Nickelodeon is an American television channel, owned by ViacomCBS.
Originally launched on December 1, 1977 as Pinwheel (named after a children's show of the same name), the channel was rebranded as Nickelodeon on April 1, 1979.
Since 1985, Nickelodeon has aired the late night block Nick at Nite, which was originally focused on classic programming.
Nickelodeon has made original animated series under the banner Nicktoons, starting in 1991 with Doug, Rugrats and The Ren & Stimpy Show.
One of the main continuity announcers for Nickelodeon has been Chris Phillips, who also voiced the mascot Face for the Nick Jr. block. Another character for the network has been Stick Stickly, voiced by Paul Christie.
Acquisition of Garfield
On August 6, 2019, parent company ViacomCBS (then Viacom) bought Paws Incorporated, giving Viacom the rights to Garfield. A new Garfield series was announced shortly after. Later that year, Viacom re-merged with CBS to form ViacomCBS.
On June 19, 2020, Garfield.com was reduced to a splash page with a statement that Garfield is now part of the Nick family. It features links to the Nickelodeon website (redirected automatically after 15 seconds) or that of GoComics.
Garfield Features Aired
- Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (first aired 11/19/2015; Nick at Nite)
- Garfield: The Movie (first aired 7/7/2016; Nick at Nite/Nickelodeon)
Nickelodeon has acknowledged their acquisition of Garfield on social media, having included the title character in collages of their animated properties.