When you have that chat about your childhood with your mates, there’s usually a few themes that stick out more than some; school lunch times, games, first crushes and, of course, TV shows.
It was the be all and end all of being a kid. It was your motivation to get your homework done. It was used as leverage by your parents to make you do stuff and it was your ammunition for playground conversations and games.
It’s just a shame that, when you look back on it, most of the shows really didn’t age too well. We’ve all got our favourites that it’s hard to forget – Spongebob, Kim Possible and Rugrats, for example. But what about the one’s that we often forget by no fault of their own? Let’s shed some light on them… (FYI, I’m going to steer clear of 90s shows here – they’ve been getting far too much press lately)
This show was 100% brilliant. Wikipedia describes it as “the weekend life of four ethnically diverse seventh graders” which is an odd thing to throw in. It made me wish I was 12 so I could go out to the mall with my friends, buy slushies all day and come home when the sun’s setting. But when I did reach 12, all we had was an underwhelming high-street and strict rules about when to be in the house.
I was really hungover the other day and, when I was lying in bed, I got this up on my laptop more some reason and, let me tell you, that was nine hours well spent.
All Grown Up!
This show got a lot of flack but I’m not having it. It had huge shoes to fill left by the Rugrats and can you really blame it for trying to grow up with its audience? I can’t.
In my opinion (or IMO for you kidz) it did it well. It taught you about crushes and how to deal with them, school life and, above all, how to be yourself and all that rubbish. To put it another way, I wasn’t sorry I watched it.
Watch my chops
The story of a genius anthropomorphic dog, Corneil, and his dimwitted dog-sitter, Bernie. Corneil lives as a pampered pet owned by some very wealthy people who don’t know that he can talk but, when they hire Bernie, he finds out and they form a love-hate relationship and get into various scrapes.
I mean come on! What more could you want? Talking northern dogs being a blue-haired man’s moral and intellectual guide as they constantly find themselves in trouble?! Perfection.
My Parents are Aliens
After crash landing on earth, aliens Brian and Sophie Johnson morph into humans and have to live out the rest of their lives masquerading as such. Naturally, they adopt three kids who soon find out their secrets and must help their new parents to acclimatise to Earth ways.
This was like one of the only British kids shows I can remember that actually competed with the American ones. It was golden and mixed surreal humour with realism and some pretty complex, sciencey themes at times..
Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends
In a world where imaginary friends coexist with humans (and other animals, presumably), eight-year-old Mac is made to give his imaginary friend, Bloo, up to a foster home by his mum. There he visits him daily and also liaises with other imaginary friends.
Annoyingly, as the title of the article might suggest, I can’t really remember much about the show but what I do remember is never actually knowing when it showed daily and constantly being presently surprised when I saw that it was on and then really enjoying it.
That’s so Raven
Raven Baxter, at random intervals, has brief glimpses of the new future. With this in mind, she tries tirelessly to make these events happen. This usually results in some hilarious outcomes and embarrassment for Raven.
This is another show that made me yearn to be a teen as, from what I could tell, you could do whatever you wanted to. It was also pretty funny and introduced me to my first ever crush in Raven’s best-friend, Chelsea.
Not to be confused with That’s so Raven, the brooding Scot that you see before you was the host of the most tense kids adventure game show ever created. It introduced catchphrases like “may the luck of the raven’s eye be with you” that we’re all still using today (we’re not) and it made us wish that we were contestants.
I was always underwhelmed with the kid’s performances, constantly believing I could do better- mind you, that was last week and I am nearly 20.
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
With episode titles like When Pants Attack and Journey to the centre of Carl, what more could you want? This show mixed science with adventure and comedy and we ended up with a more modern Dexter’s Laboratory without the slightly evil undertones and annoying sister.
I never really realised until I just researched it just how not good the graphics were. Oh well, it was fun and it frequently has cross-overs with Fairly Odd Parents. Speaking of which…
Fairly Odd Parents
Constantly in the shadow of Spongebob Squarepants on Nickelodeon, Fairly Odd Parents features a 10-year-old Timmy Turner who is granted two Fairy God Parents due to him being neglected by his parents and constantly tormented by his evil babysitter. Cosmo and Wanda, the fairies can grant Timmy’s every wish but, usually, it doesn’t end well.
Didn’t Timmy have a friend who was basically homeless called Chester? Why didn’t he get fairies?
Anyway, that’s it. I realise I’ve probably got some pretty unpopular views here by not including anything from the 90s but that’s basically all anyone ever talks about on the internet. “Kenan & Kel this, Courage the Cowardly Dog that…” I’M SICK OF IT!
Did I miss any? Let us know in the comments!