Those of us that grew up in the 1990s can’t help but think of how much fun we had that decade. Moon shoes, gak, and all sorts of whacky toys were readily available, and we relished in every moment that we had. Kids still played outside, and you were a total boss if you had a Tamagotchi. It was a much simpler time back then, and even though we spent plenty of time outside playing in the sun, 90s television had an incredible number of offerings to hold our attention as well. The 1990s boasted some of the finest cartoons in history, and those of us that were lucky enough to watch them regularly have fond memories of the shows that shaped our childhood. Thanks to YouTube and various streaming services, all of our favorite cartoons are available for us to watch at any given moment, no doubt pleasing the 90s kid in all of us.
Some of these shows may be forgotten, but I assure you that this list will take you down memory lane. Who knows, you might even have some of the shows on old VHS tapes lying around your mom’s house. You will no doubt be wanting to revisit the shows that captured your attention in your childhood, and these 15 shows are in serious need of a rewatch. Be sure to clear some time in your schedule, because the shows on the list will have you wanting to kick it old school. Just make sure to not regrow your rattail or mullet, because some things belong in the past.
15. The Addams Family
The Addams Family has long been a fixture in pop culture lore, and the 1990s animated series that ran on ABC was criminally underrated. Sure, the original series and even the first 1990s film are what fans remember most, but the animated series was excellent in its own way. Starring everyone’s favorite creepy, kooky, and all together spooky family, the show’s 2 seasons were a roller coaster ride of irreverent stories. It is a crime that this show only lasted for 21 episodes because I loved watching it. Everyone’s favorites make their way through the series, and some great new characters are also introduced.
The voice cast was spectacular, and even featured the talents of John Astin, who was the original actor to portray Gomez Addams in the show’s original series. The hilarious Rip Taylor also lent his talents to the series. With these two on board, it is no wonder that the show was so well done.
This show may have started at the end of the 1980s, but 90s kids everywhere planted themselves right in front of the television every time it came on. Continuing the story laid out by Tim Burton’s classic film of the same name, Beetlejuice was a fantastic show that showed a continued development in the friendship between characters Lydia and Beetlejuice. Much of the show takes place in The Neitherworld, and much like the film, it provided the creators with the ability to tap into the bizarre and unique to tell an interesting story.
Beetlejuice, despite being one of the weirder shows on television, lasted for a whopping 94 episodes. While a lot of the show’s success can be attributed to the film’s success, Beetlejuice was also able to stand on its own feet, as indicated by its impressive run on television. In 1990, it took home a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program.
13. Tiny Toon Adventures
Growing up, I didn’t come across a single kid on the playground that didn’t love this show. Tiny Toon Adventures took some of the most beloved characters in animation history, made pint-sized kids that resembled them, and let them loose on the animated world. What fans got was a hilarious series that took some elements from the original Looney Tunes and put a modern spin on things. This new era of characters are attending school at Acme Looniversity, and their hijinks are just as funny as their predecessors. If that wasn’t great enough, some of the now adult characters serve as professors at the school, blending the two eras.
Tiny Toons was one of the funniest shows on television, and ran for 100 fantastic episodes, and reruns were frequently on for us to watch. Not only was the show great, but the video game on Super Nintendo was a personal favorite of mine.
12. Superman: The Animated Series
When people look back on the 1990s, this cartoon may be the biggest example of being great, but simply outshined by a classic. Superman: The Animated Series was one of the decade’s best shows, but Batman: The Animated Series is the show that most people will remember. In all fairness, Batman: The Animated Series could very well be the greatest cartoon of all-time. Nevertheless, the Man of Steel’s animated series was packed full of amazing work by animators and masterful story-telling by the writers. The series ran the gamut of Superman’s rogue gallery, and the portrayal of each character is done in an impressive way.
Superman: The Animated Series ran for only 3 seasons, airing 54 episodes. It was awarded 2 separate Daytime Emmy wins. It is a crying shame that this show didn’t last any longer. Paired with Batman: The Animated Series, it is easy to see how DC Comics dominated the animation landscape of the 1990s.
11. Rocket Power
The extreme sports craze that took over the world in the 1990s and 2000s was quickly capitalized on by Nickelodeon with the release of the criminally underrated cartoon Rocket Power. Running for a total of 4 seasons and 71 episodes, Rocket Power centered on 4 extreme sport junkies whose shenanigans kept viewers on their toes. Siblings Otto and Reggie and their pals Twister and Squid wreaked havoc on the extreme sport scene in the town of Ocean Shores, California. Otto, the group’s leader, was an incredible athlete, capable of pulling off amazing feats. Reggie (short for Regina) is Otto’s older sister, and was usually the voice of reason. Twister was the group’s videographer, and Squid was usually around for moral support as he is a terrible athlete. Together, these friends could do no wrong, and were always able to overcome any adversity in their path.
The show’s episodes, complete with life lessons, were fast-paced, action-packed, and a ton of fun to watch. Side characters like Raymundo and Tito were great for comic relief, and the show provided viewers with a great balance in action and comedy.
10. Bobby’s World
Created by actor and comedian Howie Mandel, Bobby’s World was a unique take at how the world is seen by the eyes of a young boy with a super-sized imagination. Debuting in 1990, Bobby’s World was a smashing success, and was a personal favorite of mine as I navigated my way through the 90s. The show ran for a total of 8 seasons, and a whopping 81 episodes. Bobby himself is quite a funny character whose imagination leads him to a place called Bobbyland, where almost anything is possible. His family helps provide interesting aspects in story development to each episode, letting their personalities and behavior affect the young Bobby.
His two older siblings, Kelly and Derek, aren’t always nice to poor young Bobby, and Derek often bullies Bobby and tricks him into believing ridiculous things. His Uncle Ted, however, loves Bobby to death, and allows him to have some serious fun.
9. Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
Nickelodeon during the 1990s was a channel that had some of the coolest cartoons around, and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters was no exception to this. For 4 seasons and a total of 52 episodes, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters provided kids with an alternative to other cartoons that were airing at the time. Sure, there was plenty of weird stuff going around, but a cartoon that focused on monsters honing their scaring skills was a treat for those of us who enjoy straying from the norm. Characters Ickis, Oblina, and Krum were the focal point of the series, and the characters’ time spent in school was both interesting and hilarious.
One of the better aspects of the show is that each monster had a very distinct look to them, giving viewers a number of different characters to enjoy. I was such a big fan of this show that I even owned the video game for my Super Nintendo.
8. Angry Beavers
What do you get when you combine a pair of beavers looking for love in the forest with comedian Nick Bakay providing voice work? A show that was both weird and entertaining enough to make a dent in the cartoon landscape of the 1990s. Angry Beavers debuted towards the tail end of the decade in 1997, and stayed on the air through the new millennium. The series aired for a total of 4 seasons, giving fans 63 episodes during its run. Main characters Dag and Norbert provided a perfect counterbalance in personalities, and the show delivered the laughs every episode.
The show may have gotten lost in the shuffle when compared to some of its contemporaries, but Angry Beavers had it all, and was even nominated for some impressive hardware. The show received 3 Daytime Emmy nominations during its run, winning one for Best Sound Editing – Special Class back in 1997.
7. Cow and Chicken
In keeping pace with their primary competition in Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network was not opposed to producing their own brand of odd shows, and those of us who watched Cow and Chicken know exactly what I am talking about. Packed with one of the catchiest theme songs of the 90s, Cow and Chicken were a sibling duo comprised of farm animals that were born to human parents whose primary antagonist was the devil. Yes, you read that correctly. This bizarre offering from Cartoon Network was one of the weirdest shows on television, and was also hilarious and interesting. Much like Angry Beavers, Cow and Chicken starred characters whose contrasting personalities balanced out the show perfectly.
The show lasted for 4 seasons and 51 episodes overall, running until 1999. Avid watchers of the show like myself were also treated to a series that was initially attached to Cow and Chicken, but eventually branched off to find solo success, and even made the next entry on our list.
6. I Am Weasel
Originally attached to Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel wasted little time in becoming loved by fans, and branched off to have its very own show. The primary players include I. M. Weasel and I. R. Baboon, and the polar opposites make for excellent television. While Weasel is a very talented and successful individual, Baboon is a bumbling idiot who is forced to live in the shadow of his better. Even after drifting away from Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel maintained a unique connection to the show. The Red Man (basically Satan) from Cow and Chicken was featured on both shows, giving fans a shared universe.
Overall, the show had 5 seasons and 79 episodes for fans to enjoy. Impressively, I Am Weasel was also developed into a comic book series by DC Comics, and lasted for over 30 issues. Not too bad for a show that originally served as filler.
Looking back at it now, ReBoot was way ahead of its time. Serving as the world’s first fully computer animated show, ReBoot didn’t look like anything else on television, and it quickly stood out from the pack back in 1994. The show took place inside of a computer system and focused on characters whose primary concern was keeping it safe from evil villains named Megabyte and Hexadecimal. While there were episodes throughout the series that were self-contained, the show would eventually write story-arcs that lasted several episodes.
While the animation would seem awful by today’s standards, ReBoot was truly a sight to behold back in 1994. I distinctly remember watching the show for the first time and wondering how much cooler cartoons could possibly forget. ReBoot ran for 48 episodes that were spread out over 4 seasons. The series was eventually developed into an online comic, and fans everywhere were able to continue the story that they fell in love with as kids.
4. Street Sharks
While ReBoot was busy breaking ground in computer animation, 1994 also saw the debut of Street Sharks. A show featuring four brothers whose genes were slammed with a shark’s DNA, Street Sharks was an action-packed series that kids couldn’t get enough of. Sure, it may have some similar parallels to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but Street Sharks was very much its own distinct series. Brothers Ripster, Jab, Streex, and Big Slammu use their human abilities combined with their newly-acquired shark bodies to fight crime and keep the streets safe. I loved this show, and even had a few Street Sharks toys when I was a kid.
For 40 episodes, Street Sharks kept fans pleased, and would eventually combine forces with another show to provide kids with an incredible team-up. Their pairing with the Dino Vengers did wonders in piquing kid’s interests, and in selling toys. In fact, Vin Diesel, pictured above, even did some Street Sharks toy commercials.
Any show created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini will always grab my attention, and Freakazoid! may be the most underrated project that the two legends ever worked on. Not only did this show feature Timm and Dini, but it also had film legend Steven Spielberg as its executive producer. That is an incredibly impressive list for a show that inexplicably only lasted for 2 seasons. Debuting back in 1995, Freakazoid! was the story of a teenage superhero whose crazy alter ego fights crime. By uttering the phrase “freak out,” Freakazoid’s transformation would take place, and the show would be kicked into overdrive each episode. The show was a unique take on superhero cartoons, and easily stood out when compared to more serious shows like Batman: The Animated Series.
Like Rocket Power, CatDog made its debut towards the end of the 1990s, but that didn’t stop 90s kids everywhere from enjoying the heck out of it. While a number of shows feature two separate characters whose personalities balance each other out, CatDog decided to combine these characters (figuratively and literally). The conjoined odd balls navigate their way through life in the fictional town of Nearburg, getting into mischief along the way. I’ll admit that I was very skeptical when this show originally debuted, but I quickly grew to love the series.
CatDog’s 4 seasons and 48 episodes kept viewers laughing until its cancellation in 2001. Despite being cancelled in 2001, the series kept running on Nickelodeon for another 4 years. Not only was CatDog a successful show, but it was also developed into a video game. Unlike Tiny Toons or Aaahh!! Real Monsters, I never played the CatDog video game.
1. The Tick
Out of all the cartoons that are on this list, this show might have the biggest cult following. The Tick was one of the oddest superhero shows of the 1990s, but that is part of what made it so great. Originally airing in 1994, The Tick was centered around a superhero who has been tasked with protecting The City. For 3 seasons, the series breathed some fresh air into the genre, and was beloved by fans who had also read the comics. The show may have only aired 36 episodes, but the legacy that it left behind is quite impressive.
The Tick was a smashing success on television, despite falling short of the success of shows like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It sold a ton of merchandise, comics, and was even developed into a video game. Just this year, The Tick was remade into a live-action series, giving fans something that they have been waiting for.
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