Nobody wants to admit it, but the TV shows you watch as a kid help shape your personality as an adult. Sure, there are lots of other factors, like your friends, family, and siblings, but for kids who were allowed television time -- or sneak-watched while at a friend's house -- TV shows were a vital part of shaping your worldview. From "The Powerpuff Girls" kicking butt in Townsville to the magic of the "Wizards of Waverly Place," kids shows that are no longer on the air were downright fascinating. Well, most of them.
That isn't to say kids' shows today aren't just as awesome as the classics. There's always "Adventure Time's" brilliance or the galactic plot lines of "Star Wars Rebels," but nothing compares to watching Miley Cyrus pretend to be two different people with only a wig to tell "them" apart. Of course, child stars grow up, usually ending the show ... even though viewers wish they could go on forever and ever, like "Degrassi" somehow manages to do. Here are some of the best kids' programs that, in all honestly, should really still be on the air and in their hundredth seasons.
'Hannah Montana' (2006 - 2011)
Roll your eyes all you want, but "Hannah Montana" was a great show during the time it was on air. Love or hate Miley Cyrus, but she was hilarious, adorable, and extremely talented while playing Miley Stewart and international pop star Hannah Montana at the same time. From shenanigans with her best friends, Lily and Oliver, played by Emily Osment and Mitchel Musso, to learning to battle the ups and downs of school and fame, the show managed to capture the essence of coming to terms with who you are as a kid / young adult-in-the-making, with great music to go along with it.
'Dexter's Laboratory' (1996 - 2003)
When you're a kid, cartoons generally make up 85 percent of the shows you watch. In fact, if you grew up watching kids' cartoons, you're more likely to want to watch the smart, laugh-out-loud ridiculousness that is "Bob's Burgers" or "Rick and Morty," which is why "Dexter's Laboratory" is on this list. From Dexter screaming "DEE-DEEEEE!" at his sister to his clueless parents to the amazing inventions he came up with, pretty much every single episode taught viewers that being smart and dreaming big was something everyone should aspire to.
The "Powerpuff Girls" can go in this category as well, however, they've just rebooted it on Cartoon Network so, what are you waiting for? Go watch it right now.
'Drake & Josh' (2004 - 2007)
This show was like an updated version of the "The Brady Bunch" but on a small scale, as in, there were only three kids. Played by Drake Bell and Josh Peck with the brilliant Miranda Cosgrove as their smart-aleck younger sister, the show had both mindless entertainment and thought-provoking story lines. Remember that time Josh accidentally ran over Oprah? Of course you do, it was one of the best "Drake & Josh" episodes. Not to mention the fact that this show let us watch Josh Peck go from hilarious overweight child actor to hunky, funny teen actor. Hubba, hubba.
'Lizzie McGuire' (2001 - 2004)
The list would not be complete without this Hilary Duff-starring masterpiece. From dealing with a mischievous little brother to learning how to buy a bra with your super-embarrassing mom, "Lizzie McGuire" was everything adolescent teen girls and boys needed in their life. Not to mention, the brilliance of the "Lizzie McGuire Movie." Can't everyone just pretend Hillary Duff hasn't aged at all and she's still in middle / high school in order to bring this show back?
'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' (1996 - 2003)
"Sabrina the Teenage Witch" was on television for a long time, and why did it even end? Melissa Joan Hart saw this show through high school and college, so why couldn't they have continued the program with her being a mom? Anyway, the TGIF show followed Sabrina's journey into the world of witches and warlocks, along with her aunts Hilda and Zelda -- played by Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick -- who gave generally smart but sometimes terrible advice. "Sabrina" was the perfect form of escapism for kids and teens alike. Who wouldn't want to pretend to deal with all their problems by being a teen witch? No one.