Turn on the TV and Sit Down for Some 90’s Nicktoons Nostalgia
We’ve got a small stockpile of Gushers and a Capri Sun. That can only mean one thing — we’re feeling nostalgic for some 90’s Nicktoons! Here at Gemr, we’ve been inspired by all the memories being shared in our Nick 90’s Club, so we’ve decided to take a walk down memory lane. This trip made us nostalgic for all of our favorite Nicktoons from the 90’s! Let’s see if your favorite show made the list.
If you grew up in the 90’s, chances are that this show was part of your afternoon routine. We know it was definitely part of ours! We can hum the theme song from memory (and we bet you’re doing it now, too). We’re all growed up now (we know the spin-off was terrible, but that joke was too easy), but we still have Tommy, Chuckie, the twins, their parents, and, of course, Grandpa, to thank for so many amazing adventures. Angelica, on the other hand, we have to thank for providing a perfect example of what not to do as a child (who didn’t hate her?). It was Nickelodeon’s longest-running animated series for a long time, but it eventually got taken down by another show on this list. This show was so awesome, it even got its own star on the Walk of Fame — AND we just got confirmation that a reboot is on the way!
Everyone’s favorite football head, Arnold graced our screens with his special brand of shenanigans every afternoon. Arnold lived with his grandparents in a super exciting inner-city boarding house and teams up with his bestie, Gerald, for adventure in the city solving the tenant’s personal problems. Arnold brought a special brand of down to earth kindness to Nick that couldn’t be replaced. Oh, and along the way, they encounter urban legends like Stoop Kid and Sewer King! But watch out for Helga — she’s in love with Arnold but she’ll never let it show! If you’re anything like us, you’ve binge-watched all 5 seasons on DVD. And don’t forget the reboot movie that came out last November!
Rocket Power was one of Nickelodeon’s hit shows that came out right around the time when adventure sports were totally taking off. Set in a fictitious California town somewhat resembling Venice Beach (you don’t even have to squint), it followed our four favorite friends — Otto, Reggie, Twister, and Sam the “Squid” — learning to shred the waves of the Pacific together…and also deal with the ever-changing tides of life. Meanwhile, Reggie and Otto’s dad, Raymundo “Ray” Rocket and his Hawaiian business partner and retired surfer Tito dole out sage wisdom — in between serving burgers and fries at the Shore Shack.
There is perhaps no other animated series (or series in general) that captured the purity of adolescence better than Doug. The show followed the real-life struggles and adventurous fantasies of Doug Funnie, a sweet eleven-year-old boy learning how to navigate friendships, bullying, being true to yourself, and growing up, all with his best friend and faithful companion Porkchop by his side. This show made us feel like we weren’t alone in the world — and sparked a fashion trend of head belts and wearing your underwear on the outside of your pants (or was that just us? That might have been just us). We know Disney took it over after a while, but it will always be a Nicktoon in our hearts.
Let’s be honest — who wouldn’t want to talk to animals? Eliza Thornberry was a major childhood hero of many a Nicktoons kid for this very reason. Traveling the exotic parts of the world with her famous wildlife expert parents in an all-terrain RV that could give the Bond cars a run for their money, Eliza and her sidekick Darwin use her power to talk to animals to help the various creatures they encounter. And if that weren’t enough, she also has to deal with totally normal things like sibling rivalry with big sis Debbie…and some not-so-normal things like the antics of Donnie — her adopted brother, who also happens to be a feral boy raised by orangutans in Borneo. Not to mention the fact that if anyone found out she could talk to animals she would lose the power forever. It’s not easy being a kid in the jungle, especially with a secret like that.
One fine day with a woof and a purr, a series was born and it caused a little stir — CatDog! This animated episodic about conjoined awesomeness was a staple on our TVs. Half cat and half dog, our titular heroes might have been born without hind legs, but they made up for it with heart. Whether you preferred the cultured and cunning Cat or the dopey and delightful Dog, this Nicktoon was a great reminder that family is fur-ever. We wouldn’t split them up, no matter how weird this concept was. They were great just as they were!
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
Gather up your toenail clippings and hold your nose, because it’s time to head under the city dump for one of our favorite Nick 90’s cartoons, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters! This animated scare-fest featured three of the creepiest, crawliest, and smelliest best friends anyone could ask for Ickis, Oblina, and Krumm. For four seasons we watched this terrifying trio as they learned how to scare, stayed one step ahead of The Gromble, and ate lots and lots of garbage. We know some parents didn’t like this show, but we sure did. Now if you’ll excuse us — we’re getting filled with Aaahh!!! Real Memories.
Ren & Stimpy
Happy, happy, joy, joy, we’re excited to walk down memory lane with our old pals Ren & Stimpy! Depending on your age in 1991 when Ren & Stimpy premiered, this might be one cartoon your parents DIDN’T let you watch (which honestly was probably a good idea). With jokes skewing more adult and with very graphic slapstick humor, this is not your baby brother’s cartoon. The show’s gruesome close-ups became a trademark and mayybbee made us cover our eyes a few times. Ren’s eyes popping out of their sockets anyone? Actually, we’re not even really sure how this show made it onto Nickelodeon! But it brought us Log! And as we all know. Everyone wants a log. You’re gonna love it, log!
“Who lives in a pineapple under the sea: Spongebob Squarepants!” runs through our heads about once an hour. We will never get it out. If you haven’t heard of Spongebob you may have something in common with Patrick Star (we’re saying you live under a rock, get it?). Now running into its tenth season, Spongebob is still in production today — and was also renewed for an upcoming eleventh season, so his reign continues! One of the few animated shows that managed to bridge the age gap and appeal to kids and adults alike, the launch of this series in 1999 was perhaps the culmination of the 90’s quirkiness, helping to usher in a new millennium. We’re so glad this one is still around and going strong!