Shows you liked as a kid that you still like now

Childhood programs that are cherished into teen-hood


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Photo Illustration. People can be ashamed of their interests based on an affinity for certain show, especially if it’s intended for children. Series marketed towards kids have a reputation of having no value. However, that is not always the case.

Story by Stephanie Jumper, staff writer

Everyone has that one guilty pleasure show. It’s a program that, despite how entertaining it may be, you would be mortified if someone caught you checking out its latest episode. Although people can be ashamed of their interests for reasons such as its unpopularity or lack of originality, this feeling is often related to the show’s intended audience, especially if it’s for children. Series marketed towards kids have a reputation of having no value. However, that is not always the case. Here is a list of six kids’ shows that are far more entertaining than many would expect.

Gravity Falls

This Disney cartoon has attracted all ages since its first airing in 2012. The show revolves around twins Dipper and Mabel Pines who spend their summer in an Oregon town called Gravity Falls. However, this environment is not all that meets the eye. The twins discover their new setting is writhe with supernatural beings such as blood-thirsty video game characters, a demonic triangle and a cult adept in mind erasing. Despite this program’s original demographic, its suspenseful yet humorous tone entrances all audiences.


Whether you’re more familiar with the 1980’s version or its recent revival, “Ducktales’” intricate yet family friendly plot is beloved by all ages. This genre melding series follows the escapades of duck triplets Huey, Dewey and Louie. Under the guidance of their great-uncle, Scrooge McDuck, the characters go on whirlwind adventures in mysterious lands to quench their never ending thirst for thrills. “Ducktales’” infectious jingle is arguably the most famous part of the program, with its memorable tune and catchy lyrics recognizable by many generations.

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Despite being one of the older shows on the list, this Nickelodeon classic still resonates with adults and kids alike. “Rugrats” follows the existence of a friend group still in the diaper stage of life. The show’s conflict mainly lends itself to its tyrannical toddler antagonist, Angelica. The series’ adult attraction, however, comes in its surprisingly complex plot. For instance, one episode explains that Angelica’s rudeness stems from her parents’ egotistical negligence. Moments like this separate “Rugrats” from other small screen spectacles of its time. 

Kim Possible

The redhead heroine of this Disney cartoon is admirable to any age. Possible, accompanied by her well-intentioned sidekick Ron Stoppable and his naked mole rat Rufus, saves the world with her repertoire of crime-fighting capabilities. Still, she leads a typical teenage life by day. Kim maintains her athleticism needed for defeating enemies by attending practice for Middleton High’s Mad Dog Cheerleading Squad. She also finds the time to deal with problems more ordinary than the fate of the world, such as attracting the attention of her love interest, Josh Mankey. Despite the show’s improbable plot, upon a closer look you’ll discover the title character is much more realistic than one would assume. 

The Powerpuff Girls

Even though Kim Possible is successful with just Ron and Rufus, some superheroes need more than sidekicks to save the world. The Powerpuff Girls are comprised of sisters Buttercup, Blossom and Bubbles, who, although unite when defeating Townsville’s most dangerous villains, boast opposing personalities. Headstrong Blossom is considered the leader of the group and a voice of reason for her sisters. Buttercup, on the other hand, adds chaos to the show through her impulsive nature. Bubbles is the innocent yet assertive one, contributing yet another comedic layer to the already entertaining line of characters. These contrasting personalities make the show’s dialogue amusing for all potential viewers.    

Invader Zim

This classic is beloved due to its humor which can be described as anything but childish. The show’s premise, the trials and tribulations of a murderous alien, doesn’t sound like the most kid friendly show. However, the writing makes it just immature enough to go under the radar of overprotective parents. With outlandish storylines such as when Zim steals someone’s organs to look more human, “Invader Zim’s” morbid comedy captivates anyone with an interest in the unusual.

Although these shows bare childish connotations, any age can find themselves engulfed in their unexpectedly entrancing storylines. No matter how immature these programs can sound, don’t roll your eyes at the notion of adrenaline junkie ducks or crime-fighting cheerleaders. They may have more depth, humor or suspense than many may suspect.