I'm the type of person whose antidote to confusion and loneliness is some good old classic cartoons.
I follow this Facebook page called NickRewind which posts pictures and videos of cartoon shows I grew up with from the cable channel Nickelodeon, giving me my daily dose of happy nostalgia.
And last Monday, as if knowing my ache to travel back in time, the page posted the TV schedule of shows that aired on September 21, 2004!
I cannot express how much I longed to go back to 2004 upon seeing this post. I immediately heard the tunes to each of the shows in my mind and was reminded of the simple allure of their animation. It brought me back to the days when I would tip-toe my way to our living room at 5:00 AM to watch Hey! Arnold.
To everyone who grew up with Nickelodeon cartoons, here's a great news: We can do more than wallow in the nostalgia of our childhood because some of these shows and their movies are available on Netflix! Here are some shows you can stream to scratch that itch of the past:
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)
"Think, think, think!" goes the famous line of Jimmy.
Watch this movie when you miss seeing this awesome kid genius save adults from being kidnapped by aliens.
The Rugrats Movie (1998)
Watching this movie again will transport you to your childhood. But you will soon realize that The Rugrats does not only tell the story of babies, but also the responsibilities and pressures of being an adult. I'm not kidding. You'll be surprised how much the babies talk about adult things.
Rugrats Go Wild (2003)
The things I absolutely love the most about Nickelodeon are their epic show crossovers. These crossovers meant the world to kids like me whose life revolved around cartoons. I'd always count down the days before the premiere of these collaborations. Among them are Jimmy Neutron x The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom x The Fairly OddParents, and of course, Rugrats x The Wild Thornberries. There's nothing better than having two of the most different worlds coincide into one whole movie for everyone to enjoy.
Hey! Arnold: The Movie (2002)
Watch and be reminded of how progressive Hey! Arnold is. This movie tackles a relevant issue many communities are facing now, which is being demolished for "development" a.k.a. "another big block of concrete people don't really need" a.k.a. malls.
These are only some of the Nickelodeon titles you can stream on Netflix. There are also complete series available such as Spongebob Squarepants (duh), Totally Spies, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and many more.
So go ahead and get your 00s childhood fix today.
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