A Definitive Ranking Of 13 Nicktoons Every 90s Kid Wishes Was Still In Syndication

A Definitive Ranking Of 13 Nicktoons Every 90s Kid Wishes Was Still In Syndication

Orange you glad you're watching Nickelodeon?

At Thanksgiving Dinner one year when I was little, I said that I was thankful for the Nickelodeon Lineup. That pretty much sums up how much Nickelodeon was a part of my childhood, and I still love watching the 90's Nicktoons today. So, I figured I'd take a trip down memory lane and rank all icon 90's Nicktoons from worst to best. Get ready to be slimed!

13. KaBlam!

There’s a reason I had never heard if Ka Blam until recently. This show is awful. I know that’s harsh, but it’s true. It features a collection of shorts, most of which are pretty bland. Ka Blam commits the worst crime a cartoon can commit: it leaves little to no impact, and I forgot about it almost immediately after I watched it. Wouldn’t recommend, unless you like things that are basic and uninteresting.

12. Angry Beavers

Meh. This show, from what I saw of it, seems like it has good elements (like adult humor, exaggerated animation) they’re just not fully realized. I think there’s some potential with Angry Beavers, but it doesn’t hook me enough to care, and that’s the show’s biggest issue.

11. Rocket Power

I remember watching Rocket Power when I was younger, but I don’t remember much about it. It’s a decent show, it’s fast paced, and is always moving. The backgrounds are pretty, but the characters aren’t that memorable. It’s a fun show, but nothing to write home about, unless you love skateboarding

10. As Told By Ginger

This is more of a slice of life, teen drama show, which is which is very different for Nickelodeon. But, As Told By Ginger is smart and offers realistic interpretations of a young teenage girl trying to cope with growing up. It’s not zany or over the top, but it’s emotional and sweet, and sometimes you need that

9. Aaahh Real Monsters!

I haven’t seen much of Aaahh Real Monsters because I was afraid of it when I was little. But now that I’m older and don’t find the monsters fear-inducing, I can say that I enjoy Aaahh Real Monsters. There’s a lot of creativity to it, both in the concepts and designs. For example, if the monsters wish to return to the monster world from the human world, they flush themselves down the toilet, that’s pretty clever. It’s also got some pretty decent tongue-in-cheek humor, too. I can’t say it’s one of the best Nicktoons, but it’s much better than I expected.

8. CatDog

You’d be hard-pressed to find a cartoon more strange than CatDog. The very idea of a Cat and a Dog stuck together as sort of Siamese twins, is very weird, but a lot of the comedy comes from this weirdness. I really like the relationship between Cat and Dog and the Greaser Dogs are pretty cool. But more than anything, CatDog is strange, but hey, kids and adults alike are suckers for strange. (Side note: PLEASE stop with the stupid jokes and questions about how CatDog uses the bathroom.)

7. Doug

Although I can’t say I watched Doug when I was little, I have enjoyed it in recent years. It’s a simple story, following the life and antics of 11-year-old Doug Funnie. He has a best friend, a bully, a crush, a lovable dog. It’s standard and has pleasant yet minimal animation. It’s been criticized for being boring. Honestly, though, I think Doug is pretty harmless and is likable and sweet enough to check out at least once.

6. The Wild Thornberrys

Nigel memes aside, The Wild Thornberries is pretty imaginative. It revolves around a girl who can talk to animals. I was awed by the possibilities when I was little and still am today. The animation, and backgrounds, particularly, are really pretty. It’s also cool to get a different setting each episode. I also watched the movies frequently when I was little, check it out. Both the show and the movie are SMASHING.

5. The Ren and Stimpy Show

I never watched Ren and Stimpy until I became an adult, but surprisingly, it might be a better this way. Ren and Stimpy has a very adult tone despite its cartoony style. It’s interesting to see these two elements clash with one another on screen. The animation is very fast paced and exaggerated, which matches the tone of the jokes. I really like all of John K.’s designs, there’s something beautifully retro about them. The relationship between Ren and Stimpy themselves is also great. The show represents the wild child in us all and is truly one of a kind.

4. Rocko’s Modern Life

If you took Spongebob Squarepants and added in more blatant sexual references and a cute little Australian Wallaby you’d get Rocko’s Modern Life. Created by Joe Murray (who also created the Cartoon Network cult classic, Camp Lazlo) and an all star lineup of writers, Rocko’s Modern Life is HILARIOUS. There are just so many adult jokes and references; some episodes have me laughing on the floor. The characters are also really fun, both in personality and design. The artwork and background are done in a very unique, wonky style that matches the tone of the show. Nothing else to say but Rocko rocks.

3. Hey Arnold!

Few shows are as beloved as Hey Arnold. Even though the concept may have been simple, the characters and the environment is where the show really shines. Arnold himself is a fearless optimist, a role model for kids and a ray of hope for adults. Helga is also one of the most complex characters in Nickelodeon history. There’s such a kindness in this show, and most of it comes from the characters and situations. It’s a great for little kids or for big kids to revisit.

2. Rugrats

Confession time! When I was little, The Rugrats was my favorite show. But aside from my bias, I can honestly say from a television analysis standpoint that The Rugrats is a great show. It’s fun for little kids and has clever writing for adults. The all the characters are likable and have very distinct personalities and great voices to match. (Chuckie is the best though.) The animation is bright, colorful, and full of soft lines, making it ideal for kids and nostalgia-evoking for adults. The three Rugrats movies, (one of which, The Rugrats in Paris, the first film i ever saw in theaters) are also great. Check them out when you’re done here.

1. SpongeBob Squarepants

SpongeBob Squarepants...he was number one! It’s crazy to think that if Spongebob Squarepants had come out eight months later, it wouldn’t have qualified for this list. Spongebob is without a doubt the most iconic show Nickelodeon has ever produced, and there’s a good reason for that. It’s hilarious, the characters are all memorable, the animation is perfectly cartoony, and everyone is still quoting it. Heck, I’m still quoting it, nearly 20 years later. If that’s not the ultimate compliment a show can get, I don’t know what is.

Cover Image Credit: Netflix

Popular Right Now

I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

Cover Image Credit: wordpress.com

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

American Or Christian?

Can you really be both?


This is a thought that has lingered in my mind for a very long time.

Personally, I hate news and politics. It's depressing and it seems like both parties (and people in general) just don't get it. Political conversation gets on my ever-loving nerves and literally gets me down in the dumps for the day.

I just simply don't watch it anymore. There is too much negativity.

That doesn't mean that I am uniformed. I am not advocating for ignorance or anything like that. I prefer to read and figure out my information from sites "in the middle."

As I was eating dinner with my wife the other day we started talking about the new Abortion laws in Alabama and Georgia. As a Christ-follower and a staunch defender of Biblical inerrant, I detest abortion.

Before you read any farther, you must understand something: This article is not about my defense of my beliefs regarding hot topics like abortion or homosexuality. I do not have the time to write about said topics now. I am just asking you to accept what I believe for the sake of the article.

But, anyway, these abortion bills. I can make a pretty good case that they are Constitutional because they are protecting the Life (one of the Rights given to American Citizens) from others. Yes, I know the arguments against said point but continue with me please.

This led our conversation to talk about Homosexual marriage, something that I am against as well. And not just because of Leviticus but because of the New Testament as well.

But, shaking my head, I said something that my wife seemed to agree with:

"As a Christian, I know it's wrong and I cannot agree with it. As an American, I see no reason why it should be illegal. Unless your choices infringe someone's Rights, you should be free to do what you wish (technically speaking)."

This is my dilemma. Well, actually it's not a dilemma. I know that I am a Christian before I am an American. I love this country greatly, and I know how blessed I am to be born here. For all the hate this country gets (and some of it is deserved) and all the problems we have (and we have a lot), we are shoulders above other countries in many ways. I am so thankful for all the men and women who have served to protect me and keep me safe. I'm thankful for a lot of things. And I am proud to be an American.

But my identity in Christ comes first. This is why I do not get into politics much. I don't really care at the end of the day. Because while America has been blessed, we still have work to do here. And this is not my forever home. This is not where I will spend eternity.

I try and respect everyone's opinions, and I earnestly try to love everyone, even when they trash and disrespect my beliefs and convictions. But I must put my call to Christ about anything that has to do with this nation. I will pray for ALL our leaders because I was told to do so (I prayed for President Obama when he was in office). And I will be here to support this nation. But I cannot put it above Christ's commands.

Related Content

Facebook Comments