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The Best ’90s TV Shows We All Loved Growing Up

Let’s be honest; these were the shizzle…

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Let’s be honest; the world is kinda sucky right now. Yep, we’re kinda hating on everything in the modern-day world, which is why we’ve decided to go back in time and pretend as though the 2010s have never happened. Because if we don’t acknowledge it, it can’t suck quite as much, right? Thankfully, we don’t have to go back too far to be able to experience the world in all of its retro glory, because the ‘90s provided us with some of the coolest and quirkiest memories in our brain locker. Don’t believe us, just check out the best ‘90s TV shows we all loved growing up…

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996)

The best '90s TV shows we all loved growing up: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Now this is a story all about how The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air flipped our lives and turned it upside down. In fact, we’d like to take a minute to just sit right here, and tell you how The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air impacted our childhood. Because Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff certainly made our lives hella cool. With his MC Hammer pants and his ability to really annoy his Uncle Phil, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air still gives us all of the nostalgia – and it makes us pretty darn happy that TV networks continue to show reruns today. This was the show of the ‘90s, and we doubt there’s anyone out there who hasn’t seen this show. If you have, you need to check yourself before you wreck yourself.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996-2003)

The best '90s TV shows we all loved growing up: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
There are vampires, there are demons, there are werewolves, and there are ‘90s teens who are pretty darn awesome. I mean, what more could you really want in a television show? When Buffy the Vampire Slayer first came into our lives in 1996, it’s fair to say that the world immediately fell in love. Not only is Joss Whedon a certified genius, but he also pulled together an impressive cast that included Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon, and more. Although we always wished that we would someday be as cool as Buffy, we could rest easy knowing that we wouldn’t have demons and vampires wanting to send us to the fishes each day. So at least that’s a bonus.

Recess (1997-2001)

The best '90s TV shows we all loved growing up: Recess
Hands up who loved this show? We can only assume that you all did because Recess was the shizz. This animated comedy series was everything we could have wanted and more, and it was the perfect show to watch after our own shenanigans at school during recess. Focusing on the lives of T.J, Vince, Ashley, Gretchen, Mikey, Gus, Muriel, and of course Principal Prickly, these guys were like tiny adult humans that just knew how to make us laugh. In fact, the show was so popular that it even spurned four movies that made us equally as happy. Although this show was only in our lives for four years, those are four years that we will never forget.

Full House (1987-1995)

The best '90s TV shows we all loved growing up: Full House
If you’re currently sinking your teeth into the 2016 series, Fuller House, there’s a high chance that you watched the prequel, Full House. I mean, it would be pretty silly to watch one without watching the other first. This show is perhaps one of the most famous shows to ever make an appearance during the ‘80s and ‘90s, and the fact that it stayed on the airwaves for a whopping 8 years is testament to its epicness. Following the life of D.J Tanner-Fuller and their family (which just so happens to be fairly busy and “full” with countless kids), this sitcom is the closest television will get to thrusting a camera inside of our own homes. It was a bit like The Truman Show of sitcoms.

Rugrats (1991-2006)

The best '90s TV shows we all loved growing up: Rugrats
Yep, it’s another animation – because if you didn’t fill your childhood with animated shows can you really say that you were once a kid? We think not. You went straight to adulthood. This Nickelodeon classic came into our lives in 1991 and only came off the air in 2006, which shows just how incredible it really was. Following the lives of Tommy, Chuckie, Phil and Lil, and Angelica (boo, hiss), this show gave us an amazing insight into the lives of children. They may have been in diapers, and they definitely shouldn’t have been able to talk and go on adventures the way they did at their age, but they did. So you gotta give them credit for that. This show also spawned video games and movies, and we definitely have all of them. Rugrats fo’life.

The ‘90s was awesome, right? With some of the coolest music and TV known to history, this era also provided us with shows that will never go out of fashion. In fact, we’re going to watch reruns of the best ‘90s TV shows we all loved growing up for the rest of the week.

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