Nickelodeon shows from the 90s are some of the most memorable in the channel’s history. With their relatable characters and engaging plotlines, these Nickelodeon shows hold a special place in the heart of every 90s child.
“All That” This Nickelodeon show began an eleven year run in 1994. Part sketch comedy show, part musical showcase, “All That” was Nickelodeon’s equivalent of “Saturday Night Live.” Some famous actors launched their careers on the show, including Nick Cannon, Amanda Bynes and Kenan Thompson.
“SK8-TV” Before Matthew Lillard became a movie star, he was hosting this Nickelodeon show that ran in 1990. The premise of “SK8-TV” was dedicated to the culture of skateboarding, showcasing the talents of big-name pros like Tony Hawk, Tony Alva and Bucky Lasek.
“Kenan And Kel” Few actors in Nickelodeon shows from the 90s showed as much promise as this series’ two stars. Kel Mitchell starred alongside future “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kenan Thompson in this show. Its four-year run began in 1996, chronicling a quirky teenager’s adventures with his dimwitted friend.
“Doug” From 1991 to 1994, this animated Nickelodeon show was a fixture in the network’s lineup. The show’s plot followed a group of sixth graders and their lives in funny-sounding cities like Bluffington and Bloatsburg. The main character, Doug Funnie, spent his time trying to act cool, providing a relatable character for age-appropriate viewers.
“Rugrats” You wouldn’t think an animated program about babies would be a success, but this Nickelodeon show began what would become a thirteen year run in 1994. The core group of four babies moved the plot along as they tried to avoid the bully character Angelica, all the while making unusually poignant observations on the world around them.
“The Ren And Stimpy Show” A crazy Chihuahua and a dimwitted cat shared top billing in this animated Nickelodeon show from the 90s. Toilet humor was abundant during the series’ run, and from 1991 to 1998, Ren and Stimpy engaged in all sorts of hilarious gross-out adventures.
“Spongebob Squarepants” In one of the most well-known Nickelodeon shows from the 90s, the irrepressible Spongebob Squarepants filled the screen with his boundless optimism. This animated show began airing in 1999, featuring Spongebob’s daily routine of working at a burger joint in the undersea town of Bikini Bottom.
“The Amanda Show” Future television fixture Amanda Bynes was the star of this “All That” spin-off which began in 1999. It contained the same sketch comedy premise as its predecessor, but with a different cast. Featured actors Drake Bell and Josh Peck began working together on this show, a precursor to their work as a comedy duo on the Nickelodeon series “Drake And Josh.” To see what Amanda looks like now, here are some Amanda Bynes photos.
“Rocko’s Modern Life” Animals served as the main characters of this animated Nickelodeon show from the 90s. It ran from 1993 to 1996, featuring the voice of comedian Carlos Alazraqui as Rocko. After his move from Australia to America, Rocko has difficulty adjusting to life in a new country. He enlists the help of a steer, who serves as his friend and joins him during his daily adventures.
“Salute Your Shorts” Though it had a relatively short run, this Nickelodeon show from the 90s still deserves mention. Airing from 1991 to 1992, it chronicled the activities of a group of friends attending summer camp. Although the show featured plenty of mischief, there were also strong overtones of friendship and compassion.
- Andrew Jett