Alongside Cartoon Network and Disney Channel, Nickelodeon played a huge role in your childhood. Everyone had their favorite shows from the 2000s. Some have stayed with you long into adulthood. Shows like Zoey 101 defined an era and had fans heartbroken when the show’s cancellation was announced.
A number of live-action shows have become classics and even have fans, currently in adulthood, rewatching episodes. There were so many popular Nickelodeon shows from around that era, it’s hard to keep track. No worries! Here’s a list of the ten best Nickelodeon shows during the 2000s that will surely bring back some fond memories.
Updated on December 3rd, 2020 by Gabriela Silva: Nickeloedean birthed a number of well-known children’s shows riddled with comedy and some teen drama. Children would beg their parents to watch tv for another hour just to see their favorite shows. For example, Zoey 101 was a hit in the 2000s despite its low score of a 6.1. The 2000s was a nostalgic era that’s not easily forgotten. Despite the questionable fashion, many can agree that the 2000s won over viewers when it came to television shows.
15 Unfabulous: (2004): 6.1
Unfabulous appealed to the often seen storyline structure that was prevalent in the 2000s. The show was about a young teen who has trouble fitting in at school. As much as she tried, she still found herself in embarrassing situations. Her only coping mechanism was by writing music.
The show was a hit when it debuted and became one of the network’s most-watched shows amongst younger audiences. It had a bit of everything from catchy music, teen drama, and obsessing over your crush. Maybe even love between best friends.
14 iCarly (2007): 6.6
iCarly holds a special spot in many viewers’ hearts. Looking back at the show, you realize it’s odd inconsistencies, which weren’t that uncommon for Nickelodeon shows from that time, but that didn’t stop you from watching. You can’t forget the strong need to have the pear-shaped equivalent of the iPhone that Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) had.
The show centered around three best friends, Carly Shay, Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy) and Freddie Benson (Nathan Kress) who develop an online web show titled, iCarly. They become an online sensation with their bizarre cooking recipes, special guests, and dance breaks. They also go through common teenage issues such as crushes, school, and everyday problems.
13 The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2002): 6.7
Everyone wished the purple mega-candy invented by Jimmy Neutron (Debi Derryberry) was real. Jimmy Neutron was one of those shows that worked well with audiences. 11-year-old Jimmy Neutron is a boy-genius and inventor, although his inventions never go as planned.
He deals with the typical kid troubles like going to school, bullies, and getting grounded. Jimmy often goes on adventures with his two best friends Sheen (Jeffrey Garcia) and Carl (Rob Paulsen) but things always go awry.
12 The Amanda Show (1999): 6.7
The Amanda Show was chaotic, bizarre, and full of laughter and fun. It was a live-action comedy skit starring Amanda Bynes and popular Nickelodeon actors such as Drake Bell and Nancy Sullivan. The show is a show-within-a-show.
Amanda Bynes played the host of a broadcast television show that would then cut to comedy skits. Some of the most popular skits included a spoof of Judge Judy and a teenage girl named Courtney who was a strange character, to say the least. Her popular phrase was screaming “Meh Ha!”
11 Rocket Power (1999): 6.8
Some might have a vague recollection of the Nickelodeon show, Rocket Power. Fans resonate with shows such as Rocket Power for their close tie to friendship and trials of growing up. The show revolves around the day-t0-day life of four best friends.
Oswald “Otto” Rocket (Joseph Ashton), Regina “Reggie” Rocket (Shayna Fox), Sam “Squid” Dullard (Gary LeRoi Gray and Sam Saletta) and Maurice “Twister” Rodriguez (Ulysses Cuadra) live in a fictional beach community. They spend their time playing extreme sports and dealing with daily situations.
10 My Life As A Teenage Robot (1999): 6.9
Even robots have a hard time with their teenage years. The 1999 show lasted for three seasons and ended its run in 2007. It was an animated superhero/fantasy show created by Rob Renzetti. Renzetti also directed for shows like The Power Puff Girls and Dexter’s Laboratory on Cartoon Network.
The show centered around a robot named XJ-9. But in order to fit into society, she preferred to be called Jenny. Fans followed her adventures saving the world while juggling a normal teen life. There’s just as much teen drama as any other sitcom or non-animated show.
9 100 Deeds For Eddie McDowd (1999): 7.1
It’s not every day that a trusted furry companion has the ability to talk. 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd was a sitcom that lasted until 2002. The main character isn’t human, well not anymore. Eddie McDowd was the school bully and had no issue with what he did.
One day he runs into a mystical man who tells him he must atone for his wrongdoings. Eddie is turned into a dog and must commit 100 good deeds to be restored to his human form. But the show’s story never reached an end before it was canceled.
8 Danny Phantom (2004): 7.1
Danny Phantom was a new type of hero that worked tremendously with fans. The animate action-adventure series follows 14-year-old Danny Fenton (David Kaufman) becomes a human-ghost hybrid after a freak accident with a portal between the human world and the “Ghost Zone.”
With the help of his supernatural powers and his two best friends Sam Manson (Grey DeLisle) and Tucker Foley (Rickey D’Shon Collins), he fights ghosts who attack his town and the world. Sam Mason even became a popular cosplay character for her goth look.
7 The Fairly Odd Parents (2001): 7.2
“Obtuse, rubber goose, green moose, guava juice, giant snake, birthday cake, large fries, chocolate shake!” are part of the catchy theme song for The Fairly Odd Parents everyone remembers singing along to. The show is a classic with Timmy Turner (Tara Strong) being given two fairy godparents, Wanda (Susanne Blakeslee) and Cosmo (Daran Norris), to grant his every wish.
Despite Timmy using his fairy godparents to his own, sometimes selfish, advantage, you still felt bad for him. Timmy is given fairy godparents to improve his miserable life. Sometimes having unlimited wishes and an easy way out can backfire and only make matters worse. The show was one of Nickelodeon’s longest-running with the most episodes on the network.
6 Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide (2004): 7.3
Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide was a hidden gem you didn’t realize was so good until your already into adulthood. The show centered around three best friends where every season was a new school grade. Ned Bigby (Devon Werkheiser) breaks the fourth wall and teaches the audience the essential “tips” and a “survival guide” to surviving middle school.
Ned, Jennifer “Moze” Mosely (Lindsey Shaw), and Simon “Cookie” Nelson-Cook (Daniel Curtis Lee) try to understand the turmoils of middle school from popularity, grades, sports, and evil teachers. If you remember the show, you would remember a special character named Jimmy Toot-Toot (Kelli Miyata).
5 Cailtin’s Way (2000): 7.6
This show will surely be a blast from the past and may not be remembered by a few viewers. Caitlin’s Way was a teen drama in the 2000s that lasted for three seasons. It was a Canadian show that aired on Nickelodeon. The show is darker and realistic in its story than the other lighthearted shows.
Played by Lindsay Felton, Caitlin (Lindsay Felton) is a troubled teen living on the streets. When arrested, she’s given the choice of going to youth detention or moving in with her mother’s cousin. Caitlin’s story is one of redemption and finding herself. She’s still wounded by her mother’s sudden death.
4 Drake & Josh (2004): 7.7
Drake & Josh has become a cult classic above all other Nickelodeon shows. It was a hit back in the day and it still is. Fans on social media have fond memories of the completely opposite duo and their shenanigans. You also can’t forget Megan (Miranda Cosgrove). The show was created by Dan Schneider who also created The Amanda Show.
The show starred Drake Bell and Josh Peck in the main roles. They are two stepbrothers who in the beginning can’t stand each other and get in trouble often. Drake is a popular musician and well-liked, while Josh is a bit awkward and doesn’t have much luck with girls. They often get into the craziest situations and comedic escapades. All while dealing with being teenagers.
3 SpongeBob SquarePants (1999): 8.1
It seems like Spongebob Squarepants has been on the air for as long as you can remember but it aired in 1999 and is still going strong. The show is the highest-rated show in Nickelodeon history and the fifth-longest-running animated show.
Spongebob Squarepants (Tommy Kenny) is a bubbly and optimistic sea sponge living in Bikini Bottom who has a passion for Krabby Patties. He lives in the iconic pineapple house with his snail Gary and his best friend and neighbor being Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke). He and his close friends have the best adventures under the sea.
2 Invader Zim (2001): 8.3
Invader Zim is a particular fan favorite for its dark comedy. This is a show where the main character isn’t meant to be 100% the good guy. An extraterrestrial named Zim ventures to Earth hoping to conquer it and enslave humanity.
Despite the show’s poor rating over its time on air that led to its cancellation, the show later became a cult classic. Many of its viewers who are now adults relate more to its dark and witty jokes and main character.
1 Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005): 9.2
The story of Avatar has had its fair share of adaptations that haven’t been successful. None have lived up to the Nickelodeon show, Avatar: The Last Airbender that premiered in 2005. The series was praised for its story, visual effects, characters, and music. It was also praised for tackling serious themes such as genocide, war, and totalitarianism in a youth-friendly environment.
Aang (Zach Tyler Eisen) is a 12-year-old boy who is the last of the Air Nomads and prophesied to be the Avatar, one who can bend all the elements. Set in a world divided by the four elements, the Fire Nation started a war for power over the nations. After being encased in suspended animation for years, Aang returns to stop the fire nation alongside Sokka (Jack DeSena) and Katara (Mae Whitman).
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