My thoughts on some of the old Nickelodeon shows, starting with the Nicktoons: Doug I feel like the first episode I saw was the first episode, "Doug Bags a Nematoad". This seems like the "normal" one of the original three Nicktoons, but it was still a good show. I like Skeeter and Porkchop and Mr. Dink. Some of my favorite episodes include the one where Doug tries to learn how to dance, the one where Doug gets accused of copying Chalky's answers on a test, and the episode where Doug works as a mascot for The Honker Burger. Rugrats I've always enjoyed this better than Doug. The early episodes are a lot better than the revival episodes. I tolerated it after Dil was born, but started watching it considerably less when Kimmi was introduced. Some of my favorite episodes include "Real or Robot", "At the Movies", "Toy Store", "Cuffed", "Pickles vs. Pickles", "Beach Blanket Babies", and "Reptar on Ice". I like the first two movies but thought the third was mediocre. I even willingly watched the "All Grown Up" series on occasion. Ren and Stimpy This seems to have been the big hit out of the three original Nicktoons (until Rugrats soared in popularity and was revived). Unlike the other Nicktoons, which were all two-segment shows, this was a two-segment show AND featured short segments as well (like the "Log" commercials). I really like the ending scenes with Ren and Stimpy in front of a curtain (there weren't enough of those). My favorite episodes include "Stimpy's Invention", "Ren's Toothache", "Camping Out", "Space Madness", "Have Yourself a Stinky Little Christmas", "Cousin Sven", and "Man's Best Friend" (though after years of knowing about it and then finally seeing it I feel George Liquor acted a lot friendlier than I had expected him to). Oh, and that Muddy Mudskipper episode was great, too (forget the title but for some reason both both halfs had different titles)! I don't remember very many of the post-John K episodes too well (though I really like the episode where Ren's evil and dopey sides become seperate beings, especially the girl scout cookie scene). I had a talking Ren doll (which scared my brother) and a farting Stimpy doll, as well as both Ren and Stimpy audio cassettes. Rocko's Modern Life I first saw Rocko on some contest Nickelodeon did. Can't remember what it was called, but there was something where, I believe, viewers could call in, and a character from a different Nick show would appear and ask the viewers to have some spinning thing stop at a certain point to find another character from that show (for example, Mr. Lippman from Welcome Freshmen appeared and told a viewer to find Walter). One of whom was Rocko, and I can't remember which character from his show was supposed to be found. This was before it began airings, and before I saw promos for the show. Anyway, I like the Bigheads, they're funny. Some of my favorite episodes include the two Ralph Bighead episodes (especially "Wacky Deli"), "Tickled Pinkey", and "Zanzibahr" (I often break into one of the episodes songs at random - "R-E-C-Y-C-L-E Recycle!"). Aaaaaahhh! Real Monsters I liked this show a lot better when it was current, but now I don't have much interest in revisiting it (though I recently downloaded one episode, "Spontaneous Combustavle", on iTunes). I liked all three monsters, though. I also had the Sega Genesis game, which was fun. Kablaam I don't know if this actually counts as a Nicktoon (I don't think it was ever promoted as such), but I liked the variety format. My favorite segments from this show include Action League Now (which originated in a handful of All That episodes), Life with Loopy (I like the episode where Loopy tries to get the mailman to stop delivering bills, as well as her father's response to the bills), and The Offbeats. I've read on TV Tropes that this hasn't been released commercially because of the many different artists who contributed. Too bad they didn't negotiate at the time it was produced to have video releases of the show. The Angry Beavers Daggot was a really funny character. I like the episode where Norbert promises to be Daggot's slave for an entire day (relying on him to forget, which he actually doesn't), and the episode where Norbert forgets to chew and grows his teeth out. Not to mention the box tops episode ("Mommy! I've got beavers in my cereal!"). It's interesting how both Ren and Stimpy and Angry Beavers had episodes involving "Beaver fever" (though it's different in both cases). Hey Arnold This is one of my favorite Nicktoons (I have the first season DVD set). I have many favorite characters and episodes. I watched the show less in the later seasons, but I think I saw some of the later episodes. Too bad the Hey Arnold "jungle movie" (where Arnold would have found his long-lost parents) never got made. Helga and her family were among the best characters, as were Sid, Stinkey, and Brainy. The Wild Thornberry's The first Nicktoon where every episode was a full half-hour (instead of two half-episodes). Around this time I was starting to become less interested in new Nickelodeon shows, and while I believe I did watch the early seasons often, I hardly remember any of the episodes. I never saw the movie, but did see The Rugrats Go Wild. CatDog I enjoyed this episode. I can identify with Cat more than Dog, and I really like the side characters Rancid Rabbit and Mr. Sunshine. Winslow was such a jerk. Some of my favorite episodes include the one where a preferred brand of dog treats get outlawed in CatDog's town so Cat opens a nightclub where he secretly sells those treats at high prices (spoofing the prohibition), the episode where Winslow blackmails Cat after reading Dog's diary, and the episode where Dog gets electrical powers. One episode I don't really like is the one where Dog refuses to leave his fire hydrant until he learns who was using it. I know it's supposed to be funny, but I find it too cruel to Cat. Such a downer episode! And those are the ones I watched regularly. I started watching SpongeBob when it began but got bored a little fast (I enjoyed it when it was a sneak peek after the Kids Choice Awards and was awaiting its regular schedule, and it ended up not being worth the wait). I'll write about the live-action shows later.