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The Best After School Shows from the '90s

Updated November 1, 2020 84.4k votes 4.9k voters 150.6k views83 items

List RulesClassic '90s series targeted to kids who didn't even care about doing homework after school. Upvote the best and most memorable.

Everyone knows the '90s were hands-down the best time to be a kid, because it had some of the most creative cartoons and kids shows around. From Rugrats to Boy Meets World, many of the TV series listed here have transcended the nostalgia of the '90s era and remain timeless television classics even as adults. Which is the best '90s kids show of all time, you ask? Oh, dear reader, the answer is up to you and your inner child.

These are the shows you rushed to turn on the second you got home from school, before Mom and Dad started bugging you about homework and chores. Ugh, parents, right?! These '90s kids TV shows helped you unwind after a hard day at school, and you'll still enjoy them if you come across a rerun, hungover on your parent's couch after a raucous night back in town with your high school pals.

Rank the kid's shows from the 1990s that you loved then and love now, and make sure to add your favorites if you don't see them listed already. If you're not a child of the '90s, never fear: this list is a great resource for educating yourself on some quality TV.

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    Rugrats

    Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh
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    Hey Arnold!

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    Doug

    Billy West, Fred Newman
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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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    Boy Meets World

    Alex Désert, Trina McGee
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    Tiny Toon Adventures

    Charles Adler, John Kassir
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    Recess

    Andrew Lawrence, Ashley Johnson
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    Corey Burton, Peter Cullen
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    Sabrina the Teenage Witch

    John Ducey, Andrew W. Walker
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    The Simpsons

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    Are You Afraid of the Dark?

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    The Magic School Bus

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    Dinosaurs

    Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter
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    Animaniacs

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    Rocko's Modern Life

    Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny
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    Goosebumps

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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    All That

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    Arthur

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    CatDog

    Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny
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    Kenan & Kel

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    Joe O'Connor, Melissa Joan Hart
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    Pinky and the Brain

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    The Wild Thornberrys

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    Dexter's Laboratory

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