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Old 13-10-2008, 12:10 AM   #1
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Image Heavy - 10 most popular 90's cartoons

And so Monday is finally upon us all again. back to work, school, college and uni for all of us. except the unemployed, in which it's time to start searching the job pages again. So anyway, I'm here to give to you, my first list of the week. I was born in the late eighties, which makes me a genuine child of the 90's. it's the time when I grew up, learned about the world and encountered most of the show's on this list. You might see them and be aware of them because of re-runs but I'm old enough to remember them from the first time round.

While I am not a huge fan of cartoons,
I have seen most of the ones on this list and do have many fond memories of watching cartoons as a child. I hope this list will be a nice trip down memory lane for many of our readers!


Production Period: 1991-2004
Channel: Nickelodeon

Following the life of a group of toddlers, Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, and Angelica, and later Dill this is the longest running series on Nickelodeon with 14 years, and has earned a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. It has spawned 2 different series, All Grown Up, and Angelica and Susie’s Pre-School Daze; and 3 movies, The Rugrats Movies, Rugrats in Paris, and Rugrats Go Wild.

9 Tiny Toon Adventures

Production Period: 1990-1992
Channel: Cartoon Network

Based in Acme Acres, the show takes place at Acme Looniversity a school where young cartoon characters (most of which resemble a classic Warner toon) are taught how to become funny by a faculty of the popular Loony Toones characters. The show lasted 98 episodes and created 2 spin-offs, The Plucky Duck Show and Pink, Elmyra, and the Brain.

8 Beavis and Butt-head

Production Period: 1993-1997
Channel: MTV

First airing as a short film featured on Liquid Television, Beavis and Butt-head are a pair of teenagers who spend their days with sarcastic conversations, bad ideas, and (brutally) critiquing music videos. Beavis and Butt-head lasted 7 seasons and put out 1 movie. It is considered a classic piece of 90’s youth culture and the MTV Generation.

7 The Animaniacs

Production Period: 1993-1995
Channel: Kids WB

Starring the Warner siblings, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, the Animaniacs was a variety show style cartoon usually consisting of anywhere from 1 to 3 segments. Though the most notable are the Warner siblings, there was a wide variety of characters with each pair or set acting in its own plot.
Due to a large audience of adults, making up over 20% of the viewers, The Animaniacs led to one of the first Internet-based fandom cultures. The show lasted 99 episodes, put out the movie Wakko’s Big Wish, and spawned another successful cartoon Pinky and the Brain.

6 Ren and Stimpy

Production Period: 1991-1996, later 2003
Channel: Nickelodeon, later Spike TV

This series follows the duo of the neurotic asthma hound Chihuahua Ren, and simple minded Manx cat Stimpy as they get caught in nonsensical adventures. The show’s violence and scatological humor, along with slow production times, led original creator John Kricfalusi to be fired in 1992. Games Animation took over in 1993 with a “lighter, gut funny type of show” instead of “truly frightening” episodes. In 2003 Kricfalusi re-launched the series as Rend and Stimpy “Adult Party Cartoon” on Spike-TV. This new version explored more adult themes, including a more explicitly homosexual relationship between the two main characters, and produced only 3 of 9 promised episodes before being removed.

5 SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron

Production Period: 1993-1995
Channel: Cartoon Network

Set in Megakat City, Chance “T-Bone” Furlong and Jake “Razor” Clawson are members of a paramilitary law enforcement agency called the Enforcers, that due to objecting orders have been forced to guard a city salvage yard. Hiding their identity and using homemade vehicles so they don’t get in trouble with the Enforcers, they become vigilantes and protect the city. There were 2 seasons, airing 25 episodes. It was eventually cancelled with 3 unfinished episodes, due to its violence.

4 Doug

Production Period: 1991-1994, later 1996-1999
Channel: Nickelodeon, later ABC

“Doug” follows the journal entries of Doug Funnie, who writes about his daily misadventures with his dog Porkchop, best friend Skeeter, and the other characters from the town of Bluffington. After 4 seasons and 52 episodes on Nickelodeon, he show was bought in 1996 by Disney, and aired on ABC. Releasing it as “The Brand Spanking New! Doug”, and later “Disney’s Doug”, the show had many noticeable changes, and was far less popular with old audiences. Disney produced 3 seasons, and 64 episodes. A movie was also spawned by Disney, entitled “Dougs First Movie”.

3 Hey Arnold!

Production Period: 1996-2004
Channel: Nickelodeon

Arnold is a fourth-grader who lives with his Grandma and Granddad in a boarding house in the fiction city of Hillwood (which highly resembles New York). Arnold is often caught up in a predicament, or helping a school mate with a personal problem. Originally a comic started in 1986, a claymation episode got it picked up by Nickelodeon, where it was formed into cel-animation and had 5 seasons and 100 episodes. In 2003 they released a movie imaginatively named “Hey Arnold!: The Movie”

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Holy ****!!! is that Storm? Why is she white?!!!

Production Period: 1992-1997
Channel: Fox Kids

Staring the original early 90’s comic cast drawn my Jim Lee, the cartoons follows the same story line as the comics. Along with loosely reproducing famous story lines and plots of the original series, it also created episodes that dealt openly with mature social issues, though mostly in subtext. This is one of the longest lasting shows on Fox Kids running 5 seasons and 76 episodes, second only to Batman, and is also one of Americas most viewed and highest rated morning programs in history.

1 Rocko’s Modern Life

Production Period: 1993-1996
Channel: Nickelodeon

Following the wallaby Rocko, and his surreal life in the city of O-Town, the cartoon was laced with double entendres, sexual innuendo, and written by a guy who had little to no experience with cartoons or kids. The shows success mostly came from the fact that it was aimed at kids and their parents, and every story was “funny” and “strong”. The animation was very unique, with no parallel lines, hand painted backgrounds, odd colors, and oddly shaped anthropomorphic animal characters. The original writer and creator Joe Murray could no longer continue the constant work and handed the show off to someone else after the 3rd season, but still reviewed every episode. Even though Murray encouraged the show to continue, they stopped after the 4th season, with 52 episodes behind it.

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In all honesty I know of, and often watched, 9 out of 10 of these shows. I've never even heard of Swat Cats until I found this list. guess I wasn't totally obsessed with TV in my childhood.


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Old 13-10-2008, 12:13 AM   #2
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I loved Doug :D

&& then buffy staked edward. the end.

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Old 13-10-2008, 12:20 AM   #3
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OMG RECESS!!! i loved that.
rugrats were awesome too

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I freaking <3 the animaniacs

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Old 13-10-2008, 01:24 AM   #5
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SWAT Kats? Huh??

I watched soooo much Hey Arnold as a kid. And Doug. And Rugrats.

well, i have sown untidy furrows 'cross my soul,
but I am still a coward,
content to see my garden grow so sweet & full
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Old 13-10-2008, 01:28 AM   #6
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Rugrats rock my world! I love them little guys!!

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Old 13-10-2008, 02:12 AM   #7
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I know about half of these.
Oh wow :]

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Old 13-10-2008, 02:23 AM   #8
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Oh My God.
Classic X Men was the sex. I Loved it.
I have a Ren and Stimpy poster as well, they were amazing, same with the Animaniacs (best theme tune ever =p)

Three of the best parts of my childhood =]

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Old 13-10-2008, 02:35 AM   #9
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Ren and Stimpy all the way. Plus i love how they put it off the air then came out with 18+ ren and stimpy.

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Swat, Rocko and Doug I don't remember

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Old 13-10-2008, 04:25 AM   #11
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aweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesome!!!!!!!!!!! I loved swat kats! OMG! What about Biker mice from mars? ahahah I have the Tiny toons theme song in my head now...we're tiny, we're toony, we're all a little looney... :P

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Old 13-10-2008, 04:28 AM   #12
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I watched all of those, haha. This list rules. I still get song by The Beets (in Doug) stuck in my head.

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;1148405]What about Biker mice from mars?
So glad somebody else has heard of that. I tried talking about it with my co-workers once and everyone was like, "There is no way there's a show that stupid."

Obviously they didn't watch Samurai Pizza Cats either.

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Old 13-10-2008, 05:19 AM   #14
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I flippin loved Doug.

I saw Swat Kats the other day on boomerang, I had the strongest flashback ever. I completely forgot about that show, but I loved it growing up.

And I hate the rugrat spinoffs they have now, the original is so much better.


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Old 13-10-2008, 09:33 AM   #15
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I love Rugrats, I totally remember watching that when I was younger!
Chuckie was my favourite character.

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Old 13-10-2008, 09:35 AM   #16
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Hey Arnold! Hahaha, I'd completely forgotten about that show.

My neighbour took me to see the Rugrats movie when I was younger. (:


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I was too old for most of these, but it didn't stop me watching them all.

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Old 13-10-2008, 09:49 AM   #18
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ok this may be the 80's im not sure but where is sharky and george?and gummy bears? and pinky and the brain...they are my favourites :)

this pic is so i can always remember jen who was my l'il sock monkey friend who has left ryl and i miss her!!!

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I watched Hey Arnold on dvd a couple of years ago and it was sooooo bad! I really should stop spoiling my childhod memories.

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I used to love 'Hey Arnold'
..awesome thread

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