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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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  • 1
    Hey Arnold!
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    Hey Arnold!

    Francesca Marie Smith, Jamil Walker Smith

    Premiered1996

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

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  • 2
    Rugrats
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    Rugrats

    Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh

    Premiered1991

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

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  • 3
    Doug
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    Doug

    Billy West, Fred Newman

    Premiered1991

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

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  • 4
    Boy Meets World
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    Boy Meets World

    Ben Savage, Rider Strong

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Teen sitcom

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  • 5
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will Smith, James Avery

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 6
    Tiny Toon Adventures
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    Tiny Toon Adventures

    Charles Adler, John Kassir

    Premiered1990

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

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  • 7
    Recess
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    Recess

    Andrew Lawrence, Ashley Johnson

    Premiered1997

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

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  • 8
    Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers
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    Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers

    Corey Burton, Peter Cullen

    Premiered1989

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

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  • 9
    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
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    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

    Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Sitcom, Children's television series, Comedy, Fantasy television

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  • 10
    Are You Afraid of the Dark?
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    Are You Afraid of the Dark?

    Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull

    Premiered1991

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

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  • 11
    The Simpsons
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    The Simpsons

    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright

    Premiered1989

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Television comedy, Comedy, Family Film

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  • 12
    Rocko's Modern Life
    1,219
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    Rocko's Modern Life

    Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny

    Premiered1993

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

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  • 13
    The Magic School Bus
    1,403
    485

    The Magic School Bus

    Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto

    Premiered1994

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

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  • 14
    All That
    1,171
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    All That

    Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon

    Premiered1994

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

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  • 15
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    1,262
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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Sean Astin, Greg Cipes

    Premiered1987

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

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  • 16
    Animaniacs
    1,263
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    Animaniacs

    Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell

    Premiered1993

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

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  • 17
    Dinosaurs
    1,142
    478

    Dinosaurs

    Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter

    Premiered1991

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Satire, Children's television series, Comedy, Puppet

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  • 18
    Goosebumps
    1,186
    425

    Goosebumps

    R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short

    Premiered1995

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Suspense, Anthology series, Horror Film, Children's television series

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  • 19
    CatDog
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    CatDog

    Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny

    Premiered1998

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

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  • 20
    Kenan & Kel
    1,067
    442

    Kenan & Kel

    Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Comedy

    Kenan & Kel is an American teen comedy sitcom created by Kim Bass for Nickelodeon. It starred... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 21
    Arthur
    1,204
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    Arthur

    J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Humour, Sitcom, Children's television series, Comedy

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  • 22
    Rocket Power
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    Rocket Power

    Lauren Tom, Jennifer Hale

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Adventure film, Comedy, Animated series

    Rocket Power is an American animated television series. The series debuted on Nickelodeon on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 23
    Dexter's Laboratory
    1,252
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    Dexter's Laboratory

    Kath Soucie, Jeff Bennett

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Comic science fiction, Animation, Animated cartoon, Adventure film, Comedy

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  • 24
    Pinky and the Brain
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    Pinky and the Brain

    Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen

    Premiered1995

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

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    The Wild Thornberrys
    1,144
    499

    The Wild Thornberrys

    Lacey Chabert, Jodi Carlisle

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Children's television series

    The Wild Thornberrys is an American animated television series that aired on Nickelodeon. It... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button