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FridayNightNicktoons

The Friday Night Nicktoons logo.

Friday Night Nicktoons (also known as Prime Time Nicktoons) was a programming block that aired from July 12, 2002 to late 2004; its original time slot was 8-10 pm, before expanding from 7-10pm 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.

History

FNN picture

Various Nicktoon characters are inside the building of the Nicktoons Animation Studio in Hollywood.

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 Nicktoons 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:

Summer 2004 (Prime Time Nicktoons era)

Prime Time Friday on Nick promo screenshot

"Prime Time Friday on Nickelodeon, as if you knew that another reason to look forward to Friday night."

In Summer 2004, Friday Night Nicktoons was temporarily replaced by Prime Time Nicktoons (also known as Prime Time Friday). Unlike FNN, the block used generic "We'll be right back" and "Now back to the show" bumpers.

Fall 2004 (Spaceship era)

Friday Night Nicktoons (late 2004)

Screenshot of the FNN promo since 2004.

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 Nicktoons' branding (which took place in outer space with spaceships) at the time. The block was extended to an hour earlier, airing from 7-10pm. In late 2004, Friday Night Nicktoons was removed completely from the lineup. The following shows that aired during this era included:

Trivia

  • 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.
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