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The Best After School Shows from the '90s

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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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    Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh
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    Hey Arnold!

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

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    Boy Meets World

    Ben Savage, Rider Strong
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    Tiny Toon Adventures

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    Andrew Lawrence, Ashley Johnson
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    Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers

    Corey Burton, Peter Cullen
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    Sabrina the Teenage Witch

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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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    Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell
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    Rocko's Modern Life

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    Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter
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    R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short
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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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    All That

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    Kenan & Kel

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    Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny
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    Clarissa Explains It All

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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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