Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library
Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library

Originally known as Pinwheel, Nickelodeon launched on April 1, 1979 as a basic cable network from MTV Networks. It airs programming aimed at children ages 2–16, from 7:00 a.m. to late evening.

Programming blocks

Over the years, Nickelodeon launched programming blocks on their own network. On July 1, 1985, Nick at Nite premiered to broadcast primetime, late night and early morning shows. Another was Nick Jr., which launched on January 4, 1988 and was aimed at preschool children.

NICK2, a secondary cable television network, launched on July 1, 1989. It airs the same programs from Nickelodeon earlier by three hours.

On August 15, 1992, SNICK launched and was broadcast on Saturday evening hours. This block ran for 12 years, until September 4, 2004. Most of its shows (including All That and The Amanda Show) were moved to TEENick, which replaced the old SNICK block that same night. This block ended on February 2, 2009.

Nickelodeon Studios

The very first Nickelodeon Studios opened at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida on June 7, 1990, and since then, all live action shows, including game shows, were recorded there, until about a few years before the theme park closed on April 30, 2005.

In 1996, starting with the third season of All That, Nickelodeon's live action shows were moved to Nickelodeon on Sunset, where any further new shows were recorded since then.


Original programming that many kids grew up with began on August 11, 1991. The first three shows that made Nickelodeon a lot more popular were Doug, Rugrats, and The Ren & Stimpy Show. Other programs that aired on Nickelodeon include:

Title Premiere date
(first known)
(or last aired)
Block aired
All That April 16, 1994 December 30, 2001 SNICK, TEENick
The Amanda Show October 16, 1999 October 28, 2007 SNICK, TEENick
Shining Time Station June 5, 2000 August 11, 2000 Nick Jr.
Full House October 6, 2003 present Nick at Nite
Ghostbusters March 18, 2011 Nick at Nite
Ghostbusters II March 25, 2011 Nick at Nite
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs November 27, 2013 Nickelodeon
Ice Age February 1, 2014 Present Nickelodeon
Charlotte's Web May 4, 2014 Nickelodeon
Horton Hears a Who! April 14, 2016 Nickelodeon
Ice Age: The Meltdown July 23, 2016 December 29, 2016 N/A
Rio August 7, 2016 Nickelodeon
Open Season October 14, 2016 Nickelodeon
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs December 4, 2016 Nickelodeon
Surf's Up December 18, 2016 Nickelodeon
Shrek Forever After May 18, 2017 Present Nick at Nite
The Lego Movie November 4, 2017 March 20, 2018 Nickelodeon
Annie November 23, 2017 Nick at Nite
Rango January 1, 2018 Nickelodeon
Happy Feet Two May 6, 2018 Nickelodeon
Happy Feet July 1, 2018 Nickelodeon
Hotel Transylvania November 16, 2018 Nickelodeon
Epic August 6, 2019 Nickelodeon
The Smurfs 2 September 15, 2019 Nickelodeon
The Smurfs September 29, 2019 Nickelodeon
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 November 21, 2019 Nickelodeon
Ice Age: Continental Drift December 13, 2019 Nickelodeon
Shrek (Universal Print) January 24, 2020 Present Nickelodeon
The Lorax June 11, 2020 Present Nickelodeon
Rio 2 July 2, 2020 Present Nickelodeon
Despicable Me October 12, 2020 Present Nickelodeon
Despicable Me 2
Shrek 2 (Universal Print) July 9, 2021 Present Nickelodeon


Nickelodeon's official website ( launched on December 5, 1996.