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Nickelodeon was launched on December 1, 1977 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment Company as the first cable TV network to program exclusively for American children. Growing its roots lay in the QUBE interactive cable TV system created by Warner Cable in Columbus, Ohio, where the channel's first program/predecessor, Pinwheel, was created. It commenced national distribution via satellite and took on the Nickelodeon name in April 1979. Early in its history, it was nicknamed the "The Pinwheel Network" because of its educational programming. Its programming includes animated shows, preschool edutainment series, sitcoms, and drama series. It is currently owned by ViacomCBS, which also owns CBS, MTV, VH1, Paramount Network, Comedy Central, Showtime and others.

Several other specialized cable channels have spun off from it, including TV Land, Nick Jr. (formerly Noggin), TeenNick (formerly The N, replacing Nick GAS in December 31, 2007), Nicktoons (formerly Nicktoons TV and Nicktoons Network), and NickMusic (replacing MTV Hits in September 2016). Also, Nickelodeon has several Nick-branded channels on Pluto TV, each with rotating schedule of Nick shows from The '90s, the Turn of the Millennium and The New '10s; Nick, Nick Jr., NickGames (a Spiritual Successor of Nick GAS with game shows and sports content), NickMovies (collection of Nickelodeon TV movies), Dora TV (an all day stream of Dora the Explorer episodes), and Totally Turtles (an all day stream of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)).

See also the Nick Verse.


The official website, with games and episodes of its shows, is here.

Original shows on the network include:

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    Live-Action Shows 

    Programming Blocks 

    Game Shows 

     Sketch Comedies 


     Shows that originated elsewhere but have aired in reruns on Nickelodeon 

Films produced by Nickelodeon:

    Movies Based on the Shows 

    Other Movies 

Video Games produced by Nickelodeon:

     Nickelodeon Video Games 

Theme Park Attractions made by Nickelodeon:

     Theme Park Attractions 
  • Dora and Diego's 4-D Adventure (since 2010)
  • Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast (at Universal Studios Florida;2003-2011)
  • Nickelodeon Blast Zone (at Universal Studios Hollywood;2001-2007)
  • Nickelodeon Central (at Paramount Parks;2000-2009)
    • Nickelodeon Universe (at Kings Island;2001-2009)
    • Nickelodeon Celebration Parade (at Paramount Parks;2004-2007)
  • Nickelodeon Central (at Dreamworld;2002-2011)
  • Nickland (at Movie Park Germany;since 2007)
  • Nickelodeon Land (at Pleasure Beach Blackpool;since 2011)
  • Nickelodeon Land (at Sea World Australia;since 2011)
    • SpongeBob ParadePants (at Sea World Australia;2011-2014)
  • Nickelodeon Universe (at Mall of America;since 2008)
  • Nickelodeon Studios (at Universal Studios Florida;1990-2005)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D (2003-2014)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D: The Great Jelly Rescue (since 2013)
  • SpongeBob SubPants Adventure(since 2015)
  • Universal Superstar Parade (features SpongeBob and Dora floats); at Universal Studios Florida since 2012)

Print Media published by Nickelodeon:

Specials frequently rerun on the weekend Special Delivery block:

Among the popular celebrities who gained fame through this channel:

     Nickelodeon Stars 

The Nickelodeon TV Tropes page was recorded in front of a live studio audience at Nickelodeon Studios, part of Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
  • April Fools' Day: A somewhat yearly tradition is that the channel would launch a new sister channel titled "Nick Sr.", which would contain programs targeted towards the elderly, often being Self Parodies of currently airing shows. One wonders whether the pranksters are aware that Viacom also owns TV Land.
  • "Best Of" Anthology: The Best of Nickelodeon: Summer Adventures: Contains SpongeBob SquarePants, All Grown Up! and Rocket Power episodes.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The channel during its' Pinwheel years in Columbus, before branching out nationally. Even then, the "pinball" era of Nick is nigh-unrecognizable to the Nick of today. A key difference was that Nick @ Nite not having been created yet, Nick rented their night-time hours to other networks, at first The Movie Channel (when they were co-owned by Warner-Amex), then ARTS, which evolved into A&E.
  • Franchise Zombie: Many fans accuse Nickelodeon of turning SpongeBob and The Fairly OddParents! into this. It notably took Butch Hartman leaving the network to finally get the latter cancelled for good.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Before Nickelodeon started Nicktoons in 1991. During the channel's infancy in the mid 1980s and early 1990s, Nickelodeon (and later Nick Jr) used to air English dubs of children's anime such as Maya the Bee, Maple Town, and Adventures of the Little Koala, all dubbed by Saban. Unfortunately, the Saban English dubs never gained a home video release, resulting in older fans of Nickelodeon to only be able to watch episodes and promos of the shows on their tapes made during that era.
  • Network Decay:
    • The network has been accused of this rather harshly on the internet. The network has an apparent obsession with its flagship series, SpongeBob SquarePants (and later The Loud House and PAW Patrol), despite the fact that it has always been a very polarizing show; this has caused a staggering decline in interest in the network as a whole, which has hurt the ratings for other series, most notably The Legend of Korra (which received progressively poorer television ratings while simultaneously consistently gaining ever-greater online ratings).
    • Many believe this has caused a major disconnect between the executives and the audience: the executives believe that most audiences only want to see SpongeBob or anything like it, resulting in a less varied lineup of programming in an attempt to appeal exclusively to one audience, which has rubbed many older viewers the wrong way.
    • Conflating this problem is the fact that Nickelodeon's main rival, Cartoon Network, experienced a major renaissance in 2010-2013 with a return to its older sensibilities with shows like Regular Show, Adventure Timenote , Steven Universe, and arguably the network's flagship scheduling block, Toonami. This has caused many fans who stuck around solely for The Legend of Korra to jump ship and return to Cartoon Network almost exclusively, that is until Cartoon Network took a page from Nickelodeon and aired almost nothing but Teen Titans Go!, an even more polarizing show than SpongeBob (since Nick still has episodes from the first three seasons, which are considered the best, in the regular rerun rotation, and following the second movie, the series saw a major increase in quality).
    • Dan Schneider and Butch Hartman leaving Nickelodeon within a month of each other in 2018 also shows signs of this.
  • Screwed by the Network: Nickelodeon's record for screwing over any show that doesn't meet their unrealistic expectations of pulling in the same ratings as SpongeBob is LEGENDARY. There's a page for shows that got this treatment.


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CatDog - Winslow Walks Out

Winslow does a 180, not wanting to get involved in what he just walked into.

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