Nickelodeon — or NICK — has been entertaining kids and annoying their parents since at least the 1980s. Over the years, the preeminent kid-focused channel has produced dozens of original series, ranging from cartoons to variety shows to comedies to game shows. Now the panelists of the Great Pop Culture Debate want to relive the Orange Years and dodge the slime buckets as we attempt to determine: What IS the Best Nickelodeon Original Series?

Join host Eric Rezsnyak and GPCD panelists Amma Marfo, Andrea Guerrero, Curtis Creekmore, and Joelle Boedecker as they discuss 16 of the most legendary series from Nickelodeon’s past and present. This one gets VERY emotional.

NOTE: We started working on this episode long before the recent revelations regarding behind-the-scenes traumas at Nickelodeon. Therefore, we do not discuss or reference any of those issues. We stand with the accusers unequivocally, and any lauding of Nickelodeon or its creative teams should be seen as solely relating to the quality of the programming.

Play along at home by finding the listener bracket here. Make a copy for yourself, fill it out, and see if your picks match up with ours!

To listen to Round 1, showing how we got to the Sweet 16 down from the Top 32, become a Patreon supporter of the podcast today to access the exclusive Part 1 episode.


Best 80s Cartoon

Best TV Game Show

Best Disney Animated Feature

Top 10 Nickelodeon Theme Songs

Round 2 Match-Ups:

Match-Up 1: “Rugrats” (1) vs. “Double Dare” (5)

Match-Up 2: “Nickelodeon GUTS” (6) vs. “Are You Afraid Of the Dark?” (2)

Match-Up 3: “Avatar: The Last Airbender” (1) vs. “The Adventures of Pete & Pete” (5)

Match-Up 4: “Legends of the Hidden Temple” (3) vs. “The Fairly OddParents” (2)

Match-Up 5: “Hey Arnold!” (1) vs. “The Secret World of Alex Mack” (4)

Match-Up 6: “Doug” (3) vs. “All That” (2)

Match-Up 7: “SpongeBob SquarePants” (1) vs. “Rocko’s Modern Life” (4)

Match-Up 8: “Aaahh!!! Real Monsters” (3) vs. “Clarissa Explains It All” (2)

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Host: Eric Rezsnyak

Panel: Amma Marfo, Andrea Guerrero, Curtis Creekmore, Joelle Boedecker

Producer: Bob Erlenback

Editor: Eric Rezsnyak

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