The 20 Best Children’s Television Shows (You Totally Forgot Existed) #20-11

In a day and age where Saturday morning cartoons are deader than Blockbuster, kids today no longer have an influx of television shows catered specifically for them. They obviously still have shows but there’s no where near as many as there used to be. Let’s honor the glorious past by digging deep in the cemetery that is children’s television to find some…gold? That metaphor doesn’t make any sense. Whatever, here’s 20 kids shows you totally forgot existed. (20-11)

 

20. Kablam!

The least obscure show on the list, Kablam! ran on the Nickelodeon network from 96-00 and was a hodge podge of different animated skits. Action League Now!, Life with Loopy, Skizz and Fondue and my favorite-Prometheus and Bob, which was about an alien teaching a caveman various things and 20 years later, It still makes me laugh.

 

 

19. Histeria!

While researching this show for this list, I discovered, much to my dismay, that this was not produced by Spielberg. For years, I incorrectly believed that this, along with Toonsylvania, were his only animated flops but I was wrong. Histeria! was a short lived educational show that very much wanted to be the next Animaniacs but i guess audiences didn’t care for any of the characters because it died pretty quickly.

 

 

18. Mummies Alive!

Mummies Alive! (Was every show in the mid 90’s obsessed with fucking exclamation points?) is fucking awesome. Why this show isn’t more widely known is a mystery to me. It’s a poor man’s Gargoyles and I’m not ashamed to admit i had this incredibly cheesy theme song memorized at one time.

 

 

 

 

17. Marsupilami

Marsupilami originated in a French comic all they way back in 1952. 40 years later, Disney used the character in an episode of their equally obscure show Raw Toonage. Apparently he was popular enough to warrant a spin off a year later. I remember nothing about the show other than the fact i watched it.

 

 

16. Mr. Bogus

Again, another show i remember nothing about but I know I watched it. Is he a goblin living in someone’s house? Some sort of magical anthropomorphic booger that’s some how gained sentience? I have no fucking idea. Now that I think about it, I’m probably getting this and Bump in the night mixed up. Who knows. It seems like the only thing separating popularity from obscurity is a memorable theme song.

 

 

15. Mother Goose and Grimm

This damn dog was everywhere in the early 90’s. It’s like everyone declared him the next Garfield and then proceeded to immediately forget he even existed. The public hasn’t turned on something that hard since Pauly Shore. Don’t worry Grimm, I still kinda like you buddy. Oh and I remember nothing about this show.

 

 

14. Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp

Most of you haven’t heard of this regardless of its obscurity simply for the fact that it was made in 1970 and most of you were born after 9/11. (Jesus. That not only makes me feel old but very sad) Lancelot Link is a chimpanzee. Who’s a spy. And it wasn’t animated. The 70’s were a crazy time.

 

 

 

13. Monster Squad

It’s a show where Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster and the wolf man teaming up to fight crime. Why is this not on its 45th season!?

 

12. Capitol Critters

This thing had a toy line. And MacDonalds Happy Meal toys. And it only lasted 10 episodes. I’m trying to figure out why anyone thought a cartoon about rats and bugs living in the White House would be a good idea. Kids don’t care about politics and adults hate vermin. This was a lose-lose scenario. Actually, now that I think about it, It’s not a bad idea, they just didn’t have the right President to pull it off. The time is now for a Capitol Critters remake.

 

 

 

11. Elephant Show

When compiling shows for this list, I came across the theme song and instantly remembered why I wiped this shows existence from my memory. It was like a Vietnam flashback. Not the theme song, the theme song is actually kinda catchy. No, this show has the second (the first is from a puppet show i refuse to name because just saying it’s name puts the song in my head and I don’t want it fucking my life right now) most ear drillingly catchy song in existence. It hooks right into your brain and refuses to leave. I’m talking of course about “Skinnamarink.” Canada’s way of saying “Fuck You” to every child that ever lived.

 

  • sailor monsoon

    I don’t even mean essential cartoons. I mean shows that are quintessentially 90’s. The humor, the fashion. Everything about kablam is the 90’s.

  • Indianamcclain

    If we’re talking about which programs are essential 90’s Nickelodean shows, for me Kablaam! is up there with Rugrats, and All That.

  • sailor monsoon

    I almost didn’t include it on the list.
    I thought it was too Well known but somehow this generation has no idea it even exists.
    Apparently invader zim is also considered obscure which is mind blowing to me

  • sailor monsoon

    Regular show.
    I think it captures the 00’s pretty well

  • Indianamcclain

    I loved Kablaam! Was surprised when I would bring it up to people and they had no idea what I was talking about. I used to love another show called Big Wolf on Campus that seemingly nobody else watched. Now I understand why it only had 3 seasons.

  • Kemosabe

    It would definitely be high on the list. Thinking about it, I wonder what the most “2000’s” show would be. Or even of this decade, for that matter.

  • sailor monsoon

    I would make a strong argument that kablam is the best “90’s” shows of all time.
    It’s a time capsule of everything good and cheesy of that decade.

  • Kemosabe

    “Prometheus and Bob”

    Now that’s something I haven’t thought about in years. Getting heavy flashbacks. I think Action League Now! was my favorite.

  • sailor monsoon

    Guaranteed

  • Joe Newman

    Kablam! is a great cartoon/variety/sketch show worth checking out.

  • King Alvarez

    If that video was from the 80’s, she very well could have been in her early 40’s.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carole_Demas

  • sailor monsoon

    I agree.
    It’s fun walking through the past

  • sailor monsoon

    I love how double ponytails are the go to for instant de-young’n an actress.
    Those women look like they’re 45

  • DryButSoupy

    Very cool write-up. The only one that rang a bell, for whatever reason, was the Monster Squad. Cool header image, too. One fun thing about reading back-issues is seeing all the old ads.

  • King Alvarez

    As a child I thought the one on the right was adorable.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLzFewjWeBk

    And maybe today I still do.

  • sailor monsoon

    The next 10 are even more obscure

  • sailor monsoon

    I am suspect of your kablam knowledge

  • Tanis11

    Same. Mummies Alive looks awesome though.

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    Kablam is so good!

  • Duke

    I have literally never heard of any of these.