Which is it: 90s Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network?

By: Isadora Teich

Was it Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network? "Ed, Edd n Eddy"

"Ed, Edd n Eddy" was created by adult cartoonist Danny Antonucci on a dare. He pitched it to Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, but the show found its home on Cartoon Network.

"SpongeBob SquarePants"

This show was created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg. To date, it is Nickelodeon's most successful show, with the highest ratings on the network and a multi-billion dollar franchise.

"Alvin and the Chipmunks"

This show originally premiered on NBC in 1983. Reruns aired on Cartoon Network from 1998-2002.

"Johnny Bravo"

This classic is full of adult humor. It centers around the trials and tribulations of Johnny Bravo, a self-centered meathead who thinks he's a ladies man, despite being constantly rejected.

"The Powerpuff Girls"

"The Powerpuff Girls" premiered in 1998 and was an instant classic. The show was nominated for six Emmy Awards during its run.


"Rugrats" ran for 13 years total. It won over 20 awards including four Daytime Emmy Awards.

"Rocko's Modern Life"

This surreal kids show is full of adult humor. It launched the career of voice actor Tom Kenny, who went on to voice SpongeBob.

"The Addams Family"

This show aired on Cartoon Network from 1996-2002. It was originally on ABC in 1992, and the second animated series based on these characters. The first aired in 1973.


This show about a conjoined cat and dog ran for four seasons on Nickelodeon. Cat is voiced by Jim Cummings and Dog is voiced by Tom Kenny, famous for the role of SpongeBob.

"The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo"

This was the seventh incarnation of these famous characters. It ran initially for one season on ABC in 1985. Reruns were shown on Cartoon Network and USA Network in the 1990s.

"The Ren & Stimpy Show"

This show about the adventures of an unstable chihuahua named Ren and a kind, but dumb, cat named Stimpy ran for five seasons. It was controversial for its dark adult humor and violence.

"Rocket Power"

This radical show about four friends into extreme sports ran from 1999-2004. It also aired on CBS in the early 2000s.

"Pinky and the Brain"

These genetically enhanced laboratory mice bent on world domination first appeared on "Animaniacs." Their show ran for four seasons and won several Emmy Awards.

"Aaahh!!! Real Monsters"

This show about three young monsters learning to scare humans in monster school ran from 1994-1997. It got good reviews and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award.

"Dexter's Laboratory"

This favorite revolves around the adventures of boy genius Dexter, who has a secret lab hidden in his family's house. It had several controversial episodes pulled and was one of Cartoon Network's most successful original shows of the 1990s.

"Mike, Lu & Og"

This Russian-American animated TV show about a trio of unlikely friends ran for two seasons. It has 26 full episodes.

"Cow and Chicken"

"Cow and Chicken" was a surreal show in which a pair of quirky animal siblings get into kooky situations. It ran for four seasons and was nominated for two Emmy Awards.

"Space Ghost Coast to Coast"

This surreal animated talk show got weirder and weirder throughout its 10 seasons. It's had a big impact on TV and inspired a number of TV shows, including "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" and "The Eric Andre Show."

"I Am Weasel"

This show features a successful weasel and the jealous baboon who is always trying to upstage him. These characters were initially part of the show "Cow and Chicken."

"Batman: The Animated Series"

This 85-episode TV show is considered to be one of the best Batman adaptations of all time, as well as one of the best-animated series ever produced. It won numerous awards due to its sophisticated storytelling and visual style.

"Hey Arnold!"

"Hey Arnold!" ran from 1996-2004. It's a well-reviewed favorite which handles mature themes, despite its cast of mostly fourth graders.

"The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda"

This animated show was loosely based on the characters in the 17th-century novel "Don Quixote." It was aired in Europe first before airing on Cartoon Network in 1990.

"Courage the Cowardly Dog"

This dark and surreal kids show follows the adventures of a cowardly beagle named Courage and the elderly couple that owns him. It's an award-winning cult favorite.

"The Angry Beavers"

This show about two young bachelor beavers having wacky misadventures in the woods aired for four seasons. It ran from 1997 to 2001.

"What a Cartoon!"

This was an animation showcase series that premiered diverse animated shorts. Many shorts shown on this show became successful series of their own, like "Cow and Chicken" and "Dexter's Laboratory."

"The Wild Thornberrys"

This classic about a young girl who can talk to animals ran for five seasons. It was one of Nickelodeon's most popular shows.


This Canadian show was the first entirely computer-animated half-hour TV series. It aired from 1994 to 2001.

"Oh Yeah! Cartoons"

This animated cartoon showcase is, to date, TV's largest-ever animation development program. Dozens of filmmakers all created about 100 unique seven-minute animated shorts. Both "The Fairly OddParents" and "Chalkzone" began on this show.

"The Moxy Show"

In this animated anthology show, 3-D animated characters named Moxy and Flea hosted collections of classic cartoons. It had 24 episodes.


This animated showcase featured diverse shorts and was meant to show off weirder kinds of material. It ran for four seasons and developed a cult following immediately.


This animated sitcom centers around the life of teenager Doug Funnie, who struggles to fit in and impress his crush at school. The show originally aired on Nickelodeon, but later ran on the Disney Channel.

"The Adventures of Gulliver"

This 1968 television cartoon was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and initially aired on ABC. It's one season was aired on Cartoon Network throughout most of the 1990s.

"2 Stupid Dogs"

This TV series about two dumb dogs and the wacky situations they get into initially aired on TBS. From 1993-2003 it aired on Cartoon Network.

"The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan"

This half-hour animated mystery show aired for a single season on CBS in 1972. It was shown on Cartoon Network in the mid and late 1990s.


Animaniacs originally premiered on Fox Kids in the early 90s. In the late 90s, the show's reruns were shown on Cartoon Network. In the early 2000s, they aired on Nickelodeon.

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