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.
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.
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:
(or last 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 (www.nick.com) launched on December 5, 1996.