Recess was one of the most unique kids cartoon shows in its time. It was one of the few on television that even my parents enjoyed watching with me because it was so clever. Maybe it was the amazing playground dynamics, the colorful characters or the fact that our main protagonists felt like real people, but there is something special about this show that is hard to put a finger on.
Whatever it was, this show makes us all nostalgic for recess and the drama that would ensue in those minutes of sweet, sweet freedom. And oh, there was always a lot of drama.
If you loved Recess like we did, you’ll definitely love this roundup of 15 of the best episodes and most memorable characters from the show!
The Kindergarteners...Okay but what was their deal? Why were they always covered in paint? Why were they acting like little warriors all the time? These kids always confused the hell out of me. Also, they constantly look like they're heading to Coachella. Source: Recess/Disney
King Bob Was A CutieIt wasn't just me, right? Right? Who else was oddly attracted to his unibrow and hockey stick? Source: Recess/Disney
The AshleysThey were mean, stylish and conspiratorial...so how could you not have a soft spot for The Ashleys. Personally, I felt obligated to like them because my name is also Ashley, but they also helped perpetuate the idea that every single Ashley is a spoiled brat. Lies! (I think). Source: Recess/Disney
Gus Became A HustlerSeriously though, this kid became a hustler for an episode and it was just as bizarre as it sounds. Source: Recess/Disney
Mikey's VoiceDude had the baritone of soulful angels. Seriously, it could put a baby to sleep or get you in the mood for sweet, sweet lovin'. Source: Recess/Disney
That Time Vince Tried A Little Too Hard To Fit InOkay, we all know that as a kid there is nothing worse than being out of the loop of some cool new movie or TV show, especially when everybody is quoting it. Well, in one episode, Vince missed out on the movie everybody saw over the weekend...which meant that everyone was talking about it all week at school. His parents wouldn't let him see it, but he managed to sneak out and see it anyway. But when he finally came back to school, knowing all the quotes and funny references, it was all old news. The students moved on to something else. Ugh, I hated when I joined the bandwagon a little too late back in the day! Source: Recess/Disney
One Of The Ashleys Is Banned From The AshleysThe ringleader of the Ashleys is kicked out of the crew after she forgot to wear purple on their annual Purple Day. Think of it as "on Wednesdays we wear pink" but with much more dire consequences. As a result, Ashley A. is an outcast and ends up latching onto our fave nerd, Gretchen. Well, at least until the end of the episode. Source: Recess/Disney
Ms. Grotke And Her AmazingnessMs. Grotke was a straight up badass. She showed off her unshaven legs, taught the kids about the awful, unedited history of Europeans conquering distant lands and didn't even hold back from telling her students about how awfully the Native Americans were treated. And her students were, uh, fourth graders! We all needed at Ms. Grotke in our lives to keep it real. Source: Recess/Disney
TJ And Spinelli's KissAll I have to say is that if they didn't end up becoming a true blue couple in high school then love is dead. Source: Recess/Disney
Randall Being The WorstThis little snitch. Who could stand this kid? I couldn't even feel all that sorry for him because he was just so damn terrible to literally everyone. Source: Recess/Disney
The BoxRemember the episode when Ms. Finster punished TJ and made him stand in a little box all during recess as his punishment? Remember how he went a bit crazy? I mean, who wouldn't? We're humans! We crave interaction and hate being cooped up! Recess got real deep with this... Source: Recess/Disney
Spinelli And The Beauty PagentSpinelli (whose real name is Ashley, by the way) finds herself in a beauty contest after The Ashleys play a prank and enter her into the competition. The best part about this episode is how her friends come together to help her do what she can to win the competition. I mean, Vince even teaches her how to sashay down a runway. He should be a coach on America's Next Top Model, honestly. Source: Recess/Disney
1984 And Recess CrossoverOkay, who else remembers that episode when the school is suddenly equipped with all these scary monitors to track the kids' every move? Uh, nightmares. Source: Recess/Disney
That Time Gretchen Discovered That The Janitor Was A Math WizThis episode really stands out to me because it did a great job of teaching kids that you can't judge a book by its cover. You can never judge someone's intelligence by their job or their education! Source: Recess/Disney
Miss Finster Babysitting SpinelliAnd then this happened. This show was a gift. Source: Recess/Disney
Who was your favorite character on Recess? Which episode stands out for you? Tell us in the comments!