15 of the best '90s Nickelodeon shows to stream online
Channel some childhood memories with these shows
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Nickelodeon in the '90s was an island unto itself. A beacon of weirdness, hopefulness, sincerity, and excitement all rolled beneath one neon orange banner. Nineties Nickelodeon had everything from teen dramas and horror anthologies, to classic kids' shows and puzzling adventures—and luckily a lot of the old standards are still available to stream. Check out the series below if you're feeling nostalgic, or if you want to show them to new generation of fans.
1. Legends of the Hidden Temple
Legends of the Hidden Temple combined the best of early '90s competition television. It had trivia, slapstick humor, puzzles, and so many fog machines. Hosted by Kirk Fogg, Legends of the Hidden Temple pits several teams of teens against one another in a series of contests, all with the goal of retrieving mystical objects within the temple, and completing puzzles and challenges before the time runs out.
2. Sabrina the Teenage Witch
In this hit series, Melissa Joan Hart stars as Sabrina Spellman, a young half-witch, half-mortal woman being trained by her aunts, Hilda (Caroline Rhea) and Zelda (Beth Broderick). From her fashion choices (some excellent, some truly alarming), to her general love of normal, "typical" high school activities, Sabrina charmed late '90s audiences for years. If you have yet to check out the series, and therefore have yet to experience the glories of the sassy, sometimes animatronic black cat Salem, now's the time.
3. Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Become a member of the Midnight Society with horror anthology series Are You Afraid of the Dark? In this episodic storytelling series, a group of kids tell scary stories around a fire, bringing to life spooky tales and filling '90s children's hearts with a creeping sense of dread. Are You Afraid of the Dark? was the prototype to the paranormal podcast, relying on urban legends and popular myths to tell mysterious, dark tales.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? was revived for a limited series in 2019, which is still airing new episodes for its second season. The revival features a brand new cast and brand new stories.
4. Clarissa Explains It All
Melissa Joan Hart is definitely a theme of '90s Nickelodeon. Before Sabrina, Hart was bewitching audiences as Clarissa Darling, a teen discussing her various relationship problems, her school drama, and her friendships with the audience through fourth-wall-breaking dialogue. The series lasted for five seasons, and was one of the first sitcoms to premiere on Nickelodeon after Hey Dude.
Revisit babies Tommy, Chucky, Phil and Lil, Angelica, and more for a series of grand adventures around Tommy's house in this wildly popular children's series. Rugrats dominated pop culture for a long time after its release, and if you have yet to explore the series or want to show it to your kids, you can stream the entire series today on Hulu.
6. The Nanny
Fran Drescher continues to be an icon for her role as the nanny herself, Fran, in this incredible series. Brought in to work as a nanny by a slightly desperate father of three, Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy), Fran Fine brightens the lives of everyone she comes into contact with, bringing wisdom and fabulous '90s fashion to her every encounter. The Nanny originally syndicated on CBS, but had such a presence on Nick at Nite in the early '00s that we felt it deserved inclusion here as a fantastic '90s show.
Doug, featuring Doug Funnie (Billy West), his anthropomorphic dog Porkchop, his friend Skeeter, and his eternal love interest Patti Mayonnaise, was a Saturday morning cartoon staple throughout the early '90s. You can catch the first four seasons on Paramount+ and the following three seasons on Disney+.
8. The Amanda Show
Another '90s teen icon, Amanda Bynes, stars in this sketch comedy and variety show that showcased some of the best of '90s talent including Drake Bell and Josh Peck. The Amanda Show was a spin-off of comedy series All That and spawned several shows starring its initial cast (like Drake and Josh).
9. Blue's Clues
Paprika! Blue! Magenta! The fantastically named Side Table Drawer! Blue's Clues is a happy memory for so many people, and if you or your kids want to explore the quiet joy of the problem-solving of the original episodes, you can catch the original series (with the original Steve and his green-striped shirt) in its entirety on Paramount+.
10. Hey Arnold!
Hey Arnold!, like many cartoon series in the '90s, featured a group of neighborhood kids moving through life at their own speed. Hey Arnold! stars Arnold, a young man helping out people in his neighborhood accompanied by his friends Gerald (an avid storyteller) and Helga (his occasional bully who also has a major crush on him).
11. The Wild Thornberrys
Cartoon The Wild Thornberrys follows documentary wildlife filmmakers the Thornberrys, centering on their daughter Eliza Thornberry, a girl gifted with the ability to speak to animals. The Thornberrys, including their father Nigel (played by Tim Curry), live and breathe televised wildlife documentaries, and throughout the course of the series Eliza's ability to chat with animals allows her to learn a lot about the natural world.
12. All That
Sketch comedy series All That originally aired in 1994 and featured incredible comedic talent like Kenan Thompson, Amanda Bynes, and Kel Mitchell, as well as iconic sketches and segments like "Good Burger," "Ask Ashley," and more. All That was one of the prototypical sketch shows for Nickelodeon, and its influence carries through into many of the comedy series that debuted on the channel, all the way into the current day.
13. Rocket Power
Skateboarding and '90s media are almost inextricable, and Rocket Power played a role in solidifying skateboarding into the cartoon lexicon. Friends Otto Rocket, Reggie Rocket, Squid, and Twister compete together in various skateboarding, biking, and rollerblading competitions, all while hanging out at the Rockets' restaurant, the Shore Shack.
From Courage the Cowardly Dog to Ren and Stimpy, animal cartoons in the '90s leaned into absurdity in truly delightful ways. CatDog followed the story of a conjoined cat and dog who share the same body, resulting in a lot of situational comedy and some of the stranger scenarios on kids' television.
15. Kenan & Kel
Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell star in this iconic series about high school misadventures created by Kim Bass. Kenan & Kel lives on in popular culture as one of the most deeply quotable series of all time, and solidified Kenan and Kel as comedy legends, especially due to their use of audience address and consistent running gags.
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