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250px-Nickelodeon logo new svg.png
Founded December 1, 1977 (as Pinwheel)
April 1, 1979 (renamed Nickelodeon)
President Brian Robbins
Company Paramount Media Networks (Paramount Global)
Notable Series You Can't Do That on Television
Double Dare
The Ren & Stimpy Show
Hey Arnold!
SpongeBob SquarePants
The Fairly OddParents
Henry Danger
The Loud House

Nickelodeon (Nick for short) is a cable television network for children. Premiering as Pinwheel in 1977, the network now considers 1979, the year the current name was adopted, as its launching year. Its current mascot is SpongeBob SquarePants.

Nickelodeon is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location-based experiences, publishing and feature films. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Paramount Global Inc.



The world's first cable network devoted to programming for children and youth, Nickelodeon debuted on December 1, 1977 as Pinwheel (renamed to Nickelodeon on April 1, 1979). Founded by Warner Cable, the operation was handed over to Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment - a joint venture of American Express and the cable division of Warner Bros. - two years later. In 1984, Warner acquired American Express' share of Warner-Amex, and three years later, the company was sold to Viacom, which renamed it MTV Networks.

In 1986, Nick held the Big Ballot, an award show voted on by kids that would later become the Kids' Choice Awards. Each April, the Kids' Choice Awards show honors kids' favorites in movies, music, television, and sports, and features stereotypically juvenile elements like the Best Fart award and a celebrity burp-off.

In 1989, one of Nickelodeon's first original live action television series premiered: Hey Dude. It has since been followed by shows like Clarissa Explains It All, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Secret World of Alex Mack, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, iCarly, True Jackson, VP, and others.

In the 1990s, Nickelodeon began producing original animated shows, known as Nicktoons cartoons. The three original Nicktoons, Doug, Rugrats, and The Ren & Stimpy Show, debuted in 1991. Following them, Nickelodeon found success in several well-regarded animated series, such as Rocko's Modern Life, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rugrats, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents and others.

Nickelodeon also became known for its iconic green slime, originally used on the Canadian sketch-comedy show You Can't Do That on Television, then adopted by the network as a primary feature of many of its shows, especially Slime Time Live.

Sister channels

Although Nickelodeon originated as an American channel, it has since spread around the globe. Today local Nickelodeon channels exist in several countries and regions, including Japan, Latin America, Australia, UK, the Middle East, Africa, India, Scandinavia, and others.

Nickelodeon has also spawned several additional US channels. Current national sister-channels include Nick Jr. (named after the Nick Jr. block), TeenNick (named after the TEENick block), and Nicktoons. Another offshoot channel, Nick GAS, existed from 1999 to 2009. In 1999, Nickelodeon co-founded the Noggin channel with Sesame Workshop. Noggin was replaced by Nick Jr. in 2009 but was eventually revived as a separate streaming app in 2015. Additionally, Nickelodeon's nighttime programming block Nick at Nite is occasionally referred to as a separate network sharing space with the mother channel.

While technically not a separate network, satellite and some digital cable providers carry Nick Too, which is simply the west coast feed of Nickelodeon. Nickelodeon HD is a feed providing a selection of Nickelodeon shows in high definition, and Nick on Demand is the networks video-on-demand service, available on most cable systems.




  • Program Listing: A complete listing of shows that aired new episodes on Nickelodeon.

Current Shows

Scripted original series

Unscripted original series
Animated original series

Acquired animated series
Preschool block

Upcoming Shows

Shows in Limbo

External Sites

  • Official Website (redirects to the YTV website in Canada for visitors from Canada due to geotargeting)