The Shows of Our Childhood

Elisa Wilson, Student Writer

The early 2000s was the peak of kids tv shows. It gave us classics like Blues Clues, The Wiggles, Lazy Town, and Wonder Pets, to name a few. All iconic in their own right, but the question becomes what the best kid’s show of this era is? After talking to a few students, here was the list of favorite shows from their childhood:

  • Wow Wow Wubbzy
  • Little Einsteins
  • Suite Life on Deck
  • Backyardigans
  • Little Bill
  • Oswald
  • Scooby-Doo
  • Super Why
  • Ni Hao, Kai-Lan
  • Handy Manny
  • Max and Ruby

The diversity shown is incredible, some of these shows ranging from the late 90s to 2008. Another point is the idea of what qualifies as a kid’s show was interesting since some students missed ones that others saw as classics for their age. When talking to Junior Gemma Taylor, her top pick was Spongebob saying that “At the beginning, it had its good moments and has aged like fine wine. It was entertainment for my younger self and was fun. You get hyper-fixated on stuff as a kid.” All of this is true as children from the early 2000s this was what got a lot of people excited for the day. An example of this is even just the recent Blues Clues reunion at the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. Social media, news stations, and nostalgic fans and parents of the show came together to remember the joy it brought to them and the world. Going back to simpler times and memories in such a time as we live in now is something that everyone can get behind and see as a bonding experience.

Sometimes these shows can even be an insight into our hobbies as kids. Logan Fort, a Senior, said that he liked watching Thomas the Tank Engine because he “liked trains as a kid.” Such a straightforward concept shows that our loves and interests also played a part in our favorite things in our younger age. That idea is an excellent commentary on today’s society; instead of needing a reason to enjoy or like something it was just as easy as “I like this thing, and it makes me happy.” Sometimes these shows can even be an outlet for creativity when maybe there wasn’t as much. For example, a Senior, Sarah Anthony, said her favorite show was Backyardigans because “it was the only thing I was allowed to watch, and it had fun songs.” Understandably, every parent wants their kid not to be subjected to mindless television. Shows such as Backyardigans were aired on Noggin. This channel also played many of the previously named shows. Noggin was special for many since it based its programs on many different factors such as math skills, color identification, and even subjects like teamwork and leadership.

Overall, the idea of what the best 2000s kids’ show is is impossible to determine since everyone has their own memories and connection to what these shows meant to them. It’s the nostalgia and simpler times that many teens seek these days and looking back is sometimes the best way to look to the future and take the lessons learned from the days of your childhood with you.