by Kathryn CannonOct 6, 2021


The 12 Best Cartoons From the 90s

Doug (1991-1999)


Doug is a more realistic, wholesome, and genuine slice of life. Even if the character design features a wild array of colors!

Animaniacs (1993-Present)


Unlike other old cartoons, Animaniacs has its own orchestra with a major emphasis put on the musical score of the show.

Rugrats (1991-Present)


Rugrats is quite literally 90s childhood locked in perpetuity.

Johnny Bravo (1997-2004)


The show features Johnny frequently hitting and missing with women on the show, staring at his own reflection, and being an all around himbo.

Rocko’s Modern Life (1993-1996)


Offbeat is a great way to describe Rocko, the Australian wallaby living in the United States.

Daria (1997-2002)


From the dry humor, to the bleak descriptions of high school adolescence, Daria is a one of a kind show.

The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991-1996)


The impact it made on 90s cartoons is strong enough to have garnered a faithful cult following.

King of the Hill (1997-2010)


Out of the many family-centric 90s cartoons, King of the Hill, is among the longest running with 13 seasons. 

Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990-1996)


With magical rings gifted from Gaia, the spirit of the Earth, five young people from across the globe team up with Captain Planet to help fight the evils of pollution.

Æon Flux (1991-1995)


When Æon Flux first premiered on MTV as a series of silent short films, it was unlike anything seen on television outside of anime.

The Simpsons (1989-Present)


It sparked an era of adult-oriented sitcom-style cartoons, and really nailed the formula; because Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie are still on the air today.

Gargoyles (1994-1997)


Unlike other 1990s cartoons of the time, Gargoyles is a plot heavy, action packed epic. The show follows a group of gargoyles from Scotland that end up atop a skyscraper in New York City.

Hey Arnold! (1996-2004)


This most beloved of 90s Nickelodeon cartoons showcases the life of a cool, calm, and… jaded city kid named Arnold.

CatDog (1998-2005)


With CatDog, the creators of the show chose to splice together a cat and a dog. However, the resulting abomination of polar opposites have to endure life stuck together.

Beavis and Butt-Head (1993-Present)


Back in the 90s, there were few networks as experimental as MTV. And one of the most outlandish ideas from the network is now one of the most notable shows, Beavis and Butt-Head.