5 classic Nickelodeon shows that will make you seriously nostalgic

Bring back those childhood memories with the unforgettable theme tunes, serious laughs and lovable characters.

As well as being the home of some of the greatest animation series of all time – Doug, Hey Arnold!, Rugrats, Spongebob – Nickelodeon has always delivered some of the biggest and best live-action entertainment shows for kids.

The latest big hit on the channel is the US series Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, a fun-packed comedy about quadruplets with very different personalities and tons of adventures.

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To celebrate the show’s return with all new episodes on Nickelodeon – BT channel 483 – here are five of our all-time favourite Nickelodeon live-action shows that make us seriously nostalgic for our childhood.

1. Kenan and Kel

Kenan and Kel

Who loved orange soda? This unforgettable spinoff from Nickelodeon’s variety show All That, turned Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell into stars.

The duo got their own movie, The Good Burger, and Kenan went on to become a star on Saturday Night Live.

However, the pair’s work on Kenan and Kel remains their crowning achievement. The comedy farce was a bundle of energy, imaginative and its theme tune from Coolio remains one of the greatest of all time.

2. Clarissa Explains It All


Melissa Joan Hart, who would later go on to even bigger success in Sabrina The Teenage Witch, became a hero for a whole generation of kids in this fourth-wall breaking, pre-teen comedy.

A show that defined the childhood of many kids in the 90s, its 65 episodes taught a whole generation of viewers how to cope with nerdy siblings, embarrassing parents and how to pull off some seriously outlandish fashion.

3. The Secret World Of Alex Mack


Larissa Oleynik was the star of this long-running sci-fi teen drama, which was essentially one large metaphor for the stresses and strains of teenage life.

Alex Mack was doused in a mysterious chemical that gave her the power to turn into a silver goo and shoot electricity from her fingertips.

The ability to transport out of tricky situations came in handy as she had to keep her powers secret from everyone apart from her best pal Ray and older sister Annie.

Larissa apparently turned down a movie and fifth series of the show, because she wanted to focus on high school and maintain the innocence of the character.

4. Are You Afraid Of The Dark?

Running for 91 episodes across the 90s, this surprisingly scary kids show revolved around the Midnight Society’s campfire spooky stories.

Perfectly pitched to give chills to kids (and possibly a few adults), the show featured some big-name guest actors including Neve Campbell and Hilary Swank, and inspired a whole generation of viewers to have a passion for the supernatural.

5. Drake and Josh

Draje and Josh

The biggest Nickelodeon live-action hit of the 00s, Drake and Josh was essentially Kenan & Kel for a new generation.

A spinoff from The Amanda Show, the series followed a classic odd couple format as stepbrothers Drake Parker and Josh Nichols navigated high school, girls and their parents in San Diego, California.

The evolution of the two brothers across the series and the everyday issues tackled around popularity, dating and teenage dilemmas, meant it had a lasting emotional impact on all its viewers.

Nickelodeon’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn airs on weekdays at 4.30pm.

BT TV Kids customers can watch Nickelodeon, channel 483 and catch up on the series on the BT Player.

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