Nickelodeon (simply known as "Nick") is an American basic cable and satellite television network that is owned by the MTV Networks Kids & Family Group, a unit of the ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks division of ViacomCBS. It's programming is aimed at children aged 8 to 16, while Nick Jr., it's more well known sister channel, features programming aimed at age 2 to 8.
Nickelodeon's programming consists of original first-run television series, along with occasional broadcasts of theatrically-released and original made-for-cable movies and select other third-party programming.
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Before Nick Jr. (1977 - 1988)
Back when the channel first started in 1977, it's flagship show "Pinwheel" was one of the first preschool shows on the network. It usually ran about 5 hours per day. By the '80s, many more preschool shows started popping up, including Maya The Bee, Noodles, The Adventures of the Little Koala (Pinwheel also continued during this time period).
Nick Jr. (1988 - 2009)
Main Article: Nick Jr.
Starting in 1988, the network finally launched Nick Jr. with mostly the same lineup as before, only now they were all grouped together in one programming block. The first-ever Nick Jr. original series was Eureka's Castle (1989).
Nick Jr. (2010 - present) And Nickelodeon (2010 - present)
Starting around 2010 Nick Jr. ("The Smart Place To Play") started airing Nick Jr. show's on Nickelodeon from 8:30 AM (ET) after Spongebob Squarepants to 2:00 PM (ET) going onto Spongebob Squarepants.