We live in a world full of obligations and responsibilities as adults. But every now and then, we catch ourselves dreaming about what it would be like to live as a child again. We reflect on our own childhoods and feelings of nostalgia envelop us.
Watching television shows became a pastime for many of us during our childhood and we remember certain shows that still resonates with us to this day.
Young adults who grew up in the 1990s will certainly be able to recall a list of TV Shows that they remember watching from Free to Air TV networks and cable networks such as Nickelodeon.
In this article, I will explore five popular kids' shows from the 90s that you may find yourselves watching in your spare time or on a rainy day to experience some childhood nostalgia;
Are You Afraid Of The Dark
Are You Afraid Of The Dark introduced many children to horror during the early 1990s. A group of teenagers, known as The Midnight Society, would meet in the woods every week and gather around a campfire at night to tell scary stories.
There were so many good episodes of the show and some moments from the show may still give you the creeps to this day. Those of you who have watched the show during your childhood may even remember specific characters and this is well exemplified in the episode below.
One episode that some of you may remember is The Tale Of Laughing In The Dark. But if you hate clowns then this may not be the episode for you.
A group of children attend a carnival and stumble across a playhouse. A kid named Weegee tells the group that there is a legend of a ghost named Zeebo. According to the legend, Zeebo was a clown that had been trapped inside the playhouse after he lit a cigar and was killed. His ghost is still trapped inside the playhouse and awaits those who mess with him.
Another kid named Josh goes into the playhouse to steal the nose from a doll of Zeebo inside the playhouse. Soon after, the ghost of Zeebo follows Josh home and terrorises him. What follows are a couple of terrifying sequences especially for a kid's show.
Several cheesy phrases and buzzwords are used in the episode that was prominent in the early 90s. Words like 'Feebs' or 'Beamed' may be humorous to hear in this day of age but they were contextually accepted for use by many kids in the 90s. You may even recall yourself using similar buzzwords during your childhood.
The Tale Of Laughing In The Dark is a very enjoyable episode to watch of Are You Afraid Of The Dark and has been often referenced as the best episode of the series by fans of the show.
Another prominent horror show for kids during the 90s was Goosebumps. A book series had been published with 65 stories before the TV Show premiered. Some of these stories were adapted into TV episodes across four seasons and it spawned a movie that was released last year.
Various episodes of the TV series were pretty creepy even for a kids show and you may still remember several episodes of the show to this day if you watched it during your childhood.
One story that you might remember is The Haunted Mask. It's about a girl named Carly Beth who finds a scary mask at a store and 'buys' it to get back at some bullies. But once she puts it on, she realises that the mask won't come off and she turns into a malevolent being who terrorises children on Halloween.
There is one scene in particular where the other masks come alive in the store and follow Carly Beth into a graveyard as they float in the air and moan in unison. There are other creepy moments in the story and the two episodes (double episode) are especially great to watch on Halloween because it may help get you into the Halloween mood.
The Haunted Mask is a very good episode with a well-crafted narrative that keeps you interested until the very end. It is one of the most memorable episodes in the eyes of the fans and is the creator's (R.L Stine's) own favourite story.
Any person who grew up in the 1990s should know the TV Show Rugrats. It was a cartoon show that explored the world from the perspective of a group of babies. Tommy and his gang of friends sought to explore the wider world outside their playpen and encountered challenges and problems in doing so.
In the episode 'Silent Angelica', Angelica is told by her mother that she must not talk or make any noise until further notice. If successful, her mother will buy her a toy dream house to go with her doll. Angelica then tricks her father into making a similar deal with her but promises to buy her a toy convertible instead if she remains silent.
But when Tommy and his gang of friends are brought over to Angelica's house, Angelica finds it challenging to remain silent while the babies question what is wrong with Angelica.
Angelica takes the challenge too literally when she refuses to answer the phone and refuses to get one of her parents to sign a form given by a delivery man. It's a reminder that we often took instructions too literally as children.
Silent Angelica serves as a good lesson for children to follow the rules given by parents but to do so under flexible terms.
Hey Arnold delved into the life of a 10-Year-Old boy with an oddly-shaped football head. The cartoon show followed the adventures of Arnold and his friends in New York City as they overcame obstacles and problems posed to them as children.
An episode is provided in the video below entitled 'Cool Jerk'. In this episode, a teenage rebel known as Frankie G saves Arnold from being bullied by a fellow classmate. Arnold sees Frankie G as a role model and follows him around for several days ignoring his best friend Gerald. But he soon learns that Frankie G is not the 'good guy' that Arnold thought he was and learns that he shouldn't try to rush through his childhood.
One of the show's most notable trademarks is Arnold's and Gerald's' signature handshake where they shake but wag their thumbs together as a sign of friendship and solidarity. One could say that this taught kids to be loyal to their friends and to have trust in one another.
What makes the show particularly nostalgic are the retro sounds of the music in the episode. More specifically, the saxophone riffs help to evoke feelings of nostalgia in watching the episode.
Few comedic shows were made for kids during the late 90s and early 00s. But The Amanda Show bucked this trend. The show was hosted by Amanda Bynes and featured numerous comedy skits and spoofs of popular TV Shows such as Judge Judy.
The Amanda Show became a big hit show in the early 00s and endeavoured to bring joy and humour to children's lives. Upon watching the show as an adult in this day of age, the show is still entertaining to watch.
In the pilot episode of the show, numerous skits included The Klutzes that portrayed a very clumsy family, a segment spoofing Judge Judy, a very obsessed 'fan' of the show named Penelope and dancing lobsters? You won't see that on other shows.
Catch phrases such as 'Amanda Please' and 'Not a Problem' became very popular during the show's run and a website was created (AmandaPlease.com). The website had been up for over a decade after the show's end but was terminated last year.
The Amanda Show brought joy to many people's childhoods and the comedy brings people back to a time when they had few worries.
Re-experiencing your childhood for a fleeting moment is the perfect way to de-stress from a busy lifestyle. A great way to bring feelings of nostalgia back would be to watch children's television shows that you grew up watching because it may have been a pastime in your childhood.
In the 1990s, there were a plethora of kid's television shows provided in many genres and formats including horror, comedy, and cartoons.
I have listed five television shows from the 1990s that are still discussed to this day by fans. Re-watching television shows from your childhood is the perfect way to think sentimentally about your own past experiences and to relive your childhood for brief moments.