The 40 Best Nickelodeon Shows and Cartoons You Can Stream Now, from ‘Victorious’ to ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’

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Where would we be without Clarissa Darling’s wisdom, Jimmy Neutron’s fascinating adventures and Doug Funnie’s special bond with Patti Mayonnaise? They taught us everything we needed to know about friendships, first crushes and embarrassing moments, which is why we consider them some of the best Nickelodeon shows and cartoons of all time.

The popular network isn't just known for its classic throwbacks, however. Over the years, Nickelodeon has offered great programming for kids of all ages, including Paw Patrol, iCarly and The Thundermans. (And we have no shame in admitting that we enjoy watching some of them as adults.)

Fortunately, all of these shows are available to stream on Paramount+ and Prime Video. From Hey Arnold to Are You Afraid of the Dark?, read on for 40 of the best Nickelodeon shows and cartoons you can stream right now.

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Pre-School Shows

1. Dora the Explorer

  • Who's in it: Fátima Ptacek, Koda Gursoy, Sofia Lopez, Skai Jackson
  • Suitable for: Kids age 2+

Seeing Dora, Map, Backpack and Boots the Monkey embark on new adventures just never gets old. Any kid who watches will feel accomplished as they help solve problems. Even better? They can learn a bit of Spanish along the way.

2. Bubble Guppies

  • Who's in it: Brianna Gentilella, Taylor Kaplan, Zachary Gordon, Jacob Bertrand
  • Suitable for: Kids age 2+

There's so much more to Bubble Guppies show than its stunning animation. The series, which follows the underwater adventures of a group of young merpeople, features diverse characters and teaches kids about a variety of topics, from recycling to dinosaurs. Not to mention those seriously catchy tunes.

3. Little Bear

  • Who's in it: Kristin Fairlie, Janet-Laine Green, Dan Hennessey, Elizabeth Hanna
  • Suitable for: Kids age 3+

This lovable little bear graced our screens during the late '90s, but his adventures are still entertaining kids today. Set in the wilderness, the show follows a six-year-old cub as he plays and explores with his friends, while also learning moral lessons that even adults can appreciate.

4. Paw Patrol

  • Who's in it: Owen Mason, Elijha Hammill, Jaxon Mercey, Joey Nijem
  • Suitable for: Kids age 3+

We can always count on our favorite puppy squad to rescue people from danger. This action-packed series is a special treat for dog lovers, but it also touches on important topics for young kids, like celebrating people's differences, embracing teamwork and learning to be brave.

5. Rugrats

  • Who's in it: E. G. Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Nancy Cartwright, Cheryl Chase
  • Suitable for: Kids age 5+

In the words of Tommy, “A baby’s gotta do what a baby’s gotta do.” See the world through the eyes of this brave little toddler and his friends as they deal with their mysterious big surroundings and, unfortunately, Angelica’s short temper.

6. Blue's Clues

  • Who's in it: Traci Paige Johnson, Nick Balaban, Michael Rubin
  • Suitable for: Kids age 3+

We can still remember how accomplished we felt as kids when we helped Blue find a clue and solve the puzzle. Now, children can continue to follow his trail of pawprints, with the help of Steve and his trusty Thinking Chair.

7. The Adventures of Paddington

  • Who's in it: Ben Whishaw, Morwenna Banks, Darren Boyd, Bobby Beynon
  • Suitable for: Kids age 4+

The series follows a younger Paddington, who moves from Peru to London to live with the Brown family. In each episode, he makes fascinating discoveries and writes about them in letters to his aunt, Lucy.

Elementary Cartoons

8. Winx Club

  • Who's in it: Elizabeth Gillies, Ariana Grande, Daniella Monet, Molly Quinn
  • Suitable for: Kids age 7+

After discovering that she has magical powers, Bloom heads to the Alfea School for Fairies to hone her skills—and joins a powerful team of five crime-fighting fairies in the process. Fans of Sailor Moon and Harry Potter are in for a treat with this action-packed fantasy.

9. The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

  • Who's in it: Debi Derryberry, Rob Paulsen, Jeffrey Garcia, Frank Welker
  • Suitable for: Kids age 6+

If there’s one thing we admire about this 11-year-old, it’s his determination. Set in Retroville, Texas, Jimmy, a scientific genius, has several adventures with his best friends using his latest inventions—although things don’t always go according to plan.

10. Doug

  • Who's in it: Billy West, Thomas McHugh, Fred Newman, Chris Phillips
  • Suitable for: Kids age 6+

The coming-of-age series brilliantly captures the awkwardness of adolescence, but it does so in such a fun and light-hearted way. When Doug Funnie moves to Bluffington, he shares his everyday experiences through journal entries, opening up about school, friendships, crushes and unfortunate run-ins with the school bully.

11. Spongebob Squarepants

  • Who's in it: Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, Mr. Lawrence
  • Suitable for: Kids age 7+

It’s one of the few shows that can pull off having the silliest storyline, yet it still resonates with any age group. Join the quirky and loveable SpongeBob, his starfish best friend, Patrick, and the rest of their pals as they embark on random adventures under the sea.

12. The Wild Thornberrys

  • Who's in it: Lacey Chabert, Tom Kane, Danielle Harris, Jodi Carlisle
  • Suitable for: Kids age 6+

The show certainly helped us develop a deeper appreciation of animals and different cultures, but we especially loved Eliza, the wild and free-spirited soul who can communicate with different creatures. Get some insight on wildlife with Eliza and her family as they document their journey.

13. Hey Arnold!

  • Who's in it: Lane Toran, Phillip Van Dyke, Spencer Klein, Alex D. Linz
  • Suitable for: Kids age 7+

It’s impossible to think of this show without hearing Helga shout, “Move it, Football Head!” The series follows 9-year-old Arnold, who faces more than enough challenges while living with his eccentric grandparents in the fictional city of Hillwood.

14. The Fairly Oddparents

  • Who's in it: Tara Strong, Susanne Blakeslee, Daran Norris, Carlos Alazraqui
  • Suitable for: Kids age 7+

Timmy Turner, a 10-year-old who has to deal with a cruel babysitter, is granted two magical fairy godparents, who have the power to grant him any wish. While some of them make his life easier, others lead to utter chaos, but his trusty godparents are always there to guide him along the way.

15. Danny Phantom

  • Who's in it: David Kaufman, Grey DeLisle, Rickey D'Shon Collins
  • Suitable for: Kids age 8+

The action-packed series follows a teen named Danny Fenton, a young teen who’s given the ability to sense ghosts due to an accident in his parents’ lab. Now, with the newfound ability to transform into a human-ghost hybrid (known as “Danny Phantom”), Danny has to tackle high school and protect his town from ghost attacks.

16. The Loud House

  • Who's in it: Grant Palmer, Collin Dean, Tex Hammond, Asher Bishop
  • Suitable for: Kids age 8+

A positive series that explores complicated family dynamics in a funny, heartwarming way? Yes, please. Allow us to introduce Lincoln, a middle child (and only son) who resides with his ten siblings in Michigan.

17. Catdog

  • Who's in it: Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny, Carlos Alazraqui, Maria Bamford
  • Suitable for: Kids age 7+

Two conjoined brothers—one a cat, the other a dog—have opposite personalities and struggle to manage their unique situation. While Cat is more reserved and enjoys the sophisticated things in life, Dog is more carefree and perfectly content with chasing garbage trucks. Naturally, chaos ensues as each brother tries to embark on his own adventure.

18. Avatar: The Last Airbender

  • Who's in it: Zach Tyler Eisen, Mae Whitman, Jack DeSena, Dante Basco
  • Suitable for: Kids age 8+

The incredible storytelling, complex young characters and jaw-dropping fight sequences definitely make this show stand out. It depicts the journey of 12-year-old Aang, an Avatar who can manipulate all four elements (water, earth, fire and air). He and his friends work together to defeat the Fire Nation as they try to conquer the world.

19. All Grown Up!

  • Who's in it: E. G. Daily, Nancy Cartwright, Kath Soucie, Cheryl Chase
  • Suitable for: Kids age 7+

Tommy, Dil, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Angelica and Susie are "all grown up" in this Rugrats sequel, and it's fascinating to see them navigate life as tweens. The spin-off was inspired by the Rugrats episode, "All Growed Up," and it lasted for a solid five seasons.

20. The Penguins of Madagascar

  • Who's in it: Tom McGrath, John DiMaggio, Jeff Bennett, James Patrick Stuart
  • Suitable for: Kids age 6+

Four Central Park Zoo penguins—Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico—perform a series of paramilitary missions to protect their home, typically due to problems caused by their zoo neighbors. Although it doesn't feature all the characters from the Madagascar films, it's just as charming and funny.

21. Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness

  • Who's in it: Mick Wingert, Fred Tatasciore, Kari Wahlgren, Lucy Liu
  • Suitable for: Kids age 6+

In this series, we see how Po became the skillful dragon warrior we came to love in Kung Fu Panda 2. While fighting alongside the Furious Five to defeat a variety of villains, Po hones his abilities and learns more about kung fu.

22. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

  • Who's in it: Cam Clarke, Barry Gordon, Rob Paulsen, Townsend Coleman, Peter Renaday
  • Suitable for: Kids age 8+

Based on comic book characters created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, the original series follows Leo, Donnie, Raph and Mikey as they team up with allies and battle the most dangerous villains, from Rocksteady and The Shredder to Chrome Dome. Not surprisingly, the series was so popular that it spawned a massive franchise and multiple reboots.


23. Zoey 101

  • Who's in it: Jamie Lynn Spears, Paul Butcher, Sean Flynn, Kristin Herrera
  • Suitable for: Kids age 8+

From Zoey and Chase's will-they-or-won't-they storyline to Quinn's wacky inventions, there's never a dull moment at Pacific Coast Academy. After you catch up with Zoey and her pals in Malibu, you can see how they turn out as adults in the reboot, Zoey 102, now streaming on Paramount+.

24. Clarissa Explains It All

  • Who's in it: Melissa Joan Hart, Joe O'Conno,r Elizabeth Hess, Jason Zimbler
  • Suitable for: Kids age 8+

Like the title suggests, Clarissa truly does explain it all, complete with the best sarcastic jokes. From sibling rivalry and boys to training bras and stubborn acne, we can’t thank Clarissa enough for giving us the 411 on all things adolescent.

25. Victorious

  • Who's in it: Victoria Justice, Leon Thomas III, Matt Bennett, Elizabeth Gillies, Ariana Grande
  • Suitable for: Kids age 8+

Sixteen-year-old Tori gets the opportunity of a lifetime when a last-minute favor for her sister lands her a spot in a prestigious performing arts high school. Initially, she finds it challenging to fit in with the other students, but things start to look up after she bonds with a colorful group of friends.

26. iCarly

  • Who's in it: Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress
  • Suitable for: Kids age 8+

When Carly Shay’s internet series iCarly becomes a major hit, she enlists the help of her two best friends, Sam and Freddie, to create content and navigate her newfound success. Throughout the show, we see the trio work on fun contests, recipes and random dance sessions for the web series.

27. Drake & Josh

  • Who's in it: Drake Bell, Josh Peck, Nancy Sullivan, Jonathan Goldstein, Miranda Cosgrove
  • Suitable for: Kids age 10+

Teenage step-brothers Drake and Josh become unlikely BFFs as they deal with high school and embark on quite a few adventures. Not to mention, they also have to put up with Drake’s mischievous little sister, who not-so-affectionately calls them “boobs.”

28. Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide

  • Who's in it: Devon Werkheiser, Lindsey Shaw, Daniel Curtis Lee, Jim J. Bullock
  • Suitable for: Kids age 8+

Ned Bigby walked so literally every middle school kid could run. From award crushes and smelly classmates to April Fool’s Day pranks, Ned goes through all the highs and lows as he tries to survive the struggles of middle school, making the rest of us feel a little less alone while suffering similar situations in school.

29. The Amanda Show

  • Who's in it: Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell, Nancy Sullivan, Josh Peck
  • Suitable for: Kids age 10+

Meet the All That spin-off that inspired Drake & Josh: The Amanda Show. Drake Bell, Nancy Sullivan and Josh Peck all star in this sketch comedy series, and some of the most popular sketches include spoofs of real-life shows, from “Judge Trudy" to “So You Want to Win Five Dollars.”

30. Kenan & Kel

  • Who's in it: Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell
  • Suitable for: Kids age 10+

We could never grow tired of Kenan’s over-the-top schemes or Kel’s unhealthy obsession with orange soda. Created as a spin-off of All That, Kenan & Kel follows the misadventures of these BFFs in Chicago, where Kenan constantly tries to get rich with the assistance of his accident-prone friend.

31. All That

  • Who's in it: Kenan Thompson, Jamie Lynn Spears, Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell
  • Suitable for: Kids age 7+

Think Saturday Night Live, but for a younger audience. The series offers a variety of fun sketches, from “Ask Ashley” and “Miss Piddlin” to “Good Burger” (which led to the big-screen spin-off named, you guessed it, Good Burger). The variety show also inspired a few more Nickelodeon shows on this list.

32. True Jackson, VP

  • Who's in it: Keke Palmer, Ashley Argota, Matt Shively, Danielle Bisutti
  • Suitable for: Kids age 8+

When a famous fashion designer and CEO notices True Jackson's stylish outfit, she gets the opportunity of a lifetime. After getting hired as the new vice president of Mad Style's youth division, she enlists her best friend, Lulu, to be her assistant. Can she successfully juggle school with her new responsibilities as VP?

33. Sam & Cat

  • Who's in it: Jennette McCurdy, Ariana Grande, Cameron Ocasio, Maree Cheatham
  • Suitable for: Kids age 8+

McCurdy and Grande are the ultimate duo in this spin-off of iCarly and Victorious. After a chance encounter, Sam and Cat become roommates and unlikely best friends. From their hilarious outings to their growing after-school business ("Sam and Cat's Super Rockin' Fun Time Babysitting Service"), there's never a dull moment.

Sci-Fi & Horror

34. Are You Afraid of the Dark?

  • Who's in it: Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther, Jason Alisharan
  • Suitable for: Kids age 10+

Who could forget the pitch-black woods, the eerie campfires and those nightmare-worthy stories? Join the members of the Midnight Society as they gather around the fire to tell tales that will keep anyone on the edge of their seat.

35. House of Anubis

  • Who's in it: Nathalia Ramos, Brad Kavanagh, Jade Ramsey, Ana Mulvoy-Ten
  • Suitable for: Kids age 8+

On the same day that Nina Martin enrolls at a British school, a student named Joy suddenly disappears. Eager to find out what happened, Joy's classmates team up to investigate and uncover quite a few dark secrets in the process. This edge-of-your-seat mystery effortlessly blends different genres, from fantasy and comedy to romance.

36. Deadtime Stories

  • Who's in it: Jennifer Stone, Jadon Sand, Grace Kaufman
  • Suitable for: Kids age 10+

Wizards of Waverly Place star Jennifer Stone is "The Babysitter," a young girl who reads terrifying Deadtime Stories to kids before bed. Based on Annette and Gina Cascone's book series of the same name, this show will make you think twice before reading scary stories at night.

37. Animorphs

  • Who's in it: Shawn Ashmore, Boris Cabrera, Nadia Nascimento, Brooke Nevin
  • Suitable for: Kids age 10+

Inspired by K. A. Applegate's book series, this short-lived '90s classic revolves around a group of animal morphers, or "animorphs," who use their shape-shifting abilities to protect Earth by battling dangerous aliens. Always a treat to see young Shawn Ashmore in his element.

Action & Adventure

38. Supah Ninjas

  • Who's in it: Ryan Potter, Carlos Knight, Gracie Dzienny, George Takei
  • Suitable for: Kids age 6+

Following the death of his grandfather, Mike Fukanaga receives a mysterious letter and learns that he comes from a long line of vigilante ninjas. Mike is joined by his best friends, Owen and Amanda, as he gets trained by a hologram of his grandfather to fight crime in Empire City. Aside from the heart-pumping martial arts sequences, Supah Ninjas includes positive messages about loyalty, friendship and self-confidence.

39. Henry Danger

  • Who's in it: Jace Norman, Cooper Barnes, Sean Ryan Fox, Riele Downs, Ella Anderson
  • Suitable for: Kids age 10+

Henry Hart is a 13-year-old boy who lands the coolest secret gig as Kid Danger—the sidekick of his town's main superhero, Captain Man. However, Henry struggles to keep this secret while balancing his superhero training with school and family.

40. The Thundermans

  • Who's in it: Kira Kosarin, Jack Griffo, Addison Riecke, Diego Velazquez
  • Suitable for: Kids age 7+

On the surface, they're just your average suburban family. What everyone doesn't know, however, is that they all have superpowers. The show primarily focuses on 14-year-old twins, Max and Phoebe, who learn to juggle school and family while training to be the best superheroes.

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