I love ’90s television, but whenever I think about the shows I grew up watching, my brain usually automatically goes to Doug, Hey Arnold, Rugrats and Daria. That’s probably because those shows were obviously some of the most popular and beloved cartoons of the ’90s, but there are of course some other amazing shows that were around in the 1990s that I tend to forget about.
Assuming I’m not alone in this, I put together a list of 20 TV shows from the ’90s (and, yes, some from the early 2000’s) that probably aren’t the first things that pop into your mind when you think of old-school ’90s television. Check ’em out below:
Not only were the Animaniacs adorable to watch, but they were also super entertaining and delightful. I would probably watch this even if it were on now.
Lamb Chop’s Play Along
A few years ago, back when VHS tapes were still a thing, I popped in an old one to watch something and discovered that it was a tape my dad had used to record this show when I was little. It was a very, very happy day.
Gullah Gullah Island
Oh, man. I don’t care that this was for pre-schoolers. I freakin’ loved this show. And I miss the theme song very much.
The Magic School Bus
For those who never knew, The Magic School Bus was a book series before it was a TV show. Obviously I read the books and was thrilled when the show started. Also, this guy looks like the kid from Recess.
Ed, Edd & Eddy
This show was actually on the air for a very good amount of the early 2000’s, but it still counts because it started in the ’90s and new episodes aren’t made any more. Truth be told, I never watched Ed, Edd and Eddy, but my brother did. I’m actually afraid of most cartoons, including this creepy one.
Aw, look how cute and creepy these puppets are. This show is SO late ’80s/early ’90s. It’s amazing.
This was one of those Disney shows where they took characters from beloved Disney movies and gave them their own little “spin-offs.” In this case, The Jungle Book. This was another show that I was forced to watch because my brother did.
I’m going to be honest with you guys… I hated this show. Like, I was terrified of it. I’m afraid of creepy cartoons like this! I can’t help it! My brother and sister were obsessed with CatDog, so it was always on, but… ugh. I put it in here for all you CatDog lovers though, so appreciate it.
What Would You Do?
I don’t know how this game show ended up on Nickelodeon (actually, I sort of do, because Nick had a thing for game shows), but the best thing about it is obviously seeing all of the crazy ’90s fashion. Also, the amazing theme song.
I remember watching this show only every once in a while, because I was really young when it aired, but judging from these inappropriate moments, maybe I should have watched it more often…
Aaah!!! Real Monsters
This show was sort of like Nickelodeon’s ’90s version of Monsters, Inc? Maybe? All I know is that it was seriously great.
The Angry Beavers
Who knew a show about beavers could be so entertaining?
I feel like KaBlam! is sort of like Nickelodeon’s kid-friendly version of Robot Chicken, but before Robot Chicken was a thing, you know? Also, KaBlam! was AWESOME and needs to come back on TV.
Bananas In Pajamas
This is getting seriously young, but I watched it with the kids I babysat okay, so don’t judge me. It wasn’t until now that I realized how creepy this show is – it’s about giant bananas in clothes.
ARTHUR. I was a serious book nerd as a kid (who am I kidding, I still am) and so I loved this show. Excuse me while I watch episodes on YouTube.
I was in middle school when this show came out and I’m pretty sure it’s for preschoolers, but I watched it anyway because the characters were really cute. Otters!
This show is SO young and also it went into the 2000’s, but come on – try and tell me you didn’t enjoy Franklin. I dare you.
This show creeped me out to no end but, again, I was forced to watch because siblings. I guess it wasn’t too horrible.
If this wasn’t one of your favorite shows when you were a kid… you were doing things wrong. This is why I now am obsessed with elephants.
I watched this because obviously I had a crush on Max. Just… don’t ask. And don’t pretend you didn’t either.
Which of these shows was your favorite? What did you forget about? What did I miss? Tell me in the comments!