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Overrated shows from my childhood

This is a list of popular cartoon and tv shows that everybody seemed to like but me when I was a child.

Cartoon all stars to the rescue

I hated this special the first time I saw it. I was 6 years old at the time and knew this was propaganda, even if I didn’t know what the word meant at the time. I usually bought anti-drug propaganda. I liked the show Straight Up and similar shows.

The fact that Cartoon All Stars was being shown on like every tv channel really bothered me. Since it was on like every channel I decided to watch it, and hated it. I saw this special at school like the following Monday. All the other kids in my class went apeshit for it because they were watching a cartoon at school. The kids even tricked the teacher into showing the cartoon 2 more times! We would usually watch the old AIT show “All About You”. Having watched this special 4 times already I grew to loathe it.

After many years I forgot about it until I saw somebody else giving it a bad review on the internet, and knew I was not alone.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I never saw the appeal of this show. I watched it a few times and didn’t seem to like it. To me it just seemed so respective and stupid. The franchise was everywhere t-shirts, backpacks, lunchboxes, toys, movies, the tv show, comics, shoes, valentines, etc.  I also didn’t like the fact that when I would play a game with other kids it would turn into Ninja Turtles. “House” or “Tag” would somehow turn into Ninja Turtles.  I ended up watching the first movie on tv like 1992. It wasn’t a bad movie. I thought it was pretty enjoyable, but I still didn’t like the cartoon.

Captain Planet

I knew what this show was about. I knew it was teaching me about the environment. I just thought the concept was dumb. The environmental message was just too heavy handed for me.

Widget the World watcher was like that too, but doesn’t count since nobody really watched that show.

This is really funny since I really like Tokyo Mew Mew/Mew Mew Power. That is a very green aseop show. Winx Club is leaning this way too, and I don’t appreciate it.

Full House

I used to like this show really; until I moved to another city and another school. It seemed all the girls in my class were OBESSED with this show. It was all they seemed to talk about besides Saved by the Bell. (which I’ll get to later) They collected pictures of the stars; they were always quoting the show especially Stephanie and Michelle.

Once I moved away the next year I didn’t feel like watching the show anymore. My obsessive class ruined it for me. I did watch it occasionally, but not religiously including reruns.

Saved by the Bell

The other show my class was OBESSED with! When the show came out before I moved I mildly enjoyed it. I thought the show was “ok”; not good or bad. I never really had a favorite character or anything. The show was just there. Although when I was really little like 5 or 6 years old I use to think that’s how high school would really be.

I remember this one girl called me up talk on the phone. All she wanted to talk about was Saved by the Bell! We soon ran out of things to talk about.

I remember one time the class got a flier for the Schoolastic book club the free offer that month was a Saved by the Bell poster.  A bunch of girls in the class ordered it. When it arrived all the girls who received it fawned over it; especially the pictures of Zack and Slater. None of the girls seemed to fawn over Screech.

What bothered me most about Full House and Saved by the Bell was that how the other kids held these shows in such high regard. They were always dissing the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Saying it was a baby show.

Step by step and Fresh Prince of Bel Air were ok so I didn’t mind all the obsession. 

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pikachulover Posted on Apr 01, 2017 at 04:41 AM

@Jeff1980 I love Garfield.

Jeff1980 Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 11:48 PM

What about "Garfield and Friends" which ran from 1988 to 1994

DirtyD79 Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM

While I can't get behind baggin' on the Ninja Turtles I definitely have to agree I hated the rest of these shows too. I wanted to like Cartoon All Stars To The Rescue because hey all the cartoon characters are in it but it was just preachy and lame.

Vaporman87 Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 01:54 AM

My guess is that with a little less "preaching" the gospel of protecting the environment, Captain Planet could have been something bigger... and might have had increased longevity. The writers tended to focus too much on the lesson, and not enough on developing the show into something entertaining.

AnEarly90sMan Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 12:41 AM

Well, excuse me, Princess!

I love all of those shows, so you know I'm offended. Just so you know, "Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue" was a special that played on each network channel in the spring of '90.

This may surprise you, Pikachulover, but I hate Pokemon. To me, the pokemon were all rip-offs of Kirby. The similarities are all there and originality was dead in 1995.


Yes, Saved By The Bell gained popularity through syndication.
I didn't start watching it until the summer of 1991 when it came after The Chipmunks Go To The Movies. I wish I had recorded them then because NBC ran the uncut version of each episode.


The New Adventures of Captain Planet was far worse than the original series. They tried to tackle difficult subjects like racism with the mid 90s series, but the character was named Captain Planet for a reason!


I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with you on that one. Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers had the same plot for each episode.

@Simply Eighties

Zack Morris was the greatest conman of the early 1990s. He had all of the traits of an 80s conman- good looks, spirituality and the ability to sway people with words. Mario Lopez was great as Slater, the macho man of the show.

Can you blame Mark Friedman for pushing out more TMNT merchandise after Turtlemania hit in the spring of 1990?


These were more than 'shows that were there in the 90s'. Most of them were pop culture touchstones!


I'm with you on this one.


Screech really went through many changes in his fictional life.


Captain Planet was meant to be the He-Man of the 1990s. The 'Save The Environment' craze of the early 90s was so short-lived.


"Cartoon All Stars To The Rescue" is still consists of one of the greatest crossovers of all time. Oh yeah, Anime bothers me. To each its own.

Mason Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 07:30 PM

That Cartoon All-Stars special was just weird. I agree that drugs mess you up, but do I really need Alf, Slimer, and the Muppet Babies to teach me about drugs?

I love TMNT toys and the original comic books, but the cartoon did kinda stink. They really cut corners on the quality of the animation. I still watched it though, just because it was TMNT.

My friends and I would always watch Captain Planet, not because it was good, but because it was just so bad! It was so easy to crack jokes about the show, and when they would summon the elements we would crack up, without fail, at "Heart". Every episode of Captain Planet is pure comedy gold and the fact that is was ment to be serious makes it that much more hilarious.

I freaking hated Full House! My sisters were obsessed with it and watched it all the time. I still have all those infamous one-liners stuck in my head. How rude! Cut it out! Did somebody say...wood?

I didn't know Saved By The Bell was so popular. It wasn't even animated, so I didn't bother to watch it.

bklynbren Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 06:38 PM

Captain Planet did suck but it got me through some tough times when there weren't any other cartoons on t.v. I can't even imagine TMNT and Saved by the bell being over rated, they were some of the best shows of their time.

ZeldaQueen Posted on Feb 15, 2013 at 09:33 PM

Don't hate on TMNT...they were the sh@t next to power rangers! And saved by the bell wasn't bad either!

Simply Eighties Posted on Feb 13, 2013 at 08:12 PM

Screech was the only decent character in Save By The Bell. The others were too good looking for their own good and seemed too self-obsessed. I agree about TMNT, there was way too much merchandise being sold! Captain Planet was patronizing, and as much as I agree that the environment needs to be respected, we didn't need this nonsense!

Retrosc7 Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 09:19 AM

None of these shows are 'bad' to me, but they don't really serve as any more than just shows that were 'there' in the 90s.

raptor Posted on Jan 29, 2013 at 06:13 PM

I am just in shock that you would say TMNT was overrated. You sir, are grounded from anything retro for a week.

jprc10 Posted on Jan 29, 2013 at 02:08 PM

Interesting list, still it has shows that I liked lol.
I do agree TMNT was overrated.

Fulton4V Posted on Jan 29, 2013 at 02:02 AM

I enjoyed Saved By The Bell because I liked Screech. The others were not shows I really watched

Vaporman87 Posted on Jan 28, 2013 at 05:09 AM

I never understood any success had by Captain Planet. Even as a child who did not understand the use of animation to promote environmental policy, it was still lame to me.

A lot of arguments can be made for feeling that these other listed shows are overrated as well. But, since I did not really watch any of these religiously, I can't say for sure.

Thanks for this pikachulover!

Benjanime Posted on Jan 28, 2013 at 12:28 AM

i never got to see the cartoon all-stars special until a decade later, but i wasn't fond of it either. having the characters sing in their obnoxious voices just bothered me.

captain planet was a show that i always felt never needed to be on the air for so long as to how boring it was to me. i know it had a message for the environment, but i don't think we need it to carry on for more than two seasons.

all in all, this was an interesting read, and i agree with your points in the shows

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