10. Clarissa Explains It All
Long before Melissa Joan Hart became a household name, she starred on “Clarissa Explains It All.” Hart played the title character, who attempted to navigate the problems of being a teenage girl. Clarissa was always insightful, sometimes irreverent, and usually funny.
9. Rocco’s Modern Life
Easily, the most underrated show on this countdown. “Rocco’s Modern Life” was a quirky little cartoon about a wallaby who gets himself into all kinds of adventures and mischief. The show was really funny, with humor that hit on a number of levels.
8. Double Dare
For those who don’t remember, “Double Dare” was an excellent family game show on Nickelodeon in the late-1980’s/early-1990’s. The show featured some really cool challenges where someone would inevitably get slimed (get your mind out of the gutter!). The theme song was rockin’ and hip for its time.
7. Ren and Stimpy
Looking back, “Ren & Stimpy” was way ahead of its time both in story and in content. Shockingly, the show was actually geared towards kids, even with subject matter was just below “Beavis & Butthead” in maturity. The show didn’t last too long, but was extremely funny.
6. All That
The pre-teen version of “Saturday Night Live,” “All That” was a primetime sketch comedy show. “All That” really showed the versatility and possibility of a burgeoning network. Many of the stars would go onto future success, most notably Kenan Thompson.
5. SpongeBob SquarePants
When “SpongeBob” first premiered, few thought it would be the global phenomenon it would become. A few years into its run though, the show was a massive hit amongst kids and adults. Plus, Dauber from “Coach” (Bill Fagerbakke) is in it.
“Rugrats” was such an outstanding series, as it was excellent for both kids and adults. The show also evolved and became much more complex as its run progressed. The characters were lovable and interesting at the same time, no easy feat.
Of the first three Nick cartoons (Along with “Ren & Stimpy” and “Rugrats”), “Doug” was easily the best and most complex. The show was the story of an adolescent who deals with the obstacles of growing up. His friend Skeeter and others help him along the way.
For any kid growing up in the 1990’s, being on “Guts” was a dream. The show was like “American Gladiators” for kids, but the challenges were much more original. The final challenge, “The Crag” were the stuff of legend.
- Are You Afraid of the Dark?
The king of all children’s horror shows, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” really pushed the boundaries of what could be included on a “kid’s show.” This one was dark and often macabre. Sometimes, the stories would have happy endings and sometimes they would not. That simple fact made the show outstanding.