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What are the best cartoons from the 90s?

The concept of animation has been around since the late 1870s. The first film to display animated sequences came out in 1900 and it was called The Enchanted Drawing. It wasn't long after Walt Disney began making short animated series based on children's stories. Mickey Mouse was introduced in 1928 and it was the first animated cartoon to feature sound. He was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studios. Mickey Mouse has since become the mascot of The Walt Disney Company and is one of the world's most recognizable characters. The following couple of years is what many people consider as the Golden Age of American Animation. It gave us some of the best classic cartoons such as Betty Boop, Popeye, Tom & Jerry, and Bugs Bunny among other great shows.

The advent of TV sets and broadcasting helped the animation industry reach newer heights and a broader audience. Each generation has its own set of cartoons that represent its time but there's just some about 90s cartoons that a bit better than the rest. There are many factors at play here. The massive explosion of creativity and animation. The simple and peaceful times that it came out in. The themes and ideology that it tries to tackles. There's just too many to consider. There's no denying that the 90s have produced some amazing cartoon masterpieces. If you're at a loss where to start first, allow us to help you out. Check out our list of the best cartoons from the 90s below and start bingeing! 

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  1. 1Rugrats

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    Rugrats is an American adventure and comedy television series released by Nickelodeon Animation Studios. It was created by Paul Germain and features the voices of Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, and Nancy Cartwright.

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  1. 2Hey Arnold!

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    Hey Arnold! is an American animated comedy-drama television series created by Craig Bartlett. It was released by Nickelodeon Animation Studios and features the voices of Francesca Marie Smith, Jamil Walker Smith, Dan Castellaneta. 

  2. 3Dexter's Laboratory

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    Dexter's Laboratory is an American comic science fiction animated television series released in 1996. The show was created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network. It was also the first of the network's Cartoon Cartoons.

  1. 4Powerpuff Girls

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    Powerpuff Girls is a superhero animated television series produced by Hanna Barbera Productions and Cartoon Network. The first series was first released in 1998 and ended on March 25, 2005, with a total of 78 episodes.

  2. 5SpongeBob SquarePants

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    SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated TV series that was created by animator Stephen Hillenburg, it is broadcasted on Nickelodeon, an American cable network. It stars Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, and Bill Fagerbakke.

  3. 6Family Guy

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    Family Guy is an animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The show follows the story of the Griffins, a middle-class American family residing in the fictional city of Quahog, Rhode Island.

  4. 7Batman: The Animated Series

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    Batman: The Animated Series is an animated action and adventure TV series that aired from 1992 until 1995. It was created by Bob Kane, Eric Radomski, and Bruce Timm, and featured the voices of Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, and Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

  5. 8The Fairly OddParents

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    The Fairly OddParents is an American comedy animated television show by Nickelodeon, created by Butch Hartman and Steve Marmel. The family cartoon features Tara Strong, Susanne Blakeslee, and Daran Norris.

  6. 9The Adventures of Blinky Bill

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    The Adventures of Blinky Bill is an animated series created by Yoram Gross. Its first episode debuted on January 1993. The comedy television show only ended on July 5, 2004, after its 78th episode and third seasons.

  7. 10South Park

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    South Park is an animated sitcom aimed towards adults, created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone that premiered on 1997. The comedy series follows the adventures of four boys in the bizarre town of South Park, Colorado.

  8. 11The Simpsons

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    The Simpsons is an animated satirical sitcom created by Matt Groening. It follows the life of a dysfunctional American family living in the fictional town of Springfield. The show is known for parodying stereotypes and American culture.

  9. 12Futurama

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    Futurama is an animated science fiction comedy series made by Simpsons creator, Matt Groening. The show follows Philip J. Fry, a pizza delivery boy who has to adjust to the 31st century after he is accidentally cryogenically frozen.

  10. 13Bananas in Pyjamas

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    Bananas in Pyjamas is one of the longest-running television series for kids. Its first episode debuted on July 1992, and after 11 years, it aired its last episode on December 2001. The show follows the daily life of B1 and B2 and their friends.

  11. 14Dinosaurs

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    Dinosaurs is a sitcom series produced by the American Broadcasting Company. Its first episode aired on April 1991 and only ended on October 1994. It is a show where dinosaurs live like a human being during the pre-historic era.

  12. 15101 Dalmatians: The Series

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    101 Dalmatians is a classic series with animated and live-action adaptation. This animated television show debuted its first episode on September 1997 and it aired its final episode on March 4, 1998.

  13. 16Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

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    Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog is an American animated television series adapted from the game developed by Sega. The show debuted its first episode on September 1993 and after 65 episodes, it ended on December that same year.

  14. 17The Adventures of Tintin

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    The Adventures of Tintin is an animated television series that first aired on October 2, 1991. This show follows the adventures of Tintin, a news reporter, together with his dog named Snowy. Its last episode aired on September 1992.

  15. 18Rocko’s Modern Life

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    First released in September 1993, Rocko's Modern Life is an animated American TV series created by Joe Murray. The show ended only in November 1996 with a total of four seasons and 52 episodes.

  16. 19The Adventures of Paddington Bear

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    The Adventures of Paddington Bear is a Canadian-French animated series for kids based on Michael Bond's book Paddington Bear. It follows the adventures in London of a bear from Peru after his home was wrecked by an earthquake.

  17. 20Ed, Edd n Eddy

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    Ed, Edd n Eddy is an American animated comedy television series. It was created by Danny Antonucci for Cartoon Network and it was considered as one of Cartoon Network's successful show because of its massive popularity and success. 

  18. 21Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

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    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! follows the adventures of Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Shaggy's talking Great Dane dog Scooby-Doo as they get on a green van called the Mystery Van in search of weird events to solve.

  19. 22CatDog

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    CatDog is an American animated series created by Peter Hannan for Nickelodeon which first aired in 1998 and concluded in 2005. The story follows a conjoined dog and cat as they deal with the challenges they face because of their situation.

  20. 23The Tom and Jerry Show

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    The New Tom & Jerry Show is an animated TV series created by Joseph Barbera and William Hanna based on their theatrical short series Tom and Jerry. It was first released on September 6, 1975, on American Broadcasting Company.

  21. 24Blue's Clues

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    Blue's Clues is an American animated TV series which follows a human host named Steve and his animated puppy named Blue as they find three clues to help them in something they are trying to figure out.

  22. 25Gargoyles

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    Produced by Walt Disney Television, Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles is an animated series that first aired on October 24, 1994. The show ran for three seasons with a total of 78 episodes at the end of its last episode released on February 1997.

  23. 26AAAHH!!! Real Monsters

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    Aaahh!!! Real Monsters is a comedy horror television series that aired from October 29, 1994, to December 6, 1997. The show was created by Gábor Csupó and Peter Gaffney. It has a total of four seasons and 52 episodes.

  24. 27Animaniacs

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    Animaniacs is an animated television series created by Tom Ruegger. The show debuted on September 13, 1993, and after 99 episodes, it ended on November 14, 1998. Animaniacs was aired on Kids' WB and Fox Broadcasting Company.

  25. 28DuckTales

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    DuckTales is an American animated series created by Jymm Magon. Its first episode debuted on September 1987 and its last episode aired on November 1990. DuckTales follow the story of Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey, and Louie.

  26. 29Tiny Toon Adventures

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    Tiny Toon Adventures is an animated comedy show created by Tom Ruegger. It aired its first episode on September 14, 1990. Only after its 98th episode that Tiny Toon Adventures ended its run.

  27. 30Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an animated television series that first aired on December 28, 1987. After its 193rd episode, the show ended on November 2, 1996. It follows four mutant brothers Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo, and Raphael.

  28. 31Arthur

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    Arthur is an American animated series created by Marc Brown, WGBH, and Cookie Jar Group. Its first episode debuted on October 7, 1996. As of 2019, Arthur has 22 seasons and there are three more seasons coming in the next years.

  29. 32Pinky and the Brain

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    Pinky and the Brain is one of the shows that aired on Nickelodeon, The WB, and Cartoon Network. Its first episode aired on September 9, 1995, and after its fourth season, the show ended on November 14, 1998.

  30. 33X-Men: The Animated Series

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    X-Men: The Animated Series is an animated series and the television adaptation of the comic book franchise. Its first episode aired on October 31, 1992, and after its 76th episode, the show ended on September 20, 1997.

  31. 34Doug

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    Doug is an animated American series distributed by Nickelodeon Animation Studios. It was created by Jim Jinkins and features the voices of Billy West, Tom McHugh, and Fred Newman. This TV show lasted for 7 seasons with 117 episodes.

  32. 35The Magic School Bus

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    The Magic School Bus is an animated TV show created by Joanna Cole, Kristin Laskas Martin and Bruce Degem. Originally aired on PBS from 1994 until 1997, it was based on the series of books of the same name.

  33. 36Johnny Bravo

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    Johnny Bravo is a cartoon television show created by Van Partible for Cartoon Network. It first aired in 1997 and had a total of 65 episodes throughout four seasons. It is about a blonde muscular narcissist and his failure to pick up women.

  34. 37Pokemon

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    Pokémon is a popular Japanese anime television series that first aired on April 1, 1997. It has over a thousand episodes and the show is still ongoing. The cartoon follows the adventures of Ash Ketchum and Pikachu.

  35. 38Courage the Cowardly Dog

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    Courage the Cowardly Dog is an animated horror television show. It was created by John R. Dilworth for Cartoon Network. The series first aired on November 12, 1999, and ended in 2002.

  36. 39Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers

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    Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers is an animated television series that follows the story of two chipmunks as they fight crimes all over the world. It was produced by Disney Television Animation and was released on March 4, 1989.

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The Simpsons had its first-ever episode air back on December 17, 1989? 30 seasons in and with more than 600 episodes, the show is still going strong in 2019. Matt Groening created the show and its voice cast has remained the same to this day. That is quite impressive for a show that is now on its 20th year. There's no denying that there were some great and memorable 90s cartoons at the time. One of the most popular show at the time aimed at younger audiences, the show, Rugrats. There were many shows that catered to kids. Shows like Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures, and Dexter's Laboratory to name a few.

Then shows got more creative and delved deeper into adult topics. Before the turn of the century, we got shows like South Park, Futurama, and Family Guy. These shows are very much comedic in nature. They have their moments though when they would tackle some mature themes. Of course, you can't talk about cartoons of the 90s without mentioning superhero shows. Marvel had its fair share of great shows throughout the years up to this day. The 90s was the golden age of superhero cartoons, especially for DC Comics. Batman; The Animated Series came out in 1992 and it became an instant cult classic. Kevin Conroy voiced the titular hero with Mark Hamill opposite him as the Joker. It made for some high-quality entertainment. If you have no idea what these shows are, you owe it to yourself to check them out now.

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    Anonymous
    January 17, 2019
    "First of all i would like to say that South Park is one of the most misunderstood tv show. Sure, people are aware that it is a satirical show which tackles subject matters from politicis, media, celebrities, current events and more. But people still find it offensive. And even though this is a cartoons most people who watch this are adults. I myself started watching this cartoons in the 90s when i was a teen and until now i watch it."
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    Anonymous
    January 17, 2019
    "The first time i watch Family Guy was in 1998. I got hooked with the first episode and until now I try to watch its new episodes if I have time. I like everything about this 90s cartoons. But it has been losing magic for quite sometime now because now 90% of the jokes here are making fun of the pop cultyure, gags that are absurd, gags are absurbd and many more"
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    Family Guy
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    Anonymous
    January 17, 2019
    "Hey Arnold! is a great cartoons show for kids and adults. I still remember when i was a kid that i always try to watch every episode of these cartoons. Now that I am a parent I want my kids to watch this too as this has been fun to watch when i was a kid. I know 90s kids out there will agree with me that this is one of the best cartoons from the 90s."
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    Anonymous
    January 17, 2019
    "OMG! I didn't know that SpongeBob is a 90s cartoons. LMAO! Well, i started watching this show in the 2000s eh. So what i like about this show is that it has quirky humor, colorful characters and crazy plot. Plus come on I am always LSS-ed on its theme song. Who doesn't right?"
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    SpongeBob SquarePants
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    Anonymous
    January 17, 2019
    "We all know that the 90s was a golden age for cartoons. And yeah before the live action movie adaptation of Batman there was Batman: The Animated Series. This cartoons from the 90s was written for adults not just for kids. Because i watched this when i was a teen. LMAO"
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    Anonymous
    January 17, 2019
    "I am pretty sure everyone who grew up in the 90s has watched Rugrats. When I was little this was one of my favorite 90s cartoons as it is funny even tho it has a simple premise. I like that it shows you what the babies see through their point of view."
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    Rugrats
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    Anonymous
    January 17, 2019
    "If you will aske me my top favorite cartoons of the 90s i will answer you with Dexter's Laboratory. Why? Because this show had spoofs and plotlines that made it hilarious to watch. I could never forget this show."
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    Anonymous
    January 17, 2019
    "Powerpuff Girls is the best cartoons from the 90s next to Dexter's Laboratory!!! This show was full of imagination, strange yet smart sense of comedy, action and original moments."
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    Powerpuff Girls
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    September 26, 2019
    "this is the mindvlowing cartoon i ever seen in my life."
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    The Tom and Jerry Show
This list is about What are the best cartoons from the 90s
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1RugratsTV Shows 20 Paid
2Hey Arnold!TV Shows 14 Paid
3Dexter's LaboratoryTV Shows 7 Paid
4Powerpuff GirlsTV Shows 3 Paid
5SpongeBob SquarePants TV Shows 2 Paid
6Family GuyTV Shows 2 Paid
7Batman: The Animated SeriesTV Shows 2 Paid
8The Fairly OddParentsTV Shows 2 Paid
9The Adventures of Blinky BillTV Shows 1 Free
10South ParkTV Shows 1 Paid
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