they did. A show with its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, four Daytime Emmy Awards, and six Kid’s Choice Awards, it gained insane popularity across the nation, and especially in our memories.

Hey Arnold!

 Centered on a fourth grader living in the inner-city with his grandparents and surrounded by his friends, Hey Arnold! was one of the more mature-themed children’s TV shows of the time. It dealt with real life situations Arnold and his friends encountered, things we had probably not faced yet. Nevertheless, for eight years, Hey Arnold! taught us about character and how to deal with things many of us face today.

The Fairly OddParents

Mom, Dad and Vicky always gave him commands, but besides that, Timmy Turner and his fairy godparents, Wanda and Cosmo, got into all sorts of predicaments. The show won one Primetime Emmy Award, two Daytime Emmy Awards, and four Annie Awards. One of Nickelodeon’s highest rated shows, The Fairly OddParents remains a 21st century children’s TV classic.

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

A spinoff of a 2001 movie, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius or more colloquially, Jimmy Neutron, was an instant audience pleaser. It ran for three seasons, a total of 61 episodes. Known for its animation style and occasionally joining with The Fairly OddParents to make episodes where the characters experienced adventures together, the show gained popularity in the 2000s and has since been the product of numerous memes.


 Starring Miranda Cosgrove as Carly, Jennette McCurdy as Sam, Nathan Kress as Freddie, Jerry Trainor as Spencer, and Noah Munck as Gibby, iCarly was a popular Nickelodeon show from September 8, 2007 to November 23, 2012. Carly and her friends experienced typical teenage situations like dating, friendship bonding, betrayal, and annoying older people telling them what to do. iCarly was  nominated for an Emmy Award five times, and played a huge role in Nickelodeon TV at the time.

Zoey 101

One of Nickelodeon’s most expensive productions ever, Zoey 101 was widely popular with kids in the 2000s. The show was nominated for a Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Children’s Program in 2005. Shot at picturesque Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, Zoey 101 embodied every kid’s ideal California boarding school life with a hint of drama, makeups and breakups, and sunny days.

Spongebob Squarepants

Officially the highest-rated series of all time on Nickelodeon, Spongebob Squarepants has  garnered $12 billion in merchandise. Spongebob has been running since May 1, 1999 and has gained worldwide popularity. The winner of two Emmy Awards, six Annie Awards, and two BAFTA Children’s Awards, Spongebob Squarepants has been on Time magazines list of “All-TIME 100 TV Shows,” TV Guides 9th option in its  “50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time” list, and 8th on its 2013 publication of the “Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time.” The show was on Entertainment Weekly’s “100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years” in June 2010. The show’s characters — Spongebob, a sponge, Patrick, a starfish, and Squidward, an anthropomorphic octopus, are recognized around the world.