With some of the best TV programs for those who have never seen Nicktoons before, consider again. Nick has created some of the best live-action programs for kids out there, all of whom talk about the implications and consequences of being a kid or a teen in an adult world.
Their roles are all from being shady and exaggerated to grounded and relatable. Many years after they have stopped airing, they have been deeply embedded in those who studied them.
Big Time Rush (2009-2013)
This one may be one of the more underrated channels. Despite its strong cult following, it makes it worthwhile to look for any Nickelodeon fan. Gustavo Roque has selected four hockey players from Minnesota to join his next big boy band.
Together, they become the most famous new boy band in LA. While Big Time Rush already had good music, it was also a touch of humor and memorable characters.
Victorious, a movie set in Hollywood Arts High School in LA, follows a teen singer Tori Vega with the help of her talented friends; musician Andre, ventriloquist Robbie, snarky Jade, childish Cat, mellow Beck, and her bratty sister Trina.
Tori''s disadvantage was that she was more willing to violate a few rules to get what she wanted of her friends. Yet, she found a way to make it shine more often than not.
Declassified School Survival Guide for Neds (2004-2007)
Are you having trouble going through middle school? Bullies, bad teachers, and terrible food getting you down? Fear no more as Ned Bigby is composing the ultimate school survival guide. Every episode focuses on a specific topic, including detention, career week, bad hair days.
These topics were shared as a result of non-Neds experiences but also his best friends - tomboyish Moze and nerdy Cookie. Middle school has never been that crazy with a dumb janitor Gordy and intense Vice-Principal Crubbs.
Zoey 101 (2005-2008)
This is one of Nickelodeon''s most popular shows with a star-studded cast and humorous plot lines. Zoey Brooks and her younger brother Dustin travel to Pacific Coast Academy for a variety of friends; Athlete and flutist Michael, bold but kind Nicole, eccentric intelligent Quinn, wannabe movie star Lola, and of course Zoey''s best friend and secret admirer, Chase.
As these characters became more than just friends, this series traveled through aboarding school living with teen drama and romance.
Drake and Josh (2004-2007)
Drake Parker is a cool, guitar-playing womanizer with an easy-going, steady attitude. When confronted with pressure, Josh Nichols is awkward, anxious, and unlucky.
The two boys live in San Diego with their loving but gullible parents and her step-sister Megan while chatting with their friends Crazy Steve, Gavin, and nerdy Eric. Not all episodes ended with the two succeeding in their goals, but they''ve grown closer at the end of the day.
All That (1994-2000)
A kids comedy classic that can be seen as a Nickelodeons response to Saturday Night Live, a series of sketches performed by a talented, interchanged group of kids, including names such as Amanda Bynes, Gabriel Iglesias, and Kenan Thompson. Some of the best performers included the mercilessly loud librarian, delusional Detective Dan, and its most popular character Ed, the incompetent food attendant at Good Burger.
The series was so popular that it was eventually staged a revival in 2019, proving that effective sketch comedy isn''t just for adults anymore.
While the Paramount+ revival proved to be a surprise hit, the original is a true gem. Carly Shay and her abusive best friend Sam Puckett develop a web series called iCarly. They focus the show on any sort of subject, from bras to cooking hot dogs on burning shoes.
With the help of Freddie, Carlys sculpture enthusiast brother Spencer and strange classmate Gibby, they navigate the web show and the typical teenage difficulties, such as boys, teachers, and the rage of occasional psychotic villains like Nevel and Nora.
Kenan and Kel (1996-2000)
In this fantastic sitcom, Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell met and shared a story. They play two teenagers named after themselves passing away at Chicago school.
Kenan is always looking to avoid trials and tribulations with his parents, boss, and other adults in his life. Kel is cheerful, cocky, unintentionally, and often unintentionally defends his best friends interests. As Nickelodeon''s first dynamic duo, these two were triggered hijinks to spare.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1992-1996)
This classic horror anthology was submitted for the approval of Nickelodeon. A spooky show in the same vein as Goosebumps and The Twilight Zone, and their influence is felt throughout. It often went to surprisingly dark places for a kids series, becoming very creative and truly frightening, even for many grown-ups.
Each member of the group of kids is enclaved around a campfire that calls itself the midnight society, with spooky tales of werewolves, pool zombies, ghosts, monstrous clowns, and more.
The Adventures of Pete and Pete (1991-1996)
Two brothers with the same name. The world''s greatest man. Petunia, a tattoo. And a mom with a plate in her head. They''re all in one hand, and you''ve got a true 90s classic.
Pete''s Adventures veered away from bittersweet nostalgia with a deeper sense of childlikeness. Ice-cream truck drivers are spies of the changing seasons, entire automobiles can be buried in the sand at the beach, and bullies may just be literal demons. A childhood vision is all too real but far too silly to be.
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