Nickelodeon set out to make TV shows for kids, but ended up making content that adults still (secretly) enjoy with their kids.
Some cartoon and TV lovers claim that the 90s was Nick’s heyday (these are the people making those “only 90s kids remember” memes) and it’s hard to disagree. During the 90s, Nick turned out classic cartoons like Hey Arnold!, hilarious comedies like Kenan & Kel, gameshows, and more.
To remember all the iconic Nick shows of the 90s, we rounded up some of the best that you can stream right now. Which ones did you grow up on?
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Figure It Out added some twists to the classic talent show: slime, celebs, and a guessing game.
The celebs have to guess kids’ secret talents with yes-or-no questions, but there’s also a side game that usually ends in someone getting drenched in Nickelodeon’s signature green slime.
Some TV shows take advantage of kids’ natural attraction to the small screen by providing educational content that teaches values, academia, and life tips. One such show was Nickelodeon’s Gullah Gullah Island, a sing-along show lead by an island-dwelling family and one giant tadpole.
Before the mass of bloggers we have today, there was Clarissa: an honest, funny teenager who gives the audience an inside look at her teenage life. But although her stories are irreverent, funny, and entertaining, they also tackle some real coming-of-age issues.
Rocko, an Australian wallaby, gets his life turned upside-down in Rocko’s Modern Life when he moves from Australia to the United States. He has irksome neighbors, too much laundry, and annoying relatives, but he also has his dog, Spunky, and his best pal, Heffer, to help him get through life.
There’s no shortage of misadventures in the lives of Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, two Chicago high schoolers with big dreams of getting rich. Kenan works at a grocery store and devises money-making schemes, while Kel constantly messes things up and drinks his beloved orange soda.
Doug follows the adolescent life of Douglas Yancy Funnie, who just moved to Bluffington with his parents and sister. Doug spends most of his time hanging out with his friends, Skeeter, Patti and Beebe, while scheming against his rival, Roger Klotz. But Doug also loves writing in his journal, where he creates stories of his imaginary alter-ego, a superhero named Quailman.
All That was Nickelodeon’s take on Saturday Night Live, providing hilarious sketch comedy, as well as hosts and musical guests. Also like SNL, All That provided a launching pad for celebrities, with alumni including Nick Cannon, Amanda Bynes, and Gabriel Iglesias.
Along with helping his classmates, Football head Arnold must solve his own problems in Hey Arnold! It isn’t easy through, as the school bully, Helga, has it out for Arnold… and has a secret crush on him.