Tastes Like Childhood

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1. Clarissa Explains It All (1991–1994)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

As events unfold in her life, Clarissa explains to the viewer the motivations behind people's actions.

Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Jason Zimbler, Elizabeth Hess, Joe O'Connor

Votes: 7,347

2. Seven Minutes in Heaven (1985)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

When her father goes out of town, beautiful A-student Natalie lets best friends Jeff and Polly move in. Separately and together, the trio of young teens learn much about life, love, and growing up.

Director: Linda Feferman | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Byron Thames, Maddie Corman, Alan Boyce

Votes: 1,262 | Gross: $0.03M

3. The Parent Trap (1961)

Passed | 129 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

73 Metascore

Teenage twin sisters swap places and scheme to reunite their divorced parents.

Director: David Swift | Stars: Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Charles Ruggles

Votes: 17,151

4. Degrassi High (1987–1991)

30 min | Drama, Family, Romance

The lives and trials of students of a city high school.

Stars: Pat Mastroianni, Stefan Brogren, Maureen Deiseach, Angela Deiseach

Votes: 2,473

5. You Can't Do That on Television (1979–1990)

TV-PG | 30 min | Family, Comedy

Sketch TV by young amateur actors in true classic Nick-style. But whatever you do, never admit that you don't know or ask for water.

Stars: Les Lye, Abby Hagyard, Christine McGlade, Lisa Ruddy

Votes: 1,692

6. The Secret of NIMH (1982)

G | 82 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

76 Metascore

To save her ill son, a field mouse must seek the aid of a colony of rats, with whom she has a deeper link than she ever suspected.

Director: Don Bluth | Stars: Elizabeth Hartman, Derek Jacobi, Dom DeLuise, Arthur Malet

Votes: 33,457 | Gross: $10.14M

7. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

46 Metascore

A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Gerald McRaney

Votes: 120,866 | Gross: $20.16M

8. Punky Brewster (1984–1988)

TV-G | 30 min | Family, Comedy

Punky Brewster is a show about a girl named Penelope "Punky" Brewster. She is abandoned with her dog, Brandon, in a supermarket by her mother. She doesn't want to stay in an orphanage, and ... See full summary »

Stars: Soleil Moon Frye, George Gaynes, Cherie Johnson, Sandy

Votes: 4,213

9. Fifteen (1990– )

25 min | Drama

Hillside follows the students of fictional Hillside School and dealt with a variety of issues including dating, divorce, alcohol abuse, and friendship. The show played heavily into ... See full summary »

Stars: Laura Harris, Chris William Martin, Todd Talbot, Andrew Baskin

Votes: 326

10. Kids Incorporated (1984–1993)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

A group of kids sing songs at a club for kids. They solve problems in-between performances.

Stars: Fergie, Moosie Drier, Rahsaan Patterson, Renee Sandstrom

Votes: 671

11. The Electric Company (1971–1977)

TV-G | 28 min | Family, Comedy

A comedy variety show that teaches basic phonetic and grammar concepts using live-action sketches, cartoons, songs, and Spider-Man episodes.

Stars: Jim Boyd, Morgan Freeman, Judy Graubart, Skip Hinnant

Votes: 1,616

12. Muppet Babies (1984–1991)

TV-Y | 25 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The Muppets, as babies, have adventures with their imaginations inside their nursery.

Stars: Greg Berg, Katie Leigh, Laurie O'Brien, Russi Taylor

Votes: 3,935

13. The Smurfs (1981–1990)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The Smurfs are little blue creatures that live in mushroom houses in a forest inhabited mainly by their own kind. The smurfs average daily routine is attempting to avoid Gargomel, an evil man who wants to kill our little blue friends.

Stars: Don Messick, Danny Goldman, Lucille Bliss, Frank Welker

Votes: 13,920

14. What's Happening!! (1976–1979)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

A trio of black youths learn about life, love, friendship, credit cards, gambling, and a variety of other things while growing up in an inner city.

Stars: Ernest Thomas, Haywood Nelson, Danielle Spencer, Fred Berry

Votes: 2,655

15. The Cosby Show (1984–1992)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

The goings-on in the life of a successful African-American family.

Stars: Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Votes: 29,293

16. Reading Rainbow (1983– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

Levar Burton introduces young viewers to illustrated readings of children's literature and explores their related subjects.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Jennifer Betit Yen, Arnold Stang, Fred Newman

Votes: 3,283

17. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

Fred Rogers explores various topics for young viewers through presentations and music, both in his world and in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Stars: Fred Rogers, Betty Aberlin, David Newell, Joe Negri

Votes: 5,746

18. PicturePages (1984– )

Family

PicturePages was a short (10-15 minutes, I think) program in which Bill Cosby helped kids with activities in an activity book. You could buy the activity book and play along.

Star: Bill Cosby

Votes: 81

19. Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972–1985)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The educational adventures of a group of Afro-American inner city kids.

Stars: Bill Cosby, Gerald Edwards, Erika Scheimer, Lou Scheimer

Votes: 1,823

20. The Jetsons (1962–1963)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a futuristic family.

Stars: George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc, Penny Singleton

Votes: 16,670

21. Labyrinth (1986)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

50 Metascore

A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson

Votes: 114,057 | Gross: $12.73M

22. The 'Burbs (1989)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

45 Metascore

An overstressed suburbanite and his fellow neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous Satanic cult.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman

Votes: 62,633 | Gross: $36.60M

23. A Christmas Story (1983)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

77 Metascore

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

Votes: 122,364 | Gross: $20.61M

24. Irreconcilable Differences (1984)

PG | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Alternating between the past and the present, a precocious little girl sues her selfish, career-driven parents for emancipation, surprising them both.

Director: Charles Shyer | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Shelley Long, Drew Barrymore, Sam Wanamaker

Votes: 2,720 | Gross: $12.41M

25. Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

47 Metascore

When eccentric man-child Pee-wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger

Votes: 46,828 | Gross: $40.90M

26. The Worst Witch (1986 TV Movie)

G | 70 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Mildred is one of the young girls at a prestigious witch academy. She can't seem to do anything right and is picked on by classmates and teachers. The headmistress of the school, Miss ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Young | Stars: Diana Rigg, Charlotte Rae, Tim Curry, Fairuza Balk

Votes: 2,311

27. Teen Witch (1989)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

46 Metascore

High school misfit Louise, at a loss for romance, discovers magical abilities, but the teenage witch finds that she cannot conjure herself true love, so what?

Director: Dorian Walker | Stars: Robyn Lively, Dan Gauthier, Joshua John Miller, Caren Kaye

Votes: 7,641 | Gross: $0.03M

28. Troop Beverly Hills (1989)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy

32 Metascore

A soon to be divorced Beverly Hills socialite is determined to prove to her husband and herself that she can finish what she starts out to do, by becoming a den mother to a troop of Beverly Hills Girl Scouts.

Director: Jeff Kanew | Stars: Shelley Long, Craig T. Nelson, Betty Thomas, Mary Gross

Votes: 8,794 | Gross: $8.51M

29. Double Dare (1986–1988)

TV-Y | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

One in a long-running series of game shows, where two-member teams of children compete to answer questions and complete stunts.

Stars: Marc Summers, David Faustino, Staci Keanan, John Harvey

Votes: 1,393

30. The Princess Bride (1987)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

77 Metascore

While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon

Votes: 363,142 | Gross: $30.86M

31. A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A charming womanizer has to find a way to get $80 to elope to Hawaii with his one true love, or else go to his father's chosen business school.

Director: William Richert | Stars: River Phoenix, Ann Magnuson, Meredith Salenger, Ione Skye

Votes: 2,407 | Gross: $6.26M

32. The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)

R | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

24 Metascore

A vulgar private detective is hired to find a missing groupie and is drawn into a mystery involving a series of murders tied to the music industry.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Andrew Dice Clay, Lauren Holly, Wayne Newton, Priscilla Presley

Votes: 16,314 | Gross: $21.41M

33. Clue (1985)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

36 Metascore

Six guests are anonymously invited to a strange mansion for dinner, but after their host is killed, they must cooperate with the staff to identify the murderer as the bodies pile up.

Director: Jonathan Lynn | Stars: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 70,588 | Gross: $14.64M

34. Batman (1989)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure

69 Metascore

The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl

Votes: 315,718 | Gross: $251.19M

35. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

67 Metascore

A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear

Votes: 163,374 | Gross: $4.00M

36. Gimme a Break! (1981–1987)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

Carl Kanisky is chief of police in Glenlawn, California. After the death of his wife, Margaret, he asks her friend, Nell Harper, to come in to keep house and take care of his children, ... See full summary »

Stars: Nell Carter, Lara Jill Miller, Kari Michaelsen, Lauri Hendler

Votes: 2,254

37. Swans Crossing (1992– )

30 min | Drama

Swans Crossing was a short-lived half-hour serial following the lives, loves, and intrigues of twelve wealthy teenagers who stir up scandal and excitement in their small town. Among them ... See full summary »

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Brittany Daniel, Eddie Robinson, Stacey Moseley

Votes: 265

38. Bugsy Malone (1976)

G | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

71 Metascore

The classic gangster story of Bugsy Malone told with an all-child cast.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, Florence Garland, John Cassisi

Votes: 14,736 | Gross: $2.78M

39. The Golden Child (1986)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

37 Metascore

A private detective specializing in missing children is charged with the task of finding a special child who dark forces want to eliminate.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Eddie Murphy, J.L. Reate, Charles Dance, Charlotte Lewis

Votes: 47,520 | Gross: $79.82M

40. Really Rosie (1975 TV Short)

27 min | Animation, Short, Family

Rosie entertains the neighborhood kids, by telling an exaggerated movie version of her life.

Director: Maurice Sendak | Stars: Carole King, Dale Soules, Alice Playten, Baillie Gerstein

Votes: 130

41. Desert Bloom (1986)

PG | 105 min | Drama, Family, Romance

The story involves Rose Chismore's youth. She flashes back and remembers her coming-of-age. Her recollections are sometimes less than sweet, particularly those of her troubled and alcoholic... See full summary »

Director: Eugene Corr | Stars: Jon Voight, JoBeth Williams, Annabeth Gish, Ellen Barkin

Votes: 884 | Gross: $0.42M

42. The Man with Two Brains (1983)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

A brain surgeon marries a femme fatale, causing his life to turn upside down. Things go more awry when he falls in love with a talking brain.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, David Warner, Paul Benedict

Votes: 22,637 | Gross: $10.10M

43. Airplane! (1980)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

78 Metascore

A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker | Stars: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Votes: 192,626 | Gross: $83.40M

44. Wonder Woman (1975–1979)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The adventures of the greatest of the female superheroes.

Stars: Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil, Richard Eastham

Votes: 6,024

45. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 157,083

46. Rainbow Brite (1984–1986)

TV-G | 24 min | Animation, Family

The adventures of the color protector and her friends (sidekick Twink, the color kids, her horse Starlite, and her human friend Brian).

Stars: Bettina Bush, Peter Cullen, Pat Fraley, Robbie Lee

Votes: 1,029

47. Life Goes On (1989–1993)

60 min | Drama

A modern All-American family deals with the struggles of life and love in mid-western suburbia.

Stars: Kellie Martin, Chris Burke, Patti LuPone, Bill Smitrovich

Votes: 1,957

48. Charles in Charge (1984–1990)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Charles, a college student, is a live-in housekeeper in the Powell household. Charles, along with his friend Buddy, attempts to juggle his studies, friendships, and duties to the family.

Stars: Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Nicole Eggert, Josie Davis

Votes: 4,784