The ’90s saw a whole lot of great TV, especially for kids. These days, it seems that children are too busy watching YouTube to even bother with traditional shows. As a former child of the ’90s, you basically have a moral obligation to get in there and change that. Whether you have kids, nieces, nephews, or little cousins, it is your job to introduce the next generation to the classics of the past.
Why not start by setting aside one night each week to stream something cool with the kiddies? Hulu and Netflix have plenty of ’90s shows that are perfect for the whole family.
The following 10 shows are the best ones to stream with your kids — they’ll learn something new, you’ll be entertained, and it’ll definitely make for some top-quality bonding times. Who could ask for more?
Some of the science may not hold up, but that just gives you an opportunity to talk to your child about how the field is ever-evolving. In the meantime, you both get to enjoy Bill Nye in all of his science-loving glory.
Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, and the rest of the gang are coming back to Nickelodeon soon. Before your kid is introduced to whatever the next generation of the show looks like, give them a chance to enjoy the original. The good news is this show not only holds up, it includes quite a few jokes you definitely missed as a kid.
Sure, it’s tempting to skip ahead and introduce the youngster in your life to The X-Files or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but taking baby steps will pay off. Goosebumps remains a perfect gateway into the horror genre, and if they enjoy the show, you can break out your old paperbacks for them to read too.
4. The Magic School Bus (Netflix)
Let Ms. Frizzle teach your kids how to, “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy.” Again, not all of the science still rings true — all your fault, Pluto — but the show remains an educational and entertaining series that you’ll be happy to watch with your children.
Doug is a sweet coming of age tale that will prep young kids for those awkward preteen years. Also, you get to revisit the joys of Quailman!
6. Hey Arnold!
Hey Arnold! is one of the best animated series ever. It’s sweet, deeply compassionate, and funny. Seeing Arnold and his friends learn what it means to be part of a community is an invaluable lesson for people of all ages.
Captain Picard is a gentle, strong leader whose voyage through space is family-friendly in a way that everyone can enjoy. The best part is this series could lead to important conversations about acceptance, exploration, and humanity, while also introducing your child to the wonderful world of sci-fi.
Sometimes, you just want to be entertained, even if you’re seven (especially if you’re seven). And that’s all Animaniacs sets out to do. Its pure undiluted silliness is perfect for a Saturday morning spent on the couch.
The reboot is good, but the original series is next level awesome. Whether you have a son or a daughter, this girl power-infused superhero series is a must.
10. Boy Meets World
Out of all of the TGIF shows, Boy Meets World holds up the best. A good coming of age story is always relevant, no matter what decade it was made in, and honestly, shouldn’t every child have a chance to meet Mr. Feeny?