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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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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best After School Shows from the '90s
lukee1986 added Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner
The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more
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Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny, Carlos Alazraqui
CatDog is an American animated television series created by Peter Hannan for Nickelodeon. The series depicts the life of conjoined brothers, with one half being a cat and the other a dog. ...more
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Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Vanessa Baden
Kenan & Kel is an American teen comedy sitcom created by Kim Bass for Nickelodeon. It starred then-All That cast members and Saturday Night Live alumni Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. ...more
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Frank Welker, Andrea Martin, Dan Castellaneta
Disney's Goof Troop is an American animated comedy television series from The Walt Disney Company featuring Goofy as a father figure and bonding with his son Max, and Pete, as his neighbor. ...more
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Legends of the Hidden Temple is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best After School Shows from the '90s
WayneBell added Kirk Fogg, Dee Bradley Baker, Jennifer Holtz
Legends of the Hidden Temple is an action-adventure game show for children. The show centered on a temple that was "filled with lost treasures protected by mysterious Mayan temple ...more
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Lauren Tom, Jennifer Hale, John Kassir
Rocket Power is an American animated television series. The series debuted on Nickelodeon on August 16, 1999. The series ended on July 30, 2004 after four seasons. The show mainly revolves ...more
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Charles Adler, Christine Cavanaugh, David Eccles
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters is an American animated television series about adolescent monsters in training, developed by Klasky Csupo for Nickelodeon. The show ran from October 30, 1994 to December ...more
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Richard Steven Horvitz, Nick Bakay, Charlie Brissette
The Angry Beavers is an American animated television series created by Mitch Schauer for the Nickelodeon channel. The series revolves around Daggett and Norbert Beaver, two young beaver brothers ...more
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John Kricfalusi, Billy West, Harris Peet
The Ren & Stimpy Show, often simply referred to as Ren & Stimpy, is an American animated television series, created by Canadian animator John Kricfalusi. The show premiered on August 11, ...more
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Jeff Bennett, Brenda Vaccaro, Mae Whitman
Johnny Bravo is an American animated television series created by animator Van Partible for Cartoon Network, and the second of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. The series stars a muscular ...more
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Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Batman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. It was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and originally aired on the Fox Network ...more
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Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart
Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters, is a long running Japanese children's anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television ...more
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Norm Spencer, Cathal J. Dodd, Lenore Zann
X-Men, also known as X-Men: The Animated Series (Fox Kids, 1992) is an American animated television series based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The show features X-Men similar in look and ...more
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Keith David, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Jeff Bennett
Gargoyles is an American animated series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and Buena Vista Television, and originally aired from October 24, 1994 to February 15, 1997. The series ...more
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Thea White, Marty Grabstein, Simon Prebble
Courage the Cowardly Dog is an American animated horror comedy television series created by John R. Dilworth for Cartoon Network, and the ninth of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. It follows ...more
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Amy Acker, Melissa Archer, Shelley Duvall
Wishbone is a half-hour children's television show that aired from 1995 to 1998 in the United States on PBS. The show's title character is a Jack Russell Terrier. Wishbone lives with his owner ...more
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Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell, Nancy Sullivan
The Amanda Show is an American live action sketch comedy and variety show that aired on Nickelodeon from October 16, 1999 to September 21, 2002. It starred Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell and Nancy ...more
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Hugh Dillon, David Paetkau, Amy Jo Johnson
Salute Your Shorts is an American comedy television series that aired on Nickelodeon from 1991 to 1992 and in reruns until early 1999. It was based on the 1986 book, Salute Your Shorts: Life at ...more
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Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best After School Shows from the '90s
Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille
Pinky and the Brain is an American animated television series. It was the first animated television series to be presented in Dolby Surround and the fourth collaboration of Steven Spielberg with ...more
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SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best After School Shows from the '90s
Patrick McGarr added Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke
SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of ...more
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best After School Shows from the '90s
emand added Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more
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Terri Hawkes, Jill Frappier, Mary Long
Sailor Moon is a media franchise created by Naoko Takeuchi. The series began as a manga published in 1991 and the anime adaptation began airing in March 1992. Since then, the series have been ...more
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As Told by Ginger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best After School Shows from the '90s
Candice Jeffries added Melissa Disney, Jeannie Elias, Tress MacNeille
As Told by Ginger is an American animated television series aimed at preteens and teenagers that was produced by Klasky-Csupo and aired on Nickelodeon. The series focuses on a middle schooler ...more
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Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best After School Shows from the '90s
Patrick McGarr added Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone, 'Weird Al' Yankovic
Double Dare is a children's game show, originally hosted by Marc Summers, that aired on Nickelodeon. The show combines trivia questions with occasionally messy "physical challenges". ...more
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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best After School Shows from the '90s
Erik Olson added Christopher Daniel Barnes, Sara Ballantine, Roscoe Lee Browne
Spider-Man, also known as Spider-Man: The Animated Series, is an American animated television series based on the Marvel Comics superhero, Spider-Man. The show ran on Fox Kids from November 19, ...more