In order for a television show to become a movie, a lot of things need to happen, but fan-support is obviously the most important aspect. Think about it — if no one is a fan of the small-screen series, who the heck is going to watch the film?!
While almost all of our favorite Disney Channel shows had DCOM spin-offs, Nickelodeon is slightly more picky when it comes into turning a series into a made-for-TV flick. What Nick DOES do quite often, however, is advertise a slightly longer episode as a television “movie” (Zoey 101 did this MULTIPLE times and Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide is also a culprit), even though it’s really not. The network also loves turning their animated classics like SpongeBob SquarePants and Hey Arnold! into special adaptations.
What we’re going to focus on in this post, however, is live-action shows (think Big Time Rush and iCarly) that were SO amazing that Nickelodeon knew they had to capitalize on their successes and create flicks. Keep reading to check ’em all out!
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush quickly went from being just a television show to a TOTAL phenomenon among tweens. In addition to capitalizing on its success by sending Carlos PenaVega, Logan Henderson, James Maslow and Kendall Schmidt out on multiple tours, Nickelodeon also created Big Time Movie.
The film was such a big deal that before it aired on Nick March 10, 2012, the network hosted an actual NYC premiere where HUGE celebs (like the guys of One Direction) attended.
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh Go Hollywood, the movie version of D&J, aired on Nickelodeon on January 6, 2006. The made-for-TV film was so well-received that it was released on DVD less than a month later.
Here's the basic premise of the Nick movie: Drake accidentally puts Megan on the wrong flight, and instead of going to Denver like she intended, she ends up in Los Angeles, California, by herself with no cell phone. The boys eventually find their sister and decide to stay in L.A. for a bit. Add in a few criminals who kidnap the brothers, $500 million in cash, and some more drama, and you have the rest of the film.
Fans were PISSED when Victorious ended in February 2013 without getting a proper series finale, but we think Victorious: The Movie was a pretty good consolation prize. The film didn't air on Nickelodeon, but rather became a legit on-screen movie on April 12, 2013 and served as a sort of pseudo-finale.
iCarly will forever be one of the most iconic Nickelodeon shows of all time, so its TV movie, IGo to Japan, will also be regarded as such.
About two years after the Drake & Josh made-for-television film aired on Nick, this bad boy came out, taking viewers along with Carly, Sam, Freddie and the rest of the gang as they went to Tokyo for the iWeb Awards.
The Naked Brothers Band
Before Nickelodeon live-action movies like Drake & Josh Go Hollywood and iGo to Japan came The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie, starring Nat and Alex Wolff.
While the brothers are now know for their films such as Paper Towns and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, this 2005 hit was their first *major* movie gig.
Fred: The Show
Lucas Cruikshank's fictional character Fred Figglehorn went from being a YouTube star, to a TV star, to a a movie star! Nickelodeon was perhaps the first network to figure out that the online community was a HUGE one and created Fred: The Show in 2012.
But two years before the television series premiered, Fred: The Movie debuted on Nick. A year later, Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred was created, followed shortly by Fred 3: Camp Fred.
The Fairly OddParents
While TFOP was an ICONIC animated Nickelodeon series, A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! was the live-action adaptation that aired on the network on July 9, 2011. The made-for-television movie was created in honor of the show's tenth anniversary and starred Nick alums Drake Bell and Daniella Monet.
The actors didn't return for A Fairly Odd Christmas in late 2012, but did participate in the third flick, A Fairly Odd Summer, in August 2014.
House of Anubis
The Touchstone of Ra wasn't just House of Anubis' television movie, but it also served as the show's series finale! It aired on June 17, 2013.
Legends of the Hidden Temple
All '90s kids will remember this iconic game show that aired from 1993 to 1995, but those who watched Legends of the Hidden Temple the movie might not be aware of its predecessor.
You see, while the live-action film was inspired by the '90s hit, it aired on November 26, 2016, more than ten years after the game show ended.