Rugrats, Hey Arnold, SpongeBob Squarepants, & Wild Thornberries belong on Mount Rushmore of Nickelodeon Cartoons from the 2000’s

Written by: Sana Moore – April 27th, 2020 9:52pm pst

ABTV Mt. Rushmore:  4 Best Nickelodeon Cartoons Of The 2000s

The 2000s was a beautiful time for anyone to be alive. The television shows, music, and lingo was everything to live for. The 2000s were filled with burned CDs, bootleg movies, hip huggers, oversized shirts, and not to mention, the best television shows ever! Since we’re taking a stroll down memory lane, let’s make a right turn and list the four best cartoons on Nickelodeon that were on television during the 2000s! 

Hey Arnold 

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This show is a classic smooth cartoon show! The main character Arnold is known for his football-sized head, which he gets grief about most of the time. Arnold was the ride or die friend everyone wanted in life. He accepted his friends for who they were and always stepped in to help them when they got themselves in a pickle. Arnold’s stellar characteristics are probably why the school bully, Hulga, was madly in love with him. Even though she was in love with him, she refused to show it publicly. While Hulga was crushing over Arnold secretly, Arnold and his best friend, Gerald were enjoying life together! It’s no secret that Gerald and Arnold were two peas in a pod! Gerald was the popular super active cool kid in school, which is the total opposite of Arnold. The differences between Gerald and Arnold’s personalities were complementary.  They balanced each other out! 


The Rugrats is a show that had to make the list. The Rugrats was a show that was a classic from the faded color all the way to the more high-resolution cartoon style. The cartoon is a classic because of all the adventures the babies got into without getting caught! Superfans of the Rugrats know that the movies were just as great if not better than the show! The iconic movies are “Rugrats Gone Wild”, “The Rugrats Movie”, and “Rugrats in Paris: The Movie”, which was an emotional rollercoaster to watch. If you still have the vintage orange tapes, pop them into your VCR, and relive those childhood moments! 

Susie Carmichael was one of the most important characters on the show, giving young black girls the chance to see themselves on television in cartoon form. Cree Summer was the voice behind the infamous Susie Carmichael. Her character was full of life because she was intelligent, caring, proud, sassy, and confident. Susie Carmichael’s family also painted a positive picture of what an African-American household was like. The Carmichael household was full of love and pride for being African-American in society. 


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Out of all the shows on the list, Spongebob Squarepants lasted the longest with 12 seasons! No matter how much of a fan you were for the show, you have to admit the show did give viewers some bops that lasted even beyond the show! The “F.U.N” song is one of the most popular songs from the show most people can still sing from the top of their heads! The show was a great cartoon because it was just purely silly and fun to watch. 

Plus, Meghan Thee Stallion wasn’t the first person to drive the boat, it was Spongebob Squarepants! One of the most hilarious things to watch during the show was Spongebob learning how to drive at Mrs.Puff’s boating school. Frankly speaking, I think he’s still trying to get his boating license! 

The Wild Thornberrys 

The Wild Thornberrys is a wild show and full of adventure. Let’s just start off with how cool Nigel Thornberry was for having a reality show in a cartoon world. Nigel Thornberry is Eliza and Debbie’s father who is documenting a reality show about him and his family’s experience on the road! The coolest aspect of the show is Eliza’s ability to communicate with animals and help them as best she could with her powers. Even though Eliza has super cool powers, she has to keep it a secret, or it will go away forever. All in all, Eliza made it fun and cool to love animals and science!

This list was entirely too hard to put together, especially since there were so many classics that lasted a lifetime. Make sure to check out our list for the Disney Channel cartoon version! Did we get the list right, let us know in the comments.

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