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15 Underrated Kids Shows That We'd Watch A Reboot Of In A Heartbeat

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Vote up the nostalgic kids TV shows you'd watch again as an adult.

If you grew up in the '90s, chances are you have a serious case of nostalgia for the old childhood shows you used to watch on Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and the Disney Channel. Even if you're not a '90s kid, there's still a lot to love about these shows.

Rewatching the weird, old '90s kids' shows from back in the day is great, but sometimes it's not enough to just rewatch old episodes. Whether it's a reboot of an old series or a continuation of the plot, sometimes the best thing is more content. We're counting down some underrated '90s kids' shows that we want to see updated for the modern era. You might remember A Goofy Moviebut you might not remember that there was a whole TV show attached to it called Goof Troop - a TV show that there ought to be more of. Want to be delightfully terrified? A reboot of Aaahh!!! Real Monsters would take care of that. A reboot of Nick Arcade with modern video game trivia would rule.

There are so many great shows that are worth bringing back - which one do you most want to see? 

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  • If you love mad scientists and sibling rivalry, Dexter's Laboratory is a great show for you. A tiny genius named Dexter spends nearly all of his free time in an in-home laboratory that he somehow hides from his clueless parents. But he can't hide it from his older sister Dee Dee, who is constantly bursting into his room and destroying his latest inventions. She doesn't do it maliciously; she's just an agent of chaos who can't be convinced to calm down. But Dee Dee isn't Dexter's only problem - he also has to deal with his evil genius rival Mandark, who wants to take over the world. 

    The show first aired in 1996. It'd be fun to see how a reboot of a show that's all about scientific discovery handles 2022 technology. 

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    Darkwing Duck follows the adventures of the titular superhero, who doubles as an ordinary suburban dad named Drake Mallard. He wants the attention that comes with heroism, but he also wants to be a good father to his adoptive daughter and to focus on actually saving people rather than getting fame and glory. Though the show is hilariously funny, that conflict is often what drives the story. 

    If you're hoping for a reboot, you're in luck. Characters from Darkwing Duck appeared in the 2017 DuckTales reboot - specifically, they had their own 44-minute episode called "Let's Get Dangerous!" A full Darkwing Duck reboot is slated to appear on Disney+, though it's not clear when it will debut. 

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    Gargoyles was an animated series about creatures who turn into stone at night but are active during the day. After being petrified for 1,000 years, they reawakened in 1990s NYC, where they work to protect the city from nighttime dangers. The series dealt with serious problems like racism and crime, making it unique amongst kids' programming. Another thing that made it special was its long-form storytelling - most cartoons of its day were episodic. It was also known for taking storylines from Shakespeare plays. 

    Rather than a strict reboot, we actually just want a continuation of Gargoyles. That's because original creator Greg Weisman said:

    But my guess is that we’d wind up just doing more of the show. And frankly, my guess is that they’d want to reboot it, just as they’ve done with DuckTales, to great success and great effect. And that’s not my first choice. I’m not saying I’d refuse, but I’m really proud of the work we did, and I don’t think it needs a reboot. I just think we’d like to make more.

    Hopefully, Weisman will have a chance to follow his creative vision and make more of this beloved series. 

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    If you were a '90s kid growing up in an urban area, Hey Arnold! was one of the only cartoon shows that actually reflected your lived experience. Set in a fictional city that combined elements of Seattle, Portland, and Brooklyn, it follows a group of fourth-graders navigating the ups and downs of everyday urban life.

    Arnold, the protagonist, lives in a rundown tenement house with his grandparents. He spends his days hanging out with his friend Gerald, helping his classmates and neighbors with their problems, and having odd encounters with Helga, a girl who deals with her crush on him with mild bullying.

    While some episodes have themes that would resonate with kids from anywhere, some are distinctly urban. From cultural diversity during a time when that was uncommon in kids' shows to unique figures like Pigeon Man, this show reflected real city living. That alone is enough to make the series worth rebooting - millions of kids live in settings like this one, but that setting is rarely depicted in children's media.

    Besides having a unique setting, Hey Arnold! also deals with difficult subjects that most cartoons don't, including alcoholism, poverty, mental illness, the Vietnam War, and more. But far from being upsetting, it tackles those topics in a way that kids can understand. It was a truly special show, and it would be amazing to see more of it. 

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    Goofy has existed in some form or another since 1932, but if you're a millennial, you probably remember him from the TV series Goof Troop and its sequel movie. If nothing else, you remember the song "i2i" from the movie. The fact that the film produced such a bop is more than enough reason to want to see what else the franchise can come up with - but the story itself is worth rebooting. 

    Goof Troop is primarily about the relationship between Goofy and his son Max. While Max is a very normal 11-year-old kid, Goofy is, well, Goofy. Their conflicts can be hilarious, but they can also be relatable and heartwarming. A reboot would be great, but so would a sequel - how might Max and Goofy connect when Max is an adult? The people want to know! 

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  • The Thornberrys are a family of traveling nature documentarians. Instead of going to school, 11-year-old Eliza and her 16-year-old sister Debbie spend their days traveling the world. As if that weren't an exciting enough premise, Eliza can talk to animals. 

    The show was groundbreaking in many ways. It was the first Nickelodeon show to exclusively feature 22-minute episodes, whereas previous series had short 11-minute episodes. It was also unique in that it had a strong focus on parents - not just including them, but even featuring them as the protagonist or the hero - something few children's cartoons did at the time. 

    With a whole world full of animals to cover, it's easy to see how the story could be rebooted or continued. It would also be a great way to explore the increasingly pressing need to protect animal habitats and prevent species extinction. 

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