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20th June 1950: A family watching television at home. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)

Much to every student’s dismay, the end of summer is near! Before the new school year starts, prepare yourself by binging as much TV as you can. Yes, we know this isn’t every parent’s ideal scenario, but it needs to be done before you’re bombarded with essays.

In order to get in the back-to-school mindset, check out these ten throwbacks after school programs.

1. Bill Nye the Science Guy

Bill Nye: The Science Guy [Original Intro] ᴴᴰ

The intro from the 1990's childhood TV show, Bill Nye "The Science Guy".

Your parents can’t get mad at you for watching TV when you’re learning at the same time!


2. Zoom

Zoom - Full intro

The full intro of the 1999 version of Zoom!

If you’re a true 90’s kids, just reading the title of this show will make you want to sing the theme song.


3. Doug

"Doug" Theme Song (HQ) | Episode Opening Credits | Nickelodeon Animation

Watch the original theme song and opening credits of Doug, as part of Nickelodeon's 25 Years of Animation celebration! Doug was created by Jim Jinkins and premiered on August 11, 1991 as one of the original Nicktoons. It ran on Nickelodeon for 52 episodes before being acquired by Disney and spawning a feature film.

Nickelodeon was in its prime programming when this show was on the air. Who didn’t like to spend their after school moments with Patty Mayonnaise?


4. Recess

Disney's Recess (Opening Theme)

The opening theme from Disney's cartoon series Recess. The show was taped off of the Toon Disney channel, so expect all of the standard cable TV cuts, promos and logos. Enjoy.

A show about school, after school, and about the best period at school? Need we say more.


5. ABC After School Specials

ABC AfterSchool Specials Intro

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You have to admit, as cheesy as the show was, it was quite delightful to watch.


6. The Magic School Bus

The Magic School Bus Intro

Based on a book series originally written on the late 80s. "In a small grade school, one class has a unique way of learning about the world with their teacher, Ms. Frizzle.

Just like Bill Nye, you’re technically learning which watching this cartoon. Not to mention, Ms. Frizzle is the teacher we all dream of having at school.


7.  Full House

Full House Season Eight Extended Theme Song

Here's my own version of the intro using the full intro and alternate scenes.

This show was the ultimate family sitcom. Each episode had a lesson and Uncle Jesse wasn’t bad to look at!


8. Reading Rainbow

Reading Rainbow Intro 1990

Reading Rainbow Intro from 1990. Reading Rainbow was an American half-hour children's television series that aired on PBS Kids from June 6, 1983 to November 10, 2006, with a total of 155 half-hour episodes spanning over 21 seasons. The show encouraged children to read.

LeVar Burton is one of the best television hosts of all time! He make reading exciting and made the show extra fun.


9.  Growing Pains

Growing Pains Season 3 (Theme Song)

Season three theme song. Subscribe today for more clips, TV theme songs, and other treats from Warner Archive Collection! ------ 2,000+ Rare films, TV movies, and series on DVD and Blu-ray direct from Warner Bros. Studio.

For all those ‘80s kids out there, you may fondly remember the Seaver family. Double points if you recall a young Leonardo DiCaprio on the show!


10. Laverne & Shirley

Laverne & Shirley Opening Theme Song With Lyrics(Best Version On Youtube)

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Before Taylor Swift’s girl squad, these two ladies were friendship goals. We always wanted to be their third roommate!

Sarah is a Hufflepuff living in NYC. When she is not traveling or talking to random animals, she is working as a script writer. Tweet her at @lumpyspacederp