The way that I see it, everyone needs to have one show ready-to-go that's easy to watch at any time. Having a TV show that you can throw in the background while making dinner or that you can happily fall asleep to after a tough day can make for the ultimate wind-down. And honestly, Nickelodeon shows are the best for that. Not only do they combine the comfort of nostalgia, but they're also just incredibly well made, often with jokes and plot lines which still hold up today. Though there's a vast array of their shows you could choose from for this, I've lovingly compiled a list of Nickelodeon shows you should rewatch immediately — because these are the absolute pinnacle of that channel's genius.
Some of these shows you'll thankfully be able to rewatch over on The Splat, but others may require a YouTube hunt or even a dedicated streaming rental (always totally worth it for a Nickelodeon show, though). But however you manage to track down and rewatch these legendary Nickelodeon shows, I can assure you that it's totally worthwhile. All of them have aged surprisingly well, and feature an earnest amount of depth and pathos which you may never have noticed (or appreciated) as a kid. So, do yourself a solid, and get back in touch with your inner '90s child by rewatching any or all of these childhood masterpieces.
Re-live Doug Funny's eternally awkward crush on Patti Mayonnaise, rock out to the beats (or should I say, The Beets?) of "Killer Tofu" and marvel at the truly trippy daydream sequences. Doug is still weird and wonderful in the greatest way.
2. Nickelodeon Guts
Probably the best sports-based game show ever made, and still one that I desperately wish I could be on as a contestant. Just seeing the slightest glimpse of any of the show's events instantly makes me feel so pumped for life that I almost want to renew my gym membership. Almost.
3. The Angry Beavers
Even as an adult, the two short-fused titular beavers of the show are still worryingly relatable. Goofy, ridiculous, and pretty mad about the world (same), Angry Beavers is a cartoon still worthy of plenty of love.
4. Space Cases
With its humble DIY props and surprisingly well-written plot (I can remember bawling my eyes out due to the big twist of one particular episode), Space Cases is still a must-watch for science-fiction fans of all ages.
5. Hey Arnold!
With Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie set for release in November 2017, you're definitely going to want to rewatch as many episodes as possible in preparation. This cartoon had the sort of depth and heart that are definitely worth revisiting as an adult.
6. The Secret World Of Alex Mack
Featuring a strong, young women as the lead character, The Secret World Of Alex Mack is a reminder of the private, personal strength of all teenage girls. Alex Mack is the absolute boss in this show. No question.
Rewatching this classic cartoon as an adult is frankly a little strange. But it's also a completely endearing experience. Especially when you suddenly find yourself relating to the parental characters in ways you could never have imagined possible as a child.
8. Are You Afraid Of The Dark?
Because, very simply, The Midnight Society is not a gang you ever stop being a member of. But if you still need some sort of further impetus to rewatch this glorious show, then it's definitely worthwhile just to see a young Ryan Gosling, who shows up in an episode of Season 5.
9. Rocko's Modern Life
And honestly, this show is so much darker and more subversive than you ever remember it being.
10. Clarissa Explains It All
Clarissa Darling was, and forever will be, the voice of a very specific generation. There's plenty of great tidbits of wisdom to be gleamed from the show, but ultimately, it's the '90s throwback fashion, references, and technology which are a joy to relive.
11. Legends Of The Hidden Temple
There's plenty to love about this game show, but ultimately it's reliving just how much you wanted those prizes as a kid. CD player? BMX bike? A VHS television set? Guide me to them, Kirk Fogg.
12. Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
Emphatic proof that Nickelodeon cartoons from the '90s were truly one of a kind.
13. The Adventures Of Pete & Pete
Everything, from the endless parade of awesome guest stars, the oddball set of recurring characters, quirky story lines, unique dialogue, and incredible theme song make this show eminently rewatchable. It isn't just one of the best Nickelodeon shows of all time, but likely just one of the best shows — period.
14. As Told By Ginger
There's something so wonderfully vulnerable about this cartoon that it continues to tug on my heart strings even now. If you're currently worrying about what the hell your life is doing right now, then As Told By Ginger is definitely the cartoon to provide you with some of those answers.
15. Salute Your Shorts
Thus instantly reviving your deep nostalgia for summer camp. So get ready to rummage through your old memories of camp shoe box that you've kept at your mom's house.
Because sometimes life can feel exactly like a beast with two heads, dragging you into the carefree, lazy world of Dog before pulling you back into the high maintenance, perpetually anxious world of Cat.
17. Kenan & Kel
I don't care how old we all are now, this show is still an absolute riot. And orange soda is still a delicious beverage worthy of singing love declarations about.
18. The Wild Thornberrys
It's just as "smashing" as you remember it. I can promise that.
19. Double Dare
So full of utterly repugnant, perplexing, and downright bizarre tasks that you can't help but watch it while squirming behind one of your hands, Double Dare is still so much gross fun.
Rewatching Nickelodeon shows is pretty much what pajamas, take-out food, and a few frosty beers were invented for. (I'm pretty certain of that fact. I've researched it quite heavily.) So go kick back, get comfortable, and start reliving the TV shows of your youth.
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