Top Cartoons of the 90s


Since cartoons were created, every decade and generation has their own share of awesome shows and cartoons. But we think that ‘90s cartoons are a little bit good than all of the other cartoons. It’s because the decade brought a lot of creativity in the field of animation which produced cartoon masterpieces in the ’90s that surely stood the test of time. And we think you might agree when we say that the cartoons during this decade not only hold up today but they are also even better when you watch them now when you’re an adult. We’re talking about shows such as HeyArnold!, The Simpsons, Recess, and Rugrats. And with that, let’s list down the top cartoons that the ‘90s have to offer.

The Simpsons

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Created by Matt Groening, The Simpsons was released in 1989 and it is one of the longest running animated TV series because it still airs until today. It tells the story of the working-class life of the Simpsons family that consists of Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Marge, and Homer. They live in a fictional town called Springfield and the shows parodies American society, culture, the human condition, and television. We believe that no show could ever touch The Simpson’s greatness.


Rugrats is an animated TV show that tells how a group of toddlers namely Chuckie, Tommy, Angelica, and Phil and Lil see the world. It premiered in 1991 and it ran for nine seasons. In 2001, Nickelodeon released the made-for-TV special entitled “All Growed Up” to celebrate Rugrat’s 10th anniversary and this special gave way to the spin-off series of the same title which features the life of the babies after 10 years If you want to know more about this TV show, check out The History of Rugrats – A Classic Cartoon.

King of the Hill 

You probably need to have parental supervision while watching this show, but its depiction of small-town life was very accurate that it is worth watching with your mom and dad. King of the Hill premiered in 1997 to 2006 having a total of 13 seasons. Time magazine included this show on their top 1000 greatest television shows of all time in 2007 and it was nominated for seven Emmy Awards and it won two.

Hey Arnold!

Hey Arnold! Is a cartoon series that aired from 1996 to 2004. It is about a fourth-grade boy who lives with his grandparents named Arnold. It tells his experiences as he goes through the big city life while dealing with school, friends, and a girl named Helga who bullies Arnold in order to hide her affection for him.

Pinky and the Brain

Pinky and the Brain was the first animated TV series that was presented in Dolby Surround. Pinky and Brain was first seen in 1993 as a recurring segment on the show Animaniacs and a spinoff was later made because of its popularity. Pinky and the Brain tells the story of Brain, a centered and scheming mouse, and a feebleminded and kind mouse named Pinky. In each episode, they devise a new plan to take control of the world but they fail every time because of Pinky’s stupidity.


Recess is an animated TV series that was aired in 1997 and produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. Recess tells the story of six elementary school students namely T.J, Vince, Spinelli, Gretchen, Mikey, and Gus as they interact with their classmates and schoolmates while going through their own society, complete with class structure and government on their school’s playground while they were on recess.

Rocko’s Modern Life

This animated sitcom aired in Nickelodeon in 1993 and had a total of 4 seasons. It is about the life of an anthropomorphic Australian immigrant wallaby called Rocko and his friends Filburt, Heffer, and Spunky. Rocko’s Modern Life was always controversial because of its adult humor such as innuendo, double entendre, and satirical comedy. But nevertheless, it is still one of the great cartoons of the ‘90s.


Animaniacs was an animated TV series that first aired on the Fox Network in 1993 to 1995 as a part of Fox Kids block. This animated series was a variety show that has shorts skits featuring a large cast of characters. Animaniacs had no set format and almost all of its episodes were composed of mini-episodes that stars different characters and bridging segments.

The Magic School Bus

The Magic School Bus is an educational kids show that features different franchise of TV series and book series. Each of the stories in the franchise is told by a fictional elementary school teacher named Ms. Fizzle who takes her class aboard a magic school bus as they go on field trips to unusual locations such as cloudsand the solar system. They even go inside the human body and time travel. If you want to experience riding The Magic School Bus again, don’t you fret because the show has a reboot and you can stream it now online.

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters was an animated TV series that aired on Nickelodeon in October 1994 to December of 1997. It had a total of 4 seasons with 52 episodes which tell the story of three young monsters namely Krumm, Oblina, and Ickis as they attend a school for monsters that is located under a city dump and study how to scare humans.

These are the top cartoons of the ‘90s, which one do you want to watch again?

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