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6 Rebooted Nickelodeon Shows (And 6 We'd Love To See Again!)

6 Rebooted Nickelodeon Shows (And 6 We'd Love To See Again!)

6 Rebooted Nickelodeon Shows (And 6 We'd Love To See Again!)
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6 Rebooted Nickelodeon Shows (And 6 We'd Love To See Again!)

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I'm still convinced the '90s was the last decade (it isn't) and we're still in the early 2000s (we aren't). Even though that's not the reality, "the '70s" still feels like it was 30 years ago.

Since the truth is that the '90s are actually the ones who have been done and dusted for almost three decades, nostalgia is rampant for the shows we loved in the '90s and early 2000s. Nickelodeon always had great programming, from live-action shows to awesome cartoons, and we were sad to see some of the shows go off the air.

Now that we're in the time of reboots, let's take a look at six of our favorite Nickelodeon shows that got rebooted, followed by six we'd love to see on the air again.

Rebooted: Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Are You Afraid of the Dark Reboot

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Are You Afraid of the Dark? has actually seen a couple of reboots over the years. The first five seasons ran from 1992-1995, then came back for two more seasons in 1999 and 2000. The show was rebooted again in 2019, with a bit of a different format. While The Midnight Society still gathers to share scary stories, each season in the reboot focuses on something real that's actually happening to the members, which in turn becomes a season-long mystery they have to solve. It delivers just as much of the thrills and chills we're used to, if not more.

Rebooted: iCarly

iCarly reboot

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Although the reboot of iCarly was unfortunately just canceled, we're happy it happened at all -- especially considering the queer representation in the reboot. The lead, Harper (Laci Mosey) is openly queer on the show, which was also praised for having a same-sex kiss. The cast also includes transgender actress Josie Totah as a guest star, which only furthers the representation on the reboot.

Rebooted: Rugrats

Rugrats reboot

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On the topic of reboots with queer representation, the world applauded when Rugrats rebooted and allowed Betty DeVille, mother of Phil and Lil, to be openly queer. It was something we all knew from the original run, when she was still married to "Howard." Although we've never seen the twins' father, it's great to finally see Betty living the open and free life she deserved all along.

Rebooted: The Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder

The Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder

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The Fairly OddParents reboot didn't last too long, because Fairly Odder it was. This hybrid show was actually a mixture of cartoon and live action, which may have sounded fun in theory in the writer's room, but didn't translate as well onto the actual screen. The show might not have worked, but we were definitely here for the ambiguously gay Bernard, the sassy owl who had guest appearances on the show.

Rebooted: All That

All That reboot

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The fun and popular kids' sketch comedy show All That got rebooted in 2019, although it has yet to see a second season (or confirm that it won't be returning.) Still, all of the laughs and whacky characters fans fell in love with make a return with a whole new cast and set of comedy. Even some of the actors, like Kenan and Kel, made appearances on the show.

Rebooted: Dora

Dora

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As of this writing, Dora has yet to be officially released but is slated to be in Spring 2024. Prior to the release, a short film on the coattails of the Paw Patrol movie premiered on September 29. Although it's not a crossover, fans can get a taste of the new animation style in the short for a glimpse of what to expect in the revival. So long as Dora keeps her wits about her, the reboot is sure to be just as much of a hit as the original.

Reboot we want: Hey Arnold!

Hey Arnold!

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Moving on to the nostalgia, the first show we wish would be rebooted is Hey Arnold! This show was lighthearted and dark all at the same time, and dealt with some real issues that are still prevalent today. One of those issues deals with the unrequited love of Helga G. Pataki and Arnold, but if the show were rebooted, it would be likely that she would be cast as a lesbian. Either that, or Arnold and Gerald may have a little thing on the side, but that could just be wishful thinking.

Reboot we want: Rocket Power

Rocket Power

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Rocket Power was a fan-favorite during its entire run from 1999-2004. This sporty family fun show was everything we all needed to live vicariously through the adventures of Otto, Reggie, Twister and Squid. Reggie is also one of the queer-coded characters from the show, and we'd love to see her get a Betty DeVille treatment if the show were to ever hit the airwaves again.

Reboot we want: Jimmy Neutron

Jimmy Neutron

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There was a time when a revival of Jimmy Neutronalmost happened, and many of the original cast and crew are still on board if it does. It's been over two decades since the boy genius went off the air, and we'd love to see some of the incredible gadgets he came up with and used make a comeback. He was the ultimate cartoon child MacGyver, and he always got himself into the best types of mischief.

Reboot we want: The Wild Thornberrys

The Wild Thornberrys

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It's only a matter of time before The Wild Thornberrys gets a reboot. That may just be wishful thinking on my end, but the adventures of this family were some of the most fun things to watch on TV. Plus, like with Reggie and Betty and even Helga, Eliza's older sister, Debbie, deserves the chance to be the lesbian she closeted during the original run. Even if the show never gets another chance to shine, at least the original adventures will always be there to relive.

Reboot we want: Doug

Doug

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Doug was on the air for a long time, but I'm still convinced it never got the shine it actually deserved. If any of the shows on here should try out a live-action remake, I would think it would be this one. A visit back to Bluffington and daydreams about the superhero Quailman mixed with the "will-they-won't-they" drama between Doug and Patti Mayonnaise is the type of lighthearted entertainment we all so desperately need.

Reboot we want: Aaahh!!! Real Monsters

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters

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The advancement in animation alone would make an Aaahh!!! Real Monsters reboot awesomely disgusting. Oblina, Krumm, and Ickis got themselves into a lot of shenanigans during their time at the Monster Academy, and it would be fun to see them reunite with the other characters to get into some more trouble. Plus, Oblina is just one of the coolest characters to have ever existed, and if you're looking for a Halloween costume idea, she may be the perfect fit.

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Andrew J. Stillman

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Andrew J. Stillman is a freelance writer and yoga instructor exploring the world. Check him out at andrewjstillman.com or follow him @andrewjstillman on all the things.

Andrew J. Stillman is a freelance writer and yoga instructor exploring the world. Check him out at andrewjstillman.com or follow him @andrewjstillman on all the things.