1990’s Nickelodeon Shows: The Best Ones
This next top 10 list is on the best “nick nick nick nick nick nick nick nick” Nickelodeon television programs of the 1990’s. Just so you know, ranking the top 5 was probably the toughest decision of my entire life and I hope and pray that I made the right choices. Numbers 1-5 were all phenomenal shows and if the United States blog association (fictional) allowed it, I would have done a five way tie! On to the list!!!!
10. Rocket Power (1999 – 2004)
This show, along with a couple of others, was mainly on in the early 2000’s, but because it technically started in ’99, it is allowed on the list. Otto, Twister, Reggie, and “The Squid” were easily the coolest kids in their school. “We are riders, on a mission… something, something, something”
9. CatDog (1998 – 2004)
I think CatDog might have been an underrated show. Pretty creative idea to make one nick character in one, hence “CatDog”. “CatDog, catdog… alone in the world was a little catdog.”
8. Nickelodeon GUTS (1992 – 1996)
It was either GUTS or Double Dare for the best Nick game show (“Figure It Out” considered also). I always wanted to be a contestant on GUTS, it seriously looked like one of the most fun experiences.
7. The Amanda Show (1999 – 2002)
Possibly a controversial choice here, but I actually enjoyed this program. Some of my favorite sketches included: Totally Kyle, Judge Trudy, and the best one… “Moody’s Point”. I confess, for about a year I had a crush on Amanda Bynes.
6. All That (1994 – 2005)
Kind of a Nickelodeon version of Saturday Night Live (included future SNL member Kenan Thompson). Successful cast members after the show included: Thompson, Bynes, and Nick Cannon. “Fresh out the box, Stop, look, and watch, Ready yet, get set, It’s All That!”
5. Doug (1991 – 1999)
Although Doug ran until 1999, the ABC version (starting in 1996), had nothing on the Nick version (1991 – 1994). The music, the characters (and their unique names), and even the morals were what made this show awesome. Who didn’t want Roger Klotz as an enemy? Who didn’t like Patti Mayonaisse? Who didn’t want Skeeter Valentine as a best friend? Can’t forget Porkchop and principal Bone too.
4. Kenan and Kel (1996 – 2000)
One of the few great sitcoms in Nickelodeon history. From the opening theme song by Coolio, all the way until Kel closed each show with his catchphrase “Aw here it goes” all 30 minutes were entertaining, hilarious, and simply terrific. “Somebody’s in trouble? Ahh, here it goes! On Nick-Ni-Nick-Nick Ni-Nick-Nick-Nick”
3. Rugrats (1991 – 2004)
I hate to say it, but once Tommy’s brother “Dil Pickles” was born, the show kind of fell off. But prior to that, there were 7 solid years of Rugrats. Tommy was the brave one everybody wanted to be like. Chuckie, although known for being afraid of everything, was probably a good amount of the viewer’s favorite character. Phil and Lil Deville (haha), were just hilarious. Finally, the evil Angelica actually had some nice moments as well. Other smaller characters like Suzie, Didi and Stu, Grandpa, and even Spike provided countless great moments. Good stuff in the video starts at 1:26.
2. Hey Arnold (1996 – 2004)
Where to start with this classic? Arnold “Something” (last name never revealed) was just a great kid who could do no wrong. Grandpa and Grandma, along with all of the boarders, were almost as essential to this show’s success as Arnold and his friends were. Helga and her unibrow symbolized so many kids in elementary school who had secret crushes but for some reason were mean their crush. Gerald was pretty much as good of a best friend that Arnold could have asked for. Harold, Phoebe, Rhonda, Sid, Stinky, and Eugene… the list goes on and on. All of them had great qualities.
Drum roll please……….. the number one Nickelodeon show of the 1990’s is:
1. Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1992 – 2000)
“Goosebumps” was good. Are You Afraid of the Dark was great. Watching some of the old episodes today, the embarassingly bad acting and lack of fear stand out. But as a kid, there was no better thrill than watching an episode of “AYAOTD” on SNICK. Also, many guest stars appeared in episodes who later became very famous: Ryan Gosling, Neve Campbell, Hayden Christensen, and Tara Lipinski included. Even Elisha Cuthbert was one of the second generation midnight society members. “Submitted for the approval of the midnight society… I call this show: The Best Nickelodeon Show of the 1990’s”.
That is it for part 2! Please comment on the list, share your opinions and thoughts, and tell me why my picks were wrong or right. Part 3 will be posted within 3-5 business days, and it will be on the 10 most memorable movie lines from the 90’s!