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C3 Nickelodeon 1979 (Kinetoscope Version) Nickelodeon 1980 Nickelodeon (1981) Nickelodeon (1984) Nickelodeon (2009)
1977–1979 1979–1980 1980–1981 1981–1984 1984–2009 2009–present

Nickelodeon (often shortened to Nick) is an American pay television channel which was first tested on December 1, 1977, until it eventually launched on April 1, 1979 as the first cable channel for children. It is owned by ViacomCBS through its domestic networks division and is based in New York City. The network's programming is primarily aimed at children and adolescents aged 2–17, while some of its program blocks target a broader family audience.




Nickelodeon first tested as C-3 in 1977. It was only available for QUBE, a cable system that only operated in Columbus, Ohio.



Nickelodeon 1979 (Kinetoscope Version)

Nickelodeon was launched on April 1, 1979. The name was derived from a type of movie theatre which actually charged five cents (which are nickel cents) for admission. This theatre concept was represented in their first logo and on-air package, which actually depicts a man looking into a kinetoscope within the letter "N" of the Nickelodeon word mark.


Nickelodeon 1980

In 1980, Nickelodeon slightly updated their logo. Their identification logos at the time featured a mime doing things on a black background with an instrumental cover of the song "Put That Little Nickel In" as background music. The font may be the same as Pinwheel's logo and slightly modified.


Nickelodeon (1981)
Lou Dorfsman
Bob Klein (silver ball)

A new logo designed by Lou Dorfsman was introduced in 1981. It consists of the network's name spelled in rainbow letters set in the Frankfurter font, with a pinball illustrated by Bob Klein placed behind it.[1] The pinball theme was used in the network's IDs during the period, including one that used early 1980s-era computer graphics.


Nickelodeon (1984)
Fred/Alan, Inc.
Balloon Extra Bold

On October 8, 1984, Nickelodeon began utilizing a new theme with their multitude of logos: orange silhouettes with the network's name written in the Balloon Extra Bold font on them. Eventually, the "splat" design would be the most used, representing the slime Nickelodeon has been known for since it began broadcasting the Canadian series You Can't Do That on Television in 1981; Nickelodeon would later adopt the trademark as part of its own programming. Designed by Fred/Alan, Inc., originally with just a star in mind, it has grown to be the most well-known and recognized Nickelodeon logo. The wordmark was rarely, if ever, seen isolated from a shape of some kind. Even though this logo was replaced by the current one in 2009, This logo returned in 2018 as the logo for the NickSplat channel on VRV.[2]


Nickelodeon (2009)
Eric Zim

A new logo and on-air look for Nickelodeon were unveiled in January 2009, and began use in the United States on September 28, 2009. The design is credited to Eric Zim, and the on-air brand identity was produced at Trollbäck & Company. Also, during this time, Nickelodeon's sister networks The N, Noggin, and Nicktoons Network rebranded as TeenNick, Nick Jr., and Nicktoons, respectively, with their logos also in the style of this one. The typeface used on this logo is a custom font which resembles Bauhaus (now known as Litebulb). This logo was placed 3rd in Part 2 (the best) of the 2010 Brand New Awards. In April 2011, Nickelodeon unveiled new variations of the background that interact with the logo's color.

The new Nickelodeon logo was rolled out internationally during 2010 accordingly:

  • January 29: France
  • February 15: United Kingdom/Ireland
  • March 1: Poland [2]
  • March 26: Australia/New Zealand
  • March 31: Germany/Austria/Switzerland [3]
  • April 1: Italy
  • April 5: Latin America/Brazil/Caribbean
  • June 25: India [4]



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