CBS All Access added plenty of content to its platform recently, including a lot of shows from a channel many Americans grew up watching and loving: Nickelodeon. As a Viacom-owned network, it was only natural Nickelodeon would be on CBS All Access, and that some of the most classic shows would be in the streaming library.
For those who haven't had a chance to check CBS All Access out yet for the best from the Nickelodeon vault, we've got your back. Here's a rundown of classic Nickelodeon shows currently on the platform for your streaming pleasure.
The Ren & Stimpy Show
One of Nickelodeon's most controversial shows is available on CBS All Access, and it's definitely worth checking out. I would say The Ren & Stimpy Show's comedy is certainly raunchy, but no more than what you'd see in Rick and Morty. With a reboot currently in development over at Comedy Central, now may be the best time to jump in and see why this series of adventures between a cat and dog has such a beloved cult following to this day.
One fine day with a woof and a purr, Nickelodeon released the show CatDog and it caused a little stir. Two brothers, attached at the stomach, but couldn't be any more different. The show that focused on their day-to-day lives was great, even if it frequently dangled the carrot in front of our faces about how these two went to the bathroom. Personally I've always been of the opinion that they did it all through their armpits because the sick idea that there's some sort of Human Centipede-esque situation happening is just too much for me.
What kid didn't want to live the life that Timmy Turner had in The Fairly OddParents? Sure, Vicky was the worst babysitter, but what does that matter when you have fairies who can grant wishes for you and make almost every dream you have come true? The Fairly OddParents was a quality Nicktoon most of the way through, though there are those who think it fell off when Wanda and Cosmo's baby Poof was brought into the picture. Still, that's a ways into the show's history and there are plenty of Poof-less episodes to enjoy well ahead of his arrival.
The epitome of the classic Nicktoon, Rugrats' entire run is available to stream on CBS All Access. That means everything from Tommy's First Birthday well into Baby Dil's introduction (which I think was the beginning of the end of the show's quality, but that's for another time). There are too many classics in this baby adventure series to name, though I am partial to the one where the babies almost die but get out of it and return to their parents who are none the wiser. Oh wait, is that most of them? In that case, my favorite is "Reptar On Ice" if only because I felt like Reptar deserved a spinoff and never got one.
Danny Phantom was always a show that was just a little bit weird, but that's to be expected when the show is about a kid who can turn into a ghost and fight the paranormal with the help of his friends. I've always wondered--when Danny got his powers to "go ghost," did he half die in his parents' machine? The excuse was that his molecules got all re-arranged, but I'm not exactly sure how that allows you to turn into a ghost. That's just the tip of the iceberg of the questions you'll ask with this show.
What kind of Nickelodeon library would CBS All Access have if it didn't host the mother of all Nicktoons? SpongeBob SquarePants and his undersea adventures with Patrick Star and friends are still going strong on television and in theaters. With the first SpongeBob spinoff Kamp Koral on the way and another possibly headed to CBS All Accessf, I'm beginning to think owning CBS All Access will be as mandatory for SpongeBob fans as it will be for Star Trek fans going forward.
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Avatar: The Last Airbender is newly available streaming on Netflix, and plenty of people may have already checked it out there. For those who don't have Netflix, the show is also available right now on CBS All Access. Aang's journey as the Avatar to restore peace to the four nations is a fun and harrowing adventure, not to mention one that can be enjoyed by adults as much as it is by children. For those looking for a good family show that no one will get bored watching, this is a great option.
The Legend Of Korra
If you're going to watch Avatar: The Last Airbender, or already have, why not watch the sequel series? To call The Legend of Korra a sequel may be a bit generous, if only because it takes place a full 70 years after the original show. The series follows Avatar Korra in the adventures of the world changed by Avatar Aang. The takes from the fandom about The Last Airbender vs. Legend of Korra are about as polarizing as the debates about Star Wars' sequel trilogy. Still, it's worth giving Korra a shot, especially for the person willing to roll the dice and unexpectedly become obsessed.
Inspector Gadget/Danger Mouse
Inspector Gadget and Danger Mouse are lumped together because, well, they aren't technically Nickelodeon shows. They both were syndicated for a long time on Nickelodeon, however, so it wouldn't be crazy to think there are some fans who learned about them from their runs on Nickelodeon. For those new to both shows, one is about a robot detective and his niece fighting an evil guy called Dr. Claw and the other is about a secret agent mouse with extraordinary powers and an eyepatch. I won't spoil which is which, just in case there's anyone looking to go in completely clean from the start.
CBS All Access (opens in new tab) recently brought a whole slew of content into its platform, so now is the time to check it out again. In the meantime, continue to stick with CinemaBlend for all the latest happening in television and movies.
Mick likes good television, but also reality television. He grew up on Star Wars, DC, Marvel, and pro wrestling and loves to discuss and dissect most of it. He’s been writing online for over a decade and never dreamed he’d be in the position he is today.
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