In its first few years, Noggin's original productions were aimed at pre-teens and encouraged online Audience Participation. Viewers could submit content through Noggin.com and see it aired live on the channel. Noggin's first flagship series, Phred on Your Head Show, featured an animated host who responded to users on Noggin.com.
In 2002, Noggin split its lineup into two age groups: a daytime block and a watershed nighttime block. The daytime block was aimed at younger children. The nighttime block, called The N (standing for Noggin), aired tween and teen shows. A few older-skewing shows that had previously aired on the daytime block shifted their timeslots to air during The N. The daytime block was initially hosted by a blue creature named Feetface, who would soon be replaced by the better-known duo of Moose and Zee.
The most iconic element of Noggin is its character logo: the bottom half of a smiling face. To show what Noggin is "thinking" of, the upper half of the head is replaced with symbols reflecting a certain theme. For example, during the spring, flowers pop out of it.
The original Noggin channel closed on September 28, 2009, when it was replaced by a 24-hour Nick Jr. channel. Moose and Zee did get to host this channel for several years before they were both phased out. In 2015, Noggin.com was revived and the brand was relaunched as a mobile streaming service for preschoolers, again with Moose and Zee as mascots.
The channel's only international airing was a UK block on European music channel TMF. It was hosted by Moose and Zee (dubbed into British English) and only lasted for a few months in 2006 before being abruptly replaced with a Nick Jr. block. note It was revived in early 2009 and stayed after TMF was replaced with VIVA. In March 2010, it closed again, having outlived its American counterpart by 6 months. Moose and Zee were moved onto Nick Jr UK the next month.
Television series produced by Noggin: noteDaytime block:
- Phred on Your Head Show
- A Walk in Your Shoes
- Citizen Phoebe (shorts)
- The URL with Phred Show
- On the Team
- Play With Me Sesame
- Jack's Big Music Show
- The Upside Down Show
- Out There
- LOL with The N
- Real Access
- Girls v. Boys
- Best Friend's Date
- Miracle's Boys
- South of Nowhere
- What Goes On
It's gonna be a fantastic trope!:
- Ambiguous Gender: It's unclear what gender Feetface is, but the voice was done by a female actor.
- Bowdlerise: When Noggin aired episodes of Daria during its teen block "The N", many episodes were censored or edited.
- This happened to Degrassi: The Next Generation as well. In fact, two episodes (which constituted two parts of one whole episode) were pulled entirely over their subject matter of abortion and were quietly showed in an all-episode marathon three years after.
- Early Installment Weirdness:
- When it launched in 1999, Noggin was a channel meant for pre-teens, as the creators wanted to fill a gap in educational shows for older kids. While the original lineup lived on with the creation of The N block, the preschool block ended up becoming the best-known part of Noggin.
- And just what exactly was Feetface?
- Edutainment Show: Most shows on Noggin can apply. Some weren't entirely educational, though, like Sponk! (Noggin's original game show).
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: Many of the bumpers from throughout Noggin's history have become hard to find, and those that have been found remain in poor quality. In particular, Feetface's sign-off bumper and the bumper introducing Moose and Zee have not yet been found in good quality.
- Passing the Torch: This bumper, first aired sometime in February of 2003, had Feetface introduce the viewers to Moose and Zee and have them take over hosting roles. It was alleged that a variant of the bumper was aired on the day the revamp was to take place, but no one has found it yet.
- "Sesame Street" Cred: Cedric the Entertainer made an appearance on the channel during 2008 to read The Tortoise and the Hare to Zee.