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The Best After School Shows from the '90s 

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List Rules Classic '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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Billy West, Fred Newman, Constance Shulman

Premiered: 1991

Genres (Tv): Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Educational television, + more

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Francesca Marie Smith, Jamil Walker Smith, Dan Castellaneta

Premiered: 1996

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Comedy-drama, Comedy, Animated series

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Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Nancy Cartwright

Premiered: 1991

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Animated series

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Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

Premiered: 1993

Genres (Tv): Teen sitcom

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Charles Adler, John Kassir, Tress MacNeille

Premiered: 1990

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy, Animated series

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Corey Burton, Peter Cullen, Jim Cummings

Premiered: 1989

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Mystery, Adventure film, Comedy, + more

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Premiered: 1990

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

Premiered: 1996

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Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther

Premiered: 1991

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror Film, Children's television series, Fantasy television, Science Fiction

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Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Charles Adler

Premiered: 1993

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Animation, Sitcom, Satire, Animated cartoon, + more

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Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy-drama, Animated series

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Premiered: 1993

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy

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Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter, Jason Willinger

Premiered: 1991

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Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto, Erica Luttrell

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Educational television

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Premiered: 1987

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Adventure film, Comedy, + more

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Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Television comedy, Adolescence, Variety show, Children's television series, + more

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Melissa Joan Hart, Jason Zimbler, Elizabeth Hess

Premiered: 1991

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Children's television series, Comedy

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Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series

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Premiered: 1993

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