Millennials have a thing for ’90s nostalgia, from throwback tunes (MMMBop, anyone?) and Tamagotchis, to classic after-school TV shows. While you may have gotten used to the catalogue of new TV shows your kids are watching, why not enjoy a blast from the past instead?
Here’s a list of nostalgia-inducing new shows on Netflix that are guaranteed to entertain the whole fam and satisfy any longing you have for your childhood. Besides, mom does deserve a break from watching Frozen for the thousandth time, right?
1. Carmen Sandiego
This is one ’90s icon you don’t want your kids to miss. When they tune in, mom and dad may find themselves suddenly recalling the definition of ‘spelunking’ or the capital of Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby) thanks to the Carmen Effect, the long-lasting impact Carmen had on fans of the original computer game more than 30 years ago. If they need to scratch that nostalgia itch, families can enjoy the new animated series as well as explore the hundreds of thousands of tweets that make up The Carmen Effect on this interactive website.
2. Fuller House
Mary Kate and Ashley may not make an appearance as the adorable Michelle Tanner, but most of your favourite Tanner-Fuller-Gibbler clan are back for all new holidays, dances, romances and more in this reboot of the classic ’90s sitcom. If you’d rather witness some old-school Tanner parenting, then you’re in luck—seasons one to eight of the original Full House are also on Netflix!
3. The Magic School Bus Rides Again
Ms. Frizzle was the teacher every millennial wanted in their classroom, and now kids today can feel the same. Check out Netflix’s reboot called “The Magic School Bus Rides Again,” which features plenty of shenanigans and scientific fun with an iconic redhead at the helm—this time, the original Frizz’s younger sister who is voiced by Kate McKinnon. If your kids can’t get enough, they can also enjoy the original series on Netflix and watch as the magic school bus travels to outer space, under the sea, through an anthill—and even through the human body!
4. Bill Nye Saves the World
Bill, Bill, Bill! The enthusiastic scientist is back on TV on a new stage, hosting a talk show that explores scientific issues. You probably remember his ’90s kids show “Bill Nye the Science Guy” that taught kids that science can be fun, well this talk show on Netflix, which is geared towards older kids and teens, goes even more in-depth about a range of topics including cheating death, robots and designer babies.
5. Voltron: Legendary Defender
For older millennials and kids who love space, adventure and robot beasts, Voltron: Legendary Defender is sure to please. In a series reboot of the original ’80s show, five unlikely heroes from Earth become the pilots of mysterious robot lions that unite to form the mega-powerful Voltron and defend the universe from evil.
6. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
Girl power never looked so bad*ss. In this reboot of another ’80s series, a magic sword transforms Adora, an orphan girl, into the legendary warrior princess, She-Ra. Using this mysterious new power, she must unite a rebellion of magical princesses to fight against evil.
7. A Series of Unfortunate Events
Parents who were babies in the ’90s will definitely remember binge-reading this popular book series once they were kids, and now they can enjoy binge-watching the TV show! Watch as the ill-fated Baudelaire orphans take on Count Olaf (played by Neil Patrick Harris) in an exciting series both parents and kids will love. You’re bound to get flashbacks of the 2004 movie, and essentially learn what not to do if you were forced to guardian three kids after a tragic house fire.
8. Looney Tunes: Rabbit’s Run
Bugs Bunny is back on the tube in a new show that will transport you back to the Saturday morning cartoon marathons as a kid. Pass your love for the show down to your kids and watch as iconic characters like Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Lola Bunny and more go on hilarious adventures filled with of all kinds of hijinks.