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 15 Kenan & Kel
- September 8 - Blue's Clues
- October 7 - Hey Arnold!
- 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
- May 1 - Allegra's Window
- November 24 - Rocko's Modern Life
- 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
- 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
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