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17 TV Shows You Loved As A Kid That Are Still Awesome

Like a fine wine or George Clooney, some TV shows only get better with age.

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1. The Ren & Stimpy Show

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Despite being programmed alongside kid favorites like Rugrats and Doug, The Ren & Stimpy Show was clearly a cartoon for adults, and it's much more enjoyable when you're mature enough to pick up on the more subtle humor.

2. Clarissa Explains It All

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Clarissa dressed how she wanted, said what she wanted, and acted how she wanted. She was the ultimate role model for tween girls. As an adult, you'll appreciate the absurd humor and silliness of the show even more than you did as a kid.

3. Beavis and Butt-head

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Beavis and Butt-head introduced most of us to heavy metal music videos and sarcastic stoner comedy. Now, it provides an enjoyable look back to the height of MTV's animation era and the beginning of creator Mike Judge's illustrious television career.

4. Fraggle Rock

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As a kid, you loved the cute little Doozers, the Fraggles, the clumsy Gorgs, and Sprockett, the best dog puppet ever created. As an adult, you'll realize that Fraggle Rock was Henson's most philosophical work, frequently confronting issues such as slavery, religion, geopolitics, and environmentalism.

5. Daria

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Daria was April Ludgate before April Ludgate was April Ludgate.

6. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a perfect blend of sappy melodrama, witty banter, and supernatural monster killing that truly stands the test of time. The female characters are well developed and multifaceted, and Buffy kicks major butt (except in the later episodes when Angel turns her into a sad puddle of tears).

7. Beverly Hills, 90210

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90210 was your weekly peek into the dramatic lives of the rich kids you never got to hang out with. It's definitely worth revisiting as an adult, even if it's just to laugh at Donna's ridiculous '90s fashion choices. Oh, Donna.

8. Invader Zim

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As a kid, you appreciated the silliness of an overachieving alien trying to conquer the world with his optimistic, malfunctioning robot Gir. As an adult, you'll appreciate the beautiful artwork in a show created by Jhonen Vasquez, the same guy who created Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, which was definitely not for kids.

9. The Simpsons

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The Simpsons is the longest-running everything of everything ever, and it will probably still be on the air even after the power plant melts down and causes a nuclear apocalypse. It was funny as a kid, but now you'll pick up on the sociopolitical satire that makes The Simpsons truly brilliant.

10. My So-Called Life

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Before she was a bipolar CIA agent, Claire Danes captured the angst of teenagerdom without being condescending or overdramatic. This show was so ahead of its time (she had a gay best friend!) that it could be on the air today and still be relevant. Also, JORDAN CATALANO 4 LYFE.

11. SpongeBob SquarePants

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SpongeBob is more than just a fun character. He's a kind and generous person (er, sponge) who takes his job very seriously and always does his best. These are great lessons for kids and adults alike, and the humor works at any age too!

12. Spider-Man: The Animated Series

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This is the show that made every kid in the '90s a diehard Spider-Fan. We were introduced to villains we didn't even know existed, strange side effects from Peter Parker's mutant spider bite, and a daily dose of web-slinging action that helped solidify Spider-Man as one of the most popular Marvel superheroes to date.

13. Sesame Street

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You'll still learn as much now as you did watching Sesame Street when you were a kid, and it's jam packed with witty jokes and celebrity cameos that will knock your socks off.

14. Xena: Warrior Princess

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A fantasy world setting? Elaborate leather costumes? Sword-wielding action and adventure? This all sounds eerily similar to one of the most popular shows on television today. Plus, Xena features a kickass female lead who could easily crush any warrior in Ancient Greece, regardless of gender. [Insert Xena "lalala" war cry here.]

15. Pokémon

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When you were a kid, there were 151 Pokémon to memorize, and you remembered EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. Rewatching old episodes feels like hanging out with old friends again, and when it comes to happy feelings, can you ever truly catch them all?

16. Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch features cheesy special effects, Melissa Joan Hart, and a talking cat. What more could you possibly need? A sassy, hilarious mom character that's even funnier than Melissa Joan Hart? *POOF!* Enter Caroline Rhea.

17. Hey Arnold!

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Hey Arnold! features a multicultural cast of zany characters dealing with real kid problems, and its urban setting is a welcome detour from the suburban sitcoms of its time. It's worth revisiting just for another look at Arnold's amazing room.

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