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15 After School TV Shows That Might Make You Nostalgic

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I come from a generation of latchkey kids – both of our parents worked, so when we came home from school we let ourselves in, made ourselves a snack, and settled down in front of the television to watch whatever the heck we wanted.

Of course, our parents only had basic cable, so the worst thing we could have watched without their permission was something a little too violent – no access to porn or HBO or things like that. But mostly, we opted for sappy, wholesome shows that we’ll probably never see the likes of again.

Seriously, the shows that air on the Disney Channel now tackle tougher topics than my shows did back in the day.

And below are 15 that will likely never find popularity again, but will live long and prosper in the heart of 1990s kids.

#15. Dragon Tales

“I wish, I wish, with all my heart, to fly with dragons in a land apart.”

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There was nothing more fun.

#14. The Magic School Bus

On the count of three, everyone say their favorite episode. One...two...three: "Inside Ralphie"!!!!!

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There’s a reboot, but it’s got nothing on the original.

#13. Bill Nye the Science Guy

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He’s still the best.

#12. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

I will be your neighbor, Mister Rogers! I will!

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Daniel Tiger will never live up to the real thing.

#11. Barney and Friends

Why don't we all sing along in groups anymore?

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As a parent, I can say I’m not sad this went away.

#10. Big Comfy Couch

Ah, the good ol' days of Loonette telling the time with her legs.

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Those tights.

#9. Zoboomafoo

Was there ever a more important trio? (The answer is no.)

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I almost forgot those faces.

#8. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

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Along with the Apple IIe game – the best.

#7. Beakman’s World

He was basically Bill Nye's wacky, green-lab-coat-wearing cousin.

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I don’t know who thought this was a good idea, but I love them.

#6. Lamb Chop’s Play-Along

OK, who else had their own Lamb Chop and remembers the worlds to "The Song That Never Ends"?

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My heart…

#5. Wishbone

A more dapper dog has never existed.

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There’s not a more dapper good boy out there.

#4. Arthur

Honestly, they're still the most relatable TV siblings of all time.

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More relatable siblings there will never be.

#3. Adventures from the Book of Virtues

Thanks for all the life lessons, Plato the bison (and Aristotle the prairie dog, Socrates the bobcat, and Aurora the red-tailed hawk).

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So many lessons.

#2. Thomas and Friends

Take me to the Island of Sodor.

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Every little boys’ dream.

#1. Reading Rainbow

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A reboot of this would be magical.

I want just one more free afternoon with these shows!