'90s TV Flashback

The 1990s was an era of great tween and teen television -- from Melissa Joan Hart as Clarissa to the 90210 clan. Blossom, Buffy, Friends? Check. But will today's teens be interested in a bunch of oddly dressed characters from three decades ago? If you want to test it out on your family, here are a few of our original favorites. Some of these hits have even gotten reboots, so for updated takes on these classic stories or characters, be sure to check out our TV Reboots list. Need more '90s in your life? We rounded up the Best '90s Movies for Kids for you as well!

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Arthur

age 5+

A thoughtful cartoon for kids to grow up on.

Network: PBS (1996)
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Doug

age 6+

Low-key '90s cartoon has good lessons for grade-schoolers.

Network: Nickelodeon (1991)
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Legends of the Hidden Temple

age 6+

'90s game show offers family-friendly adventure.

Network: NICK GAS (1993)
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Rugrats

age 6+

Babies go adventuring in this Nick favorite.

Network: Nickelodeon (1991)
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Animaniacs

age 7+

Clever 'toon is bursting with fun for kids and adults.

Network: WB (1993)
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Bill Nye the Science Guy

age 7+

Fantastically fun classic is perfect formula for learning.

Network: PBS Kids (1998)
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Hey Arnold!

age 7+

Strong storytelling and characters mark worthwhile cartoon.

Network: Nickelodeon, Nicktoons (1996)
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KaBlam!

age 7+

'90s animated sketch show has quirky characters, cool style.

Network: Nickelodeon (1996)
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Clarissa Explains It All

age 8+

Fun '90s show deals thoughtfully with coming-of-age issues.

Network: Nickelodeon (1991)
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Kenan & Kel

age 8+

Mischievous adventures of two teens is all about the laughs.

Network: Nickelodeon (1996)
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Saved by the Bell

age 9+

Classic teen sitcom still entertains. Tweens OK.

Network: TBS (1989)
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Are You Afraid of the Dark?

age 10+

Spooky campfire stories are fun for resilient kids.

Network: Nickelodeon (1992)
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Boy Meets World

age 10+

A boy deals with friends and girls in classic tween sitcom.

Network: Disney Channel (1993)
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Beverly Hills, 90210

age 13+

Classic '90s teen soap with famous a zip code.

Network: SOAPnet (1990)
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Blossom

age 10+

'90s sitcom still offers strong role model, great messages.

Network: Discovery Family Channel (1990)
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

age 13+

Teen vampire series has female role model; sex, violence.

Network: FX (1997)
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The X-Files

age 13+

Brilliant sci-fi drama for brave teens and up.

Network: Syfy, TNT (1993)
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Freaks and Geeks

age 14+

Stellar teen dramedy explores angst, experimentation.

Network: Syndicated (1999)
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Friends

age 14+

Hilarious sitcom for adults and older teens.

Network: NBC, Syndicated (1994)
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In Living Color

age 14+

Razor-sharp '90s humor has too much bite for kids.

Network: BET, Syndicated (1990)
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