Nickelodeon is a North American paid television channel founded on April 1st, 1979. The channel is famous for claiming to be the first television channel for children, and for its menagerie of youth aimed shows, from channel grown cartoons to live action and game shows into the 1990s.

Despite its kid and family friendly disposition, Nickelodeon is not without its flaws. While touting itself as a channel "by kids, for kids" throughout its lifetime, Nickelodeon has also been known to have had a bent towards parental conservatism and somewhat heavy handed creative control over its animation department. Even with the consideration of its Nick Jr. preschooler age aimed block, Nickelodeon has been known to cater to Federal Censorship Committee imposed standards on animation and had shown to largely favor its live action department over the years.

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  • Ren and Stimpy's delayed production runs: When Ren and Stimpy began production, series creator Jon Krifalusi was notorious for deliberately delaying production to the point of breaching deadlines. While some would call this erratic and unconventional behavior from an artistic mind, it has been stated that Jon mainly procrastinated in order to bypass the censors at Nickelodeon.
  • The Patakis: Hey Arnold series creator Craig Bartlett had pitched a show centered on the family of character Helga Pataki, a show akin to The Simpsons detailing their dysfunctional lives. Higher ups vetoed it, stating the show was "too dark" for the channel, despite hosting live action shows with more graphic and darker content like Animorphs and The Secret Life of Alex Mack.
  • The Angry Beavers last episode cancellation: According to behind the scenes interviews, the true last episode of The Angry Beavers was barred from syndication for violating Nickelodeon's animations clauses, specifically to not break the fourth wall and to not declare an end to the show for purposes of profiting from reruns.
  • Nickelodeon's SLAM Block: Of some relevance, it is believed Nickelodeon's short lived action and older youth aimed SLAM block was created to compete with Cartoon Network's Toonami anime block, The Kids WB and other cableless cartoon blocks featuring story driven action cartoons and anime around the early 2000s. The block is only believed to have been somewhat successful with hosting Invader Zim; shows like the abysmally regarded Super Duper Sumos and Butt Ugly Martians showed how woefully underprepared the channel was in the face of a new era of relaxed standards and the want for animation outside of slapstick, and hosting reruns of the 1998 Godzilla cartoon and featuring a newly updated reboot of the Speed Racer anime communicated how outdated and out of touch the network was.
  • Nickelodeon's "Buy American" campaign: Nickelodeon is also known to have engaged in some nationalistic expression of its bitterness and response to low viewership in the face of the failure of its SLAM block by 2003 and the boom of anime for featuring content that had long been excluded from American animation, not including how Nickelodeon practiced ensuring its animation met its "by kids, for kids" double standards and also kept its animators from said excluded content. These practices are not unlike anti-Japanese corporate sentiments around the 1980s with the American populace favoring Japanese electronics and automobiles for their durability and reliability, which acts like Ronald Regan and members of Congress smashing Japanese electronics on the White House Lawn and the murder of Vincent Chin in Detroit, MI by a disgruntled laid off General Motors worker out of "American Pride" were committed than to actually rectify faults with their products and their practices. The Hey Arnold! episode "Gerald's Game" was obviously a jab at card games like Pokemon and Yu Gi Oh! at the time; a commercial transition featuring "Kids In America" by Blondie and stills of Nicktoons was displayed prominently; and Avatar: The Last Airbender has an obviously jingoistic anti-Japanese bent with the antagonist Fire Nation.
  • Nick News' Linda Ellerbee's interview with anti-Harry Potter advocates: Into the 2000s, Nick News' Linda Ellerbee hosted an advocate against the Harry Potter series in her main interview section. While not illegal or unconstitutional, an interview of this nature would have been more appropriate on adult aimed mainstream news channels like CNN or FOX, or even Christian conservative channels like Daystar or daytime talkshow programs like Jerry Springer. Hosting such an individual on a children's entertainment channel, even for a kid niche news show like Nick News, beyond obvious go to terms like bizarre and weird, brings further question of Nickelodeon's stances on censorship and creative expression.