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Nicktoons is Nickelodeon's official term for their original animated programs (but that is not the subject of this page, for more on that, see here).

Nicktoons (previously known as Nicktoons Network and Nicktoons TV) is also a sister network of Nickelodeon launched in 2002. It is Nickelodeon's 95% animation channel. It was mainly meant to compete with Cartoon Network and Toon Disney and started as a vault channel for Nickelodeon's huge animation library. In addition to running the animation that was first-run on Nick at the time, it also served as a vault for the animated shows that they didn't air anymore, like The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rocko's Modern Life, Doug, and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.

In 2006, Nicktoons premiered their first original show: Kappa Mikey. It was followed by other co-productions in the later part of the 2000 decade, such as Sky Land, Edgar & Ellen, Ricky Sprocket: Showbiz Boy, Wayside, and Three Delivery. A rarity for a Nicktoons original, Making Fiends was made entirely in-house.

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At around 2009, fewer and fewer original Nicktoons were shown in favor of more action-oriented animated programs, presumably to compete with boy-focused Disney XD and Cartoon Network. Two live-action programs, The Troop (with a few animated special effects) and Big Time Rush (totally live-action) also aired on Nicktoons. All of the aforementioned original toons were either playing in the graveyard slots or scrapped, and they were investing in strictly superhero adaptations of Marvel Universe characters. Those went away with Disney's purchase of Marvel Comics.

2010 brought Dragon Ball Z Kai, Nicktoons' first anime and Nickelodeon's return to showing anime; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise's first showing on a Nickelodeon network since Nickelodeon acquired the license; and reruns of Power Rangers, after Saban reclaimed the franchise from Disney.

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Today, Nicktoons seems to exist as a rerun farm for Nick's lower-tier animated and live action series, along with plenty of SpongeBob marathons, just like the main network. It's also used as a backstop to burn off the rights to international series that the main network had no serious plans to be given a chancenote . There's also a block of "sports" programming known as NickSports, which airs sports-related cartoons and league Infomercials from the NFL and NASCAR for kids. Over the past two decades, several canceled cartoons originally produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio for broadcast on the main network have burned off their remaining episodes on Nicktoons.

If you're looking for the franchise of original Nickelodeon animated series, see here. If you are looking for Nicktoons games, try Nicktoons Unite! and Nicktoons MLB. This page has nothing to do with the American Football wide receiver.

Programs on or previously on Nicktoons include:


Alternative Title(s): Nicktoons TV, Nicktoons Network

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