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Top Nickelodeon Shows Of The 90s

Evan Crean Evan Crean
September 13th, 2009 8:28am EDT
GutsIf you were born during the late 80s and grew up during the 90s when cable television was coming into widespread appeal, you knew there was one station with game shows, cartoons, and other wacky programming meant just for you.

Coming at you is a random spattering of Nickelodeon's best shows of the 90s. This is by no means an all inclusive list, but more a collection of some personal favorites. Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

5. SALUTE YOUR SHORTS


"Camp Anawanna, we hold you in our hearts, and when we think about you, I hope we never part…" We might have only shared two measly seasons of adventures with the gang at camp Anawanna, but we made some fond memories by the lake with our terribly nicknamed friends Budnick, Sponge, Donkeylips, and everyone's favorite counselor Ug.

Anyone remember that time Ug tried to go on a date with Mona the mail carrier and ran into all of his campers at the movie theater?



4. ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?


"From the Secret Tales of the Midnight Society…" This show was like "Tales From the Crypt" for kids. A group that called itself the "Midnight Society" would meet regularly over the campfire to share spooky stories about other children and teenagers facing paranormal phenomena.

Most of these tales had a happy ending, and almost all of them taught an important moral to the viewer, as well as the kids involved. "The Tale of the Pinball Wizard" is a rare exception to the rule, with a macabre ending. Looking back on the show through adult eyes however, the scare factors are few and far between.



3. NICK ARCADE


At a time when home video game consoles were still a relatively novel concept and graphics were still rather primitive, one game show provided gamers with a place to fit in. Teams competed to move a cartoon character across a game board, answering trivia and engaging in video game challenges that involved beating a high score in particular game. Somehow "ActRaiser" and "Zombies Ate My Neighbors" were always consistent options for contestant challenges.

What really made this game show special was the opportunity for contestants to "go inside" a video game in the final round. Achieved using blue screen effects that now appear wildly dated, participants attempted to play through the game to complete all of the goals in a specified time limit. We sat in the comfort of our homes yelling at the kids on screen who often failed in their attempts to beat the "video game," vowing to win a trip to Space Camp if we had the opportunity.



2. LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE


Getting past the idea of a large stone head named Olmec talking to you can be kind of hard, but once you learn to deal with that, "Legends of the Hidden Temple" is every explorer's dream come true. A game show taking place in a nondescript South American themed locale, it gave colorfully named teams like the Purple Parrots a chance to compete against one another in a battle of wits and physical challenges for a chance at the treasure of the temple.

After eliminating the other teams, one team was allowed to quest after an artifact in the temple, battling obstacles and enemies to retrieve it. First however, they had to sit through Olmec's longwinded explanation of the rules involved. Few teams were able to brave the temple and retrieve the artifact in question, but that didn't stop us from hoping they would.



1. GUTS


"Do-Do-Do-Do-Ya-Have It?" The answer was fought out over a half-an-hour of intense action games that involved running, jumping, climbing, and kids swinging from bungee cords attached to the ceiling. At the end of this competition only the master of the Aggro Crag would stand atop the winner's platform hoisting the trophy: a supposed piece of the Crag. Even if it was a cheesy prize, plenty of kids hoped they could appear on the glorified "American Gladiators" for children.



Honorable Mention: Wild And Crazy Kids

What were some of your favorite 90s Nickelodeon shows? Let us know in the comments!

Check out "The Top 20 Kid Shows From The 80s & 90s" here!

Evan Crean
Story by Starpulse contributing writer Evan Crean, a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with a practically photographic memory of actors and directors. Get a first look at the movies premiering each week, which which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent and which ones aren't worth your time.


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