Aug. 28--All right, San Antonio, it's morphin' time! Or at least it was exactly 20 years ago today, when "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" made its TV debut.
America was introduced to multi-colored, Spandex-clad teen fighters in the Fox Kids network program, which debuted Aug. 28, 1993 and was adapted from a Japanese TV program called "Super Sentai." The show lasted three seasons and spurred a series of video games, two feature-length films, a live stage show and that catchy intro tune, "Go Go Power Rangers."
But that wasn't the only notable thing keeping American families tuned in to their boob tubes that year. Do you remember these 90s TV shows?
1. Saved by the Bell: Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Mario Lopez, Elizabeth Berkley, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Lark Voorhies and Dustin Diamond got their start at Bayside High School as Kelly, Slater, Jesse, Zack, Lisa and Screech, and later went on to varying levels of success. The final episode aired in May 1993, and was followed later that year by the spinoff, "Saved by the Bell: The College Years," which went off the air in 1994.
2. Animaniacs: The Warner siblings Yakko, Wakko and Dot grabbed the attention of the after-school set with sketch comedy segments peppered with some educational components for good measure. Bonus: Pinky and The Brain, two characters from the "Animaniacs" series, were used in an eponymous spinoff starring the lab rat odd couple.
3. Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Like "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers," this was another show featuring a team of teens hell bent on saving the planet -- from pollution and a band of eco-villians. Each Planeteer wore a ring which could summon Captain Planet. You know you wanted a Captain Planet ring. Don't lie. And if watching this show didn't make you recycle, nothing would.
4. Beavis and Butt-Head: The brainchild of Mike Judge that would prompt teens across America to cry out phrases like, "I am the great cornholio!" debuted in 1993 on MTV to mixed reviews; social conservatives clutched their pearls, Gen-Xers rejoiced. And Judge went on to a successful career of parodying youth culture and, later with the animated series "King of the Hill," Texan culture.
5. The X-Files: The sci-fi drama that developed a cult-like following, spun off a series of feature films and made David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson American heartthrobs, debuted in September 1993, and reassured us all (or probed us to into paranoia) with the tagline, "The truth is out there."
6. Bill Nye the Science Guy: The buttoned-up version of another successful educational science program for kids, "Beakman's World," had some staying power -- it aired until June 1998. The Disney program won 19 Daytime Emmy Awards and put the show's creator, Nye, on the map as a science educator with an accessible, comedic style. He also has become an outspoken critic of creationism, saying that it threatens science and innovation.
7. Boy Meets World: Tweens and adults alike were transfixed by Cory's life trajectory from junior high through adulthood and with his teen-age love affair with Topanga, his girlfriend (and, later, wife) in this series, which was part of the ABC's popular TGIF programming lineup. At its peak "Boy Meets World" drew 11.6 million viewers.
8. Tiny Toon Adventures: This after-school animated series, presented by Steven Spielberg, recalled the "Merrie Melodies" cartoons of yore with an orchestral score and pint-size versions of Warner Bros. popular characters. Buster and Babs, a blue and pink rabbit, respectively, were the main characters, and attended Acme Looniversity with Plucky Duck, Hamton J. Pig, Dizzy Devil, Fifi La Fume and others.
9. All That: Remember when Amanda Bynes wasn't all "5150" and throwing bongs out of her Manhattan high-rise? She was arguably in her prime on this Nickelodeon series that aired from April 1994-October 2005. Bynes later went on to star in the show's spinoff, "The Amanda Show," and to -- well, you know. That wig and that Twitter account. Notables from "All That" include Nick Cannon, host of "America's Got Talent," and Kenan Thompson of "Saturday Night Live."
10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: In the newsroom, we have to give props to a show in which the femme fatale was a plucky reporter in a yellow jumpsuit. April O'Neil, this one's for you.
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