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Originally launched as a programming block in January 1988, Nick Jr. is one of Nickelodeon's sister channels, mainly airing shows aimed at preschoolers and young children. While the Nick Jr. block has been running since the late '80s, Nick Jr. didn't became its own separate network until 2009, when it took over the channel space held by Noggin.note 

The Nick Jr. block is part of Nickelodeon's regular daytime schedule, typically running from 7 a.m./8 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST/3 p.m. EST. In its earliest days, the block was home to many classic off-network cartoons and foreign programming/anime such as The World of David the Gnome, Muppet Babies, Belle and Sebastian and Rupert. The block was revamped in 1994, now with mostly Nickelodeon-made programming and a new host, Face. The block launched the pre-school juggernauts Blue's Clues and Dora the Explorer, while also airing some fondly-remembered anime such as The Noozles, The Adventure of The Little Koala and Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics.

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When Viacom merged with CBS in 2000, the existing CBS Kidshow Saturday-morning block, supplied by Nelvana, ended in favor of Nick Jr. on CBS, complete with Face hosting (the only show to be held over from the old block was another Nelvana show, Franklin). 2001 saw the block add programs from "normal" Nickelodeon, mostly programs to help stations meet the E/I quota, and it was renamed Nick on CBS, at least until 2004 when it reverted to only Nick Jr. shows. The block on CBS ended in 2006 after the Viacom/CBS split.

On September 28, 2009, Nick Jr. became its own 24/7 channel. It replaced Noggin, which was eventually relaunched as a streaming service in 2015 and acts as a separate brand. The weekday-morning block on Nick continues to air, now often called "Nick Jr. on Nickelodeon" during commercials, in order to distinguish it from the new channel.

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In October 2012, the Nick Jr. network began airing NickMom, an adult-oriented programming block. This block aired in the hours specifically targeted at mothers, with raunchy original programming and syndicated repeats. This might not be so much the loss it seems, given that most of what aired in the late-night hours was just repeats of stuff that had aired during the day anyway. Despite this, angry parents loathed the block for its course content and the fact episodes of The Brady Bunch had adult-themed Pop Up Video commentary from Carol Brady. Worse, whatever was scheduled at 10pm in New York State aired at 7pm in Los Angeles and 5pm in Honolulu note  because of time zones, as at the time, Nick Jr./NickMom carried only an Eastern Time Zone feed. Many of the more vulgar shows and the remixed Brady episodes bombed, with others getting content tweaks. A separate West Coast feed was finally launched in February 2013, much to the relief of parents west of the Rockies. By June 2013, the block consisted of some original programming mixed in with acquired sitcoms from Nick @ Nite. Eventually, NickMom was shut down on September 28, 2015, after an airing of Guarding Tess.


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