Random And Weird '90s Live-Action Kids' TV Shows You Forgot Existed

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Vote up the forgotten '90s shows you are glad to be reminded about.

The 1990s was a strange time for children's television. There are tons of beloved shows that give the now-adults who watched them a feeling of nostalgia. Conversely, there are just as many weird and crazy shows kids watched for a bit and moved on, forgetting they ever existed. It happens more than most people realize, but something we love in childhood isn't necessarily burned indelibly onto our brains.

That's probably a good thing because if we went back and watched some of the random and weird '90s live-action kids' TV shows now, we'd probably wonder what everyone was thinking. Granted, there are plenty of odd cartoons from the '90s, but the live-action ones are the oddest. Shows like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and others unleashed a flood of copycats that failed to make much of an impression, and they are just the tip of the iceberg.

This list takes a look back in time at the '90s live-action kids' TV shows that most folks simply forgot. Yes, these series did exist, some longer than others and all of them are a bit random and strange. Take a look at them down below, and if you find a forgotten series from Nickelodeon, Disney, or the other kid-friendly studios you used to love that sparks some nostalgia, be sure to give it an upvote before you go!

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    A.J.'s Time Travelers

    A.J.'s Time Travelers
    Photo: Fox Kids

    In A.J.'s Time Travelers, A.J. is a teenager who's given a computer disk with the words "SCIENTIA EST POTENTIA" written on it. In Latin, this means "knowledge is power," which is essentially the slogan for the series. When he downloads the disk, he's transported to the Kyros, a time-traveling spaceship. When he arrives, he's made the ship's captain and is tasked with saving the ship and her crew from a villain called Warp.

    For Warp to claim victory over A.J., he has to pose three history-related questions to him. So long as he answers them all correctly, Warp is thwarted! The series sees A.J. take the Kyros throughout history to meet all manner of historical figures, including Sir Isaac Newton, Imhotep, and Johannes Gutenberg. The series was fun and engaging, with a skew towards teaching historical facts to the audience in a fun way.

  • The Demon Headmaster
    Photo: BBC1

    The Demon Headmaster is based on the Gillian Cross books of the same name. The series focuses on Lloyd and Harvey Hunter, who work alongside some of their school chums to fight off the evil powers of their headmaster. He can hypnotize students with his incredibly creepy eyes, which makes the children submissive and is creepy yet entertaining at the same time.

    The series ran for three seasons in the late-1990s and was considerably popular. Still, it went off the air in 1998. Fortunately, that wasn't the end of the show because it was reborn in 2019 as a direct sequel to the original. The series was only able to put out a single season before the COVID-19 pandemic halted production, but it's still in the works as of mid-2022.

  • The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog
    Photo: Fox Kids

    Saban Entertainment produced tons of similar television series throughout the 1990s, but The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog was a bit different from all the rest. The series is set in a fantastical version of ancient Ireland and is based on Irish mythology. The name is derived from Tir Na Nog, which is one of the names of the Celtic Otherworld. The story is set in a mystical kingdom where Queen Maeve of Temra seeks to increase her power.

    She calls upon a dark fairy who gives her the power to summon dangerous monsters, which she sends to kill the Kells. To protect his kingdom, King Conchobar of Kells dispatches a warrior to find Dragnata, a legendary warrior who can save his kingdom. A party is formed, and everyone is given extraordinary powers to fight off the evil creatures dispatched by Maeve. Unfortunately, the series was canceled after only one season, though it consisted of 50 episodes.

  • Sometimes, all you need is a great title to grasp folks' attention, and Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills has it in spades. The show's premise centered on four teenagers, each of whom is given a tattoo by an alien being named Nimbar. The ink doesn't simply look great; it transforms the kids into incredibly strong alien fighters capable of fending off the Evil Emperor Gorganus from the planet Moleculon!

    When the Evil Emperor sets his sights on Earth, it's up to Laurie, Gordon, Drew, and Vincent to stand in his way. The teenagers are all attached to specific astrological signs of Scorpio, Taurus, Centaurus, and Apollo. There's also Orion the Hunter and a powerful silver-armored knight all of the kids combine to form called Knightron. To make that happen, the teens form a square with their tattoos, and then things truly get epic!