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"In 1991, Nickelodeon spat in the eye of the animation world, and launched the Nicktoons: fresh, original, cutting-edge, as only Nicktoons could be.
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Nicktoons is the brand name used to describe Nickelodeon's slate of original animated series. If you were looking for the channel named after the Nicktoons, see here.

The first three Nicktoons premiered on August 11, 1991, essentially reinvigorating the market for creator-driven, original animated series that had all but died out in the wave of Merchandise-Driven Saturday Morning Cartoons that defined Western children's programming during the 1980s. Ever since, the Nicktoons have remained one of the most popular aspects of Nickelodeon.

Most of these "original animated series" are...well, original. Until the 2010s, the official Nicktoons were all based on homegrown characters that originated on Nickelodeon.note  In other words, these Nicktoons came straight from the minds of Nick’s own artists. That all changed when Nick's parent company, the almighty Viacom, bought two kids' TV franchises at the turn of the New '10s decade: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Winx Club. Nickelodeon Animation Studio double-dipped and produced new "Nickified" versions of both shows (with some of the original creators onboard!).

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Another exception came about when Nick partnered with DreamWorks to produce three spin-off shows based on DW's animated movies. Unlike the two above, these shows' status as part of the Nicktoons Canon is in a gray area. While they were made by Nick Animation Studio and Viacom owns half of the copyright, DreamWorks stopped licensing their characters to Nick in 2016. As a result, Nick doesn't recognize the DreamWorks trio as part of the Nicktoons brand. This could best be seen when Nickelodeon left the second and third DreamWorks shows out of their otherwise-complete "2010s in review" retrospective, which showed all of (and only) their originally-produced shows from the 2010s.

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  1. Doug (1991-1994) — After moving to a new town, a Ridiculously Average Guy goes through the mundane challenges offered by middle school life with the help of his technicolor friends and a vivid imagination. Disney would later pick up the series and order a few more seasons, as well as its first, and only, movie.
  2. Rugrats (1991-2004) — Ever wonder what babies think about? Well, hang onto your diapeys, tropers, as Klasky-Csupo answers that question by delivering to audiences a bunch of dumb babies doing what they've gotta do, from figuring out what toilets are to causing college campus food fights. The network's first Flagship Cartoon and the only Nick production to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  3. The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991-1996) — The great-granddaddy of the Grossout Show, featuring the misadventures of a psychotic chihuahua and oafish cat. Given the most credit out the original three for spearheading the revival of creator-driven animation and for changing the cartoon game in some gross(ly fun) ways. There was a short-lived not-for-kids continuation, but we don't talk about that.
  4. Rocko's Modern Life (1993-1996) — A mild-mannered wallaby immigrates to an American city and finds every day to be a very dangerous day indeed. But be it mishaps at work or his neighbor's wife hoping for an affair, he still manages to handle modern life about as well as any other young adult: just barely. Several episodes were edited after their initial airings, with uncut versions still not being legally viable.
  5. Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (1994-1997) — Klasky-Csupo's second Nicktoon introduces us to the monsters that live under your bed. Or rather, the monsters that live under a New York City landfill, as we follow the misadventures of a Power Trio of hideous disgusting monster students from a secret society of similar spooks for which scaring humans is a way of life.
  6. Hey Arnold! (1996-2004) — Fondly remembered for its ability to smartly handle heavy themes surrounding everyday urban life, Craig Bartlett presents a show starring a football-headed 4th-grade humanitarian who lives in an old boarding house with his grandparents and a bevy of strange tenants, navigating the oft-surreal city of Hillwood alongside his Black Best Friend, a Loving Bully, and his many other friends and neighbors.
  7. The Angry Beavers (1997-2001) — An Odd Couple of ad-libbing beaver brothers, who honestly aren't all that angry, move out of their parents' house and find freedom living the bachelor life in the woods of Oregon. Hi-jinks that managed to break almost every in-house rule that Nickelodeon had at the time, from Breaking the Fourth Wall to End-of-Series Awareness, ensue.
  8. CatDog (1998-2005) — The eternal Cat/Dog Dichotomy takes new form in a Kafka Comedy featuring a pair of conjoined twins, a dimwitted dog and a clever cat who are A Head at Each End, living alone in a Crapsack World that seems determined to make them miserable. Our advice? They've gotta rise above it, gotta try and get along. They've gotta work together, and... wait, how do they use the bathroom?
  9. The Wild Thornberrys (1998-2004) — Klasky-Csupo's third outing revolves around an adventurous young girl who secretly Speaks Fluent Animal and the experiences she has while her family travels the world filming a popular Nature Documentary show: a family that includes an unusually kind Tim Curry and his wife, a self-absorbed teenage daughter, a Wild Child (they found him) and a pet chimpanzee (he found them).
  10. SpongeBob SquarePants (1999-present) — Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? The star of Nick's longest-running scripted series, an optimistic, naïve, and kind-hearted sea sponge (absorbent and yellow and porous is he) who causes all sorts of nautical nonsense for his friends while engaging in his favorite pursuits: working his 9-to-5 job as a fry cook, jellyfishing, bubble-blowing, and trying (and forever failing) to get his boating license.
  11. Rocket Power (1999-2004) — A Klasky-Csupo original about four Californian youths getting into trouble in their seaside tourist town. Before you ask, yes, it was made at the height of the Turn of the Millennium's extreme sportz craze. What gave it away?
  12. As Told by Ginger (2000-2006) — Someone once told us that this down-to-Earth Klasky-Csupo series is a slice of life show about a Junior High girl who lives in a small Connecticut town and wishes to be seen as more than a poetry geek. And from where we're standing, it's best remembered for tackling many heavy themes, from teenage depression to the death of loved ones.
  13. The Fairly OddParents (2001-2017) — Butch Hartman's tale of an average kid who no-one understands. After he's granted two Fairy Companions to help him survive the miseries of childhood, things start to look up, but the twerp comes to discover again and again that magic has a habit of complicating even the most mundane problem. Nickelodeon's second longest-running scripted series.
  14. Invader Zim (2001-2006) — For some bizarre reason, underground comic book creator Jhonen Vasquez is given license to make a kid's show about a defective egomaniacal alien who, in his leaders' attempt to send him on a Snipe Hunt for being annoying, is reassigned to an Insignificant Little Blue Planet in a gritty cyberpunk future, where he does battle with a child paranormal scientist who is the only one who knows (or cares) about his true nature.
  15. ChalkZone (2002-2008) — An introverted elementary schooler with a passion for art discovers a piece of magic chalk that not only allows him to enter a world where all things drawn from a chalkboard come to life, but also create anything within it, setting the stage for all sorts of adventures with his two best friends.
  16. The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2002-2006) — Based on the film of the same name, the channel's first All-CGI Cartoon stars an preteen Child Prodigy with a giant head and a knack for invention, which he and his friends regularly use to save his hometown from sure destruction. Let it be known that his inventions were probably what caused the sure destruction in the first place.
  17. All Grown Up! (2003-2008) — Trading the screwdriver for a camcorder, the dolls for makeup, and eating real bugs for fake ones, our adventure-seeking infants from Rugrats are now fun-loving preteens dealing with standard middle school problems in this Sequel Series that served as Klasky-Csupo's last major production for the network.
  18. My Life as a Teenage Robot (2003-2009) — 20 Minutes into the Future in an Art Deco world, a teenage Fembot was built to protect the Earth from threats both terrestrial and from beyond the stars. And while this state-of-the-art piece of technology does enjoy having the strength of 1,000,070 men, she would also enjoy just being normal. Cue juggling life as a high school reject with the duties of fighting bad guys.
  19. Danny Phantom (2004-2007) — After the 14-year-old son of wannabe ghost hunters accidentally activates their experimental portal to the Ghost Zone, the hero of Butch Hartman's second Nick series learns that he's been imbued with ghostly powers. Keeping his new abilities secret to all but his few friends, Danny dedicates himself to catching all manner of ectoplasmic threats, on top of the usual high school struggles.
  20. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008) — Water. Earth. Fire. Air. Long ago, the Nicktoons mainly focused on comedy. Then everything changed when this Animesque action series by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino attacked. A young boy who is the Last of His Kind and the only one capable of learning all four Elemental Powers reawakens to a world ravaged by a hundred-year war and must travel the globe with his friends to master the elements and end the conflict.
  21. Catscratch (2005-2007) — In the midst of an animal war where the planet has been split into four... wait, no. We're not doing that with this very, very, very loose adaptation of Doug TenNapel's Gear. Rather, we'll be following the antics of three cats who inherit their owner's riches and get into all sorts of weird situations with their newfound wealth. Also, they love root beer. So very, very much.
  22. The X's (2005-2006) — We've been told to say the titular characters are just your average Nuclear Family. We wish we could tell you that they were a family of top secret super-spies, but they aren't. We also wish we could tell you that they're opposing a Nebulous Evil Organisation while trying to blend in to everyday life, but that isn't the case either. We wish we could say these things, but it just can't be done.
  23. El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera (2007-2008) — A Mexican-flavoured Nicktoon (no, not that one) where the newest member of a long and proud lineage of superheroes and supervillains struggles to choose between following in his father's footsteps as an Ideal Hero, or continue his grandfather's work as a Card-Carrying Villain. In the meantime, he has fun doing both, much to the joy of his trouble-making best friend.
  24. Tak and the Power of Juju (video games 2003-2008, TV show 2007-2009) — THQ, Nick's go-to studio for licensed games throughout the Turn of the Millennium, co-produces this original video game series turned Nicktoon about an unlikely shaman-in-training who must battle evil in service to a number of strange and powerful spirits called the Jujus. note 
  25. Back at the Barnyard (2007-2011) — Based on the 2006 film Barnyard, a madcap series where farm animals act like human beings when no-one's looking. Occurs after the events of the movie, with the biggest change being the main character's wife getting replaced with a girlfriend. And no, we still don't know why the male cow has udders. It's just the way these animals roll.
  26. The Mighty B! (2008-2011) — Amy Poehler teams up with some of the minds behind SpongeBob SquarePants and The Fairly OddParents to pen and star in this kooky and frantic animated series about a hyperactive Honeybee Scout who aims to earn every last merit badge under the belief that doing so will transform her into a superhero, with her younger brother and pet dog being dragged along for the ride.
  27. Making Fiends (2008) — Starting out as a humble Nick.com webtoon by Amy Winfrey, this short-lived show is about a vile Enfant Terrible who has taken control of her town thanks to the ability to make monsters, and her attempts to destroy the new kid who just moved in: an innocent airhead who wants to be friends with her. The only official Nicktoon to never air on Nickelodeon, appearing solely on Nicktoons Network.
  28. Fanboy and Chum Chum (2009-2014) — In this surprisingly squashy-and-stretchy All-CGI Cartoon, two boys constantly dress as superheroes, hang out at the local convenience store, and go on bizarre adventures. This has a habit of irritating the equally bizarre residents of their town, including a classmate who was kicked out of Wizarding School and an arcade machine that sounds like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  29. Planet Sheen (2010-2013) — An absurd Spin-Off of Jimmy Neutron in which Sheen accidentally hijacks one of Jimmy's rockets and crash lands on the planet Zeenu, becoming surprisingly popular with the natives. With the help of Mr. Nesmith, an intelligent astronaut chimp in the same boat, Sheen's goal is to return home before the villainous Dorkus Aurelius succeeds in offing him. Now, if only he weren't so oblivious...
  30. T.U.F.F. Puppy (2010-2015) — In a homage to spy parodies like Get Smart, Butch Hartman's third Nick series is about a dimwit mutt in a World of Funny Animals who's made to join a secret crime-fighting agency after an accidental run-in with some supervillains reveals that he innately has the skills needed to be one of the best spies around, to the frustration of the sly cat agent who gets paired with him.
  31. Winx Club (2011-2016) note  — A fairy warrior and her friends attend an Academy of Adventure, where they train to fight magical villains. Nick produced the revamped Winx series in 2010, bringing on a crew of seasoned Nick veterans to write for the show. It and TMNT were the two halves of Nick Animation Studio's biggest goal of The New '10s: rebooting two established brands for new viewers. note 
  32. The Legend of Korra (2012-2014) — Seventy years after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender and set in the world's equivalent to The Roaring '20s, a reckless teenager from the Southern Water Tribe has almost completed her training in all four elements and is anxious to bring balance to the world as the new Avatar, only to discover that the trials and tribulations she'll face diverge greatly from that of her predecessor.
  33. Robot and Monster (2012-2015) — A scientist robot and a naive monster duo are roommates who work at a blinking lights factory and share a love of salt-cured pork. As one of the most overlooked and forgotten Nicktoons, it's generally considered a warm-up act for the production team behind the next show on this list. But hey, at least we'll always have bacon, the great unifier.
  34. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012-2017)note  — The beloved Heroes in a Half-Shell make their Nickelodeon debut in this CGI distilled adaptation of every previous version of the characters: from the 1987 series down to the original Mirage Comics. Hope you don't mind if we trade out "Cowabunga!" for "Booyakasha!," though. Along with Winx Club above, it was one half of Nick Animation Studio's biggest goal of The New '10s: rebooting two established brands for new viewers. note 
  35. Sanjay and Craig (2013-2016) — The crazy adventures of a boy and his talking snake who live in a town founded by "the poor man's Arnold Schwarzenegger." The show was brought to life with the aid of the minds behind The Adventures of Pete & Pete, as well as The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, and comes with everything that implies.
  36. Breadwinners (2014-2016) — In a world of ducks, Heterosexual Life-Partners use a flying rocket-powered van to run a bread mining and delivery service. Do a Barrel Roll and expect frequent bursting into (silly) song. Definitely not to be confused with the similarly-named animated drama film about a girl in war-torn Afghanistan.
  37. Harvey Beaks (2015-2017) — In sharp contrast to C.H. Greenblatt's more zany previous creation comes a laid-back, atmospheric comedy about a Super OCD kind-hearted bird child who learns how to step out of his comfort zone with the help of his two impish Wild Children best friends, exploring all that their Tree Top Town of Woodland Creatures has to offer.
  38. Pig Goat Banana Cricket (2015-2018) — Four fittingly named college roomies go wild in a world that defies any sense of logic in a number of tenuously-linked Four Lines, All Waiting adventures. Anyone who attempts to apply reason to the Mad Libs-style sequence of events to be witnessed here will be punished by way of Thomas Jefferson jumping out of the nearest nickel to smack you with nun-chucks and steal your toll fare.
  39. The Loud House (2016-present) — Sibling rivalries and familial chaos gets taken up to eleven in this show featuring a suburban family where one boy stands alone amongst ten older and younger sisters. But despite everything, none of them would trade it for the world. Notably the first Nicktoon to rival SpongeBob in the ratings in over a decade.
  40. Bunsen Is a Beast (2017-2018) — The final and shortest-lived Nick series from Butch Hartman stars a wacky beast who is the first monster to attend a recently desegregated middle school, in order to prove that the two races can co-exist. As he learns how to fit in with human society with the help of his new friend, the duo must also contend with a school bully who'd rather his kind go extinct. Now, does this remind you of anything?
  41. Welcome to the Wayne (2017-2019)note  — As one of the few able to see the building's weird supernatural phenomena without mental repercussions, a new kid befriends a pair of siblings who also wish to uncover the mysteries of the eponymous New York City apartment complex. In the process, the trio finds themselves opposing adults from a secret organization who want to use said secrets to Take Over the World.
  42. Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2018-present) — The fourth animated television series in the franchise and a Denser and Wackier take on the characters that shakes up a few things: Raphael now takes the lead, the brothers' designs have undergone Divergent Character Evolution, their iconic weapons have been traded out, there's a heavy emphasis on magic rather than science, and so much more.
  43. Pinky Malinky (2019) — A Token Trio, but with a a talking weenie instead of a White Male Lead. Either way, his dream is to become more of a winner and less of a... oh, that's why he's a talking weenie. note 
  44. Middle School Moguls (2019) — Four Young Entrepreneurs put their creativity to the test as they try to start up their own companies.
  45. The Casagrandes (2019-present) — In this Loud House Spin-Off, we change locations from the suburban garden to the urban jungle as we follow the adventures of Lincoln's friend Ronnie Anne, her extended family, and her new friends in Great Lake City.
  46. It's Pony (2020-present) — When you've got a fun-loving pony, you'll never be lonely. At least, that's mindset of a young farm girl as she follows her best friend, an impulsive and well-meaning talking horse, into various misadventures all over their big city in this British addition to the Nicktoon lineup.
  47. Glitch Techs (2020-present) — After a video game tournament goes awry, two teenagers discover that gaming glitches are far more serious than they originally thought and end up with part-time jobs as tech support personnel that deal with dangerous monsters that find their way to the real world rather than console repair. note 

Upcoming

  • Adventures in Wonder Park (2020) — A young girl discovers that her imaginary amusement park really does exist in an alternate dimension, and starts jumping back-and-forth between adventures in the real world and the titular park. Based on the film.
  • Kamp Koral (2020) — A young SpongeBob goes to a summer sleepaway camp and meets his Bikini Bottom friends for the first time in this spin-off show.
  • Garfield (Summer 2020) — Nickelodeon acquired the IP rights to Garfield in 2019 and a new animated series is currently in development.
  • Big Nate (Fall 2020) — As part of Nickelodeon's 2020 slate, an animated series based on the Big Nate comic strip was announced.

Disputed

There is a Broken Base on whether or not the following are a part of the Nicktoons canon or not for varying reasons:
  • KaBlam! (1996-2000) — In this Spin-Off of All That helmed by veteran Nick writers Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi, best friends Henry and June host this Sketch Comedy/Animated Anthology from the pages of a comic book, aiming to cram as many cartoons into a half-hour as possible. note 
  • Oh Yeah! Cartoons (1998-2001) — An Animated Anthology produced by Frederator Studios, and the birthplace of three different Nicktoons, as well as a stomping ground for miniseries like Mina and The Count. note 
  • Action League Now (2001-2002) — Living Toys form a team of Super Zeroes. Previously a segment on KaBlam! and All That, done in "Chuckimation". note 
  • Mr. Meaty (2005-2009) — Sitting tonally somewhere in-betwixt the Nicktoons and Nick's live-action oeuvre is a strange Puppet Show about two teens working in a food-court at The Mall — and if you're wondering, the designs of the puppets are the least bizarre thing about this show. note 
  • Kappa Mikey (2006-2008) — In this Fish out of Water Work Com, an American teenager gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to move to Animeland and star in the flagging Sentai show, LilyMu. note 
  • Rugrats Pre-School Daze (2008) — This four-part miniseries of specials spun off from Rugrats has Angelica and Susie attending preschool.note 
  • Random! Cartoons (2008-2009) — Frederator's second Animated Anthology for Nick, with 39 different shorts to choose from. While three of these shorts got greenlit, only one of them (Fanboy & Chum Chum) was greenlit by Nickelodeon. note 
  • The Adventures of Kid Danger (2018) — An animated Spin-Off of Henry Danger, Dan Schneider's last addition to the Nick Verse, in which an average middle schooler becomes a Kid Sidekick. note 
  • Nelvana imports (various years) — The "Nicktoons" name was erroneously used in commercials for a few shows produced and owned by Toronto-based Nelvana, namely Pelswick and Wayside. They don't fit the bill, as Nick's studio didn't directly produce them and Viacom doesn't own any of the copyright.

DreamWorks Animation shows
These three shows aren't considered part of the Nicktoons brand despite having all of the qualifications. It's likely a case of Screwed by the Lawyers, since DreamWorks ended its partnership with Viacom in 2016, when it was bought out by Universal. While Viacom owns half of each show's copyright and Nickelodeon Animation Studio was involved with all of them, Nick has excluded them from every list and compilation since 2016. Yes, even their otherwise complete roundup of every Nick original from The New '10s.note 

  1. The Penguins of Madagascar (2008-2015) — The Breakout Character penguin spy squad of Madagascar star in this Alternate Continuity, carrying out missions in the Central Park Zoo. Joining them include the foppish King Juilen and his subjects, as well as a brand new Playful Otter who may just be the only one here with a level head.
  2. Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (2011-2014) — Nickelodeon's second co-production with DreamWorks, starring the big, fat panda and a Badass Crew of China's most accomplished kung fu masters. Unlike the first DreamWorks Animation Nicktoon, this one is more of a direct continuation, chronicling their continued adventures in between the first movie and the second.
  3. Monsters vs. Aliens (2013-2014) — The shortest-lived of the DreamWorks trio, starring a Cast of Expies of Sci-Fi movie monsters assembled to ward off alien threats. Lucky for them, all but one of the aliens they contend with here come in peace.

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Live-Action Adaptation films

  • The Last Airbender (2010) — In an odd twist from his usual work, M. Night Shyamalan directs this silver-screen adaptation of the animated series. This distilled version of Book One of Aang's journey wasn't well-received by fans, to put it lightly... which is fine, since the series creators would also like to pretend that it never happened.
  • A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! (2011) — Now 23-years-old, Timmy Turner has discovered that he can keep his fairy godparents forever if he behaves like a Manchild, right down to still attending elementary school. But when a certain someone re-enters his life, he must choose between sticking with his childish ways to keep his magical friends or finally acting like an adult in order to pursue love.
  • A Fairly Odd Christmas (2012) — After months of Timmy, Tootie, and his fairies (yes, he got to keep them) mindlessly granting the wishes of everyone they come across, Santa Claus tries to intervene and explain the responsibility they hold. But when an accident puts the jolly old man out of commission, they're left with the job of Saving Christmas, which is easier said than done when Timmy discovers that he's on the naughty list.
  • A Fairly Odd Summer (2014) — When Tootie and his father accidentally give him important materials before leaving on their Hawaiian business trips, Timmy takes the opportunity to abandon his own work and travel after them to save their jobs... and maybe enjoy a little break as well. But he quickly learns that when your job is to guard the source of all magic in the universe, an unscheduled vacation probably isn't the best idea.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) — Produced by Michael Bay, this is the fourth theatrical live-action outing of the green dudes with attitude. While investigating the actions of a secret organization called the Foot Clan, reporter April O'Neil gets caught in the middle of the long-running conflict the criminal group has had against a team of four mutant teenage brothers.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) — Two years after the events of the previous film, the Turtles' find themselves once again fighting Shredder, who has now joined forces with an alien warlord named Krang, who wishes to escape his dimension and take over Earth. At the same time, the brothers are also running from the police, now that they are out of the shadows and their existence is known to the government.
  • The Loud House: A Very Loud Christmas! (2020) — When Lincoln learns his sisters have plans outside the house for Christmas, putting his own plans for the ultimate family holiday celebration in jeopardy, he and Clyde embark on a mission to sabotage their plans and preserve the family’s holiday traditions.

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