9 Nostalgia-Inducing TV Shows Only 90s Kids Will Remember

I was watching Daniel Tiger with my 2-year-old yesterday and, as a 90s kid who has since grown into a salty old man, I took offense to the fact that Daniel Tiger is just an animated rip-off of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, one of MY favorite childhood programs.

Fueled on old man rage and in need of some REAL children’s programming, I fired up YouTube and spent the next 3 hours overdosing on 90s television nostalgia.

I found shows I hadn’t thought about in 25 years — great shows that brought back fond memories of my childhood living room and Cinnamon Toast Crunch straight from the box.

There were also some terrible shows, mind you. But even they served as a fun little blast from the past. It was quite the trip and a high I have yet to come down from.

Anyway, I’ve compiled some of the best finds and outlined them below. To be clear, this isn’t a Top 9, but rather a list of the shows most likely to make you go OMG I REMEMBER THAT!

Let’s get to it.

Adventures Of The Gummi Bears


Televised: 1985-1991

Number of episodes: 65

Network: NBC, ABC

About: The Gummi Bears of Gummi Glen are the long-lost ancestors of what was once a great Gummi civilization. They basically spend all day sipping Gummiberry Juice and quarreling with their primary antagonist, Duke Igthorn and his army of ogres.

Zoobilee Zoo


Televised: 1986-1988, reruns aired throughout the 90s

Number of episodes: 65

Network: PBS and others

About: Zoobilee Zoo is a live action program that follows the zoo’s inhabitants, called Zoobles, as they solve everyday problems with over-enthusiastic song and dance.

Cowboys Of Moo Mesa


Televised: 1992-1993

Number of episodes: 26

Network: ABC, Toon Disney

About: Marshal Moo Montana and the rest of the cowboys try to keep peace in the mutated cowtown of Moo Mesa. This was my brother’s favorite show, and I often wonder if we were the only two kids in the world who ever watched it.

Mighty Max


Televised: 1993-1994

Number of episodes: 40

About: Inspired by the claustrophobic playsets, Mighty Max the animated series featured Max, his owl friend, Virgil, and his Viking friend, Norman as they traveled the world to battle the evil forces of the Skullmaster.

Fraggle Rock


Televised: 1983-1987, reruns aired throughout the early 90s

Number of episodes: 96

Network: HBO, TNT, The Disney Channel

About: Created by Jim Henson, Fraggle Rock follows the adventures of an interconnected society of Muppets.

Shining Time Station

Televised: 1989-1993, reruns aired throughout the 90s

Number of episodes: 75

Network: PBS, Fox Family, Nick Jr.

About: Shining Time Station features Thomas & Friends and uses the tank engines to teach everyday lessons to children who, for whatever reason, are always hanging around the station. The theme song is pretty forgettable, but maybe you remember the Jukebox Band.

TailSpin


Televised: 1990-1991, reruns aired throughout the 90s

Number of episodes: 65

About: The series centers around bush pilot Baloo the bear and his navigator, Kit Cloudkicker. Together they form the crew of a Conwing L-16 called Sea Duck. Their adventures often involve conflicts with a gang of Air Pirates led by Don Karnage.

Darkwing Duck


Televised: 1991-1992, reruns aired throughout the 90s

Number of episodes: 91

Network: The Disney Channel, ABC

About: The series follows Darkwing Duck as he tries to balance life as a crime-fighting superhero with his paternal responsibility to his daughter, Gosalyn.

Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog


Televised: 1993, reruns aired from 1994-1996

Number of episodes: 65

About: Loosely based on the video game series, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog is a fast-paced cartoon featuring Sonic and his mostly useless sidekick, Tails as they do battle with Dr. Robotnik and his bumbling henchmen, Scratch and Grounder.

What is a JoJo exactly? The simplest explanation, which is also a bit of a cop-out, is that a JoJo is the protagonist of a story arc of jojo’s bizarre adventure, a long-running manga series by Hirohiko Araki, which has been adapted into an anime series, some movie-length videos, and one live action film.

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The Sandlot: 10 Reasons Why It’s The Greatest Of All Time

The Sandlot is the best kid’s movie ever made and if you think otherwise, well, you’re wrong. I’m sorry, but there isn’t a counter-argument here. The Sandlot is just too good. There are too many one-liners to even count. The soundtrack of 60s doo-wop blends perfectly with the film’s summer nostalgia vibe. The narration couldn’t be any better, even if Morgan Freeman were doing it. But most important of all, this movie is timeless. It’s as good today as it was 23 years ago. And if you don’t believe me, I will prove it to you right now. Here are 10 reasons why The Sandlot is the GOAT.

10. Wendy Peffercorn

The Sandlot

Topanga Lawrence, Kelly Kapowski, Winnie Cooper, that chick from My Girl — none of them hold a candle to Wendy Peffercorn. As far as my childhood fantasies go, she was the queen of the screen.

She took those white shades and that cherry red lipstick and made them iconic…and that red suit and matching bow…and lotioning…oiling…oiling…lotioning and smiling…smiling…I CAN’T TAKE THIS NO MORE!

If I couldn’t swim, I, too, would risk my life for a kiss. I do not find this unreasonable.

Michael Squints Palledorous walked a little taller that day, and we had to tip our hats to him. He was lucky she hadn’t beat the crap out of him. We wouldn’t have blamed her. What he’d done was sneaky, rotten, and low. And cool. Not another one among us would have ever in a million years, even for a million dollars, had the guts to put the move on the lifeguard. He did. He had kissed a woman, and he had kissed her long and good.

9. The 4th of July Scene

Is this what 4th of July was like in the 60s? Because if so, I want to go back. My childhood 4th celebrations were never like this. They were hot and humid and no matter where we went to watch fireworks, it was packed with people in sleeveless shirts swapping shoulder sweat.

Where was my block party with tables of free food and streets lined with firecrackers and Ray Charles’ “America the Beautiful” playing spontaneously from the heavens? It’s not fair, dammit.

8. The Rivalry

What were the Tigers thinking rolling up on the Sandlot like that? Not even their fancy bikes and matching unis could save them from getting destroyed in the most quotable word war in film history and then getting blown out on their own field. Losers.

7. The Celebration

The Sandlot

We were all walking on air that night. It had been a solid victory. In fact, we beat the crap out of those guys. So we all went to celebrate, and we did on of the stupidest things any of us had ever done.

The amount of barf in this scene should be enough to turn any viewer off of chewing tobacco forever. But that’s not how it worked, at least for me. I don’t know why, but it still seemed cool. I remember thinking, man, how can I get my hands on some Big Chief?

6. The Legend Of The Beast

The Sandlot

As a kid, this scene was legitimately terrifying. It was dark and eerie and not at all like the summer nostalgia vibe depicted throughout the rest of the film. But watching this movie at 31 years old, I realized something: this is by design.

The story is told through Squints’ perspective, from his imagination, not reality. This is why Hercules is played by a giant puppet and why Mr. Mertle is a chubby white guy with full use of his eyesight and why the Beast’s kill count added up to about a 120…173 guys.

5. The Ball Retrieval Contraptions

The Sandlot

It was my last chance, so we quit messing around and pulled out all the stops. I collected every piece of Erector Set I had, and it finally became science against nature.

4. Benny’s Revelation

The Sandlot

Remember, kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart, kid, and you’ll never go wrong.

3. The Secret Weapon

The Sandlot

Only one kid in history had ever attempted what Benny was about to…and he got eaten. So we were worried, real worried. Even when benny brought out the secret weapon, shoes guaranteed to make a kid run faster and jump higher: PF Flyers.

True story: A few years ago, I bought a pair of PF Flyers. They were an Amazon Deal of the Day and not at all as cool as you’d imagine. I have yet to wear them out of the house.

2. The Chase

The Sandlot

This is one of the greatest chase scenes in film history. It lasts for two montages! Not even Mad Max: Fury Road has a double montage chase scene. Anyway, although it’s entirely on foot, it still has all the carnage you’d expect from typical chase scene. Just take a look at the damage:

  • A bike
  • A paperboy
  • The hood of a 1960 Chrysler Saratoga
  • 27 trash cans
  • A movie theater window
  • A projector screen
  • 7 picnic tables covered in food
  • A man on stilts dressed like Uncle Sam
  • A giant ass cake
  • Benny’s jersey
  • The junkyard fence

1. The Ending

We all lived together in the neighborhood for a couple more years, mostly through junior high school, and every summer was great. But none of them ever came close to that first one. When one guy would move away, we never replaced him on the team with anyone else. We just kept the game going like he was still there.

Let’s Remember Your Favorite 90s Movies: D2

A look back at your favorite childhood movies in all their corny, nostalgic glory.

The Plot

The quack attack is back! Well, most of it is. About half actually. Half the quack attack is back, and joined by 5 new members, the former Ducks prepare to take on the world as Team USA in the upcoming Junior Goodwill Games.

Coach Gordon Bombay is also back and takes his spot behind the bench after a knee injury shatters his dreams of playing in the NHL. Hand picked by athletic apparel conglomerate and official Team USA sponsor, Hendrix Hockey, Bombay signs an unimaginably lucrative endorsement deal that makes him and Team USA overnight celebrities.

But can Bombay repeat his success with the Ducks on the national stage? And can Team USA defeat heavily favored Iceland and take home the gold? And just what in the fuck are the Junior Goodwill Games? All this and more right now as we remember D2!

The New Characters

Luis Mendoza

Luis Mendoza

Considered the most gifted skater in the country despite one very serious fault: He doesn’t know how to stop.

Dean Portman

Bash Bros

Useless as a standalone character, Portman’s value is tied to his relationship with equally pubescent big man Fulton Reed. Together they form the hard-rocking, bandana-wearing duo famously known as the Bash Brothers.

Dwayne Robertson

Dwayne Robertson

Cowboy from Texas whose family farm was apparently close enough to an ice arena where he was able to become the greatest puck handler in the world.

Russ Tyler

Russ Tyler

Street hockey junkie whose top-secret knucklepuck is further proof that any one trick pony can play for this goddamn team.

Kenny Wu

Kenny Wu

Former Olympic figure skater with no hockey experience.

Don Tibbles

Don Tibbles

Senior Vice President of official sponsor Hendrix Hockey Apparel. Tibbles was also responsible for the new recruits (except for Tyler who literally walks in off the street).

If I were Bombay, I would be livid with this guy. I’d be like, “Hey Don, why does each of my new kids have some glaring shortcoming? You had the entire country to choose from. Could you not find one complete hockey player? Mendoza can’t even stop, for Christ’s sake.”

Unanswered Questions

I preferred D2 to the original Mighty Ducks when I was a kid, because children are misguided and stupid. But take it from me, a now full-grown man who has seen D2 four times this week, this is an inferior movie. The plot unfolds without logic or explanation, and as a result I have a few unanswered questions.

Who at the Junior Goodwill Games is Checking Birth Certificates?

Iceland

Seriously, what is the average age on this Iceland team? These kids are either a) not children or b) on PEDs. I demand an investigation.

Why are the Bash Brothers Upset When They See Bombay Eating Ice Cream with the ‘Iceland Chick’?

Ice Cream

If the Bash Bros are so ‘hip’ and ‘with-it’, shouldn’t they be bumping chests and giving knucks at the mere thought of their wiener coach wheeling a younger and much more attractive trainer of a rival team? Be consistent with what you think is cool, Bash Brothers.

What Kind of Apparel Company is Hendrix Hockey?

Hendrix

As far as I can tell, Hendrix only manufactures the Team USA jersey. The gloves, sticks, helmets, etc. are all provided by actual, real-life equipment brands. This raises the question: how many jerseys will Hendrix have to sell to recoup the cost of this sponsorship, especially with Don Tibbles spending cash like he’s printing it? Let’s take a look at some of his more questionable expenses:

  • Signs Bombay to a lucrative endorsement deal
  • Puts Bombay up in a condo on the beach
  • Hosts a party at said condo
  • Hires catering and cocktail waitresses for said party
  • Hires models, makeup artists and fashion designers for a Bombay photo shoot

Why Doesn’t Team USA Have a Trainer?

Banks

So Hendrix ponies up for fancy hor d’oeuvres and Bombay’s posh condo on the beach but decides against any formal training staff? Meanwhile, poor Banks has a fractured wrist and Bombay, a man with zero medical experience, is diagnosing it using some bizarre stick rotation exercise. Worst sponsor ever.

What are the Junior Goodwill Games?

Junior Goodwill Games

I was surprised to learn that the Goodwill Games were a real thing in the 90s. There’s no mention of a ‘Junior’ competition, and if there were, no way was it the media circus this movie makes it out to be. But in a world where Flying Vs and roping penalties are the norm, the Junior Goodwill Games aren’t that far-fetched.

What is Bombay Thinking with that Duck Call?

Duck Call

Prior to the scene you see above, where Bombay strolls into a sold out arena in the middle of his team’s game blowing a duck call like some horse’s ass, he decides he needs to do a little soul-searching. So he straps on some rollerblades and cruises around on the beach. Meanwhile, his team, one loss away from elimination, nearly forfeits because they don’t have a coach. What are you doing? Get your shit together, Gordon.

Bombay’s Championship Coaching Strategy

This is the genius of The Minnesota Miracle Man, folks:

Tie Players Together to Promote Team Bonding

Bombay Tie

Analysis: Incredibly dangerous.

Line Dance

Bombay Line Dance

Analysis: An incredibly wasteful use of ice time.

Have Dwayne Rope Players Like They’re Cattle

Rope

Analysis: Just throwing that ice time away now.

Construct a Pop Can Wall to Teach Mendoza to Stop

Bombay Stop

Analysis: Incredibly unnecessary.

The Move Most Reenacted Throughout 90s Childhoods

Knucklepuck

It’s the knuckle puck, which is a pretty solid move because it actually works. Like, any snot-nosed kid with a stick and a street hockey puck can walk to the driveway and execute a decent knuckle puck.

Complimentary Quote for the Road

Bombay: I’m not a lawyer; I’m a player. I was this close to the NHL. I was back in the game, and MAN I was alive.

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Let’s Remember Your Favorite 90s Movies: The Mighty Ducks

A look back at your favorite childhood movies in all their corny, nostalgic glory.

The Plot

After getting busted for maybe the most careless DUI in Minnesota’s state history, hot-shot attorney and former peewee hockey GAWD Gordon Bombay is sentenced to 500 (500!?) hours community service coaching the District 5 youth hockey team.

Overcoming the odds that a man with a serious drinking problem is more likely to hurt impressionable young children than to help them, Bombay rallies the team to a surprising playoff run.

But does he go all the way? Does The Minnesota Miracle Man take this team to title town and thwart his former coach and meanest man on earth, Jack Reilly? You know he does. And does he do so in a fashion that makes The Mighty Ducks an hour and 40 minutes of nonstop family fun? Oh, does he ever. Let’s take a look.

The Characters

Peter Mark

Peter

Worst player on the team and whiny, ungrateful child-baby, who from 1-10 on the Little Shit Scale registers a fuckin 11. When I watched this movie as a kid, I wanted to punch and kick his stupid face. As an adult, I want to sit him down and teach him a lesson on appreciation.

Before Bombay shows up, these kids are practicing in football helmets and using newspaper for shin pads, not to mention they’re outside. Do you know how miserable outdoor practice is in Minnesota? When I was a kid, I would have severed a frozen foot if it meant I never had to practice outside again. But not Peter. Nope. As a thank you to Bombay for the indoor ice and 8 grand in hockey gear, Peter refuses to wear a Ducks jersey, the only real jersey he’s ever owned, then stages a mutiny because he’s too goddamn stupid to know sarcasm when he hears it. Fuck you, Peter. It’s no wonder you didn’t make the sequel.

Charlie Conway

Charlie Wingman

Mama’s boy and coaches’ pet whose motive throughout the film is not to win the peewee state championship but to get his mom in bed with Coach Bombay. Never has there been a child so into playing wingman for his own mother, and I can’t decide whether it’s honorable or gross and weird.

Lester Averman

Averman

Averman serves as the mandatory source of comic relief essential to any family comedy, this despite the fact that he never says anything actually funny. If The Mighty Ducks were a sitcom, the producers would run the laugh track dry anytime Averman launched into his SNL Richmeister rip-off. The Pete-meisterrr. Mr Rabble-rouserrr. Passing the puck over to Jesse-rooneee. The Enforcerrr. The Connie-meisterrr. But even the most elite laugh track on earth couldn’t disguise the fact that Averman is about as funny as the death of your family dog.

Coach Jack Reilly

What is wrong with this man? And how has he been allowed to coach young children for 30 years? He belongs in jail, and then hell. Just listen to some of the shit he says:

[As a pep talk, before a 10 year old Bombay takes (and fails to score on) a penalty shot]: Alright Gordon, it’s up to you. Now you miss this shot, you’re not just letting me down you’re letting your whole team down too. Remember, it’s not worth playing if you can’t win.

[To Bombay 20 years later when he first discovers Gordon is now coaching against him]: Boy, I wish they’d take that one down. [Points to the 2nd place banner, the result of Gordon’s missed penalty shot]. Don’t you? [Smirks]. Well, good luck. You’re gonna need it. [Smirks again]. [Walks away].

[After the first goal against Gordon’s District 5 team, the worst team in the league]: All right, all right! Let’s run it up! Run it up! Run it up!

[Same game with a 15-0 lead and 5 mins left in the third period]: Hey, hey, hey, knock it off! Knock if off! Against this team, we should have twice as many. Now let’s run it up! Remember, it’s not worth winning if you can’t win big!

[Same game after a 17-0 victory]: Hey, hey, hey knock it off. That was a lousy third period. Anybody could beat these pansies.

[5 seconds later]: Hey, Gordon! Nice game. I enjoyed it thoroughly. [Pops collar]. [Walks away].

[Later in the movie after Gordon uses his lawyer tricks to get Adam Banks reassigned to the Ducks]: Gordon. Hey Bombay! You stop when I’m talking to you, son! Why’d you turn against me, Gordon? For 6 years, I taught ya how to skate. I taught ya how to score. I tought ya how to go for the W. You could have been one of the greats. And now look at yourself. You’re not even a has-been. You’re a never-was.

[During the championship game with Banks now a Duck]: I want you to drop Banks like a bad habit. I want him outta this game. Finish him off. You got it?

Finish him off? Who puts a bounty on a 10 year old?

How to Win a Peewee State Championship in 6 Easy Steps

Gordon Bombay earned his title as The Minnesota Miracle Man, because what he did during the ’92 peewee hockey season was nothing short of miraculous. In, like, 3 short months he takes a team yet to score a goal, and void of all basic hockey sense, and creates a powerhouse good enough to knock off the 17 time defending champion. If you’re looking to recreate his success, here’s your road map in 6 steps:

1. Provide Real Equipment

Equipment

Analysis: How was District 5 allowed to play without facemasks?

2. Recruit Brother and Sister Figure Skating Duo Tommy and Tammy Duncan

Tammy

Analysis: Alright Tammy, go twirl in front of the net. And Tommy, when the Hawks become so distracted that they forget they’re playing hockey, pass to Tammy for the wide open shot.

3. Recruit Fulton Reed

Fulton

Analysis: But as a tryout, first have him rip slapshots through two of your van windows.

4. Take a Rollerblading Field Trip

Skyway

Analysis: Fulton can’t skate. Fortunately, Bombay knows the best way to hone basic skating skill is by rollerblading through the downtown skyway.

5. Use Eggs to Teach Soft Hands

Soft Hands

Analysis: Concentration not strength.

6. Use Lawyer Tricks to Acquire Adam Banks

Recruit Banks

Analysis: Banks scores a hat-trick like every game so this was a solid, albeit controversial move.

Philosophical Question

Is the Hawks dynasty the greatest in all of sports? The Hawks appeared in 21 straight championships from 1971 to 1992, winning all but this one and the one Bombay choked away in ’73. No way opposing parents would stand for this. Darla Brown and her gaggle of hockey moms would be burning bags of shit on the steps of the Youth Hockey Association. Peewee hockey is about fair play and purple participation ribbons. It’d be two years before the Hawks were dismantled and redistributed to even out the talent pool.

Hawks Dynasty

The Move Most Reenacted Throughout 90s Childhoods

The triple deke.

Triple Deke

Best One-Liner

Bombay: Karp, how many fingers am I holding up?
Peter: He wouldn’t know that anyway.

Shut Up Peter

Second Best One-Liner

Bombay: What are you laughing at, cream cheese boy?

Cream Cheese Boy

Corniest Line

Bombay: You really quaked at the principal? Are we ducks, or what?

Are We Ducks

Complimentary Quote For the Road

Bombay: Now here’s the long and the short of it: I hate hockey, and I don’t like kids.

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