Growing up in the '90s and '00s, I was definitely a Nickelodeon kid. I binged-watched shows such as "Kenan & Kel," "All That," "The Amanda Show" and "Drake & Josh." I hid under my bed after watching "Are You Afraid of the Dark?," and I marveled at Clarissa's parents' complete lack of concern a boy was climbing into their daughter's window all the time on "Clarissa Explains It All."
But what about all those other shows? Sure, "The Adventures of Pete & Pete," "The Secret World of Alex Mack" and "Zoey 101" are brought up when people get in a ~nostalgic~ mood, but Nick had some other great gems that aired during the late '90s and early '00s. Time to go down memory lane.
Ah, yes. Not sure how anyone could forget this SNICK classic, but here we are. The show centered around Skeeter (voiced by Bill Bellamy) coming to live with his cousin Bobby (Robert Ri'chard) and his family. By the way, Skeeter was a PUPPET, but no one said a thing about it. Totes normal. Oh, and the show featured a young Meagan Good. Fun fact: Apparently Shaq directed an episode, and it didn't go well at all.
This show was based off of K. A. Applegate's book series of the same name. A group of kids (plus an alien) were able to transform into any animal they touch, and they used their powers to fight against an under-the-radar alien invasion of Earth. It starred a young Shawn Ashmore, who then went on to star in the DCOM "Cadet Kelly," the "X-Men" franchise and the FOX TV show "The Following."
Lil Romeo and his siblings formed a rap group while their father, Lil Romeo's actual father Master P, helped them out. An interesting aspect to this show was Romeo's family took in a foster child (Noel Callahan), who quickly became part of the family.
This show followed a Latino-American family with four children. The protagonist Larry (Alvin Alvarez) reflected back on his life with his fun and crazy family. There was definitely a lot of brotherly love on the show. John Leguizamo narrated Adult Larry's life.
After Eddie McDowd bullied one kid too many, a mysterious man known as "The Drifter" (Richard Moll) turned Eddie into a dog. He then had to do 100 good deeds before he would be changed back into a human. The only person who could hear Eddie talk was the last kid he picked on at school (Brandon Gilberstadt). FYI, Seth Green was the voice of Eddie. I'm still upset the show ended after 40 episodes — and thus, only 40 deeds completed — so we never saw Eddie complete his mission and be turned back into a human again.
Shelby Woo (Irene Ng) helped out around the police station, but always managed to stumble upon cases she just had to solve. Woo lived with her grandfather Mike (Pat Morita) who ran the town's inn. Mike was played by Mr. Miyagi in "The Karate Kid" film series.
If you were into horses and indie/punk bands, then this was the show for you. Philadelphia troublemaker Caitlyn Seeger (Lindsay Felton) got arrested and sent to live with relatives in Montana. The environment change was quite a culture shock, but after she rescued a horse named Bandit, she finally had something positive going on in her life. Caitlyn was definitely a girl who "just got it," the unofficial voice of the angsty '00s tween generation.
This short-lived show was (shocker) about Dee Dee Park (Ralph Woolfolk IV) and his older brother Alfie (Arthur Reggie III) going through the struggles of everyday life. They also had a quirky friend named Milton "Goo" Berry (Jimmy Lee Newman) who sang what was possibly the best song of '94.
Aliens were a popular theme in the '90s. "Space Cases" focused on a group of eclectic kids (not all from Earth) who accidentally got sucked into a type of black hole, which made them stuck in space for the next seven years. Whoops.
Latina Taina Morales (Christina Vidal) attended a fancy art school in Manhattan to fulfill her dream of singing and acting. There were lots of daydreaming moments, because early '00s TV.
Ben Ernst (David Brisbin) moved himself and his family from NYC to Arizona after purchasing the Bar None Dude Ranch. The show followed the misadventures of the rag-tag group of people who helped run the ranch.
This Nick classic centered around a group of kids at Camp Anawanna. There were hijinks, awful waffles and Donkeylips. The cast held a reunion in May 2015 to celebrate the show's 25th anniversary. And yes, they sang the iconic theme song again.
For those of you who enjoy living in the past (like me), you'll be happy to know a bunch of old Nicktoons are coming back!