PUT THEM ON DVD ALREADY! - Old School Nickelodeon Edition
1. Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
I remember how cautious I was of this show when it first premiered. The character drawings seemed kind of weird, and the series seemed to be a little out there. Turns out, it was an instant classic.
2. The Adventures of the Little Koala
One of the premier Nick Jr. shows, this was nice bit of harmless fluff that doubled as entertainment as well as educational programming.
3. The Adventures of Tin Tin
Now that word on the web is Steven Spielberg may be bringing a live-action version of this to the big screen, is a DVD set of seasons on the horizon?
4. All That
The original was like Saturday Night Live on SNICK. A little overacted, but a very fun show to watch.
5. Alvin and the Chipmunks
Do you mind spending $20 or more for 14 episodes available on the Alvinnn!!! Edition DVD? I do. I'd like a full season of this, please.
6. The Angry Beavers
This was by no means my favorite show, yet I watched. It was something nice to have on in the background on Saturday mornings.
7. Animorphs: The Invasion Series
Popular as the books were in the day, this show really wasn't, though it wasn't too bad honestly; a cross between Power Rangers and The X-Files.
8. Are You Afraid of the Dark?
An unscary show packed to the brim with cheesiness, this is definite SNICK classic for those who remember it.
It took a very long time for this show to grow on me, and by the time it did, it was off the air.
10. Clarissa Explains It All
A less intense (not intense at all, really) My So-Called Life for the Nickelodeon crowd.
11. Cousin Skeeter
A talking puppet that's somehow related to Robert Ri'chard proved to be a better actor than either of the two human leads.
12. Double Dare
Talk about fun, family-friendly shows, this was the definition of it, made especially enjoyable thanks to a host who struck the right tone: Mark Summers.
13. Eureeka's Castle
Most flocked to Big Bird, but my giant companion was Magellan the dragon. I don't know that I ever learned anything from the show, but I had fun pretending to.
14. Figure It Out
This show made it known just how talented (and weird) some kids your own age were, and to this day, it's the only thing I've ever known host Summer Sanders for.
15. Get the Picture
My memory is incredibly fuzzy on this show, though I remember Mike O'Malley hosting, and kids looking at a giant screen to try to solve a picture puzzle. Sounds like it was probably fun.
16. Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics
Fairy tale stories will always be around for kids to hear, but this was the best way for those classics to be seen on screen.
It's hard to even think of claymation without thinking of this (still) entertaining kids series.
All the medals, trophies and statues in the world can't compare to taking home a piece of Aggro Crag, the ugliest-looking fake mountain of all time.
19. Hey, Dude
Long before she was Ben Stiller's wife, Christine Taylor was one of the interns (I guess? Did they actually do anything?) on this show. Not a whole lot happen, aside from a few romances, but it somehow kept our interest.
Now this was a show I think my parents enjoyed just as much as their kids. And why not? There were plenty of great animated shorts here, most notably Life with Loopy, Sniz and Fondue and, of course, Action League Now!
21. Kenan & Kel
It never won any Emmys for its writing (and there's a good reason for that), but back in the day, this was nice piece of mindless entertainment.
22. Land of the Lost
A family falls into an earthquake and lives in a treehouse where dinosaurs live near by. The car was neither damaged, nor did it ever run out of gas. Made sense as a kid.
23. Legends of the Hidden Temple
Even at a young age, something about men hiding in closets and popping out to hug kids seemed weird. And yet, it was often the highlight of this show.
24. The Littl' Bits
Another Nick Jr. original that was an immediate favorite of mine; the theme song is still fresh in my head.
25. Maya the Bee
While The Littl' Bits was my top Nick Jr. choice, this show was my sister's. It never really felt like you were skipping school unless you were watching this.
26. Muppet Babies
I never got into the Muppet movies, but this was something I enjoyed over and over again.
27. My Brother and Me
Goo punch. That's all I have to say.
28. The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
If you ever felt adolescent detectives were much smarter than you, trust me, you felt the exact opposite when you watched this.
29. Nick Arcade
Sure, this was lame, even in its heyday, but it was impossible not to watch. Video games never go out of style.
I honestly don't remember too much about this show, except for the fact that a koala would occasionally climb a tree. Sounds interesting enough to me.
31. Rocko's Modern Life
In my opinion, Nickelodeon's best animated comedy ever (next to Hey Arnold!). Behold the voice acting of Charlie Adler.
A little too experimental at first for me, this eventually became a favorite, once I decided that I didn't care if I understood what I was watching or not.
33. Salute Your Shorts
If anything, it made camp seem like a terrible place to be (Were they in camp year round? Seemed like it.) But it was anything but torture to watch Donkey Lips and crew.
34. The Secret World of Alex Mack
Technically, this is on DVD already. The first season is available, but only online. Bring on the others.
35. Space Cases
After recently rediscovering this, I can honestly tell you that this was a horrible show. So bad, it's good.
"Odd" is a word that doesn't do this show justice. It's more like "insanely crazy." Interesting show for kids.
37. What Would You Do?
One of the most fun family shows to watch, next to Double Dare, thanks again to host Mark Summers.
38. Wild & Crazy Kids
Sack races, kids rolling down hills in giant beach balls, lots and lots of pies. It was a feast for the adolescent eyes.
39. The World of David the Gnome
Maybe the show Nick Jr. ever had on its roster. But fair warning, don't eat leaves because the gnomes the do. They're not good. At all.
40. You Can't Do That On Television
One of the true old school nick shows that perfected the art of getting slimed on television.
Titles already available on DVD include:
The Adventures of Pete & Pete
Clarissa Explains It All (season one)
Inspector Gadget (though it appears to be going out of print)
Ren & Stimpy
The Secret World of Alex Mack (season one)
Tiny Toon Adventures
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