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This page is a list of shows that made their broadcast debut outside of Nickelodeon before eventually appearing in reruns on Nickelodeon and/or its sister channels.

Animated shows

The Alvin Show on Nickelodeon The Alvin Show

Original network: CBS
Original run: October 4, 1961 - September 12, 1962
Aired on Nickelodeon: 1994 - 1996


The first animated series based on the fictional musical group of Alvin and the Chipmunks, created by Ross Bagdasarian. Each episode consisted of a cartoon starring the Chipmunks, another cartoon about a dim-witted scientist/inventor named Clyde Crashcup, and two musical segments featuring the Chipmunks.

When the show was aired on Nickelodeon in the 1994-95 season, the intro sequence was for some reason altered to have the network's name plastered everywhere. Around the time Nickelodeon picked up reruns of the second Alvin and the Chipmunks cartoon (see below), the individual Alvin Show segments were inserted as the cartoon segments in reruns of Weinerville.

Alvin and the Chipmunks title Alvin and the Chipmunks

Original network: NBC
Original run: September 17, 1983 - December 1, 1990
Aired on Nickelodeon: 1995-1997


The second animated series based on the fictional musical group created by Ross Bagdasarian.

This show's theme song, "We're the Chipmunks", would be reused as the theme song for ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks, which itself premiered on Nickelodeon.

AnimaniacsLogo Animaniacs

Produced by: Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Entertainment
Original network: FOX (1993-95); The WB (1995-98)
Original run: September 13, 1993 - November 14, 1998
Aired on Nickelodeon: September 1, 2001 - 2003
Aired on NickToons: May 1, 2002 - July 7, 2005

Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs, created by Tom Ruegger, was the second collaboration between Warner Bros. Animation and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, after Tiny Toon Adventures. It was a variety show consisting of short skits featuring a large cast of characters, the most prominent being the Warner Brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and their sister Dot, three cartoon characters of indeterminate species.

Infamously, when Nickelodeon had the rights to run the show, many of the show's jokes were often cut for time. Even worse, the show's intro sequence was shortened, with the zoom-in to the Warner Bros. Studio water tower at the beginning replaced by a shot of the show's logo breaking though the Nickelodeon logo, and the theme song's variable verses (which always ended in "-aney") all being replaced with "Nickeleeny", despite the obvious fact that it did not rhyme.

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BeetlejuiceAnimatedSeriesLogoIntro Beetlejuice

Produced by: Nelvana
Original network: ABC (1989-1991); FOX (1991)
Original run: September 9, 1989 – December 6, 1991
Aired on Nickelodeon: 1994–98


Based very loosely on the 1988 Tim Burton movie of the same name.
Bullwinkle's Moose-O-Rama Bullwinkle's Moose-a-Rama

Produced by: Jay Ward Productions
Original network: ABC (1959–61); NBC (1961–64)
Original run: November 19, 1959 - June 27, 1964
Aired on Nickelodeon: 1989-1996


This show, one of the earliest cartoons produced for television, originated on ABC as Rocky and His Friends and was then retitled The Bullwinkle Show when it moved to NBC in its third season. Although Nickelodeon's syndicated reruns of the show also gave Bullwinkle top billing, it is more commonly known as The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.
Title-GarfieldAndFriends Garfield and Friends

Produced by: Film Roman Productions
Original network: CBS
Original run: September 17, 1988 - December 10, 1994
Aired on Nickelodeon: 1997-2000


Garfield and Friends was a Saturday morning cartoon based on the newspaper comic strip Garfield by Jim Davis. Each half-hour episode consisted of two shorts starring Garfield, with the middle short being based on U.S. Acres, Jim Davis' other, shorter-lived comic strip (known internationally as Orson's Farm). Although the show ran for a total of 121 episodes, only 73 of them, all from the show's first five seasons, were syndicated by The Program Exchange.
Heathcliff title Heathcliff

Produced by: DiC Entertainment
Original network: Syndication
Original run: September 5, 1984-1988
Aired on Nickelodeon: 1988-1993


This was the second and more well-known animated series based on the newspaper comic strip of the same name, unofficially referred to as Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats to distinguish it from both the comic and the previous cartoon. Although the show, like the comic strip, stars the wise-guy orange feline of the show's title, this series was better known for the characters created for its "B" segment, officially named Cats & Co.
Inspector Gadget title Inspector Gadget

Produced by: DiC Entertainment
Original network: Syndication
Original run: September 12, 1983 - February 1, 1986
Aired on Nickelodeon: 1987 - 1992, 1997 - 2000


LTOnNickTitle1A Looney Tunes on Nickelodeon

Produced by: Warner Bros. Animation

Original run: 1930 - 1969
Aired on Nickelodeon: September 12, 1988 - September 11, 1999


Looney Tunes on Nickelodeon was the program on which Nickelodeon aired numerous installments of the Warner Bros. theatrical cartoon short series. Broadcasts of it typically spanned from half an hour to a full hour. Nickelodeon's Looney Tunes package consisted primarily of the series' early black-and-white shorts, and most of the color shorts produced after August 1948 (the ones produced beforehand had ended up in the ownership of Turner Broadcasting; this notably makes Looney Tunes the only cartoon series that was airing on both Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network simultaneously). The show also ran on Nick at Nite for a while, with a different intro sequence.

Since the Warner-owned Looney Tunes shorts were, at the time, also being shown in programs aired on ABC, Fox Kids, and Kids' WB!, Nickelodeon's assortment of Looney Tunes shorts tended to change every year or so. After Time Warner merged with Turner Broadcasting in 1996, Nickelodeon's Looney Tunes package gradually shifted over to Cartoon Network before finally disappearing from Nick entirely in September 1999. Looney Tunes holds the record for being on Nickelodeon the longest out of all the non-original animated shows on air on the network.

Nickelodeon Most Wanted Nickelodeon's Most Wanted: Yogi Bear

Produced by: Hanna-Barbera
Original network: Syndication
Original run: January 30, 1961 - January 6, 1962 (The Yogi Bear Show)
Aired on Nickelodeon: 1990 - 1992


Nickelodeon's Most Wanted: Yogi Bear was the umbrella title used for Nickelodeon's broadcasts of The Yogi Bear Show and the related spin-offs Yogi's Treasure Hunt and The New Yogi Bear Show. Originally featured as the middle segment on The Huckleberry Hound Show, Yogi is an anthropomorphic bear who resides in Jellystone Park and does not conform to the rules set upon him, as he is "smarter than the average bear."

When Turner Broadcasting bought out the Hanna-Barbera library in 1991 and used it as the foundation for Cartoon Network the following year, Yogi Bear was dropped from Nickelodeon and moved straight to the new network.

Nick takes over Acme Labs Pinky and the Brain

Produced by: Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Entertainment
Original network: The WB
Original run: September 9, 1995 - November 14, 1998
Aired on Nickelodeon: 2000 - 2003
Aired on NickToons: May 1, 2002 - July 7, 2005

Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky and the Brain was a show spun off from one of the most popular segments of Animaniacs. The show focused on the exploits of a pair of genetically-engineered laboratory mice - The Brain and his dim-witted assistant, Pinky - who embark every night on elaborate schemes to take over the world, which never succeed. Although Nickelodeon's reruns of Pinky and the Brain were generally unedited, the theme song was inexplicably altered to have the network's name literally written all over it.
Title-TMNT2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)

Produced by: Mirage Studios, 4Kids Entertainment, and Dong Woo Animation
Original network: FOX (Seasons 1-6); The CW (Season 7)
Original run: February 8, 2003 - February 28, 2009

Aired on NickToons: December 2014 - 2016(?)

The second animated television series based on the comic book of the same name, this reboot brought the Ninja Turtles franchise back to prominence after its decline in popularity in the late 1990s. This series stuck closer in tone to the original comics than its longer-running predecessor, with several early episodes being direct adaptations of stories from the comics, but also included some new takes on the franchise (such as Shredder actually being an evil Utrom). Due to the acquisition of the franchise in 2009, Nickelodeon now owns this show, along with its finale movie Turtles Forever (which served as a crossover with the 1987 cartoon and was produced to celebrate the franchise's 25th anniversary).

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Tiny Toons Tiny Toon Adventures

Produced by: Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Entertainment
Original network: Syndication (1990-92); FOX (1992)
Original run: September 14, 1990 - December 6, 1992
Aired on Nickelodeon: September 1995 - September 1999; September 2, 2002 - 2004
Aired on NickToons: 2003 - July 7, 2005

Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures was the first animated series produced by Warner Bros. for television, and also their first collaboration with Amblin Entertainment. An indirect spin-off of Warner's Looney Tunes shorts, the show focused on the adventures of a group of young cartoon characters who attend a school named Acme Looniversity, where they are taught by the original Looney Tunes characters they themselves are based on.

Tiny Toon Adventures aired in reruns on Nickelodeon following its departure from Fox Kids in 1995. During its first run on Nick, the episodes were always bookended with animated bumpers depicting a group of kids going to a theater to watch the show right before it began, and then cheering after it was finished. Notably, one episode that Fox had refused to run, "Toons from the Crypt", made its broadcast premiere on Nick. After September 1999, the show's reruns then appeared on Cartoon Network for the next three years before returning to Nickelodeon on September 2, 2002. The episodes were presented no differently than before, but the shot of the WB Shield zooming out at the beginning of the intro sequence was replaced with a fade from black straight to the Tiny Toons logo.

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You're on Nickelodeon, Charlie Brown You're on Nickelodeon, Charlie Brown

Produced by: Lee Mendelson/Bill Melendez Productions
Original network: CBS
Original run: 1965 - 1992
Aired on Nickelodeon: January 1998 - 2000
Aired on NickToons: 2003 - 2004

You're on Nickelodeon, Charlie Brown was the umbrella title used for Nickelodeon's broadcasts of the animated shows based on the newspaper comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. The package included the majority of the animated Peanuts specials that originally ran on CBS (with the notable exceptions of the holiday standards A Charlie Brown Christmas, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and A Charlie Brown Thanskgiving, which remained on CBS before moving to ABC in 2001), plus the Saturday morning cartoon The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show and the educational mini-series This is America, Charlie Brown.

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