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24 Reasons Everyone Was Obsessed With "The Secret World Of Alex Mack"

She was cool, she could turn into a silver puddle, AND she wore awesome hats.

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1. The Secret World of Alex Mack pretty much dominated Nickelodeon in the '90s.

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The show lasted four seasons from 1994 to 1998.

2. And you could get these awesome books to accompany you on your Alex adventures.

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4. Even though being covered in weird nuclear goop was a total inconvenience, it gave Alex some nifty superpowers.

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Alex was able to turn herself into a puddle of silvery liquid, perform telekinesis, and zap people with these little lightning bolts that came out of her fingers.

While puberty isn't usually accompanied by supernatural side effects, what Alex went through pretty much felt akin to being a hormonal teenager.

The actress Larisa Oleynik, who played Alex, told the Huffington Post: "I think [the powers] were, for me, more of a metaphor for all the weird changes you go through in that time in your life."

Initially, when Alex morphed she ended up without clothes, but the writers luckily changed that because it was slightly awkward.

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When asked about this change, Oleynik said: "Although I don't remember there being any controversy about it, I remember being mortified! I was just really embarrassed, being that I was 12 or 13 or whatever. I had this towel wrapped around me or something and was behind some boxes. I was so, so embarrassed. They did then end up changing that ... which was a good thing."

5. Her ability to turn into a puddle made teen viewers particularly envious – just imagine how easy it was for her to get out of awkward social situations!

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11. And the evil company was fronted by a diabolical woman called Danielle Atron, played by Louan Gideon.

Fun fact: Gideon also starred in Saved by the Bell as Becky Belding, aka Mr Belding's one and only true love. There's a memorable episode where she gives birth in a lift with the help of Zack Morris.

12. Apart from being brave, Alex Mack was someone you could totally relate to.

She wasn't the shiny airbrushed version of a teenager you see in a lot of TV shows today. She was very real, kickass yet grounded, meaning you didn't just want to be Alex Mack, you WERE Alex Mack, just minus the puddle thing.

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15. She had awesome friends, like Raymond.

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He wasn't just Alex's BFF, he was a brother to her AND he was the only friend to know about Alex's superpowers. Yes, at times he seemed like a bit of a goof and a slacker, but he proved time and time again that he'd do ANYTHING for Alex. He also called her "puddle girl", which is pretty cute.

16. Her sister was basically a feminist icon.

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Annie Mack was Alex's big sis, and, along with Ray, the only one who knew about her secret powers. She was awesome because she was super smart, way smarter than their scientist dad, and she made sure Alex kept her powers in check.

Annie also gave super sassy side-eyes when Alex was being a melodramatic teen. In one scene where their parents ask why her younger sister isn't up for breakfast yet, she coolly remarks that Alex is "trying unsuccessfully to define herself through fashion". ICE BURN.

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18. They even used her love of hats to advertise the show:

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This promo will transport you right back to the '90s.

19. And if she didn't like your hat, you'd know about it.

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That guy is turdface Louis Driscoll, who liked to give Alex a hard time for her hat-wearing. Of course, Alex didn't let it phase her.

21. Her style in general satisfied the tomboy in you.

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Alex Mack basically shared Kurt Cobain's wardrobe, and let's face it, she'd look in her element walking around Urban Outfitters today.

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Alex's dad presents her with a cure that would rid her of her powers. The final scene sees Alex holding a vial of the cure, smiling coyly at her beloved fans.

If this has kept you up your entire life, check this out: Alex doesn't take the cure. This is what the series co-creator and producer Thomas W. Lynch told the Huffington Post: "I liked the idea that the choice would remain hers, if she took the medicine or not, if she took the cure or not. She was not going to be dictated to. That was my conscious thought in writing it. ... I wanted at the end – I didn't want the world to dictate to her, I wanted her to dictate to herself what she was going to do."

See, Alex Mack decides her own fate, people!

As a bonus, this is what Oleynik looks like now as Cynthia Baxter in Mad Men:

Proof that if you can be an angsty teenager that glows a radioactive shade of yellow when embarrassed, you WILL turn into a classy ass lady.

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