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Every decade has television shows that will always be remembered by those who grew up with them. The 90s are no exception. Kids who grew up in the 90s have certain shows they will watch no matter how old they get, no matter when they come on, and no matter what else is on. Let's take a look at some of those defining shows, and why they are beloved by a generation.
10. Dexter's Laboratory – Anybody who grew up in the 90s will recognize Mandark's laugh, DeeDee's high pitched voice, or Dexter's unexplained accent. Not only did this show chronicle Dexter and DeeDee's exploits but also gave us such great side characters as Monkey, Major Glory, and Puppet Pal Clem. This was one of the defining shows from what 90s kids know as the golden age of Cartoon Network.
9. All That – One of the shows on the list that isn't a cartoon, this was a rare gem of comedy without animation. Featuring many stars throughout it's lifetime including Keenan and Kel, Amanda Bynes, Jamie Lynn Spears, and countless others, it was basically the Saturday Night Live of Nickelodeon. From “Know Your Stars” to Pierre Escargot, the French guy in a bathtub, every 90s kid has something they loved about this show.
8. The Rugrats – one of the most definitive children's shows of the decade. It spawned a movie, and entertained a generation with each and every episode. There's not a single person born within five years of 1990 that doesn't know what it means when Tommy pulls out the screwdriver. Everybody has a favorite episode, and everyone has a favorite character. In the immortal words of Tommy, “a baby's gotta do what a baby's gotta do.”
7. The Powerpuff Girls – even the manliest of men secretly loved this show. Sugar, spice, and everything nice might be what makes the perfect little girls, but chemical X was what made a show everyone could enjoy. Everything from the tiny mayor and his perpetually faceless secretary to the giant brained Mojo Jojo, this show had so many things that drew viewers in and held their attention.
6. Doug – who doesn't remember Doug Funny, his dog Porkchop, and his best friend Skeeter? Who could forget about Quailman? Or Patty Mayonnaise? Doug was a defining part of 90s children's television, and will always be remembered as one of the best.
5. Rocket Power – not as long lived as shows like the Rugrats, but Rocket Power quickly found a place in the hearts of those who watched it. Whether it be the wisdom of Tito or the various sports the show promoted, almost everyone who watched became a fan of the high-octane cartoon.
4. Courage the Cowardly Dog – in retrospect, the show is almost disturbing. But both then and now the show is hilarious. The evil LeQuack, the fast-talking Asian, the war-mongering General with the large mustache, so many things about that show made it great. Some were a little disturbing, some were even a little racist, but as a kid none of that registered, and all that mattered was how entertaining it was. Also, chanting “Return the slab” will bring back frightening memories for every child who lived in the 90s.
3. Looney Tunes – Looney Tunes wasn't actually from the 90s, but still has a special place in the heart of every 90s child. No one who grew up watching Looney Tunes would pass up an opportunity to watch it now or going into the future. What more could one say about the show that gave us Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, and countless others? It will always be funny.
2. Hey Arnold – the football head is always a favorite. Everyone remembers Stoop Kid finally leaving his stoop, the shrine to Arnold in Helga's closet, and Grandma going commando in camouflage and face-paint. Not only do 90s kids love to watch this show, but they also love to talk about it. Each and every one of them can carry on an hour long conversation at the very least.
1. Pokemon – the original series. None of those newer things, the old-school show, where Ash traveled with Brock and Misty and had about a thousand Tauros in Professor Oak's lab. Pokemon was and is extremely popular and very influential. Everybody loves Pikachu, and every person who lived through the 90s as a child can sing the theme song without missing a single word. People still use Ash and Pikachu as a standard by which they measure love, and the scene where the Pokemon cry in the first movie will forever warm the hearts of those who saw it in theaters. Pokemon makes almost stupid amounts of money, and will live on forever.