When you think about superhero TV shows, your mind likely wanders to Marvel and DC shows first. However, one other kid-friendly giant that produced dozens and dozens of superhero-based series – Nickelodeon. It all started in the early 90s
If you loved these shows as a kid or you want to check them out now, I’m bringing you the ultimate list of all 31 Nickelodeon superhero shows, ranked only by their IMDb score.
31. ‘Shiva’ (2015-)
IMDb score: 1.5/10
What it’s about: A young Hindi boy named Shiva lives with his grandparents in a fictional city called Vedas. Little do they know that Shiva possesses incredible superpowers, which he uses to fight all kinds of villains, criminals, and bad people trying to destroy or damage Shiva’s town.
Why you should watch it: Yes, you read that rating correctly. I don’t believe the show is THAT bad, but anything with that kind of a rating HAS to be checked out, am I right? You didn’t hear it from me, but full episodes of this show can be found on YouTube.
30. ‘The Adventures of Kid Danger’ (2018)
IMDb score: 2.5/10
What it’s about: Kid Danger and Captain Man, aka Henry and Ray, team up once again to fight their old criminal foes – but also new enemies that attack their beloved city of Swellview. The show is a new spinoff of the classic Kid Danger shows that’s almost completely animated.
Why you should watch it: There are three or four shows on this list revolving around Kid Danger, but this spinoff series is the newest – and likely the poorest in terms of quality. Still, kids will enjoy it more than you will, which is all you can really ask for, right?
29. ‘Fanboy & Chum Chum’ (2009-2014)
IMDb score: 3.3/10
What it’s about: Fanboy and ChumChum are superheroes. OR at least they dress up as superheroes and cause all kinds of havoc all over the town. They’re obsessed with a slushy inspired by Man Arctica, their favorite superhero, and we follow them on their daily adventures that include run-ins with the school’s janitor, annoying Larry, a store owner, etc.
Why you should watch it: I’m not even sure if I think you should watch ‘Fanboy & Chum Chum’ because it’s really, mostly, just plain bad. I mean, there are some cool and funny episodes, but overall, it feels like a row of cliches and tropes used to amuse kids in a not-so-intelligent way. Perhaps I’m just too old to get it.
28. ‘Super Duper Sumos’ (2001-2003)
IMDb score: 3.7/10
What it’s about: ‘The Super Duper Sumos’ is a trio of extra chonky sumo wrestlers who fight crime as superhero vigilantes in their spare time.
Why you should watch it: Although it’s one of the lowest-rated shows on this list, children seem to find ‘Super Duper Sumos’ hilarious. The writing isn’t really complex, and most of the gags end up being related to the Sumos being fat, but hey, if the kids enjoy it, I guess it’s a win!
27. ‘Danger Force’ (2020-2023)
IMDb score: 3.9/10
What it’s about: In this sequel/spin-off show of ‘Henry Danger,’ the superhero Captain Man now has a whole new team of young superhero sidekicks called the Danger Force. The kids have superpowers they can’t control, so Captain Man and Schwoz create a fake school where the kids can train and learn to control their abilities and help fight real crime.
Why you should watch it: The incredibly poor rating is likely a result of grown-ups rating the show. If it were kids doing the rating, I bet the score wouldn’t be that bad. Danger Force is a children’s superhero show in its purest form – with a wise, powerful, grown-up hero helping the young, inexperienced superhero kids learn through their mistakes.
26. ‘The Mighty B!’ (2008-2011)
IMDb score: 5.3/10
What it’s about: Bessie Higgenbottom is a nine-year-old Honeybee scout whose only overachieving and overambitious goal is to collect every single Honeybee badge that ever existed. Why? Well, Bessie believes that if she collects all of them, she will turn into a superhero known as The Mighty B!
Why you should watch it: Amy Poehler voiced Bessie for this show, and the overall vibe is completely comedic and silly. It’s a great show to relax and unwind, although I’ve seen people write reviews in which they say they found the dialogues to be a bit overly simple and crude. Have a look and see for yourself.
25. ‘Mysticons’ (2017-2018)
IMDb score: 5.3/10
What it’s about: The Mysticons are a group of four legendary warriors, who are actually four teenage girls using superpowers to transform into mighty warriors. They have to combine and use their unique power sets to battle all kinds of evil enemies – but mainly the evil queen called NEcrafa, who is trying to attack and destroy their realm.
Why you should watch it: I feel as if ‘Mysticons’ were Nickelodeon’s attempt to recreate the ‘Winx’ or some similar witchy show. In this case, the girls are legendary warriors, but the gist is the same – they use powers to repel a looming evil in the form of a malevolent queen. It’s actually an interesting show due to its unique animation style, although it’s a bit too straightforward and predictable.
24. ‘Knight Squad’ (2018-2019)
IMDb score: 5.4/10
What it’s about: Arc and Ciara, two misfit teenage students of the Knight School in the magical land of Astoria, form an alliance, promising to keep each other’s secrets as they try to rise through the ranks to become Astoria’s noblest warriors. It might be easier said than done.
Why you should watch it: This is a classic high-fantasy fictional tale for kids with elements of a fairy tale – magic, princesses, and fantasy kingdoms. It isn’t your classic superhero genre show, but it has elements of it in Arc and Ciara using their magical superpowers to conquer villains and enemies.
23. ‘Supah Ninjas’ (2011-2023)
IMDb score: 5.6/10
What it’s about: ‘Supah Ninjas’ is a show about three high-schoolers – Amanda McKay, Mike Fukanaga, and Owen Reynolds – who are trained by Mike’s grandfather to become ninjas. They have to balance between the daunting tasks of being ninjas and the everyday life of teenagers – like, getting stuck in detention.
Why you should watch it: I’ve never seen too much of ‘Supah Ninjas’ apart from a couple of episodes I caught on TV, but overall, I think the appeal of the show to kids is that it’s not your classic superhero show. They don’t have powers, per se – they just train to become heroes, which is something any kid could do to be a superhero themselves.
22. ‘T.U.F.F. Puppy’ (2010-2015)
IMDb score: 5.6/10
What it’s about: A secret task force called T.U.F.F. is assembled, and a labradoodle is called to be its most prominent secret agent. As we follow the team, we get to see them fight all kinds of threats in their city, from burglars to aliens.
Why you should watch it: Secret agents aren’t exactly the same thing as superheroes. However, when they are talking puppers that fight aliens with insanely cool gadgets – that kind of puts them in that ‘superhero’ ballpark. Though the IMDb score might not be that high, it’s not a bad show and is certainly worth a watch if you just need something to relax your brain.
21. ‘Monsters Vs. Aliens’ (2013-2014)
IMDb score: 5.7/10
What it’s about: Susan – the main heroine of the show – has made numerous monster friends. They help Susan defend Earth while fighting against all kinds of supernatural friends – mostly aliens.
Why you should watch it: The episodes of ‘Monsters Vs. Aliens’ are quite short, simple, and filled with action. Also, the series was based on a 2009 movie of the same name, its video game adaptation, and a series of short films based on the same characters. If you’re a fan of those, you’ll like this series as well!
20. ‘Action Man’ (1995-1997)
IMDb score: 5.7/10
What it’s about: Action Man – the coolest action hero figure of the 90s – goes on numerous adventures alongside his friends and sidekicks to thwart the evil plans of the villainous Doctor X.
Why you should watch it: ‘Action Man’ might not be as popular today, but back in the 90s and early 2000s, when I was a kid, Action Man was ALL the smoke. It was actually an action figure toy that was basically a Barbie doll for boys – with all kinds of different Action Man toys, like a formula driver, a scuba diver, a marine, etc.
I really loved the show because I loved the toys, and it’s really worth checking out even today.
19. ‘The Thundermans’ (2013-2018)
IMDb score: 5.8/10
What it’s about: Phoebe and Max Thunderman are twin brothers and sisters living in the suburbs with their parents. However, this isn’t your typical suburban family – the Thundermans have superpowers. The twins share a lot in common – but are complete opposites as well; Phoebe is an aspiring student striving to be a superhero, whereas Max – is a supervillain.
Why you should watch it: The humor in ‘The Thundermans’ is quite amusing, but I think the coolest part of the show is the dynamic between Max and Phoebe. They share a sibling bond, and despite their major differences, they learn how to coexist.
18. ‘Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ (2018-2020)
IMDb score: 5.8/10
What it’s about: A fresh take on the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who aren’t really blood brothers in this show, but rather four different species of turtles. They still embark on their common adventures, but they end up gaining mystical ninja powers, making them even stronger.
Why you should watch it: I loved this particular version of TMNT simply because it’s different – totally different than what I expected. I also loved the part about the different turtle species – I found it a nice educational detail – and there’s even a movie that came out on Netflix in 2022 called ‘Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie.’
17. ‘Henry Danger’ (2014-2020)
IMDb score: 5.9/10
What it’s about: Henry Hart is a 13-year-old kid who gets a part-time job to be the sidekick of Captain Man – the local superhero. He takes on the mantle of Henry Danger and fights villains by Captain Man’s side. The problem is he has to keep this from his friends and family due to a promise he made to Captain Man.
Why you should watch it: Similar to shows like Supah Ninjas, the great thing about Henry Danger is that he doesn’t get some wild superpowers – he is just your normal eighth-grader who got chosen by a superhero to become his apprentice. It’s a pretty cool concept for kids dreaming of becoming superheroes themselves.
16. ‘The X’s’ (2005-2006)
IMDb score: 5.9/10
What it’s about: The Xs are a family of secret agents who don’t have crazy superpowers, but they make up for it by being prolific at battling the forces of evil, supernatural or not. Their line of work, however, makes it extremely hard for the X’s to fit into the normal, everyday suburban family life…
Why you should watch it: I primarily enjoyed ‘The X’s’ because the animation was so much different than what Nickelodeon usually does. The storylines are classic cartoonish escapades of what you’d consider a secret agent superhero family with not too much depth but still just as amusing as you would’ve hoped for in a Nickelodeon superhero show.
15. ‘PAW Patrol’ (2013-)
IMDb score: 6.1/10
What it’s about: Follows the adventures of the PAW Patrol – a group of amazing rescue dogs that use their incredible, unique skills to take care of Adventure Bay. They are led by a young boy named Ryder, and their adventures are always unique to their respective skill sets.
Why you should watch it: Whether you like the series or not – one, your kids will absolutely go crazy for it. Two, it’s currently one of the most popular kids shows in the world, and a feature-length movie came out just recently. And, three – we’re talking about superhero doggos here. How amazing is that?
14. ‘El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera’ (2007-2008)
IMDb score: 6.3/10
What it’s about: Manny Rivera, a 12-year-old Mexican boy, is a superhero just like his father. His grandfather, however, is a villain. Manny, known as El Tigre, embarks on daily adventures pitting him against his grandfather, but also all kinds of other enemies that are as odd and quirky as they get.
Why you should watch it: This show ran for a couple of seasons in the late 2000s, and it was actually quite cool. It’s something different than what you’d expect from a Nickelodeon show, making it that much more unique – for instance, Manny always tries to be good, but sometimes he does naughty stuff just for the fun of it.
13. ‘Animorphs’ (1998-2000)
IMDb score: 6.5/10
What it’s about: Animorphs are a group of teens and their friend aliens that can turn into any animal or beast they touch. They fight another species of evil parasitic aliens that are trying to infiltrate and take over Earth.
Why you should watch it: ‘Animorphs’ is technically a kids’ show, but I remember that some of the scenes really spooked me when I was a kid. Overall, it’s a thrilling, amusing ‘save-the-world’ kind of show that has its merits, but it’s not nearly the best show on this list.
12. ‘The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius’ (2002-2006)
IMDb score: 6.7/10
What it’s about: Jimmy Neutron is a genius but lives in a small town. He invents all kinds of amazing stuff that usually leads to crazy adventures among his family and friends. There’s also a boy in his class, Sheen Estevez, who is obsessed with a superhero from a video game, Ultra Lord.
Why you should watch it: This show is not clearly a superhero series, as it revolves more around inventions and technology, but there are episodes where all kinds of crazy things happen – like Sheen being sent into his favorite Ultra Lord video game, etc. It’s one of the best-known Nickelodeon shows, so it’s worth checking out.
11. ‘My Life as a Teenage Robot’ (1999-2023)
IMDb score: 7.0/10
What it’s about: Jenny is a robot with incredible superpowers. She also resembles a teenage girl and has a sensitive teenage heart embedded into her work-frame. She was designed to protect the planet from any imminent danger, but her teenage heart pushes her to be rebellious and try to live her life on her own accord.
Why you should watch it: This is one of the longest-tenured Nickelodeon superhero shows, although it actually doesn’t have that many seasons or episodes. One episode came out in 1999, and then the first season premiered in 2003, based on that single episode. The second season followed in 2004, while the third came in 2008.
The fourth season just premiered in 2023, and as you’re watching, you’ll notice the difference in style and complexity of animation but still get the same enjoyable qualities of the show in each season.
10. ‘Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness’ (2011-2016)
IMDb score: 7.0/10
What it’s about: Po the Dragon Warrier, aka Kung Fu Panda, embarks on more incredible adventures with his Kung Fu buddies, including Mantis, Monkey, Shifu, Tigress, and others.
Why you should watch it: ‘Kung Fu Panda’ was a huge hit when the feature-length film came out. After that, Nickelodeon invested in a TV series about those same characters, and it was just as awesome as the movie. I highly recommend it – some episodes are weaker than others, but overall, the show is just hilarious.
9. ‘The Fairly OddParents’ (2001-2017)
IMDb score: 7.2/10
What it’s about: The show follows Timmy, a young boy tortured and humiliated by his babysitter and then put in the care of his two fairy godparents. They can grant any wish that Timmy has – which makes him a bit spoiled and selfish. His favorite superhero is the Crimson Chin.
Why you should watch it: The Fairly OddParents are probably the epitome of Nickelodeon superhero shows – funny, simple, educational, and, at times, not really exclusively for kids. It shows how incessant wishes can have dire consequences, which is a great way to teach your kids about their own wishes in a fun, humorous way.
8. ‘Danny Phantom’ (2003-2007)
IMDb score: 7.2/10
What it’s about: The show follows Danny Fenton, a 14-year-old boy who accidentally gains ghostly superpowers and decides to use them to save the world under the moniker Danny Phantom. His friends Tucker and Sam help Danny defeat ghosts and all kinds of other threats while helping him go through the normalcy of a young teenage everyday life.
Why you should watch it: ‘Danny Phantom’ is likely one of the most popular Nickelodeon superhero shows ever despite only running for three seasons in the mid-2000s. When you get into the storyline, though, it’s actually kind of creepy, but don’t worry – everything is PG-13, and your kids will absolutely love it!
7. ‘The Secret World of Alex Mack’ (1994-1998)
IMDb score: 7.5/10
What it’s about: Alex Mack is a high school junior living in a modern corporate community near The Plant, a chemical factory. Alexandra gets contaminated with a secret chemical from The Plant and gets superpowers, while the factory’s goons try figuring out which teenager in the town has the abilities so that they can experiment on her. They never do so due to their incompetence.
Why you should watch it: It was a good time to be a kid in the 90s because of Nickelodeon’s live-action superhero sitcoms for children. ‘The Secret World of Alex Mack’ was incredibly witty and well-written and gave you that feeling as a kid that you could develop superpowers at any time, too.
6. ‘Shaktimaan Animated’ (2011-2013)
IMDb score: 7.6/10
What it’s about: A young college student called Vehaan Arya has incredible superpowers. He is forced to leave the Himalayas and become Shaktimaan to fight the supervillain Kilvish and prevent him from causing chaos across the globe.
Why you should watch it: This is a much lesser-known show, seeing that it was primarily done for the Hindi market. It was based on a live-action show of the same name that ran for over 350 episodes in the 1990s. Still, if you get a chance to check ‘Shaktimaan’ out, I certainly recommend it, as it’s really a different take on the superhero genre.
5. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s (2012-2017)
IMDb score: 7.9/10
What it’s about: Follows the lives of Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo – the four ninja turtles living in the sewers and fighting evil forces of the past, present, and future – spearheaded by their arch-nemesis, The Shredder, and under the tutelage of their adopted father – a rat sensei named Splinter.
Why you should watch it: Do you really need a reason to watch some TMNT? I didn’t think so. If you do, you’ll probably appreciate the fact that the animation style is totally new and different from what you’d expect out of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.’
4. ‘Action League Now!!’ (2003-2004)
IMDb score: 8.1/10
What it’s about: ‘Action League Now!!’ is a spinoff of another Nickelodeon show called ‘KaBlam!,’ which was an anthology series where ‘Action League Now!’ shorts were first played. In this spinoff show, the short episodes are combined into half-hour episodes, following four stop-animated superhero toys – The Flesh, ThunderGirl, Stinky Diver, and Meltman.
Why you should watch it: As cool as ‘KaBlam!’ was, it wasn’t strictly a superhero show. I love ‘Action League Now!!’ because it’s a stop-animated show, giving it real value and a feel that the toys could very well be alive, which makes it all the more exciting for children.
3. ‘The Adventures of Pete & Pete’ (1992-1996)
IMDb score: 8.4/10
What it’s about: The quirky tale of two brothers, Big Pete and Little Pete, and their often surreal adventures and life situations. The red-headed brothers live in the fictional town of Wellsville, where they solve mysteries and battle enemies.
Why you should watch it: This show was once dubbed by IGN as ‘one of the most well-written kids shows ever,’ and for a good reason – it was just too cool. The show was actually produced after a series of short 30-second to one-minute episodes, or sketches, of Pete & Pete premiered on Nickelodeon in 1989.
2. ‘The Legend of Korra’ (2012-2014)
IMDb score: 8.4/10
What it’s about: Set about 70 years after ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender,’ ‘The Legend of Korra’ follows Korra – a rebellious teenage girl who has already mastered three elements – Earth, Water, and Fire – and is now seeking to master the fourth – Air. She visits Republic City to train, only to realize that crime is taking over, much like a new anti-bending revolution…
Why you should watch it: Apart from the #1 on this list, ‘The Legend of Korra’ is likely my favorite Nickelodeon show on here. It’s not a childish, comedic TV series, but rather an action-filled adventure show with awesome elements of the superhero genre – perhaps even a little dash of anime – but packed in a perfect story that’ll captivate you.
1. ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ (2005-2008)
IMDb score: 9.3/10
What it’s about: The story follows a young boy known as the Last Airbender. The world he lives in is torn with elemental magic, and the boy has to go on a quest to fulfill his destiny and become the Avatar – the one to bring peace to the world.
Why you should watch it: No, it’s not James Cameron’s live-action ‘Avatar’ – this stuff is ten times better. There’s a reason why the show has a staggering 9.3/10 rating – it’s just that good. Not only is the action and animation beautiful, but the show gives valuable life lessons along the way, given in a very simple manner. Your kids will love it – and you’ll love it even more!
All 31 Nickelodeon superhero shows by release order
If you want to go through Nickelodeon’s history and watch these shows by release order, here’s the release order of all eight live-action shows and 23 animated shows separately:
Nickelodeon live-action superhero shows:
- The Adventures of Pete & Pete (1992-1996)
- The Secret World of Alex Mack (1994-1998)
- Animorphs (1998-2000)
- Supah Ninjas (2011-2023)
- The Thundermans (2013-2018)
- Henry Danger (2014-2020)
- Knight Squad (2018-2019)
- Danger Force (2020-2023)
Nickelodeon animated superhero shows:
- Action Man (1995-1997)
- My Life as a Teenage Robot (1999-2023)
- Super Duper Sumos (2001-2003)
- The Fairly OddParents (2001-2017)
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius (2002-2006)
- Action League Now!! (2003-2004)
- Danny Phantom (2003-2007)
- Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008)
- The X’s (2005-2006)
- El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera (2007-2008)
- The Mighty B! (2008-2011)
- Fanboy & Chum Chum (2009-2014)
- T.U.F.F. Puppy (2010-2015)
- Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (2011-2016)
- Shaktimaan Animated (2011-2013)
- The Legend of Korra (2012-2014)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012-2017)
- Monsters Vs. Aliens (2013-2014)
- PAW Patrol (2013-)
- Shiva (2015-)
- Mysticons (2017-2018)
- The Adventures of Kid Danger (2018)
- Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2018-2020)
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