Friday Night Nicktoons was a programming block that aired on Nickelodeon from July 12, 2002 to December 17, 2004. Its original time slot was 8-10 pm, before expanding from 7-10 pm towards the end of the block's run. The block was made to compete with Cartoon Network's Cartoon Cartoon Fridays (later Cartoon Network's Fridays) block.


2002-2004 (Nicktoons Animation Studio era)

Friday Night Nicktoons premiered on July 12, 2002 at 8/7c. The block took place in a CGI-animated building loosely based on the Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Hollywood. The branding featured characters from different series interacting with each other in the studio. Inside the building included sets for different Nicktoons, along with a giant sentient binocular, the block's logo, and mechanical arms.

Characters from most Nicktoons up to the block's creation could be spotted in the intro sequence and the bumpers, but only the following shows actually aired on the block during this era:

Spring 2004 (Prime Time Nicktoons era)

On March 5, 2004, Friday Night Nicktoons was temporarily replaced by Prime Time Nicktoons. Unlike FNN, the block used generic "We'll be right back" and "Now back to the show" bumpers.

Fall 2004 (Spaceship era)

On September 24, 2004, Friday Night Nicktoons returned to the network. Nickelodeon got rid of the old FNN branding, and replaced it with bumpers based on the Nicktoons channel's branding at the time. The block was extended to an hour earlier, airing from 7-10pm. On December 17, 2004, Friday Night Nicktoons was removed completely from the lineup. The following shows that aired during this era included:


  • The 9:30pm timeslot originally included 15-minute segments of Oh Yeah! Cartoons and Invader Zim from July-August 2002. While Invader Zim was removed completely, The Fairly OddParents shorts from Oh Yeah! continued airing until 2003.