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 2018 Nick at Nite
Ice Age February 1, 2014 Present Nickelodeon
Ice Age: The Meltdown July 23, 2016 December 29, 2016 N/A
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs December 4, 2016 Present Nickelodeon
Shrek Forever After May 18, 2017 Present Nick at Nite


Nickelodeon's official website (www.nick.com) launched on December 5, 1996.


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