Top 5 Nickelodeon Cartoons

Top 5 Nickelodeon Cartoons by Dale Doback

5. CatDog (1998 - 2004)
A witty cartoon based around the everyday lives of conjoined brothers CatDog aka a cat and dog stuck together. The origins of CatDog aren’t completely known, although subtle references in the show do tell us their mother is alive. Due to CatDog’s biological makeup, they suffer daily beatings and harassment from the local gang, The Greaser Dogs and also their neighbour, Winslow, a blue mouse.
Despite them being brothers, they both have polar opposite personalities; Cat being the more sophisticated of the two, enjoying orchestra music and reading, while Dog prefers chasing garbage trucks and playing with toy fighter planes. Needless to say, being conjoined causes many rows and hissy fits.
Growing up CatDog was a major part of my childhood and a revival of one or two shows is a must have.

4. Rugrats (1991 - 1995 era)
One of the longest running Nickelodeon cartoons, with an amazing length of up to 14 years, The Rugrats was among the biggest craze of the 90’s generation. Primarily based on 4 toddlers - Tommy Pickles, Chucky (Charles) Finster and Lil and Phil (Lillian and Philip)DeVil, we watch the babies interact with each other in humorous situations such as adventures in the shopping mall (which leave a very distressed Stu Pickles, Chaz Finster and Howard DeVil to find them). Occasional appearances from the much loved Angelica Pickles (Tommy’s Cousin) and her doll Cynthia, almost always leave the babies one bit wiser and one cookie short.
Although there have since this era been more character added, such as Dil Pickles and Kimmie, I think most 90’s children would agree that the near vintage Rugrats were the best!

3. Hey Arnold (1996 - 2004)
Arnold, a 4th grader with a football shaped head, lives in a boarding house with his grandparents Phil and Gertrude, and a group of unruly tenants who are forever fighting like family should. The show follows Arnold as he attends to school matters, avoids the girl who crushes on him -Helga G. Pataki,- but at the same time threatens to beat his face in most days and just lives it like a 4th grader, with his best friend Gerald. Much loved episodes are occasionally aired on Nick Toons such as the infamous ‘Longest Monday’ where the students of PS.118 have to avoid being dumped in trash cans by older students.
This show has become a notable remembrance of the 90’s cartoon genre, with even adults themselves sitting down to watch the show!

2. SpongeBob Squarepants (1999 - Present)
Although airing began at the end of the 90’s Spongebob Squarepants has become the most famous Nickelodeon cartoon to this date. Centred around the life of a yellow sea sponge who lives in a pinapple in the fictional bedtown of Bikini Bottom and works at the Krusty Krab, we see Spongebob tackle all sorts of business. He spends most days with his trusty sidekick, Patrick Star lives two doors up from him beneath a rock and together, the two torment their neighbour Squidward Tentacles, who lives in a Moai Statue and plays the clarinet - terribly ! Other notable characters include the greedy Mr Krab’s and his whale daughter Pearl, Sandy Cheeks, a scientist squirrel who lives in a tree dome and Mr Krab’s arch enemy - Sheldon Plankton.
Current episode of Spongebob are lacking creativity as the Spongebob obsessed pirate, Patchy, is starring in far to many of the episodes.
But without a doubt, Spongebob Squarepants is a very notable cartoon.

1. The Angry Beavers (1997 - 2001)
The Angry Beavers, was among the most notable and much loved cartoons of the 90’s. Centring around twin Beaver Brothers, Norbet Foster Beaver(Norb) and Dagget Doofus Beaver(Dagg) who live in their own home built dam and tackle their own rivalries with each other every day. Dagg, who befriended a tree stump he named Stump, constantly torments Norb because of his past dating history with tree flower. Norb, in return, consistently plays on Daggs stupidity and gets him to do most of his dirty work e.g. forcing Dagg into organising a rock concert, and then pretending that he had done it himself to impress his love interest.
Any true 90’s child would defiantly agree and sign a petition demanding the Angry Beavers be re-run in a tribute season.

CatDog~The Rugrats~Hey Arnold~Spongebob Squarepants~The Angry Beavers

- Dale Doback
Posted on November 21st, 2009 at 01:47pm


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