Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Disney Channel pretty much epitomize all of our childhoods. But, how many shows do you actually remember? I thought it would be fun to look at a blast from the past of the TV shows that shaped our youth.
1. “Hey Arnold!”
Originally airing on Nickelodeon from 1996 until 2004, “Hey Arnold!” was a cartoon based on a fourth grader growing up in the city. The show took on racial identities as well as everyday childhood problems, making for an educational and fun TV show. Move it football head!
2. “Rocket Power”
Who doesn’t remember Reggie, Otto, Twister and Sam tearing up the West Coast in their use of extreme sports and athleticism? “Rocket Power” was on the air from 1999 until 2004 and followed brother and sister, Reggie and Otto, and their two friends, Sam and Twister, as they enjoy their active childhoods.
3. “Courage the Cowardly Dog”
It was only on air from 1999 to 2002, but in that time, it was able to effectively scare its audience. The story follows the pet of an elderly couple living on a farm in isolation. His goal: to prevent the monsters surrounding his land from hurting his family.
4. “As Told by Ginger”
“Someone once told me the grass is much greener on the other side.” This famous tagline was the show’s opening song, and it said a lot about the theme of the show. Although it wasn’t on air until 2000, its presence lasted until 2009. The show’s quirkiness makes it one of the most memorable shows from the past.
5. “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius”
What television show list would be complete without the loveable, nerdy boy? From the llama-loving Carl to crazy Sheen, this show covered all the misfits and made for an entertaining few years.
6. “Phil of the Future”
Disney Channel also contributed to our childhoods with one of the most forgotten shows, Phil of the Future, starring Aly Michalka. The premise of the show was that the Diffy family is from 2121 but stuck in the year 2004. It was entertaining and far-fetched but still memorable enough to bring it back to attention.
7. “Danny Phantom”
Airing on Nickelodeon from 2004 until 2007, this animated show followed teenage Danny as he attempted to balance high school and the fact that he was part ghost.
8. “Codename Kids Next Door”
The show followed five, ten-year-old kids in their adventures to fight growing up. With each character represented by a number one through five, the show took on a spy-type theme lasting from 2002 until 2008.
From 1998 until 2005, this cat and dog duo that happened to be conjoined at the waist entertained audiences on Nickelodeon. The show follows the OCD-like qualities of Cat in comparison to the ADD-like qualities of dog and the strain it put on their conjoined existence.
10. “Life with Derek”
Yet another Disney Channel show, this one follows family dynamics of joining families and living with stepsiblings, much like main character, Casey, must do with her stepbrother, Derek.
Of course, there are plenty more shows where this list came from, but let this list serve us some nostalgia of how amazing TV was when we were growing up. Miss it? I know I do.