Do things that you witness ever remind you of something? Is there a funny tickling at the back of your brain? It’s on the tip of your tongue, but you just can’t put your finger on it. Something a character once said—an old theme song, perhaps. A wave of nostalgia bathes you, yet you don’t know why. Look no further; good people are scrolling through our website. We all grew up with our special little nostalgic TV shows, which may have consciously or unconsciously helped us define ourselves. It’s time to take a trip down memory lane, folks. We’re in for a bumpy ride.
Top 10 Nostalgic TV Shows Of The Past
10. Johnny Bravo
Johnny Bravo. 4 seasons (1994-2004)
Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about. You’ve seen it; we’ve all seen it. This tall, blond hunk of an Elvis Presley knockoff has been strolling and flirting through a sea of women since the beginning of time.
Whether it was his flexing, the karate chops, or the ceaseless flexing that took the cake for you, Johnny Bravo (Jeff Bennett)is truly a strong example of what I mean when I say “blast from the past.” Considering his solid (and depraved) reputation, Johnny Bravo deserves a solid place as one of the most recognizable nostalgic TV shows of all time.
9. Powerpuff Girls
Powerpuff Girls. 6 seasons (1998-2005)
Sugar, Spice, and everything not-so-nice in our lives—between forgetting homework assignments and being bored on a lone night—a Powerpuff Girls episode did just the trick to put us to sleep with nightmares.
Professor Utonium and his family
Following Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles, the three kindergarteners formed a little gang of superheroes, battling weird monsters(and Him!), while their father, Professor Utonium, girl-bossed his way through being a single dad of 3.
Powerpuff Girls Villain Gallery
Was it the unique art style, the iconic villains, or the sometimes completely bizarre storylines that kept me awake at night? Whatever it may be for you, nostalgic TV shows such as PowerPuff Girls have a special engraved tombstone for us all.
8. Drake And Josh
Drake and Josh. 4 seasons (2004-2007).
If anything was guaranteed to cement itself in your childhood nostalgic tv shows, it would be this. Following two stepbrothers with polar personalities, Drake (Drake Bell) and Josh (Josh Peck), they bump and crash their way through four seasons of iconic lines.
A heartfelt moment
The two present a rather endearing dynamic in their household, with Josh wanting to avoid trouble and his more mischievous counterpart, Drake, wanting to be more responsible. Drake and Josh have everything in their formula to give it a nostalgic TV show’s classic Nickelodeon charm we still crave deep in our withered hearts.
7. The Regular Show
The Regular Show. 8 seasons (2010-2017).
“If you don’t write an article within the next three days, you’re fired!“
This show was refreshing to see, even as a youngun in my glory days (learning the multiplication table). Regular Show consists of a colorful cast of characters, each with their own reason to be funny, and I mean in every different way. Regular Show was one of the few shows that exercised a sense of humor satisfying to both young and older audiences, enough to make us all warm and fuzzy inside for the nostalgic tv shows like it.
Mordecai And Rigby
Each episode centered on a different character, with colorful and creative plots. Seriously, this show is where evening boredom went to drink poison and beg to die, and it is one of the best on this list to revisit, fully re-acquaint yourself with, and gain a fresh perspective on, even without the nostalgia.
6. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars. 7 seasons (2008-2020)
Along came a show that so deeply enriched the franchise it sprouted from.
Speaking even besides the story and characters themselves, the animation itself provides such an interesting and fluid experience that is instantly recognizable. Even if you only watched a few episodes growing up or all, there is no doubt nostalgic TV shows like this leave an imprint on your memory.
If you were a fan of Star Wars, this show brought so much more to the story. The story weaves its way through the canon of the movies, working with it to make the actions of its characters more believable. It makes us sympathize better with Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) and better understand his actions within the films. It also establishes additional characters who have become nostalgic fan favorites within their own respected rights. An example can be seen with Anakin’s young Padawan Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein)
Anakin and Ahsoka
As a younger viewer, everything about nostalgic TV shows such as this was so surreal to see with how well it fit with the movies we were used to and simultaneously added so much more to that galaxy, far, far away. . .
5. Teen Titans
Teen Titans. 5 seasons (2003-2006)
When there’s trouble, you know who to caaaaall. . .
With its sharp lines and vibrant colors, Teen Titans is an animation legend through the medium in which it presents its original style; its mysterious hues are finally splattered in with a healthy helping of talent.
. . .TEEN TITANS!
The dramatic plotlines, high comedy, and brewing tension in each episode are practically salivating, with it first introducing a unique rag-tag crew that is the teen titans, filling each character with their own unique flair and each villain with their own deserved depth, fully solidifies it as one of the nostalgic tv shows, all while being a Cartoon Network regular.
Titans at work
From their tower, they can see it aaaaall. . .
Teen Titans not only shows that not all superheroes are invincible, it also explores the very lives of its members, who, on top of stopping crime and battling constant threats, struggle with teenage angst and insecurity, akin to its majority audience.
How much more creatively produced can you make a show supposedly made for kids? That’s where Teen Titans makes its debut on this list. As one of the few examples of nostalgic TV shows created with a passion for a younger audience genre, Teen Titans permeates all age boundaries.
. . .TEEN TITANS!
4. Star Trek: The Original Series
Star trek. 3 seasons (1966-1969)
Star Trek was part of a staple of nostalgic TV shows for multiple generations. Taking place in the 23rd century, on an interstellar ship made up of a diverse cast, Star Trek was a paragon of progressivism in its time, featuring a Russianb (Pavek Chekov, played by Walter Koenig) at the height of the Cold War, a Japanese (Hikaru Sulu played by George Takei) post-World War II, and an African female (Uhura played by Nichelle Nichols) post-segregation.
Beyond the fascinating science fiction settings, each episode came with its own social commentary, fearlessly presenting a conundrum of philosophical dilemmas. Despite this, it wonderfully represented the attitude of the 1960s at the time, giving its own unique sense not captured by many nostalgic TV shows out there. Therefore, it heavily deserves a winning spot on the nostalgia train because it only gets faster from here. All aboard!
3. Avatar: The Last Airbender
Avatar: The Last Airbender. (2005-2008)
“Long ago, four nations lived together in harmony, but everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.“
It is not only my deeply sentimental love but also my even deeper appreciation for the meticulously plotted story that Avatar: The Last Airbender finds itself on this list. Its setting and the characters within it are something straight out of a child’s fantasy, allowing it to ride the wave of nostalgic TV shows incredibly high. With intriguing characters and plots: A Banished Prince, a Reincarnated Hero, a Blind StoneBender and a brother and sister. Like many other shows on this list, Avatar manages to hold up even without it’s nostalgic factor, and it does this exceptionally well.
It is filled with a variety of different climates, deserts, mountainous temples, icebergs, and plains. With themes following each progression, the story already establishes itself in the Famed Hall of Nostalgia.
2. Batman: The Animated Series
Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1999)
This is perhaps the best classic to exist within this list; Batman: The Animated Series is what gave birth to all the die-hard Batman fans out there. The show originally presented the main Batman Rogue’s gallery villains, shedding their long-time antiquity and presenting them in their most recognizable state to this day.
Between the stunning visuals and absolutely fluid animations for its time, it presents incredibly iconic costume designs and an instantly recognizable score. The show also featured many heavy-hitting voice actors, such as Kevin Conroy (Batman) and Mark Hamill (Joker), whom we’ve all known and loved when it comes to them starting in our favorite nostalgic TV shows. The show is also responsible for creating the original character of Harley Quinn (Arleen Sorkin), who previously didn’t exist in the comics.
It’s the epitome of family-friendly because every member will derive a certain level of nostalgic TV shows satisfaction, including the adults. Even beyond its nostalgia, the influence and impact of this show reach far into many other forms of media we very much consume today.
1. Full House
Have mercy on us writers, indeed, Uncle Jesse, because words are not enough to describe a single feeling sometimes. The serene, lazy, nostalgic, and sunshine-ey atmosphere show Full House created with its ensemble cast is unparalleled.
Full House. 8 seasons (1987-1995)
Danny Tanner (Bob Saget), a single father to three little girls, helps raise them with his two best friends, Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos) and Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier). This nostalgic show proceeds with a wholesome dynamic the girls have with Uncle Jesse and Joey, who look after them while Danny remains busy as a morning TV host.
Each of the girls has their own personality and gimmicks they follow through with that require a constant source of attention. DJ (Candace Cameron) is the oldest, most assertive, and eager to stand out; Stephanie ( Jodie Sweeten) is the middle child and most curious of the bunch; and finally, Michelle (played by both Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen), the youngest and most innocent, starts off as an infant in season 1.
The classic End-Of-Episode pep talk
Every episode follows a theme relating to an issue each of the girls struggles with growing up, the way their guardians address these issues, and what they discover about themselves. Although the episodes can grow formulaic, they all still leave a lasting impact, perhaps some of the biggest in this list of nostalgic TV shows. Considering the show’s long-lasting runtime, watching these girls grow up and their guardians grow older and wiser is a treasuring experience. We, as the audience, become attached, and we begin to pick up on the family values emphasized in every episode.
It really hits home with how we feel about our own families and siblings, and maybe even our children, unlike other nostalgic TV shows. Since it covers so many phases of childhood, we reminisce about so many different phases of our own lives, truly tying up the knot perfectly to make us nostalgic.