Nickelodeon will continue to have a home on one of the most popular streaming services in the world. Netflix and Nickelodeon have formed a multi-year output deal to produce original television series and animated features.
Netflix and Nickelodeon have worked together in the past before. Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling and Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus have already been released on Netflix. More projects are in development such as Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Loud House.
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The most exciting part about this new deal is Netflix will have the opportunity to create series based on brand-new characters and more importantly, existing Nickelodeon characters. This is huge news considering the vast amount of intellectual property that Nickelodeon has in its vault.
With an abundance of options to choose from, Nickelodeon and Netflix can go in a few directions in terms of rebooting series that are no longer on the air. What are five Nickelodeon favorites that should be rebooted? For this list, we are going to focus on animated series.
The Fairly Oddparents
Timmy might be an average kid that no one understands, but everyone would understand if this show was rebooted. The Fairly Oddparents follows Timmy Turner, a 10-year-old boy who is disregarded by his parents and tortured by his 16-year-old babysitter, Vicky. One day, Timmy is granted two fairy godparents, Cosmo and Wanda, who will grant his every wish in order to improve his life.
After a nearly two-decade run, the last episodes aired in 2017. It’s clear the show has an audience and a reboot could reinvigorate that interest. Plus, who wouldn’t want to hear “Icky Vicky” one more time?
The Wild Thornberrys
The girl who could talk to animals is a prime candidate for a reboot. The Wild Thornberrys focuses on Eliza Thornberry, who travels across the world with her family of documentarians. Eliza is secretly gifted with the ability to talk to animals such as her pet chimpanzee, Darwin.
The Wild Thornberrys ran for five seasons from 1998-2004. Also, The Wild Thornberrys Movie has the distinct honor of being the only film based on a Nicktoon to be nominated for an Academy Award.
If Netflix is looking to get into the lives of kids who love extreme sports, Rocket Power should be on their list of potential reboots. Rocket Power follows the adventures of the brother-sister combo of Otto and Reggie Rocket.
Along with the wiz-kid Squid, and dim-witted videographer Twister, the gang experiences the highs and lows of growing up while spending their free time playing extreme sports. Even if they don’t like extreme sports, Netflix should bring back the show specifically for the gang’s hang out, the Surf Shack.
If one character needs to be rebooted, it should be the godfather of Nickelodeon, Doug Funnie. Doug revolves around the adventures of Doug Funnie, a shy sixth-grader with a wonderful imagination and a strong sense of morality. Doug records his thoughts in his journal and the story is told as an autobiography.
Along with Skeeter and Doug’s dog, Porkchop, Doug is an interesting portrayal of the mind of a young kid who just wants to fit in. Although Doug has not aired since 1999, a 20-year-reunion special and reboot would make many kids of the 1990s happy including myself.
The “no-brainer” decision of the group is Hey Arnold!. The show follows a fourth grader named Arnold, who lives with his grandparents in an inner-city boarding house. Hey Arnold! has a stellar cast of supporting characters such as Arnold’s best friend, Gerald, the school bully and hidden love of Arnold, Helga, and the residents of the boarding house.
The show spawned two movies including Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie, which was released in 2017. Although the film resolved unanswered storylines, many believe it could serve as a prelude to a potential reboot or revival.
What Nicktoons would you like rebooted? Share your thoughts in the comments!