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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 Adventures of Tintin (TVtitle) The Adventures of Tintin

Produced by: Nelvana Limited and Ellipse Programmé
Original network: FR3/France 3 (France); Global Television Network (Canada)
Original run: 2 October 1991 - 28 September 1992
Aired on Nickelodeon: October 4, 1994 - July 4, 1997

Based on the iconic European comic albums of the same name by Belgian cartoonist Georges "Hergé" Remi, this cartoon followed the adventures of a young reporter named Tintin and his Wire Fox Terrier, Snowy. Originally produced in France, this series made its US debut on HBO before appearing on Nickelodeon.

Coincidentally, over a decade after Nickelodeon stopped airing Tintin, Nickelodeon Movies would co-produce the 2011 motion-capture animated film adaptation.

The Alvin Show on Nickelodeon The Alvin Show

Produced by: Bagdasarian Productions
Original network: CBS
Original run: October 4, 1961 - September 12, 1962
Aired on Nickelodeon: March 7, 1994 - December 31, 1995

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, and only one of the musical segments in each episode was shown. 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

Produced by: Bagdasarian Productions
Original network: NBC
Original run: September 17, 1983 - December 1, 1990
Aired on Nickelodeon: June 3, 1995 - June 27, 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 - March 15, 2005
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 variable lines at the end of the song (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: April 4, 1994 - February 26, 1998

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: June 15, 1992 - May 31, 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.
DangerMouseTVtitle Danger Mouse

Produced by: Cosgrove Hall Films and Thames Television
Original network: ITV
Original run: 28 September 1981 - 19 March 1992
Aired on Nickelodeon: June 4, 1984 - December 1987; September 30, 1991 - October 2, 1994

Created by Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall, this British animated series starred a secret agent rodent and parodied British spy fiction, such as the Danger Man series and James Bond. Danger Mouse was notably the first fully-animated series to appear on Nickelodeon.
Title-GarfieldAndFriends Garfield and Friends

Produced by: Film Roman Productions
Original network: CBS
Original run: September 17, 1988 - December 10, 1994
Aired on Nickelodeon: September 15, 1997 - April 28, 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.

In August 2019, Nickelodeon's parent company, ViacomCBS, acquired Paws, Inc., the company behind Garfield and U.S. Acres. As a result, Nickelodeon now owns this cartoon along with the comic strips. (However, the show's reruns are currently still licensed to Boomerang.)

Heathcliff title Heathcliff

Produced by: DiC Entertainment
Original network: Syndication
Original run: September 5, 1984 - August 13, 1988
Aired on Nickelodeon: October 1, 1988 - September 12, 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: October 1, 1987 - August 31, 1992; November 4, 1996 - April 29, 2000

Notably the first animated series syndicated by DIC Entertainment, this show revolved around a clumsy, dim-witted cyborg detective inspired by (and voiced by the same actor as) Maxwell Smart from Get Smart, who is sent on missions to thwart the evil plans of the terrorist organization "M.A.D.", all the while unknowingly assisted by his niece Penny and their dog, Brain.

Inspector Gadget is one of the few shows aired on Nickelodeon that would depart to another network and then come back to Nick a few years later. It was aired on the Family Channel from 1992 to 1995 before returning to Nick in late 1996. Interestingly, after Nickelodeon stopped airing Gadget again in 2000, it moved back to the Family Channel, which at that point had become the Fox Family Channel, and ran there from 2001 to 2002.

LTOnNickTitle1A Looney Tunes on Nickelodeon

Produced by: Warner Bros. Animation
Original network: N/A (theatrical shorts)
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.

Notably, the Looney Tunes characters would be seen on Nickelodeon again when the network aired reruns of Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs (both of which often featured cameos) in the early 2000s, and Space Jam in 2020.

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MIB series title Men in Black: The Series

Produced by: Adelaide Productions Inc. and Amblin Television
Original network: The WB
Original run: October 11, 1997 - June 30, 2001
Aired on Nickelodeon: November 17, 2002 - July 20, 2003

This animated series was loosely spun off from the 1997 science fiction film Men in Black (1997 film), which itself was originally based on Lowell Cunninghman's comic series The Men in Black.
Muppet Babies title Muppet Babies

Produced by: Jim Henson Productions and Marvel Productions
Original network: CBS
Original run: September 5, 1984 - November 2, 1991
Aired on Nickelodeon: September 28, 1992 - December 31, 1998

An animated spin-off from The Muppet Show. Inspired by a fantasy sequence in the film The Muppets Take Manhattan, Jim Henson's Muppet Babies stars infant versions of the most prominent Muppet characters having imaginary adventures together in a nursery run by a human woman called Nanny.

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The Muppet Show title The Muppet Show

Produced by: Jim Henson Productions and ITC Entertainment
Original network: ITV
Original run: September 15, 1976 - March 15, 1981
Aired on Nickelodeon: April 4, 1994 - March 29, 1996

A comedy television series created by Jim Henson and starring his iconic characters, the Muppets, presented as a variety show.

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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: October 1, 1990 - September 11, 1993

Nickelodeon's Most Wanted: Yogi Bear was the umbrella title used for Nickelodeon's broadcasts of The Yogi Bear Show and the spin-offs Yogi's Gang, Galaxy Goof-Ups, 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 moved straight to the new network following the expiration of its contract with Nickelodeon. However, this would not be the last time the character would appear on Nickelodeon - the 2010 live-action film adaptation aired on Nick in 2017.

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: September 4, 2000 - May 26, 2002
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 - December 31, 2015

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 24, 1995 - September 12, 1999; September 2, 2002 - August 29, 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.

The show's direct-to-video movie, Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, which was later split into a 4-part episode of the show itself, was also aired in its original form as an installment of Nick Flicks in 1999.

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Underdog title Underdog

Produced by: Total Television, Leonardo Television and Gamma Productions
Original network: NBC
Original run: October 3, 1964 - 1973
Aired on Nickelodeon: June 15, 1992 - May 29, 1994

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 23, 1998 - August 21, 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 (though one special, It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown, which had not aired on CBS and had only been released on VHS beforehand, would make its US television debut on Nick), plus the Saturday morning cartoon The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show and the educational mini-series This is America, Charlie Brown. Nickelodeon typically did not run 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; however, the first two specials did eventually appear on Nick at Nite as part of a four-hour Peanuts marathon on February 15, 2000, which was aired as a tribute to Charles Schulz following his death three days earlier.

Nickelodeon stopped airing You're on Nickelodeon, Charlie Brown in August 2000, several months after the strip's end. However, their contract to air Peanuts cartoons was not set to expire until 2004. Right before the contract expired, the Peanuts cartoons eventually showed up again on NickToons in 2003.

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