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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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Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Nancy Cartwright
Rugrats is an American animated television series created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain for Nickelodeon. The show focuses on a group of toddlers, most prominently ...more
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Billy West, Fred Newman, Constance Shulman
Doug is an American animated sitcom created by Jim Jinkins. The show focuses on the early adolescent life of its title character, Douglas "Doug" Funnie, who experiences common ...more
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Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels
Boy Meets World is an American television sitcom that chronicles the coming of age events and everyday life-lessons of Cornelius "Cory" Matthews. The show follows Cory and his friends ...more
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Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. The show premiered on September 27, 1996, on ABC to over 17 million viewers in its ...more
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Francesca Marie Smith, Jamil Walker Smith, Dan Castellaneta
Hey Arnold is an American animated television series created by Craig Bartlett for Nickelodeon. The show centers on a fourth grader named Arnold, who lives with his grandparents in a boarding ...more
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Charles Adler, John Kassir, Tress MacNeille
Tiny Toon Adventures is an American animated comedy television series that was broadcasting from September 14, 1990 through May 28, 1995 as the first collaborative effort of Steven Spielberg's ...more
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Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto, Erica Luttrell
The Magic School Bus is a Canadian–American Saturday morning animated children's television series, based on the book series of the same name by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. It is notable for ...more
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best After School Shows from the '90s
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The show stars Will Smith as a fictionalized version of ...more
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Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an animated television series produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson and the French company IDDH. The pilot was shown during the week of December 14, 1987 in ...more
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Andrew Lawrence, Ashley Johnson, Jason Davis
Recess is an American animated television series created by Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere. The series focuses on six elementary school students and their interaction with other classmates ...more
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Corey Burton, Peter Cullen, Jim Cummings
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers is an animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. Created by Tad Stones and Alan Zaslove, it featured the established Disney characters ...more
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Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille
Animaniacs is an American animated television series, distributed by Warner Bros. Television and produced by Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. Animaniacs is the second animated ...more
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J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro, Daniel Brochu
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Arthur is a Canadian/American animated educational television series for children, created by Cookie Jar Group and WGBH for the Public Broadcasting Service. The show is set in the fictional ...more
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Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther
Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a Canadian horror fantasy-themed anthology television series. The original series was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel, and was picked up by Nickelodeon in ...more
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Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter, Jason Willinger
Dinosaurs is an American family sitcom that was originally broadcast on ABC from April 26, 1991 to July 20, 1994. The show, about a family of anthropomorphic dinosaurs, was produced by Michael ...more
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Lacey Chabert, Jodi Carlisle, Tim Curry
The Wild Thornberrys is an American animated television series that aired on Nickelodeon. It was rerun in the United States on Nickelodeon and occasionally Nicktoons until 2007. The show ...more
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Kath Soucie, Jeff Bennett, Christine Cavanaugh
Dexter's Laboratory is an American comic science fiction animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network, and the first of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. The series ...more
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Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Charles Adler
Rocko's Modern Life is an American animated television series created by Joe Murray for Nickelodeon. The series centers on the surreal life of an anthropomorphic Australian-immigrant wallaby ...more
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Ed Begley Jr., Rachelle Carson, Bill Nye
Bill Nye the Science Guy is a live action educational television program that originally aired from September 10, 1993 to June 20, 1998 and was hosted by Bill Nye. The show aired on PBS Kids and ...more
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Melissa Joan Hart, Jason Zimbler, Elizabeth Hess
Clarissa Explains It All is an American teen sitcom that aired on Nickelodeon. Created by Mitchell Kriegman, it aired for five seasons and a total of 65 episodes from March 23, 1991, to December ...more
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Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, Kenan Thompson
All That is an American sketch comedy television series created by Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin. The series originally aired on Nickelodeon from April 16, 1994 to October 22, 2005, lasting ten ...more
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R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short, Cody Jones
Goosebumps is a Canadian horror fantasy anthology television series based on R. L. Stine's Goosebumps books. It was one of the two popular television horror anthology children's series in the ...more
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Richard Steven Horvitz, David Yost, David J. Fielding
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is an American live action children's television series that premiered on August 28, 1993, on the Fox Kids weekday afternoon block. The show is about a group of ...more
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Cathy Cavadini, Elizabeth Daily, Tara Strong
The Powerpuff Girls is an American animated television series created by animator Craig McCracken and produced by Cartoon Network Studios for Cartoon Network. The show centers on Blossom, ...more
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Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern, Christine Cavanaugh
Darkwing Duck is an American animated action-adventure television series produced by The Walt Disney Company that first ran from 1991 to 1992 on both the syndicated programming block The Disney ...more