Almost 25 years after its debut, Rugrats is still an important show in the Nickelodeon canon. (In case you needed to be reminded of that fact, here are Rugrats episodes to re-watch ASAP.) The show ultimately produced 172 episodes over 9 seasons, showing us way more insight into the world of babies than we ever knew to be possible — and it was magnificent.
Rugrats gave us fearless leader Tommy Pickles, super-rational Chuckie Finster, partners in crime Phil and Lil DeVille, and the self-centered Angelica Pickles. (Shoutouts to supporting characters Spike, Reptar, and Cynthia.) Even though the babies' collective ages add up to less than 10, the Rugrats resonated with children of the '90s.
However, re-watching the Rugrats as an adult is an entirely different story. Not only can we now relate to the adult characters, but we also pick up on the show's more mature humor. But does it hold up? Absolutely. In fact, that's one of the signs that the show is so great — it withstands with test of time and a change in demographic.
In honor of the Splat, Nickelodeon's '90s revival channel coming in October, here are 17 things you notice when you watch Rugrats as an adult.
1. The Genius Of Angelica's Vanishing Cream
Drew telling Angelica that her mother thinks vanishing cream really works is so spot-on.
2. Reptar Was Actually Godzilla
Except cooler because he was bright green.
3. Toys Are Terrifying
Think about all the times the babies had to defeat corrupt toys. I'm looking at you, Mr. Friend.
4. Charlotte Pickles Single-Handedly Predicted Our Addiction To Technology
Imagine if iPhones existed in 1992.
5. Alex Trebek Had A Cameo
It totally went over our heads.
6. So Did Pat Sajak
Showing up to give the Finsters $10 million.
7. That Kevorkian Reference
Grandpa Boris made a comment that totally went unnoticed by the young audience.
8. The Grown-Ups Really Didn't Pay Attention
Seriously, did no one know the mischief they got into?
9. Babies Apparently Are Responsible For More Than We Acknowledge
So many episodes end in the Rugrats sneakily saving the day.
10. Tommy Pickles Has A Lot Of Screwdrivers
Where does an infant get this many screwdrivers?
11. Infants Shouldn't Be Able To Form Human Pyramids
Or formulate plans to break out of a maximum security daycare.
12. Reptar Bars Sound Kind Of Gross
Even though they seemed so cool at the time.
13. Stranger Danger Was Very Real
Did you ever notice how many creepy adults there were on this show?
14. There Are A Ton Of Pop Culture References
Like "Chuckie's Wonderful Life," a nod to It's a Wonderful Life.
15. The Early Episodes Were Kinda Creepy
Example: When Tommy got sick and started hallucinating.
16. Grandpa Had Some Questionable Tastes
Like when he rented Lonely Space Vixens.
17. We Can Still Relate To The Babies
Because they were the heart and soul of the show.
Here's to honoring one of the most iconic cartoons of the '90s.
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