This is a list of notable events, premieres, releases, series cancellations, endings and other business ventures for Nickelodeon in the year 1996.
- March 2 - Space Cases
- March 16 - The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
- July 10 - Hey Arnold (Pilot Episode)
- July 15 Kenan & Kel
- September 8 - Blue's Clues (series)
- October 7 - Hey Arnold!
- October 11 - KaBlam!
- July 8 - Rocko's Modern Life season 4
- September 15 - Aaahh!!! Real Monsters season 3
- October 8 - The Secret World of Alex Mack season 3
- November 16 - All That season 3
- July 10 - Harriet the Spy
- The Ren & Stimpy Show comic book is cancelled.
- November 26 - All That: The Album
- January 30 - The Secret World of Alex Mack: In the Nick of Time
- October 1
- Allegra's Window: Allegra's Christmas
- Rugrats: A Baby's Gotta Do What a Baby's Gotta Do (Paramount reissue)
- Rugrats: Angelica the Divine (Paramount reissue)
- Rugrats: Chuckie the Brave (Paramount reissue)
- Rugrats: Tommy Troubles
- Rugrats: Phil and Lil Double Trouble
- Rugrats: Tales from the Crib (Paramount reissue)
- Rugrats: The Santa Experience (Paramount reissue)
- A Rugrats Passover (Paramount reissue)
- October 15
- Allegra's Window: Small Is Beautiful (Paramount reissue)
- Allegra's Window: Waiting For Grandma (Paramount reissue)
- Allegra's Window: Storytime Sing Along (Paramount reissue)
- Herb Scannell becomes the network's president, replacing long-time president Geraldine Laybourne, who left for Disney to run children's programming at ABC and the Disney Channel.
- Following Viacom's purchase of Paramount Pictures, and the expiration of their contract with Sony Wonder, Nickelodeon moves the home video license for their shows to Paramount Home Video.
Behind the scenes
- After a two-year hiatus, Rugrats resumes production.
- May 3 - Noah Munck is born
- May 17 - Ryan Ochoa is born
- August 1 - Cymphonique Miller is born
- December 11 - Jack Griffo is born
Nickelodeon Character Debuts
- Gullah Gullah Island: Chansome
- Blue's Clues: Steve, Blue, Mr.Salt, Mrs.Pepper, Mailbox, Shovel, Pail, Side Table Drawer, Slippery Soap, Tickety Toc, Magenta
- The endpages for Nickelodeon's show promos change during the Fall. Instead of generic shapes, the endpages now include circles and round squares. However, they retain the CGI-animated variations of the channel logo.