- Not to be confused with the series of shows, Nicktoons.
|Launched||May 1, 2002|
|Owned by|| Classic Viacom (2002-2005)|
|Picture format|| SDTV (2002-present)|
|Slogan|| Not Just Cartoons, Nicktoons! (2002-2009)|
Animation Capital of the World (secondary slogan; 2005-2009)
Big Stars, Animated (2009-2013)
Make Your Move (2013-2014)
Action to the Maxtion (2014-present)
|Headquarters|| New York City |
(Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank (California) is promoted on air)
|Formerly called|| Nicktoons TV (2002-2003)|
Nicktoons Network (2005-2009)
|Sister channel(s)||Nickelodeon, Nick Too, Nick Jr. (Noggin), TeenNick (The N)|
|Dish Network||Channel 178|
|Available on most cable systems||Check Local Listings for channels|
|Charter Communications||Channel 111|
|Time Warner Cable NewYork|| Channel 138|
| Time Warner Cable|
Nicktoons (formerly called Nicktoons TV and Nicktoons Network) is an American digital cable and satellite television network owned by Viacom. It is a sister service of the Nickelodeon cable channel. The network broadcasts Nickelodeon's cartoon series, Nicktoons, along with other original cartoon series and foreign animation from other Nickelodeon networks overseas 24 hours a day.
Nicktoons was launched on May 1, 2002 as Nicktoons TV, at first only available on digital cable until early 2003, when it began its broadcast on satellite television as well. In February 2005, Nickelodeon announced that the channel would become ad-supported.
In 2003 the channel was re-named Nicktoons. Also, the renaming made the channel focusing on just Nicktoons and non-Nicktoons programming with shorts in between programs. In addition, bumpers featured real-life and or 3D clips with images of Nicktoons characters and or the 2004-2005 network logo in 3D or 2D.
NickToons re-launched itself on 23 September 2005 as Nicktoons Network introducing a brand new logo of a globe with the familiar Nickelodeon "Splat" that had been a Nick trademark since that network re-launched in 2005 and adapted a Hollywood-esque theme and a new campaign slogan of "Animation Capital of the World. On 25 February 2006, Nicktoons Network introduced their first original series, Kappa Mikey, which lasted for 52 episodes.
In 2007 Nicktoons Network changed its website again, this time the website has a monster-themed webpage filled with Nicktoons Network commercials and ads.
On 28 September 2009, Nicktoons Network didn't only get a new logo, but it was also renamed NickToons.
In May 2014, Nicktoons revamped their whole on-air look, with new idents and the new slogan "Action to the Maxtion."
- → Main article: List of programs broadcast by Nicktoons Network
It's original programming consists nearly all of animated television programs formerly or currently broadcasted on its parent network. As has been the pattern with many children's networks over the years as they make forays into original programming and build up an archive of their newer series, older Nicktoons programs, along with those which had low sustaining popularity, have moved off the network's schedule. Advertising was also added after the 2005 relaunch.
For a Halloween theme week in October 2008, the network aired the 90's live-action program Are You Afraid of the Dark? on 20 October the first non-animated program to air on the network, although live-action segments involving the Nicktoons studio and animators have aired in the past in short form during commercial breaks. And on October 29, some original shows aired between 11:30-1:00.
Season 3 episodes of the series My Life as a Teenage Robot aired as never-before-seen episodes on the station starting on October 4, 2008.
On February 9, 2009, Nicktoons Network showed Nick News with Linda Ellerbee as part of Black History Month 2009 on Nicktoons Network. The episode was "We Shall Not Be Moved," which aired originally on Nickelodeon the day before. That would make this the second non-animated show to air on Nicktoons Network.
On May 9, 2015, Nicktoons removed many familiar cartoons from their schedule, including Fanboy & Chum Chum and T.U.F.F. Puppy, only to be replaced by re-runs of live-action shows like Henry Danger and The Haunted Hathaways, as well as more Voltron Force and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to the dismay of the older shows' fans.
Nicktoons was launched in the United Kingdom on July 22, 2002; unlike the United States version, it has been ad-supported since it launched. Also unlike the US version, it does not broadcast 24 hours each day. There are also other Nicktoons channels in Flanders, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain replacing Nick Premium. A Mexican version of Nicktoons was launched on February 4, 2013.