When it comes to children’s television, you typically hear one of two channel names: Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. These two rivals in the kids TV space have been going head-to-head since Nick took Disney to task back in the late ’70s. The two have been at it ever since. Whichever one your child prefers, it helps to know the right channel number to turn to. Here’s how to find Nickelodeon on your Spectrum guide, no matter where you’re tuning in from in the United States.
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Nickelodeon Channel Guide
|City and State
|Nickelodeon Channel on Spectrum
|Corpus Christi, TX
|Kansas City, MO
|Los Angeles, CA
|New York, NY
|Saint Louis, MO
|San Antonio, TX
|San Diego, CA
The History of Nickelodeon
When you think of Nickelodeon, you probably think of gross-out gags, cartoonish orange splats, and heaps of green slime. It’s been this way on Nick since the very beginning. As a matter of fact, these iconic characteristics are practically the station’s founding principles. It all began as QUBE, a lowly station out of Columbus, Ohio. QUBE’s very first program — a preschooler show called Pinwheel — was presented without commercial interruption and in super-short segments to keep hold of kids’ short attention spans.
This thinking — short skits, bright animations, catchy songs — allowed QUBE and Pinwheel to enjoy great success in the Columbus area. So much success, in fact, that the network looked for ways to get the show out to an even bigger audience. Turns out, the Warner Cable Corp. was the answer the channel — later rebranded as Nickelodeon — was looking for. Nick soon enjoyed nationwide reach and more demand than ever before. The network got right to work on new shows for its growing fan base.
As the 1980s unfolded, Nickelodeon continued to develop and release programming in line with its Pinwheel origins. The best of the bunch? A sketch comedy show called You Can’t Do That on Television. It introduced the slime, the gross-outs, and the gags that define Nickelodeon still to this day. From ’90s cartoons like SpongeBob SquarePants to 2000s sitcoms like Drake & Josh and iCarly, Nickelodeon leveraged its outrageous programming to guarantee success for decades to come. To this day, it remains Disney Channel’s weird little hilarious rival.
Nickelodeon Sister Stations
|Nick at Nite
|Nick Jr. Channel
|The Movie Channel
Now that we understand what channel Nickelodeon is on Spectrum (as well as how the station itself came to be), let’s discuss some of the most popular programming on Nick. From preschool-aged programming to its children’s cartoons and sitcoms to the Nick at Nite block that airs overnight, here’s what you can expect to see on Nickelodeon on a normal day.
Operating under the name Nick Jr., Nickelodeon’s preschool programming block takes up several hours of the station’s broadcast each morning. Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, and a recent reboot of Blue’s Clues are three of the most successful shows to air during the Nick Jr. block.
If Nickelodeon could be praised for just one thing, it should be its lineup of cartoons. Dating all the way back to the ’90s, Nick consistently churns out hit cartoons for its young audience. SpongeBob SquarePants, The Loud House, and The Patrick Star Show are three current fan favorites.
Nickelodeon also offers a variety of live-action sitcoms for its teen and preteen audiences. While classics like iCarly are no longer on the air, Nick has a new batch of fun ones to offer. This includes Danger Force, That Girl Lay Lay, and Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan.
While it’s not a very common part of Nickelodeon’s past, the channel has recently begun introducing live sports into the monthly lineup. With the help of parent company Paramount Global, Nick plays kid-friendly versions of NFL games with augmented-reality slime and more.
Nick at Nite
After hours, there’s Nick at Nite. This programming block airs classic sitcoms from the ’90s and 2000s. (It’s aimed at adult viewers who accidentally left the TV on after their kids went to bed, no doubt.) This block includes reruns of Friends, Mom, and Mike & Molly.