Reliving our favourite 90s TV shows!
Everybody knows that growing up in the 90s era had to be the best time to be a kid, because of the amount of cartoons and kids shows on television. From Rugrats to Saved By The Bell, kids in the 90s were truly spoilt with the amount of choices presented to them.
Still to this day some of our favourite 90s TV shows are still around and the rest remain timeless television classics to us, even as adults.
So, It’s time to get nostalgic!
If you grew up in the 90s or even born in the 90s you should remember a lot of these shows. Now let's take a trip down memory lane…
Sabrina The Teenage Witch (1996-2003)
Hands up if you wanted a talking cat like Salem??
We followed Sabrina’s journey through teen-hood alongside her coming to grips with her newly unearthed powers. Made up of sitcom humour, magic and iconic 90s fashion, Sabrina The Teenage Witch was ICONIC.
Main character, Sabrina, was played by actress Melissa Joan Hart and if you were a kid of the 90s, there was nobody cooler.
Sabrina The Teenage Witch lasted seven seasons and ended back in 2003 (17 years ago!).
Hey Arnold (1996-2004)
If you grew up with access to cable or satellite TV, then you probably would've been watching Hey Arnold.
Hey Arnold! followed the adventures of daydreaming, jazz-loving, football headed 9 year old Arnold who lived with his grandparents in an inner-city neighborhood. Each episode centered around Arnold’s experiences navigating urban life with his best friend Gerald.
Hey Arnold! was definitely a go-to after school must watch.
The show aired on Nickelodeon on October 7th 1996 to June 8th 2004.
Rugrats (1990 - 2006)
Quite possibly one of the BEST TV shows to watch growing up right?!
Besides The Simpsons, there was no cartoon more popular in the 1990s than Rugrats.
For those of you who do not remember, Rugrats was a show about 4 babies, Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, and Phil and Lil Deville. Rugrats revealed the world from a baby’s point of view. Everything looked bigger and more mysterious. With the adults often clueless to what's going on, we saw Tommy and friends embark on various adventures and mishaps, especially when mean older cousin, Angelica got involved.
The show lasted over 10 seasons, produced three films, a spin-off series and still to this day remains a classic and we love to see it!
Which character did you love the most? We can’t help but love Angelica.
Kenan and Kel (1996 - 2000)
Who loves orange soda? Kel loves orange soda. Is it true? I do, I do-ooo!
Kenan and Kel had to be one of the funniest TV shows of the 90s. Every episode had you laughing and provided great entertainment for all.
In case you can’t remember… Set in Chicago, best friends Kenan and Kel frequently found themselves in bizarre situations. The duo were always dragged down by Kenan’s yet rich quick schemes while orange soda-loving buddy Kel tends to mess things up.
Each episode started with the pair walking on stage and explaining the plot of 'tonight’s crazy shenanigans' then ended with Kenan’s catchphrase “Aw, here it goes!”.
Kenan and Kel instantly became legends and the TV show lasted four seasons and even made a movie!
Spongebob Squarepants (1999 - present)
Introducing Nickelodeon's most popular cartoon character ever. Spongebob has made an impact like no other.
The yellow sponge and friends remain timeless with new episodes still being created! There’s no denying the longevity and timeless humour of Spongebob Squarepants.
Long live Spongebob Squarepants!
Arthur (1996 - present)
Who else started singing the theme song when they read the name Arthur?
Arthur was a staple kids show of the 90s. If you didn’t watch Arthur growing up, then you really did miss out.
I think we can go as far as saying that Arthur was and is one of the most beloved shows of the 90s era and is still airing new episodes today!
The theme song reminded us viewers to “learn to work and play, and get along with each other” and provided educational and practical stories that will stay with us forever.
Saved By The Bell (1989 - 1992)
Who were you crushing on? Kelly Kapowski or Zac Morris?
From iconic fashion looks to lighthearted humour, Saved By The Bell had it all. Growing up we dreamt of attending Bayside High School and walking the same corridors as A.C Slater, Lisa and even Screech!
A close-knit group of six teens getting through their teen hood together sounds pretty basic, but if you watched Saved By The Bell growing up then you know that it was way more than just that.
Saved By The Bell ran for four seasons, and still to this day there are rumours of a potential reboot. How exciting!
Art Attack (1990 - 2007)
There are not enough words to describe how much we loved watching this show!
An educational, fun TV show that allowed us to be as creative as can be. Yes, we had Blue Peter which was amazing but there was something about Art Attack that drew us in wanting to watch it every single day after school. The sets were colourful and who could forget Morph and ‘Big Head’?
Art Attack taught so many children in the UK how to draw, paint, and craft with everyday objects at home all thanks to Neil Buchanan. It is shows like Art Attack that children need today, especially through lockdown.
The Powerpuff Girls (1998 - 2005)
The Powerpuff Girls became an instant cult classic from day one. The Powerpuff Girls ran from 1998 and 2005 with six seasons.
Created from sugar,spice, and everything nice, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup were made to protect their city; Townsville, from evil. Each girl had their own unique personality and that dictated what power she had.
Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup captured the hearts of pretty much every young girl around the country and aspired girls to be true girl bosses!
Due to its popularity, Cartoon Network decided to do a reboot of the 90s TV show and still to this day is marketed on apparel, toys, etc!
Which Powerpuff girl did you want to be growing up? Or were you more of a Mojojo fan?
Recess (1997 - 1999)
Who else's Saturday morning consisted of waking up and watching Recess on Disney Channel?
During its time on air, Recess was one of the most popular shows of the late 90s and we can see why! Recess was popular with children, teenagers, and adults!
If you're feeling nostalgic and want to re-watch Recess, then you can!
You can stream all 3 seasons exclusively on Disney +.
Barney and Friends (1992- 2009)
And finally... we couldn't relive our favourite 90s TV shows without mentioning everybody's favourite purple dinosaur!
Were you really born in the 90s if you didn't watch Barney and Friends as a kid?
The famous purple dinosaur still proves popularity today despite finishing back in 2009.
Barney and Friends is a well-loved classic by many and we truly believe that Barney and Friends will continue to delight toddlers and nursery children for many years to come.
It was a tough job narrowing our list down to a Top 12. So here are some cartoons and sitcoms that just missed the cut.
Other 90s TV shows that we loved:
- CatDog (1998-2005)
- The Wild Thornberrys (1998 - 2004)
- The Amanda Show (1999-2002)
- Dexter’s Laboratory (1996 - 2003)
- Sister, Sister (1994 - 1999)
- Johnny Bravo (1997 - 2004)
- Pinky and the Brain (1995 - 1998)
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1987 - 1996)
- My Parents Are Aliens (1999 - 2006)
- The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (1990 - 1996)
Which 90s TV show was your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!