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Top 70 Best 90s Cartoons To Watch [Most Popular Cartoons]

AishwaryaAishwarya-Posted Nov 10, 2021


Cartoons from 90s

 

Every time anyone mentions cartoons, we are taken back to our childhood. Those carefree days when we spent every free minute watching cartoons on TV and discussing them or collecting cards of our favorite cartoon character or superhero.

 

Who doesn't remember their obsession over their favorite Disney Princess or favorite superhero? But I am a kid of the 1990s, and we had a different style of cartoons that we adored.

 

I am not just talking about those cute cartoons of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Tom & Jerry, etc.

 

Nor am I speaking about Disney princesses and fairy tales. I am not even discussing superhero cartoons like He-man, G. I. Joe series, Dungeon & Dragons, etc. I am talking specifically about animated shows from the 1990s.

 

These cartoon shows were relatable to everyday kids and teenagers. The cartoons from the 90s were less about fantasy worlds with damsels in distress, prince charmings, and unreal villains.

 

It is a genre of cartoons about daily events in the regular world. We saw school children and teenagers become activists to save the planet, or nerdy kids teaching us science in a fun way, or school children facing mundane school life and bullies, etc.

 

Although we continued to have superhero characters, science fiction warriors, time travel, and other imaginative stuff.

 

We also had a healthy dose of reality and real-world issues. In the cartoons, they fought crime, bullies, evil corporations, etc. that we also encounter in the real world.

 

You might say what is the point or what is the difference between then and now?

 

Well, they are cartoons and hence imaginative representation. Yet, when those cartoons spoke about problems that we face every day, they formed a strong connection and made them more believable.

 

It was not just kids who watched cartoons. Even young adults and teenagers started to watch cartoons too.

 

We had shows like The Simpsons, Beavis & Butthead, Daria, South Park, etc. catering more to the teenage audience than kids.

 

This time around, ENTOIN brings you a list of all the favorite and most loved cartoons from the 1990s.

 

This list will not just make you nostalgic and dodge your memory. It will also give you a list of cartoons to watch.

 

So, here is the list for you.

 

 

70. Tom & Jerry Kids (1990)

 

Tom & Jerry Kids (1990)

 

Tom & Jerry Kids is an American animated comedy series based on the characters of the Tom & Jerry show that was telecast in 1975.

 

The same production company, Hanna-Barbera Productions, and Turner Entertainment made this show with the original cast, but as toddlers.

 

The show was telecast on Fox Kids till 1993. The show has Tom, Jerry, Spike, Tyke, Droopy, and Dripple as the main cast.

 

Although only Tom and Jerry are toddlers. The rest of them, namely Spike and Tyke, Droopy and Dripple, are their actual age.

 

The storyline was the same as the original, Tom chasing Jerry and implicating him in some trouble or another.

 

The show received an average rating of 6.3 on IMDb. The show was quickly discontinued after 4 seasons in December 1993.

 

 

69. The Wild Thornberrys (1998)

 

The Wild Thornberrys (1998)

 

The Wild Thornberrys is an American animated show about a British family of wildlife documentary filmmakers.

 

The animated show was created for Nickelodeon and telecasted in 1998. The show is about the Thornberry family who travels the world making wildlife documentaries with their cameraperson, Marianne.

 

The family consists of Sir Nigel Thornberry, his wife, his daughters, Debbie and Eliza, and their adopted son, Donnie.

 

They also have a pet chimpanzee, Darwin. The interesting fact about The Wild Thornberrys is that Eliza can communicate with animals, and Donnie was raised by Orangutans in Sumatra jungles.

 

The series was very successful and ran for 5 seasons, till 2004. It was telecast originally on Nickelodeon.

 

Later, it moved to Nick on CBS and Nicktoonsters in the UK. It was also made into a feature film in 2002.

 

It also won multiple awards at different children’s film festivals.

 

 

68. Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990)

 

Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990)

 

Captain Planet and the Planeteers, also known as The New Adventures of Captain Planet, is an environmental animated show.

 

The show was created by Barbara Pyle and Ted Turner for Turner Program Services and DIC Enterprises.

 

The show raises awareness about the environmental damage done by various human activities, large corporations, and enterprises.

 

The premise is that Gaia, the Earth spirit, is burdened by years of pollution, erosion, damage, and abuse.

 

To save the planet, Gaia created 5 magical rings and gave them to teenagers around the earth.

 

These five rings for Earth, Fire, Wind, Water, and Heart come together to release Captain Planet.

 

The show was very popular and raised awareness on climate issues. At the end of the show, they gave one tip to reduce some form of pollution.

 

In 1991, the Captain Planet Foundation was created. Barbara Pyle gave a percentage of the profit from the show’s merchandise sale.

 

 

67. Bonkers (1993)

 

Bonkers (1993)

 

Bonkers is an American animated crime-comedy series that is a spin-off of a segment from Disney’s Raw Toonage.

 

It was first aired in 1993, and it was inspired by Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

 

The show ran on Disney Channel, in the afternoon slot, from February 93, up to February 94.

 

The show is about the escapades of Bonkers D. Bobcat. He is a retired film actor who joins the police force as a detective.

 

Similar to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, He is assigned a human partner who hates cartoons.

 

His goof-ups and antics make the show entertaining to watch. The show ran for 4 seasons from 1993 up till 1994 with 61 episodes and 4 half-hour specials.

 

The show is currently available on the Disney+ app since it was started in 2019.

 

 

66. Goof Troop (1992)

 

Goof Troop (1992)

 

Goof Troop is a Disney production that features Goofy, the character from the Mickey Mouse show.

 

Goofy, a single father, and his son, Max, move into Spoonerville. Pete and his family are his next-door neighbors.

 

The show is about the mischievous antics of Max and how Goofy and his childhood friend Pete manage the situation.

 

Goof Troop was released on the Disney channel in 1992 in the afternoon slot. It was telecast for two seasons with a total of 78 episodes.

 

The character arc of Goofy and his buddy Pete was set after this series. All their later appearances followed this representation.

 

The series was adapted into a video game by Super Nintendo Entertainment Systems. It was also made into a movie.

 

A Goofy Movie was released

 

 

65. Taz-Mania (1991)

 

Taz-Mania (1991)

 

Taz-Mania is a Warner Brothers Animation series that was released in 1991. It was telecast on Fox, and it was based on Taz, the Tasmanian Devil from Looney Tunes.

 

In Taz-Mania, we get a better look at Taz than that on Looney Tunes. On occasion, he also speaks, perfectly normal, to crack jokes and speaks of his native land of Tasmania.

 

In the show, Taz works as a bell boy in a hotel, Tasmania. He is accompanied by his loving and hard-working mother, suave father, brother, and sister.

 

Although we see a much more tamer version of Taz in this show, he is still the same dirty, food-crazy, feral animal.

 

He still hates water, but he is much more caring in the series. The show ran for four seasons with 65 episodes on the whole.

 

After the series, it spawned 5 different video games as well. Taz-Mania and Taz in Escape from Mars are two of the video games.

 

 

64. Sonic the Hedgehog (1993)

 

Sonic the Hedgehog (1993)

 

Sonic the Hedgehog is the second cartoon in the Sonic series created by DIC Productions.

 

It is based on the video game's character, and it was created in collaboration with Sega of America, Reteitalia S.p.A, in association with Telecinco. The story of this Sonic cartoon show is a little more grave than the previous version.

 

Sonic is a part of a group of freedom fighters. They are revolting against Doctor Robotnik, who is a despotic ruler of his home planet of Mobius.

 

You can distinguish this version of the Sonic cartoon series from the moniker Sonic SatAM, given by its fans.

 

The show was telecast on Saturday mornings. It built a cult following for itself despite a short run of just two seasons.

 

The show was aired on ABC network between September 1993 till December 1994. Although a season three was planned, ABC canceled the series.

 

Season two ended with a cliffhanger that added to the appeal of the show.

 

 

63. The Mask: Animated Series (1995)

 

The Mask: Animated Series (1995)

 

The Mask: Animated Series is based on a film with the same name. It was released in 1994.

 

The animated series was created based on the characters from the movie, and it ran for three seasons.

 

The series follows the escapades of Stanley Ipkiss and his alter-ego, The Mask in Edge City.

 

We can see most of the same settings like Coco Bongo, the nightclub, with all the old team like Milo, detectives Kellaway, Doyle, and Peggy, the tabloid reporter, etc.

 

The Mask continues with his buffoonery and keeps landing the detectives in trouble every once in a while.

 

The show was much loved on CBS and had three seasons with a total of 58 episodes.

 

The animated series was syndicated in many countries like the UK, Australia, across the USA, and more.

 

You can watch the episodes on YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime, etc.

 

 

62. Timon & Pumbaa (1995)

 

Timon & Pumbaa (1995)

 

Timon & Pumbaa is based on characters with the same name from The Lion King.

 

The series is an animated show about buddies and childhood friends. This Disney production was made in 1995 and had three seasons.

 

The show focuses on Timon, the meerkat, and Pumbaa, the warthog. The duo encounters a series of misadventures that take them from the jungles of Africa to Canada, Italy, the USA, Spain, and more.

 

You can also see some of the characters and events of The Lion King, that feature as part of the narrative.

 

Timon & Pumbaa ran for three seasons on CBS, Toon Disney and also featured in Disney Afternoon.

 

The series also won Daytime Emmy Awards in 1996 and 1997. It won the Outstanding Performer for Nathan Lane in 96, and in 97, it won for Best Sound Mixing and Outstanding Individual in Animation.

 

There is also a video game released on this show called Timon & Pumbaa’s Jungle Games.

 

 

61. The Addams Family (1992)

 

The Addams Family (1992)

 

The Addams Family animated series created in 1992 was also a Hanna-Barbera production. Yet, it is not as violent or macabre as the first series.

 

It brings back all the original characters of the cartoon series along with a few new characters.

 

The show follows the Addamses as they move to a new town. They settle in with new neighbors that are nosy and meddlesome.

 

The Normanmeyers are the new neighbors who want to drive away, the Addamses as soon as possible.

 

The Addams family has Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, and Grandma. Additionally, we have their Butler Lurch, pet, Thing, and Snappy, the crocodile.

 

Cousin Itt, Aunt Nogin also make a comeback. The show ran successfully for two seasons.

 

ABC telecast the show from September 1992 up to December 1993. There were also toys and merchandise based on this show from Playmate Toys.

 

 

60. Kipper (1997)

 

Kipper (1997)

 

Kipper is a British animated children’s television series. It is based on characters from the popular kids’ book Kipper the Dog by Mick Inkpen.

 

The show was telecast on ITV and won a BAFTA award for Best Children’s Animation show.

 

Kipper is about a kind-hearted and adventurous beagle. He is accompanied by his close friends, Tiger, a west highland white terrier, Pig, his cousin Arnold, and Jake, an old English dog.

 

They are also accompanied by Mouse, the Bleeper people, and Frog. The show is well known for its soothing soft voice, perfect English, and simple themes with lessons on doing the right thing, friendship, bravery, adventure, and more.

 

ITV ran the show for six seasons from 1997 till 2000, with each season having 13 episodes.

 

The show was appreciated as the top television show for two to three-year-olds. The show builds their social and emotional intelligence.

 

 

59. The Angry Beavers (1997)

 

The Angry Beavers (1997)

 

The Angry Beavers is an American cartoon show. The show was made by Mitch Schauer for Nickelodeon.

 

It was later syndicated in Nickelodeon Canada and released on DVD by Shout! Factory. The show is about two beaver siblings who move out of their parent’s house to live on their own.

 

The two brothers Daggett Beaver and Norbert Beaver, live in an imaginary forest near the town of Wayouttatown in Oregon.

 

The beaver brothers are accompanied by a varied group of animals like a Bing the lizard, Barry Bear, Treeflower another beaver, Big Rabbit, Stump, giant sequoia stump, and more.

 

The show was successful for four seasons. It was telecast across the world, in Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America on different Nick channels and its local partners like TV NZ, ABC, Spacetoons English, Nicktoons, and more.

 

 

58. 2 Stupid Dogs (1993)

 

Stupid Dogs (1993)

 

2 Stupid Dogs is another of Hanna-Barbera's productions. It was telecast on TBS from 1993 up to 1995.

 

The show was often described as being similar to the Ren & Stimpy show on Nickelodeon.

 

Yet, the team did not mind it and said the comparison was like comparing the bank Pearl Jam with Nirvana. 2 Stupid Dogs is about two dogs that are simple-minded and naive.

 

They are simply called Big Dog and Little Dog. While the little dog is talkative, naive, and keeps getting into trouble, the Big dog talks less and mostly speak about food.

 

The show ran for only two seasons on TBS from September 1993 up to February 1995.

 

It has a total of 26 episodes. The show was always described as a clone of the Ren & Stimpy show and did not have a large following.

 

 

57. Johnny Bravo (1995)

 

Johnny Bravo (1995)

 

Johnny Bravo is a Cartoon Network animation that was created by Van Partible. The show is an adult comedy that was meant for teenagers and young adults.

 

The show was produced by Hanna-Barbera based on a thesis project that Partible presented at the Loyola Marymount University.

 

The character of Johnny Bravo is styled along the lines of Elvis Presley. He is a self-absorbed, dimwitted, muscular young man who always wears sunglasses and tries to date women unsuccessfully.

 

He lives with his mother and has a voice like Elvis Presley, and has an Italian heritage.

 

He always lands in trouble for his aggressive flirting and womanizing. His neighbor, little Suzy, is constantly trying to get him out of a fix.

 

The first season was directed by Van Partible, and it was dropped after one season.

 

Later Warner Bros. took over the show and handed the direction to Kirk Tingblad for the next two seasons.

 

However, for the fourth and final season, Partible came back and brought back the humor style of the first season.

 

The show had an overall rating of 7.2 on IMDb.

 

 

56. Bobby's World (1990)

 

Bobby's World (1990)

 

Bobby’s World is a cartoon series created by the Canadian comedian Howie Mendel. The show is a children’s animated series that aired on Fox Kids from 1990 to 1998.

 

The show occasionally had a live-action segment, before or after the show, where Mendel spoke about the story of that episode and his similar childhood experiences.

 

The show presented the unique perspective of Bobby Generic on the events that occurred around him.

 

Bobby Generic was a kid with an overactive imagination. He lived with his parents, Howard and Martha Generic, and his siblings, Kelly, Derek, Jake, and Alex.

 

They were also accompanied by other characters like Ruth and Ted Sven, his aunt and uncle.

 

Roger the Generic's dog and Weebly his stuffed spider. There were seven seasons to Bobby's World.

 

It has an IMDb rating of 7.3. It was telecast on Fox Kids, but you can also find it on Netflix.

 

There is a video game based on Bobby’s World too.

 

 

55. Little Bear (1995)

 

Little Bear (1995)

 

Little Bear is a Canadian animated children’s series. It is based on the famous children’s book series with the same name.

 

You can watch the animation of the stories written by Else Holmelund-Minarik as illustrated by Maurice Sendak.

 

The show follows the adventures of Little Bear with his friends, Emily, Duck, Hen, Owl, and Cat.

 

You can also watch Mother Bear, who is a homemaker. The stories are all set in the wilderness of 19th century USA.

 

The series was telecast on CBC and Treehouse TV in Canada. In the USA, the series was shown on Nickelodeon and AMC.

 

It had five seasons and a total of 65 episodes overall. The shows are still available on Nickelodeon’s Noggin app and Paramount+.

 

IMDb rated the series 7.3. The story was used as the basis to create an edutainment video game by The Learning Company.

 

It is called Rainy Day Activities and Preschool Thinking Adventure.

 

 

54. Arthur (1996)

 

Arthur (1996)

 

Arthur is an anthropomorphic aardvark who lives in the US city of Elwood with his friends and family.

 

The show is an educational animation for kids between the ages of four years up to eight years.

 

It was created for PBS and is one of the longest-running animated shows along with The Simpsons.

 

Arthur the aardvark does his daily activities and interacts with friends and family. Through this, they highlight the importance of relationships and family bonds.

 

It also creates awareness about common ailments like Asthma, Diabetes, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dyslexia, and more.

 

The show ran for 25 seasons on PBS and created over 250 episodes. There is also a spin-off series of Arthur called Postcards from Buster.

 

The character Arthur is based on the book series, Arthur Adventure, written by Marc Brown.

 

The show won the George Foster Peabody Award, four Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children's Animated Program during its run.

 

It also received critical praise for its educational content and subject.

 

 

53. Beetlejuice (1989)

 

Beetlejuice (1989)

 

Beetlejuice is loosely based on the 1988 American horror film with the same name. The series was produced and directed by Tim Burton, and it brings back the main characters of that movie.

 

In the series, we follow the Goth girl Lydia Deetz and her ghostly friend Beetlejuice as they embark on various supernatural adventures after another.

 

The show is a horror animation that involves zombies, ghouls, ghosts, and other whacky monsters.

 

They constantly prank and con the residents of the Neitherworld. Some of their pranks spread through to the mortal world.

 

Lydia’s parents fall victim to them multiple times. Beetlejuice has four seasons, three of which were telecast on ABC network, and the last season was telecast on Fox Kids.

 

The first season has 13 episodes, and the next two seasons have eight episodes each.

 

But the fourth season had 65 episodes in it. The show won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in 1990.

 

 

52. Garfield and Friends (1988)

 

Garfield and Friends (1988)

 

Garfield and Friends are based on the famous comic strip created by Jim Davis, with the same name.

 

The show was telecast on Sunday mornings on the CBS channel. Although the show started in ‘88, it ran for the most part in the 90s.

 

The series brings most of the characters from the comic strip, like Garfield, Odie, Nermal, Mouse and the humans, John Arbuckle, Dr. Liz Wilson (John’s girlfriend), and Herman Post (the mailman).

 

The storyline is similar to the comic strip with Garfield tormenting Odie, Nermal annoying Garfield, John embarrassing himself, Liz being her sarcastic self, and more.

 

The show had seven seasons that were telecast on CBS from 1988 up to 1994.

 

It also included a segment on U. S. Acres, another of Jim Davis’ comic strips.

 

 

51. The Powerpuff Girls (1998)

 

The Powerpuff Girls (1998)

 

The Powerpuff Girls was created by Craig McCracken when he was studying at CalArts. It was turned into an animated series for Cartoon Network by Hanna-Barbera productions in 1998.

 

The pilot episode was made in 1995-96, and it went on to become a successful series, comic strip, video game, and eventually a feature-length movie.

 

The series follows three kindergarten girls, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, who have superpowers. They were created in a lab by their father, Professor Utonium.

 

They are often called upon by the city mayor to fight evil supervillains. The Powerpuff Girls won multiple Emmy awards, Annie Awards, Kids Choice Awards, and more during their run.

 

The show was telecast on Cartoon Network for six seasons, with 78 episodes and 3 specials.

 

 

50. Aladdin (1994)

 

Aladdin (1994)

 

Aladdin is a Disney Channel production that is based on the cartoon film Aladdin, from 1992.

 

Most of the voice cast from the film worked in the TV series, with the exception of Genie and the Sultan.

 

Robin Williams had voiced the Genie in the picture, it was now taken over by Dan Castellaneta, and the Sultan was replaced by Val Bettin.

 

The series follows the escapades of Ali, the street thief, Abu, his monkey friend and accomplice, Genie, Carpet, the magic carpet, Jasmine, the princess of Agrabah, Iago, Sultan, and many more.

 

We can see many new characters like Abis Mal, Sadira, Amin Damoola, Mozenrath, and many more.

 

The series was very successful. It won multiple Daytime Emmy Awards. It was telecast on Disney Channel and CBS and had three seasons with 86 episodes in total.

 

 

49. Ed, Edd n Eddy (1999)

 

Ed, Edd n Eddy (1999)

 

Ed, Edd, n Eddy is an animated children’s show for Cartoon Network. The characters were built by Danny Antonucci as part of a dare to create children’s cartoons.

 

He made these characters based on the style of animation from the 1940s and early 50s.

 

The show depicts three preteen boys, Ed, Edd, and Eddy, who live in the same neighborhood in Peach Creek.

 

They are always up to some scam or the other to make a fast buck and buy Jawbreakers.

 

Most of their scams fail, and they land up in the most embarrassing predicaments ever.

 

The show was a major success on Cartoon Network. It received multiple awards like the Reuben Award, two Leo Awards, and the SOCAN Award.

 

It was also nominated for an Annie Award, two Kids' Choice Awards, and a few more Leo Awards.

 

There were 6 seasons to Ed, Edd, n Eddy, which were telecast on Cartoon Network from January 1999 till November 2009.

 

It was rated 7.4 on IMDb, and it was broadcast in 120 countries and had a big following.

 

 

48. Doug (1991)

 

Doug (1991)

 

Doug is an animated show about an eleven-year-old boy called Douglas “Doug” Funnie. He keeps a journal of daily events, and the series is based on these journal entries.

 

Although Doug wants to be a nondescript boy, he always manages to stand out because of his sense of righteousness.

 

The series was initially telecast on Nickelodeon for the first four seasons. Later, it moved to the ABC network.

 

It has seven seasons with a total of 117 episodes. Doug was nominated for several domestic and international awards and won them too.

 

A few of his awards are Parent’s Choice Awards, Daytime Emmy Awards, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, and more.

 

IMDb gave the show a rating of 7.4. You can catch the show on iTunes Store, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Playstation Store, and Disney+.

 

 

47. Pingu (1990)

 

Pingu (1990)

 

Pingu is a Swiss-British stop-motion clay animated series. This children’s entertainment series was created by Otmar Gutmann.

 

It was telecast initially on Swiss television from 1990 to 2000. Later, it moved to British television by HIT Entertainment and Hot Animation.

 

The show follows the lives of a family of penguins made up of mother and father penguins, Pingu, and his sister Pinga.

 

We also see Pingu's best friend, Robby the seal, and his girlfriend, Pingi. A whole bunch is a naughty group of penguins who live in Antarctica in their igloos.

 

The unique aspect of the show is that there are no dialogues. Entire conversions are in complete gibberish, with intermittent honking sounds.

 

This show received a rating of 7.4on IMDb, and Common sense media gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

Critics describe this claymation show as endearing, funny, and entertaining for all age groups.

 

 

46. Rugrats (1991)

 

Rugrats (1991)

 

Rugrats is an animated children’s television series that focuses on the daily life of a group of toddlers.

 

The show was created by Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo, and Paul Germaine for Nickelodeon. It was a highly successful series that led to multiple feature films, specials, comic strips, and video games.

 

The story revolves around a bunch of toddlers, mainly consisting of Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, and twins Phill and Lil.

 

They go about their daily life, and these everyday events with a dash of imagination lead to very entertaining episodes.

 

Rugrats originally had three seasons from 1991 up to 93. After 65 episodes, the show creators gave it a break with two special episodes for Jewish holidays.

 

Despite the break, the show’s popularity kept increasing. This prompted the makers to come back with more seasons.

 

The show has nine seasons in total, with 172 episodes. During its run, they gathered over 20 awards, six Kids Choice Awards, four Daytime Emmy Awards, a star on Hollywood The Walk Of Fame, etc.

 

 

45. Freakazoid! (1995)

 

Freakazoid! (1995)

 

Freakazoid! is a superhero animated series about a teen superhero. The show was created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini under Steven Spielberg's production.

 

The series aired on Kids’ WB for two seasons. The series follows Dexter Douglas, a teenage superhero who uses his superpowers to save the city.

 

Douglas was a teenager but got his superpowers because of a bug in the computer processor.

 

He builds a lair and research lab like Batman in an obvious parody of the comic book.

 

Freakazoid! was produced by Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. The series has two seasons, and it was telecast on Kids’ WB.

 

The show was a flat-out comedy filled with popular culture references that the audience loved.

 

The show had a rating of 7.5 on IMDb.

 

 

44. The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991)

 

The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991)

 

The Ren & Stimpy Show is one of the earliest Nicktoon series. The show was created by John Kricfalusi for Nickelodeon.

 

The show was a highly successful series from Nicktoon along with Rugrats and Doug. The Ren & Stimpy Show features Ren, a chihuahua, a short-tempered psychotic dog, and Stimpy, a dim-witted, lovable cat.

 

They portray different roles of nature documentary presenters, cowboys in the Old West, space explorers, and more.

 

Their role changes every episode, but their nature, attitude, and personality remain constant. The show had a total of five seasons.

 

It was telecast on Nickelodeon and later on MTV as well. It was highly successful.

 

It was rated 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and had a rating of 7.5 on IMDb.

 

The show also had video games based on its characters.

 

 

43. Beavis and Butt-Head (1993)

 

Beavis and Butt-Head (1993)

 

Beavis and Butt-head is an adult comedy animated series created by Mike Judge. The show was telecast on MTV for seven seasons, later it was revived for another season, and it is telecast on Comedy Central.

 

The show is about two teenage characters by the name Beavis and Butt-head. They are both unintelligent slackers who can only be described as couch potatoes.

 

They are jobless and severely lack social skills. They are both high school students who spend all day eating junk food and have no moral scruples or empathy.

 

They make a typical chortling and cackling sound when any reference is made, alluding to sex or poop jokes.

 

The jokes in Beavis and Butt-head were crass and lewd, although they were also described as a social criticism with intelligent comedy as a tool.

 

The show was met with both positive and negative reviews, although IMDb gave it a 7.5 rating.

 

 

42. Pokémon (1997)

 

Pokémon (1997)

 

Pokémon is a Japanese anime television series. In English, it is referenced as Pokémon the series.

 

It is based on a Japanese video game with the same name. The title of Pokémon is a shortened name of Pocket Monsters, as shown in the series.

 

The series follows the journey of Ash Ketchum, who starts as a Pokémon trainer along with his partner, Pickachu.

 

The show has a rotating cast that keeps changing with each season. The show is still on air on Netflix, and the current companion of Ash is Goh.

 

The series starts with Ash as a young Pokémon trainer who is traveling across the Pokémon world.

 

And as he travels and becomes stronger he keeps collecting more Pokémons and becomes a Pokémon master.

 

The show is very popular among kids worldwide although, it has been described as formulaic, boring, and predictable like video games.

 

The silly slapstick comedy soon became tedious. The series was also fraught with multiple controversies in several episodes being banned.

 

 

41. The Jungle Book (1989)

 

The Jungle Book (1989)

 

The Jungle Book is a Japanese anime children's series. It was based on the children’s book, by Rudyard Kipling, with the same name.

 

The series was produced by an Italian- Japanese collaboration, and it was hugely popular in India.

 

The story of the series stayed faithful to the children’s novel by Kipling. It was set in the jungles near Seoni in India.

 

Mowgli was a human child who grew up among the wild animals of the jungle.

 

Baloo, the bear, Bagheera, the black panther, and Kaa, the python, are the main cast.

 

They get support from the Seoni wolf pack, which is Mowgli’s adopted family. The series ran for two seasons, and it was very popular in India with the theme song, “Jungle Jungle Baat Chali Hai”, written by Gulzar.

 

It was telecast on DD Metro, the national channel in India. IMDb rated the series 7.5.

 

 

40. Tiny Toon Adventures (1990)

 

Tiny Toon Adventures (1990)

 

Tiny Toon Adventures is the first collaboration between Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation.

 

It is an animated children’s series that was created by Tom Ruegger. Tiny Toon Adventures was a show about cartoon characters who attend the Acme Looniversity and aspire to become Looney Toons.

 

The main cast of Looney Toons like Bugs, Daffy, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, etc stay as adults.

 

They teach young toons with the usual style of cartoon violence and slapstick comedy. The tiny toons include Babs Bunny and Buster Bunny, Plucky Duck, Hamton Pig, Shirley the loon, Dizzy Devil, Fifi Le Fume, Sweetie Pie the canary, Little Beeper the cat, and more.

 

They represent the child version of all the famous Looney Toon characters. The show ran for three seasons, and it was syndicated during the first two seasons.

 

Later it was telecast on Fox Kids. You can also watch it on Kids’ WB and more.

 

 

39. Darkwing Duck (1991)

 

Darkwing Duck (1991)

 

Darkwing Duck is a production of Disney Television Animation. It was syndicated to Disney Afternoon during the first season.

 

However, the second and third seasons were telecast on the ABC network. The show was thought to be a spin-off of Duck Tales as the characters had a few crossover episodes and similar characters.

 

Darkwing Duck is about a crime-fighting superhero by the name of Darkwing Duck and his pilot Launchpad McQuack.

 

Drake Mallard is the alter ego of Darkwing duck, who lives a suburban life with his adopted daughter Gosalyn.

 

The characters in the series include Gizmoduck and their neighbors, the Muddlefoots. The characterization of Darkwing Duck is reminiscent of the popular superheroes of that era like The Shadow, Flash, Green Hornet, The Sandman, Batman, etc.

 

The series was very popular, and it was nominated multiple times for a Daytime Emmy award and an Annie award.

 

The show has an IMDb rating of 7.6 for the three seasons that were telecast.

 

The first season was a part of Disney Afternoon, and it had 65 episodes. The other two seasons had 13 episodes each.

 

 

38. Chip ‘n Dale's Rescue Rangers (1989)

 

Chip ‘n Dale's Rescue Rangers (1989)

 

Chip ‘n Dale’s Rescue Rangers is another Disney Television animation. It is based on the characters Chip and Dale from Pluto shorts and Donald Duck shorts.

 

In this series, they were put in a new setting with fully fleshed-out characters and friends.

 

Chip and Dale are chipmunks who set up a private detective agency with the support of their friends.

 

Assisting them in their detective work are Gadget Hackenwrench, Monterey Jack, and Zipper. Their arch-enemies are an evil scientist called Norton Nimnul and a mafia cat called Fat Cat.

 

The show had three seasons that were telecast on Disney Channel. It was also syndicated to be aired following Duck Tales.

 

The remastered version of Chip ‘n Dale’s Rescue Rangers is available on the Disney+ app currently.

 

 

37. Hey Arnold! (1996)

 

Hey Arnold! (1996)

 

Hey Arnold! is a Nickelodeon animated show that was created by Craig Bartlett. The character of Arnold was introduced as a small part of the show, Pee-wee’s Playhouse.

 

Since the show executives loved Arnold, they created a complete series around him. Arnold Shortman is a nine-year-old kid who lives with his grandparents in an imaginary city called Hillwood.

 

The episodes are about the daily life of Arnold in his school and with his neighborhood friends.

 

Bartlett’s experiences growing up in Seattle, Portland, and Brooklyn were included in the show. The show had five seasons that had a total of 100 episodes.

 

There were also two movies, Hey Arnold! The Movie and Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie, based on the series.

 

Hey Arnold! was successful with an IMDb rating of 7.6.

 

 

36. TaleSpin (1990)

 

TaleSpin (1990)

 

TaleSpin is a children’s animated show that was made by Disney animation. It took the main character and villain from Jungle Book and made a new cartoon series.

 

This series is set in a period after the first world war, during the great depression.

 

Baloo is a pilot for an air cargo freight business. The business was originally owned by him, and due to the great depression, the bank foreclosed as part of the conspiracy of his old enemy, Shere Khan.

 

However, the new proprietor, Rebecca Cunningham, agrees to keep Baloo as the pilot, and his assistant is Kit Cloudkicker.

 

The series is set in a fictional city of Cape Suzette that is similar to San Francisco.

 

As part of the cargo freight business, Baloo and his team encounter air pirates like Don Karnage and representatives of Thembria, a nation resembling the Soviet Union.

 

TaleSpin was successful in the USA and across the world. It was telecast in the UK, Australia, India, Germany, and more through Disney.

 

IMDb rated the series a solid 7.6.

 

 

35. The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (1996)

 

The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (1996)

 

The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest is a continuation of the original series of Jonny Quest from 1964.

 

This Hanna-Barbera production was telecast on Cartoon Network from 1996 till 1997. The series follows the crime-fighting group of youngsters, made up of Jonny Quest, his sidekick Hadji Singh and Jessie Bannon.

 

They set out on one adventure after another to rescue or accompany Dr. Benton Quest and bodyguard Race Bannon.

 

The series was fraught with difficulties when the original creator Peter Lawrence was fired to bring in John Eng and Cosmo Anzilotti to complete his work.

 

The series incorporates many real-world mysteries into the cartoon, and the characters step into the virtual world called QuestWorld to solve them.

 

The show was well-received by the critics and audience. It was nominated for multiple Golden Reel Awards for sound editing and music.

 

It was also nominated for the Daytime Emmy awards. IMDb gave the show a rating of 7.7.

 

 

34. on Flux (1991)

 

on Flux (1991)

 

Æon Flux is an avant-garde animation series made for MTV. It premiered on MTV’s Liquid Entertainment with its science-fiction story from 1991 till 1995.

 

The series is made up of a series of six-part short films. Peter Chung created Æon Flux with elements of a dystopian society, psychological drama, spy thriller, science fiction, and more.

 

The title character is a skilled fighter and an assassin, a spy with strong acrobatic and survival skills.

 

The series is set in a distant future, in a world that is totally ravaged after the apocalypse.

 

The world is described as a surreal German Expressionist style. The show was very well received, with an IMDb rating of 7.8.

 

The show was adapted into a comic series, video games, and a film as well.

 

In 2018 there was a live-action television reboot of the series.

 

 

33. The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1989)

 

The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1989)

 

The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is based on the famous children’s storybook Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne. The characters of this story had been recreated as an animation previously in 1977.

 

But, this endearing story continued to wow children, and Disney made a new series in 1989.

 

The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh brings back all the original characters from the book.

 

We can follow the adventures and antics of  Christopher Robin and his companions Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit, Gopher, Owl, Kanga, and Roo.

 

The series received extremely positive reviews from newspapers like the Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, etc.

 

Critics also loved the series, and IMDb gave the show 7.7 ratings. The show won consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program and two Humanitas Prizes too.

 

 

32. Pinky and The Brain (1995)

 

Pinky and The Brain (1995)

 

Pinky and The Brain is the brainchild of Tom Ruegger. It is the fourth animated series created by Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros.

 

Animation. The show was telecast on Kids’ WB in 1995 and had four seasons. The characters of Pinky and The Brain were introduced in the Animaniacs for the first time.

 

After the success of the shorts skits with them, they were given their own show in ‘95.

 

In the research labs of Acme Labs, Pinky and Brain were created. They are genetically enhanced mice that live in the lab.

 

While Pinky is the good-natured but dumb mouse, Brain is the smart one. He is the devious, scheming mouse that plans world domination.

 

However, each and every plan of his is a flop. The show got a rating of 7.8, and due to its popularity, it had a wide range of merchandise available.

 

You could find t-shirts, stuffed toys, coffee mugs, and more with this theme.

 

 

31. The Tick (1994)

 

The Tick (1994)

 

The Tick is a superhero animated show that was created for Fox Kids. It was later syndicated to other channels as well.

 

The series is based on the satirical comic book superhero called The Tick. All the characters in this series are satires of popular characters.

 

The series follows the exploits of The Tick, who passes out the National Super Institute in Reno and is assigned to The City.

 

Here The Tick has to work with other superheroes like Die Fledermaus, American Maid, Sewer Urchin, etc.

 

He protects The City with his sidekick Arthur the accountant. The show had three seasons with 36 episodes overall.

 

The audience loved the satirical heroes, and the critics gave it a rating of 7.8.

 

It won two Annie Awards and was nominated for three more Annies. It was also nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards.

 

 

30. Reboot (1994)

 

Reboot (1994)

 

Reboot is a computer-animated series that was developed in Canada for YTV. The shoe was created by Gavin Blair, Ian Pearson, Phil Mitchell, and John Grace, and it was the first CGI television series.

 

Reboot follows the adventures of Bob, a guardian for the computer systems of Mainframe. It is his job to keep the computers of Mainframe safe from viruses and other malware.

 

He is assisted in this mission by his friends, DotMatrix and Enzo. The series also has an archnemesis called Hexadecimal and Megabyte.

 

The users often load a game, and anyone trapped in the game becomes an NPC.

 

If the NPCs fail to stop the user from winning, they are reduced to leech-like creatures called Nulls.

 

The show had four seasons, and they were telecast on YTV. IMDb gave it a rating of 7.8.

 

It also won multiple awards like Gemini Awards for the Best Animated Program in 95, 96, and 97.

 

In 1996, it also won an additional Gemini award for the Outstanding Technical Achievement Award.

 

They also won an award from the Alliance for Children and Television and a Prix Aurora Award in 1996.

 

 

29. The Magic School Bus (1994)

 

The Magic School Bus (1994)

 

The Magic School Bus is an educational animated television series for PBS. The series was based on a storybook by the same name, written by Joanne Cole and Bruce Degan.

 

The series centers around the eponymous school bus. Miss Frizzle takes her students on different school trips on this magic bus that are both entertaining and educational at the same time.

 

With this bus, Miss Frizzle and her class travel to discover places, creatures, periods, and more, to learn about the wonders of science.

 

The Magic School Bus had four seasons with a total of 52 episodes. They were all on the PBS channel.

 

Later, Fox Kids picked up the series too. It had a rating of 7.8. It has multiple award nominations, including a Daytime Emmy Award win.

 

 

28. Recess (1997)

 

Recess (1997)

 

Recess is a Disney Production. The series was created by Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere.

 

The show focuses on a group of elementary school kids as they navigate school, homework, friends, and bullies.

 

Recess centers around six fourth-graders, including T. J. Detweiler, Vince LaSalle, Ashley Spinelli, Mikey Blumberg, Gretchen Grundler, and Gus Griswald.

 

The series takes us through the daily activities of the group as they deal with hierarchies in a playground, cliques, and more.

 

The series was telecast on ABC, ABC kids, Disney XD and Disney Channel. IMDb gave the show a rating of 7.8.

 

The series had nine seasons with a total of 65 episodes. There were also two films based on the characters of the series.

 

 

27. The Critic (1994)

 

The Critic (1994)

 

The Critic is an American animated primetime television series. The creators of this show are Al Jean and Mike Reiss, the same people who worked on The Simpsons for seasons 3 and 4.

 

The Critic premiered on ABC in 1994 and 1995, it moved to the Fox channel.

 

The show revolves around a film critic, Jay Sherman, who lives in New York. The series features episodes that reference movie parodies of famous films and actors like Howard Stern’s End, Honey, I Ate The Kids, Cockroach King, Abe Lincoln: The Pet Detective, and more.

 

The show has two seasons that got a rating of 7.8. Critics gave mixed reviews for the series, with more positive reviews than not.

 

People Magazine gave the show a B rating and said that the sarcastic reviews and ribbing of films and actors were enjoyable.

 

 

26. Rocko’s Modern Life (1992)

 

Rocko’s Modern Life (1992)

 

Rocko’s Modern Life is an animated adult comedy series about a wallaby called Rocko. The series was created by Joe Murray for Nickelodeon.

 

It was controversial for its innuendos, double entendres, and satirical jokes on society. The series is about the Australian wallaby that has emigrated to the United States of America with his pet dog, Snappy.

 

He lives in the fictional town of O-town along with his friends, the eccentric Heifer Wolfe and the neurotic Filburt.

 

The show is often compared to The Ren & Stimpy Show for its satirical tone.

 

While some reviewers said that the show was an adult animation and not meant for kids, others opined that the show raised the standard for kids' entertainment.

 

IMDb rated the show 7.9. It also received a Daytime Emmy Award in 93, along with a CableACE award.

 

The show also won the Environmental Media Award for its episode on Zanzibar and more such accolades.

 

 

25. Animaniacs (1993)

 

Animaniacs (1993)

 

Animaniacs was created by Tom Ruegger for Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros, Animation. This was their second collaboration, and the show was, initially, telecast on Fox Kids.

 

It later moved to Kids’ WB as part of their afternoon entertainment for children. Animaniacs for an animated variety show with a varied line-up of short skits from animated characters.

 

It was famous for its musical content too. The skits had a wide range of themes, from satire, pop culture to a smattering of innuendo-laced jokes too.

 

The show started in 1993 on the Fox channel, and after 69 episodes, it moved to Kids’ WB in 1995 till the 99th episode.

 

The show was revived in 2020 and had two more seasons. In its first run, it was very popular with the kids and had a rating of 7.9.

 

In its debut season, it won the Peabody Award and two Daytime Emmy Awards as well.

 

It was nominated for multiple awards like two Annie Awards, a Kid’s Choice Award, and more Daytime Emmy Awards.

 

 

24. Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1994)

 

Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1994)

 

Space Ghost Coast To Coast is an animated talk show. It features the reinvented characters of the old cartoon series called Space Ghost.

 

The series was created by Mike Lazzo. The show was initially telecast on Cartoon Network, and later it was aired on Adult Swim.

 

The last two seasons were aired exclusively on GameTap. The show brings back all the main characters of Space Ghost for the talk show.

 

Although the talk show is serious, we can find many subtle jokes and humorous dialogues.

 

The talk show has Space Ghost interviewing various guests on their superpowers and prominent cases.

 

He is supported in this by Zorak, the talking Mantis, who is openly hostile towards him.

 

We also have Lava man, who is in a hurry to wind up every show.

 

The audiences and critics loved the show and gave it a rating of 7.9 on IMDb.

 

 

23. Todd McFarlane's Spawn (1997)

 

Todd McFarlane's Spawn (1997)

 

Todd McFarlane’s Spawn, also known as Spawn: The Animated Series, is based on the popular comic book, Spawn.

 

This series is an adult animated TV series that was aired on HBO. It was later also telecast on Cartoon Network for Toonami.

 

The story is about the Marine, Lt. Col. Al Simmons, who was wronged killed by a close friend.

 

In Hell, he makes a deal with Malebolgia, the overlord of the eighth level of Hell, to return to earth as a Hellspawn.

 

He plans to meet his wife Wanda, who has remarried his best friend, Terry Fitzgerald.

 

Now that Spawn is on earth, he has to keep his pact with the Devil while protecting Wanda, Terry, and their family.

 

All through the season, we can see Spawn struggling to stay away from the lure of evil and fulfill his deal.

 

The series has three seasons and was highly rated by IMDb at 8.1. The show also won awards for its animation.

 

It won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program that is longer than one hour.

 

 

22. Dexter’s Laboratory (1995)

 

Dexter’s Laboratory (1995)

 

Dexter’s Laboratory, also known as Dexter’s Lab, is an American animated children’s TV series. The show was created by Genny Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network.

 

This cartoon series is remembered for introducing creators like Craig McCracken, Seth MacFarlane, Butch Hartman, and more.

 

The show is about siblings Dexter and Dee Dee. While Dexter is a superintelligent, boy-genius inventor, Dee Dee is an annoying and sometimes dumb older sister.

 

Dexter has a secret, hidden lab under his house that only Dee Dee knows about.

 

Mandark is the archnemesis of Dexter and also his classmate and a fellow boy genius.

 

The series ran for four seasons, with 78 episodes in total. The entire series was telecast on Cartoon Network.

 

The show won three Annie Awards, and it was nominated for nine more Annies. It also received nominations from Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Reel Awards, and more.

 

 

21. Histeria! (1998)

 

Histeria! (1998)

 

Histeria! is another creation of Tom Ruegger for Warner Bros, Animation. It was telecast on the channel Kids’ WB.

 

The show is an educational and informational animated series that was made to meet the strict FCC standards.

 

It was also loved by the critics and audience. They gave an IMDb rating of 8.

 

The series consisted of various cast characters playing historical figures. The show was very expensive and went $10 million over budget.

 

Although the series was supposed to have 65 episodes, it was canceled after just 52 episodes.

 

The cast played historical figures and re-enacted historical events. They also had song parodies that were based on tunes from the Brady Bunch.

 

The comedy style of the series was pure slapstick.

 

 

20. Gargoyles (1994)

 

Gargoyles (1994)

 

Gargoyles is an animated TV series that was produced by Walt Disney Animations. The characters are mythical creatures and have dark and melodramatic story arcs.

 

Since their origins are traced back to Scotland, we see a lot of Shakesperean themes as well.

 

In the middle ages, in Scotland, a race of Gargoyles existed and protected the humans.

 

They were petrified as stone in the day and came alive after sunset. Due to fear and misinformation, the humans killed most of them and cursed the rest to sleep for 1000 years.

 

Now they have been transported from Scotland to modern-day New York City. Once the Gargoyles awaken from their sleep, they vow to protect New York as is their nature.

 

The show got an IMDb rating of 8.1. It had three seasons from 1994 till 97.

 

After that, the story continued in comic books between 2006 till 2009. The show was met with decent success and gathered a strong cult following.

 

It also received a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

 

 

19. DuckTales (1987)

 

DuckTales (1987)

 

DuckTales is a Disney-animated children’s television series. The show was created by Carl Barks based on the story of Uncle Scrooge and the various duck character from the Disney universe.

 

The series had spin-offs like the movie  DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, The storyline of the series revolves around Scrooge McDuck and his grandnephews Huey, Lewy, and Dewey.

 

They set off on many adventures that involve grand plans to become rich. They also needed to protect their wealth from evil villains.

 

The most frequent villains are Flintheart Glomgold and the Beagle Boys. Uncle Scrooge is assisted by his grandnephews and Launchpad, their pilot, and Duckworth, their butler.

 

The show was much loved, and it paved the path for other Disney animations like Chip n Dales Rescue Rangers, TaleSpin, Darkwing Duck, and more.

 

The show’s IMDb rating is 8.1. In its four seasons, the show has a total of 100 episodes and a feature-length film.

 

 

18. Daria (1997)

 

Daria (1997)

 

Daria is an animated series for adults. It is a sitcom based on Daria, a character that previously appeared in Beavis and Butt-head.

 

Mike Judge was the maker of the show, and he permitted the use of Daria in a spin-off series for MTV.

 

This series of Daria was created by Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis Lynn. Daria is an intelligent and smart girl but, she is very sarcastic and cynical towards the entire human race.

 

She is a high schooler and lives in a fictional town called Lawndale. She lives with her parents and a younger sister, Quinn.

 

The series revolves around the high school life of Daria and her best friend, Jane Lane.

 

They observe and comment on the absurdity and shallowness of social hierarchy, class divide, and other dysfunctional characters in their school.

 

The show had five seasons with 65 episodes that were telecast on MTV. Daris is listed among the top 50 greatest cartoon characters of all time, and IMDb gave the show a rating of 8.1.

 

Daria also lent her voice and typical commentary with jokes to a GPS service. There are books and software that are inspired by Daria.

 

 

17. Family Guy (1999)

 

Family Guy (1999)

 

Family Guy is an adult animated television show. It was created by Seth MacFarlane for Fox Broadcasting Company.

 

The show, initially, ran for three seasons on Fox before it was canceled. The continued success, even with reruns, convinced the channel to renew for a fourth season.

 

This carried on up to 20 seasons. Family Guy is about the famIly of Griffins.

 

We have Peter, the dim-witted and clumsy father, Susie, his homemaker wife, and their three kids, Chris, Meg, and Stewie.

 

There are recurring characters like Quagmire, Cleveland, Joe, Mort, Muriel, Neil, and more. While Susie comes from a wealthy family and teaches piano.

 

Their sub-urban family consists of Chris, who is as dumb as his father, Meg who is often overlooked and ignored, and Stewie, the evil genius son.

 

They also have a talking dog called Brian. Family Guy has run for 20 seasons on Fox and won many accolades.

 

It has an overall rating of 8.1 on IMDb, with critics describing Family Guy as a nasty and extremely funny cartoon show, filled with satirical comedy at every step.

 

The show won 12 Primetime Emmy Awards and 11 Annie Awards, and many more awards by the end of its run.

 

 

16. Superman: The Animated Series (1996)

 

Superman: The Animated Series (1996)

 

Superman: The Animated Series is based on the very famous DC comics superhero from Krypton.

 

The series was produced by Warner Bros, Animation for Kids’ WB. This series was successful along with the Batman Animated series.

 

They paved the path of the Justice League Unlimited series. Superman: The Animated Series is about the exploits of Kal-el, the last son of Krypton, as he navigates between his day job and his fighting evil criminals and villains.

 

The series also includes occasional guest roles from Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, and more. Superman’s alter ego, Clarke Kent, is working as a news reporter along with Lois Lane.

 

He encounters multiple criminals, aliens, and supervillains like Lex Luther,  Brainiac, Darkseid, and more. The theme and tone of this Superman series were true to the comic books, and it was slightly dark, more mature, and modern when compared to earlier versions.

 

The show had a rating of 8.1, and it was nominated for multiple awards, including Annie Awards and Daytime Emmys.

 

It won two Daytime Emmy awards for Sound Mixing and Special class animated program.

 

 

15. SpongeBob Squarepants (1999)

 

SpongeBob Squarepants (1999)

 

Spongebob Squarepants or Spongebob as it is commonly referred to is an American animated comedy series for children.

 

The series is set underwater with different marine life as the characters. The show was created by Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon.

 

The series is about the titular character Spongebob Squarepants. He lives with his friends, Patrick, the starfish, Squidward, the squid,  Mr. Krabs, a crab, Sandy, a monkey in a diving suit, Pearl, a whale, and more.

 

These characters live and work in an aquatic city called Bikini Bottom. The series was originally created as an educational show to create awareness about marine life.

 

After it premiered on Nickelodeon, it gained high success and became the fifth longest-running animated show.

 

The series is currently on its 13th season on Nickelodeon. It has a rating of 8.2 and has won the praise of the audience and critics alike.

 

Spongebob has won many awards and accolades including four Emmy Awards, six Annie Awards, and two BAFTAs as well.

 

 

14. Courage The Cowardly Dog (1996)

 

Courage The Cowardly Dog (1996)

 

Courage, The Cowardly Dog is an animated show on Cartoon Network. It was created by John R Dilworth for the network.

 

The idea of Courage was pitched to Hanna-Barbera productions and was included as a short in the ‘What a Cartoon!’ show.

 

The segment was nominated for an Academy Award but lost out. Based on the success of the short, the character was greenlit for a series on Cartoon Network.

 

It premiers in 1996 and ran for four seasons with thirteen episodes each. Courage, the cowardly dog, was loved by the audience and critics.

 

The show is about a dog called Courage that is very cowardly. He stays with an elderly couple in a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere.

 

Courage is constantly scared and bullied by the old man, but the old lady loves and dotes on him.

 

Courage tries everything he can with his cowardly attitude to protect his humans. The show got a rating of 8.2.

 

It also won prestigious awards like an Annie Award, a Golden Reel Award, as well as multiple other nominations.

 

 

13. SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron (1993)

 

SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron (1993)

 

SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron is an animated children’s series. It was created by Christian and Yvon Tremblay.

 

The show was syndicated on The Futuristic World of Hanna-Barbera and TBS Superstation and ran from September 1993 till January 1995.

 

The series is about a vigilante duo of crime-fighting felines. They live in a fictional megacity of felines called Kats.

 

The SWAT Kats are a vigilante duo who have access to all the latest weapons, fighter jets, and more.

 

They are involved in stopping evil villains, criminals, and sometimes even the militarized police force.

 

The series of SWAT Kats had two seasons with a total of 25 episodes. It was successful on its home channel, TBS.

 

However, Ted Turner, the owner of TBS, was upset with the level of violence depicted in the show.

 

He had the show canceled after the second season. IMDb gave the show a rating of 8.4.

 

The SWAT Kats inspired a video game based on its characters. There were also loads of merchandise and toys based on the show.

 

 

12. Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994)

 

Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994)

 

Spiderman, also known as Spider-Man: The Animated Series, is a Marvel comic superhero, and the series was also produced by Marvel Productions.

 

The show was telecast on Fox Kids and also on Toon Disney with the Jetix series.

 

Spiderman is a high schooler who becomes a superhero after he is bitten by a radioactive spider.

 

He uses his superpower to fight crime and a range of other supervillains. The most prominent villains in the series are Dr. Octopus, Venom, Mysterio, Kingpin, Green Goblin, and more. The show ran for five seasons and had a total of 65 episodes.

 

The show was canceled after the fifth season following differences between Avi Arad, the producer, and the channel executive, Margaret Loesch.

 

The series was highly acclaimed for its faithful depiction as in the comic book. John Semper Jr, who wrote the show, won an Annie Award in 95.

 

It also has multiple nominations. The show spawned a multitude of toys and other merchandise too.

 

 

11. Cartoon Planet (1995)

 

Cartoon Planet (1995)

 

Cartoon Planet is an animated series that was a variety show. It also had a spin-off series called Space Ghost Coast to Coast.

 

This series ran on Cartoon Network and had several ad-libbed skits, songs, and more. The series had many segments with storylines like The Top 5 Cartoon Countdown, Brak’s School Daze, Poets’ Corner, Messages from Outer Space, and more.

 

They also had segments with fake advertisements, Brak’s comedy jokes, Zorak’s poetry beats, and more.

 

The final programming included many popular cartoons series like The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory, Codename: Kids Next Door, Johnny Bravo, and more.

 

It was also supposed to include Ed, Edd & Eddy, I Am Weasel, etc. The series had three seasons, with 146 episodes.

 

It was telecast on TBS, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and Boomerang. IMDb gave the series a rating of 8.4.

 

 

10. The Simpsons (1989)

 

The Simpsons (1989)

 

The Simpsons are the longest-running American animated series. It is a sitcom that satirizes the fabulous American lifestyle.

 

The series was created by Matt Groening for the Fox channel. The show is currently in its 33rd season.

 

The series, The Simpsons revolves around the lives of the Simpsons family. The family is made up of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie.

 

You also have friends and co-workers like Lenny Leonard, Carl Carlson, Principal Skinner, Ned Flanders, Moe Szyslak, Apu, Barney Gumble, and more.

 

Homer works in a nuclear power plant, and he is a dim-witted, lazy man. Marge is his wife and stay-at-home mom to Bart, a troublemaker, Liza, an activist, and Maggie, the baby.

 

The rest of the characters appear as per the storyline. The show has a long list of achievements including, 34 Primetime Emmy Awards, 34 Annie Awards, a Peabody Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

The show got a rating of 8.6 in IMDb. The series was also named the best television series by Time Magazine.

 

Bart Simpson was listed among the Top 100 most influential people by Time magazine.

 

 

9. Dragon Ball Z (1989)

 

Dragon Ball Z (1989)

 

Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese anime show that premiered on Fuji TV in Japan in 1989.

 

However, it came to the Americas in 1996, dubbed for Nickelodeon in USA and YTV in Canada.

 

The show was based on the manga series called Dragon Ball, made in 1986. The series chronicles the adult life of Son Goku as he defends earth from different types of villains like magical beings, Majin Buu, aliens, including Vegeta and Frieza, androids like Cell, and more.

 

The show also progresses to include the life of his son, Gohan. The show was highly successful in Japan, USA and Cande.

 

It spawned a wide range of merchandise from toys, trading cards, action figurines, and more.

 

IMDb gave it a rating of 8.7. The show’s success overshadowed many popular shows like Friends, The X-File, and more.

 

In Lycos, the top searches list Dragon Ball Z was listed as the number one search item in 1996.

 

 

8. X-Men: The Animated Series (1992)

 

X-Men: The Animated Series (1992)

 

X-Men: The Animated Series, or simply X-Men as it is called, is another Marvel comics superheroes series.

 

The series was produced by the Marvel Entertainment group for the Fox Kids network. The series had five seasons.

 

X-men is based on the Marvel comics book of superheroes. The characters are all mutants with different superpowers, and they are honed and guided by the founder of the group, Professor Charles Xavier.

 

The team of mutants includes Cyclop, Dr. Jean Grey, Storm, Wolverine, Prof X, Gambit, Beast, and more.

 

The team uses its superpowers to protect and save humanity. They frequently encounter fellow mutants who don’t want to save humanity.

 

Their nemesis includes Magneto, Sentinels, Shadow King, and more. The series had five episodes and a total of 76 episodes.

 

IMDb rated the show 8.4. Rotten Tomatoes also gave the series an 84% fresh score.

 

IGN ranked the show 13th on the list of 100 top cartoon shows...

 

 

7. South Park (1997)

 

South Park (1997)

 

South Park is an American animated sitcom for adults. The show was created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for Comedy Central.

 

The show was infamous for the amount of profanity and dark humor that is portrayed.

 

The characters of South Park were set in the titular Colorado town. The main characters are four boys, Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick.

 

The series depicts the escapades of their boys, and their antics in their elementary school, neighborhood, and the town in general.

 

The show was rated 8.7 by IMDb and 80% fresh by Rotten Tomatoes. The satirical content of the show was praised by Time Magazine as one of the best on TV.

 

South Park was named the 12th-greatest TV show of the past 25 years by Entertainment Weekly in 2009.

 

The show on the CableACE Award in 1997. It was nominated for Annie Awards and GLAAD Award as well.

 

 

6. Sailor Moon (1992)

 

Sailor Moon (1992)

 

Sailor Moon is a Japanese anime series that gained huge popularity in Asia, Australia, and other European countries before it came to the USA.

 

The show was inspired by a manga comic book with the same name. The series ran for five seasons with a total of 200 episodes.

 

Sailor Moon is a series about a middle school student, Usagi Tsukino, who is assigned the power to transform into Sailor Moon.

 

This makes her the guardian of people from other magical beings, monsters, and vengeful people.

 

In her task, she is assisted by a talking cat, Luna, and other similar beings like Sailor Venus, Sailor Mars, Sailor Saturn, and more.

 

You can also find a mysterious guy, Tuxedo Mask, whose civilian alter ego is a college student, get involved in their fight.

 

The series was very popular around the world. Yet, it did not reach the same height of fame in America.

 

Critics have blamed poor marketing strategy for the failure. IMDb gave the series a rating of 7.8, and Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 90% fresh rating.

 

 

5. Home Movies (1999)

 

Home Movies (1999)

 

Home Movies is an American animated sitcom for adults. It is a show created by Brendon Small and Loren Bouchard.

 

It was well-loved by critics and built a cult following among its audiences. Though the series has ended, it is still regarded as one of the best-animated sitcoms.

 

The story is about a young and aspiring filmmaker, Brandon Small. He makes home videos with his friends Melissa Robbins and Jason Penopolis in his free time.

 

He lives with his divorced mother and adopted sister. Through the course of the series, we see a weird father-son-like relationship develop between the kid and his coach.

 

His coach, John McGuirk, is an alcoholic with a short temper. Home Videos premiered on UPN, but after just 5 episodes, the show was canceled.

 

Cartoon Network picked up the show based on the potential it has and telecast it at nighttime for adult viewing, during the Adult Swim block.

 

IMDb rated the show 8.1, while Rotten Tomatoes gave the show a 100% fresh rating.

 

IGN listed the series in its list of Top 100 Best Animated series of all times.

 

 

4. Batman Beyond (1999)

 

Batman Beyond (1999)

 

Batman Beyond, also known as Batman of the Future, was created by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, and Alan Burnett.

 

The series was produced by Warner Bros. Animation based on the DC Comics character. Batman Beyond is set in a future that happens after the end of Justice League unlimited, New Adventures of Batman, and all the affiliated series.

 

In 2039, Batman, Bruce Wayne, has realized that he cannot carry his crimefighting ways anymore.

 

He has hung up his bat-suit and is no more in contact with any of his previous partners.

 

Sometime later, Bruce Wayne encounters Terry McGinnis. At the age of 70, Bruce is a bitter recluse who lives with his guard dog Ace.

 

When Terry finds his secret identity, Bruce drives him out of his mansion. Later, when Terry requests his help to bring his father’s killer to justice, he is reminded of his past and agrees to help Terry become the new Batman.

 

The series played for three seasons with a total of 52 episodes. It was much darker, emotional, and edgier than the previous Batman series.

 

The show was rated 8.1 on IMDb and received a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

 

It won four Daytime Emmy nominations and won two awards. Apart from this, it also got five Annie Awards nominations and won two of them in 1999 and 2001.

 

 

3. Futurama (1999)

 

Futurama (1999)

 

Futurama is an animated sitcom based on a science-fictional theme. The show was created by Matt Groening for Fox Broadcasting Channel.

 

The series dabbles in a futuristic world where robots, aliens, humans are all working together.

 

The center of the series is a slacker by the name Philip J Fry. He is cryogenically frozen for a thousand years after his death.

 

In the 31st century, he is awoken. He takes up a job in an interplanetary delivery company.

 

The series premiered on Fox in 1999, but it was soon canceled. Later, Cartoon Network picked up the show and telecast it during the Adult Swim programming block.

 

The show ran for seven seasons and was hugely popular. It has an 8.4 rating on IMDb.

 

It was nominated for 17 Annie Awards and won seven of them. It also got nominated for 12 Emmy Awards and won six of them.

 

It got four Writers Guild Awards nominations and won 2 of them, along with multiple other awards.

 

 

2. Neon Genesis Evangelion (2001)

 

Neon Genesis Evangelion (2001)

 

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a Japanese anime action series. It was written and directed by Hideaki Anno with the animation of Tatsuako.

 

The series features a Japanese mecha anime style of fighting. The series is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where mankind is residing in fortified compounds and fighting against Angels for survival.

 

To fight the angels, an organization called Nerv has built giant bio-machines called Mechas. The protagonist is a small boy who has to use these mechas called Evangelions in combat.

 

The series combines tales and images from Shinto culture, Jewish and Christian cultures to create the theme for the world of the future.

 

Here man has to fight against Angels, and these mechas are their only weapons. The series had 26 episodes, and it received high critical acclaim.

 

Rotten Tomatoes rated the show 100% Fresh, and IMDb gave it a rating of 8.5.

 

 

1. Batman: The Animated Series (1992)

 

Batman: The Animated Series (1992)

 

Batman: The Animated Series or simply, Batman was created by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, and Mitch Brian.

 

This DC Comics character was produced by Warner Bros, Animation for Fox Kids channel. The Batman series is also the first TV series from the DC Animated series universe.

 

The series revolves around the dark knight, Batman. They show his exploits as he fights crime in Gotham City.

 

The series follows the industrialist, Bruce Wayne, as he becomes Batman, the Masked Vigilante who brings all kinds of criminals to justice.

 

He is assisted by his butler, Alfred Pennyworth, Commissioner Gordon, his sidekick, Robin, and more.

 

The series also introduces many of the DC villains like Bane, Joker, Riddler, Penguin. Two-Face, Poison Ivy, and more.

 

The series was telecast for two seasons with 85 episodes in total. The Batman series won four Emmy Awards and loads of critical acclaim for the dark and film noir theme that was created.

 

IGN’s list of Best Animated TV series listed Batman: The Animated Series as the second best, right after The Simpsons.

 

We have reached the end of the list of best cartoon series from the 90s that ENTOIN has compiled.

 

Hope you enjoyed it and agree with the list.