Why Being a Child of the 90's was Awesome!

by dtkoziol | last updated - 30 Oct 2012 | Public

Growing up in the 90's was great; we had Pokemon cards, Crazy Bones, Furby, and Beanie Babies. But, we also had a great supply of television series that kids today just don't know what their missing. Here is a list of my favorite childhood shows (note that not all are from the 90's, but what ever I remember watching them so they are on the list) :)

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1. Hey Arnold! (1996–2004)

TV-Y7 | 15 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.7
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The everyday life of Arnold, a 4th-grader in a nameless city that resembles Brooklyn, New York, who lives in a multi-racial boarding house with his grandparents and a motley assortment of neighbors and friends.

Stars: Francesca Marie Smith, Jamil Walker Smith, Dan Castellaneta, Justin Shenkarow

Votes: 25,135

Before there was Stewie Griffin, there was the original football-head.

2. Legends of the Hidden Temple (1993–1995)

TV-G | 30 min | Adventure, Family, Game-Show

8.3
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Six teams compete through a series of physical and mental challenges as it narrows down to only one team given the privilege to enter a mysterious temple in order to retrieve an artifact ... See full summary »

Stars: Kirk Fogg, Dee Bradley Baker, Jennifer Holtz, Zachary Maxell

Votes: 1,925

Ah! I used to (and still do) watch this all the time!

3. Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990–1996)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.7
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A quintet of teenagers work together to encourage environmentally responsible behaviour and can summon a superhero to deal with ecological disasters.

Stars: David Coburn, Joey Dedio, Kath Soucie, LeVar Burton

Votes: 8,757

Best halloween costume ever? Yes. He's blue, he has a green mullet, and he fights crimes against mother nature with a team of multiracial high schoolers. Can television be any better?

4. Doug (1991–1994)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.5
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The life of a young boy as he meets friends, falls in love, maneuvers his way through grade 6 and writes all about it in his journal.

Stars: Billy West, Fred Newman, Constance Shulman, Becca Lish

Votes: 14,857

Best theme song ever.

5. All That (1994–2005)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

7.5
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A zany sketch comedy featuring many wacky characters hosted for kids and by kids.

Stars: Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, Kenan Thompson, Soup

Votes: 5,574

SNL for kids. Great.

6. Thundercats (1985–1989)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.9
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A team of humanoid cats fight evil in their adopted home world.

Stars: Bob McFadden, Larry Kenney, Earl Hammond, Lynne Lipton

Votes: 13,411

HA! I am so glad that Snarf is still alive and parodied in Family Guy and South Park.

7. Outlaw Star (1998– )

TV-MA | 650 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.9
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The adventures of an outlaw crew of an advanced starship.

Stars: Ayako Kawasumi, Bob Buchholz, Bridget Hoffman, Emilie de Azevedo Brown

Votes: 2,969

This was actually a really well done anime series. Great story, art, and characters.

8. Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (1994–1997)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.3
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The show takes us through the struggles of life as a child monster. Three monster friends are studying how to scare humans in school. Often, their attempts don't work out as planned.

Stars: Charlie Adler, Christine Cavanaugh, David Eccles, Gregg Berger

Votes: 7,902

Kinda weird and a little scary but in the best way.

9. CatDog (1998–2005)

TV-Y | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.6
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The comic misadventures of a tidy, refined Cat and a goofy, uncouth Dog joined at the abdomen.

Stars: Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny, Carlos Alazraqui, Billy West

Votes: 16,029

Seriously, how did they go to the bathroom? Also, I want that fish/bone house they lived in.

10. The Big O (1999–2003)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.6
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In a futuristic city with lost memories, an expert negotiator fights threats to the city with the help of an android and his own giant robot.

Stars: Mitsuru Miyamoto, Steve Blum, Akiko Yajima, Motomu Kiyokawa

Votes: 1,637

This show was great! I didn't fully understand it, but I still watch a little on youtube every now and then.

11. The Angry Beavers (1997–2001)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.3
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The wacky and sometimes surreal adventures of Norbert and Daggett Beaver.

Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Nick Bakay, Charlie Brissette, Terry Wood

Votes: 10,914

Haha this show was ridiculous and the voice actors in it were great.

12. Even Stevens (2000–2003)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

7.8
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The misadventures of the Stevens family, a family of five from Sacramento, California.

Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Christy Carlson Romano, A.J. Trauth, Nick Spano

Votes: 11,897

In a time when Disney TV series were only given a few years of pre-determined air time, Even Stevens was canceled far too soon.

13. Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Family

8.0
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A gifted young teen tries to survive life with his dimwitted, dysfunctional family.

Stars: Frankie Muniz, Bryan Cranston, Justin Berfield, Erik Per Sullivan

Votes: 103,674

Still have the DVD box sets for this (and Cloris Leachman as the crazy grandmother made it great).

14. Rocko's Modern Life (1993–1996)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.0
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The wacky misadventures of an Australian wallaby and his friends as he finishes his transition to American life.

Stars: Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Charlie Adler, Mr. Lawrence

Votes: 15,837

15. Recess (1997–2001)

TV-Y | 23 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.9
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Comic tales of a group of good friends, 4 boys and 2 girls, during breaks in primary school, as they grow up, relate to each other, and have brushes with authority.

Stars: Andrew Lawrence, Ashley Johnson, Jason Davis, Rickey D'Shon Collins

Votes: 17,721

16. Rugrats (1990–2006)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.5
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The cartoon misadventures of four babies and their snotty older cousin as they face the things in life they don't understand.

Stars: Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Nancy Cartwright, Kath Soucie

Votes: 25,744

17. Johnny Bravo (1997–2004)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.3
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The misadventures of a dumb blond egomanaic who is deluded about his own manliness.

Stars: Jeff Bennett, Brenda Vaccaro, Mae Whitman, Tom Kenny

Votes: 26,927

"It was the two armed man! I swear!" I still say that line and no one knows where it came from, but I don't care.

18. Pinky and the Brain (1995–1998)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.9
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A genius mouse and his stupid sidekick try to conquer the world each night.

Stars: Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, Frank Welker

Votes: 24,277

19. Barney & Friends (1992–2009)

TV-Y | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

3.6
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From pretending to be a pilot on a make-believe airplane to pretending to be a pirate in search of buried treasure, Barney's friends discover that creativity lets them soar in the wings of imagination!

Stars: Bob West, Julie Johnson, Dean Wendt, David Joyner

Votes: 3,517

I mean honestly, how could I not include Barney?

20. Animaniacs (1993–1998)

TV-Y7 | 21 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.9
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Ensemble cast of off-the-wall Warner Brothers characters, appearing in a wide variety of roles. Wakko, Yakko, and Dot Warner, are WB Studio creations who were just too "zany" to be of any ... See full summary »

Stars: Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille, Frank Welker

Votes: 17,673

21. The Wild Thornberrys (1998–2004)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.7
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Eliza Thornberry is not your ordinary kid. It's not just because she travels the world in an RV with her parents Nigel and Marrianne, famous nature show hosts. Eliza is doubly unique ... See full summary »

Stars: Lacey Chabert, Jodi Carlisle, Tim Curry, Danielle Harris

Votes: 9,987

I want the RV from this show.

22. The Magic School Bus (1994–1997)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.0
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An eccentric school-teacher takes her class on wondrous educational field trips with the help of a magical school bus.

Stars: Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto, Erica Luttrell, Tara Meyer

Votes: 6,167

Lizzy, the unsung hero of this series.

23. Bill Nye, the Science Guy (1993–1998)

TV-Y | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy, Family

8.4
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Scientist/comedian Bill Nye explores various aspects of science for young viewers.

Stars: Bill Nye, Pat Cashman, Jaffar Smith, Michaela Leslie-Rule

Votes: 5,488

Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill! (science rules)

24. Dexter's Laboratory (1996–2003)

TV-G | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.0
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The misadventures of a boy genius and his annoying sister.

Stars: Kath Soucie, Jeff Bennett, Christine Cavanaugh, Frank Welker

Votes: 34,636

This show taught me French, "Omelette du fromage."

25. Arthur (1996– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.4
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Based on the books by Marc Brown, these are the adventures of Arthur, an 8-year-old aardvark, and his family and friends as they grow up and learn how to be good neighbors to one another.

Stars: J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro, Daniel Brochu, Bruce Dinsmore

Votes: 9,588

26. Pokémon (1997–2002)

24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.1
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Follows the adventure of Satoshi with his Pokemon, Pikachu and his friends to become the Pokemon master.

Stars: Unshô Ishizuka, Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Ôtani, Megumi Hayashibara

Votes: 7,413

Ah, the good old days when there was just 150 pokemon and I, indeed, did catch them all on my Pokemon Blue game for Gameboy Color.

27. Boy Meets World (1993–2000)

TV-G | 23 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

8.1
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Adolescent Cory Matthews grows up, and faces problems with friends, family, and school.

Stars: Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels, Betsy Randle

Votes: 34,118

Possibly the defining series of my generation.

28. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (1995– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.3
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A squadron of giant robot pilots of a beleaguered Earth colony bring the war to their oppressive home planet.

Stars: Lisa Ann Beley, Brian Drummond, Mark Hildreth, Chris Kalhoon

Votes: 3,463

29. Ed, Edd n Eddy (1999–2008)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.5
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The off-the-wall, day-to-day life of three friends who have exactly the same name.

Stars: Matt Hill, Sam Vincent, Tony Sampson, Erin Fitzgerald

Votes: 25,941

"It smells like fresh cut spring flowers, strewn across a babbling brook with a hint of lemon" ... yet another reference people never get.

30. Sister, Sister (1994–1999)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.1
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Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell are twins separated at birth who learn of each other's existence and come together as teenagers.

Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry, Tim Reid

Votes: 8,660

31. Goosebumps (1995–1998)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.8
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A series of horror anthology stories based on the children's books by R.L. Stine.

Stars: R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short, Cody Jones, Scott Wickware

Votes: 9,092

I have all the books and still watch the shows during Halloween.

32. Zoids (2001– )

TV-Y7 | Action, Animation, Fantasy

7.5
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Story of a partnership between a Zoid Liger Zero and its pilot Bit Cloud as they battle to become the ultimate team.

Stars: Takahiro Sakurai, Richard Ian Cox, Ron Halder, Colin Murdock

Votes: 762

33. Samurai Jack (2001–2017)

TV-PG | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.5
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A samurai sent through time fights to return home and save the world.

Stars: Phil LaMarr, Mako, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jeff Bennett

Votes: 34,289

This is a really, really great series. My friend bought the series and we just sat around for an entire weekend watching all of the episodes.

34. Rocket Power (1999–2004)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Family, Sport

6.9
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Four friends and their daily lives of playing extreme sports, surfing, and getting into some crazy situations.

Stars: Joseph Ashton, Shayna Fox, John Kassir, Ray Bumatai

Votes: 6,413

Coolest show ever!

35. Kenan & Kel (1996–2000)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family, Comedy

7.9
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Kenan and Kel. Two best friends who live in Chicago are always dragged down by Kenan's get rich quick schemes while orange soda loving buddy Kel is dragged along but tends to mess things up

Stars: Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Ken Foree, Teal Marchande

Votes: 12,196

I. Want. Orange. Soda!

36. Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999–2002)

TV-Y7 | 11 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.3
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The offbeat adventures of Courage, a cowardly dog who must overcome his own fears to heroically defend his unknowing farmer owners from all kinds of dangers, paranormal events and menaces that appear around their land.

Stars: Marty Grabstein, Thea White, Peter Fernandez, Simon Prebble

Votes: 28,893

This was some weird shizz, but I loved it (remember the one with the fly that sucked people's brains or the one with the lady that lived in the water kingdom and tried to eat people). Modern horror movies could learn a lot from this show.

37. Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990–2000)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

8.3
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A group of kids get together in the woods, and tell ghost stories.

Stars: Ross Hull, Daniel DeSanto, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther

Votes: 10,716

38. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.4
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An alien from the planet Irk is sent to Earth, not realising that his leaders were fooling him and didn't think a planet was there. He manages to fit in with school children but one boy sees through his disguise.

Stars: Andy Berman, Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 16,762

I think this was canceled because, "It corrupted the youth" or something. But I don't care, I'm going to sing 'the doom song' now.

39. X-Men (1992–1997)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Action, Family

8.5
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A team of mutant superheroes fight for justice and human acceptance in the Marvel Comics universe.

Stars: Cedric Smith, Cathal J. Dodd, Lenore Zann, George Buza

Votes: 29,114

40. Futurama (1999–2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.5
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Fry, a pizza guy, is accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out New Year's Eve 2999.

Stars: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 175,402

Ahh, classic. It's life family guy but with heartfelt stories and dumber jokes.