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Premiered January 4, 1988; 35 years ago (1988-01-04)
Channel Nickelodeon
Country United States

Nick Jr. is an American programming block for preschoolers seen on weekday mornings on Nickelodeon. The block premiered on January 4, 1988. As its name suggests, it is aimed at children from ages 2 to 6 who have yet to start full-day school. It is owned by ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks, a division of ViacomCBS.


  • Nick Jr.'s Just for You! (September 4, 1989 – May 3, 1991)
  • Nick Jr. is Here Just for You! (May 6, 1991 – April 2, 1993)
  • Grow, Learn, and Play (April 5, 1993 — September 2, 1994)
  • Play to Learn (September 5, 1994 — August 29, 2003)
  • TV for the Next Generation (1994 – 1996)
  • TV Made Just for Preschoolers (1996 – October 2, 1998)
  • Nick Jr. is Just for Me (October 5, 1998 – August 31, 2001)
  • Nick Jr. is Where I Play to Learn (September 3, 2001 – August 29, 2003)
  • Nick Jr. is Where I Play Along (September 1, 2003 – October 8, 2004)
  • Love to Play (October 11, 2004 – September 7, 2007)
  • Play with Us! (September 10, 2007 – January 30, 2009)
  • It’s Like Preschool on TV (September 28, 2009 — February 28, 2012)
  • The Smart Place to Play (March 1, 2012 — May 18, 2018)
  • Ready to Play (May 21, 2018 – present)


Cross-programming with other networks

Cross-programming is a term used in broadcast programming.

From 2000 to 2002 and from 2004 to 2006, Nick Jr. also ran a Saturday morning children's block for CBS entitled Nick Jr. on CBS, featuring shows and interstitials from the Nick Jr. programming block. From 2002 to 2004, it was part of the general Nick on CBS block, which also included programming from the main Nickelodeon channel. The block was replaced by the KOL Secret Slumber Party block on September 16, 2006.

Spanish-language American network Telemundo has aired Blue's Clues (from 1998 to 2000, as part of the Nickelodeon en Telemundo block) and Dora the Explorer (from 2005 to 2006, as part of the Telemundo Kids block) in Spanish. On April 5, 2008, competing Spanish network Univision added Spanish-dubbed versions of Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go! to their Saturday morning Planeta U line-up. A Spanish-dubbed version of The Backyardigans was later added to the line-up on January 8, 2011.

For a brief time in summer 2010, Tr3s, a sister network to Nickelodeon, aired a daily block of Spanish-dubbed Nick Jr. programs under the name Tr3s Jr. Shows like Pistas de Blue (the Spanish version of Blue's Clues) and Wonder Pets! were featured in the block.

Face's reappearances

Face (the '90s version) made an appearance during the 2012 New Year edition of The '90s Are All That, TeenNick's former 1990s-oriented late night block. Face's appearances consisted of out-of-context clips that make him appear to be drunk or making adult comments (e.g.: "Yeah, grow a pair!").

In October 2015 for the Halloween/Nick or Treat season, the "Face the Monster" bumper would play on the block as a segway of introducing episodes of Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. The same bumper would be used on the block as an April Fools Day prank on April 1, 2017.

Face also appeared in an Easter promo for The Splat, The '90s Are All That's successor, in 2016, encouraging viewers to look for the Easter Bunny in '90s Nickelodeon shows.

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