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Nickelodeon, or simply Nick, is an American cable and satellite network, aimed at children and adolescents aged 2–17, along with a broader family audience through its program blocks. Launched on December 1st, 1977 by the Warner Cable Communications unit of Warner Communications, the network was originally founded as Pinwheel, named after a children's television show of the same name. The network was later renamed to Nickelodeon on April 1, 1979, after an early 20th century exhibition dedicated to showing projected motion pictures. In 1984, Nickelodeon alongside other channels such as MTV and VH-1 were spun off into a separate company known as MTV Networks. In 1985, Warner sold a minority of MTVN to Viacom and Warner acquired American Express' shares in the company. Later that year, Viacom acquired the rest of MTVN's shares from Warner. By this point, Viacom turned Nickelodeon into one of the most successful and popular children's entertainment brands in the world during the 90s to today.

1st Logo (1984-1992)

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Logo: There are multiple variants used:

  • Fireworks: Same as the respective Nickelodeon ID. The short variant was used more commonly.
  • Nick TV: Same as the respective Nickelodeon ID, but it starts at the scene where the boy leaps on the TV creature.
  • Nick Box: On a cream-colored background with several random objects, we see many objects falling down and landing in a black rectangle. Then, we see the black rectangle with an orange rectangle unfolding on top of it, revealing "NICKELODEON" in the colors of the objects and in its familiar font. The rectangles form a box shape, then the "NICKELODEON" text flashes white, and a butterfly flies out of the box.
  • Fish: Same as the respective Nickelodeon ID, but it starts a little before the background changes.
  • Golf: Same as the respective Nickelodeon ID, but it stops as the ball goes through the winding road.
  • Submarine: Same as the respective Nickelodeon ID, but it starts at the scene where the T. rex is looking around.
  • Nick Brew: Same as the respective Nickelodeon ID, but it starts at the scene where the face starts turning transparent.
  • Bikes: Same as the respective Nickelodeon ID, but it starts at the scene where the father helps his son on his tricycle.
  • Clay: Same as the respective Nickelodeon ID, but it stops when the fish turns into a triangle.
  • Pattycake: Same as the respective Nickelodeon ID, but it often starts at the scene where the girls press their palms on the screen.

Trivia: - Nickelodeon was the name for an old-time movie theater that existed in the 1910s. - These logos were all based on the iconic idents for which Nickelodeon was known throughout most of the 1980s.

Variant: There was a superimposed variant of the short fireworks logo that was seen on Double Defi, the French-Canadian version of Double Dare.

Technique: Depends on the variant.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.

Music/Sounds Variant:

  • On several episodes of Finders Keepers, we hear silence over the fireworks logo.
  • On the video Double Dare: The Inside Scoop, we hear the fireworks logo's music.

Availability: Rare. Most of the variants can be seen on the Orlando-taped episodes of Super Sloppy Double Dare. The long fireworks version (with music) can be seen on the video Double Dare: The Inside Scoop and at the end of Double Dare: The Messiest Moments on VHS. The short fireworks version, however, appeared on the syndicated versions of Double Dare, Finders Keepers, and Eureeka's Castle, as well as the Fox version of Family Double Dare (and even appeared on the Australian version of Double Dare after the "This program is based off of.." bumper). A short Nick Box is seen on the syndicated version of Double Dare and 1989 episodes of Super Sloppy Double Dare (both the Philadelphia and Orlando-taped episodes). The full Nick Box, however, can be seen on the video How to Throw a Double Dare Party. The golf logo can be found on some Orlando-taped SSDD episodes as well. None of these variants appear on the British and Dutch versions of Double Dare, though.

2nd Logo (1996-2003)

Logo: A CGI ball appears on a black background and then forms a "NICKELODEON" splat, which resembles the Nicktoons version but with smaller text.


  • On Yakkity Yak, the logo is shortened and it has a copyright for Nickelodeon Australia scuttles in below in orange.
  • There's a rare still variant that was only seen on a trailer for Harriet the Spy and the teaser trailer for The Rugrats Movie.

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: Three bouncing noises, followed by a splatting noise. Sometimes, it plays the closing theme of the show or trailer.

Availability: Rare. The animated version was only seen on Yakkity Yak and the Fat Files shorts. The still version of the Nickelodeon logo was only seen on the trailer for Harriet the Spy and the teaser trailer for The Rugrats Movie.

Legacy: This logo can be seen in a couple of Nickelodeon promos from the late 90s as well as trailers for Harriet the Spy and The Rugrats Movie.

3rd Logo (September 28, 2009-)

Logo: Essentially the same as the 2009 Nickelodeon Productions logo, but excluding the word "PRODUCTIONS".


  • On Open Heart and the 14th season of Degrassi, the word "ORIGINALS" replaces "PRODUCTIONS".
  • On the end of every Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nicktoons, etc. DVD release, only the copyright stamp is shown.
  • Widescreen and fullscreen variants exist.

Technique: Same as the 2009 Nickelodeon Productions logo.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 2009 Nickelodeon Productions logo.

Availability: Common. Although most shows and TV airings now use the Nickelodeon Productions logos, it's still seen at the start of post-2009 Nickelodeon DVDs, and sometimes at the end of certain shows like Rabbids Invasion. The "Originals" variant appears on Degrassi starting with the 14th season and Open Heart (Canadian airings of these two shows replace this logo with that of a Canadian channel).

4th Logo (September 21, 2010-April 13, 2012)

Logo: Same as the 2009 Nickelodeon Digital logo, but it is still, the copyright notice is removed, and "NICKELODEON" is shortened to "NICK".

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme to the show.

Availability: Very rare. It was only seen on Artzooka!, but Qubo broadcasts edit this out. It's kept intact on other prints, however, such as when POP in the UK aired this series in 2013.

Legacy: This logo seems to be an end tag for Nickelodeon Germany. Curiously, the 1984 Nickelodeon logo is used, despite the 2009 logo debuting in Germany by April 2010. Surprisingly, Africa used the 1984 logo until 2011.

5th Logo (2013?- )

Logo: Just the current Nickelodeon logo on a white background.


  • On Pinky Malinky, the titular character is seen running and jumping around the logo.
  • On Glitch Techs, the logo is seen in an arcade machine along with a score counter above it and the blinking text "PRESS START" below it. The logo also glitches a little.
  • Before the start of Netflix prints of Nickelodeon shows, each letter of the logo pops-up one-by-one, as the camera zooms out.
  • There is a version where the logo is smaller and the color scheme is reversed (the logo is white, while the background is orange).
  • Another smaller version exists without the reversed color scheme.
  • On many shows, the logo is in-credit.
  • At the end of Paw Patrol: The Movie, the logo is on a black background.
  • On Rank the Prank and Sharkdog, a 3D version of the Nickelodeon logo is used. The latter had the logo take place on a beach background.

Technique: Usually none, except for the animation in the two custom Netflix variants:

  • Pinky Malinky variant: Pinky running and jumping around the logo.
  • Glitch Techs variant: The logo glitching and the "PRESS START" text blinking.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the show or none.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On Pinky Malinky, we hear the opening theme of the show along with Pinky laughing, then saying "I can't, I can't" and then screaming "woah!".
  • On Glitch Techs, some video game sound effects are heard.
  • The opening logo has a different rendition of the last five notes of Nickelodeon theme.

Availability: Current. Appears on Ollie's Pack. The reversed color scheme version can be found on Becca's Bunch. The smaller variant with the normal colours can be seen on Deer Squad. The custom animated variants are seen before the Netflix original shows Pinky Malinky and Glitch Techs. The in-credit variant is very common and can be found on shows such as Make It Pop, Star Falls, Ride, Max & Shred, Dorg van Dango, Massive Monster Mayhem and the 2019 version of The Adventures of Paddington.

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