Nickelodeon has been home to some of the biggest shows for teenagers. The orange network has managed to continuously churn out animated and live action shows that appeal to the masses, whether that’s delightful animated series like SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora The Explorer or live action shows like iCarly, Victorious and Big Time Rush, Nickelodeon has provided legions of fans with fresh content to cherish. And despite all the changes in the world since the network launched in 1977, it has continued to stay a part of the lives of children and teenagers. But in ensuring that the TV shows that air on the network are the best there can be, Nickelodeon has had to cancel shows despite popular demand.
In some cases, it wasn’t just Nickelodeon execs who called off the show but also other factors which lead to a show’s demise. And while Nickelodeon has gone on to replace its canceled shows with more amazing series, one can’t help but look back at some of the most shocking cancellations the network made. Here Are 15 Nickelodeon Shows That Were Shockingly Canceled.
Nickelodeon’s Victorious is easily one of the biggest hits for the network. The series created by Dan Schneider centers on Tori Vega (an aspiring singer) who begins at The Hollywood Arts High School and tries to fit in and find her talent, while getting into crazy situations with her friends Andre, Robbie, Cat, Beck, Jade and her sister Trina. The show was a hit with fans with its first episode drawing 5.7 million viewers and becoming the second highest premiere of a live action show for the network. The show with its mix of comedy and music, managed to draw strong ratings and gained a heavy fan base. It also handed American actress and singer Ariana Grande her breakout role. After two successful seasons, the show was picked up for another season, but after the season was shot, Nickelodeon surprisingly canceled the show. The third season was instead divided, with the remaining episodes of season three serving as the fourth season. Thus the series ended without a proper finale, a fact that was referenced in the series’ spin-off Sam & Cat.
14. As Told by Ginger
As Told by Ginger is an animated series that ran on Nickelodeon from 2000-2006. The three-time Emmy nominated series centers on the life of Ginger Foutley and her experiences from her time in junior high to high school. The show has been praised for its character development, its mature themes, continuity and the fact that the series’ characters (unlike other animated series) don’t wear the same clothes all the time. The show was quite popular among Nickelodeon fans when the first season aired, but it started suffering from bad ratings when the show’s schedule was changed. While the show managed to close out with a proper finale in the form of the TV film The Wedding Frame, fans were still left heartbroken by Nickelodeon’s decision to cancel the show.
13. How To Rock
How to Rock was a 2012 TV series airing on Nickelodeon which focused on Kacey Simon (played by Cymphonique Miller) a popular girl, whose social life goes downhill when she’s forced to wear glasses and braces. After she’s jilted by her former friends, Kacey joins a band called Gravity 5 where she’s forced to compete against her former best friends. The series was a modest hit for the network, but its ratings continued to slip as the first season progressed and half way through the series’ run on the network, creator David M. Israel revealed that the show would not be picked up for a second season. While the ratings for the show weren’t the best, it’s disappointing that the series was not given a follow up season to really find its voice.
12. Supah Ninjas
Supah Ninjas was an action-comedy series that premiered on Nickelodeon from 2011 to 2013. The series, created by Leo Chu and Eric Garcia, revolved around Mike Fukanaga (Big Hero 6‘s Ryan Potter) a Japanese-American teen who discovered that he comes from a line of ninjas who are meant to fight against the evil threatening the world. Despite the series winning an award for its writing and an Emmy for its Stunt Coordination, Supah Ninjas wasn’t a big ratings giant for Nick. The show was one of a kind with its use of stunts and action and its subsequent cancellation in 2013 left many fans dismayed. The series end (which had the titular character being kidnapped) left many fans frustrated and wanting to know the fate of their favorite characters. Since it ended the cast has since moved on to better things with Ryan Potter set to play Beast Boy in Titans and Gracie Dzienny cast in the upcoming Bumblebee movie.
11. Zoey 101
Zoey 101 was one of the biggest shows for Nickelodeon from the time it aired. The series revolved around Zoey Brooks (played by Jamie Lynn Spears) who enrolls in a previously all boys boarding school. While the show premiered to mixed reviews, it proved to be extremely popular with fans and the shows premiere made it Nickelodeon’s highest rated show in eight years. Zoey 101 was the most expensive Nickelodeon show made, with the series being shot in Malibu. The series was also the first show for future Victorious lead actress Victoria Justice, who was a main cast member for two seasons. Despite strong ratings, Zoey 101 was canceled after actress Lynn Spears became pregnant at the age of 16. The series finale is one of the highest rated episodes for Nickelodeon.
10. The Troop
The Troop is a Nickelodeon series that premiered from 2009 to 2013. It focused on Jake Collins (Nicholas Purcell) a teenager who is chosen by his school counselor to become part of a secret group of teenagers who protect the world. He is joined by the most popular girl of the high school Hayley Steele (Gage Golightly) as well as Felix Garcia (David Del Rio), the nerd of the group. In the second season Felix was replaced by Kirby (Matt Shively) and a new member Cadence (Malese Jow) was added as well. The show premiered to average ratings but after they fell in season 2, the show was canceled. With its blend of action, comedy and monsters The Troop was a show with a strong fan base, and it is surprising that Nick went ahead and canceled the comedy series so quickly.
9. The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius is one of Nickelodeon’s most iconic animated series. The series began in July 2002, serving as a spin-off to Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. The show revolves around a boy named Jimmy who has genius level intellect and gets roped in crazy adventures with the use of his special inventions. The series was canceled in 2006 despite the show runners wanting to make a fourth season of the popular cartoon. However, development on the upcoming series was scrapped after the poor performance of the similarly computer generated animated film The Ant Bully led to the closing of DNA Productions, the team behind Jimmy Neutron. Thus the fourth season of the show was ultimately canceled.
8. H20: Just Add Water
H20: Just Add Water is an Australian fantasy show which premiered at Nick after first screening on the Network Ten in Australia in 2006. The series revolved around three girls who were stranded on an island only to be discovered and brought back to civilization shortly after. However, the girls soon discover that they now become mermaids as soon as their feet touches water. The show was successful enough to spin-off an animated series and a live action series Mako: Island of Secrets, but was canceled after the production of the show became too difficult. One of the original cast members Clair Holt also departed the series after two seasons. Interestingly enough, she reunited with fellow H20: Just Add Water lead Phoebe Tonkin on the CW’s The Originals years later.
Rugrats is one of the most popular and acclaimed Nickelodeon animated series of all time. With over 150 episodes, it is also one of the longest running shows for the network. The series revolved around a group of toddlers who would get into all sorts of mischief without the adults being aware of it. The show started off with relatively modest ratings but soon became a ratings giant for Nickelodeon. It began to draw attention from young children as well as teens and adults. The series was also made into a spin-off called All Grown Up which proved to be very successful as well. However, after nine seasons, Nickelodeon decided to not ask for a follow up season and ended their almost decades long relationship with the team behind Rugrats.
6. The Naked Brothers Band
The Naked Brothers Band is a show starring the real life Wolff brothers and is a scripted series about their lives as members of a band “The Silver Boulders.” The show became quite successful and led to the release of two TV specials. However, after three seasons, the show was abruptly canceled when Nickelodeon couldn’t meet the parents’ demands of allowing the kids to pursue their education alongside their career. Instead of the network trying to come up with a schedule that would allow the Wolff brothers to pursue their education, Nickelodeon decided to cancel the show in 2009. However the stars of the two Wolff siblings hasn’t dimmed with both being part of big Hollywood films since leaving Nick.
5. Clarissa Explains It All
The half-hour teen sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart began in 1991 on Nickelodeon where it lasted for five seasons. The series was based on the life of Clarissa Darling, a teenager who was navigating through life. Clarissa Explains It All is credited as the first live action Nick show to feature a female lead, but it’s also remembered for being a launching pad for Hart. Despite strong ratings, the network decided to cancel the show in 1994 as they felt that Melissa Joan Hart was getting too old to play a teenager. Subsequent sequels to the show were planned at CBS, but they never amounted to anything. Hart on the other hand became a household name by becoming Sabrina The Teenage Witch on ABC.
4. Danny Phantom
The series created by The Fairly OddParents developer Butch Hartman follows a young boy Danny who after surviving a life threatening accident can become a ghost on command. Danny uses his new powers to become a superhero, saving the world from all sorts of mortal and supernatural threats. The show was canceled shortly after the series third season with Nickelodeon finding the show too expensive to be made. The series abrupt end left fans confounded especially since it had done quite well for the network with ratings and was a favorite of fans and critics. Recently though Hartman has toyed with the idea of buying the rights of Danny Phantom back from Nickelodeon, which may mean that we see Danny appear once again on screen.
3. House of Anubis
House of Anubis is the first Nickelodeon series that was shot outside of the US. The British series was based on a Belgian series Het Huis Anubis and revolves around an American girl who joins a British boarding school only to discover that there are buried secrets hidden in the boarding school. The show also had one of the biggest casts for a Nick TV show and is unique for being a telenovela, a format not common for Nickelodeon. The series was a hit for both British and international viewers, with fans and critics praising the acting, writing and mystery. But in 2013 a moderator on Nick USA’s website disclosed that the Nick had decided to cancel the show instead of renewing it for season 4.
2. Wendell and Vinnie
Fans of iCarly will attest that Jerry Trainor is a force to be reckoned with. The actor playing Carly’s older brother Spencer in iCarly became a fan favorite early on, so it would make sense that Nickelodeon fans would want to see more of him after iCarly ended and Nickelodeon’s Wendell & Vinnie was to be just that. The series followed Vinnie Bassett who was left to take care of his intelligent twelve year old nephew Wendell after the death of his parents. While the sitcom didn’t earn positive reviews, fans loved the dynamic between the uncle and nephew. Sadly. the sitcom was canceled while the first season was being aired. Considering the acting chops of Trainor and Buddy Handleson, who played Wendell, it’s a shame that the series didn’t last longer especially since it was a show that could have easily picked up ratings in subsequent seasons.
1. Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat was a spin-off and sequel of iCarly and Victorious that premiered in June 8th, 2013 and lasted for one season despite strong ratings and critical acclaim. Sam & Cat revolved around the characters of Sam Pluckett and Cat Valentine played by Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande. Initially it was stated that the show would be picked up for a second season, but after some racy photos of Jennette McCurdy leaked online, the controversy became big enough for Nick to consider ending the show. Other factors contributing to the show’s cancellation had to do with the onset drama between the two leads as well as the desire of the two actresses to move on to other projects.
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