This is a list of notable events, premieres, releases, series cancellations and endings, and other business ventures for Nickelodeon in the year 1996.
- March 2 - Space Cases
- March 16 - The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
- July 15 - Kenan and Kel airs it pilot episode; the series would begin regularly airing on October 12th
- September 8 - Blue's Clues
- 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
- December 6 - Rugrats season 4
- November 24 - Rocko's Modern Life
- December 28 - The Adventures of Pete & Pete
- July 10 - Harriet the Spy, the first feature film from Nickelodeon Movies, is released. The Hey Arnold! pilot is shown right before the film in theaters.
- 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
- 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)
- 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 Communications, 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 17 - Ryan Ochoa is born