Why Being a Child of the 90's was Awesome!by dtkoziol | created - 30 Oct 2012 | 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
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.
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
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 »
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
A quintet of teenagers work together to encourage environmentally responsible behaviour and can summon a superhero to deal with ecological disasters.
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
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.
Best theme song ever.
5. All That (1994–2016)
TV-Y7 | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music
A zany sketch comedy featuring many wacky characters hosted for kids and by kids.
SNL for kids. Great.
6. Thundercats (1985–1989)
TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A team of humanoid cats fight evil in their adopted home world.
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
The adventures of an outlaw crew of an advanced starship.
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
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.
Kinda weird and a little scary but in the best way.
9. CatDog (1998–2005)
TV-Y | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
The comic misadventures of a tidy, refined Cat and a goofy, uncouth Dog joined at the abdomen.
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
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.
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
The wacky and sometimes surreal adventures of Norbert and Daggett Beaver.
Haha this show was ridiculous and the voice actors in it were great.
12. Even Stevens (2000–2003)
TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family
The misadventures of the Stevens family, a family of five from Sacramento, California.
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
A gifted young teen tries to survive life with his dimwitted, dysfunctional family.
Still have the DVD box sets for this (and Cloris Leachman as the crazy grandmother made it great).
15. Recess (1997–2001)
TV-Y | 23 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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.
17. Johnny Bravo (1997–2004)
TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
The misadventures of a dumb blond egomanaic who is deluded about his own manliness.
"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.
19. Barney & Friends (1992–2009)
TV-Y | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
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!
I mean honestly, how could I not include Barney?
20. Animaniacs (1993–1998)
TV-Y7 | 21 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
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 »
21. The Wild Thornberrys (1998–2004)
TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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 »
I want the RV from this show.
22. The Magic School Bus (1994–1997)
TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
An eccentric school-teacher takes her class on wondrous educational field trips with the help of a magical school bus.
Lizzy, the unsung hero of this series.
23. Bill Nye, the Science Guy (1993–1998)
TV-Y | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy, Family
Scientist/comedian Bill Nye explores various aspects of science for young viewers.
Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill! (science rules)
24. Dexter's Laboratory (1996–2003)
TV-G | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
The misadventures of a boy genius and his annoying sister.
This show taught me French, "Omelette du fromage."
25. Arthur (1996– )
TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
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.
26. Pokémon (1997–2018)
TV-Y | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Follows the adventure of Satoshi with his Pokemon, Pikachu and his friends to become the Pokemon master.
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
Adolescent Cory Matthews grows up, and faces problems with friends, family, and school.
Possibly the defining series of my generation.
29. Ed, Edd n Eddy (1999–2008)
TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
The off-the-wall, day-to-day life of three friends who have exactly the same name.
"It smells like fresh cut spring flowers, strewn across a babbling brook with a hint of lemon" ... yet another reference people never get.
31. Goosebumps (1995–1998)
TV-Y7 | 22 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
A series of horror anthology stories based on the children's books by R.L. Stine.
I have all the books and still watch the shows during Halloween.
33. Samurai Jack (2001–2017)
TV-PG | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A samurai sent through time fights to return home and save the world.
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
Four friends and their daily lives of playing extreme sports, surfing, and getting into some crazy situations.
Coolest show ever!
35. Kenan & Kel (1996–2000)
TV-Y7 | 30 min | Comedy
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
I. Want. Orange. Soda!
36. Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999–2002)
TV-Y7 | 11 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
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.
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.
38. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)
TV-Y | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
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.
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.
40. Futurama (1999–2013)
TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Fry, a pizza guy, is accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out New Year's Eve 2999.
Ahh, classic. It's life family guy but with heartfelt stories and dumber jokes.