Hands down, 90s cartoons are so much better than the cartoons that are currently out now. I wish that a lot of the shows were still on tv because even as an adult… I would happily watch them, but sady most of them aren’t. So many kids are not going to experience the awesomeness of 90s cartoons because they aren’t on your everyday tv programming. However, you can find a lot of these cartoon shows on dvd, Blu-Ray, and Hulu.
If you’re looking for the best cartoons from the 90s, then you’ve come to the right place.
So let’s jump into the 90s cartoons that every kid should watch.
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X-Men The Animated Series
This cartoon was my initiation into Marvel Comics. The series follows the X-Men superheroes as they attempt to handle every day life while dealing with the world’s prejudice against those with superpowers. This animated series is action packed and filled with excitement. It was on Hulu a few years ago, but not you can watch the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th seasons here and you can stream it here.
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The Magic School Bus
I learned so much about Science with Ms. Frizzle. This was one of the best shows to hit television. It was informative and made learning fun. I would definitely recommend this cartoon for parents who homeschool or would like their kids to watch something education yet enjoyable. There is a reboot to the original Magic School Bus on Netflix, but the newer version doesn’t even compare to the original in my opinion. I recommend buying the complete series here.
I also suggest checking out the awesome Magic School Bus book series.
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Batman: The Animated Series
Batman was also one of my favorites. A rich billionaire fights crime and protects the city he loves. The story lines were always great. The villains were brilliant and the fight scenes were exciting. This is a must have cartoon for your dvd collection. Buy it here today or you can stream it here.
Garfield and Friends
I faithfully watched Garfield and Friends in the Summer time as a kid everyday. If you have a child that loves barn animals and cats, then they should watch this series. As an adult, I have realized that I resonated with Garfield’s love for lasagna at a young age. I honestly might start watching the series again myself.
“I wish, I wish, with all my heart, to fly with dragons in a land apart.”
Follow Emmy and Max as they travel to a new world filled with friendly dragons. The stories always taught me something and the songs were catchy. PBS created an amazing cartoon when they made this. You can buy Dragon Tales on dvd and watch them at anytime.
Scooby-Do Where Are You?
Have your kids fall in love with Scooby, Shaggy, and the gang as they solve mysteries. One month I need to binge watch this entire series. I think this show helped me mold my beginners detective skills. Watch it with your kids by buying the complete series on dvd.
There are quite a few Spider-Man cartoon series, but nothing beats the 90’s Spider-Man cartoon. Let your child fall in love with one of the best superheroes in the Marvel Universe.
I recommend watching Spider-Man: Daredevil vs. Spider-man, Spider-Man vs. Doc Ock, Spider-Man: The Return of the Green Goblin, Spider-Man: The Venom Saga, and Spider-Man: The Ultimate Villain Showdown.
I recall watching Little Bear daily on the CBC Kids channel. The story follows an adorable bear as he learns about life as a child with his family and friends. It’s a great show for younger kids. Add this to your collection by buying it today on dvd or streaming it here.
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
“Pooh bear, Winnie the Pooh bear. Lookin’ for fun, chasing some hunnie bees..”
Not only was the theme song catchy, but the series was very well-written for kids. As the title says, it followed the adventures of Winnie the Pooh and his friends. It was one of the best Disney cartoon series for younger kids.
I also recommend buying the Winnie the Pooh book set. I loved these stories when I was a child.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers
This cartoon series focused on the environment and coming to terms with how different situations affected the environment which required children to call upon Captain Planet to save the day. Surprisingly the cartoon was far from boring and kept my interest when I was a child. This show should still be on television today as encouragement to make children and their parents aware of the environment as well as what we can do to help it.
Buy it on dvd or stream it here.
This cartoon is based on a book series that follows the adventures of a little named Madeline and her adventures while attending boarding school. I absolutely loved how adventurous and outgoing her character was when I was a child considering I was shy. I would recommend not only buying the cartoon on dvd, but the books it’s based on as well.
I still have taped VHS tapes filled with Arthur episodes on them. Arthur is one of the longest running cartoons of all time. New episodes are still coming out for this series which is surprising since most shows don’t last that long. The recent episodes are decent, but the older episodes are even better. You can buy them here or you can stream all of the episodes.
I suggest buying the books too. I used to buy them during Scholastic book sales in elementary school.
“Life is like a hurricane here in Duckburg…”
In this cartoon, characters Huey, Dewey, and Louie spend time with their great uncle Scrooge McDuck. They end up venturing into an assortment of situations that are filled with excitement and fun. This show was rebooted in 2017, but I still think that nothing will top the original of series.
Buy them on dvd or stream the reboot.
One of the most underrated cartoons that I am really hoping becomes a live action movie. This 90s cartoons follows the gargoyles survival even though most of them were killed by humans. It’s a much more darker cartoon in comparison to other cartoons that are lighter and happier. Honestly I would have to say that watching this as an adult makes me feel like this would be a potentially better show for kids 11 and up to watch. The character arcs are amazing and brilliantly written.
Buy it on dvd or stream it here.
Ed, Edd n Eddy
This was one of those cartoons that I enjoyed watching while eating a fried bologna sandwich and sipping a Hi-C juice box. It was funny to me as a child and I think most kids would enjoy watching it.
Get it on dvd or stream it today.
Bobby is an adorable child with a creative imagination. I enjoyed every episode of this series completely. It’s a kid fan favorite for sure.
Stream it today.
Superman: The Animated Series
My first time realizing who Superman was and I absolutely adored him. He saved the world with honor and justice without having to unnecessarily kill anyone. He was admirable and stopped crime all while wearing an obvious disguise. I plan on adding this to my collection too.
Watch it today.
Goof Troop focused on single father, Goofy, his son Max, and the neighbors. I plan on buying this series on dvd myself. The tv show resulted in the spin off movies A Goofy Movie and Extremely Goofy Movie which are some of my all-time favorite Disney movies.
Watch Goof Troop on dvd or stream it today.
You can also buy this set that includes Goof Troop, Goofy Movie, Extremely Goofy Movie, and Three Musketeers.
“Hey it’s Franklin!”
This cartoon was one of the most wholesome cartoons I’ve ever seen… next to Little Bear. It follows the daily life of elementary school student Franklin the turtle. I know of a lot of younger kids that love this show.
Buy it today and watch Franklin!
Before Transformers became a movie, it was an animated series. I actually liked the show more than I did the live action movies. My baby brother also loved the show a lot. I highly recommend it.
Honestly this show reminded me of teenage mutant ninja turtles except without the ninja and turtle aspect. The show was pretty good for a kid’s show and filled with crime-fighting action.
Add this 90s cartoon to your collection by buying it on dvd today.
90s Cartoons on Hulu
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The Animaniacs was fun and funny to me when I was a child. This show follows a variety of adventures of different characters, but it mainly focuses on the Warner Kids (Yakko, Wakko, and Dot).
I don’t know of any person who didn’t love the Rugrats. The adventures they went on were captivating and sometimes even hilarious. Children of all ages enjoyed this series. I still even watch this cartoon as an adult from time to time. Definitely one of the best cartoon series to binge watch on Hulu.
I also recommend buying the Rugrats Trilogy Movie set which has Rugrats: The Movie, Rugrats Go Wild, and Rugrats in Paris.
You can also check out the complete Rugrats: All Grown Up series which follows the Rugrats in junior high.
The Powerpuff Girls
Experience the power of Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup as they fight crime with sugar, spice, and everything nice. The villains on this 90s cartoon are iconic and I’ve binged watched this series a few times as an adult. It still ages well.
Tiny Toon Adventures
Tiny Toons was the best! It followed the adventures of Looney Toon characters as babies. This was one of my favorites that I watched with my cousins as a child.
I watched Doug every weekend on Disney’s One Saturday Morning line up on ABC. I enjoyed this show a lot. It focused on Doug and his family moving to a new time and him trying to fit in while learning different morals in life. It’s a top rated cartoon that was and still is enjoyable. Doug’s 1st Movie was also one of my favorite cartoon movies growing up and I suggest checking it out after watching the show with your child.
Sonic the Hedgehog
I faithfully watched this cartoon on weekends. It’s based on the Sonic games which are a must have for any child. I recommend watching this cartoon and even buying the Sonic games. They’re a lot of fun.
Sonic X is on Hulu, but you can buy the original Sonic the Hedgehog here.
I will be honest, I didn’t actually watch Hey Arnold until about 2 years ago and I absolutely loved it. I know that as a child I would have genuinely enjoyed it. This cartoon followed the adventures of Arnold and his friends. The show was always interesting and showed legitimate morals to every story line. I would also recommend checking out Hey Arnold: The Movie and Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie after watching the entire Hey Arnold series.
Pinky and the Brain
One genius mouse and one stupid mouse come together to take over the world. Each episode is amusing and filled with hilarity.
I hope that you guys found this 90s cartoon roundup helpful.
Let me know what your favorite 90s cartoons were by leaving a comment down below!
Terrific list! Batman The Animated Series is timeless!
I didn’t see G.I. Joe on the list though
Batman The Animated Series was amazing! I actually never watched G.I. Joe when I was younger. I always ended up changing the channel and missing it. LOL I might have to check it out..