From the 1990s to the early 2000s, Dan Schneider was one of the biggest names in children’s TV. He first began working for Nickelodeon in 1994, serving as a producer, writer, and guest star for All That and Kenan and Kel. Schneider worked his way up fast, and by 1999, had created and debuted his own Nickelodeon hit TV series, The Amanda Bynes Show. For the next (nearly) two decades, he was the creator behind many of Nickelodeon’s most popular TV shows.
Among Schneider’s most popular works are iCarly, Drake and Josh, Zoey 101, Victorious, Sam & Cat, and Henry Danger. For many of us Millennials and Gen-Zers, Schneider’s shows made up a significant portion of our childhood. With hit show after hit show and a slew of Emmy and BAFTA nominations for Best Children’s Program, Schneider seemed an unstoppable force in the industry. That’s why it was so surprising, in 2018, when Nickelodeon abruptly announced they were cutting ties with Schneider.
The announcement, in March of that year, revealed that Nickelodeon wasn’t extending its production deal with Schneider. They subsequently did not renew his show, Game Shakers, for a fourth season and found a new showrunner to replace him for the 5th season of Henry Danger. Of course, Nickelodeon remained largely mum on the reason behind the departure, but it wasn’t long before troubling allegations came out.
Despite Nickelodeon’s attempts to paint the departure as a mutual agreement, reports quickly began to surface in 2018 that Schneider had complaints of abusive behavior filed against him. These allegations included concerns over his notorious temper, as well as suspicions over his interactions with minor actors and actresses. However, for years, both Nickelodeon and Schneider remained quiet, leaving these allegations up to speculation. This led to some internet sleuthing and fans digging up quite a lot of their own evidence against Schneider.