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Best 90s cartoons

  • #40. Adventures of the Gummi Bears

    - IMDb user rating: 7.6
    - Votes: 8,213
    - Years: 1985–1991

    By today's standards, Disney fans might find it surprising that, in the mid-80s, there were no Disney animated shows. The very first one was actually “Adventures of the Gummi Bears,” based on the candy of the same name. The cartoon, which started in 1985 and lasted until 1991, is about a band of bears who once coexisted with humans but lost contact hundreds of years ago, only to be rediscovered in modern day. Because of the show's popularity, Disney Television Animation was able to launch other hits like “DuckTales,” “TaleSpin,” and “Darkwing Duck."

  • #39. Tiny Toon Adventures

    - IMDb user rating: 7.6
    - Votes: 10,387
    - Years: 1990–1995

    At the start of the decade, Steven Spielberg teamed up with Warner Bros. to produce a spin-off to the classic “Looney Tunes” franchise. The result was “Tiny Toon Adventures," a show that featured a hipper, younger, more ‘90s-centric cast led by Buster and Babs Bunny, Plucky Duck, and Hamton J. Pig. The show first aired as a primetime special on CBS and ultimately ran for 98 episodes between 1990–1995. The show had a bevy of big-name stars who voiced characters including Spielberg himself, Phil Hartman, Vincent Price, Casey Kasem, and Sally Struthers.

  • #38. TaleSpin

    - IMDb user rating: 7.6
    - Votes: 11,652
    - Years: 1990–1991

    Part of the classic ‘90s Disney Television Animation lineup, “TaleSpin” was a short-lived show that lasted only a single season from 1990–1991. Based on characters from the Disney animated movie “The Jungle Book,” “TaleSpin” follows the exploits of the lovable bear Baloo as he manages an air delivery service while fending off pirates trying to loot his delivery goods. Series creators Mark Zaslove and Jymn Magon were also known for their work on “DuckTales” and “Adventures of the Gummi Bears.”

  • #37. Darkwing Duck

    - IMDb user rating: 7.6
    - Votes: 12,822
    - Years: 1991–1992

    Created as a spoof of classic superheroes such as The Shadow, “Darkwing Duck” was a Disney Television Animation show that ran for three seasons from 1991–1992. The main character of the show was Darkwing Duck (aka Drake Mallard), who, along with sidekick Launchpad McQuack (a spin-off character from “DuckTales”), fought crime in the fictional city of St. Canard. Show creator Tad Stone was inspired by classic DC Comics in coming up with the show's many catchphrases and superhero tropes.

  • #36. Sailor Moon

    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Votes: 10,635
    - Years: 1995–2000

    “Sailor Moon” was a popular Japanese anime series that aired in the U.S. from 1995–2000. The show follows a group of 14-year-old girls in sailor suits who discover they have magical powers and fight to protect the world and beyond. Ahead of its time, the series portrayed positive LGBTQ relationships, though most of these depictions were censored and changed in the U.S.

  • #35. Hey Arnold!

    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Votes: 27,353
    - Years: 1996–2004

    For many kids growing up in a big city in the 1990s, “Hey Arnold!” was a go-to cartoon. Following nine-year-old Arnold and his urban neighborhood pals, the show delved into themes like bullying, depression, and even adult issues like unemployment. Premiering in 1996 and lasting for five seasons and 100 episodes, “Hey Arnold!” was an integral part of Nickelodeon's ‘90s dominance in the cartoon space.

  • #34. Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man

    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Votes: 5,001
    - Years: 1994–1997

    A decidedly adult cartoon, “Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man” was about a crass, semi-misogynistic duck named Eric T. Duckman who worked as a private detective with trusty sidekick Cornfed Pig while also juggling family life in Los Angeles. Originally airing in 1994 and lasting four seasons, “Duckman” starred a treasure trove of voice actors that reads like a who's who of ‘90s celebrities, including Jason Alexander (who played Duckman), Ice-T, Kathy Ireland, Burt Reynolds, Sandra Bernhard, Lisa Kudrow, Nicole Eggert, Ben Stiller, Jim Belushi, David Duchovny, and Heather Locklear. "Duckman" was part of a wave of animated adult(ish) shows at the time that included “The Critic,” “South Park,” and “Beavis and Butt-Head.”

  • #33. The Critic

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 6,845
    - Years: 1994–2001

    Starring Jon Lovitz as the schmaltzy and often smarmy film critic Jay Sherman, “The Critic” was a spoof of movie critic icons such as Roger Ebert and the often terrible movies they had to discuss. While it only lasted 33 episodes, the show had a cult following for its insider movie takes and incredible cast of guest stars including Billy Crystal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bob Costas, Roger Ebert, Ricki Lake, and Queen Latifah. The show was created by “Simpsons” veterans Al Jean, Mike Reiss, and James L. Brooks and had an all-star gang of producers and writers, including Brad Bird (“The Incredibles”) and Judd Apatow (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin”).

  • #32. The Magic School Bus

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 7,017
    - Years: 1994–1997

    Based on a book series, “The Magic School Bus” was an animated show that leaned into its educational aspects as much as its entertaining ones. The idea for the cartoon was to help kids learn about science without boring them to death. The series premiered on PBS in 1994 and ran for four seasons. It featured a fairly heavyweight cast that included Lily Tomlin (who won a Daytime Emmy for her performance) and guest stars like Carol Channing, Dolly Parton, Elliot Gould, Eartha Kitt, and even Tom Cruise.

  • #31. The Tick

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 8,180
    - Years: 1994–1997

    “The Tick” was originally a comic book character created to spoof superheroes. Since his inception back in 1986, the wry, often dim titular character has been made into multiple TV shows, the first being the 1994 series that lasted three seasons. “The Tick” was a classic superhero, taking on a variety of villains and getting help from a trusty sidekick—in this case, an accountant named Arthur (voiced by Micky Dolenz of “The Monkees” fame). New episodes of “The Tick,” with a much different cast, are available on Amazon Prime.