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Ranking 25 Nickelodeon Cartoons, From Least To Greatest

They're pretty much all amazing though.

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OK, so even though Nick might not have a name that's so obviously cartoon-centric (looking at you Cartoon Network), Nickelodeon is the BEST network for cartoons!!!

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24. The Ren & Stimpy Show

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "Stimpy's Invention"

Explanation: Well, well, well...it turns out I'm not all the way biased in my taste for nostalgia. Now, this is a certified classic, but most of the time it was also too much for me. It definitely had its moments though.

23. ChalkZone

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "Double Trouble"

Explanation: ChalkZone is pretty original and creative. The fact that ChalkZone is another dimension based on anything that has ever been drawn on a chalkboard means endless possibilities for the show.

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22. CatDog

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "Pumped"

Explanation: CatDog is a perfect representation of an essential '90s Nickelodeon cartoon. It takes the well-known trope of cats vs. dogs and flips it on it's head. And, since they have such different personalities there is always a huge push or pull between the two when any situation arises. Maybe a bit formulaic, but still entertaining.

21. The Angry Beavers

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "Beaver Fever"

Explanation: The absurdity of this show is what pulls you in! It was truly one of those cartoons that took advantage of the fact that it was a cartoon. And, on episodes like "The Day The World Got Really Screwed Up," they completely changed the style of the show and paid homage to classic horror films. They always keep it interesting.

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20. The Loud House

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "Fool's Paradise"

Explanation: This funny slice of life cartoon is delightful. It's about Lincoln, a middle child with 10 other siblings, of which he is the only boy. All his siblings are so different from one another so it's always interesting to see how they interact with each other. Also, the creator Chris Savino is also a comic book artist so it feels like an animated comic. The character design feels familiar but fresh!

19. Danny Phantom

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "The Ultimate Enemy"

Explanation: If you're into classic superhero stories there's no way you can't love this cartoon. It's the classic "teenager makes a mistake that gives them superhuman powers, but when they're not saving the world they're being awkward around their school crush, and getting picked on by bullies" story. We've seen it before, but if it ain't broke don't fix it.

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18. My Life as a Teenage Robot

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "Killgore"

Explanation: Much like Danny Phantom, My Life as a Teenage Robot is a great show about growing up, fitting in, and other typical teenage experiences. But, then you throw in the fact that the show is centered around a teenage girl who kicks ass, it adds a layer of action to the relatability. Not to mention the queen Eartha Kitt was the original voice of Vexus.

17. Sanjay and Craig

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "Release The Craigan"

Explanation: OK, I'll admit I'm old in cartoon years so I didn't watch Sanjay and Craig as religiously as I did most of the shows I love on this list, but, Craig and Sanjay's relationship is hilarious. It's really high energy but never feels obnoxious, plus the music throughout the show is A-1. Snoop would agree.

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16. Aaahh!!! Real Monsters

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "Krumm's Pimple"

Explanation: Aaahh!!! Real Monsters is absolutely gross in the best way possible. Literal toilet jokes, fart humor, tons of burps, bodily fluids, and skin blemishes! All of which are celebrated in their universe, it's so entertaining. Anyone that's a fan of The Addams Family found their second childhood with this show.

15. The Fairly OddParents

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "Channel Chasers"

Explanation: This show is so justified in its insanity. With the premise of the show I'm not sure what else you would expect! Timmy is always making some quick wish that he eventually learns a lesson from, they manage to throw some pretty hilarious dirty jokes in that you can't appreciate until you get older, and Mr. Turner is one of the most lovable (and crazy) TV dads ever.

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14. The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "The Eggpire Strikes Back"

Explanation: Jimmy Neutron had a pretty unconventional start, first we saw him in some animated shorts, which sparked a movie, then that led to the television series, and all of which were amazing! But, this show is one of a kind. The relationship that Jimmy, Carl, and Sheen had were the perfect balance for a trio. Let's not forget the new life brought to this show because of YouTube and Vine. Don't forget the "Jimmy-Timmy Power Hour" episodes!

13. Rocko's Modern Life

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "Wacky Delly"

Explanation: A kid cartoon that was never quite for kids. It had dark themes, tons of inappropriate jokes, and dealt with the mundanity of adult life. Wait, why was this ever a kids cartoon? It's just awesome, aaand it's coming back!

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12. All Grown Up!

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "Memoirs of a Finster"

Explanation: It was a great spin-off of the original Rugrats! The characters aged like you thought they would. They dealt with Angelica being 13 and doing away with childish things (like Cynthia), they found and threw away Reptar after surmising it was cursed, and even address Phil and Lil kind of growing apart when puberty hits. Maybe it was too much for hardcore Rugrats fans to witness, because it took away their innocence I guess, but, It was great to see their teenage years.

11. KaBlam!

Nickelodeon

Best episode: All of them!

Explanation: KaBlam! is the greatest variety show for kids, and it's literally "where cartoons and comics collide". The hosts Henry and June set the tone and cleansed your palette between classic segments like Action League Now!, Sniz & Fondue, Prometheus and Bob, and Life with Loopy! Just to name a few. A show like this hasn't quite been replicated, so it is truly one of a kind.

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10. Invader Zim

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "Dark Harvest"

Explanation: The "Dark Harvest" episode alone shows why this show is amazing. Also, I might cry because it's coming back. It's so damn dark, which is probably why it got cancelled, but also hilarious, which is probably why it's returning!

9. Rocket Power

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "Enter The Hawk-Trix"

Explanation: Rocket Power was such a cool show! Otto, Reggie, Sam, and Twister are idols. I mean, how bad did you want to be AT LEAST the squid of the crew? It was a show for kids grounded in extreme sports, and the kids always ended up making mistakes, but then they learned something from those mistakes. Classic concept, but if there's one thing you never forgot from this show, it's to never be a shoobie.

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8. As Told By Ginger

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "And She Was Gone"

Explanation: As Told By Ginger stood the fuck out as a slice of life cartoon. It was more so a drama than anything. They didn't rely too much on quick gags or toilet humor to lighten the mood. It addressed deeper issues that teenagers might deal or have dealt with. Extremely underrated.

7. The Wild Thornberrys

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "Eliza Unplugged"

Explanation: I'm not sure what else you can ask from a show. The voice actors are amazing, and even the eccentric characters feel real! Sometimes you forget Darwin is a monkey. Also, Debbie is a grunge icon, and you would be totally safe imagining Mean Girls is basically a continuation of Eliza's life if you wanted. But, that's on you.

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6. SpongeBob SquarePants

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "Frankendoodle"

Explanation: OK, now SpongeBob is a true Nick heavyweight. SpongeBob is a damn franchise, and has almost been around for 20 years! That's insane. It's transcended TV and has taken over the internet. I seriously don't need to explain this. Everyone has a favorite SpongeBob episode or moment. Some of the characters lost their complexity in newer seasons but it's still hilarious. *Waits for next viral SpongeBob meme*

5. The Legend of Korra

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "Venom of the Red Lotus"

Explanation: You can't go wrong with a great story, great characters, and amazing fluid animation. The fight scenes throughout the series are seriously one of the best animations you'll see ever. The villains on the show have a little more depth to their personalities and ideologies. There are a lot of themes to unpack throughout the show all the while being driven by a badass female lead.

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4. Avatar: The Last Airbender

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "Sozin's Comet: Part 4"

Explanation: Aang is an extremely lovable main character. He's selfless and kind, but he has one hell of a wrath when he does get angry. It's an amazing blend of comedy and action. All the characters have a great amount of depth, and have amazing backstories.

3. Doug

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "Doug's Lucky Hat"

Explanation: Everything done on Doug was built to last. The theme song is catchy as hell, all the main characters are unforgettable, and Doug's imagination is iconic. Doug was such a sweet and relatable kid with the heart of gold. And, The Beets are probably the best fictional cartoon band of all time. Do me a favor and name one bad voice actor on the show? I'll wait...

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2. Hey Arnold!

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "Helga On The Couch"

Explanation: They explore countless themes throughout the show. Like, mental health, alcoholism, addiction, and then of course the regular coming of age adolescence experiences we can all relate to. But, honestly I don't need to explain Hey Arnold! It is one of the greatest of all time, and number two on this list. It's hilarious, there's sooo much depth to the characters, and it showed us Dino Spumoni, or should I say the greatest singer in cartoon history.

1. Rugrats

Nickelodeon

Best episode: "Mirrorland"

Explanation: Rugrats is hands down the most important show in the history of programs on Nickelodeon. Sure, there are plenty of great ones, but you can't think of Nickelodeon without thinking of Rugrats. Great memorable characters, amazing character design, awesome voice actors, and every character was different than the last and balanced each other out. From the babies to the adults, it's a flawless show. And, most importantly it sparked your imagination. I wonder where SpongeBob got it from...

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