As a kid, I was a die-hard Nickelodeon fan, though there were a few shows on other channels that I used to enjoy as well. These five shows were either cancelled, are currently only airing in other countries besides the U.S., or only air in the earliest hours of the morning, before anyone is awake to see them. After reading, I would love to hear about any shows that you miss from your childhood.
As Told By Ginger was a cartoon on Nickelodeon that followed teen Ginger Foutley as she went through life and wrote about her experiences in her diary. I absolutely adored this show, and found it to be one of the more mature series that Nickelodeon ever aired. It seemed to be aimed at older kids and teens, because some of the themes of the show are rather mature, and I would even describe the series as being contemplative at times. As Told By Ginger received three Emmy nominations during its six-year run. As of now, only certain individual episodes and TV movies are available on DVD.
If there is anyone who hasn't seen Rugrats? This show follows everyone's favorite weird-looking babies (and two supernaturally articulate three-year-olds) as they go on 351-episodes (and three movies) worth of adventures that would bring serious harm to actual infants. This show is just a classic because, aside from the fact that it was one of the first cartoons aired on Nickelodeon back when it was first established, it has something in it for everyone. Kids like it because the characters go on wild adventures that stir their fantasies, while older people can appreciate its mockery of "textbook parents" (Case in point: Didi Pickles) and the misconceptions that the babies have about the adult life. The way they mispronounce words is adorable and funny as well.
Hey Arnold! was an all-around entertaining show that aired on Nickelodeon and followed the adventures of everyone's favorite football-head. I always found it hilarious that Arnold was constantly mocked for his football-shaped head when every other character on that show was goofy-looking too. That theme song was also very catchy. While the show was usually just plain funny, it had its serious moments, such as the episodes centering on Arnold's missing parents, which I found to be both beautiful and sad.
Beast Wars was the sequel to the first Transformers series, and takes place on a planet much like Earth, in which two factions of robots, after landing on this planet, must take on alternate forms for protection from an element present in excess on the planet. Thus, when not in their mecha forms, the characters are seen as animals. The production designer for the show even won an Emmy for his work on this show. While this isn't necessarily a "cartoon", it is CG-animated. This was a show that I used to rush home from school every day to watch. I was quite the tomboy as a child, and back then, it just didn't get any better than watching animals that could turn into robots duke it out.
Yes, Digimon. While the series is constantly being panned, back in the day, when I was very young, I didn't focus on character development or plot devices or soundtrack qualities. All I knew was that the show was fun to watch. Plus, I always thought I was so cool because while everyone else was into Pokemon, I was watching Digimon instead. I eventually lost interest in the series after new characters were introduced, replacing those I had come to know.
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