nostalgia 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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Rugrats Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Nancy Cartwright

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Hey Arnold! Francesca Marie Smith, Jamil Walker Smith, Dan Castellaneta

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Doug Billy West, Fred Newman, Constance Shulman

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Boy Meets World Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

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Tiny Toon Adventures Charles Adler, John Kassir, Tress MacNeille

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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

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Recess Andrew Lawrence, Ashley Johnson, Jason Davis

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The Magic School Bus Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto, Erica Luttrell

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Animaniacs Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen

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Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Corey Burton, Peter Cullen, Jim Cummings

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Rocko's Modern Life Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Charles Adler

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best After School Shows from the '90s
Emily Taber added The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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All That Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, Kenan Thompson

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Dexter's Laboratory Kath Soucie, Jeff Bennett, Christine Cavanaugh

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Are You Afraid of the Dark? Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther

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The Wild Thornberrys Lacey Chabert, Jodi Carlisle, Tim Curry

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Dinosaurs Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter, Jason Willinger

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Goosebumps R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short, Cody Jones

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CatDog Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny, Carlos Alazraqui

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Kenan & Kel Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Vanessa Baden

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Clarissa Explains It All Melissa Joan Hart, Jason Zimbler, Elizabeth Hess

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Richard Steven Horvitz, David Yost, David J. Fielding - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Bill Nye the Science Guy Ed Begley Jr., Rachelle Carson, Bill Nye

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The Powerpuff Girls Cathy Cavadini, Elizabeth Daily, Tara Strong

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Goof Troop Frank Welker, Andrea Martin, Dan Castellaneta

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Darkwing Duck Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern, Christine Cavanaugh

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Legends of the Hidden Temple is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best After School Shows from the '90s
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Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Charles Adler, Christine Cavanaugh, David Eccles

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Rocket Power Lauren Tom, Jennifer Hale, John Kassir

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The Angry Beavers Richard Steven Horvitz, Nick Bakay, Charlie Brissette

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The Ren & Stimpy Show John Kricfalusi, Billy West, Harris Peet

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Johnny Bravo Jeff Bennett, Brenda Vaccaro, Mae Whitman

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Courage the Cowardly Dog Thea White, Marty Grabstein, Simon Prebble

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The Amanda Show Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell, Nancy Sullivan

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Batman: The Animated Series Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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X-Men Scott Porter, Cam Clarke, Jennifer Hale

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Gargoyles Keith David, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Jeff Bennett

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Pokémon Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart

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Wishbone Amy Acker, Melissa Archer, Shelley Duvall

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Adventures of Sonic the Hedgeh... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best After School Shows from the '90s
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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best After School Shows from the '90s
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The Secret World of Alex Mack Larisa Oleynik, Darris Love, Michael Blakley

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Salute Your Shorts Hugh Dillon, David Paetkau, Amy Jo Johnson

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Cow and Chicken Charles Adler, Candi Milo, Dee Bradley Baker

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Pepper Ann Kathleen Wilhoite, April Winchell, Danny Cooksey

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Sailor Moon Terri Hawkes, Jill Frappier, Mary Long

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Bear in the Big Blue House Noel MacNeal, Peter Linz, Vicki Eibner

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As Told by Ginger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best After School Shows from the '90s
Candice Jeffries added As Told by Ginger Melissa Disney, Jeannie Elias, Tress MacNeille