The ‘90s were a magical time, at least for those of us who grew up during that period. Things were simpler, the Internet wasn’t yet this massive, omnipresent force that it is today, and we could certainly look forward to watching our favorite kids shows when we got home from school. In a time before Netflix, YouTube, and other online streaming options, we had to stick to a schedule when it came to watching our fave shows; marathons were out of the question then.
Now that we’re older and probably feeling nostalgic about the past, it’s good for us to remember the shows that we used to be obsessed about when we were just kids. A lot of kids nowadays might not have recollections about these shows—they might not have even been born yet when they were airing—but that doesn’t mean we can’t share the magic of such shows to them. Let’s take a walk down memory lane and recall some of those shows:
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1. Doug (1991–2004)
Doug is a TV series that features the early-adolescent adventures of its titular character named Douglas “Doug” Funnie.
2. All That (1994–2005)
This is an American sketch comedy show that ran on Nickelodeon and was a children’s version of what Saturday Night Live is to its audience, except that All That featured more wholesome comedic sketches and catered more to kids’ sense of humor.
3. Ahh! Real Monsters (1994–1997)
This animated series ran on Nickelodeon for four seasons, with a total of 52 episodes. It focuses on the travails of three young monsters named Ickis, Oblina, and Krumm, who attend a school for monsters where they learn how to scare people.
4. Animaniacs (1993–1998)
Animaniacs was an animated TV series produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment in collaboration with Warner Bros. Animation. It was a variety show consisting of short skits that featured a wide and diverse range of characters.
5. Clarissa Explains It All (1991–1994)
This is an American teen sitcom that features the adolescent adventures of the titular character, Clarissa Darling. It was the first Nickelodeon show that featured a female lead, paving the way for more female-led shows from the network.
6. Arthur (1996–present)
This is an animated TV series that is meant to be educational. Set in the fictional Elwood City, it revolves around the life of an anthropomorphic aardvark named Arthur Read and his interactions with his friends and family.
7. Hey Arnold! (1996–2005)
This animated TV series centers on the life of its titular character, simply named Arnold, a fourth grader who goes to an elementary school named P.S. 118 and lives with his kooky but loving grandparents.